This was a great story. I loved the emotional warmth, the wonderful leading men and all of the interesting drama. If you’re interested, don’t forget to check out the Book Trailer at the bottom of this post.
Stripped Bare by Susan Mac Nicol
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After two years, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to care about him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far gone he already is. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who’s broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.
So what did I think?
This is a story that perfectly blends drama and romance and keeps the action going at a fairly rapid pace! The relationship is full of ups and downs – immense passion interspersed with arguments and fall-outs – and the drama keeps on coming – assaults, computer hacking, threats, computer hacking…
We are introduced to Shane while he is providing an escort service to David. They have met a couple of times before but only for an escort service without any sex (Shane is picky with who he gets involved with). But this changes and they end up in a hotel room together. After their encounter, David receives a phone call from his father and is obviously very fearful and upset. David is the son of a wealthy business man who is a homophobic jerk and threatens David.
After David leaves, Shane is concerned for him and tries to contact him without success, eventually finding out he is in the hospital. My question is why Shane was so concerned about David after what had happened between them. I don’t think this was fully explained or else Shane must be a very accepting/forgiving man! He visits the hospital and meets Matthew, David’s father’s lawyer. This is the start of a relationship between Shane and Matthew.
Shane is a little bit wild and gets up to some mischief that gets him into some trouble. But his heart is really in the right place and he falls hard for Matthew. Matthew is more controlled with tragedy in his past. He finds it hard to put himself out there and open his heart.
Together these men are wonderful and they certainly heat things up between the sheets (and everywhere else!). The sex scenes threatened to be a little too many but then I decided I enjoyed them so much that they suited the story perfectly!
There is much to be resolved in the story – David’s father’ actions and treats, Shane’s problems with his family, Matthew coming to terms with his own personal tragedy and finally Shane and Matthew trusting each other enough to love. It is an emotional journey with some really sweet and tender moments.
“Babe, you call me all upset and say you need me. I would have run twice the distance just to get here for you, to hear you say that.” Shane to Matthew.
“You drive me crazy. You’re bloody cheeky, you’re a maverick, and you never bloody listen to anyone. You do what you think is best, all the time. You also care so much about people – it’s what I love about you. I love the way you smell, the way you look, the way you make me feel.” Matthew to Shane
Of course I loved to see Matthew finally proclaiming his love but I think my other favourite part was Shane’s father’s response to seeing him with Matthew. “God, you two are incredible together,” he whispered, his face pale. “How could I ever think this wasn’t right?”
So all in all, a great story with emotional warmth, wonderful leading men and lots of interesting drama!
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