Released: March 3, 2016
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Prescott Lane
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 sugarcoat 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 sh*t, and hope they love you anyway.
Now for this story specifically. I actually finished reading it a week ago but had to wait to write this because it’s so much.
Kenzie is this amazing woman who no longer has blood family and doesn’t quite recognize the family she does have. This can be a frustrating characteristic at times throughout the story, but it’s also at the crux of who she is and how she sees the world. Having recently moved back to Texas to care for her ill sister and infant niece all the while starting a lingerie business, Kenzie has no time for a man nor does she want one.
Kane has a whole luggage set of his own baggage. Recently divorced and a workaholic, he’s not up for anything serious. When it all comes down to it, he’s a caretaker and Kenzie needs someone to look after her; he wants to be that man.
This is one of those books I prolonged reading for two reasons. First, I knew there was going to be some indelible sadness and didn’t want to cry. Yeah that didn’t work out too well. My eyes kept leaking throughout. The second reason is it’s so good. I mean, you feel like you know these people. Even if you’ve never been in a similar situation, you understand where they’re coming from. It just…you get it…you get them. Kenzie and Kane have an amazing chemistry but also a great relationship on a basic level. He’s so patient with her idiosyncrasies and she learns to get past her fears. I loved watching them grow together.
If you want a romance in its purest form, this is not a book to miss! Stripped Raw will do just that to the reader.
Rating: 5 Stars
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