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I am a twenty-something, happily married, mother of one who loves books. I love reading them. I love looking at them. I love their smell. Libraries and bookstores are my holy places... No I'm not being blasphemous. Books are my religion and if you don't like that then you're probably reading the wrong blog I love ebooks too. I love how my Kindle can hold thousands of books and wherever I go in the world they can come with me. I love how the emergence of ebooks has resulted in more books being published than ever before - for better or for worse My love of books is the reason for this blog. I want to share it with other people who love books, I'm opinionated and passionate and I want to share those opinions with you and see what you think, do you agree or disagree? I want to hear your opinions and your recommendations... Basically I want to share the book love! I will pretty much read anything that is a romance but I mainly read paranormal romance, urban fantasy, new adult, young adult, and erotica... Plus the odd book here and there that is not a romance of any description! So that's what to expect from this blog. If you like what you see, please follow!


Stripped - Jasinda Wilder The cover of this book caught my eye, the blurb intrigued me and I was really excited to read it, unfortunately the excitement died rather quickly.

The first quarter of this story was just so slow. I was like blah blah Grey blah blah daddy blah mama blah religion blah dancing blah film blah blah - blah.

I really couldn't have cared less but I don't give up on a book once I've started reading it so I kept on reading, waiting for it to get good, to live up to it's blurb... But it didn't. At all.

It's around a quarter of the way into the book when anything interesting starts to happen and it just happens to be that Grey starts stripping. She has her reasons and given her background you expect some kind of reservations, you expect some difficulty but it was just too much. The vomiting, the constant whingeing and tears, I wanted to smack her. Honestly I found Grey to be a highly irritating character and there wasn't much about her that was redeeming. Actually, I can't think of a single thing that was redeeming.

Dawson is an OK character. He sees past "Gracie" Grey's stripping alter-ego and sees Grey. He is sweet and caring and the fact that he puts up with the biggest load of crap from her and still wants her makes me want to give him a medal.

The romance had one or two fluttery feels moments, but it all just felt... one dimensional? There was no depth to the connection between Grey and Dawson and with that connection lacking I just couldn't suspend reality and ignore the instalove.

It was my first novel by this author and I will read another before making my mind up on whether to add her to my regular reading pile. A great author can write a bad book so I'm not yet put off and I don't want to put anyone off the author either. Perhaps just start by reading a different book of hers?

I don't like giving a bad review but sometimes you just can't help it.

2 out of 5 stars