REVIEW – “Stripped Down” by Lorelei James

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STRIPPED DOWN is a Blacktop Cowboys Series Novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. Grab your copy today!


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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorelei James, a new steamy story of the Blacktop Cowboys…

Never challenge a cowboy to a little naughty competition…

A flirty game of sexual truth or dare between best man, Wynton Grant, and maid of hosty redhead is keeping secrets and Wyn’s not above stripping her bare—body and soul—to get to the bottom of it…nor, Melissa Lockhart during their BFF’s wedding reception results in a steamy hookup.

But their plans for a one and done change when a family crisis leaves Wyn shorthanded at the Grant Ranch. Experienced horsewoman Mel volunteers to help out and gets way more than she bargained for living under the same roof as the sexy rancher. Playing house has never appealed to Wyn…until now.

But the feisty redhead is keeping secrets and Wyn’s not above stripping her bare—body and soul—to get to the bottom of it…

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andra's review

I have to start off by saying this is the first ever Lorelei James novel I’ve read and I cannot believe I’ve waited that long to ‘meet’ her . Although Stripped Down is only a novella, I instantly fell in love with the characters and her writing style, that I immediately went and picked up book 1 in the Blacktop Cowboys, Corralled

Stripped Down follows Wyn Grant and Melissa Lockhart, both of whom are in the wedding party of the first one’s brother. It all starts with a little wedding  flirting and lots of sexual tension between the two, which they decide to explore. And exploring it they do – in different places of the building where the wedding is being held.

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When something unexpected comes up and Melissa has to stay a while longer at Wyn’s ranch, the attraction between them grows into something deeper – lust transforms into love – and we get to see the two learning to trust one another and not hold back when it comes to their relationship.

One aspect I LOVED about this novella were the characters – in just a few pages I got to form a connection with both of them: they were fun and sweet, sexy and serious when needed. I adored how original the author was in giving them both a ‘slutty’ past – Melissa wasn’t ashamed of her sexual explorations , sharing all her sexcapeds with her leading man and vice versa. But behind Melissa’s sharing all this was more than just fun – she’s trying to keep Wyn at a distance, but little does she know that he’s not easily scared away. Little by little she learns to trust him and share with Wyn her biggest secret.

Wyn is an incredible hero. He’s a former ‘man-whore’, but he has a sweet side. When he truly likes someone he gives them his all – his family is the most important thing, and later on Melissa takes that spot. I loved seeing him interact with his brothers – he has a great sense of humor and he’s not at all judgmental, which only made me love him more.

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Even if Stripped Down is short – it’s full of character and plot development – all the steamy scenes – and there were plenty – are only adding to it. And just because I started talking  about them – man oh man were they HOT!!! Amazingly written, sensual and sexy, old and original – let’s just say cowboys know how to work that rope 😉 Vivid descriptions and believable time lapses only add to the great writing and make this novella leave you wanting MORE.

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As I said before, after finish it I decided it’s time I read more about these cowboys and their leading ladies. Can’t wait to see what Lorelei James has planned for some of them!

4 ‘rope loving’ stars 😉

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excerpt1

Talk about floored.Wyn was glad to have several hours to try to sort through everything. But by the time he pulled into his driveway just after dark, he was more than ready to put it all aside and focus on the sweet, hot and sexy redhead he hadn’t been able to get out of his mind the past thirty-six hours. The sweet, hot and sexy redhead who was in his house right now. The sweet, hot and sexy redhead who had left the porch light on for him.

Warmth spread through him. It made him a f*cking sap, but he hadn’t had anyone leave the light on for him since he lived at home. And if the woman had cooked supper? He might just propose to her.

He was so eager to see her he didn’t haul in his suitcase. He took the steps two at a time and burst through the door. From the foyer, while he took off his boots, he yelled, “Honey, I’m home.” When he rounded the corner, Melissa stood in his living room, her wild curls pulled back into a ponytail. She wore a workout top that showcased her tits, yoga pants—thank you baby Jesus for the genius who invented those mother*ckers—and her feet were bare. She looked completely at home in his home.

“Hey. How was the drive?”

“Long.”

“How’s your dad?”

“Better than we thought, on the road to a full recovery and makin’ big plans.” He started to stalk her. “Tell me, little redheaded riding girl, what’s that delicious smell?”

“I cooked stir-fry but the rice isn’t done yet.”

“Good. We have time.”

Melissa took a step back. “For?”

“For you to tell me why you were trespassing in my kitchen.”

“Are you the big bad wolf, Wynton?”

“Yes.” He continued slowly moving forward. “Here’s where you say, ‘Oh my, what big teeth you have.’”

Her gaze zeroed in on his mouth. “Why are you licking your lips?”

“Because you look mighty tasty.”

“But I cooked!”

“Don’t want food, Red. I want you.” Then he was looming over her. The sexy glint in her eyes widened his predatory grin. “Strip off them britches.”

Her half-hearted “No” had him wrestling her to the floor. He hovered on all fours above her. “Don’t be scared, Red. My big teeth and long wicked tongue are all the better to eat you with. Now take off those pants or I’ll tear them off.”

 

meet the author

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Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances.
Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

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