Blog Tour Review: Stage Smart (Work for It #8) by Aly Stiles

Posted April 18, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review:  Stage Smart (Work for It #8) by Aly StilesStage Smart by Aly Stiles
Series: Work For It #8
Published by Smartypants Romance on April 18, 2024
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
Pages: 260
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars
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My record label had one rule… and I broke it.

In my defense, “don’t fall in love with your producer” isn’t exactly fair when your producer is Val Andrews, a sweet, talented, totally genuine prince in an industry of egotistical frogs. It’s especially not fair when your forbidden crush becomes a constant temptation while on tour with a vengeful ex and an enigma named Chad.

All I want to do is make incredible music and show the world I’m more than a vapid starlet. But when a cryptic memo reveals a sinister plot to destroy my career, it becomes clear there’s only one person I can trust—the one they said I can’t have.

‘Stage Smart’ is a full-length contemporary rockstar romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #8 in the Work For It series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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Once again it was a fun and funny romance from Aly Stiles as part of this Work for It series in the SmartyPants Romance books. This was a quick and hilarious read. There were tons of laugh out loud moments, and lots of great characters, including our main couple, Val (short for Percival) and Larinda (called Larry at times!) Larinda is a country singer who has always been connected to a big name male country star and wants to break free and do her own type of music. Of course the record company wants to keep her doing what is popular and not what she wants. Sound like anyone? Val is a pretty much unknown music producer who we met in the last book by Stiles in this series, as the brother of Nash’s girlfriend, Paige.

Family for both of the main characters definitely made them who they are, as well as making what they wanted to do hard at times as well. Val’s family sucked, as we know from his sister’s book and exactly what they did to him. Larinda’s family loves her and is supportive, but can be meddlesome, even if not in the way she always thinks they are. Then we get crazy Chad back, and at times he kind of stole the scenes he was in. And honestly, there was something about Larinda’s ex, the big country superstar, that was reminiscent of Chad for me. For instance the way he would say things like “let’s hashtag this out!” And other stupid things he said or did.

Now one thing that I had a bit of an issue with is that it almost seemed like we skipped some of their getting to know each other. And I can’t remember if maybe that was in the last book, Play Smart, and I just don’t remember it as much since I was reading that for Nash and Paige. Other than that, this was a quick, funny read, and I look forward to more I hope in this series from this author!

From angsty and dark to snort-laugh funny, Aly writes romance from her soul to yours.

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7 responses to “Blog Tour Review: Stage Smart (Work for It #8) by Aly Stiles

    • Lisa Mandina

      These are pretty much standalones, although there are some of the characters from other books that you know if you’ve read them. I’m not always a rock star romance person either. What’s fun with this is that it’s a female pop star!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I always tend to love them, so I try to make notes on my blog calendar for when they’re coming out so I don’t plan other books for that time.

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