Studious (IOU Book 2)by Leslie McAdam; Narrated by Declan Winters

Totally different guys helping each other. Danny and Alden find opposites do attract.

From the Studious 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.)

Reed Kaye's review:

This is such an interesting story about two totally different guys.

Alden is pretty much an introvert. His life has been full of everything to give him no self esteem. He goes through life expecting to be treated less than.
Danny, having been broken up with right before his prom date, has vowed to not let anyone close again. It isn’t only his being broken-hearted but also his view of his parents' relationship that makes him believe commitment isn’t worth it.
Then these two cross paths and things change. Danny becomes a player coach and Alden starts viewing things differently.

I really enjoyed this story. There is so much heart to it.

Declan Winters narration was perfect. Both characters sounded individual and made the story come to life.

Lesetiger's review:

The blurb sounded pretty good, so I was curious about the story.

On the one hand, there's Alden, a shy boy who is still unkissed in his mid-20s. In his new job at the firm, he meets hot lawyer Danny, one of the most sought-after guys in the gay club. Danny has a lot of experience, but also a broken heart and doesn't think a relationship is absolutely necessary. When Alden drinks too much at a company party, Danny takes care of him and takes him home without further ado. Alden confesses to Danny that he is shy and awkward, has no experience and wants to change that. So the two decide to have Danny teach Alden how to pick up hot guys.

The writing style was great, once I started reading I listened through the audiobook in one go. The characters were described in detail and I found both protagonists very likeable. Even Danny, who despite his reputation as a playboy has a reason for being the way he is. It was a pleasure to watch the teacher-student relationship and how Alden comes out of his shell and develops more self-confidence, but also how Danny develops.The story is without angst but still entertaining and enjoyable to listen to and of course there are a few hot scenes. For me, it was a plus point that the focus was placed on the emotional level and it was wonderful to see how their relationship developed.

Declan Winters narrated the audiobook and he did a good job of bringing out the personalities of Danny and Alden. He brought the story to life with his pleasant voice.

A sweet and wonderfully written story with no angst that kept me entertained.

Studious is currently available as an audiobook, e-book and paperback, and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription