So how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you’re faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you’d imagine. That doesn’t make it easy, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There’s nothing I’d like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again. Then, one day, I meet a man. He’s in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger. Not the kind of desire I’m used to though. It’s something different. Something hotter, deeper, and more possessive. I know who he is; of course I do. Everyone knows who Dawson Kellor is. He’s People Magazine’s Sexiest Man alive. He’s the hottest actor in Hollywood. He’s the man hand-picked for the role of Rhett Butler in the long-awaited remake of Gone With the Wind. He’s the kind of man who can have any woman in the entire world with a mere crook of his finger. So what’s he doing looking at me like he has to have me? And how do I resist him when he looks at me with those intoxicating, changeable, quicksilver eyes? I’m a virgin, and he’s an American icon of male sexuality. I’m a stripper, and he’s a man used to getting anything and everything he wants. And he wants me. I know I should say no, I know he’s the worst kind of player…but what my mind knows, my body and my heart may not. And then things get complicated.
Release date August 16, 2013
Grey suddenly finds herself in a situation where she needs to do anything in order to survive. She is young, far from her home in Georgia, at college in California with no way to pay her tuition or living expenses. She has been alienated from her father, a very strict pastor who would definitely NOT approve of the choices she is forced to make.
The first part of the book started out a little slow for me but then WOW! When Grey (as “Gracie”, her stage name) meets famous actor Dawson Kellor at the dance club, the book really takes off. He is immediately drawn to Grey’s kind nature and goodness.
“Dawson doesn’t answer, but this isn’t a pause— this is the silence of a man who knows nothing he says will make it okay, so he doesn’t say anything. It’s perfect. After a long moment, he tugs me closer and murmurs, “Let me hold you.” I’m still, totally tensed now. “Hold me?” “Yeah. Just hold you. No pressure. It’s not going anywhere. Just be in the moment with me.”
Dawson is a world-weary Hollywood actor, and it turns out that Grey is actually his new assistant on his current movie. Despite her innocence and inexperience, she and Dawson fall for each other.
I enjoyed the Hollywood behind-the-scenes aspect of the storyline. The writing in Stripped is excellent, fast-paced and VERY sexy. Grey and Dawson really heat up the pages! They have an undeniable chemistry.
I also liked that Dawson really doesn’t play games with Grey. He is very open and honest about his feelings for Grey, and he really treats her with love and care:
“Then, something odd happens: Dawson presses a soft kiss to my temple. It’s. . . tender. It’s a kiss designed to soothe, to comfort. Not to ignite desire or passion. It confuses me, and it makes me feel. . .loved. Cared for.”
I love what the title of the book stands for, it’s not what you think! Ms. Wilder has written characters that I actually cared about, and has written some super-steamy scenes. Stripped is a very sexy story, that totally surprised me with its storyline and characters. Enjoy!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.
Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre.
She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.
Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.
Grand Prize ~ $100 Amazon Gift Card
First Prize ~ Signed Paperback of Stripped