Synopsis from Goodreads
Steven Thompson had a bad year. A string of mean, kinky (the alarming kind, not the good kind), and crazy dating debacles combined with a boss who appears to be experiencing male-prenatal-psychosis means Steven’s stress levels are high. They’re so high, he’s decided to quit dating and focus instead solely on his job.
Until he meets Dr. Ken Miles.
Doctor Ken Miles is having a fantastic year. His hard work is paying off in a big way… professionally. But his social life? Not so much.
Until he meets Steven Thompson.
Steven isn’t so sure about Dr. Miles, but Ken is one hundred percent certain about Mr. Thompson. And even though both men know full well that the key to getting what you want out of life is hard work, they can’t seem to make them—together—work.
Will they ever get on the same page? Or just keep sticking to the same old script?
‘Sticking to the Script’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone and is book #2 in the Cipher Office series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
As you are aware m/m relationships are not usually my preference for a romance, however, Sticking to the Script has the amazing STEPHEN from the Knitting in the City books. I love Stephen, his hilarious stories and the depth of care he has for his friends. So I desperately wanted to see him get his won happily ever after. What I wasn’t expecting was the discovery of Dr Ken Miles (DKM) being bi-sexual, this was surprising as there was no hint in Friends without Benefits although I will say the characterisation was well developed, realistic and thought-provoking.
Stella takes Stephen’s character/personality in a direction I wouldn’t have associated with Stephen although it did give Stephen depth and hidden layers which were amazing to discover. Stephen tends to hide behind his flamboyant persona and embellished tales in order to hide his insecurities. It was the discovery of Stephen’s self-doubts and negative experiences which made him more endearing.
While I wouldn’t necessarily have paired Stephen with DKM after the initial scepticism where their relationship was concerned it was apparent that DKM also had a lot of layers and those layers meshed beautifully with Stephen’s.
The thing that really stands out for me with the new Pennyverse stories is their diversity and ability to create empathy for situations and characters we may not have had experience with before. It surprises me that in this modern age there is still so much negativity and lack of acceptance for those different from ourselves. Diverse stories help promote empathy and understanding and Stella does a wonderful job of that in Sticking to the Script.