Bare Naked by Desiree Holt

Bare Naked by Desiree Holt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (124 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

She’s burned out and he’s down and out, but together they might light up the night.

Georgie Zielinski’s success in the hospitality industry comes to an abrupt end when her new boss says she needs to put out or get out. So Georgie gets out, investing her savings and 401k in a dilapidated B&B in Saddle Wells, Texas. Hiring help isn’t high on her to-do list, but when a rough-around-the-edges cowboy offers his handyman services, she listens to her gut and takes him on.

Cade Hannigan would eat humble pie all day if he could afford it. The silver spoon he was born with is tarnished and he’s down to the clothes on his back, a beat-up truck and a reputation so bad no one in three counties will hire him. Except a newcomer like Georgie.

As they work to bring the old B&B back to life, Georgie and Cade’s connection explodes into a wild ride of passion. But when Cade’s past comes back to slap him in the face, their chance to be together starts to disappear like smoke.

When I met Cade Hannigan at the beginning of this book, I did not believe he was redeemable. I could not see him becoming a hero I could love. I kept thinking that he must be the villain, and then he hits rock bottom, and Ms. Holt’s true skill as a storyteller shows that everyone and I do mean everyone deserves a second chance.

Georgie is a great heroine, she’s a strong woman who doesn’t let the opinion of others color what she herself believes. She’s the strong one in this story, because she believes in Cade even when he stops believing in himself. I loved that. I love their chemistry together, and that while Georgie could have taken the easy path, she chooses to go for happiness and fall in love with Cade.

This was my first Naked Cowboy story I’ve read in the series, and it’s book four. That didn’t stop me from falling in love with this book and the characters. I even liked the other characters even when they were being a bit gossipy and at times harsh. Their actions made them human, and I appreciated that the author wasn’t afraid to show real humans with real flaws.

I definitely recommend this book, just push through the first impression of Cade, hold on, and it will get a million times better. It ended up being one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

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