Also by this author: The Mother Road
Stroked (Stroked, #1) by Meghan Quinn
Published by Hot-Lanta Publishing on July 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Meghan Quinn is absolutely one of my go to authors. I first discovered her when I read her Bourbon Series and have been hooked since. When I saw that she was writing a book about an Olympic medalist in swimming, I realized that I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough. Umm, let’s all admit right now that we watch swimming a lot more intensely then we do golf and it has nothing to do with water.
Paisley Macarro has been obsessed with production for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately she didn’t have her parents support so she has even more weight on her shoulders to prove that she can do it. One little mishap sets her back a few years of her hard work and is forced to practically start over again. She now has a job as being an assistant to one of the most outlandish reality stars who believes she is above everyone else in the world. Bellini Chambers does not make this an easy job for her. She’s demanding, rude and unrealistically living in her own little world where she is the only one that exists. Everyone is here to serve her. Fortunately for Paisley, she’s actually able to stand up to Bellini. The one thing she didn’t expect was the pull she would have towards Bellini’s boyfriend, Olympic medalist Reese King.
Reese King is preparing for his last competition in the Olympics. He has been searching for a Gold metal, just barely missing it each time. His focus is strong and he’s working harder than he ever has before to make sure that his last time would be when he got the precious gold. When Paisley shows up as Bellini’s assistant and ultimately being an assistant to him, his world is tipped upside down. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he was instantly attracted. Unfortunately, he is connected with Bellini and Paisley works for him indirectly. Will he be able to push aside his feelings and remain professional or will his resolve break?
I’m torn on how I feel about this book. I will be honest and tell you that I had a very difficult time getting through the first part of the book and that is because of Bellini. I understand that she is that over the top celebrity brat that we all love to hate. That wasn’t my issue. It was the way her dialogue was described. It was so over the top and graphic that I struggled getting past it. I’m all for humor but this was just too much for me.
I did really enjoy Paisley. She is head strong, fierce, intelligent and doesn’t take crap. She can handle her own and it speaks volumes that she can handle someone like Bellini. She was very likable and I was rooting for her in both her profession and personal life the entire time.
“She’s feisty, sassy, all kinds of contradictions with her sweet personality but with a fiery attitude.”
Reese was so easy to love. He knew what he wanted from the beginning and he went for it. He never held back and he was honest and genuine the entire time. I loved experience his journey of his last Olympic trials. The ups and the downs. How he has to face that he is nearing the end of his career and needs to go out with a bang but also to look towards to future.
“Finding your soulmate is never easy, Paisley. The luckiest people have to work at it, because once you find that true match, you will be that much more grateful for the journey you took to find them.”
Please don’t let my rating make you think that I didn’t like this book. I really did. I loved Paisley and Reese’s story. It’s just a personal preference of the way that Bellini was portrayed and how long it too me to get past it, causing me to struggle for a while before I could connect to everything else. I think a lot of people will find her so over the top and humorous that they will love to hate her, which is exactly what I think Meghan was going for. It might just be the book for you.