Too Stupid to Live


Romancelandia  #1

80,000 words

Buy Link: Riptide Publishing


It isn’t true love until someone gets hurt

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?

Check out the Buy Link above for an excerpt.

8 thoughts on “Too Stupid to Live

  1. David says:

    Anne, I think this is my favorite (I’ve read at least some of each of your series), probably because the characters are so believable. I wonder if you hear that a lot. I see myself quite a bit in Sam, but in Ian as well – the beauty is in the small details of thought, the evocative descriptive language, and most of all in the humor. Sam’s insecurity is maddeningly destructive to his happiness, but it’s rooted in doubts we’ve all had at one time or another.

    I’m fairly new to the whole gay romance genre, really, but it seems (as with everything else) much of it is mediocre, and concerns itself with two-dimensional relationships between stereotypes of various flavors. Thanks for making me care about Sam and Ian, and I look forward to your next book. I must admit, I hope it grabs me as much as this one did. Brava!

    • Anne Tenino says:

      I do hear that a lot, actually. I can’t quite put my finger on why it worked out that way with Sam and Ian, but I think it’s at least partly because I was playing with romance novel stereotypes. Or I just had more of an affinity for them than usual. Or my muse was especially enamored of them and put in a little more of its energy than normal. Or maybe I just got lucky.

      Sometimes the mojo is stronger than others, and it was with these two. There’s a special place in my heart (<——cliche) for all of my characters, but these guys are closer to the center than others. Um, don't tell Brad that . . .

  2. velouria73 says:

    I recently discovered your books and I love them! I am kind of obsessed, actually. They are all great, but I think Too Stupid To Live is my favorite – I agree with David, everyone seems like a real person with so much dimension. I kind of didn’t want the book to end just so I could learn more about them. I can’t wait for more books from this series and hopefully more about Sam and Ian! They are the cutest.

    • Anne Tenino says:

      Thank you! I love those guys too! IDK if you’ve read it, but Nik and Jurgen’s story is told in Whitetail Rock, which is free on this site or at All Romance eBooks. If I weren’t so lazy, I could even link it . . . There will be more books in the series, but the next one features Tierney and Dalton, although Sam and Ian make a few appearances. 😉

      • Becca says:

        I found the Whitetail Rock books too, and I’ve already read them! Thank you for offering them for free. I will look for the next book! I should also point out that I love Sebastian and Brad, so I’m looking forward to more TAG books too. Keep up the awesome work!

  3. mary coder says:

    May I see about getting the pattern for your soild pinus my daughter text me to see if I could make one for her husband as a birthday gag gift.

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