My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Length: 138 pages
Published: the 7th of November 2017
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of the book, in exchange for my honest review!
Acceptance. Trust. Confidence.
Malcolm and I met in an unfortunate way, and he has pushed himself into my life. When my drunk best friend invites him to her wedding as my date, I reluctantly give him a chance. I’m giving US a chance and I’m pleasantly surprised.
Now I need to learn how to accept that he takes his clothes off for women. I need to trust that he’s not wanting to take any of them home. And I need to build the confidence when the green-eyed monster of jealousy rears its evil head.
Stripped is a short, funny, steamy meet and cute story about Malcolm and Rebeckha. These two crazy young people meet when Mal literally rear ends Rebeckha’s car, and puts it out of commission whilst being nurtured back to health at the mechanics. The chemistry is instant and sizzling, but Becks doesn’t give in as easy as Mal would have hoped for. On top of that, Becks is having a hard time remembering where she’s seen Mal before. When Becks is living it up in the city of sin, at her best friends bachelorette party, she finally realises where she’s seen this persistent romeo, when he’s part of the male strip show they’re at. This doesn’t exactly make Becks more interested in Mal, but faith, cupid or the lusty fairy have other plans.
I would love to write a long and in-depth review of this book, but fact is there’s only so much you can write about 138 pages, without giving it all away.
The main & secondary characters and setting are great – and I fell completely for Mal. The only reason the book isn’t getting 5 hearts from me, is because of Becks. When she starts her relationship with Mal, she knows exactly who he is and what his job is. And yet, she’s having a really hard time coming to terms with the fact, that her boyfriend takes off his clothes for a living, and dance around with other guys on stage.
Personally, I don’t think I could date a stripper. I would simply be jealous and maybe a bit embarrassed. But for the same reasons, I just wouldn’t do it. Instead of making such a simple decision, Becks goes for it, but then asks him to almost hide half of his identity from her, her friends and family. Plus she gets jealous at any woman that interacts with him. I mean, I guess that’s realistic enough, I’m just having a really hard time with leading ladies always having the same insecurities, and letting them make bad decisions and act horribly. I could be onboard with it, if Becks was being somewhat reasonable, or harboured a strong dislike towards the women pawing at her boyfriend. But instead she constantly takes it out on Mal, who’s not really done anything wrong!
However, if you can put that aside, or like me just focus on Mal and the banter, then this is a great, steamy and quick read! And let me tell you, the secondary characters and Mal more than makes up for, what I personally believe, Becks lacks.
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