Author: Claire Kent
Published: November 24th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Can't get enough Magic Mike? Let bestselling author Claire Kent introduce you to Matt Stokes, the sexy-as-sin male stripper and club owner who knows what it really means to bare everything.
Preschool teacher Elizabeth Marks isn't exactly thrilled to be attending a college friend's bachelorette party at a male strip joint. The sights—screaming women, half-naked hunks—are just as sleazy as she expected, with one exception: the man standing at the back, radiating sensual heat despite being fully clothed. When Elizabeth takes refuge outside, he chases her down and dares her to stay. It turns out that her mystery man is the owner—and, as tonight's headliner, the one guy Elizabeth wouldn't mind seeing naked.
Matt Stokes lives his life one day, one dance at a time. But as he challenges Elizabeth to get in touch with the passionate, impulsive woman behind her prim façade, she brings out another side of him as well. This girl isn't just another pretty face—or paying customer—and Matt can't help wanting more. Onstage, he's used to exposing his body. Now Matt will have to expose his heart. Because when it comes to real love, that's the one striptease that matters.
Being the huge Claire Kent and Noelle Adams fan that I am, the second I heard about this new book, I had to read it. The story is an intriguing premise, and it starts off in a way that makes you interested in more and curious where it will go next. Matt and Elizabeth are a great match as far as opposites go--he can break her out of her shell, although she's a tough one to crack. It doesn't take long for him to get to her, and for them to fall together. Their relationship has a deep passion to dangerously high levels of heat. But because of Elizabeth's family, reputation is the most important thing, and if she ruins it she could ruin her family.
Taking It Off is a romance where the sparks fly. I did enjoy the steam a lot, because Matt and Elizabeth definitely had it, but sometimes it became too much. It was hot, but I wanted more depth to them than what they had between the sheets. It was still a great story, low on the drama, high (VERY high) on the heat.