Series: Stroked #1
Published by Hot-Lanta Publishing on July 20th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
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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.
I had never read a Meghan Quinn book before Stroked, but I’m definitely a fan now. I can’t wait to read her other works. This story was steamy, fun, and filled with quirky characters that kept me entertained.
“I made one mistake, and it caused the demise of my career, washed away three years of hard work making a name for myself in the industry-two and a half of those being a long-earned internship.”
Paisley’s career is in free fall. She has one last chance of making a comeback by taking a job as the assistant to reality TV stars, Bellini and her co-star Reese. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to earn her reputation back, but then she meets Reese, and things get a whole lot more complicated.
“I can be the fastest swimmer in the world but without a steady mental game, I can throw it all away.”
Reese is getting ready to compete in his last Olympic games. This is his last chance to prove that he can earn a gold medal, having always come in second. Agreeing to be a part of a TV reality show is his desperate attempt of securing a future beyond swimming. Crossing paths with Paisley has him rethinking everything he wants. Their attraction makes for all kinds of tension-filled encounters.
“The woman is driving me absolutely nuts, to the point that when my head is buried under water, staring down at the black tiled line at the bottom of the pool, all I can envision is her wavy dark hair floating beneath me.”
This book is told from three points of view, Paisley, Reese, and Bellini. Bellini’s POV was completely over the top, but it works for her character. She’s narcissistic, completely ridiculous, and provides the comedic entertainment throughout. She’s one of the major roadblocks between Paisley and Reese, and it soon becomes apparent, not all is as it seems. She’s definitely the type of character you love to hate.
Reese is full-on alpha male, swoon-worthy, and hot to the max. I loved his pursuit of Paisley, he’s persistent even when she doesn’t make it easy on him. Paisley is fierce. She’s going to do whatever it takes to make her dream a reality. I loved her awkwardness around Reese; she’s completely thrown by his attention. These two have loads in common, and tons of chemistry; it’s only a matter of time before they start crossing lines.
“Finding your soulmate is never easy, Paisley. The luckiest people have to work at it, because once you find that true match, you will be that much more grateful for the journey you took to find them.”
The side characters had me intrigued, and I’m anxious to see how their stories play out in the rest of the books in the series.