Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Title: Stripped Bare
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of Pages: eBook
Publisher: Love Swept
What readers are saying about STRIPPED BARE:
Stripped Bare is one of those stories that you know is going to be great from the first page. It's funny, extremely sexy, emotional and heartbreaking which all combine for a sensational second-chance romance read.
This is a modern day Pretty Woman but so much better! Richard Gere has nothing on Finn McCormick!!
Oh wow. I have been in love with McLaughlin's writing since the start but this one could very much be my favorite book now by her.
They don’t call it the Strip for nothing. . . .
In this sinfully sexy Las Vegas romance from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, a man who has it all reunites with a woman who takes it all off.
Living in Sin City, Finn McCormick is no stranger to one-night stands, but the last person he expects to find losing big on the casino floor is a former high school fling. Even though Macey Webster’s clearly down on her luck, she’s still a knockout, and she’s dressed like a stripper—because she is one. Drunk off an unfamiliar cocktail of lust, pity,
and compassion, Finn offers to pay Macey’s debts if she cuddles up to him around town . . . and does whatever he wants between the sheets.
Macey came to Vegas for one reason only: money. She’s got a young daughter to support, and the tips really are bigger in Vegas. But when she blows her earnings on blackjack, her guardian angel is the rich boy who once stole her heart and never called her back. Although Macey would love to turn the tables on Finn, she can’t afford to refuse his proposition—and soon she’s enjoying herself much more than she cares to admit. Macey’s used to baring her flesh, but baring her soul will take far more courage.
Text Copyright © 2017 Heidi McLaughlin
All Rights Reserved
The stench of deep fry emanates from my clothes. I hate the smell and I know the other girls can smell it, but I ignore the looks they’re giving me and hustle through the dressing room to my locker. The older women and the ones that have been stripping here longer always look down on the younger girls and the newbies. I’m somewhere in the middle. I stripped here when I was younger, during my first trimester with my daughter, and then again after she was born when I had my figure back. Actually, stripping helped me tone as a result of all the pole work that I had to do. I took some time off after that, but I always come back because the money is fast and somewhat decent. Each time I leave, though, I say that it’s for good and that was the last time and yet a few months later, I always find myself back again, knocking on Lew’s door, and asking for my spot in the rotation back. Girls come and go around here and in this business you can’t expect to make a lasting connection with anyone.
I strip down and throw my dress, apron and nylons into my bag as quickly as possible before the stench of grease becomes any more noticeable. I change into a thong and bootie shorts, add tassels to my nipples and cover them with a bra before slipping a tank top over my head and stepping into an old pair of cowboy boots that I picked up
at the secondhand store. I have an array of costumes meant to hit the mark on every fantasy a man can have. Cowboys, librarian, naughty schoolgirl . . . you name it I’m doing it. I need the money. More so now than ever. My kid is getting older and she’s seeing things she shouldn’t, like her grandmother being so drunk that she can’t get up to answer the door, or strange men in the house. She’s ten and shouldn’t have to babysit an adult. Nor should she
have to live in the slums, but that’s on me.
Seventeen and pregnant isn’t how I saw my life. I had had enough of living with barely any food, no new clothes and the strange looks, so I swore that I was getting out. I was smart, got good grades in high school, but none of that mattered once I found out I was knocked up and the baby daddy had already left town. I tried to tell his mother, but she took one look at me and shut the door. Back then I didn’t, but I do now. I’d take that money and run right across the tracks, under the bridge and through the fucking blueberry bushes if it meant my kid wasn’t going to be a victim of a drug deal gone wrong or end up with a drinking problem by the time she’s a teen.
Morgan though, she’s a good kid who loves to read and is a whiz at math. She’s all I have in this world and I’ll do anything I have to, to make sure she has food and clothes.
So I strip at night and wait tables during the day. Depending on the day or night, one pays better than the other, but they’re jobs that I need. I have a goal. I want to move Morgan and I into a better neighborhood. One where kids want to play and not sell drugs. I want her to live in a place where she feels safe and doesn’t need to hide in the closet of our bedroom because my mother invited one of her friends over.
My dreams for Morgan are unreachable, I know this, but I try every day to make them happen. I want such a different life for her that sometimes when I look out the window of the city bus I’m on and I see other kids her age walking along the street without a care in the world, I imagine her being one of those kids. If only . . .
is a work of fiction. Names, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with
her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production for a major motion picture.
This is the first book in the Vegas Billionaire series and I truly enjoyed reading this book. It reminds you of the movie, Pretty Woman with a twisted version and plot twist that you can kinda guess, but have to wait until it unfolds for us to know if our speculation was accurate. The title, Stripped Bare actually holds onto both characters though it was intended for only one character (Macey Webster). The reason I say this is as you read Finn’s POV you will see that he was also “Stripped” of something. Lips are sealed though. I love that it was told in dual POV as it made the book that much more real to me.
Macey is poor and a single mother doing the best she can to raise her daughter, Morgan. She knows stripping isn’t the life she wants for her daughter, but right now it is the only thing supporting them. She takes an opportunity to turn this life around for better for Morgan by going to Vegas for a week. You win some you lose some in Vegas, right? Well, not so fast cause the actions can be dire for some and this includes Macey as she is getting ready to head back home to Morgan in Spokane. Right before she leaves a blast from her past is right in front of her.
Finn owns hotels in Vegas and is the type of guy that will never settle down with just one women. He is shocked to see Macey in Vegas, but offers her a proposition that she may not want, but has to take to for her and her daughter.
Finn and Macey may have spent one time together before in high school, but it holds nothing to how their explosive chemistry is now. Both did not expect the outcome during that one week.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, you say? Not really cause one piece of information left behind starts putting together some interesting facts for Finn. Add into the mess, Brandy and you have your hands full. Score a win for Finn though when it comes to Brandy. I will say his head of security nailed it many times in this book and I hope the next book is about him.
This book goes to show you what a mom will do to support her child no matter the cost even if it’s something you don’t want to do. She never once used Finn’s money just because and always remained true to herself when it comes to living as normal as possible when it comes to Finn’s life and money. The ending was awesome I must say. You will laugh (especially at the “angry unicorn” OMG hilarious), you will weep a little and you will want to read in one sitting trying to find out if this will become a win Vegas style or a loss. You meet a head strong, feisty women and an alpha male that will take “NO” for an answer when it comes to MaMo. That was really sweet by the way! Now only if these hotels were real cause I would definitely be looking to visit while in Vegas.
I will say that some will enjoy this book and others will not. I was one of those who enjoyed the book and hope to see glimpses of them in the other Billionaire books forthcoming.