Article first published as eBook Review: Stripped by Tori St. Claire on Blogcritics.
Stripped is a seriously sexy erotic suspense novel by Tori St. Claire, and boy, does it keep you on the edge of your seat! Natalya Trubachev, the female lead, is a member of the CIA’s elite Black Opals – a very dangerous, very skilled undercover team. For the past three years, she’s been posing as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss, an evil man whose business is trafficking vulnerable Las Vegas strippers overseas for twisted sex games.
Natalya’s job is to earn Dmitri’s trust enough so she has information and contacts, so she can use them to blow his business to pieces and take him and his evil cohorts down at the same time. However, when Natalya learns that the next stripper who is to be shipped overseas is her own sister, things become more urgent. Natalya has been determined for a long time that she would see her mission through and stop the sick and twisted people involved, but now it’s personal. So when she’s sent to Las Vegas to oversee proceedings, Natalya knows she can’t put a foot wrong, or it’s all over.
The trouble is, despite her cool demeanour and her unfailing professionalism, Natalya isn’t betting on the manager of the club she goes to work at being such a temptation. Brandon Moretti is hot, sexy, strong and determined. And what’s more, he’s attracted to Natalya, too.
The two of them make a living on secrets and lies, but it seems they’re evenly matched, and their attraction begins to overrule their sensibilities. But will they complete their respective missions and emerge unscathed, or will the distraction they’re finding in one another cause things to blow up in their faces?
This is an absolutely super read. I was gripped from beginning to end. There’s lots going on, and lots of characters to keep track of so it’s not the sort of book you can rush through, because you’ll probably miss out on something. But it’s such a sexy, tense read that you won’t want to rush, you’ll want to savour it. Stripped is a brilliantly written book that is full of twists and turns and keeps you guessing right until the very end. I’d definitely recommend this to fans of smokin’ hot books.