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My Fair…Laddie? Shannon Stacey puts a fresh spin on a timeless romantic trope

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In Shannon Stacey’s Falling for Max (Carina Press, July 2014) awkward is the new sexy. Max is everything the typical alpha is not—introspective, unadventurous, shy and—just what does he do in his locked basement all day? His social life depends on local sports programming and his big-screen television, a magnet in a town without a sports bar. When he adds “find a wife” to his October to-do list after “annual checkup for furnace” and before “buy birthday presents” a buddy recommends the local diner, the town’s social hub. There he meets the Tori Burns, book cover designer and part-time waitress. It’s too bad that Max is so awkward because despite his stumbling he’s actually really hot. Intrigued by a sharp…

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