Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to fall for him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far he’s already fallen. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who has broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.
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About the Author
Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She is also a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer's Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell and lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family. Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to one day make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I started this book, I thought that it was going to be about Shane and David. Turns out there are more to this story than just that. Enter Matthew who is David’s best friend and apparently the love interest of Shane. Overall I thought that this book was really good. There were parts that left you wanting for more, but then there were parts that completely made the story worth it. There were parts that were confusing to me personally. For instance with David, I had hopes that there would be more about him overall. After Shane and Matthew meet, David goes to the back burner. Don’t get me wrong, he was still in the story but I was left wanting to know more about his life. The characters themselves though I thought were written very well. You could tell that Matthew has his ghosts in his past and they kept rearing their way up to his present. When it comes to dealing with Shane though, who is everything that he isn’t, he shows that he can change and adapt to those around him. Shane was freaking hilarious on so many levels, I couldn’t stop laughing at him a few times with what would come out of his mouth. You could tell that he has a large heart and cares about those around him, even if he is a little bit insecure at times. Also immature. But overall I really enjoyed him during this book. The thing that bugged me the most about this book, was all the drama in it. (Yes there can be too much.) It seemed like with each new chapter there was something else that was going on. Another problem that was being caused. I just wished that there was a time where you could just spend it with the characters and not have to be worried about what was going to happen next. Overall with this being Susan’s first attempt at right a M/M book, I think that she did very well with it. And I look forward to reading more from her in the future! Review provided by Crystal's Many Reviews
Stripped Bare by Susan Mac Nicol is an emotionally charged, yet intimately tender love story about finding a second chance for love and opening your heart to the possibilities true love can bring, no matter how rocky the road can be. Matthew is still devastated after two years by the loss of his husband and the future they had planned, complete with adopting a child. When his employer’s son, David is seriously injured, Matthew receives a call to go to him in the hospital. Assigned “damage control,” he overhears a frantic man asking about David. Enter Shane, handsome, flashy, and so not the quiet and oh so proper, Matthew’s type, but still, there is something about him that gets under Matthew’s skin. But Matthew still has his ghosts that haunt him daily and he resists the charms of Shane, with effort. Will Shane be able to break down Matthew’s walls with his quirky streak? Will Matthew be able to let go of the past long enough to see that his future just might be standing right in front of him? Will it take Shane almost being killed to fully open Matthew’s eyes? Susan Mac Nicol has created very diverse, although sometimes clichéd characters that are realistic, engaging and fit so well together. The drama runs high, as she deftly weaves a tale of brutality, bigotry and pain. The struggles of each character are emotionally tense. I was drawn to both main characters, one for his quirky attitude, loyalty and fun-loving ways that hid deeper pain inside, and the other, so overly serious and damaged, unable to let go of the past. The dialogue was intense, well-done and believable, with the mental dialogue rounding out the story well and giving it more depth! The romance? Beautiful, sweet, and sigh-worthy, proving that love is truly a wonderful gift. Well Done!
When I realised last week that I had Stripped Bare, Susan Mac Nicol’s first novel, still unread on my Kindle, I mentally slapped myself! Since devouring Saving Alexander, I have been a huge fan of hers and credit her as one of the authors who introduced me to the M/M romance genre. As with her other novels, in Stripped Bare Susan Mac Nicol creates two main characters who are strong, sexy, opinionated and totally adorable! So much so, that both Shane Templar and Matthew Langer have their own Facebook pages! Both these men have issues which prevent them from totally committing to each other and Susan Mac Nicol never allows us to look at their relationship through rose-coloured glasses. She very honestly reveals their flaws and the frequent bickering between them infuriates us! Yet the story extends beyond the intensity and passion between Matthew and Shane as they step in to defend their friend, David, against his powerful, but homophobic father. In protecting David, we see the cunning lawyer side of Matthew, whereas Shane’s growling lion emerges! These traits just emphasise the sexiness of both men, but the consequences of their actions are more dangerous than anyone could have predicted. In Stripped Bare Susan Mac Nicol does an amazing job of creating a beautiful romance. Matthew and Shane’s relationship is definitely explosive, in terms of their temperaments and love-making, and despite the stresses of outside influences their HEA is welcome. Yes, this was Susan Mac Nicol’s debut and I have read it 18 months after its release, but as far as I am concerned my respect and fangirl adoration for her has only increased. Sheer brilliance!