Sticking to the Script, an all-new standalone in the romantic comedy Cipher Office series, from Stella Weaver is available now!
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.
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“He asked you to a movie?” She blinked, nonplussed.
“Who are we talking about?” Nico asked, leaning around Elizabeth to look at me. His green eyes held a mischievous twinkle, no doubt eager to hear a new chapter of farce and lunacy in Steven’s Big Book of Dating Disasters.
“Ken Miles,” I replied.
Nico’s twinkle and dimple disappeared. Whether Elizabeth disliked Ken or not, I was sure Nico loathed the man. I couldn’t blame him; it was his prerogative to hate men who used to lust after his wife. He arched one raven eyebrow and asked, “How’d that come about?”
“Yeah,” Elizabeth said. “How, Steven?” Her tone was curious, but I thought I detected a little tinge of disapproval that I didn’t like.
Not wanting to make an issue of anything, I replied with an easy nonchalance. “I ran into him at Buzzy’s. We started talking about Mystery Science Theater 3000—”
“That show’s a riot,” Nico asserted, reaching for his fritter. “The reboot is pretty good, too.”
“That’s what I told DKM.” I took Nico’s lead and grabbed my own heavenly pastry.
“Then, when he found out the movie was playing at the Music Box,” he asked me if I wanted to see it. So, we went.” I shrugged.
“There’s a movie?” Nico asked. “How did I not know this?”
I mumbled around my fritter bite, “You’re not missing much.”
“Little bit.” I shrugged again. That had been two, overly casual shrugs in just a few seconds and I worried I was playing it too cool. Elizabeth’s powers of observation surpassed my own. If I wasn’t careful, she’d have me giving her every last detail of the evening.
“So,” she broke in. “Are you thinking this might have been like, you know, a date?” Her brows were drawn together in concern, her words tentative.
I tilted my head in stern exasperation. “Puh-leeze. The man didn’t know who McSteamy was. I got the memo that he’s straight.”
“Who’s McSteamy?” Nico asked.
I pursed my lips together, raised my eyebrows and gestured to Nico. “I rest my case.”
Elizabeth laughed. “I’m sorry, I just didn’t want you getting the wrong idea or anything. He’s”—she looked at her husband in apology—“he’s very good-looking, and I could see how asking you to a movie could get your hopes up.”
“Nah,” I waved dismissively. “I know what’s up. But I think we could hang out,” I volunteered without thinking. I instantly regretted my slip.
“Good luck with that,” Nico said with a laugh.
“We had a good time. He’s kind of funny,” I defended.
“Not possible,” he declared. Nico was a comedian, and a very successful one at that. He knew what was funny and wasn’t about to give the odious Dr. Miles any benefit of the doubt where humor was concerned.
Inexplicable annoyance spurred me to continue. “I think I might make hanging out with him a regular thing.”
“I don’t think a stiff like that knows how to have fun.”
Elizabeth grimaced at her husband’s uncharacteristic snark, then issued me a sympathetic smile. “Well, it will be good for Dr. Ken Miles. He’s not the most colorful person in the city, that’s for sure. Maybe you’ll broaden his horizons.”
About Stella Weaver
Stella Weaver is a reader, writer, sloppy crafter and family-woman. She’s a native of coastal northern California who now lives on the Texas Gulf coast. She’s won the much coveted #1 Mom of the Year Award and has the coffee mug to prove it.
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Sticking to the Script by Stella Weaver is a release by Smartypants Romance which tells stories within Penny Reid’s Knitting In the City (KITC) universe. Steven Thompson has an amazing job and great friends but falls short when it comes to romance. Dr. Ken Miles lives a solitary life consisting of mostly work and exercise. Steven and Ken find themselves drawn to each other after a few surprise interactions. As they get to know each other and their feelings grow both men find secrets and life are pulling them apart. Can they put their fears and secrets behind them to really embrace each other or will real problems keep them apart.
“The idea of being with someone who could pull back the curtain and see my inner workings, was both thrilling and frightening.“
Steven Thompson is a funny character that you only have a base knowledge of from KITC. He works with Janie and is close with Kat but you don’t get into his personal life. This book dives deep and you learn about his quirky dating history and how he just wants a romantic partner to balance his life of friends and work. Dr. Ken Miles pops up in his life, and he thinks there’s no chance someone as amazing (and weird) as Ken would be interested in anything besides an odd friendship. Steven is in for a real surprise as he becomes Ken’s point of focus and affection.
“Your face in mine short-circuits my brain.“
Dr. Ken Miles is a bit of an enigma. He is weird, rude and stuffy on the outside but when you get to know him he’s an odd combination of sweet, emotional and a little possessive. He believes in commitment and falling in love and when he falls, he is full steam ahead. He lets his feelings for Steven consume him and blocks out the problems with himself and their relationship. His single-minded focus on Steven comes off as unusual but the way he expresses his feelings makes it just seem sweet and wonderful.
“He pressed his forehead to mine and whispered, “Kiss Me“”
The story is paced where you get the full insider knowledge of how each feels as their relationship changes and grows.The beginning tended to drag for me a bit but around the halfway mark it picked up and moved at a more steady pace. The romance is sexy but sweet and you feel that it adds to the story. Overall, Sticking to the Script was a unique mm contemporary romance, and I am interested in reading other books by Stella Weaver.
“He was mine. He was perfect and amazing, and I took a moment to recognize that I was staring at the rest of my life– took a long. Reverential look at the man who owned me.“