My innocence was shattered one steamy October night, when I sold my soul to the devil to pay for a week in a dirty motel room.
Thinking I could rid myself of him, I fled the safety of the nomad lifestyle I had embraced my entire life for the security of a small upstate New York town, alongside my big sister Star.
What I never anticipated was a green eyed stranger that would steal my heart and never look back. And a dark eyed man on a motorcycle, who would teach me how to trust again. Both of them completely shattering every wall I ever put up to keep men out of my vulnerable world.
I am Paisley Bloom, and this is my devastating story.
Review by Courtney
This Girl Stripped is Paisley Bloom’s story. When a brutal attack takes everything from Paisley, she grabs what she can and heads to Seven’s house. Coming to terms with what has happened, she needs to find it in herself to change the direction of her life while relying on those around her for support and strength.
Paisley’s story, like Seven and Star’s, is devastating and so emotional. The beginning of the book is pieced together from moments we read in Kink the Halls, but now we get what is happened from Paisley’s POV. While this book can be read as a standalone, I loved having the background of the whole crew and knowing what had previously happened. There are sex scenes and they are good, but I didn’t find them as intense as the previous books. Instead, it focused more on Paisley dealing with life and coming to terms with her situation. I liked Paisley, she doesn’t have the same over confident attitude like Seven, she isn’t a feisty little spit-fire like Star and she isn’t crazy eccentric like the two of them. She is simple, she is a girl dealing with the demons that haunt her and she is broken. I,personally, found her more relatable then Seven and Star. While I really enjoyed the story, I was a little bit disappointed that it moved so fast and that we also didn’t get deeper with Diesel and River. There wasn’t a lot of dialogue between the characters and instead we only got Paisley’s internal dialogue followed with brief conversations between her and Diesel or River, so with that element I felt I was missing something.
While it was a very fast paced story, I still really enjoyed it, like I was up until 2am enjoying and finishing it. I was thrown off, like I’m sure many readers of this series will be. I did not expect what happened AT ALL. Going into the book I thought I knew where the story was heading, but it literally took a sharp turn and headed into a completely different direction, I think I may still have whiplash. I absolutely loved that it threw me for a loop, I loved that I didn’t expect what happened, I loved how I outwardly said, “no way” while reading certain scenes and I loved the way it all came together in the end.
There are so many elements to Paisley’s story, she is not so much dealing with her past like we read with Seven and Star, instead she is facing issues in the present. While I do wish there was a bit more depth with Diesel and River, I still felt that the story was really good. The Hers Series always takes on topics that are extremely difficult and heartbreaking. This Girl Stripped took on a very big social issue that is considered controversial, even in the context of Paisley’s circumstances. Opinions put aside and thinking of Paisley as a real person (because real people do deal with these issues), it was extremely devastating and my heart broke for her. Dawn Robertson was able to execute the seriousness of this issue perfectly with her writing, she did an amazing job putting the reader in Paisley’s shoes and made it easy to sympathize with her and the pain she had to endure physically, emotionally and mentally! I gave This Girl Stripped 4 out of 5 books.
About the Author
Dawn Robertson is a twenty-something indie erotic romance, and mother. She lives in sunny senior citizen packed Florida, where she wrangles her kids, and Pitbull puppy.
Dawn can normally be found swearing like a sailor, making late night drive-thru appearances, arguing with her kids (or being run over by their power wheels), reading a steamy romance while hiding in her bathroom, writing her little heart out on her laptop (or dragging her Macbook to the Genius bar praying they can save her latest work in progress), or sipping on a smoothie. She loves to hear from her fans, readers, and authors alike. Feel free to drop her a message.
Dawn rarely takes life seriously, so be sure to expect heavy sarcasm from her. She is also the life of the party, so be sure to meet up with her at one of the many author events she will be attending in the next couple months. Buy her a shot of whiskey, and she will love you for life.