In Stripped by Jasinda Wilder, Grey Amundsen grew up in Macon, Georgia as the sheltered daughter of a Baptist preacher. During high school, Grey takes a class on film and decides she wants to make films for a living despite her father’s objections. When her mother passes away from cancer, Grey looses not only her faith but her father as well. Ignoring his commands to stay, Grey heads to LA, where she has been accepted as a film major at the University of Southern California, but the expensive school quickly eats away at her financial aid.
Grey is forced to make a decision: take the only job she can find as a stripper or crawl back to Georgia admitting defeat. Grey chooses to become a stripper, despite how much she loathes it. While stripping one night, Grey meets the Dawson Kellor, who has been cast as Rhett Butler in a remake of Gone with the Wind, a film Grey happens to be an intern on. Dawson wants Grey in his life but Grey doesn’t want to jeopardize her internship and she has no idea what it’s like to date a star.
I absolutely loved this book!! I read it in one day and then was sad that I did. I am not ashamed to admit I had a wicked book hangover afterwards. I loved Grey’s character. I loved how she was determined to finish her degree. I felt so sorry for her when she was trying to find a job a d realized that stripping was her only option. Her reaction to being on the stage for the first time was heart wrenching.
What I most loved about this book was despite being a romance, there is a gritty story as well. The title of the book says it all. Not only does Grey choose to strip but her innocence is stripped away as well. Only by going to LA and trying to make it does Grey evolve into the woman Dawson falls in love with.
Overall, this is a great book for any romance reader, especially those that like a little extra heat in the bedroom scenes. The overall story is very engaging and even though it does take place in Hollywood, the story remains realistic to a degree.
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About the Book:
Title: Stripped (Stripped, #1)
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Release Date: August 16, 2013
Category: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Purchased at Penned Con 2014
So 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.