Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Naked


Author:  Gina Gordon
Series:  Body & Soul #1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Loveswept

Description:  Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she’s been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that’s both thrilling and terrifying.
 
Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life—until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she’s holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.


My Review


This is the first book I have read by this author and I found it to be an enjoyable read.  Violet is in hiding after suffering from surviving a car accident and suffering injuries that she perceives as life changing.  Violet meets Noah and begins what she thinks will be a 4 week affair that will distract her from her problems.  I like the relationship that developed between Noah and Violet.  We get to see that each one of them has been hurt in their past and both have some issues with their self esteem.  The secondary cast of characters are just as prominent as the main characters, and Noah's best friend, Harper stands out from them all.  She is strong, independent, and confident in who she is despite not being what society would see as conventional.  She plays an important part in getting Violet on the road to healing and her character has a great message throughout the story that everyone is beautiful and that we can all begin to accept and like ourselves if we look beyond societies perceptions and ideals and see the real us.  I thought this was probably the main theme throughout the book.  There are plenty of hot scenes, for those who are looking for that type of read.  The one drawback I had was that eventually, despite the acceptance of her family and friends, Violet's insecurities began to wear on me by mid-way through the book.  But all in all, I found this to be a pretty well written story with likable characters and a great message about self-esteem.  I think there are more stories to tell about the secondary characters and would be willing to see where the author goes with their stories.



I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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