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Party Naked (Cocktales #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  707 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Cocktales, Book One

Stephanie Harper is perfectly happy co-owning Books and Brew, where she slings drinks and entertains her friends with cutting wit and a cynical take on love. She’s convinced she has no time for anything deeper than sex, she has a business to run, after all. And her thrice-married mother has proven happy ever after doesn’t exist.

Jarod Nolan begs to differ

ebook, Moderne, 105 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Ellora's Cave
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4 stars
"I’m not looking to fall in love. Lust? Definitely. Sexual attraction? I’m in. Red-hot, set-the-sheets-on-fire fucking? Hell yeah. Forever? No way.”

What a fun read this was, Party Naked was exactly what I needed, something fun, sexy and HOT. On a side note, if Books and Brew actually existed, I’d be there all day every day…alcohol and books, sign me up ;)

Steph, has no time for love, she has a three-year commitment to Books and Brew, as a part owner along with her three girlfriends a
This a really sweet and pretty hot short little read! Some authors do better with shorter stories and Mari Carr is one who does! She manages to make you care for the characters and believe in the relationship without leaving you feeling that something is missing. In this story we meet Stephanie and Jarod. Stephanie has opened a bar/bookstore with three of her friends. They agreed to give it three years of their complete attention to make it a success, two years into this Steph meets Jarod when h ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Tabatha rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one and didn't put it down until I was finished. Stephanie Harper joined forces after college with her three friends to open Books and Brew, a combination of a bookstore and a bar. First off... what a great idea! I would so love to go to a place like this!

For Stephanie the hard work is paying off with business, but taking a major toll on her social life. After one hell of an awful day, she gives into her frustration and double parks not realizing that she just who she park
Heather in FL
This was a sweet story. Not super-long, but good. I do enjoy a story where the woman is not fit, not fat, but completely comfortable in her skin. I thought how Stephanie and Jared met was unique and humorous. That he showed up later at her bar/store, not knowing she'd be there, was even better. And how he pursued her on his terms was great. While I understand why Stephanie felt as she did, I thought Jarod was pretty strong to have gone through what they went through just for the sake of proving ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Trea rated it liked it
Shelves: challenges-2013
To me, Ellora's Cave books are hit or miss, falling on either one side of the "Too short/Just right" line. This one fell squarely on the Too Short side! One thing that we can count on from Ellora's Cave is hot and steamy romances, and this one is no exception, but at the end I was left wanting to know what happened to the couple! To me, there are too many unanswered questions about if the relationship survives or not. It ended abruptly for me, and I didn't care for that at all. Glad that I picke ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Vicki rated it really liked it
Sep 26, 2011 LC rated it liked it
Didn't quite do it for me but not sure why. I usually love anything by Mari Carr. I think the heroine was a little too "romance hating" for me. Great chemistry between Stephanie and Jarod though.
I really enjoyed this book! The heroine, Stephanie, was a spitfire who knew what she did and didn't want in and out of bed. I liked how she was independent and also slightly vulnerable, even if she wouldn't admit it. The hero, Jarod, was a nice guy who was also hot and in charge. It's nice to see a hero who can be the dominant type and be a hot guy who is also genuinely a nice guy. The story moved quickly but never felt rushed. Aside from Stephanie not really wanting a relationship at first, the ...more
Jaime Williams
Sep 19, 2013 Jaime Williams rated it liked it
Cute fast read
Mar 26, 2014 AnnaBanana rated it really liked it
I fell in love with erotica because of Mari Carr. My very first erotica book was Tequila Truth and I loved it! This book just proves that writing gets better and better the more you do it. I LOVED this book!!! It has moved right to the top of my favorites list. She has all of the elements you would expect in an erotica novella but it also has a great story with very believable characters and probably the best sex scenes I’ve ever read! That’s usually hard to do in such a short story, but once ag ...more
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The first book in Mari Carr’s new series- Cocktales- delivers all around. I didn't put the Kindle down until I was finished. I fell in love with the premise of the series immediately. Four girlfriends from college with different degrees decide to open a book store/bar rightly named Books and Brew. It has a coffee shop feel that looks more like a living room with plenty of couches and over-sized chairs to lounge around in and get comfy. Book clubs or the every
Romancing the Book
Mar 15, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, erotica
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Stephanie Harper has the best job, she co-owns a book store that sells awesome is that! Jarod Nolan is a new detective and the last thing he thought he would be doing on his first day on the job is to be writing a double parking ticket. He had just been dumped by his girlfriend for being too nice and he decided that day to show someone anyone just how not nice he can be. He didn't realize this was going to lead him into the arms of th
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Strong minded Heroines and devastatingly sexy Heroes always make for a great story. Add in a great plot line and sexual chemistry and you have Party Naked. This book will keep you page turning wanting more. So if you like to read about a HEA with a real story attached, something that you could see happening in to you in real life, than this is a story to check out.

Coming from a recent break-up leaves Jarod, our main male character, l
Mar 11, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This book was slow to start, but once it did, the dialogue was witty, the sex was hot, and the chemistry was real. They're so cute! :) I laughed at their banter, and these characters were so fun to go on the romantic journey with. I love that this story acknowledges the stereotypes of the romance genre while also being a part of the romance genre; that makes my heart happy. The use of 'party naked' was so clever ;)
Leigh Ann
Feb 18, 2014 Leigh Ann rated it liked it
cute little quick read! i enjoyed the storyline, aswell as the sex scenes! i wanted to shake stephanie through out the book and wake her up to the hot, romantic relationship she was keeping herself from! This is a good read, I would lend it me my friends!

only thing i am alittle dissapointed in is that i purchased the book on sale for 1.99, i believe and the next few books in the series are all over 5.00. I will be waiting to purchase the next one i think.
Dec 22, 2013 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, allromance
Party Naked is honest in it's portrayal of sex from a sex positive perspective. Stephanie is a woman who likes sex and isn't ashamed of it. Jarod is attracted to Stephanie but is having a bad day because he got dumped by a woman he realized he needed to dump. No problem really just mad because he was dumped because he is too nice. Hilarious. Who dumps someone because they are too nice?

Anyway the rest of the story is really watching Stephanie deal with her issues around commitment while Jarod pat
Helen Williams
Nov 08, 2014 Helen Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Party Naked

Stephanie doesn't believe in love based on her mother's relationships.

So when she meets Jarod and starts what she considers a fling she's not prepared when Jarod tells her he wants more.

She finally begins to examine her feelings and decides she wants to give the relationship a chance.
Feb 22, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing
There is no such thing as happily ever after, according to Stephanie. But lust is a given. Jerrod believes in happily ever after and lust and has come to the conclusion that he can have it all with Stephanie, if he can prove it to her. This is a quick funny and fun hot entertaining read. Enjoy I did.
Aug 29, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Well written role-reversal story where the hero is the one looking for love and the heroine is not. The characters are likable and believable. Story is believable and held my interest. I never rolled my eyes, or thought, "This is stupid". The love scenes were hot. At one point I did wonder if the position they were in was really possible, but that's not all that unusual with romance novels. Considering the romantic role-reversal, I was concerned that the author might go with the old standby of c ...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Sep 25, 2011 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it really liked it
Loved this book.. It was a funny, sexy read.. This is the first in a series that takes place in Books and Brew. Its about 4 college friends who decide to go into business together after they graduated. This book is about Stephanie who has a major in psychology but runs the bar part of Books and Brew. She doesn't believe in romance or love at first site or even relationships. She meets Jarod as he is giving her a ticket for double parking and blocking him in and immediately dislikes him. But this ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Tammie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie doesn't believe in love and romance. She certainly doesn't think the crappy day she's having will produce the man of her dreams. But that's exactly what happens when Jarod Nolan tickets her for double-parking. Fate continues to intervene that night when Jarod's undercover work lands him in her bar. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as Jarod works to prove to Stephanie that there's more going on between them than lust. There's several hot scenes, and really great chemistry betw ...more
Jan Baldocchi
Feb 27, 2015 Jan Baldocchi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great series

I love Mari Carr! This story about being afraid to love sabotaging your life because you aren't good enough is such an important theme in this book!
Apr 15, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
A good light, fast read. Wanted more of Stephanie and Jarod's story now though! I can't find any of Mari Carr's series' that follow the same characters for more than 1 book...?
Sep 10, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Short hot and surprisingly sweet story. Usually when you have a quick read like this it is either super sexy or sweet so when I found both in this story it made my day. Stephanie Harper is working hard to make her dreams come true. Despite her degree in psychology she is working as a bartender as part owner of Books and Brew. She doesn’t believe in love as she’s seen her mother try and fail repeatedly. When she gets a ticket from hot cop Jarod Nolan and he follows it up with a visit to Books and ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one! Book 1 of the new Cocktales series is fast, funny, and just plain sexy. Stephanie Harper and her college girlfriends are co-owners of Books and Brew, where she is the bartender a.k.a., Screwdriver queen. :)

A quick double-parking incident, while on a liquor run, produces a chance meeting with Detective Jarod Nolan. But little does Stephanie realize that meeting is only the beginning of the most exciting (and smexy!) times to come.

Highly recommended. Another fun read from
Feb 27, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Excellent start to a smoking hot series!
Sep 15, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Stephanies having the worst day in a long time, everything that can go wrong, goes wrong. Double parking and getting a parking ticket is just the last straw.
Jarod never thought that being blocked in and writing a ticket would get him a new acquaintance, but meeting her for the second time the same day, end in a kiss no one saw coming. He had to stop her from blurbing his secret somehow, right? =)
A commitment-phobic bartender and a man whos not afraid to go after what he wants, gives you a great
Apr 14, 2014 Edith rated it really liked it
ohohoho, it was really good!
3 1/2 stars
Jul 12, 2016 LindaneedsHEA rated it really liked it
4 stars.
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