A NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLERBy New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling New Adult author H.M. Ward.
The woman who stole my heart and crushed it in her hand disappeared from my life 3 years ago. So when I see her at a bachelor party, half naked, rolling around on the floor with another stripper, I'm shocked. I have to know what cracked Cassie Hale's picture perfect world that landed her in this hellhole, and I hope that I'm not so bitter that I can't help her escape.
Genre: New Adult Romance
Type: Novel; Series Book 1 of 2
Related Works: DAMAGED & THE ARRANGEMENT
STRIPPED 2 Coming Soon
©2013 H.M. Ward (P)2013 H.M. Ward
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
I found H.M. Ward through Damaged and became intrigued with the Ferro boys. This story is about Jonathan, the youngest of the three brothers and his life is always getting him into trouble. He has a way with the ladies and can’t seem to stay out of the press. His mother sends him away to Mississippi for the summer so things will cool down. There is where he meets Cassie Hale, a virgin. He can't believe she thinks she can hold out for Mr. Perfect to give her V-card away. Stripped is about Cassie and Jonny, it’s about their short romance, their summer fling and the heartbreak that followed. A large majority of this book is a flashback to when Jon met Cassie. Their relationship was amazing. Jon was truly changed by Cassie. She changed him more then he thought possible. The relationship between these two is filled with sexual tension! Cassie was great. I adored her character. She was shy but with smart witty comebacks when necessary. He was relentless to pursue her. Jon's story gives you a bit of two broken souls that at one time were the only thing that seemed to put each other together, and at the same time were the only thing that seemed to be able to tear them apart.... Forward to present day and Cassie is a stripper at his brother Peter’s bachelor party. Jonathan can’t figure what happened to Cassie for her to end up here. He finds himself hurt and still angry but still wants to help her out of her situation, whatever it is. Unfortunately, the book basically ends there which is frustrating. There were a lot of unresolved issues by the end of the book. So, I will patiently wait for book #2.
I got this book since it seemed like a great story line & it didn't disappoint. John & Cassie's characters are cute, funny and one can't help but route for them. The narrators were each so amazing that they made the characters burst to life. Only major complaint, that so much time was spent on flash backs instead of spending more time on the current moment. I was so into the story that when it finished the way it did, I yelled when I saw that I didn't just forget to download the second half. It was over. Only to find out that the second book isn't due out til sometime next year. The wait is going to drive me insane. This book is just that awesome.
The story is only 2/3 complete! I really was enjoying it - but when it finished I looked to see if I'd downloaded the next section. It seems that this author releases short bits of novels for around $5 each. (My math says that we get them at a rate of around $2.50 per listening hour - when you can get another series with longer books for credits for around $1.20 per listening hour). Yeesh. I'm disappointed and no longer interested.
Stripped was my first full audiobook.
This story is intense! Ward takes her time describing everything from character personnalities, locations, emotions, simple gestures such a kiss... this is her strength. The intense and important passages are not rushed, on the contrary, you are sitting on the edge of your seat, heart beating fast, anticipating what will happen next... and she let's us linger there... excruciatingly exquisite!!! To balance things out, there are always cute, funny, quirky passages that make you smile and LOL while reading.This book intertwines with other stories but if this is your first H.M. Ward book, you can read it as a stand alone since the characters and their back stories are described enough so that the first time reader isn't confused. However, if you intend on reading her other series, you may want to read them in the order they were published to avoid any spoilers.
Sebastian Fields is amazing. His voice is sexy and he brings Jonathan Ferro to life with all the emotion & cockiness that goes along with it.Erin Mallon was only okay for me. Her voice is beautiful, her reading is impeccable and she puts emotion into her performance but I found her very breathy, overly exhaling at the end of every sentence. H.M. Ward's female characters usually have lots of sassiness (including Cassie Hale's character) but I couldn't detect that from Erin Mallon's reading.
I found myself blushing at certain times, during racier moments, especially when Sebastian Fields was narrating.
Although I really enjoyed my first audiobook experience, I found that I'm more easily distracted from the story while listening to a story than if my eyes are stuck to a page. Perhaps I'll try listening to it while reading at the same time to double the pleasure! It's kind of like the bonus features you'll find on a dvd... it's an added bonus to actually hear the characters.
but holy cow John Ferro....DAMN. first of all this was my first Ferro book that I've listened to and I'm not sure I can go back to just reading. It took a few chapters for me to get used to both readers voices but soon after I came to really enjoy it. I feel like the readers really cought the characters' emotions and attitudes perfectly. As always H.M Ward does not dissappoint with the story. So many things threw me for a loop and the damn book left me wanting more! I can not wait for the next in the Stripped series..as well as the next Arrangement book...and I love how they all twist together. This is a definite must buy!
The fact that after everything they had been through and all of their years apart John still loved her and was willing to givelup everything for his love.
I would if part two was already out!!
Never let a story end this way without having the second part realeased!!!
Not sure what I was expecting or why I selected this book, but it was not very good. It was a bad choice. The narrator was fine, the book, not so much.
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As stated in the headline, I do not mind a cliffhanger at all. I do not mind buying books that come in a series but this series I will not continue. When I read/listen to a book in a series, something about the characters or the storyline has to intrigue me enough to make me purchase the next in the series. I can honestly say with this book - I do not know any more than I knew after I read the brief synopsis prior to purchasing the book. What a waste. I love detail in a book but I also love a story in a book. I wish I had not purchased this.
No and I will make a note so that I do not forget to avoid this author.
The performance was fair. I wish Sebastian had done all of the reading. His voice was appropriate as both sexes. Why they would have a male and female narrator and not have the male do all of the male readings (and vice versa) I'm not sure I understand.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
It's an okay story. For me personally it just lacked that "pull" that takes me into a story and makes me want more. I'd say this would be a great sale book. I'd rather use my credit on a better selection.
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