by Zoey Castile
Series: Happy Endings #1
Published by Kensington on August 28, 2018
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Skilled, sculpted, and sexy, the men of adult entertainment are the kind of guys a woman reserves for her fantasies, not her reality. But is there more to these professional hotties than meets the eye? . . .
The day Robyn Flores meets Zac Fallon is one of those days. You know, when you're already late for work. Mostly because you haven't really slept since your best friend abandoned you for her fiance and her exponentially better life. The kind of day you drag yourself to the cleaners to pick up your laundry, only to discover you've got the wrong bag--Star Spangled sequined thong, anyone? So Robyn is definitely not ready for the ridiculously gorgeous guy at her front door, except that they have each other's clothes. But then, is any woman ever ready to meet the love of her life?
There's just one problem: Zac Fallon is not the love of Robyn's life. Zac knows, despite the all-too-intimate dinner they share, he doesn't have a shot at her. Because the next time Zac sees Robyn, he's front and center of the male revue headlining her best friend's bachelorette party. So much for wooing the pretty schoolteacher, much less impressing her old-fashioned family, with his upstanding lifestyle. Now he's only got one way to win his dream girl. It's gonna be the steamiest, most irresistible seduction she's ever seen. And this time it will be no act . . .
Fans of Magic Mike XXL, come forth! This is the book for you. Stripped by Zoey Castile is sexy, sweet, and basically everything I look for in a romance novel.
Robyn Flores has been stuck in a rut for months. A fifth grade teacher by day, she once dreamed of becoming a writer—but gave up her dreams in favor of practicality. And lately, Robyn’s head just isn’t in the right place: she’s not sleeping, or she’s oversleeping and ending up late for work. This isn’t the dependable Robyn who everyone (including herself) is used to.
So it’s just Robyn’s luck when she picks up her laundry one day, only to realize it’s not hers when she reaches into the bag and pulls out someone’s sequined thong. Turns out that the laundry belongs to Zac Fallon, Robyn’s hot new neighbor.
Robyn and Fallon share a heated meet-cute and connect on a physical level right away. However, it quickly becomes clear to Fallon that Robyn is looking for a different kind of guy. See, Fallon is a dancer—of the Magic Mike variety. So he takes off abruptly, leaving Robyn perplexed as to what scared him away.
Robyn’s best friend Lily is getting married, but Robyn is failing at her maid of honor duties. When Lily’s soon-to-be sister-in-law Sophia steps in and takes over the planning, Robyn is relieved—until Sophia reveals that she hired a group of male strippers for the bachelorette party. To Robyn’s horror, Fallon is one of them.
Despite their best efforts to stay away from each other, Robyn and Fallon cannot deny their attraction. They agree to a no-strings-attached arrangement that will end once Fallon leaves town for his next gig. But they each find themselves falling hard for the other. What can they do when they’re from two completely different worlds?
Stripped is such a fun read, but it’s also so much more. It delves into complicated friendships and family dynamics. In addition, it doesn’t shy away from the judgment that Fallon faces from everyone in Robyn’s world, once they learn what he does for a living. It’s something that Robyn has to come to terms with herself—she has to check her judgment at the door and see past Fallon’s job to the person he truly is.
Robyn and Fallon have a lot to overcome to be together, and my only small complaint is that the ultimate resolution happens super quickly—maybe a little too fast for my taste. But the underlying story and connection that the characters have is so sweet, I just cheered them on the whole way.
Stripped is book #1 in the new Happy Endings series and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Rating: 4.5 stars