STRIP TEASER (Naked Night’s Book One) by AVA MANELLO


Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

Firstly, the title is deceiving! I imagined this short read was going to be about a female strip tease artist and certainly not a classy troupe of gorgeous men titillating an audience of women night in, night out to earn a living. This little book is huge! Even though it’s not my kind of read, I found it unputdownable, engrossing and it definitely opened my eyes regarding their profession. Yes, I say profession because what they do needs extremely fit and agile men that know how to work together, know how to choreograph to perfection and enjoy a camaraderie built up through hours and hours of training and living together in a tight-knit group.

Sally Evans is an investigative reporter for a newspaper that’s not exactly the Times and having financial problems, too! She’s ambitious, not very sociable, likes what she does but can’t stand working alongside one of her co-workers who she considers a jerk. Why didn’t her boss, Eric, give him or her other companions the assignment to tour with Naked Night’s when it’s not what she does? You will see. Caught between a rock and a hard place, she resignedly takes it on.

The next eight weeks touring around England with these five ravishing performers and their manager will change her way of thinking, help her open up and form a strong bond with Tiny and the rest of guys who become overly protective of her for a good reason. But more importantly, her relationship with Alex will flourish regardless of the confusion she has as to whether or not he is who his friends make him out to be. Alex is attracted to Sally but keeps arm’s length because they’ve all had strict orders that she’s off limits. However, that doesn’t stop him wishing there could be more.

There is no doubt that the author knows what she is talking about when describing the dance scenes. They are Hot with a capital H! And Alex, oh my God! Can this horrendously attractive man know how to move seductively around the stage and drive the ladies wild! Innuendos are rife throughout the book, humour abounds and the banter between all the characters is nothing less than outstanding. I especially liked the way they were always having a dig at Guido, the Italian stallion who has probably never set foot in Italy! This love story which doesn’t have a lot of sex, builds up to an incredible crescendo that’s worth waiting for.

A word to Ms Manello. You have written an impeccable story with a highly feasible and solid plot; all your characters’ personality traits are exquisitely described keep the reader glued to the pages and I, for one, can’t wait for the next instalment. Simply bravo!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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