Kimmy Sparkles and Scooby Review
checked out Stripped by Jasinda Wilder,
and let us in on their thoughts
So how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you're faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you'd imagine. That doesn't make it easy, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There's nothing I'd like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again.
Then, one day, I meet a man. He's in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger. Not the kind of desire I'm used to though. It's something different. Something hotter, deeper, and more possessive. I know who he is; of course I do. Everyone knows who Dawson Kellor is. He's People Magazine's Sexiest Man alive. He's the hottest actor in Hollywood. He's the man hand-picked for the role of Rhett Butler in the long-awaited remake of Gone With the Wind.
He's the kind of man who can have any woman in the entire world with a mere crook of his finger. So what's he doing looking at me like he has to have me? And how do I resist him when he looks at me with those intoxicating, changeable, quicksilver eyes?
I'm a virgin, and he's an American icon of male sexuality. I'm a stripper, and he's a man used to getting anything and everything he wants. And he wants me. I know I should say no, I know he's the worst kind of player…but what my mind knows, my body and my heart may not.
And then things get complicated.
Kimmy's Review **May contain Spoilers**
Let me just say Jasinda knows how to take a tough topic and make a story of it. It’s not an easy thing to do by bringing up things like extreme religious views, and stripping.
I was super excited about this one cause let’s face Jasinda rocks. But this one just fell flat for me. I thought the story was slow at first and didn’t start getting to the point till the middle of book. Grey comes from an extremely religious family from the south and has been sheltered her whole life. Her mother is understands her and helps her, encourages her to spread her wings and follow her dreams.
Then her mother starts getting headaches goes to the hospital, next chapter her mother had many rounds of chemo and is on her death bed. Yeah it’s sad but with the time laps it’s missing the emotion of her mother’s death. Then Grey just ups and leaves going off to Los Angeles against her father. And Grey’s father is a pastor of a Southern Baptist church he definitely over the top it almost piss you off.
So Grey is in Cali trying to make it and her school scholarship all used up after 2 years of being there. Again time jump. So no one is hiring and she finds a strip club that is so she applies. I do like that Jasinda showed us that these strippers are real people just trying to make it. It’s not their choice for the job but it helps explain that there is more to them, they are a mother and homes.
So Grey meets Dawson at the strip club, electricity immediately. Grey is a film student and has to work as an intern on a film set and she has to be Dawson’s assistant. He feels the same thing for her. And then it’s just this big chase her running from him and him always chasing her. She is young that’s what I have to tell myself to keep myself from getting pissed off at this girl.
She finally decides to be with Dawson they have sex no, make love and it’s her first time. They have glorious sex for the next couple days. Then guess what she runs again all the way back to Georgia. While in Georgia she makes amends with her father. And then guess what time jump again she is back in Cali with Dawson at an awards show which is later down the road. And you can’t forget that on his birthday she begged him to fuck her in the ass for his birthday. Strange I thought.
But unfortunately the book just didn’t do it for me. It was all over the place and felt that it jumped too much.
I say 5 horndogs for me. Boo!
Having reviewed Falling Into You for the Bad Girls July group review, I am a definite fan of Jasinda Wilder’s work. I have a number of her books on my TBR and cannot wait to get to them!
Having the opportunity to review Stripped as an ARC, had me almost salivating! What a story idea, Grey, daughter of a Baptist Church Pastor with inflexible views of anything outside of the faith, heading off to become a virginal stripper! Oh the places this story could go!
A bit of background. Grey’s identity in her home town of Macon is that of the off limits pastors daughter. She loves to dance, but her father views this as sinful. Her mum, who is her best friend, helps her find herself, by supporting Grey to explore her love of dance and the arts. Grey also becomes a fan of film making and has a natural talent in dance and expression through film.
The story unfolds as events take a turn for the worse in Grey’s life, and she leaves home to head for college, against the wishes of her father. As a result of her desire to follow this path, he basically disowns her and she has to make it on her own. Luckily Mum helped her with her applications and she got a scholarship for tuition, room and board.
Then the money runs out….
What else is a girl with no employment skills and no money to do – well she can dance….
So the only job she can get is at a seedy ‘gentlemens’ club as a stripper! Grey feels great shame at this employment, but has no alternative.
Lucky she meets Dawson at the club…..
Grey also manages to get an internship at a film production company, and gets assigned to be an assistant to a huge movie star…. Yep …. Dawson….
The relationship build between Grey and Dawson is essentially a game of catch and kiss. He catches her, kisses her, she runs away for him to catch her again! It’s a cycle. The premise of this, is that Grey’s feelings for Dawson scare her because a) she is a virgin and he is a sex god movie star and b) they are sinful.
Dawson has a playboy/bad boy image and reputation, but he seems determined to give that all up for Grey. I’ll stop there with the recount, because it’s no fun when there are spoilers!!
I really struggled to write this review because I wanted to love this story so, so much and I just didn’t! I found no emotional connection with the characters at all. Nothing! Grey was gray … and almost one dimensional. For a character that has SO MUCH potential to connect with the reader, so many layers within her character waiting to be explored.. she just seemed superficial. Her innocence and naivety was not believable, her sexuality was a contradiction which confused me (I mean I think I understand that it was intended to be a contradiction, because she was viewed as an innocent but highly sensual being). It didn’t work. And, I’m sorry but her sexual journey… wow – really? Sensual or not, I am not sure I buy the pace at which she excelled at and explored this activity!
Dawson was the same for me… sure he was movie star sexy, and loaded… but his character, which had so much potential also fell flat. He was a troubled star, and we caught a glimpse of his life before fame, and his rationale behind his actions…. But it felt like it was words on a page, not an emotional story to be told. His dominant behaviours conflicted with the thought that he needed Grey to be dominate and assertive, it seemed like confused character traits.
The biggest disappointment in this story for me was the nature of the jumping storyline and narrative. There are massive time gaps with no lead in to this. I could give many examples but these would mean spoilers, the best way I could explain it would be: end of chapter is present day, start of next chapter story continues but you find out it is 1 year later. I found that these time jumps also occurred with significant storylines, that had they been further explored would have given the characters more depth. Instead I was left going “what?” “So what happened with this? When was that meant to happen?”
It seemed like this was intentional to ensure nothing detracted from Grey and Dawson’s story – only these elements were all a part of their story, and what made them, them.
The only thing I could put my disappointment down to, was maybe this story was written in a hurry. It was like, start at the start age 15 for Grey, and BOOM – happy ever after before you know it!
It sucks that I have to do this to one of Jasinda’s books, because I think she is super awesome and creative, but Stripped doesn’t get higher than 6 Horndogs for me – the story was adequate and I was left disappointed.
About Jasinda Wilder
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.
Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre.
She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.
Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.
Purchase Stripped at: