Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

Living in Sin City, Finn McCormick is no stranger to one-night stands, but the last person he expects to find losing big on the casino floor is a former high school fling. Even though Macey Webster’s clearly down on her luck, she’s still a knockout, and she’s dressed like a stripper—because she is one. Drunk off an unfamiliar cocktail of lust, pity, and compassion, Finn offers to pay Macey’s debts if she cuddles up to him around town . . . and does whatever he wants between the sheets.

Macey came to Vegas for one reason only: money. She’s got a young daughter to support, and the tips really are bigger in Vegas. But when she blows her earnings on blackjack, her guardian angel is the rich boy who once stole her heart and never called her back. Although Macey would love to turn the tables on Finn, she can’t afford to refuse his proposition—and soon she’s enjoying herself much more than she cares to admit. Macey’s used to baring her flesh, but baring her soul will take far more courage.

Pet’s $0.02

If someone had told me that Heidi McLaughlin would write a character I did not love, I’d have called them a liar and told them to shut their dirty lying mouth! But…and this hurts me to say, but I’ve found one I did not care for.

 I loved Macey. She was a strong single mother doing whatever she had to do to make sure her daughter could live a better life than she had. She endured shit that no one should ever have to put up with and she did it with dignity. She didn’t ask for special concessions, she wasn’t rude or mean with no reason, she was pure class in a trying situation in my opinion. She’s really the only thing that kept me reading to the end.

Finn on the other hand…I actively hated. On a positive note, I only mildly disliked him after I hit the 87% mark. He was a self-serving, entitled piece of fuck, who treated Macey just like every other man who saw her as someone only put there for their pleasure. He constantly referred to her, whether to her or in his own head, in the most demeaning of ways. He was a user. I kept hoping she’d find someone else. Hell, I was hoping she’d hook up with Lamar. At least he never called her or implied she was a whore. I guess in a way Finn was a well-written antagonist. And I’m hoping that I was supposed to hate him as much as I did. If I was…I guess, well done!

I know this is the first book in the series… and I’ll most likely read the rest when they’re released, but I’m hoping that she can bring something more likable to the rest of the friends.

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