Thursday, August 28, 2014

When your emotions are stripped bare

Bare Assets
Dirt Roads #1
by ML Stephens


With nothing but shattered dreams and a busted heart to fuel the way, Angela Fletcher drove out of Arkansas and never looked back. 

Six years later, the new and improved version of the girl she used to be steered clear of romance, love and late night promises. The only pillow talk Angela engaged in these days was making sure the person on the other pillow knew to lose her number as soon as he left the bed. She only had room for one love in her life and that was Bare Assets, the gentlemen's club she poured her heart and soul into. 

Dean Murray was the devil in disguise and had left behind enough broken hearted women to populate a small country. Angela would know. She was an expert markswoman who was skillfully self-trained at shooting down the good, the bad and the ugly of all masculine targets. After all, as the owner of the most successful strip club in Dallas, Texas, it was her business to know men. 

Just as she begins to fall for Dean's silky words and passionate ways, her past and present unexpectedly collide and a meticulously planned future turns into unpredictable chaos. Is the smooth-talking, denim-wearing devil responsible for the chaos? Or are the secrets she left buried in Arkansas coming back to haunt her?

Review by pearls
Angie is a self-made woman making a success in a man's industry.  For that alone, I love her.  And despite having her heart broken by her ex and best friend, she still has a kind heart for those around her.  The story comes with quite a surprise ending.  Torn between returning to the past or embarking on an unsure future, she re-examines her life and what she needs to be happy.  Even if it means being the bearer of another's unhappiness. Some of the sexual metaphors were a bit over the top, but storyline kept you guessing which path Angie would take.

Bare Essentials
Dirt Roads #2
by ML Stephens


Trouble never looked so good. 

He's a cowboy with a guitar and an attitude. She's Nashville's toughest, most sought after music agent. They have one thing in common: country music. 

Cutter Harrison relies on two things: beer and music—his music. At twenty-six, he's happily divorced and plans to keep it that way. 

Holly Avery is on the hunt. She's determined to discover the next country music superstar and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. 

When two paths collide, Cutter and Holly are suddenly forced to question their pasts, their futures, and the bare essentials of love. Country music brought them together, but will their dirty little secrets keep them apart? 

Review by pearls
This was a delightful romance that grabbed me from the start.  Cutter is nursing his broken heart through beer and song.  A chance encounter takes him to a Memphis recording studio, but you can't take the Arkansas farmer out the man.  When he falls for big city girl, can he convince her he is the real thing off stage, too?  Cutter is the ultimate romantic, refusing to give up on his second chance at love.  He comes across as genuine making you root for him.  Holly is a highly successful woman in a tough industry.  Like many woman in this position, she faces the double standard denying mixing business with pleasure.  Can she risk losing respect from her career colleagues?  Or can she follow her heart.  ML Stephens writing has grown tremendously with this book. 

About the Author

I write the characters and stories that scream the loudest.
I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!

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