Author: Heidi McLaughlin

STRIPPED BARE by Heidi McLaughlin

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STRIPPED BARE by Heidi McLaughlinStripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Vegas Billionaire #1
Published by Loveswept Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher


 

 

Macey Webster had a one night stand at 17 years old and since then has been a single mother living from paycheck to paycheck trying to give her daughter everything she needs. During the day she works at a diner and at night as a stripper. Macey hates stripping but the money is good and she is saving up to get her and her daughter a new place to live. When one of her fellow dancers give her the opportunity to make more money, Macey seriously considers it but it means a week in Las Vegas and a week away from her little girl.

 

Finn McCormick grew up with money but after leaving his home town behind he headed out to Vegas to make his own name for himself. Since then he has opened a new casino and hotel and is currently looking to expand. When he sees a woman loosing big at one of his tables he has to know more about her, besides she looks a little familiar. Finn offers Macey a proposition to earn all the money she lost back plus more if she agrees to stay with him for a week and be at his beck and call. Finn had no idea how attached he would become and he knows she can’t stay but will Macey give Finn a chance to prove that he’s changing or will she leave and go back to stripping when she returns back home?

 

If you have seen Pretty Woman and loved it as much as I did you will fall in love with Stripped Bare. While there are many similarities to the movie Heidi McLaughlin puts her own twist to what was one of the most romantic movies of the 90’s. Once I started Stripped Bare I didn’t want it to end because I enjoyed it so much, it had romance, heartbreak, and really showed that second chances prevail.

 

At first I wasn’t a big fan of Finn because he seemed so full of himself. Of course he came of as the smart successful good looking rich guy that got everything he wanted but I loved seeing that there was more to him. Macey was easy to like after all she is a single mother trying to do everything in her power to make sure she gives her daughter the best life she can have with what situation they are in. I felt both characters developed separately and as a couple as Stripped Bare progressed.

 

While certain things were expected as part of their connection to their pasts Ms. McLaughlin did add some twists that kept me wanting to find out how Macey and Finn’s relationship would turn out. In the end I was completely pleased and glad that these two opposites received their happily ever after. If you are looking for a hot, sweet and romantic read Stripped Bare should be on the top of your list for releases in 2017.

HOME RUN by Heidi McLaughlin

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HOME RUN by Heidi McLaughlinHome Run by Heidi McLaughlin
Series: The Boys of Summer #2
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher


 

Cooper Bailey didn’t always want to play baseball but after his mother passed away he and his father bonded over it as a way to heal. Now he has just been called up to the majors and he definitely has to prove himself. The team is currently having spring training in Florida where there is practice, media, and giving back to the community. When his team heads to the zoo to meet with under privileged children and spend the day with them, Cooper meets Ainsley who organized the event. Cooper knows he needs to concentrate on keeping himself on the roster but one look at Ainsley and he knows he wants to get to know her better. When Ainsley rebuffs his advances he knows he will have to work harder to convince her to at least go on one date with him but will dating Ainsley start to become his down fall?

 

Ainsley Burke had to step down from her job as a zoo keeper to help take care of her dying mother. She doesn’t have much time for anything other than the part time hours she puts in at the zoo while her mother’s home health nurse is there. Ainsley organized for the team to visit the zoo and she will admit she might have done a little research on the newly acquired Cooper Bailey. When Cooper starts to show interest in her she knows she has to shut it down but it never occurred to her that he would be so persistent. They start dating and everything seems to be going well until her mother passes away and she pushes Cooper back where he belongs – to his game. But now Ainsley needs Cooper more than ever but is he willing to give her a chance to explain?

 

Home Run was more emotional than I thought it was going to be when I started reading, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was also sexy, funny and had really great characters in Ainsley and Cooper. I really enjoyed them and the chemistry that they had. From the very beginning when they meet you can see how interested they are in one another yet they both have reasons not to pursue a relationship but give it a chance any way. I liked that Cooper wasn’t your typical ball player, he was actually kind of awkward which made him even cuter. From the beginning he knew Ainsley could be the one and didn’t give up until she pushed him far away. I get why Ainsley pushed Cooper away but I couldn’t help but feel bad for both of them because they were so into one another and torn on how to handle what was going on.

 

Of course the best part about Home Run was the romance but Heidi McLaughlin did incorporate a lot of baseball and spring training rituals that made it realistic and fun. As far as the drama there was very little to none which I liked. The only thing that kept them apart was the different ways that their lives were pulling them. There wasn’t a moment in Home Run where I was bored and left unsatisfied. I actually liked Home Run much better than the previous book in The Boys of Summer series.

 

Overall, Home Run was a fantastic sports romance that I would happily recommend to all my friends even if they aren’t baseball fans like I am. Cooper is drool worthy and Ainsley had a good heart. Will they be the power couple of The Boys of Summer series or will they have some competition in the future? All I know is that I can’t wait for the next story in this series!

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