Lia Peele is another new-ish author, so I’m really happy that I can share her books and get her name out in front of all you lovely people so that you can go check them out. The main book is Definition of Stripped, which has a prequel called Definition of Flawed.
In DoF, we get to meet Scarlett and Dev and learn a little bit of history about them. We get a better look at the things that drive each of the characters in DoS. In DoF, Scarlett is a young woman, just finishing with university and starting to be a little more independent. She meets a man named Paul and starts to have a relationship with him. He tells her that he’s only a few years older than she is. Turns out that he’s even older than that, and he has a teenage son named Dev, who’s only 4 years younger than Scarlett is. There’s a lot more in there, and last I knew it was free on Amazon so you can go grab it and read it to get you ready for Stripped.
In DoS, it’s been 6 years since Flawed. Scarlett has started her own very, very successful business that works with marketing, branding, and all that kind of stuff. Her business is constantly growing and she’s just been nominated for a big award. Her best friend Sian drags her to her cousin’s hen’s night. They go to a Taboo, a huge strip club so they can scope out all the hot, hot, hot male strippers. The book takes place in England, and apparently, the guys can go allllll the way down, and they do. Oh my, do they. Anyway, Adrian, who is the big star of the troupe, and yes, BIG is used in more than one way, comes out to the audience and starts dancing with Scarlett. After the show, she gets a text saying to come outside. When she does, she finds out that Adrian is actually Dev.
Dev has grown up goooood. He’s hot, built, hung, and uses that to his advantage. He does freelance graphic art during the day and strips at night. During his free time, he goes out and sleeps with any and everyone who catches his eye. The only problem that Dev has with sex is when he’s not having any. He likes boys, girls, other, in pairs, trios, and more. He just likes sex. He’s had a thing for Scarlett ever since he saw her the first time. He asks her for a meet, just so that they can catch up.
OK, it’s that time. Overall, I liked the two stories. I am looking forward to the next one so that we can pick up some of the threads that weren’t really touched on in Stripped. I do feel like there may have been a couple of places with some flow issues, but that may also just be me. Lia is still a new author and has plenty of time to figure that stuff out. It didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the book or storyline at all. Sometimes I totally hated Dev and wanted to punch him in the nads. Sometimes I really liked him. Sometimes I wanted to strangle Scarlett. Sometimes I really liked her. So, you know, very realistic feelings about the characters. Note, Lia is English. The book takes place in England. The language is very much British English from the spelling to the slang. I don’t think that you should have a hard time with any of the slang or anything because none of it is completely weird slang. It’s just something to note before you start reading.
OK, I’m dying to find out who the stalker is. I’m 100% that Dev’s stalker is the one who is sending strange things to Scarlett at work. I really think that it’s her receptionist, but that may just be me and my personal conspiracy theory sense acting up. I do want to know, though. It’s going to continue to pick at my brain until we find out who it is.
I’m not surprised that Dev has all kinds of weird, mixed up feelings when it comes to Scarlett. I would have that same kind of group of weird feelings too, in his position.
OK, that’s it for today. Hit up the mighty Zon, and check it out. Happy reading!