Series: Stroked #1
Published by Self-Published on July 20th 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Source: ARC, Netgalley
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Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.
His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.
On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.
I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.
There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.
What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.
Q&A Review by Liezel & Angie
What was it about this book that made it different from anything that you’ve read recently?
Liezel: Stroked was a breath of fresh air! It was seriously one of the most entertaining books I’ve EVER read. I can not tell you how many times I burst out laughing.
This is one book you don’t want to read alone in public….unless you want people around you to think that you were certifiable.
Angie: I agree with Liezel. I actually said those exact words to her before reading the answers to these questions. Lol, My hubby kept asking what’s so funny and I told him he wouldn’t understand. No one understands unless they’re your book bestie.
I needed Stroked. After reading so many heavy books and everything that was happening in the world, I needed a break from reality, from the drama to escape and this book was it for me.
Out of all of the characters, who is the one person who made a lasting impression?
Liezel: I would have to go with Bellini (or should I say, Agatha?). I have never felt that annoyed with a character before. If it was possible to reach into my e-reader, I would have grabbed her and punched her “floppy clam”
Antagonizing as she was though, she was one of the major reasons why I was captivated. I couldn’t wait to get to her POV’s because of all the laughable absurdities that came out of that woman’s’ mouth. She was a trainwreck but I have to admit she was what that made this book standout.
Angie: OMG! Again I agree with Liezel! Picture this, Emma Roberts from Scream Queens as Bellini, voice, hair, clothes, everything! Every time I read Bellini’s POV I read it in Emma’s voice. It was epic! EPIC! Even though I couldn’t stand her because let’s face it, who would love someone who says and I quote
“It’s so hard being me. I’m so popular, everyone wants to be near me, and do you know what? I don’t blame them? How can I? If I saw such a specimen like myself walking down the streets of Rodeo Drive, I would strive to be just like me as well.”
That’s not even the beginning of Bellini’s bullshit of herself. Like a great reality show you just can’t look away and in this instance you can’t read quick enough to see what other egotistical, demeaning, self-righteous thing that comes from her mouth.
What did you think of Reese? Of Paisley? Did they work as a couple?
Liezel: They were both great. I think the reason why they fit so well was because they were both hell-bent on succeeding in their chosen careers. They were both motivated and driven. Failure was never an option for either of them.
I appreciated that Paisley was always comfortable with her sensuality. Even if Reese was the alpha-male he constantly let Paisley lead. The chemistry between them was fantastic
Angie: I loved them both but together they were so damn hot you needed a fire hose to cool them down! Well me, I needed a fire hose ummm I mean a cold shower to cool off. Lol
I love how Reese strived to be his best and even if it was second best he always strived to be first. He was determined in everything he done. He didn’t let much get in his way and I love that about him.
I love how down to earth Paisley is. I love the words on her body. She’s me in another life. She didn’t care what was said about her and even though some things were a secret she didn’t keep that from getting in the way of what she wanted.
They were perfect for each other! I love their snarky comments and how abusive Paisley was. (Not in a bad way)
What are your thoughts about the story flow?
Liezel: I hated the beginning. I thought…if Bellini’s voice was all I heard/read throughout the entire book then I would rather chuck my e-reader out the window. If you feel the same way….push through coz all of that obnoxiousness is damn well worth it.
Angie: I loved the story flow. I agree with Liezel about Bellini but it didn’t make me want to throw my e-reader yet. It intrigued me. I wanted to see where Meghan was going with it and I’m so happy I did!
If you could ask Meghan Quinn one question about this book what would you ask her?
Liezel: It rarely happens where the person on the cover is the hero that you imagine in the book…Did Meghan Quinn have Stuart Reardon in mind when writing this story?
I also want to know if Bellini would get her story too? Hey, if Nan (Up In Flames by Abbi Glines) got one, I think someone like Bellini should too.
Angie: Did you have Emma Roberts character, Chanel, from Scream Queens in your mind for Bellini? If you didn’t who do you picture? Also, you should seriously watch Scream Queens. You’ll understand what I mean. She even has a Pocket but her name is Hester.
Without giving much away, what was your favorite part of the story?
Liezel: Epilogue, Reese’s surprise may seem inconsequential but it meant everything to Paisley. It goes to show just how attuned Reese was with Paisley’s thoughts and feelings.
Angie: I have to agree again with Liezel. I should’ve just let her answer and let me add funny commentary. The epilogue made everything we had to put up with from Bellini worth it.
Who would you recommend this book to?
Liezel: Stroked is a perfect summer read. I would def recommend this book for those who are looking for a good laugh with a hefty side of romance.
Angie: Let’s add onto what Liezel said shall we! Stroked is an anytime of the year read. If you need something to lift you up and make you smile and laugh your ass off then Stroked is the book for you.
If you need to escape your everyday mundane life then read Stroked and pretend you’re Bellini! Kidding! Seriously, though, Stroked is one of those books that I’ll remember that helped get me through a small dark time in my life that was much needed. You may not ever realize how one book that can make you laugh can change everything inside you.