I’m a yes girl. Get your mind out of the gutter; I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about saying yes to whatever comes my way in life. So when I had the chance to move to Europe after college, I said, yes. When I had the chance to open my own lingerie line, I said, yes. And when my stepsister got diagnosed with cancer and needed me to come home and help her raise her daughter, I said, yes. That’s me, Kenzie — the yes girl! In every area of my life but one —Love. Always the first to leave a relationship. Will I be able to say yes to love — to Kane — to being happy? Or will I simply come undone and be stripped raw?
Don’t let Kenzie fool you! She’s a master at hiding behind a laugh and a smile. Being an attorney, I prefer the facts. This story isn’t as light and happy as my yes girl would have you believe. No laugh can sugar coat what we are facing: I’ve lost everything. I know what it’s like to be left raw. But sometimes that’s the only way to find love. To strip yourself down, let the other person see all your shit, and hope they love you anyway.
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“One of the most beautiful parts of loving someone is how it changes you - not how it changes them.”
Kenzie Scott, as the blurb suggests, is a yes girl. She is always there for everyone in her life. Her happiness sometimes takes a backseat. Her life is forever changed the day she does a live interview regarding her lingerie company. This leads her to meet Kane Hunter. He is an attorney that on the surface seems so put together. But beneath everything he has suffered so much loss and devastation. But he finds a light within Kenzie. And he is not about to let this good thing go.
“It’s the perfect time for me to love you.”
Kenzie and Kane have this immediate attraction that the author allows you to feel the moment they meet. Kenzie is so reluctant to fall for Kane as she has so many other things on her plate with her family and career. Love has never been a priority for her. Until Kane. He allows her world to shift. He shows her that she is worthy of the greatest thing in life. Love. But how do you let love in your heart when you’ve never put yourself first? Kane knows he just has to love Kenzie harder. His love is fierce and intense as he finds his way into her heart. His love for her never wavered, it only gave her strength as she endured some difficult and trying situations. But Kane has secrets. And he can only hope that Kenzie can love him through them.
“His love has ruined me for anyone else. It’s what sustains me.”
Stripped Raw goes a bit deeper than the blurb hints at. I found that to be refreshing as the author crafted an authentic, raw, and genuine story about love, loss, and life. How love can change everything. This writing was kept me engaged as a reader the entire time. I read this all in one sitting as I found it hard to put down as I was fully invested in Kane and Kenzie’s story. I thought the author brilliantly tackled many relevant issues in the story that readers will appreciate. This emotional and well written story attests to love and all the barriers it can overcome.
“Love without regrets.”
Prescott Lane is the author of First Position, Perfectly Broken, and her new release, Quiet Angel. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life. Connect with Prescott Lane at http://www.pinterest.com/PrescottLane1/ and facebook.com/PrescottLane1 and www.twitter.com/prescottlane1 and http://instagram.com/prescottlane1 or at http://www.authorprescottlane.com
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