Review: Strip Me Bare, by Marissa Carmel

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Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: several sex scenes.
Pages: 227

Blurb:

“I may have had more lovers than you, and I may take my clothes off for countless women, but you are the only one who can strip me bare.”

Do you ever stop loving someone just because they’re gone?
Five years ago Ryan Pierce disappeared from Alana Remington’s life without leaving so much as a post-it note behind. He was the one she gave her heart to, her soul to and her virginity to. So imagine her surprise when she finds him dancing at one of NYC’s hottest male reviews as Jack the Stripper.
Ryan never stopped loving Alana, and now that she serendipitously dropped back into his life, he’s vowed never to lose her again. But being together has its costs, and challenges Alana isn’t sure she can handle. She finally has Ryan back; but how in the world is she supposed to share the love of her life with half of the women in New York City?

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About the Author:

Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes in college as she could. She spent most of her twenties bartending which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.

Author’s website

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Strip Me Bare is a stand alone book with one hot male stripper!

It took me some time to really warm up to the writing, the characters and the way the plot was going, but once I did, I was happy I decided to purchase this book.

The first half of the book is good, but there’s nothing to talk about. Alana was a little bit annoying and I couldn’t feel one thing for her and it worried me and Ryan was far from a male lead character I liked. I felt off about him, but I slowly warmed up to him and I’m glad I did. 🙂

Maybe it’s just me because it took me a while to enjoy this story, but I think the writing got way better in the second half of the book. Things were more described, feelings too and I felt more invested in the story and in the characters’ life.

The idea of a male stripper and a young woman studying law is a wonderful idea and just for that very reason, I’m glad I read Strip Me Bare. I enjoyed the way the author put Ryan’s life style into Alana’s and it was great to see her struggle sometimes. Damn, I don’t know how I’d feel in her shoes!

There are a few swooning lines I enjoy and a few I think are a little over the top. Don’t mind me though, maybe I wasn’t in the “romantic” mood.

I’m always fond of angst in books, I swear I’m not that weird in real life, and I must say that I almost regret that there’s not more angst with Ryan’s mother or Alana’s father. It feels a little unresolved in a way, but I’m being picky because I’m pretty sure I’ll be the only one feeling that way.

So overall, it’s a good book in the genre, one I think you’ll enjoy. Pick it up!

Who read Strip Me Bare? Hot Stuff or not? (I think Ryan is pretty hot… Just saying).

Rating:

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