Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review: Strip You Bare by Maisey Yates

Strip You Bare 
by Maisey Yates
Series:  Deacons of Bourbon Street #4
Pub. Date:  Jan. 5, 2016
Publisher:  Loveswept
Pages:  200
Format:  eARC
Source:  NetGalley

My Rating:  
Sultry Scale:

Sparks fly when a society belle and a biker with a troubled past get down and dirty in the Big Easy. Maisey Yates turns up the heat in the sizzling finale of a series co-written with Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, and Jackie Ashenden.

Micah Carpenter hates New Orleans. Hell, after ten years he no longer has much affection for the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, either. But when the brotherhood calls, Micah answers. Joining the hunt for their mentor’s killer, he crosses paths with a Southern belle who exudes class—and sex appeal. Micah knows better than to mess with ice princesses: No matter how hot things get, they never melt. And yet he can’t stop himself from offering her a taste of the wrong side of the tracks.

Sarah Delacroix understands that reputation is everything. The daughter of a prominent family rocked by scandal, she’s desperate to restore their good name. Micah’s exactly the kind of man she should be avoiding. Behind his sleek and sophisticated exterior beats the heart of a predator—and she knows it. But, like the tattoos beneath his tailored suit, his rough edges are irresistible. And all too soon Sarah finds him getting under her skin . . . and living out every one of her hottest fantasies.

This is the final installment of the Deacons of Bourbon Street series. I would recommend that you read the series in order as it involves a continuing story line wherein 4 badass bikers are searching for who killed their club president. Each book has followed one of the bikers to claim their women while investigating the seedier side of New Orleans to find the one responsible for Priest's death.

Micah "Prince" Carpenter is not like the other Deacons. For starters, he rides his bike in a very expensive suit. He also owns several hotels in California, New York and London. But he is still a big bad tattooed biker, and throws on his persona when necessary.

The woman Micah will claim is southern debutante, Sarah Delacroix. If you read the earlier books, you will recognize the Delacroix name. Sarah is Leon "Blue" Delacroix's cousin. Sarah is always perfectly coiffed and composed, and wouldn't dare do a thing to slight the family name. When confronted by this alpha biker sitting in her house like a king in his castle, it takes every bit of her learned grit to not let him ruffle her feathers.

Unfortunately, I ended up skimming a lot of this book. While I liked the concept of both characters, I just couldn't connect to either one. While I wanted to find out what happened to Priest, I also was not as invested in the storyline. I don't know what happened - it could be a reading slump coming on. It was definitely interesting reading a series where each book was written by a different author. I won't say that all the writing styles meshed perfectly, but it was a good opportunity to find and sample new authors.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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