Series: Stroked #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 20, 2016
Format: eBook, 363 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.
His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.
On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.
I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.
There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.
What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.
Remember when I was looking for more Olympics-themed romances a couple weeks ago? Well, the Olympics may be over, but I just stumbled into a new series from a new-to-me author that totally fits the bill. I’ve had my eye on some of Meghan Quinn’s other books, but I never took the leap until now. I’m so glad I did, too, because Stroked was a really entertaining read. It was equal parts funny, sexy and swoony.
Stroked was such a fun book to read. First off, I’m a huge sucker for a good forbidden romance. Which is, you know, exactly what Meghan delivered with the complicated relationship between Paisley and Reese. When it started, I enjoyed the oodles of sexual tension and the chemistry these two characters shared, but it became a lot deeper than that once I got to know them (and they got to know each other) better. It was easy to root for them from the start and, honestly, it only became easier the longer the book went on because of the utter ridiculousness that was Bellini and her fake relationship with Reese. I do love a good villain in books and movies. While Bellini was one of the most vapid and obnoxious characters I think I’ve ever read, she did make a damn good villain. There’s literally no way NOT to hate her. I can’t even pity her. She’s just that atrocious. (Think Paris Hilton, but even more obnoxious.) Being totally honest, it got to the point where I couldn’t even fully read the chapters from her POV. I skimmed to see if I was missing anything vital and then went on reading the characters I actually liked. I refuse to get sucked down into a Bellini hole in my review though. She’s integral to the plot, of course, but she was really frustrating to read. But, I also think she needed to be for the story to work. Anyhow.
I really liked both Paisley and Reese. Their chemistry was smoking hot from the very start. Ohhhhhh the sexual tension! And those sexy times. Damn! *fans self* Reese has a damn dirty mouth and I absolutely loved it. But more than all the sexy times and romance, I just found it really easy to like these two because they were genuine. Neither was perfect, they’d both made mistakes in the past, and that endeared them to me. I thought they brought out the best in each other and that’s the mark of a couple I can totally get behind, no matter what they have to overcome in order to be together. Paisley and Reese were strong characters, but so were some of the secondary ones. I can’t wait to get Bodi and Hollis’ stories, especially. And I hope that somewhere in the next two books, Bellini truly gets what’s coming to her. Ugh.
I thought Stroked was a great introduction to Meghan Quinn’s writing. I loved her humor and characters. The love stories were great and the sexy times were HOT AF. I’ll definitely be continuing this series, as well as taking a closer look at her backlist for more new-to-me titles to love!
I follow behind him like a lovesick puppy, wishing he could give me a little more attention. Maybe a pat on the head, a lick to the neck, or a penis to my vagina. Any would do right now.
“Ever hear a phrase or saying that touches your heart to the point that you want it branded on your soul?”
“I think you’re sexy as fuck, Paisley. I want to get to know you more, and I want to get you into my bed, fuck you until you scream my name at least three times.”
“Love wins out every time, Paisley. It’s a force you can never stop.”
So now that I’m a Meghan Quinn convert, which of her books should I read next?