Randomly stumbling upon a giveaway on twitter is honestly one of my favorite things to do. And that is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago when I saw someone retweeted a tweet from author Edie Harris where she was giving away copies of her new e-book Stripped to a select few who replied with the hashtag #stripme. After reading the blurb that she had provided in another tweet, I decided to take a chance and see if I could be one of the ones to receive a copy. Luckily, I was one of the people chosen to receive a copy, and I quickly found myself diving in to see what exactly Stripped was all about.
Stripped is a contemporary romance novel about an actor and a make-up artist. The actor’s name is Declan and he is an up-and-coming newbie from Ireland, complete with a sexy accent, who gets called to star in a new movie called Vendetta after the original actor ends up in rehab. He is a really big flirt, and is attracted to Fiona, the make-up artist on set from the moment that they first meet. Declan was a super fun character to read about and his interactions with Fiona are incredibly sexy as he relentlessly pursues her (without being overly pushy or awkward).
Declan’s counter part Fiona is a more reserved individual. She was once great dancer, who went through some difficult times, and has some scars to show from them. She is attracted to Declan but still tries to stay as professional as possible. Yet as he continues to pursue her, she starts finding it more and more difficult to ignore the sexy Irishman that continues to push her boundaries. He forces her to re-find her confidence and passion again while she challenges him to go deeper within himself and find out what he really wants.
The flirting and banter between the characters in Stripped is very engaging. The banter was always fun and witty but never really over the top. There are plenty of cute moments between Declan and Fiona which added to their chemistry. And oh boy do they have chemistry. The sexual tension between them was insane at times – there is a plethora of sexy times believe me. There is also a bit of angst to balance out the story as well as both characters battle their inner concerns.
Overall, both characters are likable, and their relationship is not an insta-love story but instead a story that is built on attraction and understanding. You really get to know the ins-and-outs of their personalities and their relationship. I feel that the title is very appropriate for what happens over the course of the book, and I would recommend that anyone looking for a new short contemporary romance gives Stripped a chance. I don’t think you’ll regret it!
Disclosure: Received a copy from the author.
Other reviews of Stripped by Edie Harris:
Smexy Books: “Overall a very fun, sexy contemporary…“