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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.
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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 http://www.twitter.com/prescottlane1 and http://instagram.com/prescottlane1 or at http://www.authorprescottlane.com
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Why I haven’t read any books by Prescott Lane before??? Really??? Where were you hiding?
Stripped Raw is nothing what I was expected, and I was addicted.
It was beautifully written, sincere with an overwhelming range of emotions. I felt a lot, mesmerized by Prescott Lane’s story, by second chances at love, honest feelings, and sexy endearing males who aren’t afraid to show their feelings … Oh my … I think I have a crush on Kane Hunter!!
The prologue was already settling the mood, told in dual POV, I loved how both of them were baring their souls, with so much honesty.
Kenzie is an admirable, stubborn woman with no filter and hot tempered at times. A feisty woman who knows how to hide her scars and feelings behind her behavior. She owns her homemade lingerie business and knows how to make it work. Being hurt in her past, she understood how to protect her heart and her family no matter what! She’s a mama Bear when it comes to her family, and also sacrificing a little her private life for providing what’s best for them … Even if sometimes she was too stubborn in her choices.
Kane Hunter was an unexpected surprise in Kenzie’s life. I loved how sometimes you meant to meet people who could help you to find the light and to breathe again. Like Kenzie, Kane was hiding some deep scars, and a heavy luggage. Recently divorced with a complicated relationship with his ex-wife, he knew that he had to go what for he wanted and not letting it go. Honest, sexy, sweet and not afraid to share his feelings, I was having a huge crush with this character since the prologue!
A slow burning romance, with a banter off the charts! I was vicariously living through their love story, ups and downs, a whirlwind romance. They might moved things kinda fast, not sexually speaking but about their feelings. While reading it, I was believing at love at first sight, to be brave, to take a chance on life and love.
The bluntness between the characters was so refreshing, and it went straight to my heart!The sexy times? I felt like I was combusting … Intense, passionate and scorching.I was rooting for this couple so much, I wanted them to reach their HEA.
I enjoyed how despite some very tough and sad times, the author managed to make you smile and give you hope. Gut-wrenching and brilliantly written. All the feels and definitely a must read!
I was more than convinced by Prescott Lane’s vision of love! Love in all its form; from the good to the hardest times, and how you’re willing to make it work and not take it for granted. Take a chance on this book, you won’t be disappointed, just follow Prescott Lane’s lead and feel it!! Book hangover alert!!!
** My rating **