A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.
Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him…
Carson Stinger was a man who didn’t play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn’t care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her…
When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn’t possible. At least not yet…
THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SCORPIO. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
“Scorpio is the only sign that has three different animal symbols, each of which represents a different stage of the Scorpio transformation. First, the scorpion, symbolizing the raw energy of the sign. The scorpion sting is defensive and reactionary, and often, because of its selfish nature, it is completely unaware of its own power and impact. As the scorpion learns to control its bite and hold its instincts at bay, it becomes the eagle. The eagle, though still cold, has more perspective; it flies high above the ground, using its power deliberately and purposefully. Finally, the eagle becomes the dove. The dove is a tranquil creature, well recognized as a bringer of peace and worthy of leadership. The dove becomes the dove only after it gets what it wants most in the world. Scorpios, above all others, have the ability to transform selfish poison into universal love.”
When, in early 2013, Mirela told me she had found this new book, and this new author, on Goodreads, and that we should read it, I did not think twice about it, after all our tastes resembled a lot. With that, I had my first contact with Mia Sheridan while reading “Leo”, her first book and the first installment in the “Sign of Love” series.
To sum up the story, that book left me in such state of disarray that I just couldn’t put it down. NOT. EVEN. FOR. A. SECOND. When I say NOT EVEN A SECOND, it means that I, for the first – and only – time in my whole life, read a book while I was doing my daily walking. Do you know how much work it takes to read a book and concentrate on the reading while you are doing a physical activity outdoors and have to dodge all the other people on your way, running, or walking, or from the cyclists who are coming towards you? If you don’t, let me tell you: it takes A LOT! However, I had no choice, because I simply could not put the book down and turn off all the thousands theories that were flooding my mind.
With “Leo” I discovered a new author, with the ability to awaken all my emotions through her words and narrative. With “Leo” I discovered a new series of books with a background that left me puzzled and curious to know more.
Though, because life is not always as we wish – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year dedicated to reading – when “Stinger” was released in the fall of 2013, I was having a busy time and couldn’t read it at the moment, postponing the reading of it. After that, some people, with whom I have a similar literary taste, read the book and said they’re a little disappointed with the book when compared to the first two books in the series: “Leo” and “Leo’s Chance”. I confess that that disappointed me and got me afraid, because I was completely in love with those two books in the series. I was afraid to read “Stinger” and end up being disappointed with a series and an author who had won me so rapturously. Thus, I kept postponing my read and ended up doing something I had never done before – and Mia Sheridan apparently is the only author who is able to make me break my reading rules: for the first time I didn’t follow the publish order of a series. Not that in this case you necessarily have to follow the books publication order since the stories are independent, but have in mind that I have a certain OCD Read in what concerns to reading series. I have to read the books in their publication order… Always – well… almost always anyway. But the fear I felt of being disappointed by Mia was so high, I read “Archer’s Voice” (read here the Archer’s Voice review) before “Stinger”, and once again it was left for later.
2014 was also not a productive year for my reading, and my TBR ended up being completely messed up and behind time. One of my goals in 2015 was to update some of my favorite series, so, when I realized that book number eight in the series just had been published (Grayson’s Vow) and I had read only THREE of these books I decided I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to catch up with this series right now. With that, I psychologically prepared myself to face “Stinger”, and I do confess that I faced this book as a burden to be faced and overcome to be able to finally enjoy the bonus of reading the so high acclaimed subsequent books (Becoming Calder, Finding Eden, Kyland and Grayson’s Vow). I was going to read “Stinger” no matter what, and I wouldn’t postpone it anymore because if so I would eventually leave it aside perhaps forever.
And now I ask you: WHY? Why did I fear it? Why did I feed the fear? Why did I even consider doubting Mia’s capacity that blew me away in the first chapter of her first book? Why did I postpone for so long this book?
“Stinger”, following the series theme, brings the story for Scorpio, the sign to which we all turn up our noses, which we all “fear”, the “bad” and treacherous sign, the hot sign of the zodiac. And basically that’s what I knew and had in mind when I opened the book on my Kindle. I hadn’t read the blurb, I didn’t even know the characters names. I’m not sure why, but I expected a certain plot in this book. However, Mia, with her unique ability to make magic with her words (as well punctuated by Silvia in her review for Grayson’s Vow), turned my expectations upside down in the very first page of this book, with Scorpio’s legend and insertion, Mia took my breath away, awakening my emotions and wining me right there, once again.
Hum… While writing these words, I realized I still don’t know the blur for this book. I’ll probably read it just when I search it to insert it right there in the introduction of this review, but let me summarize “Stinger” for you, with NO SPOILERS though. Never with SPOILERS!
“Stinger” tells the story of Grace Hamilton, a law student, who has her whole life thoroughly planned…
“Stinger” tells the story of Carson Stinger, whose current job doesn’t quite fit in what we could say ordinary…
“Stinger” tells the story of the encounter of two people with completely different paths, in the city of Las Vegas, who lash out at each other when they unexpectedly collide in this crazy and wild life…
“Stinger” tells the story of an elevator, a buttercup, hot dogs, a penny, a sunrise…
“Stinger” tells the story of misunderstandings, comings and goings, wrong times… And my God, how I’m absolutely fascinated by stories like this that brings up all my emotions.
But above all, “Stinger” tells the story of the undeniable and indisputable beauty and impact of Scorpio’s legend; that we can all transform the poisons inside of us or casted upon us into something new, beautiful, pure… Into universal love!
Once again, Mia Sheridan, magnificently, shuns the preconceived concepts and common sense that the theme of this series might cause, and features a beautiful and unquestionably well-executed analogy, a story of resilience, learning, maturing and knowledge. In a delicate way, Mia addresses through her characters that first impressions are not always true, that our concepts are not always right, that we can always be surprised even when we are sure of something, that sometimes taking a chance on the unexpected and uncertain is the right thing to do.
The book has three parts: scorpion, eagle and dove. All phases addressing the characters transitions and developments, especially Carson’s. However, some people who read the book end up dividing it into two parts, the first one composed by scorpion and eagle, and the second one by the dove. And some of those people said wonderful things about the first part, but also said they were disappointed with the second one. My opinion, however, is different. In my case, this whole book surprised me positively.
Maybe you may think that my lower or even lack of expectation toward this book caused this positive surprise, helping me in the end. I wondered that myself. However, when I pondered about it, I realized that the truth is I was truly and positively surprised by the realization that Mia Sheridan is a highly versatile author who are capable of writing so different and unique plots even within the same genre.
If in the first half of this book, Mia brought a rather hot and breathtakingly story as only Scorpion could have, the unfolding of this story ran completely different from the expected, from what I expected. I’ve read two or three books with plots slightly similar to the one in the first part of “Stinger”, and in all the other books the developments were very similar. Mia Sheridan, however, brought a new and different unfolding story from what I was used to and from what I expected to. I confess that while reading it I expected certain events, but I should have known better than that. I should have known that Mia Sheridan is not an author from whom we should expect the obvious. Her ability to write stories based on the zodiac signs and break away from common sense it is itself a demonstration of her incredible capacity and creativity as a writer. In addition, the tenderness with which she develops her stories, her characters and delivers her messages excites me and warms my heart.
“Stinger”, as well as the sign of Scorpio, might be misunderstood; it may be judged by its surface. However, don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the mask it puts. “Stinger” goes further than that and it hides an inner beauty far greater than its exterior. “Stinger” glows… Its plot glows… Its legend glows… Its characters glow… And oh my… How the world would be more beautiful if beyond her magical words, the wizard Mia Sheridan, as appropriately Silvia nicknamed her, had a magic wand and could turn all those who inhabit this planet into people more similar to her characters… How we’d be happier if we glowed as Mia’s characters do on the pages of her books… If we shined!
“In life, there are those who save us, both in big ways and in small. Sometimes that means being set free from a dark, windowless room, or being pulled out of a burning building. More often, it means being saved from yourself, and made to finally believe that letting someone love you, isn’t just a big lie that you’re unwilling to tell.”
By Fernanda Aragão