Release date: November 30th 2013
Book Link: Goodreads
STRIPPED (a novel)
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
WITHOUT YOU (a novella)
She was broken when I met her, shattered from the death of her sister and running from love. Not to sound like an egotistical douche or anything, but I fixed her. Put her back together, filled in the cracks, and made her whole. A true fairytale in her eyes.
But now real life is getting in the way: school, jobs, and the unexpected opportunity to travel the world under a legendary photographer. This internship will open doors not even my father’s influence could. It’s something I’ve been waiting all my life for. But so is Quinn, and accepting this internship will mean leaving her.
And breaking her all over again.
This sounded like something that I would absolutely love so I was excited to read it despite my recent vow to eliminate 90% participation in book tours. The premise looked good and unique so I suspected that it would be good.
It wasn't great but it also wasn't terrible. I had heard that Quinn was a feisty character which I was excited about but I didn't connect with her at all and that's a huge thing for me. If I can connect with a character, chances are good that I'll enjoy the book.Normally I really like damaged characters but Quinn just didn't work for me.
Yet in contrast, Torrin did. He was sexy and the best thing was that he wasn't a doormat. He called Quinn on her crap, which was great to see. He was also kind to her which I don't think Quinn was really used to.
I really loved that the novella was told from Torrin's point of view. Very rarely do we get a romantic love story from the male perspective. It's nearly always from the female perspective so that was a really great treat.
The writing was really good though. From the beginning it seemed to flow well and there no issues from an editing standpoint. The dialogue flowed well and was not stiff which was great to see.All in all, I didn't love these two books (well novel + novella) but I didn't hate them either. So I'll be giving them 3 stars.