Title: Stripped (#1)
Author: H.M. Ward
Genre: New Adult/Romance
First Published: September 2013
Buy It: Amazon
The V Card. Virgin. Most of us want to punch that sucker ASAP, and hide the fact until then, but not Cassie Hale. Three years ago she frickin' covered hers in glitter and laminated the thing, proudly telling me that she's waiting for the perfect guy.
So when I see her half naked, tangled together, rolling around on the floor with another stripper, I'm kind of shocked. Okay, that's an understatement. I'm enthralled. I have to know what cracked her picture perfect world and landed her here, and I hope it's something horrible-an event that broke her the way she broke me. Because, that's who Cassie Hale is--the woman who stole my heart and crushed it in her hand.
This book started off strong. The flashbacks to how Cassie and Jon met and how their relationship ended, I think that was my favorite part of the book. When we came back to the present it wasn't what I expected. I wasn't drawn into the book anymore but kept reading because I hoped it would get better. For me, not enough happened in the present part of the book. I kept waiting for that Mark to show up or something else exciting. And then all of a sudden the book ended. It wasn't even an ending, it felt like I was in the middle of a chapter and then boom. The end. Maybe Ward did this so you just have to buy the second book, which worked on me, because now I have to read it, but I would have been happier if she made an ending that makes more sense.
Of course there are some positive things too, Cassie for example. I love how she stayed true to her beliefs and didn't let Jon turn her into mush and forget everything that's important to her. And Jon, another hot Ferro brother, but still, I can't give this book more than 3,5 stars. Which I absolutely don't like to do, because I adored Damaged 1 and 2.