Thursday, February 4, 2016

Strip You Bare by Maisey Yates

Sparks fly when a society belle and a biker with a troubled past get down and dirty in the Big Easy. Maisey Yates turns up the heat in the sizzling finale of a series co-written with Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, and Jackie Ashenden.

Micah Carpenter hates New Orleans. Hell, after ten years he no longer has much affection for the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, either. But when the brotherhood calls, Micah answers. Joining the hunt for their mentor’s killer, he crosses paths with a Southern belle who exudes class—and sex appeal. Micah knows better than to mess with ice princesses: No matter how hot things get, they never melt. And yet he can’t stop himself from offering her a taste of the wrong side of the tracks.

Sarah Delacroix understands that reputation is everything. The daughter of a prominent family rocked by scandal, she’s desperate to restore their good name. Micah’s exactly the kind of man she should be avoiding. Behind his sleek and sophisticated exterior beats the heart of a predator—and she knows it. But, like the tattoos beneath his tailored suit, his rough edges are irresistible. And all too soon Sarah finds him getting under her skin . . . and living out every one of her hottest fantasies.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’ve really enjoyed this MC series so far, it’s been different, but interesting! The president of the MC has died and each of the remaining four brothers has returned to New Orleans for his funeral. After they get the full story, they believe their president was murdered and now they’ve set out to figure out by whom.

This is Micah aka Prince’s story, he’s lived in San Francisco the last 10 years and had no desire to return to New Orleans but does out of loyalty to his deceased president. Now, he just wants to go home but his brothers are insisting he stay and help them discover what actually happened to Priest, their murdered president. Prince has been ordered by his new president to watch over one of their newly acquired properties, the Delacroix mansion, and this includes one gorgeous, stubborn, Sarah Delacroix. Prince earned his nickname by always having had a healthy respect for the finer things in life and this includes his taste in women. Sarah fits this bill and the sparks are flying from their very first encounter.

Sarah Delacroix believes that she only has one family member left, her grandfather, and she’s decided to throw a Christmas ball in their family’s New Orleans mansion to make him happy. When she arrives at the mansion it’s only to discover that not only does her family no longer own the mansion but that she has an official keeper, Prince. Having just gotten out of an engagement with a man that cheated on her Sarah isn’t looking for a new relationship but she doesn’t realize that Prince brings out the “biker bitch” in her and they’re exactly what the other needs.

I’m so happy that all our questions are finally answered in this conclusion to the series. It made this my favorite book in the series because I hate finishing a book and still having questions as we do in the previous 3 books. I’m sad to see the series end and hope that maybe the author will give us a spin-off…

So, the Deacons of Bourbon Street is a series that each book has been written by a different author while maintaining the characters and the storyline. Sometimes this has been an easy adjustment from book to book and other times not quite so easy. The different authors have very different styles and while I’m committed to the story of the Deacons, I sometimes prefer a certain style over another.

That being said, Maisey Yates was not bad for her installment but a bit more descriptive in nature than I tend to enjoy reading. Sometimes going over personality traits a few too many times. While this was a tad distracting, Prince (aka: Micah) was quite an interesting lead male. Micah comes back from San Francisco where he's built quite a different life for himself. Wearing suits and owning hotels over Harleys and the Quarter, Micah really never thought he'd be back at the Priory. Here to avenge Priest's death only, he is assigned to the Delacroix odd acquisition of the Deacons that begs the question be answered, how did the elite, snobby rich Delacroixs lose the family manse to the Deacons?

Sarah Delacroix just recently "un-engaged" is trying to bring some life back to the deserted mansion and finds Prince "lounging like a big cat" in her ancestral home. The debutant and the biker, they have some explosive chemistry while Sarah tries to find who she is and while Prince remembers who he was, before business ventures and uptight suits ruled his every day. I really enjoyed the two of them together. We do not get much in the way of set up for the next Deacon installment, but we see a bit of Ajax & Blue. I'm certainly willing to stick with the series to see where else this goes since there was some closure in this book that I didn't expect on the mystery of Priest's death, I'm unsure if this is the last book?

3.5 steamy stars
It was good to finally get to the whole story – the underlying plot has been travelling alongside the romances for the Deacon men, and so I would suggest that you read the books in order, so that you get the full story. As each one is written by a different author, there are changes in style, but a consistent theme. It is always interesting to look at how different writing affects how a story develops.

Micah, aka 'Prince' has been the dark horse (which is saying something with this being an MC) through the story – and finally we get his story, and he discovers himself too. I really enjoyed the clashes between his world and Sarah's, even if he is actually a chameleon who can travel between both. The story is told from both viewpoints, which helps to give us a clear idea of what, and who and why – but not necessarily whether the chemistry between them will ever be enough. I loved it when everything was stripped away and it was just a girl and a guy – as it contrasted effectively with the MC moments.

Also Available in the Deacons of Bourbon Street Series

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For reviews & more info, check out our Hold Me Down post.

USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffeemaker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light, sexy contemporary romances set practically in her backyard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Strip You Bare (Deacons of Bourbon Street #4) by Maisey Yates to read and review.

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