“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18108903-stripped?from_search=true)
This was one of those books that I decided to read on a whim after seeing some reviews pop up in a Goodreads group.
It begins quite slow, with an introduction to Grey, the main character, and to her family. Her dad is a very conservative pastor, while her mother tries to soften that conservativeness. When tragedy strikes, Grey and her father finally have an honest conversation which leads to Grey moving out and being disowned.
Sh goes to college on a scholarship, and when that scholarship runs out, she decides to work as a stripper after being unable to find any other job. Some reviewers found that hard to believe, but I didn’t really think about it (and now, I just can’t stop thinking about it…).
Dawon, the male lead is your typical hottie. Not only he’s hot, but he’s also very persistent. He refuses to simply let Grey go and goes out of his way to fight for her. In other words, he is a modern age Prince Charming. Where can I find one for myself?
While this book was nothing to write home about, it was a nice read. It doesn’t really pull you in, but it’s not a chore to keep reading it, if that makes any sense. I have to confess that the ending left me wanting another book, but, rationally, that’s not an option. It’s just that I wanted to see a little bit more of Grey after graduation and her career, rather than solely her romance with Dawson.
The whole thing with her dad could have been more explored, in my opinion. Their inevitable reunion felt a little too easy. I was expecting yelling and tears, but what I got was much more softer than that. There was no yelling and no tears if I remember correctly, and I don’t think that’s how it goes.
Rating: 3 out of 5