Studious (IOU #2) - Leslie McAdam

Studious is a real swoon worthy story where you won't hate the playboy and absolutely believe his fall into love with the shy virgin. Having your crush try to tutor you on how to date may not be the best idea and Alden may be racing towards a broken heart, but maybe Danny is starting to feel something too.

From the blurb:

After a disastrous high school game of spin the bottle, I gave up trying to get a boyfriend and spent my time studying instead. Now I’m twenty-four, and I’m not only a virgin, I haven’t even been kissed.

When I meet Danny, a handsome legal hotshot, he catches my eye. Right before I trip on flat ground. Ugh.

He’s got a massive … reputation. He’s the most popular guy in the club, a total playboy with a new conquest every night. There’s no way he’d be interested in me.

But one night after I imbibe too much, he winds up taking care of me. And when I ask for his help with my travesty of a social life, he agrees to teach me how to be less awkward with men … if I let him document my progress so he can win a bet with his best friend.

Even though he’s just my love tutor and I’m just his apprentice, this starts to feel like more.

Too bad it can’t be anything but a high-level seminar in how to seduce someone else.

Studious is a sweet and sexy contemporary opposites-attract m/m romance about a suave attorney who’s scared to love and the shy, nerdy bookkeeper he’s teaching how to be a player. Cue makeover montage and a smoldering first kiss. These heroes most definitely are not falling in love. (Okay, heartwarming HEA guaranteed.)

SNik's Review:

Second in series (IOU), but can be read as a standalone. Slow burn. Playboy/virgin. Dual POV. 

Dates for bookkeeper Alden are always awkward, he doesn’t know what to say and can never feel comfortable, and he never gets past the first date. When he asks playboy attorney Danny to help him work on getting a second date, Alden hopes his crush will give him tips on getting a man’s interest, since Danny makes it all look so easy. 

To say I am wary of the cocky playboy and the shy virgin trope is an understatement, but this story really worked hard to make Danny believably fall for the shy and vulnerable Alden. 

Sometimes confidence can grow from someone’s support and caring and belief in you, not wanting to change who you are but helping you discover happiness in your own skin. 

The time they spend together growing their friendship allows Alden and Danny to learn about themselves, their own individual wants and needs, which evolve to caring and loving each other. 

A fun, well written read, that provides backgrounds/histories for Alden and Danny and how they grew into the men they are today, sincere communication (until it comes to the L-word of course), and a full tumble into love when you find your person and they just get you. Plus the cute well deserved HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Alden is just the sweetest cinnamon roll... shy, geeky and ready to burst out of his shell and take on the world... and Danny, the guy he was warned about as the office playboy, is his crush and hopefully his mentor on all things confident and sexy...

Honestly, there is nothing I didn't love about this book - the pacing, the characters, the feels and the insecurities, the positivity, the jealousy... the entire package was wonderful and the perfect read to break me out of a bit of a reading slump!  I devoured the book in one sitting and can't wait to see what's next from Leslie McAdam!

Rating: 5 Stars

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