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By John Inman | Comments: ( 625 ) | Date: ( Feb 23, 2020 )

Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city s lost and lovelorn Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed which proves to be a problem when it cWelcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city s lost and lovelorn Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane Smitten, the hunky nurse with beautiful green eyes does everything in his power to woo Stanley, but Stanley has always lived a quiet life, too withdrawn from the world to take a chance on love Especially with someone as beautiful as Roger Jane.While Roger tries to batter down Stanley s defenses, Stanley turns to his new neighbors to learn about love Ramon, who s not afraid to give his heart to the wrong man Sylvia, the trans who just wants to be a woman, and the secret admirer who loves her just the way she is Arthur, the aging drag queen who loves them all, expecting nothing in return and Roger, who has been hurt once before but is still willing to risk his heart on Stanley, if Stanley will only look past his own insecurities and let him in.


  • Title: Serenading Stanley
  • Author: John Inman
  • ISBN: 9781627981934
  • Page: 331
  • Format: ebook

About Author:

John Inman

A Lambda Literary Award finalist and the author of over thirty novels, John has been writing fiction for as long as he can remember Born on a small farm in Indiana, he now resides in San Diego, California where he spends his time gardening, pampering his pets, hiking and biking the trails and canyons of San Diego, and of course, writing He and his partner share a passion for theater, books, film, and the continuing fight for marriage equality If you would like to know about John, check out his website at johninmanauthor John_I or follow him on Facebook at facebook johnman.79



Comments Serenading Stanley

  • Ann

    John Inman stories make me happy. They are funny and his quirky characters are just as important and dimensional as the MC’s and this one was no exception. In fact, I think the secondary characters in Serenading Stanley were some of my favorites of all time. Serenading Stanley is the story of Stanley Sternbaum. He is a graduate student who is moving out on his own for the first time. He moves into the Belladonna Arms which seems to be a hotbed of quirk. His first encounter is with Arthur, the [...]


  • Mandy*reads obsessively*

    Humor isn't always easy, but I enjoyed this authors Shy and the blurb sounded interesting so I decided to give this one a go. I'm pretty sure you have to love Stanley's 'voice' to enjoy this story. He's the narrator ( although there are a few small parts from Roger's POV) and he really does have a self-esteem issue.He sees Roger as a god, gorgeous, smart, kind and wonderful and he's just, well Stanley. The people living in this apartment complex are varied and interesting, they added a lot to th [...]


  • Jenni Lea

    3.75 starsThat was cute. And sweet. And a bit charming.I loved the narration style. It reminds me of C.L. Bevill's Bubba series. Good pick, Ann!


  • Nick Pageant

    BR with Mishy!Cute story, cute characters.


  • Macky

    Stanley, Stanley, Stanley! How do I start to list all the reasons why I loved you so much? Well I guess one place to start is with Mr John Inman who at the moment is my go to author for not just a great laugh but also for what we all love best about our M/M romances. A satisfying, hot, sexy, emotionally driven,heartfelt love story, with loveable MC's and sometimes even more likeable supporting characters who, however much you fall for the two love interests, still end up almost stealing the show [...]


  • Trisha Harrington

    I am a huge fan of John Inman. He has become one of my favourite authors and I love reading his books whether they are funny or serious. This was one of the funnier ones with a few romances thrown into the mix. I will admit, I had hopes all of the Belladonna Arms residents would find love, but most of them did, so I'm happy.If I have to pick a favourite character, Sylvia would definitely be it. She was just perfect and I adored her. I know she wasn't an MC, but I still loved her and she had me w [...]


  • Heller

    The story and the characters didn't work for me. I got really tired of Stanley constantly putting himself down and treating Roger pretty horribly, I'm not sure why Roger stuck around for the abuse. While I'm not expecting a laugh a minute I found the story pretty dreary and I cringed whenever Stanley's mother showed up on the page. I did love Sylvia's story though and did want to see how it ended, still this one was a struggle for me to finish.


  • Isabel

    This book is so sweet and funny! I love it! I love Stanley and his shyness, I love his neighbours, and I certainly love Roger, and how much he wants and loves Stanley!!!


  • Gina

    This was a total winner! Oh my, I simply loved Stanley! I have read only one other John Inman book and after this I will definitely be reading others. But back to Stanley….Oh Stanley…shy, adorable Stanley!Stanley is studying to be an archeologist and decides its time to move into his how place. Stanley is an adorable character, shy, introverted, self deprecating. He is his own worst enemy at times, he cannot shake the belief that he is just not good enough or worthy enough. So when handsome [...]


  • Debra

    3.75 starsThis was a sweet, quirky and entertaining read. This was my first John Inman book and I loved the his writing style and humor and I look forward to reading more of his stories. I loved the two MC's together and it was a nice change of pace to see the "perfect" Roger's unrelenting pursuit the "nerdy" Stanley. One thing that annoyed me in the beginning, however, was that Stanley's self-doubt and insecurity was just too much. I understand where he was coming from, but it did grate on me a [...]


  • Sandra

    Dying from the cuteness!! So fluffy and funny, I giggled out loud numerous times. For the full review, please see here.


  • Chris, the Dalek King

    Stuck in the dead grass by the front steps leading up to the entrance of the apartment building was another sign. This one was handwritten on a slab of cardboard and stapled to the wooden stake pounded into the ground. The lettering on this sign was rendered in pink Magic Marker. It read "VACANCY." And under that, this time scrawled in magenta Magic Marker and sprinkled liberally with glitter, were the words "TO APPLY PLEASE BE CUTE.”Stanley knows two things for certain: he would do almost any [...]


  • Cindi

    Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.Stanley Sternbaum is moving away from his mother's home for the first time to pursue a master's degree at the local university. Finding Belladonna Arms is perfect as almost all residents in the building are gay. Stanley is brutally shy and (as a result of his crazy mother) full of self-doubt. When he meets Roger Jane in the building and starts getting pursued by him, he knows he's not worthy of someone as perfect as Roger. He tries to av [...]


  • Tina

    Enjoyed this funny and equally sweet book. The first time Stanley Sternbaum finds his way into Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building in downtown San Diego, Roger Jane is lost. The hunky nurse tries everything in his power to seduce the ‘little mouse’ but Stanley, used to live a quiet life, is too withdrawn from the world to take a chance on beautiful Roger. “You’ve been imagining how I would taste?” Stanley could feel his heart bouncing around inside his chest like a bas [...]


  • Ije the Devourer of Books

    A delightful and humorous story which has a gentle way of tugging both heart and emotions. I enjoyed this. It is a slow burning kind of romance in which Stanley having moved away from home into an apartment block, meets Roger who is one of the other tenants there. There is an immediate attraction there but Stanley is fearful about falling in love and doesn't think he is good enough for Roger. Roger has to do his best to woo and convince Stanley that they would be beautiful together.Of course the [...]


  • Gabis Laberladen

    Darum geht’s:Stanley findet, es ist Zeit, endlich bei seiner dominanten Mutter auszuziehen und er hat auch schon eine neue Bleibe ausgesucht: das Hochhaus „Belladonna Arms“. Es ist zwar etwas heruntergekommen, aber die Miete ist erschwinglich und es liegt ganz in der Nähe seiner Uni. Dass er sich in einer ganz ungewöhnlichen und einzigartigen Nachbarschaft eingemietet hat, merkt er erst nach und nach. Auch wenn der Hausverwalter im Glitzerkleid und Make-up eigentlich schon ein Hinweis h [...]


  • Chris Kottner-Kirschner

    Endlich hat der Student Stanley Sternbaum die Möglichkeit seiner Mutter zu ‚entfliehen‘ und sich eine eigene Wohnung zu sein. Ein kleines Erbe macht es möglich und Stanley hat auch nur noch zwei Jahre Studium vor sich. Es findet sich auch eine passende Wohnung unweit der Universität, auch wenn der scheue Stan erstmal etwas unschlüssig ist. Das Gebäude scheint ziemlich heruntergekommen zu sein und die Mieter sind alle irgendwie merkwürdig. Vom Hausmeister Arthur, der eine verkappte Drag [...]


  • Sammy Goode

    Stanley Sternbaum is a true fatalist. He is the worst kind of pessimist, one who encourages others to take risks and be hopeful while he himself quietly lays down and accepts defeat, embraces it like an old lost friend. Stanley has been down on himself for so long, it never occurs to him that he is worthy of anything, certainly not love and certainly not from one of the hottest guys he has ever laid eyes on, Roger Jane. Roger's needs are simple. Save the wacky yet endearing neighbors he has at B [...]


  • SueC

    Alright, first things first, I’m not a YA/NA fan and this felt very NA to me so most of my inability to enjoy this further is mainly because it’s not really my cup of tea. Serenading Stanley is centred around MCs Stanley, Roger, and the band of misfits that share their apartment block the Belladonna Arms. In simplistic terms it’s quite a lovely story about Stanley’s personal development and self acceptance. He’s the not so pretty duckling that lets life pass him by while choosing to le [...]


  • The Novel Approach Reviews

    What really kicked this story into gear was how the tenants of Belladonna Arms helped in bringing Stanley and Roger together. Let’s just say, they knew how to put the “fun” in dysfunctional, and a few of them even stole my heart with their antics. I’m still debating whether to stick pins in my eyes whenever I conjure up an image of Arthur, and whoever left the brownies at Stanley’s front door…thank you…it sure moved things along in the romance department. Sure was cute, seeing Stan [...]


  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook

    4 StarsA "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewSerenading Stanley is a light, humorous romance, filled with eccentric characters that are over the top but totally loveable.Stanley Sternbaum is working on his Masters degree in Archeology. He has been shy and awkward in social situations his entire life. Working with dead people seemed like the perfect career choice. It turns out he actually loves it. He decides to finally make the break, escaping his domineering mother to live his life on his own [...]


  • Line

    Stanley's mother and Stanley's angst ALMOST ruined this for me.She was fucking insane (and not in a good way) and Stanley REALLY needed to ask her to step back.Stanley's back-and-forth towards Roger, because of his OTHERWORLDLY beauty was -quite frankly- ridiculous! And best when you thought that Stanley had agreed to date Roger, it suddenly wasn't the case anyway HUH????However Inman is still Inman, and he has become a one-click-buy or pre-order or whatever, since he is FUNNY, and not a lot of [...]


  • Corina Ponta

    Stanley möchte sich vom Rockzipfel seiner Mutter lösen und zieht in einen, sagen wir mal speziellen, Wohnkomplex - ins Belladonna Arms. Er möchte nur sein Studium beenden und sozusagen unter dem Radar fliegen, was sich aber als schwierig herausstellt, da Roger, ein weiterer Bewohner des Belladonna Arms, auf ihn aufmerksam wird und Stanley besser kennenlernen will. Klingt doch nicht weiter schlimm, oder? Na ja, für den schüchternen Stanley ein doch nicht zu kleines Problem, denn Roger ist a) [...]


  • Julia ♥Duncan♥

    I didn't expect to like this book but I thought I'd give it a shot, although I'm still not sure if this author is for me. I read Hobbled and thought it was ok, but I get the feeling that this author tends towards slapstick and potty humor, neither of which I enjoy. To my surprise, I enjoyed the first three quarters. I thought Roger and Stanley were cute and charming together, and I enjoyed the quirky characters that made up their neighbors. However around 2/3 of the way through the book, everyth [...]


  • Sue bowdley

    Dear sweet StanleyOh boyStanley annoyed me at timesbut in a nice wayHe really didn't understand why Roger liked himHot dishy RogerThis was an amazing read.I loved all the charactersWell not so much Chi Chi but I'm sure my instincts might be rightSylvia is just a sweetheart and PeteI was so glad Pete got who he wanted.I loved Arthur and his dressing up.A big guy in a dress.oh and Charlie.He really was a devillocal thiefis book is so funny and everyone has their part in it.Roger and Stanley togeth [...]


  • Michele ~ la Smoocherina

    I loved this romance. Gay romances have two men for female readers to fall in love with. I also want to live where Stanley lives, the Belladonna Arms. Where everyone is gay or accepting of so. Dreamy!I love the subtle romance and wooing that Roger gave Stanley. And all of the peripheral characters made me laugh.Solid 3.5 Stars.


  • V

    4.5 starsThis story was amazing, some parts were so funny and cute. I liked all the characters, but I would love to read a story about Pete and Sylvia. In my opinion Sylvia was more interesting than anyone in that building.


  • Asho

    Strong and believable main characters, Stanley and Roger. A list of fun and interesting secondary characters add humour and reality. Mixed up with moments of self doubt and learning something about who you are as a person and then believing. A really enjoyable and good book by the author.


  • Shelley

    I think this is my favourite John Inman book. Loved the humour, loved the characters and I loved the story. I hope that there are going to be more stories about the residents of the Belladonna Arms


  • Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈

    This was such a good story. I enjoyed getting to know the many tenants at Belladonna Arms.


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