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Stripped | Review

Book Blurb:
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.

I'm not sure what it is with me, but I have a weird fascination with strippers. I will read just about any book if it is about strippers. Odd, I know. When I seen the opportunity to read and review Stripped, I was all like, "Yes, please."
Stripped is about 24 year old Abbey, who comes from a family that consists of a younger, college student brother, along with two younger sisters. Abbey's Mother has a respiratory disease, make worse due to her smoking and drug abuse.
With her Mother that thinks she is a whore and doesn't give a crap about her children, Abbey has decided that to secure the families safety and to provide a better life for them, she will be a stripper. It pays great and she has some security in her life.
While working one night, a bachelor party is taking place and Abbey is asked to help work it. It is there that she meets Chris. He won't touch her, not because she's a dancer, but because he only touches what's his. YUM!
Abbey is slightly hurt by this, but quickly moves on. The next day taking her Mother to the ER for her breathing problems she comes face-to-face with Chris, except he doesn't remember her.....but asks her out...kinda. From there the story takes off.
Abbey has lots of insecurities, and rightfully so. As Abbey and Chris try to navigate a very nontraditional relationship, um, friendship, it seems as if life and circumstance just can't help but rear it's ugly head.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has a nice steady pace making it easy for me to devour quickly. The content is too heavy and I don't consider any part of it inappropriate, much to my dismay. Reading a book about stripping I was expecting something a bit more raunchy, but it is written very much like Abbey character, clean. Overall, I give Stripped 3 3/4 stars.

About the Author:

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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