Stripped Down

Stripped Down

by Erin McCarthy


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His best friend's hot older sister.Her younger brother's annoying sidekick.And one forbidden kiss in high school...It was complicated back then. It's even more so now. Because former mean girl Sloane rolls back in town to find Rick stripping at a charity event like he was born with biceps.And single dad Rick is her landlord. And her brother will murder him if he has sex with her. But sometimes you have to strip it all down to see what was there all along...

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ISBN-13: 9781944172343
Publisher: Erin McCarthy
Publication date: 10/31/2018
Series: Tap That , #1
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 838,278
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Stripped Down 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect for a quick sultry beach read! Love the characters and love the writing style
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Loved the characters and the steamy plotnlines
ViperSpaulding More than 1 year ago
Hot story with a memorable cast! Sloane remembers her younger brother's best friend as "Little Dickie" and that he'd always had a crush on her. Now that she's back in her hometown after a disastrous divorce, she's having a hard time reconciling the deliciously sexy grown-up Rick with the young boy she remembers. Rick, on the other hand, has no trouble welcoming Sloane back, on her birthday to boot, and making sure she knows what she missed out on. Add in a sexy yet crumpled motorcycle, a group of friends that stick together through everything, a young genius who is wise beyond her years, and a steaming-mad younger brother, and you've got a thoroughly enjoyable rom-com that will keep you glued to your Kindle (when you're not reaching for a cold drink and a fan).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read,the storyline was sad, fun, and romantic. Deftly going to buy the next novel in series, I'm hooked
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
Stripped Down is the first book in Erin McCarthy's new series Tap That and if you like romantic comedies this is perfect for you. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books in this wonderful series. Sloane has moved back home after a difficult divorce and to be there for her brother and nephew, but Rick Ryder her brother's best friend who has had a crush on her for years has decided that she needs to cut loose and have some fun. Fun with him! Can the once mean girl open up and share her feelings to those who should matter the most? I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
MissMissy12 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, well I like anything Erin McCarthy writes, especially when the book starts with "I think you should all strip"
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this sexually charged romance Sloane has returned to her home town having divorced her husband who she learned was cheating on her with another man. Having lost a bit of her confidence with this shocking reveal she hopes to regroup as well as be there for her brother who lost his wife and is raising their son, her nephew. She makes it back to town in time for her thirtieth birthday and is surprised by the male strip show going on at her family's bar. Rick is having a great time stripping for a good cause, he spent years being the little guy and likes the attention he gets now that he has grown into his body. For years he was the runt to all his high school friends and hates the way he was treated. When their eyes meet there is an instant electricity that passes between the two. Who is that well sculpted man Sloane wonders and how do I get a taste of him? She is shocked when she learns its the boy she thought of as a little brother and sometime irritant from her past. When Rick sees Sloane all he can think of is that time she embarrassed him without a thought to how it would make him feel. Seeing Rick makes Sloane feel things that she has never felt before and when the two come together she can't get enough. Follow along as these two push and pull themselves from a one night stand into a relationship. Can they make it work or will it all blow up in their faces? This was a hot read that had me for more. The cast of characters were well developed and I look forward to seeing what happens with them next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“I think you should all strip …” Anyone who has ever read my reviews knows that I I have a number of “go to” authors, but my first and foremost is always Erin McCarthy. I have yet to read a book by Erin and think to myself, well that was disappointing—never! I love a good series, and Erin has several. But, even a die-hard fan like myself has her favorites-“True Believers, and “Nashville Nights” were amazing; “Sexy in NYC” holds a special place because my favorite book of all by Erin is still “The Pregnancy Test,” which is in that series; and “Fast Track” and “Blurred Lines” are phenomenal. So, while I love Erin’s books and, especially her ability to create a worthy series, I am always hoping for another True Believer or Fast Track. A series that will draw me in and make me want to read the same book or books more than once. A series where I cannot wait for the next book to come out because I want to know which friend she is going to write about next…because in that first book she sets the tone and the storyline, and you know that you are going to have to wait until the very end for that one character (or two) to finally have their story told. I believe that her new series “Tap That” may just be that series! “Stripped Down” is the first book in Erin’s newest series, “Tap That.” In “Stripped Down,” we meet a group of long-time friends, including Lilly, Sullivan, Rick, Axl and a few other guys. Lilly suggests that the guys do a charity strip event to raise money for breast cancer research, in honor of their friend and Sullivan’s wife, Kendra’s, death. The guys all agree, except Sullivan. During the event, Rick and Sullivan’s sister, Sloane, reconnect. Best friends and family do not always mix well, especially if they already have a sorted history. This is the story about how people can change, and how complicated relationships can be…until they are not. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out loud, took me back through, and sometimes wince at, my own high school memories, and made me wonder what is next? I voluntarily reviewed this book for free in exchange for a honest review. However, since I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wanted to get the next book in the series, “Strip Search,” anyway—which is already available—I bought both “Stripped Down” and “Strip Search.”
Jolie More than 1 year ago
Rick and Sloane have a history. Sloane was a former mean girl who shared an earth-shattering kiss with her younger brother’s best friend. Rick was that friend and he has changed in the years since that kiss. Sloane is not looking to start a relationship. Hurt by a bitter divorce, all she wants is to be left alone. But that doesn’t happen. After seeing Rick stripping for a charity auction, Sloane needs to see if Rick lives up to the promise in his boxers. Rick wants to know if kissing Sloane now was as good as kissing her back then. Determined to keep each other in the friends with benefits zone, they both start to fall for each other. But can it last? Can Rick and Sloane keep it at sex? Or will it blow up in their faces? I wasn’t too sure if I liked Rick and Sloane as a couple. I got rebound relationship vibes from them. Sloane was fresh from a divorce. Her ex-husband cheated on her and that made her feel like she wasn’t attractive. So, I wasn’t surprised when she ended up sleeping with Rick. I thought it was hilarious that such a big deal was made about Rick’s package. I giggled through Sloane’s reaction to seeing it. I giggled through people saying that “he grew into it“. Seeing that I was in bed, I got some dirty looks from my SO because well, it was 11pm and I was laughing my fool butt off. I liked that Rich thought himself to be a smooth operator. His confidence was awesome. His determination to sleep with Sloane was amazing, considering at his bestie threatened to rearrange his face. His one-liners to her were hilarious. But I also liked seeing his other side. His mature and responsible side. His devotion to his 9-year-old sister was amazing. I was saddened by the fact that he had to become her legal guardian at such a young age. But I was also saddened over the situation that led to it. His truth bomb on his father was something that needed to be said. It saddened me to see that he grew up like that but still. He was the complete package. I felt bad for Sloane. I couldn’t imagine how she felt when her husband told her that he was cheating on her. Betrayed was the closest thing that I could come up with as a feeling. I didn’t blame her when she moved back to her hometown. I was a little surprised when she decided to hook up with Rick and then keep hooking up with him. I was also surprised when she started having feelings for him. Sloane and Rick did have some unbelievable chemistry. From the minute their eyes met, it radiated from them. So I wasn’t too surprised that the sex was hot. I did think that Sloane was going to have a problem walking because Rick was so big (haha). The scene on the motorcycle was insane. I will never look at a motorcycle the same again. The end of the book was a big “Eh” for me. I did think that Sullivan’s reaction after the Ferris Wheel scene was a bit much. Also, what is with everyone ditching the baby with Axl? Other than that, I liked the end of the book. It was sweet. Sloane deserved it. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Ree Cee More than 1 year ago
When his friends float the idea of a strip tease dance at the local bar, Rick is all for it. So what if his high school crush and mean girl extraordinaire is in the crowd? He's shed the insecurity of his teen years, plus it's for a worthy charitable cause. Divorced before her thirtieth birthday, Sloane has been taking stock of her life. Known in high school as the girl who got whatever she wanted, she's trying to channel that energy in more positive ways. When a sexy stripper catches her eye on her birthday, she thinks things might be looking up until she realises that he's one of her younger brother's best friends. What follows is a funny, insightful, sexy and sweet look at life when it doesn't quite turn out the way you originally planned. A quick, light read, Stripped Down introduces us to a group of childhood friends that look out for each other. The secondary characters are a fun bunch (I loved River!) that I can't wait to meet in future installments in the series.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It happens to the best of us. No more hiding behind snarky comments, over-inflated egos and childhood fantasy. Eventually we have to grow up. McCarthy reminds us that life has a tendency to get in the way, but it also pushes us through the heartache. Stripped Down is brash humor with a ton of heart and a dash of wisdom. The mean girl finally gets a long overdue reality check. Sloane is used to putting her best foot forward, but this time she has to do the work. It takes a less than stellar homecoming and a blast from her not so distant past to show her the error of her ways. Sloane, Rick and their slew of busybody friends are an irresistible bundle of heartwarming fun.