Review: Stripped by Jasinda Wilder

My Thoughts

One of the most addicting books of the year!
A story about a girl breaking free from her past and finding the courage to be her true self. Filled with seduction, struggle and star power, I couldn’t put this book down. And god, it’s absolutely off-the-charts, intensely hot!

5stars

Synopsis

stripped coverSo how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you’re faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you’d imagine. That doesn’t make it easy, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There’s nothing I’d like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again.
Then, one day, I meet a man. He’s in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger. Not the kind of desire I’m used to though. It’s something different. Something hotter, deeper, and more possessive. I know who he is; of course I do. Everyone knows who Dawson Kellor is. He’s People Magazine’s Sexiest Man alive. He’s the hottest actor in Hollywood. He’s the man hand-picked for the role of Rhett Butler in the long-awaited remake of Gone With the Wind.

He’s the kind of man who can have any woman in the entire world with a mere crook of his finger. So what’s he doing looking at me like he has to have me? And how do I resist him when he looks at me with those intoxicating, changeable, quicksilver eyes?

I’m a virgin, and he’s an American icon of male sexuality. I’m a stripper, and he’s a man used to getting anything and everything he wants. And he wants me. I know I should say no, I know he’s the worst kind of player…but what my mind knows, my body and my heart may not.

And then things get complicated.

My Review

Holy. Freaking. Hotness. This book was H.O.T. I usually don’t start my reviews by talking about sex. But screw it, let’s go there! This book has some of the most intense, erotic, emotional and hottest sex scenes ever. Not even kidding. You’ll see! I bow down to Jasinda, who so adeptly wrote these steamy scenes. Girls, I suggest you battery-power your fans before you start reading this book!

Second point. This book was incredibly addictive and captivating, I read the whole thing in practically one sitting. And it’s not just the steaminess… because I’ll tell you, you kind of have to work up to that and the payoff is well worth it, but it’s also the story. It sucks you in. Grey Amundsen is the daughter of a pastor, a dancer who wants to work in film and rebel against the strictness of her conservative upbringing. And I mean seriously strict.

“No daughter of mine will engage in any such lewd and sinful behavior as dancing… It is gross and immodest and entirely sexual.”

She battles with her inner self for years, until tragedy strikes and she’s forced to break free, whether she’s ready or not. Forced to survive with only $400 to her name, she enrolls in college. Soon, however, the money begins to run out and she’s forced to take a job that symbolizes every sinful thing her father warned her about.

“Daddy was right. He said I’d fall into a sinful life, and I have. I just got a job as a stripper. I’m not going to glorify it by calling it “exotic dancer”… I’m going to do it, though. I won’t go crawling back to Macon, Georgia.”

I really felt for Grey during these beginning moments in the book. I could feel her distress, frustration and heartache. But when her dire situation forces her into the world of stripping, I cringed for her, it was as if you could see her heart breaking, feeling the nausea that crept up each time she had to get on that stage. But she’s focused on school, on her career, on her new internship in the movie industry. So, who of course walks in to her life unexpectedly?

Dawson Kellor.

“Sharp features, penetrating hazel eyes, dark hair somewhere between brown and black. Tall and ridiculously ripped, with sculpted arms and a broad, hard chest. He’s Brad Pitt and Henry Cavill and Josh Duhamel and so much more.”

gulp. double gulp. (gets out fan)

Dawson is a Hollywood god… famous and gorgeous and known for the gaggle of women that surround him. But when Grey and Dawson meet, there’s an undeniable connection. It’s as if he can see right through to the core of her. And the connection isn’t just at an emotional level, desire explodes immediately with a single touch. Surprises continue as destiny throws Dawson and Grey together under different circumstances, throwing more fuel into the fiery flames of their desire. The more time they spend together, the more Grey experiences dueling feelings of both insecurity and confidence. Although she begins to feel an empowering surge of boldness and desire, she wonders how could someone like him want an inexperienced girl from Georgia. A stripper? A virgin?

“I’m not the kind of girl he’s used to. I’m not an L.A. girl. I’m not an actress or someone sexy and confident and sure of who I am. I’m a mess. A confused, embarrassed, shameful mess. And he’s the god of Hollywood.”

But he sees her. The real her. He sees her struggles, her beauty, her repressed sensuality.

“There’s something inside you, beyond that innocence. I see it. It’s… fuck. It’s bright as the fucking sun, but it’s hidden, because you’re miserable.”

They also fulfill the needs of the other. Grey is crippled by insecurity and thoughts of sin, feeling too much that she continues to run away when moments become too intense and real. Dawson, on the other hand, feels too little… his own warped upbringing leaving him bereft of sincere love and affection… so when he finally finds someone that cares for him and makes him burst with a sundry of uncontrollable emotion, he can’t get enough of her. He’s romance and carnality and bright lights all rolled into one sexy man who is falling for this southern girl.

“I want to kiss you whenever I feel like it. I want to tell you when you’re being ridiculous. I want to make love you you. I want to fuck you. I want to hold you. I want to be yours.”

And when they finally come together, stars explode and desire burns unabashedly. Here is where Jasinda’s praise-worthy skill for smut is made evident. Seriously, these scenes are scorching. Intense. Emotional. And absolutely heart-faltering HOT. Grey discovers her inner sex vixen, her world suddenly bright with color and unstoppable sensuality. I couldn’t believe when it ended… it almost felt abrupt because I wanted more! This book is a wham-bam-thank-you-maam of intense emotion, drama and seduction that left me reeling and swooning and fanning myself for hours after I was done. I am so impressed at Jasinda Wilder’s writing skill and range… that she can write something so deeply intense and beautiful such as Falling Into You (which mind you, also had some incredibly hot scenes) evoking big, fat tears and then deliver something so enjoyable and sexy, an almost guilty pleasure like Stripped. This may be my new obsession of the moment! This is the perfect read to devour in between series, that will leave you feeling hot, bothered and totally satisfied 🙂

“He’s all there is. All there will ever be. I’m falling through eternity, and his touch is the fabric of that forever. His kiss is the substance of infinity.”

About Jasinda

Jasinda headshotNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. ​Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake. Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.

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Comments

  1. Crystal S says:

    I loved Bare Assetts & caint wait to read this one

  2. I left a comment on Vilma’s blog of course!

  3. joe hawkshaw says:

    Vilma’s book blog, i haven’t read this book yet but it looks very interesting.

  4. Sharilyn Dickerson says:

    Vilma’s Book Blog, I can’t wait to read this one! Have read most of her other books, including my favorite one, Falling Into You. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Favorite book is Falling into you, and I stopped by Vilmas book Blog!

  6. My favorite is Falling into Us. I stopped by Vilma’s Book Blog!
    Thanks for giveaway!

  7. Falling Into You blew my mind! I LOVE that book. I’m expecting Stripped to do the same.

    I entered the contest by commenting on Vilma’s Book Blog.

  8. I haven’t read any of your books but I think Stripped will be the one to break the ice! Looks very interesting.

  9. Robin the Book Nerd says:

    I love all her books. The Big Girls do it series and Falling into You such different books so I get to choose both! I followed with Vilmas book blog.

  10. I stopped at Vilma’s Book Blog

  11. Shannon Ferguson says:

    Havent read any of your books yet, have falling into you to read though 🙂 Stopped by via Vilmas book blog!

  12. Nikki Targum says:

    Vilmas book blog is how I got here, and I loved Falling into you!

  13. I haven’t read any of her books yet & Vilma’s Blog. 🙂

  14. I haven’t read any book from Jasinda Wilder,but I plan to read 🙂

    I stopped by Viliams Book Blog!

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  15. Brandi Smith says:

    Stopped by Vilmas Book Blog. So far my favorite is book is Falling Into You 🙂

  16. I haven’t read Jasinda Wilder’s book yet and am looking forward to reading this one. I’ve entered via Vilmas book blog.

  17. Falling Into You is my favorite!

  18. I love Falling Into You. It was intense & emotional. Entered in Vilma’s Book Blog. 🙂

  19. My Favorite JW book is Wounded… I stopped by this blog because I am super excited for the Stripped release!

  20. My favorite so far is falling into You. I entered at Vilma’s Book Blog

  21. My favorite book by Jasinda is Falling into You! So beautiful and heartbreaking. I entered here at Vilma’s Book Blog

  22. Mary Doherty says:

    My favorite book is “Falling Into You”!!!! I loved it!
    Entered on Vilma’s Book Blog.

  23. Tricia Santos says:

    I love Falling Into Us but I’m soooo freaking excited for Stripped! And I entered at Vilma’s Book Blog of course 🙂

  24. Andi Maples says:

    I love all of Jasinda’s books, but so far my favorite has been Falling Into You.

  25. Alexandra A says:

    I love Falling Into You. It is one of my favoutite books <3
    I entered at Vilma’s Book Blog. 🙂

  26. Vilmas book blog. And falling into you!!

  27. Falling Into You via Vilma’s bookblog

  28. Nikki Flannery says:

    I love all her books. Can’t wait to stripped come out

  29. Vilma’s! I haven’t read one yet. 🙁 Boo!

  30. Nikki Flannery says:

    Vilma’s book blog

  31. Mary Bilowus says:

    Falling into You and Falling into Us have to be my favourite. I entered at Vilma’s Book Blog.

  32. amber jersild says:

    Vilma’s Book Blog 🙂 And I have not read any of them yet, but I have Falling Into You on my Kindle ready for me to read it.

  33. I haven’t read one yet but have a few on my list. entered at Vilma’s Book Blog

  34. I stopped by Vilma’s book Blog and Falling into you 🙂

  35. Rocking!!! Great post Vilma!!!

  36. Stripped is my favorite and I stopped at Vilma’s to read for the tour!!!

  37. Kerri mclaughlin says:

    Falling into You is my favorite book and I stopped by Vilmas Book Blog. Thank you for the giveaway!

  38. My favorite book of Jasinda Wilder is Falling Into Us. I like Falling Into You also.

  39. House tripp says:

    I loved Falling into You. Can;t wait

  40. Maria Cantu says:

    vilma’s book blog

  41. Vilma’s Book Blog

  42. Ellen Trieu says:

    I entered on Vilma’s Book Blog! 😀 I haven’t read any of Jasinda’s books, but I am really looking forward to reading Stripped! :DD <33

  43. Vilma’s Book Blog, I have only read Big Girls Do It Better. Will soon be reading Falling Into You.

  44. Starla Y. says:

    Vilma’s book blog. I love the Big Girls and Rock Star series by Jasinda.

  45. Nella Durham says:

    My favorite Jasinda book & one of my top 10 as well is “Falling Into You”. I am on Vilma’s Book Blog…thanks

  46. I haven’t read any books by Jasinda, but Stripped looks like a very interesting read!
    Commented on Vilma’s Book Blog!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Michelle T says:

    Cant wait to read Stripped, I have only heard great things!!

  48. My favorite book by Jasinda is Falling Into You! I entered on Vilma’s Book Blog.

  49. Eileen Romero says:

    I stopped at Vilmas Book Blog, and my favoirite book from Jasinda Wilder is Big Girls Do It Married!!!!

  50. Falling Into You is definitely my fav!
    Entered on Vilma’s Book Blog. <3

  51. Falling Into You has been my favorite book. I entered through this blog, Vilma’s Book Blog.

  52. I’m just discovering Jasinda’s books and becoming a big fan.

  53. Falling into You is my favorite book so far can’t wait for Stripped and I followed the blog tour through Vilma’s Book Blog! 🙂

  54. Teresa Edwards says:

    loved Falling Into You!! Stopped by Vilma’s Book Blog

  55. Rock Stars do it ________ and Vilma’s Book Blog!!:)

  56. Vilma’s Book Blog, And Falling Into You!!!

  57. Natascha vO says:

    My favourite Jasinda Wilder books are Falling into You and Falling into Us. I entered via Vilmas Book Blog

  58. Sarah Martin says:

    My fave Jasinda book so far has been Falling Into You!! Lurved it!!

  59. Erika Rhodes says:

    Loved falling into you.. so sweet..sexy…. I’m following through vilmasbookblog!! thanks for the giveaway chances.. 😉

  60. Sarah Martin says:

    I stopped by the tour on Vilmas 🙂

  61. Great Review!! I haven’t yet read any of Jasinda Wilder’s books but they all sound great & are on my to-read list. This book does really sound like the perfect read for inbetween serious & dark reads.

  62. Valerie Rhodes says:

    Loved Falling into you… and hopping through Vilmas.. 😉

  63. Bare assets. Velmas blog

  64. hannah alley says:

    falling into you and Vilma’s book blog!

  65. Stephanie Kelley says:

    Stopped by Vilma’s Book Blog.

  66. falling into you and stopped here in vilma’s book blog

  67. You rock my freaking socks girl! Thank you <3

  68. Hi,
    I loved the Big Girls Series. It’ so funny!!!
    Thanks for giveaway!!!
    I’m following Vilma’s Book Blog.

  69. Great review. And I like the new changes on your blog <3

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