Monday, August 25, 2014

*Review Tour* Bare Assets and Bare Essentials by M.L. Stephens


With nothing but shattered dreams and a busted heart to fuel the way, Angela Fletcher drove out of Arkansas and never looked back. 

Six years later, the new and improved version of the girl she used to be steered clear of romance, love and late night promises. The only pillow talk Angela engaged in these days was making sure the person on the other pillow knew to lose her number as soon as he left the bed. She only had room for one love in her life and that was Bare Assets, the gentlemen's club she poured her heart and soul into. 

Dean Murray was the devil in disguise and had left behind enough broken hearted women to populate a small country. Angela would know. She was an expert markswoman who was skillfully self-trained at shooting down the good, the bad and the ugly of all masculine targets. After all, as the owner of the most successful strip club in Dallas, Texas, it was her business to know men. 

Just as she begins to fall for Dean's silky words and passionate ways, her past and present unexpectedly collide and a meticulously planned future turns into unpredictable chaos. Is the smooth-talking, denim-wearing devil responsible for the chaos? Or are the secrets she left buried in Arkansas coming back to haunt her?

4.5 Stars

This is the first book I have read by M L Stephens. After reading the blurb the book sounded exactly like something I'd really enjoy. I was also very keen to read Bare Assets as I love finding new authors. I loved M L Stephens writing style and I'm so glad that I got to read this book. I'll defiantly be reading more books by M L Stephens in the future.
Bare Assets is a story of Love, Loss and Sucess.
Six years ago Angela Fletcher packed up her life and left her home to move to Texas. Having left because of a broken heart and shattered dreams, Angela has worked very hard to build her life back up and completely reinvent herself. She is now a successful bar owner and she will not jeopardise what she has worked for, for anybody or anything. Angela stays clear of any situation that will cause drama or heartbreak in her life. She only has one night stands so she can keep her distance at all times.
Dean Murray is a man with a very big reputation. He's known as the "love em and leave em" type. Dean however had been coming to Angela's bar for years. He feels so connection with Angela and really likes her. He finally works up the courage to make his move with Angela as she makes his heart melt.
Angela likes Dean but she doesn't want to put herself out there again or risk getting hurt again or risk her new life. The other problem standing in both their ways is Angela's past is about to come back and possibly destroy her new life and her future relationship with Dean.
Angela's story is very inspirational. She has worked her way back up from rock bottom to make her life what it is now. She's respected In a mans world and can hold her own. Reading about such a strong women was refreshing. I'm so used to reading about broken women who are bought back to life by a man. Angela was amazing and I'd love to read more stories with women in who are just as strong.
Dean is very hot and sexy. You will swoons over him. I connected with his character quickly and I loved reading about him and learning more about him and his past, Deans story is heart wrenching and very emotional. He's protective, caring and very loving. I loved how he cared so deeply for Angela and how he starts to make her whole again.
Dean and Angela's relationship isn't smooth sailing. There are lots of ups and downs, especially as Angela's past collides with her present. You don't know how the story will end.
The sexual tension and chemistry between the 2 characters is incredibly hot. The scenes were written very well and will defiantly get you all hot under your collar. There were some great one liners rough out the story that really break up the email ally journey your reading about.
M.L Stephens writing was brilliantly. She has a great way of describing things to the reader in a I depth way that bring you in to the story.
I loved this book and can't wait to read more books for M L Stephens in the future.

By Kim Howlett


Trouble never looked so good. 

He's a cowboy with a guitar and an attitude. She's Nashville's toughest, most sought after music agent. They have one thing in common: country music. 

Cutter Harrison relies on two things: beer and music—his music. At twenty-six, he's happily divorced and plans to keep it that way. 

Holly Avery is on the hunt. She's determined to discover the next country music superstar and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. 

When two paths collide, Cutter and Holly are suddenly forced to question their pasts, their futures, and the bare essentials of love. Country music brought them together, but will their dirty little secrets keep them apart? 

4.5 Stars

This is the second book that I have read by M L Stephens. After reading Bare Assets, I feel in love with M.L Stephens writing style and her characters. I couldn't wait to read this book and see if M.L Stephens has hit the same  standard she has hit previously.
Bare essentials is a stand alone novel. However there is a character crossover for M.L Stephens other book, Bare Assets. I would recommend reading Bare Assets first so you get the background knowledge you need of Cutter.
Cutter is missing his ex girlfriend, Angie. Cutter is using his escape of country music to block out his pain and try and move forward with his life.
Holly Harrison is on the look out for the next country singing superstar. Holly hears Cutter singing and knows instantly that he is going to be a superstar and that she will be the one to help him get there.
The trouble is Cutter and Holly have big secrets. "Country Music" has bought them both together, but  will both their dirty secrets keep them apart?
Cutter oozes sex appeal. He is the hottest cowboy I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. To top it off Cutter is amazingly talented. Who doesn't love a hot, singing cowboy?! Unfortunately Cutter had been hurt so badly in the past that he can't trust anybody and he does everything possible to avoid relationships.
Having background knowledge of Cutter really helped my connection with him in this book. I wasn't a Hugh fan of Cutters in Bare Assets , but knowing what he has been through and how his past has affected his present, is heartbreaking. All i wanted was him to get his HEA and be loved like he deserves.
Holly was the right person to make Cutters life better. She has been hurt herself in the past and doesn't do relationships either. She's unbelievably strong and feisty. Holly did a great job at distracting Cutter from his own pain and eventually she started healing him, but at the same time healing herself without realising.
The chemistry between them both is out of this world. There is sexy hot sex scenes, but not to many that the sex over takes the book or the story. Both hold secrets that they don't want the other to know about, because of this there is lots of twists and turns.
This wasn't a predictable love story, it's a journey of 2 people healing each other. It's a amazing book that will take you through so many different emotions.
M l Stephens has wrote a another beautiful, heartbreaking story that pulls at your heart strings.
If you've not read any of M L Stephens books than I highly recommend reading them today.
You won't be disappointed.

Reviewed by Kim Howlett

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I write the characters and stories that scream the loudest.
I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!

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