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(Black Opals #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In Tori St. Claire's dangerously naughty debut novel, a body of secrets is entwined with a body of lies...and deception is part of the game. As a member of the CIA's elite Black Opals, Natalya Trubachev must live a lie, working undercover as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss. His business is trafficking vulnerable Las Vegas strippers overseas for twisted sex games. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Berkley
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~ Becs ~
Jun 06, 2012 marked it as to-read

Way too steep for an ebook. Think this one will have to wait.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

STRIPPED brings together two people, each with their own deadly secrets and makes them an unlikely duo in an undercover investigation where neither of them know just exactly who they can trust.

Natalya has been undercover for three years posing as the fiancé to a Russian mob boss, Dimtri, involved in human trafficking. She works for the Black Opals, an off-the-books group in the CIA that handles dangerous, elite missions. Natalyas time table for getting
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
At some point in the past I've read a very favourable review of this book from Smexy Books and decided I wanted it. A year-year and a half later I had a chance to read it, and well... the experience left me very disappointed.

We've already established that good erotic fiction has to have a believable plot. I was quite excited to read a book involving a bad-ass Russian who works as a deep undercover agent to stop a human trafficking operation.

What I got as a finished product was laughable. Both
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

Yes, go ahead and judge this book by its cover, I know I did and was not disappointed. This book is scorchingly hot romantic suspense!! This was my first book by this author and it left me wanting more!

Natalya Trubachev is a CIA operative working undercover in Russia trying to bring down a human trafficking lord. To do this, she infiltrated the organization along with her partner and now Dmitri is sending her to the States to take care of problems with
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Stripped. There was a bit of judging a book by its cover but I decided to put my pre-conceived notions aside and give this book a try. I am so glad that I did.

Natalya is working undercover for an elite CIA team. She has been working for and living as Dmitri's girlfriend for three years. She is close to bringing down his human trafficking ring until she finds out that his next victim is her sister. Natalya is sent to Vegas to make sure that she
ツ Renée
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A winner! The chemistry between Natalya and Brandon was electric. The vulnerability of all the characters, especially Natalya was well written. I really liked this book. I hope Sergei/Stefan gets his own story.
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
If i'm not mistaken, this is Tori St. Claire's first novel. I am super duper duper impressed. Reading through the first couple chapters, I am reminded of one of my very favorite suspense authors, Shannon McKenna. There is great sex, a creepy villain and a deep seated mystery. That is a huge compliment if I say so myself. There is an immediate feeling of "better than your everyday romance, and when you dig in you know St Claire is articulate, creative, and seemingly accomplished far beyond her ...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars

Dangerously erotic, Stripped will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Natalya Trubachev has been in Russia for the last three years, deep undercover for the C.I.A. and its top secret elite group the Black Opals. Posing as Russian mob boss, Dmitris, lover her mission is to take down Dmitris sex trade and human trafficking business. When it leads her to a Las Vegas strip club though, Natalyas learns that her twin sister is the next victim and she must uncover the names of Dmitris two
Lucy Felthouse
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Article first published as eBook Review: Stripped by Tori St. Claire on Blogcritics.

Stripped is a seriously sexy erotic suspense novel by Tori St. Claire, and boy, does it keep you on the edge of your seat! Natalya Trubachev, the female lead, is a member of the CIA's elite Black Opals - a very dangerous, very skilled undercover team. For the past three years, she's been posing as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss, an evil man whose business is trafficking vulnerable Las Vegas strippers
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Black Opal operative Natalya Trubachev goes undercover at a Las Vegas club called Fantasia. She walks a delicate line as she juggles the needs of her crime boss Dmitri, her own safety and her growing fascination with Brandon Moretti. Brandon is actually an undercover detective, but Natalya doesnt know this and she suspects him of being the contact she needs to neutralize.

I suspect that this is one of these books that readers will either like or dislike intensely because of the subject matter and
Stripped by Tori St. Claire
Erotic Romantic Suspense Jan. 3rd, 2012
3 1/2 stars

Two undercover agents work at cross-purposes and find passion and love in this enjoyable if convoluted story.

Natayla Trubachev has been working deep undercover as a Black Opal. She has infiltrated a female slave trafficking ring. As the lover of one of a Russian mob boss named Dmitri, she has had to become unemotional. With the help another Black Opal named Sergei they hope find all the players and bring them to
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2read2, favorites

Bad ass heroine and strong, sexy male hero take the stage in this awesome erotic suspense novel. This was edge of your seat action and sizzling sexual goodness at its best! Looking forward to Lie to Me which releases July 2012.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
full review to come soon
Mandi Schreiner
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic, rom-suspense
Really liked this one. Nice erotic suspense. Review to come
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
A really good read,but would have liked a bit more on the suspense side.Hope there is a book to come on Sergei/Stefan.
Sláinte Wanderlust
Oh holy hades..

I was expecting a lot from this book due to it's insane price and thankfully I was not let down. It was everything i hoped you and more.
Now to be honest it was not the most realistic of storylines but really it did not matter once i got involved in the story. All i was interested in was what was going to happen next.
The main characters are very engaging. Discovering about their backstory really helps you connect & sympathise with them both. They are both pretty bad-ass
Vanessa  Pham
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five electrifying stars.

I'm honestly surprised at how low this rating is because I loved this novel. I thought it was great.

Stripped by Tori St. Claire is a erotic suspense romance, which is new category for me. I actually thought this wasn't quite erotica, but more of a suspense romance. However, some of those scenes were electrifying enough to make my heart skip more than a few beats. I definitely liked the plot of this book. It was a very intense read and sweet at the same time. The plot
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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As Tori St. Claires debut novel, its pretty darn good. Character development is good and they felt real. Erotic elements are steamy and well placed. The sexual chemistry between the main characters could be cut with a knife it was so thick. The stripper role was hot and detailed. The Romantic element is one of those love-at-first-sight pairings. The suspense component was exciting, but I figured out who it was pretty early in the story, but the anticipation lay in
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: most-fav-d
Honestly I would have to give this book it's due respects. Tori St. Claire can write her butt off. I found myself wanting to call in and finish reading this book. The flow of her story the characters omg. The only thing I wish she would have elaborated on was Sergei/Brandon's drama smh. More I need more!!!! The erotica hot the twists confounding. I didn't figure out who the killer was till the end. Jill geez girl did you get hit wit a whammy. But you know what you were EVIL. SMH good story. I ...more
WOW! I loved this book. It was full of suspense and drama. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, I read it all it one sitting because i just HAD to know what happened.
I was dying to know who was behind the secrets.
And the sexual tension?! *fans self* the steamy scenes were spicy and erotic. Def got me all hot and bothered.

The price might seem a little steep but it was well worth it. One of my fans!
Diane Dolsen
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought this book would be awesome with the whole undercover and CIA agents stuff but the characters risked everything because they couldn't think about anything other than sex. Their job was falling apart and all they could do is think about how hot they were and what they wanted to do to each other, you've been doing undercover work for years and you f* everything up because you couldn't think or do anything else than f* each other brains out, come on!
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-on-2015
Hummm... This was more erotica than story... the story is still good so it's not purely porn. Hahaha! I did end up skipping some of the scenes since it was getting repetitive. :P I was reading it for the story. If it was for the erotica, then the stars would be more.
Jun 21, 2012 added it
Loved this book. Full of suspense.I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to more of St. Claire's books.
Dec 27, 2012 added it
Couldn't finish this book.Got a little bored with it and started skimming.I'm not sayin' it's bad,it sounded promising,I just couldn't get into it now.Maybe some other time.
Louise Walsh
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
**Won on GoodReads First Reads**
Gigi staub
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
First time reading this author and this is an excellent book. Very sexy, with great action and mystery.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.
Sara Vale
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful AND erotic. Great read!
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved this book. Can't wait for the next installment.
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“Brandon pulled on her hair, tipping her head back and terminating the kiss. His breath rasped in harmony with hers. He nudged her mouth with his, caught her lips again, then turned his head and rubbed his cheek against hers. “I want you to forget I said this,” he whispered as he increased the pressure on the back of her scalp and urged her forehead to his shoulder. “I don’t even know what I mean by it.”

His mouth dusted over the crown of her head. “But I think I need you, Natalya.”

Her breath caught, the sudden overflow of emotion bringing unbidden moisture to her eyes. He’d reached right in and pulled the words out of her very soul. If anyone needed the other, she needed him. Needed the way he made it impossible to hide.”
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