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Stiff Suit

(Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies #5)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  992 ratings  ·  131 reviews
James "Iceman" Bracelyn is wound tighter than a vintage Rolex. Besides his CEO role at Ponderosa Resort, he's guardian of the family's biggest secrets, including a doozy that keeps him up at night. Alone. In that big bed he'd rather not share, thank you very much.

That's fine with Lily Archer, who likes her flings flaming hot and fleeting. Her man-eater rep might be sligh
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published June 14th 2019 (first published May 28th 2019)
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DJ Sakata
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

When footsteps click closer, I freeze like a pervert shoplifting in a porn shop.

Come to think of it, there’s not much warmth in the whole Bracelyn family tree. Just endless rows of icicle-covered branches.

Things are so far from what I expected that I can’t even remember my expectations anymore.

James Bracelyn is sealed up tighter than a clam with lockjaw.

My Review:

I have enjoyed every book in this cleverly amusing series that I’ve had the chance to pick up. I adored these characte
Mar 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Author Tawna Fenske takes romantic comedy to a whole new level with Stiff Suit, the 5th book in the Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies series!!! I haven’t laughed this hard while reading a book in forever…I mean literal Laugh Out Loud…tears flowing…people looking at me strangely…snort-laughing! This 2 person POV romance wraps up the series with a couple of incredible, mind-slapping twists! The characters in this whole series have been fantastic and they carry into this book as well…

James “iceman
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much, and I have to admit, I’ve been champing at the bit to get my hands on Stiff Suit. I certainly expected a lot from the oldest Bracelyn sibling, James . . . and he didn’t disappoint.

Stiff Suit is another charming, flirty and (mostly) angst-free installment in the Ponderosa Resort series. It’s so, so easy to read—I dove in head first and pretty much didn’t surface until all was said and done—and was exactly the kind of feel good rom-com I love to read. After all, I read
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I was wrong. I admit it. I expected this to end up being more about the sex than a relationship. I nearly stopped reading at 30% but i carried on. and I am so glad I did!

This was a lovely story with engaging characters and more than enough conflict and tension to keep the story going. I loved both main characters - Lily was fun and believable and James was a decent guy through and through. And SO good to have a woman whose idea of a good career isn't baking cupcakes or running a cafe!

Five stars.
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Vulcanic love

Well I have not expected this just looking by the book cover
This is why the wise said “ don’t judge the book by the cover “ are true case scenario

I mean look at those cover , I was thinking this is going to be another cheesy plot insta story things

But “ James & Lily “ show how wrong I am.
So many laugh towards their banter and I always love a smart , independent h which not afraid to speak up her mind

This book so drama free just a tiny whiny family things but it’s al
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
The best romantic comedy I've read this year! If you want a book that will make you laugh so hard, your sides ache the next day, this is the one for you! With just enough drama, secrets and mystery, I guarantee you won't be able to put this one down. Wanting to discover what secrets are being kept, will keep you turning the page as fast as you can read. There are twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and that's always a pleasant surprise for me. I have three words for you: READ IT NOW. ...more
Kait Nolan
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never imagined that James "Iceman" would be my favorite Bracelyn, but he totally is. Lily is absolutely his perfect match and this is such a fantastic portrait of the whole family. Another absolute winner! Two thumbs up and a double squee cannon salute! ...more
Linda Grimes
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book your next mental vacay at the Ponderosa Resort! I promise you'll have a great time with James and Lily. And I guarantee you'll never look at carousel zebras the same way again. ;) ...more
Kate V
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3 - 3.5 stars

I've been waiting to get my hands on James' book for a while. It wasn't my favorite out of the series so far but it was still super cute, funny, and sexy. Fenske has a way of making the build up between characters so satisfying and I love her humour. Looking forward to more.
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I like the premise of the series. Half-siblings, all from different mothers, turning their late father's ranch into a luxury resort. There's a little something soap-opera about it but it's not a bad thing in this case. There's a good mix of humor, romance and serious stuff.

Lily and James have friends and relatives in common and one of her friend is getting married to one of his brother. She have a man-eater reputation because she doesn't want to commit to a relationship. James used to be a
Sandy S
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 14, 2019

James "Iceman" Bracelyn is wound tighter than a vintage Rolex. Besides his CEO role at Ponderosa Resort, he's guardian of the family's biggest secrets, including a doozy that keeps him up at night. Alone. In that big bed he'd rather not share, thank you very much.

That's fine with Lily Archer, who likes her flings flaming hot and fleeting. Her man-eater rep might be slightly exaggerated, but she'll gladly dial it up to rescue James from hims
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, 2019
So I took a break from reading which is why it took "so long" for me to finish.
Although "so long" was ... 2 days. And the "break" was ... a day.
But whatever.
[I mean when your days are 22 hours long everything blurs. F you, insomnia - so it's not as if I'm all bright eyed and bushy tailed.]
Like James. And Lily.
I was going to say I wasn't like blown away by this book, but then like ... I remembered the hero and heroine's names, and ... that's kinda a bit deal - by which I mean when I go through a
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The prologue starts with our favorite Bracelyn siblings sitting in on a group therapy session with Dr Hooter. Yes that’s her name. The good Dr is trying to get the siblings to share their “secrets” and James “Iceman” Bracelyn knows all the secrets since he’s the CEO of the Ponderosa Luxury Ranch Resort.
We begin the chapter with Amber & Sean’s wedding. Ambers best friend is Lily Archer ;the firerey red -head volcanologist is also known as a “man-eater”. On the way to the reception Lily takes Jam
The Rogue Book Reviews
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I have received an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions and reviews are solely my own.

Heat Level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 🔥out of 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Heart Level: 💘💘💘💘 💘out of 💘💘💘💘💘
LOL's: 😂😂😂 out of 😂😂😂😂😂

Favorite Quote: " I shiver, impressed he's maintaining his master and commander presence while being sexually coerced into riding an antique carnival zebra"

Review: You guyssss. I have read every single book of this series. And every time I go: Damn, that's the best book of the seri
Evelyn Grabas
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Great story. Very comedic at times. Have to say, I enjoyed it. Have not read any of the prior books in this series, but think I might like to. Having said that I have to state the following:
James is an absolute love. They say he has a stick up his rear, BUT, he is now the head of the family, the CEO of the family's resort and the one stuck with all the family heirlooms the others didn't want. Yeah, he is a stick in the mud, but if he wasn't, his siblings would not be able to wallow, frolic and r
Riet De Bruin-Strijker
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loved the characters and I felt this book was more serious than the other books of the Ponderosa series by Ms Fenske. While the others were sometimes hilarious, this time, with the has-to-be serious character of James, she did a wonderful job, trying to get the playful boy out of the strict and severe character by using the playfulness and smartness of the heroine. I loved it- great characterbuilding, secrets coming to light and the necessity of playing pranks to your siblin ...more
Susan Swiderski
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You might think it'd be difficult... maybe even impossible... for an author to maintain the same high level of spicy romance, great characters, laugh-out-loud humor and all-around good story-telling in the fifth book of a series as she started out with in book one. Probably would be for many writers, but obviously, not for this one. Once again, Ms. Fenske knocked another one waaaaay out of the park. Her books NEVER fail to entertain. I've read 'em all, and I've loved them all.

This book focuses o
Wendy Irving
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Feels like watching a random episode of a soap opera

While the characters in this novel are very distinct, reading this book feels like stepping into the middle of a larger story. I have not read other books by this author, and I didn’t need to in order to know what was going on. However, there are several scenes that are skipped over or summarized that would have been nice to experience as they happened.

There are loads of siblings and spouses who are mentioned, which I am sure are featured in th
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Get ready for a trip back to the Ponderosa Resort and this time we get to watch James "Iceman" Bracelyn lose his cool. Poor James, being the oldest sibling of all the Bracelyn children he was always put in the position of keeping the family secrets and being the stone cold face in a crisis. He took that role to heart and unfortunately for him, it has ruled his entire life. When he is faced with Lily "Man-Eater" Archer at his brothers wedding his cool starts to heat up quickly. Too quickly in fac ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
In the fifth installment of the Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies, we finally get to delve into the psyche of the eldest Bracelyn sibling James. There's a reason he's known as Iceman. He's the suit wearing, tightly controlled CEO of the siblings Oregon resort, as well as the keeper of family secrets, and he always, ALWAYS, keeps his emotions in check. At least, he does until he runs up against Lily Archer.

Lily was raised by independent women, and she's happy to follow in her mother and grandmot
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot, fun and emotional – the romantic trifecta!

I couldn’t wait to start the Iceman’s story! All the siblings have been interesting and fun in their own way yet James has always kept himself aloof from most of the shenanigans. I never doubted his love for his family, not at all, but his story dove into the whys and wherefores of his standoffishness – and it was awesome!

Secrets. Stomach-churning secrets and loyalty were behind James’s stoic façade. When Lily helped him in his moment of need, she s
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with the other books in this series, this was a fun, quick read in Ms. Fenske’s signature style.

Stiff Suit features James “Iceman” Bracelyn, the oldest of the Bracelyn siblings and the keeper of all of the secrets. As this book unfolds, we find out that one of the secrets he’s been keeping is a gigantic one (no spoilers on what it is).

The big secret, once exposed, was a big shock, though for readers who haven’t read the others books in the series, it might not pack as much impact. It would ha
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I love the entire Ponderosa series. Tawna always writes great characters, great story lines and some of the smartest and wittiest of dialogues. Lily and James are opposites. Or are they? Lily believes she’s an independent and sexually confident woman living her life openly and to its fullest in every long as you don’t count relationships in that equation, she sees no possible reason or person that will change that path for her. James is a treasure trove of secrets. ...more
Heather Nobbs
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my absolute favorite book of the Ponderosa Resort series. I have been waiting for James’s book from the beginning and it definitely did not disappoint. I was torn while reading this book- read it fast because it was so so good or take my time and draw out the pleasure. Well I basically could not put it down once I started. Lily was absolutely perfect for James, she was everything he didn’t realize he needed in his life. He was always so in control and button upped that he needed someone ...more
Stella Thompson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stiff Suit!

James Bracelyn is the one brother that is wound too tightly. No one understands his stiffness, but he has his reasons! Then he meets Lily Archer, who is an independent woman with a bit of a mischievous streak! Just what James needs!

Even when the two start their casual sexual relationship, secrets keep showing up out of the woodwork, and James is trying hard to keep things semi-normal. But then everything blows up and he tries to protect Lily. She is a fiercely independent woman, but
Linda Ketter
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you cross an ultra-conservative, stick up his booty guy with a carefree, fun, free-spirited gal? Yup, you guessed it. Adventures galore. Lily is determined to loosen James up. James just wants to bed Lily. Both will succeed, but it will cost them.

And let us not forget the secrets that have been festering. James is the keeper of these secrets and when they come out it will be explosive. How will all of the players deal with the aftermath?

With the exception of the zebra, this
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book #5 of the Ponderosa Resort series and you can read it without reading the others it makes it more enjoyable to read the series in order though. I actually started with Marks book 😂🤷 and then went back to the beginning to find out what happens.

I received this as an ARC for an honest review.

I already loved James "iceman" character from the previous books and the hints of Lily we saw. Knowing this was their story I couldn't wait to dive in and find out what happens.

Tawna drops an epic
Tina Hobbs Payne
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I'm the one the with the man-eater rep, the woman known for addressing sex stuff head-on and asking for what I want. How the hell is Iceman Bracelyn beating me at my own game?" Lily Archer has always known what she wants when it comes to men. No strings attached, good times and on to the next. Then along came James Bracelyn. Simply not what she expected. He's cool, organized and everything is as it should be in his life. So people think...

James has a lot on his plate. His cool exterior is what
Catherine Edwards
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A definite must read!

I really thought that there was no way I’d love anything more than the first book in this series. I was wrong. This had the blend of humor and seriousness I love about this author. The emotions in this book were what pushes this book over the top though. Not crazy intense, but good feeling movement. The humor and happiness outweigh the sadness, frustration, and pain, but the later emotions are enough to keep the story from being too fluffy.
Also, I learned a new word: forkin
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