Saturday, 15 March 2014

BLOG TOUR: Strip Me Bare by Marissa Carmel

TITLE: Strip Me Bare

AUTHOR: Marissa Carmel

GENRE: New Adult

RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2013

COVER ART: Amber Rendon- Novel Idea Design

" I may have had more lovers than you, and I may take my clothes off for countless women, but you are the only one who can strip me bare."

Do you ever stop loving someone just because they're gone? Five years ago Ryan Pierce disappeared from Alana Remington's life without leaving so much as a post it note behind. He was the one she gave her heart to, her soul to, and her virginity to. So imagine her surprise when she finds him dancing at one of NYC'S hottest male revues as Jack the Stripper.

Ryan never stopped loving Alana, and now that she serendipitously dropped back into his life, he's vowed never to lose her again. But being together has it's costs, and challenges Alana isn't sure she can handle.

She finally has Ryan back; but how in the world is she supposed to share the love of her life with half of the women in New York City?

We stop in front of some hanging crystals. They clink as Ryan pushes them aside, “after you.” I walk under an orange spotlight, into a small space with a white leather couch deep enough to lie on and walls a warm golden yellow.
Ryan steps in behind me and presses his body flush against mine. My mind races.
Is he really going to do this?
Am I really going to let him?
Can I even handle this? Five minutes ago he was with another woman. Quite possibly in this same room doing God only knows what.
“Why do you do this Ryan?” I expel. I know he explained it in words, but I need to experience it to truly understand.
He ambles around me so close; the only thing separating us is a whisper of air.
“I told you, the money,” he says as he unbuttons his shirt.
“You said women too,” I watch him cautiously, my gaze jumping between his eyes and his chest.
“That was before you walked back into my life. You’re the only woman I want to touch now. The others, like you saw before, it’s just an act. A business transaction. It’s what I have to do to get what I want.”
“Doesn’t it make them feel used?” I flick my eyes up at him.
“It mustn’t. They always come back.”
“You like it. I saw your face. That wasn’t an act.”
Ryan stands right in front of me, his shirt unbuttoned and dangling open. “I won’t lie to you Alana, I’ll never lie to you,” his tone is hard, but seductive. “I do like the attention. But it’s not real. It’s my job to sell attractiveness and fantasy, and I do it well. But that’s all it is, fantasy and I know it. When I’m with you, that’s my real.”
My breath catches when he says the word real. I can’t help but find the irony in his words; I’m exactly to him what he is to me. Two people one and the same, both living a double life to get what they want; a future and each other.
And that is what I want. A future, with Ryan.
I go to put my hands on his chest, but he steps away shaking his head no. “In this room, it’s all about you,” he walks around, stopping right behind me. “You have to tell me what you want Alana,” he whispers in my ear and I almost go limp, the sound of his voice is erotic as hell.
I swallow hard, but can’t utter a single word, because truth be told, I have no freakin’ idea what I want. At least, not in this scenario.
Ryan starts to rub my shoulders. I think he can feel my hesitation.
“Why are you so tense? This is supposed to be fun.”
Fun? The word rattles around in my head. Fun - a time or feeling of enjoyment or amusement.
Okay, let’s have some fun.
I turn around to face him and our eyes lock. “Show me.”
“Show you what?” his tone dripping with sensuality.
“Show me Jack the Stripper.”
Holy fuck!

This story surprised in a good way I didn't know what to expect I mean it says what it is in the blurb but how Marissa was going to go about it I wasn't sure. 

We start with Alana going out for her cousin Emily's bachelorette party at Culture which is a male strip club. There having a great time as you would when Emily gets a dance on stage by none other than Jack the Stripper, at this point Alana can only see the back of him which she is liking but Emily acts weird as she recognizes him he does her he turns around and BAM!! 

It's being five years since they last saw each other when Ryan just left Alana without and explanation or goodbye, Alana has alot of questions bout that day and now is the time to explain.

Right off the bat you felt there connection and chemistry it's like they have never being apart. They come from completely different backgrounds Alana coming from money and having not to worry about anything her dad is a highly regarded judge and he expects nothing but perfection from his daughter. Ryan comes from the wrong side of the tracks dad wasn't around mum an alcoholic he also has a twin brother who is a drug addict.

They have to go through so many ups and downs from Ryan's job as a stripper which Alana has accepted but doesn't mean she likes it and his family issues oh man does his family have issues this is apart of the reason he left the first time you learn why and you just wanna punch someone for screwing up there lives for the last five years. Alana's dad is crazy in his own right expecting Alana to be the dutiful daughter of a judge act certain ways and dating a stripper is not one of them, he doesn't know and its like that for a while, she will lose everything hey place law school everything if she doesn't act the way her dad wants her to.

This book keeps you turning that page just to see how Alana and Ryan come to terms with things that happened in the past and what the future holds for them you just want them to have there happily ever after and will they with there own families against them?

I absolutely loved this book and recommend this book to all my friends 


Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes in college as she could. She spent most of her twenties bar tending which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. hen sh e's not reading or writing, she's hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.

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