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Review: Stripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin

Stripped Bare Stripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Full disclosure: While I enjoyed this story for the most part, I did have some issues with it and if you read on, you'll discover exactly what those issues were.

Ever read a book where you liked the story, at least its premise, but couldn't stand the characters?

For me, Stripped Bare was one of those books. Every time one of the characters had something to say... I... just... couldn't... deal.

It could just be me. Maybe it is. Who knows? I have a low tolerance for a-holes and dingbats so that could be it.

Fin was/is a manwhore, greedy, cold, calculating, rude, and prides himself on being respectful and considerate while being incorrigible and inconsiderate. This man was a walking talking mass of contradictions. I scrounged each page looking for something about him to like and it wasn't until I got to the end of the story... the freaking end!! ... that I found his one redeeming moment.

As for Macey, I dug deep to find a modicum of affection for her. She was a huge disappointment. I neither liked or respected her but I didn't hate her either. It just bothered me that she created the situation she was in and how she dealt with it. Being a single mom isn't the end of the world and it doesn't stop most of us for reaching for the sky. I pulled up my bootstraps and found myself an edu-ma-cation in order to provide my children with the best possible life I could. I did it all on my own and I still do it all on my own. So when a fictional character can't find it within herself to achieve or aspire to be more than a minimum wage earning contribution to her child's life, my sympathies are pretty thin. I'm not saying there aren't circumstances that prevent some moms from moving mountains, but this fictional character had no excuse. But that's just my opinion. Anyhow, her daughter's unconditional love for her is what got me through.

Overall, this was a hot and steamy second chance romance between a man with a closed-off heart and a woman with a hopeful soul. If you can get past the negative qualities of the characters, then more power to you and I hope you enjoy the heck out of this story!!

Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance - 2nd chance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Heat: 4 out of 5
Type: Standalone - Book 1 of the Vegas Billionaire series

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