Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review of Stripped

Title: Stripped
Author: Tori St. Claire
Source: Author Request
Genre: Erotica
Length: Novel
Release Date: January 3, 2012

Body of secrets…
As a member of the CIA’s elite, Black Opals, Natalya Trubachev must live a lie, working undercover as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss. His business is trafficking vulnerable Las Vegas strippers overseas for twisted sex games. Natalya’s business is to blow the ring wide open and bring down Dmitri and his American contacts. But the stakes are raised when she learns that the next target is her own sister Kate, a dancer in the famed club Fantasia. Only now does Natalya realize how personal her mission has become, and how far she’s willing to go to complete it.
Body of lies…
The manager of Fantasia is Brandon Moretti, an undercover detective who keeps a close eye on his girls, and an even closer one on his sinfully sensual hire. For Natalya, working the club could be the break she’s been waiting for. But for Moretti, Natalya is a possible link to a killer. Only he never counted on her being so lethally seductive or so dangerous to get close to.  As every forbidden pleasure between them is stripped away, his own secrets threaten their security, but it’s Natalya’s that could destroy them both.

Lately I've been in a bit of a reading slump. I haven't wanted to look at or touch a book. (I know I know, who could ever live through such a thing?) So this book was my introduction back into reading again. I am so happy to say that it was one of those books I just couldn't put down. I am a huge fan of taking a relaxing bath and reading at the same time. When I first started this book I figured I'd read a few chapters while relaxing a bit. An hour later my husband came to tell me dinner was ready. An hour after that he came and pulled the plug to the tub. Thirty minutes later he took my ereader out of my hands and refused to give it back until I finished eating. As soon as I finished this book I picked up another. I just wish it could have been book tow of the series, but sad to say that doesn't come out until July. Oh well, I'll have to hold out until then. 

Natalya Trubachev is a strong heroine that is trying her hardest to take down a human trafficking ring. She has spent far too many years trying to bring it down. As a member of the Black Opals, a secret branch of the CIA, she has done everything, but give up her own family to take it down. Unfortunately, just as she is about to hit a lucky break she realizes that this is something she will have to do after all. Her sister is the next target. 

Natalya interested me from the start. I love love LOVE strong heroines. I also love when they are pitted against a hero that is just as strong, or in this case stubborn. Brandon Moretti, is a hard-assed cop that is just trying to protect the girls of the strip club he was placed as manager of when Natalya is hired and brings him to his knees. Ms. St. Claire did a brilliant job of matching the man characters together. Unknown to them they are both after the same people. Watching these two try and figure out their cases while trying to keep the other in the dark is just amazing. The chemistry between the two characters is electrifying. There are many and I do mean many very steamy scenes between the two of them. 

I don't want to give too many details away because this story builds on itself and leaves the reader guessing to the very end on who is good and who isn't. I highly recommend this book to everyone looking for a good new read. It comes out the first week of January, and I can't want to get my pre-ordered paperback in the mail so I can read it again and again. 


  1. That's just too damn funny. Didn't your water get cold? My hubby comes in too check to see if I'm okay. I say it's in their DNA. LOL!

    I just finished reading a book by her alter ego and felt similar about reading another new author.
    Great review and it looks like the TBR grows again *sigh*

  2. I just added it to my wishlist ;) Thanks for a wonderful review!

  3. It did get a little chilly, but every hour or so I turn the hot water on full blast and rewarm it up :-) He has to do that about once a week because I get so into some of my books.

    I've add all of her "alter ego's" books to my TBR list. The next book in the series comes out the same month as my birthday so I'm doubly looking forward to it this upcoming year.

  4. Hee hee!! Your hubby is one patient man. :D

    This sounded so good, I've added it to my way over grown TBR list. Thanks! (I think!) ;o)

  5. I don't usually comment on reviews beyond sending a private thank you to the reviewer (and yes I'm lax with the holidays on that!). But since you both are here, I wanted to publically thank you for the supreme praise about both books. And Kayla, thank you very much for not spoiling the 'who-dunnit' intricacies! I am so appreciative of that.

    Glad you enjoyed the reads!


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