Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bare Assets 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?

Danielle's Review
M. L. Stephen’s “Bare Assets” is a quick read with a lot of sexy chemistry. It’s the first story in the “Dirt Road” series. It feels like the version that I read needs a lot more editing. To me, it felt very jumbled with respect to timelines and overall flow. Some of the contexts felt forced to me as well. You don’t need to pack every bad thing that can happen into one story. I did like the characters, and the fact that it’s set in small town America. I think this author has potential in the future. 3 out of 5


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? 

Danielle's Review
M.L. Stephen’s “Bare Essentials” is the second story in her “Dirt Road” series. This author has really come into her own since the first story in the series. The story is pretty well put together. I love the characters of Cutter and Holly. This tale can be read as a standalone or after the first story. More sex scenes and getting to see the lyrics from Angie’s Song and the two songs for Holly would have made this story a little better for me. 3.5 out of 5

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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