I am excited to be reviewing a new romance by Erin McCarthy. She remains one of my favorite romance authors. I remember when she won Lori Foster’s writing contest and got her book published. That is how long I’ve been a fan! I feel like Stripped Down is Erin going back to her roots in romantic comedy which I know I appreciate! I’ve missed her voice.
Sloane is turning thirty and she has just moved back to her hometown, Beaver Bend, Minnesota. (Not a huge fan of the name of the town but that’s because I’m a Minnesotan myself and this feels a bit too much even for me!) Sloane is angry and sad about her recent divorce. Her future feels unsettled now. She is renting an apartment above a mechanic’s shop and she is working with a local groomer (which she is very excited about). But is she ready for anything else unexpected in her life?
Rick had a crush on his best friend’s older sister all throughout high school. In fact, they shared a kiss that Sloane is unwilling to admit she enjoyed. When Rick learns she is back in town, he can’t help if his fantasies start spinning again. Rick has grown into a bit of a playboy since Sloane moved away. He has a nice body he has worked for, he is a talented mechanic, and oh yeah, he likes pleasing women. When Sloane sees him her first night back in town, she cannot believe the scrawny teen boy she remembers from high school is now stripping for a good cause at her father’s bar. And wow, what a body!
Sloane and Rick connect again through mutual lust but there is a lot more to their relationship than just that. I really enjoyed watching these two get to know each other all over again. I really liked that for the most part, their high school personas were swept aside after the first few chapters. Sloane has moved on from her popular and snobby days of high school. Rick has embraced his life in every way he can and enjoys sharing his…talents with women. These two have grown up and I liked how Erin McCarthy sets them on a path together as they discover each other as adults.
There are some surprises along the way for these characters, revelations about their histories and what they hope for in the future. Sloane is so much more than the trophy wife role she lived for ten years. Rick is a lot more than the local muscular hottie who entertains women. I enjoyed getting to know them and seeing their personalities evolve throughout the book.
Erin McCarthy’s voice feels both familiar and fresh in Stripped Down. I enjoyed getting to know Rick and Sloane and I am already anxious to read book two in the Tap That series, Strip Search. I think this series will be a great read for Erin McCarthy’s long time fans but also, a great discovery for all readers. This is a fun and frothy romance I enjoyed from start to finish!
About STRIPPED DOWN (Tap That #1)
His best friend’s hot older sister.
Her younger brother’s annoying sidekick.
And one forbidden kiss in a bathroom in high school…
Sloane O’Sullivan is returning home to Minnesota, dreading turning thirty. Once the Mean Girl, she’s a lot more humble these days. And shocked to see how Little Dickie is all grown up and hot as hell, stripping at a charity event like he was born with biceps.
Working out has shed Rick Ryder of his despised childhood nickname. Now he leads a simple life. Work on cars, take care of his kid sister, have casual hookups. But when Sloane comes back to town single, he wants to finish what they started in that bathroom twelve years earlier.
It was complicated back then. It’s even more so now.
Because Sloane wrecks his bike.
And he’s her landlord.
And her brother will murder him if he has sex with her.
But sometimes you have to strip it all down to see what was there all along… even if it’s a secret.
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About STRIP SEARCH (Tap That #2)
An introverted rich girl.
A stripper cop.
And a live-streaming kiss that threatens both their careers.
Cop Axl Moore is pretending to be a stripper for charity. But the cute blonde pulled up on stage seems to think he is the real deal.
When Leighton, director for the reality show Wedding Crashers, gets stopped by a cop she swears is actually a stripper, she’s determined to put the “f” in fun to save her job.
But their surprisingly potent kiss is caught on camera.
How do you recover from that?
A fake engagement…
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About Erin McCarthy
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over sixty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.
When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.
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