Saturday, 30 January 2016

Review: Naked by Gina Gordon

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 Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement.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.

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Loveswep
Series: Body & Soul #1
Genre: Romance/Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from the Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

There were some aspects of this story that I really liked but there were also some that I really disliked. I was back and forth throughout the entire read and had a difficult time figuring out how I felt about it.

I liked the fact that Violet was trying to overcome a traumatic event and the scars that it left both physically and emotionally. However, I was not a fan of the way it was executed in the book. There were way to many contradictions and not enough growth for the majority of the story. On minute she was saying that she hated how her employees couldn't see past her beauty and that she was more than a pretty face and the next she was insecure because she no longer thought of herself as beautiful. Yes, she had stuff to deal with but instead of coming across as someone learning and moving on she came across really whiny and immature at times. For someone who was the CEO of a major company this was not a good thing.

I also liked the whole neighbours/no string attached/no personal information angle and thought it would make for some exciting, sexy reading. Again, it fell a little short for me. I couldn't quite feel the chemistry between Violet and Noah as much as I wanted to. The steamy scenes felt a little mechanical or robotic to me and not so sexy. I'm sorry but the subway bathroom scene...GROSS...absolutely nothing hot or sexy about that. It was actually quite repulsive. Sex in a dirty, public subway bathroom no thank you! From there the sex seemed more about action instead of feeling or emotion.

I did however really like Luke and Harper and found myself wanting to know their story. Hopefully their story will come in a future instalment. Harper was by far my favourite character in this book and she was only a secondary character.

I didn't hate Violet and Noah's story but I didn't love it either. I think with a bit of tweaking it could have been so much more than it was.  In the end it was average but I do feel like there is potential with this series to get better.


About the Author

When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn't pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream...becoming a writer. And she hasn't looked back.

Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. She broke out onto the romance scene with her #1 Amazon Bestselling erotic short story Her Five Favorite Words that's been called a "deliciously naughty tale" by Joyfully Reviewed.

When not chained to her computer, you can find Gina sipping Starbucks, making cupcakes or feeding her addiction to celebrity gossip. She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and lovable dog.

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