Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bare Assets & Bare Essentials-- ML Stephens!!


With nothing but shattered dreams and a busted heart to fuel the way, Angela Fletcher drove out of Arkansas and never looked back. 

Six years later, the new and improved version of the girl she used to be steered clear of romance, love and late night promises. The only pillow talk Angela engaged in these days was making sure the person on the other pillow knew to lose her number as soon as he left the bed. She only had room for one love in her life and that was Bare Assets, the gentlemen's club she poured her heart and soul into. 

Dean Murray was the devil in disguise and had left behind enough broken hearted women to populate a small country. Angela would know. She was an expert markswoman who was skillfully self-trained at shooting down the good, the bad and the ugly of all masculine targets. After all, as the owner of the most successful strip club in Dallas, Texas, it was her business to know men. 

Just as she begins to fall for Dean's silky words and passionate ways, her past and present unexpectedly collide and a meticulously planned future turns into unpredictable chaos. Is the smooth-talking, denim-wearing devil responsible for the chaos? Or are the secrets she left buried in Arkansas coming back to haunt her?


Angie and Dean- OMG, talk about hot!! These two basically danced around each other for 2 years, so you just knew that when they finally got together- it was going to be amazing. And it was!!
I loved them together, and how even though Angie was a bit gun shy about the whole idea of the two of them- he was not. Dean is a man who knew what he wanted, and he went for it- no holds bar. Love me a damn alpha!! I just wanted to take him home myself after seeing the way he was with Ang- it was great.
I was a little worried at first how the whole Cutter/ Ang thing was going to play out given that there was so much history between them, but I can definitely see why he was such an integral part of the story. We had to know the past to get to see a glimpse of Ang and Dean's future. And even when I thought my heart was going to break when that future got threatened- I held on to the hope that ML would see them through. And boy did she ever!! Their story wasn't simple or drama free- it was full of curves and bumps along the way, and hard as hell for them- but in the end, they made it through. It was awesome!!
Besides, we all know that the best things in life, are the hardest to come by!!   5 stars for this wonderful book!!!


Trouble never looked so good. 

He's a cowboy with a guitar and an attitude. She's Nashville's toughest, most sought after music agent. They have one thing in common: country music. 

Cutter Harrison relies on two things: beer and music—his music. At twenty-six, he's happily divorced and plans to keep it that way. 

Holly Avery is on the hunt. She's determined to discover the next country music superstar and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. 

When two paths collide, Cutter and Holly are suddenly forced to question their pasts, their futures, and the bare essentials of love. Country music brought them together, but will their dirty little secrets keep them apart? 

Cutter, oh Cutter. How I do love that you also got your own story and the HEA that I could see you so desperately needed!! Hooray to ML for giving us this beautiful story of the sweet cowboy Cutter, and his love Holly.
Cutter and Holly definitely don't get off to a conventional start, seeing as how Cutter is still in the throws of his heartache over the loss of Ang. It makes ya wonder how in the world he will ever get out of his pit of despair long enough to try and move on to someone else. I honestly had my doubts, because I really didn't think that Cutter was going to let go. Not that he was being the creepy ex or anything, just that he was so deep in the loss of his past dreams and what he thought was the way his life had failed, that it didn't seem like he would have his eyes open to other possibilities.
Then, along came Holly (hehe, little movie joke there), and suddenly the future didn't look so bleak. He actually saw the possibility of making a new path for his life, one that he had no idea would include Holly as much as it did. But, when they finally admitted their feelings and gave into the craving, it was pretty damn sweet. Their chemistry was amazing, so there was plenty of steam for us readers, just like in Bare Assets.
I love how Cutter fell just as quickly in love with Holly's daughter as he did with Holly- it made me melt that he finally got the family that was so cruelly ripped away from him in the past. It finally made his life make sense to him- and that was a wonderful sight to see.
Bare Essentials, much like Bare Assets, receives 5 stars from me- awesome book!!

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I write the characters and stories that scream the loudest.
I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!

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