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Stripped Bare

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  554 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
After two years, 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 care about him. Especially when Shane, with his quick w ...more
ebook, 290 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Boroughs Publishing Group (first published July 21st 2013)
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☆ Todd
Feb 22, 2014 ☆ Todd rated it really liked it


In my opinion, this would have been a much better and easier to read book if for every *2* out of 3 times that Matty and Shay had sex, the author would have just said...
"and then they buggered one another (again and with feeling)."
I did enjoy the book, with a good bit of sex scene fast forwarding, but it did require that I suspend reality a bit where Shane was concerned.
1.) He's an 'escort' who only has sex with his clients when he wants to.

2.) He's a multim
Aug 11, 2013 Susan rated it liked it

Stripped Bare is another one of those stories (I feel like 1 in 5 of every M/M book out there is this story) about a man (Matthew) who lost his partner and struggles to give himself to new love. He meets the gorgeous escort/computer hacker Shane via some odd circumstances with a mutual friend and it’s instant attraction. Matt has a hard time letting go of the past but can’t help his growing affections towards Shane. There is flirtation, a physical relationship, and then an emotional commitment…a
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jul 12, 2013 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook, hof

Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews.

This story starts out a little different than most. The one MC, Shane is an escort who doesn’t usually have sex with his clients, unless he wants it. This time, however, he finds himself waking up tied to a bed while his client jerks off over him. Said client is David, a fairly regular client who apparently has some major issues. The biggest appears to be his bigoted father who he cowers to and is unable to stand up against.

David is the tie that brings
Jul 29, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Stripped Bare starts off with nowhere to go for Shane Templar. We meet the handsome escort naked, all tied up, and at the mercy of his client. HELLO! Haha….I was hooked at page one.

Our story is chock full of action, pain, sex, and fun. But it was the smart, sexy, sophisticated main characters that kept me reading. Shane Templar and Matthew Langer are drawn to each other at first sight. The sparks, growls, and groans fly from there! Shane’s direct, no filter, “potty mouth” pulls and push
Jul 25, 2013 Lachi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, gay-romance
Absolutely enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book. Susan MacNicol delivered a rousing sexy love story in her first venture into the male male genre. While Shane and Matthew run the gamut of life's hardships and joys, they find a true and solid love. I cheered every time Matthew's steady, orderly life was rocked by Shane's brash spontaneity. I would definitely read again as I can't get enough of Shane!
I really wanted to like this more.  It was just okay.  I think the two things that bothered me about this book is that the author tended to ramble about nothing, making it a long read for no reason.  It became tiring.  The ending was like hitting a brick wall.  I looked up and ran right into it.  It was very unsatisfying. 
Jul 03, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it
This is a story that perfectly blends drama and romance and keeps the action going at a fairly rapid pace! The relationship is full of ups and downs - immense passion interspersed with arguments and fall-outs - and the drama keeps on coming - assaults, computer hacking, threats, computer hacking...

We are introduced to Shane while he is providing an escort service to David. They have met a couple of times before but only for an escort service without any sex (Shane is picky with who he gets invol
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***
***3.5 Gay Muskateers Stars***

Matthew Langer is a stubborn control freak, shuffling through life after the death of his husband two years ago. He's a workaholic, going through the motions and afraid of any serious commitment because he feels it would be a betrayal to the memory of his dead husband. But when he meets Shane Templar, he can't deny the instant attraction. After finally giving in to this attraction, Matty wants to keep things nice and light. No labels, just sex.

Shane Templar is an e
Jul 26, 2013 Sunne rated it really liked it
So...I have to say this book tickles several of my personal pet-peeves...yes, it does.

First "the man", "the younger man", "the lawyer"....damn, I really don't like when authors try too hard to find other words than the names and "he". It's okay sometimes, but sometimes it's just too much, especially in intimate situations it throws me off, it creates a distance that is wrong at that moment.

The other is the use of German...Please dear author, let a native speaker look at it. It's not really bad,
Bitchie!!! on books

There are long books that go by so fast you don't even realize how long they really are, and then there are long books that make you feel every word, every sentence, every page. And not always in a good way.

This book had a lot of potential, but I just didn't really connect to either of the characters. It also felt really drawn out. It was a constant round of fuck, fight, apologize, fuck, repeat, with a little bit of plot thrown in. There were also some logic fails and a couple of continuity erro
Jessica's Book Review
Jul 16, 2013 Jessica's Book Review rated it really liked it
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Stripped Bare is my first male-male romance novel. It took a little getting used to reading without a female in the story but once I got into the story I didn’t even think of it being two men; I just thought of it as a sexy romance novel. The characters are really well developed, even the secondary characters I enjoyed reading and felt connected too. Matthew and Shane are really great together… Matthew is a lot deeper than what meets the eye and Shane is
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Sep 09, 2013 Donna ~ The Romance Cover rated it it was amazing
Stripped Bare by Susan MacNichol

5 stars!!

“I thought I’d never be able to find another person I could love again. And then along comes this one, all mouth and no manners.”

I am loving my current foray into the world of M/M and this is one of those books that reminds me why! This book has it all, romance, humour, hot smexy times, passion, drama, suspense, and a totally captivating plot. It is not just a M/M romance book, the plot will keep you hooked, I could not put this book down! You will also g
Oct 20, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, hurt-comfort

Wow, das war toll! :)

This was a beautiful and amazing read that had me captured from the first page. The characters are so well developed I was spellbound with their lives as if I was part of their story.

Matthew is controlled and put together but he has a lot of issues that he needs to deal with from his past. Shane seems to be immature, he's a funny guy with a potty mouth who tries to help Matthew move on and live again. And he’s a hacker! Yay! Loved that.

At first the guys seem to be total opp
Jun 01, 2014 LauraZu rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
Don't really know how to rate this, when I started reading this book I was seriously enjoying it, i found it interesting and fresh, that was till the second chapter ended, then, I just wanted it to fucking end.

First problem for me, IT WAS SO DAMN LONG, the plot was so boring and I just wanted it to end, but no.... it kept going and going, this book should have been 60% shorter in my opinion. I found it immature, unrealistic, boring and the scenes just didn't come easily into mind, had to actuall
Keagan Kruze
Jul 25, 2013 Keagan Kruze rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love this writer. I cant say enough about it. Susan is def one to keep an eye on!
It's blue eyed, grey t-shirt man coming to brood on another bookcover.

He's so pensive this one.
Mandie *Foxylutely Books!*
Blog Tour 29th July - 7th August

Stopping at my blog today! (Sunday 4th August) where my full review is posted.


*ARC provided by the author in return for my honest review.

This was a beautiful and amazing read that had me spellbound from the first page. The characters were so well developed I was enraptured with their lives as if I was part of their story. The two MCs, Shane and Matthew, at first appeared to be total opposites but as their story unfolds it b
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 contro ...more
Bradley Mathis-Krone
Jul 25, 2013 Bradley Mathis-Krone rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book, and I have to say this is one of the greatest books I have read. Shay and Matty are so real, so madding, so loving, so funny and makes your heart glow with joy. I can't wait to read the next installment, because I'm sure Shay will continue with getting in trouble and Matty will always be there to get him out.

Great Job Susan, you hit it right out of the park
Jul 29, 2013 Suzy rated it liked it
Wanted to love this book and while I enjoyed reading it and really liked many of the characters I found this hard to finish as it seemed to drag on. Also way to many sex scenes scenes that just weren't that sexy.
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jul 14, 2013 Gitte TotallyBookedBlog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
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So I thought this story had everything you could possibly wish for. It had romance, passion, intrigue, drama, lovable gorgeous characters….it had real heart! Oh and yeah it had those ‘must go read this bit in the freezer’ moments….what a scorcher! I absolutely loved the story of Matty and Shay, I literally devoured their story and put life on hold until I had finished. At no stage did it drag or feel forced. I never once felt the need to skim
Jul 29, 2013 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, m-m
EEK! I bought this on a whim. I literally picked a number between 1 and 639 (the number of books on my TBR), it happened to be Stripped Bare.

We first meet Shane when he was escorting a man named David. Things get off to a rough start and I really didn't think I would like the book all that well. (view spoiler) Then somewhere Shane sees the utter fear in David after a phone call from his
Crystal's Many Reviewers
Jul 21, 2013 Crystal's Many Reviewers rated it really liked it
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
Brenda Wright
Jul 13, 2013 Brenda Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twinsies-review, arc
review to be posted on on 7/29/13.....

I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.
I’ve read several M/M books lately and have fallen in love with this genre. I think it’s especially hard for authors in this genre to get noticed. That’s why I have been helping to pimp them out! I recently told someone that my motto for the last 23 years has been “You can’t help who you fall in love with”. Whether this person is a different race or the same sex...should it matter?
Jan 19, 2015 Ina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fight for it! :)

For me, this book brought out different reactions, thoughts and feelings. And it drew me in early on. I really liked both characters. I found myself frustrated more than once, but that made me want to know more about these two stubborn men! Already at the beginning you get a sense of how caring Shane is as a person. And how he at an early stage is able to evoke attraction and reactions from Matthew. Which keeps him in Matthews’s thoughts. The book shows anger, frustration, joy, s
Jul 26, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
What an incredible story about the power of love and devotion. This was written with such character depth that you felt like you could stop over for coffee and talk to them. I was so touched by each and every hurtle and triumph revealed about them. The twists and turns that they suffered through either from Shane's mischief or Matthew's stubbornness were many. Most of their problems were from Shane's need to know because he has no patience. Where Matthew thinks that things that happened before S ...more
Alina Popescu
Dec 06, 2013 Alina Popescu rated it it was amazing
Control freak lawyer meets part time escort, full time hacker and there are so many sparks you'll be blind by the end. What's not to love? There is quite an interesting story line involving homophobia, violence, loss, a lot of danger. I also cried a little. OK, maybe more! The interaction between the characters draws you in, they are very human and very believable, the deal with obstacles as they come and don't always make the right decisions. Shay and Matty are one of my favorite couples and I ...more
Aug 11, 2013 ObsidianCub rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, m-m, kindle, read-2013
A bit rambly and the sex scenes got boring, both characters behaved like hormonal teenagers at times and a lot of whineing went on. Didn't fall in love with any of them though did like Timmy. Disappointing.
Hearts On Fire Reviews
Reviewed by: JustJen
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Rated: 4 hearts

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Jul 12, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I think I have calmed down enough to write this review Bloody hell that was one sexy raunchy read and I loved every moment between Shane and Matthew good and bad and I have fallen in love with them both.
I am a fan of Susan’s work so I know this is her first book in the Genre and I have to say she did an awesome job. Everything is there from the angst, love, suspense and some very hot male on male action which made a truly lovely story to read.
Susan has a habit of making you fall in love with her
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