on 17 August, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Protecting her isn’t an option. It’s a requirement.
Badger finally got Rosie in his bed, but in order to keep her there, he has to figure out how to save her life.
After her drug-running husband gets himself killed, Rosie Santini figures Phoenix is a fine place to get a fresh start. Deuce’s strip club isn’t too fresh, but the money’s easy. As she works the pole, the only gaze she can’t ignore belongs to the club’s head bouncer, Badger Baxter. But Rosie’s seen her fair share of tall, dark, and dangerous, and no way is she heading down that road. Not even for a hot hunk of muscle like Badger.
When he’s not bounty hunting, Badger runs security at Deuce’s. Rosie should be just another piece of fresh meat in the club’s stable of pole jockeys, but all her sexy parts add up to a ride Badger would like to test drive. Trouble is, Badger likes his women submissive, but not broken. She’s definitely got baggage he wants no part of. But when her husband’s killer shows up looking for stolen cash, she fits naturally under his protection—and it isn’t long before she’s hooked deep into his heart.
So deep, losing her now would make him bleed in more ways than one.
Taking a chance on an unknown author is always a double-edged sword. The book can be either amazing or not. Taking chance on someone is a gamble, that sometimes doesn’t pay off, yet, sometimes it provides you with a great story and an author who’ll most definitely make it on the ‘read-more-of-this’ shelf. Dorothy F. Shaw was one of those authors for me. Stripped Bounty was my first book by her and I loved it.
Rosie is down on her luck. Having run out of money as soon as she arrives in Arizona for a fresh start—after her husband was killed—she is forced to go back to a job she swore she never would perform again—stripping. Yet, Rosie is not your average stripper, she’s actually versatile and draws a crowd with her unique performance. She’s not at all what she appears to be on the surface. Rosie is quite the badass herself; she’s strong, loud-mouthed, filled with drama, and yet, also very vulnerable. Something Badger, the head of security at the strip club, comes to learn rather quickly.
Badger—biker, bouncer, and bounty hunter—doesn’t date, especially not a stripper. Yet, from the first moment he laid eyes on Rosie, he is drawn to her. Not only on physically, but he also senses on a deeper level that she is different—so very different from any woman he’s ever met. Badger is your typical alpha—dominant, sexy, bossy—yet, he also has a wicked sense of humor that made me laugh out loud multiple times. He’s the perfect package for any alpha love out there.
And the two together were explosive; their chemistry off the charts. They fit perfectly. She provided a challenge to his dominant side, while he was the only one who could tame her wild and reckless streak. And the sex—holy shit—the sex was off the charts. I don’t read many books with a D/s relationship in the bedroom, but I loved it with Badger and Rosie. It was the perfect fit for them and seriously hot.
I loved Stripped Bounty. It had all the elements I needed; a strong heroine who fights through what life throws at her, and a hero who is not afraid to show what he wants and goes after it. And the writing was great. The only thing I wished for reading this book, was learn more about the characters’ past. Delve deeper into their upbringing and emotional scars than what was provided. It would have made for more complex characters.
But overall, it was a solid 4 star read for me and something I’d definitely recommend. And as mentioned, an author I will keep reading in the future.
PS. Dear Ms. Shaw, I NEED A WOLF BOOK!!! Please! 😉