Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: Strip Me Bare by Marissa Carmel

Title: Strip Me Bare

Author: Marissa Carmel               

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: October 10, 2013  

Cover Art: Amber Rendon - Novel Idea Design


“I may have had more lovers than you, and I may take my clothes off for countless women, but you are the only one who can strip me bare.”

Do you ever stop loving someone just because they’re gone? Five years ago Ryan Pierce disappeared from Alana Remington’s life without leaving so much as a post-it note behind. He was the one she gave her heart to, her soul to, and her virginity to.  So imagine her surprise when she finds him dancing at one of NYC’s hottest male revues as Jack the Stripper.

Ryan never stopped loving Alana, and now that she serendipitously dropped back into his life, he’s vowed never to lose her again.  But being together has its costs, and challenges Alana isn’t sure she can handle.

She finally has Ryan back; but how in the world is she supposed to share the love of her life with half of the women in New York City?



We stop in front of some hanging crystals. They clink as Ryan pushes them aside, “after you.”  I walk under an orange spotlight, into a small space with a white leather couch deep enough to lie on and walls a warm golden yellow.  

Ryan steps in behind me and presses his body flush against mine. My mind races. 

Is he really going to do this? 

Am I really going to let him?

Can I even handle this? Five minutes ago he was with another woman. Quite possibly in this same room doing God only knows what. 

“Why do you do this Ryan?” I expel. I know he explained it in words, but I need to experience it to truly understand. 

He ambles around me so close; the only thing separating us is a whisper of air. 

“I told you, the money,” he says as he unbuttons his shirt. 

“You said women too,” I watch him cautiously, my gaze jumping between his eyes and his chest.

“That was before you walked back into my life. You’re the only woman I want to touch now. The others, like you saw before, it’s just an act. A business transaction. It’s what I have to do to get what I want.”

“Doesn’t it make them feel used?” I flick my eyes up at him.

“It mustn’t. They always come back.”  

“You like it. I saw your face. That wasn’t an act.” 

Ryan stands right in front of me, his shirt unbuttoned and dangling open. “I won’t lie to you Alana, I’ll never lie to you,” his tone is hard, but seductive. “I do like the attention. But it’s not real. It’s my job to sell attractiveness and fantasy, and I do it well. But that’s all it is, fantasy and I know it. When I’m with you, that’s my real.”

My breath catches when he says the word real. I can’t help but find the irony in his words; I’m exactly to him what he is to me. Two people one and the same, both living a double life to get what they want; a future and each other. 

And that is what I want. A future, with Ryan.  

I go to put my hands on his chest, but he steps away shaking his head no. “In this room, it’s all about you,” he walks around, stopping right behind me. “You have to tell me what you want Alana,” he whispers in my ear and I almost go limp, the sound of his voice is erotic as hell. 

I swallow hard, but can’t utter a single word, because truth be told, I have no freakin’ idea what I want. At least, not in this scenario. 

Ryan starts to rub my shoulders. I think he can feel my hesitation. 

“Why are you so tense? This is supposed to be fun.”

Fun? The word rattles around in my head. Fun - a time or feeling of enjoyment or amusement.

Okay, let’s have some fun. 

I turn around to face him and our eyes lock. “Show me.” 

“Show you what?” his tone dripping with sensuality. 

“Show me Jack the Stripper.”

Holy fuck!  

 5 Star Review

Summer at the Jersey shore, two young people meet and fall in love. tradewinds photo sea_bright_tradewinds_zps857ec728.jpg Alana Remington and Ryan Pierce couldn’t be more different, Alana comes from a prominent family, her father a successful Judge and she attends the best schools.

Ryan coming from the wrong side of the tracks, the poor side with an alcoholic mother and drug addicted brother. They shared a short and intense relationship which ended when Alana gave herself to Ryan and then…he disappeared. Five years later at a male review nightclub, Alana is celebrating with her cousin Emily party photo bachelorette-party-girls-an_zps95d3a332.gif at her bachelorette party when Ryan comes into view, only this time his name is jack photo JACK_zps5d147b70.gif magic mike gif photo: Magic-Layout Magic-Mike-Gif-3.gif What a surprise this book was.

 I’m not going to tell you why Ryan disappeared(spoiler free I hope) you need to read this yourself, but I can tell you it was one helluva story. The author’s right on descriptions of the different locations made me feel like I was NYC 

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 to Alana and Ryan in their travels. I could almost smell the scents of the city, nuts photo nuts_zps3a5af6e7.jpg hear the sound of the people as they walk the streets of NYC and feel the emotions each felt as they try to come to terms

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Trying to reconnect isn’t easy, Alana has a lot to lose if her uptight and cold as ice father finds out she’s dating Ryan and there’s all the women who constantly want a part of Ryan, a part she’s not willing to share. JACK LOVE photo 2256405915_polls_Screaming_complete_0350_126760_poll_xlarge_zps467ac5ac.jpg Who can blame her; Ryan has magnetism that screams pure hot and sexy.

strip me bare photo RRteaser5625338_m_zps4d7f2393.jpg This isn’t just a story of lost love but of family and the hardships and outcome of drug and alcohol addiction. Of course, there is love and intimate moments the two shares, not the erotic hard core in your face

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And no, you don’t have to worry about a cliffhanger, that surprised and made me happy because there was a lot going on and spans over an eight year period, everything is tied up nicely, completely smile photo smiletumblr_lidqv7MieK1qa40eu_zps59403cd2.gif and you will have a

 smile on your face at the end. SMB photo lovingcou_10902ea831afc6f4b35283cd09ec8b34_edited-1_zps4eb93468.jpg

Author Bio-

Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes in college as she could. She spent most of her twenties bartending, which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.

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