Publisher: Self-Published (May 14, 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eBook (Novel Length)
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Barnes & Noble
Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)
“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.
“Don’t… waste those words on me.”
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
At A Glance
I enjoyed Stripped the whole way through. The story fascinated me. But there was characterization issues.
I really, really, liked Stripped. The concept was unique and the story drew me in. The blurb doesn’t even cover the half of it. But I wont be revealing any of this book’s secret sin this review. You will have to read those for yourself. But I will tell you that this book is an emotional rollercoaster and it deals with some important issues.
From the start, you really feel bad for Quinn. She has had it tough due to recent events. Her sister killed herself, her family is falling apart, and any money for her college is gone. Quinn has only one choice left if she wants to stay in college, nude modeling. It pays damn well, but it’s as embarrassing as you can imagine. I actually loved Quinn’s attitude in the beginning of Stripped. She is closed off, hates the idea of love, and as surly as they come. Even her interest in the infuriatingly charming Torrin doesn’t soften her much. But when everything starts falling apart, Torrin is the only bright light at the end of the tunnel. Quinn is a jerk, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. But she is also endearing and courageous. I found her very interesting, during both her lows and highs.
Torrin is still a bit of a mystery to me. He’s a good man though. He has a great personality and sticks up for himself, even when it’s Quinn doing the ribbing. He’s not perfect. He has his own demons. But he has a strong sense of self, too. He admits his mistakes and works to make them better. He is also a gentlemen. Quinn was all down for the nasty but Torrin made her wait. That made me smile. So cute.
I loved the emotion behind Stripped. The big controversy and how Quinn’s family dealt with it was truly intriguing. How Torrin played into her family drama was easily figured out but still fun when it was revealed. I loved how deep Quinn’s family issues really went, especially with her sister. I liked the twists near the end, some I didn’t even guess. Stripped was well written and flowed naturally. Definitely a new kind of new adult contemporary romance.
There were two main problems with this book: Quinn and Torrin. But for different reasons. I really liked Quinn in the beginning. I am all about the tortured soul and somewhat self-destructive attitude. What can I say, I love drama. But Quinn often bordered on whiny and childish. Sure, she got dealt a bad hand, and I totally felt like her parents were jerks in a lot of ways, but Quinn’s attitude just got to me sometimes.
Then Torrin. I loved Torrin. And that’s the problem. We never really get to know him. Skye only scratched the surface with Torrin, and I wanted to learn so much more. Quinn and Torrin never have a heart-to-heart or talk in depth about his past. I huge missed opportunity there.
The ending was…okay. Ending things like that does not send a good message to the audience. It’s not a bad ending by any means, it just didn’t hit me right.
We do get some sex. Pretty mild for new adult. Nothing steamy, but it flowed with the story. Torrin and Quinn were pretty cute together overall. I wanted them together and rooted for them the whole time.
Even with the issues I mentioned, I still loved reading Stripped. I think most people will like it too. The emotions run deep in this one. Very recommended.
“Maybe I should know the rules,” he says softly.
“Pfft. I’m not a game.” I reach out to poke his shoulder, and unexpectedly he catches my finger.
“Sometimes, I’m not so sure.”
“What’s important,” I say, taking his face in mine hands, looking him in the eye, “is that all this hesitation of yours is giving me a complex. And I feel annoying, insecure thoughts threatening to infiltrate the certainty of you liking me.”