Review: Stripped Bare by Susan Mac Nicol
Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to care about him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far gone he already is. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who’s broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.
Sorry. But I didn’t like this one.
It had all the elements that should have had me eating out of it’s hand.
Irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous.
Quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs.
Then Shane strikes at the wrong target
Shane was all these elements but it was like the author missed some of the plot. I was expecting Shane’s illegal striking out to be big, massive, moving the plot forward, but without giving the punchline away, this really isn’t what the storyline is about, and the ‘striking out’ was more like a teenager having an online tantrum with some financial implications. In fact the only consequence this had wasn’t towards the last quarter of the book. No, this story is about Matthew and his past, and how he’s coming to terms with it to try and move on.
Also, there’s things in this book I really couldn’t quite believe:
– Forgiving someone for date raping you and tying you up while sexually relieving themselves because their dad is an asshole?
– Ignoring the fact that your best friend drugged someone and tied them up because their dad is an asshole?
I’m not a fan of insta-relatinships or love and the book isn’t bad – there were elements of it that I liked, just not enough to say it will be on a re-read list. From the summary I was hoping for hacker anarchy/robin hood-like anti-hero, but as I said before this really isn’t what the story was about.