Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: Bare Your Soul - Rochelle Paige

Angelica Rose's mom always told her that desperate times called for desperate measures. Walking into a strip club and asking for an audition certainly qualifies as desperate, but when her mom's battle with cancer ends months before Angelica is due to start college, she doesn't feel like she has much choice. 

The moment Morgan Cadwell sees her on his stage, he knows she's the one woman who could make him break all the rules. There's no way he's going to let Angelica dance for other men, so he hires her as his live-in personal assistant instead. 

Morgan's offer lets Angelica keep her clothes on...but little does she know that, in the end, he'll makeher bare her soul instead. 

Bare Your Soul was a good read. Unique plot line keeps you interested from the very first page. Nineteen years old and alone in the world, after the passing of her mother, Angelica is broke, unemployed and soon to be homeless. Her solution? Get a job stripping at an upscale gentlemen's club. Mind you, she has zero stripping or even dance experience. Hell, she seems to have no experience in ANYTHING. Before she can audition though, she captures the eye of the owner who decides no man will ever see her strip and hires her to be his live-in personal assistant.

Most people may find issue with the age difference between the characters. After all, Angelica only 19 and Morgan is 30. Although the age difference is a big one, I don't believe it would have been such an issue if not for the fact that for all intents and purposes Angelica is an innocent and Morgan is a self proclaimed man whore. Again, this does not present an issue because rather than take advantage of her innocence, Morgan seems to want to take care of her and provide for her.

I did feel that the issue of Angelica's father came out of left field and was essentially left hanging unresolved. The story could have survived without that added drama. I mean the poor woman had already gone through so much in her short life. It just wasn't needed to move the story along. It didn't hurt the story any, I just don't feel that it was necessary and in the end since her father's fate was left unaddressed, it ultimately did nothing for the story.

The story moved along at a pretty quick pace which seems at odds with how slow Morgan was taking their relationship. Although not my favorite book read in the past few weeks, it's definitely worth the read. I believe most people would enjoy Bare Your Soul. Once you get past the vast age difference between the characters, you see that there truly is real affection between them and in all honesty, isn't that what it's about?

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