by Zoey Castile


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When a man makes his living by his looks, he can forget that love—and lust—are more than skin deep. But the right woman can remind him . . .
A former soccer player, stripper, and model, legendary party boy Patrick Halloran finally gets his big break starring in the summer blockbuster. But when an accident leaves him changed forever, he hides away in his secluded Montana ranch. Only his new housekeeper is allowed inside—with one rule: she’s not allowed to see him. But Pat sees her, and she’s the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Even her voice is beautiful. Still, Pat can’t allow himself to get close to anyone. Not without a fight at least . . .
Magdalena “Lena” Martel is a long way from Queens, New York. After a rough patch, the aspiring artist is working her way through college—even if it means keeping house for a man whose gruff voice she can only hear through a closed door. Still, Lena senses Pat’s got a good heart, maybe even a lovable one. She’s intrigued—until his anger sends her running into the freezing woods. Now Pat will have to find her—and when he does he may have found the one woman who can thaw his heart—not to mention the rest of him. But can their new bond survive the paparazzi—and their personal demons? . . .
Praise for Stripped

“A witty, wonderful romance that speaks to who we are, who we are meant to be, and who we are meant to be with.” —Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post

Stripped is a modern rom-com that’s equal parts sexy and sweet.” —Shondaland

“That smile you have on your face right now? It’ll be there the entire time you’re reading Stripped.” —Jasmine Guillory, Oprah Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496715289
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Happy Endings Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 155,835
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Zoey Castile was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She started writing in her teens and pursued that love in her studies at Hunter College and the University of Montana. For nearly a decade, she worked as a bartender, hostess, and manager in New York City's nightlife. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ZoeyCastile. You can also email her at ZoeyCastile@gmail.com.

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Flashed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DebbieLTD 24 days ago
Great, easy read. Makes you realize how valuable family is! Pat had a quick rise to fame, and as many before him, it completely went to his head. He partied, slept around, and cared mostly about himself. His world came crashing down around him one night when he had been partying and had a life changing accident. Six months of Pat living alone and his friend decides he needs a housekeeper and cook. She takes it upon herself to hire Lena, a college student who needs money and a job for the summer. She has a whole bunch of family baggage of her own and is looking for a way to regroup all she has lost. When the two join together will they be able to help each other heal or will they tear each other apart? Feel good story about family, loyalty and second chances. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Deb_from_Oz 25 days ago
Magdalene Martels life sure isn't a picnic she has lost both her parents and is suffering under the hands of a stepmom from hell so she decides to get herself a summer job while on break from art school She is employed by Scarlett to care for recluse Patrick Halloran the only rule she has to obey is that she isn't to ever see her new boss. Patrick was deeply scarred by a accident on the set of his latest blockbuster and has retreated to his secluded Montana ranch. When anger on the part of Patrick drives Magdalene out into the dark and wild of the ranch he knows he will have to find her Will this be the start of him starting to face his future and realising that he doesn't have to hide away. Will her sweet nature be the thing to break down his walls. This is a deeply emotional story that draws you in and keeps you engaged until the very last page and has you thinking what if how would I handle this
MusicInPrint 25 days ago
IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE! Paul Halloran was a soccer star before an injury ended that dream. But with his good looks and winning smile he found success as a stripper and model. When that avenue is wrecked for him he builds a mansion to HIDE IN! Forced to hire a maid named Lena his orders are to never come face to face with him. She agrees because enduring is the only way for her to earn enough money to return to art school after her identity is stolen. Two broken souls mending each other is their only hope for a future. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LOVE STORY!
FCA 25 days ago
2.5: This book has kind of a Beaty & the Beast vibe to it, and while I liked the characters, romance didn’t really work for me. The Beaty is Lena, a Latina art student from Queens, NY who is finishing college in Montana after some family & financial setbacks. The Beast is Patrick, a former soccer star turned stripper turned bad boy actor who got badly injured in a car accident. Patrick is struggling with severe PTSD/possibly agoraphobia and his friend Scarlett hires Lena to help clean Patrick’s mansion in exchange for rooming in the pool house. Basically it’s a forced proximity/roommates situation with the twist that Lena is never allowed to see Patrick. But they text and somehow fall in love, and this is why it didn’t work for me—the relationship progression did not make sense. First, it was insta-lust on Patrick’s end which, okay, I get that. But then, they exchange a few texts & Lena is nice to Patrick, and that’s their chemistry? I’ve read a few romances where the love interests communicate by text/letter/post-it notes and I have always understood why the two people fell in love—either sense of humor or something in common or something else. In FLASHED, I can understand why Patrick feels for Lena, but I have no idea why Lena likes Patrick. To me her feelings seem more like pity & a desire to “fix” him rather than love. So it felt really hard to root for them. And then once they were “together” the conflict & ending felt unrealistic & rushed too. I was also uncomfortable with the portrayal of Patrick’s mental health - everyone has their own journey and not everyone needs therapy but the way his trauma & “recovery” were handled seemed to imply that you can get “better” on your own as long as you love someone and that’s just not true. This was a case of love pretty much magically healing someone, which I think can be a harmful message. But I think if you’re in the mood for something very fast & soap-y that you aren’t going to examine too closely this could work. When Lena & Pat did interact, whether by text or phone, it was often funny or entertaining. And Lena as a character was enjoyable; I loved, loved some of the details of her character. Her descriptions of Queens, NY & her mom singing to salsa while cooking made me homesick, and her quip about bringing five supersized bottles of Adobo seasoning to Montana is worth at least half a star. **Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.**
kozbisa 25 days ago
Patrick had been forced to reinvent himself, but this time, he faced his biggest setback. After a terrible accident left him disfigured, Patrick banished himself to the family ranch, and was living in relative seclusion, aside from visits from Scarlet, the author (and friend), who helped launch is post-dancing career. When Scarlet hired a new housekeeper, Patrick found himself yearning for more connection, particularly, with Lena, but would he be able to overcome his fear of rejection and let someone else into his life? Patrick broke my heart. I was so used to his happy-go-lucky persona from the previous books, and here he was, hiding away from the world, suffering from PTSD, and racked with guilt. I was just hoping he could forgive himself and allow himself to live again. This poor guy had experienced so many setbacks in his life, it was time for him to experience something good and lasting, and I thought Lena was a fantastic person to help him find his way back to himself. Lena's life wasn't all rainbows and cupcakes either. She was dealing with a lot of personal issues and baggage, as well, but she was also, at the same time, trying to take control of her future. I admired her attitude, and I found her so easy to root for. I also found this couple easy to ship. They seemed like an unlikely match. She was artistic and tried to be optimistic, while he was reclusive and failed to see the glass as half full. Their romance developed quite slowly, via post it notes, text messages, and phone calls, and I thought it was kind of beautiful. The way Lena fell for Patrick without ever setting eyes on him was really meaningful if you consider, that his previous career success was all built upon how he looked. And, the means of communication also allowed them a level of honesty, that they may not have experienced face-to-face. Aside from the romance I also enjoyed: • The fantastic female friendships • The return of the Mayhem family • Scarlett - she is just fantastic! • The allusion to The Beast • The grumpy hero • The family focus • The fantastic ending! This was yet another solid and fabulous addition to the series. I really hope we will get more books, because the series gets better and better with each new installment.