Series: Stroked #2
Published by Hot-Lanta Publishing on September 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
From his dirty-blond hair and breathtaking smile, to the abs from heaven and the irresistible V in his waistline, everything about Bodi Olympic-gold-medalist Banks screams hot piece of @$$.
Yet there’s more.
Dark shadows lurk behind his soulful, serious eyes.
I’m enamored. He’s captured me.
How can running an art foundation with Bodi Banks turns into a slow-burning, epic romance, even though he tries to push me away at every chance? How can I stay away from a broken, routine-driven man whose soul cries to be forgiven for a crime only he believes he committed? Or is that a lie?
After reading Stroked, I was intrigued by Bodi. I was so excited to get his story next. You could tell he was going to be one of the tortured ones, and boy was he. His story broke my heart. I had so many emotions with this one. This definitely has a different tone than the first book in the series, and I loved every minute of it.
Ruby is a friend of Bodi’s sister, but up until they end up working together, she has mostly admired him from afar. Bodi is determined to keep his afflictions secret, which makes things between them awkward. Ruby pushes to know Bodi better, all while he tries to maintain his distance. Bodi will have to realize Ruby is the just the person he needs in his life.
“Yes, I might be one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers in history, but by no means am I a normal functioning human behind the façade the public thinks they know.”
What a tragic hero Bodi turned out to be. I was shocked, and my heart ached, after reading what happened to him when he was younger. His whole life has been shaped by a tragic circumstance, and he has never recovered. His day to day struggles, just to appear normal, were gut wrenching. If ever there was a man that needed love and support, it’s Bodi. He is so closed off and is barely functioning. His entire life is swimming and the routine he maintains in order to feel control.
“He’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of and yet, he is very much a broken man, a man who needs me to guide him.”
Ruby was a breath of fresh air. She’s marvelous; one of those characters that is so quirky and fun, you wish they were real so you could call them up. I just adored her. She has this effortless way about her that is so genuine. She is not afraid to make fun of herself, and does so often. She’s an artist that lives a life full of color; a perfect contrast to Bodi’s monochrome, robotic existence.
“Does a quirky blonde with brown-rimmed glasses and the inability to stop talking terrify me? More than I care to admit.”
Meghan Quinn is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Hilarious, emotional, and well-written, this book gave me so much more than I was expecting. There are no easy fixes to what Bodi is going through, and I appreciated that. He is dealing with some serious issues, and those don’t go away overnight. I loved how the seriousness of the subject matter was offset with the humor. Bodi and Ruby have great chemistry and their banter was fantastic. If you love an awkward hero, a quirky heroine, and a genuine connection between two people perfect for one another, this is a must read!
This can definitely be read as a standalone, although the timeline of events does correspond with the first book in the series, Stroked. The characters from the first book do show up here, and the next book is also setup nicely.