Iron Rods by Brenna Zinn

Iron Rods by Brenna Zinn
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (147 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

The women of Austin, Texas, could mix fantasy with flesh at Iron Rods but the strip club is now in disrepair. Bennett Truitt, estranged son of the club’s aging and half-crazy owner, wants to replace the landmark with condos. He hires feisty Tatum to manage the club, sure she will fail, but not before he has a chance to sample her skills in bed.

After another rejection letter, Tatum realizes she’ll never be a professional dancer on or off Broadway. Down on her luck, she’s determined to make the run-down club successful no matter what, or who, it takes. She never expected her new boss to be so enticing they’re breaking doors down to get to each other, get their clothes off, taste each delectable inch.

Bennett Truitt just wants his dad to be proud of him, even though his father only seems to be proud and respect things that are less than traditional. He wants to tear down the old strip club that his father owns and used to dance at, that led to a lot of embarrassment for a young Bennett, so he has no love for the club. So he hires a woman he meets at that club, after she yells at the bartender.

Tatum wants to be a professional dancer, it’s what she’s trained for her whole life, but when she gets her latest rejection letter, her roommate drags her to Iron Rods, which has definitely seen better days. I love Tatum because she does something crazy and jumps into being Iron Rods new manager with both feet.

The best part of this story was the richness in which Ms. Zinn describes Austin, Texas. I found myself wanting to visit Austin so I could fall in love with the town that the author describes so well.

Bennett changes a lot over the story, and while I understood and liked him well enough in the beginning but I really loved him by the end of the story. I enjoyed that Tatum and the town of Austin brought out a new side of Bennett. I definitely recommend this story and look forward to meeting the dancers of Iron Rods and reading their stories.


  1. Thank you a million times over for this wonderful review. I’m so glad I did Austin, Texas proud and that you now want to visit my beautiful and fun-loving city. I can’t tell you how many ladies are truly disappointed to hear there isn’t an Iron Rods strip club for women in Austin. LOL. We can only hope that one day there will be so ladies can have adventures of their own.

  2. Terri Carle says:

    well………… sounds pretty good to me, will check on this one too. WOW

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