Thursday, October 10, 2013

Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Stripped by Brenda Rothert

by Brenda Rothert
Release Date: 05/27/13
New Adult Contemporary Romance
262 pages
Abby Gillis is used to being called a promiscuous, uneducated whore. It’s all in a day’s work when you’re a stripper. Since her job allows her to support her siblings, 24-year-old Abby takes it all off in stride. She’s never had trouble keeping men at arm’s length – until she meets ER physician Chris Reneau, who is sexy, sweet and interested in more than what’s beneath her clothes. As their relationship unfolds, Abby becomes increasingly aware of the desire building in her for the first time, and of her yearning to be wanted by the one man who truly sees all of her.

Commitment-averse Chris finds himself in uncharted territory. He wants Abby, that’s clear, but he can’t accept not having all of her. As the distance between them erodes, he tries to convince Abby to give up stripping for a chance at something real.

As the two of them get closer, Abby realizes that truly baring it all has nothing to do with her body. Chris makes her feel more exposed than she ever has, and she has to grapple with what’s left when her notions about herself and those around her are stripped away, leaving only the naked truth.


Charlotte’s office reminded Chris of her and Reed’s house. The walls were decorated just so, with photos of the tropical vacations she and Reed had taken. He had never thought much about things like that, but as he stared at a photo of a lush Hawaiian waterfall, he considered that Charlotte and Reed had been standing right there, together. It was a memory they would share forever.
“So, what happened then, Chris? You guys started to get intimate, and then … where did it lead?” Charlotte asked.
“I feel awkward talking about this with my best friend’s wife,” he admitted, sighing.
“Chris, I do this every day. Just relax and be honest. You’ll find it very liberating.”
“Bill me for this one. I’ll feel better if this is a professional visit.”
“Don’t be an asshole, Chris. You’re our friend, and I’m not billing you. Now talk.”
“Okay. So we messed around, and I ended up … well, you don’t need the full details. I got her off.”
“How did that make you feel?”
“Amazing. It was about the hottest thing I’ve ever seen, because … God, this is so strange, but I cared about making her feel good. Not just to know I’m good in bed, either. For her.”
“How did she react to what happened between you?”
“She was uncomfortable at first, before it happened. She doesn’t mind me seeing her naked or anything, but she doesn’t like the idea of her getting off when I don’t.”
“Hmm,” Charlotte said, furrowing her brows. “Any thoughts on that?”
“Well, I’m not a shrink or anything, but I think Abby’s sexually repressed. She believes sexual gratification is only for men, and that she’s supposed to give it, not receive it.”
“You said she was uncomfortable before it happened. How was she after?”
“Totally satisfied, of course. Hasn’t Reed told you I’m a rock star in bed?”
“Um, no.” Charlotte rolled her eyes at him. “And how would my husband know that, anyway?”
“Oh, we had some good times in college. Before he met you, of course.”
“Good times? Tell me you guys haven’t experimented with each other or anything.”
“Oh, fuck no, Charlotte. We shared a room at our fraternity house. I just mean we both had some sleepless nights while the other was entertaining a woman.”
“Alright, back to Abby. What do you think is next for you guys?”
“I don’t know. I’m making her dinner tonight. But I just don’t know. I’m really into her, but the closer we get, the more bothered I am by the stripping. I don’t want her sharing that part of herself with anyone but me.”
“You mean her body?”
“Yes, and her sensuality.”
“But you know that’s not her heart, Chris. What if you had that? Would it be enough?”
“No. I either want all of her, or none of her.”

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      About the Author
Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.

These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.

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