Thursday, October 10, 2013

*BLOG TOUR* "Stripped" by Brenda Rothert

Release Date: 05/27/13
New Adult Contemporary Romance
262 pages

Abby Gillis is used to being called a promiscuous, uneducated whore. It’s all in a day’s work when you’re a stripper. Since her job allows her to support her siblings, 24-year-old Abby takes it all off in stride. She’s never had trouble keeping men at arm’s length – until she meets ER physician Chris Reneau, who is sexy, sweet and interested in more than what’s beneath her clothes. As their relationship unfolds, Abby becomes increasingly aware of the desire building in her for the first time, and of her yearning to be wanted by the one man who truly sees all of her.

Commitment-averse Chris finds himself in uncharted territory. He wants Abby, that’s clear, but he can’t accept not having all of her. As the distance between them erodes, he tries to convince Abby to give up stripping for a chance at something real.

As the two of them get closer, Abby realizes that truly baring it all has nothing to do with her body. Chris makes her feel more exposed than she ever has, and she has to grapple with what’s left when her notions about herself and those around her are stripped away, leaving only the naked truth.



Stripped is definitely a good time read, mixed with a bunch of heaviness. And it works, ooooh it works so well! Abby is a strong independent woman with the weight of her entirely family on her shoulders. Chris is a successful doctor, who is immediately drawn to Abby. 

However, Abby, is a stripper. Yet, in some ways, she isn't your typical stripper-in-a-book, she has a day job, and a family that is counting on her. She also has ZERO interest in meeting a guy.. until Chris comes barging into her life unexpectedly. 

"She was an angel in devil's shoes."

Chris, is about as anti-relationship as Abby is, so when they decide to form a friendship and nothing else, both of them are thrilled. That is until feelings start getting thrown into the mix, and they both end up in over their heads with each other. 

"Usually, when he went out with a woman, the conversation pretense centered on getting them into bed. But he genuinely liked listening to Abby talk about her sisters, her love for dancing, and her distain for peanut butter."

But, Chris and Abby both have things they need to get past, in order to move on with someone else. Oh, and there's also the fact that she is a stripper, and that doesn't exactly fly with Chris.

The chemistry between Abby and Chris had me screaming at the book "Just give in already!!". But, at the same time, it was a ton of fun watching the two of them try to fight their feelings. There are definitely some unexpected curveballs, some that I definitely didn't see coming, and it added so much to their story. Yet again, Brenda Rothert has delivered a great book that keeps you turning page after page!

Favorite Quote:

"You have stars in your eyes, Abby, I didn't think that was possible."


Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.
These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.

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