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I’m a yes girl. Get your mind out of the gutter; I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about saying yes to whatever comes my way in life. So when I had the chance to move to Europe after college, I said, yes. When I had the chance to open my own lingerie line, I said, yes. And when my stepsister got diagnosed with cancer and needed me to come home and help her raise her daughter, I said, yes. That’s me, Kenzie — the yes girl! In every area of my life but one —Love. Always the first to leave a relationship. Will I be able to say yes to love — to Kane — to being happy? Or will I simply come undone and be stripped raw?
Don’t let Kenzie fool you! She’s a master at hiding behind a laugh and a smile. Being an attorney, I prefer the facts. This story isn’t as light and happy as my yes girl would have you believe. No laugh can sugar coat what we are facing: I’ve lost everything. I know what it’s like to be left raw. But sometimes that’s the only way to find love. To strip yourself down, let the other person see all your shit, and hope they love you anyway.
“I’m the good girl, very responsible, girl-next-door type.”
Should I tell her I took the virginity of the girl next door? Probably not. “I think you’re more than that,” I say, taking a step closer to her. That wasn’t a line. I really mean it. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think so.
I inch even closer, but she looks confused — a little like she wants me to kiss her, a little like she wants me to screw her, but mostly like she doesn’t want me to do anything more. I can’t blame her; we only met a few hours ago. Deacon is wrong about the one night stand thing. This woman isn’t looking for a hookup. I’m not, either. One night with her wouldn’t be enough. So I take a step back, my fists clenched at my sides to redirect my energy.
“That was my first catalog,” Kenzie says. “I plan on doing two a year.” She reaches for a sketchbook on her work table. “This is what I’m working on for the next line. I’ll be photographing them pretty soon. The line is inspired by men’s clothing, so pinstripes and. . . .”
She keeps talking about the different fabrics, colors, and textures she plans to use. I have no idea what she is saying, but marvel over what I’m seeing — corsets and bustiers, vests with garter belts, bras, and G-strings. I love that these ideas, these fantasies, came out of her mind. She is so much more than she thinks, so much more than the girl next door.
Kenzie flips to another sketch, this one of a navy bra and panty set with stockings and heels. That will look perfect on her — especially bent over my office desk. My cock throbbing, I take a deep breath and try to focus on what Kenzie is saying. My eyes search the catalog pages for anything to distract me. “What’s this?”
“Cuffs,” she says, “like on a man’s dress shirt. But these double as handcuffs.”
Okay, that’s it. The arts-and-crafts show is officially driving me crazy. My dick is rock hard now, and I can’t take it anymore.
I am having reviewer block right now. All I think is how Stripped Raw are the perfect words to describe how you personally feel after reading this book. It evokes so many emotions that it is all consuming.
Which means, I balled. Maybe not balled, but had a nice ugly cry. I have not had one of those in quite a while. The story was great. The main reason is because she has such beautiful characters. Kenzie, Kane, Tessa and Zoe.
The relationship and bonds she has with her family and now Kane are amazing. So many parts of the story that spoke to me. The beginning of the book was great. Kenzie is not a girl that puts up with crap. Independent, strong, loving and sincere. Kane is the best kind of person you can imagine. Then there was Tessa and Zoe. If I had to do a full review on them, I might bring myself to tears.
Sometimes you just need a few good hours to read something that speaks to your soul.
This is your prompt to buy the book.I rate the book a 4.8.
Sunny's Review:This book was not what I expected at all. When you read the synopsis you have no idea that their is a lot more going on in the book than just Kenzie and Kane. I was hooked on this book from page one and read it in one sitting. Kenzie was a great character. She has flaws and is not perfect in any way. She is strong and takes care of herself and works hard to make a name for herself. She does not act like she has to have someone there with her to take care of her. She is relatable as a character and honestly I think she would be a fun person to hang out with. Kane is freaking basically perfect. He is this great guy that actually cares about people. While we all enjoy a bad boy, Kane is not one at all and I loved it. He is not a man whore or a jerk to anyone really. He takes care of the people in his life. His step-brother is such a jerk and womanizer but Kane still works hard to help his brother when he needs to.
You have so many emotions in this book. I did not think that I would cry like a baby on this one but I did. There is another story going along within Kenzie and Kane's story that will tear up your insides. If you need to have a good cry one day and you can't make yourself do it, read this book.
I love this book and I recommend it for pretty much everyone. I am giving this book 4.8 stars. I will reread this book.
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Prescott Lane is the author of First Position, Perfectly Broken, and her new release, Quiet Angel. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life. Connect with Prescott Lane at http://www.pinterest.com/PrescottLane1/ and facebook.com/PrescottLane1 and www.twitter.com/prescottlane1 and http://instagram.com/prescottlane1 or at http://www.authorprescottlane.com
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