Monday, August 25, 2014

Review Tour: Bare Assets and Bare Essentials by M.L. Stephens


With nothing but shattered dreams and a busted heart to fuel the way, Angela Fletcher drove out of Arkansas and never looked back. 

Six years later, the new and improved version of the girl she used to be steered clear of romance, love and late night promises. The only pillow talk Angela engaged in these days was making sure the person on the other pillow knew to lose her number as soon as he left the bed. She only had room for one love in her life and that was Bare Assets, the gentlemen's club she poured her heart and soul into. 

Dean Murray was the devil in disguise and had left behind enough broken hearted women to populate a small country. Angela would know. She was an expert markswoman who was skillfully self-trained at shooting down the good, the bad and the ugly of all masculine targets. After all, as the owner of the most successful strip club in Dallas, Texas, it was her business to know men. 

Just as she begins to fall for Dean's silky words and passionate ways, her past and present unexpectedly collide and a meticulously planned future turns into unpredictable chaos. Is the smooth-talking, denim-wearing devil responsible for the chaos? Or are the secrets she left buried in Arkansas coming back to haunt her?


** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. **
I have been a fan of M.L. Stephens since I first read Love You More. When I was given the opportunity to read Bare Assets before release, I jumped on it. And I am glad I did. It is AMAZING. M.L. writing outside her comfort zone was a major success! This is my favorite book by her (thus far). This book was so good that I had to finish it in one sitting. This book had me smiling, angry, and gasping throughout. The characters were well written and it was easy to understand their stories and "bond" with them. The twists and turns in the plot were unpredictable through the entire book. The sexy scenes were sensational and tantalizing. As usual, M.L. distracted me from all that I should be doing and got me tangled up in others' lives. I encourage everyone to read this book and get caught up in the world of Bare Assets!


Trouble never looked so good. 

He's a cowboy with a guitar and an attitude. She's Nashville's toughest, most sought after music agent. They have one thing in common: country music. 

Cutter Harrison relies on two things: beer and music—his music. At twenty-six, he's happily divorced and plans to keep it that way. 

Holly Avery is on the hunt. She's determined to discover the next country music superstar and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. 

When two paths collide, Cutter and Holly are suddenly forced to question their pasts, their futures, and the bare essentials of love. Country music brought them together, but will their dirty little secrets keep them apart? 

** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **
 M.L. Stephens is one of those writers that I will read anything she writes; probably even her grocery list! She always pulls me in no matter the genre she writes. Bare Essentials is no exception! This is a stand – alone novel but the main male character, Cutter, is a character from M.L.’s novel, Bare Assets. However, this novel is completely understandable without having read Bare Assets. This is a complete story with no cliff-hanger.
Cutter Harrison is trying to forget his first love by playing music and hopping from one bed to the next. Holly Avery is a Nashville agent looking for her next big star. By accident she encounters Cutter and believes she’s found her next client. Neither were looking for a relationship and in fact have a lot of personal baggage from the past. They must decide if they can get over that baggage and form a personal relationship or just keep their relationship professional.
This is a great story about overcoming the past and moving on. Cutter is still reeling from the past hurt by his first love and then again from his first wife. He has hurt from both relationships on completely different levels. Holly is a smart and independent woman who may have just found her next star and possibly even lover when she stumbled upon Cutter.  

About the Author
I write the characters and stories that scream the loudest.
I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!

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