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The Rub Down

(The Rub Down #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Dark room

Luke Stratton spends his days making clients moan in pleasure. His hands hold the ability to drive a woman to the brink of ecstasy. As a rule, his professional touch is the only thing he gives any female client. Until a Boston marathon trainee seeks his services.

Bare skin

One year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, Alexa Williams must overcome horrible memor
Published April 20th 2015
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Maree Repa
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. Such a wonderful story and sexy romance. Meeting Luke Stratton, gorgeous massage therapist. Meets Alexa Williams for her massage therapy as she's attending the Boston marathon. That's when they met as this such beautiful romance begins. I so loved this book. And would recommend to everyone!!
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Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Rub Down by Gina Sheldon

I went into this book blind, meaning- I didn't read the synopsis or anything about the book before I agreed to read the book. When I agree to review a book, I don't want anything to sway MY opinion of the book. I follow a few book blogs, I always see the books they think that are the best book of the month, year. I try to read those, they are the most popular books, and several of those are not the greatest books. I want to show them some of these great indie author b
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Trudy Stiles
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweet romance! Luke is super swoon worthy and I love the secondary character development. Can't wait to read more from this debut author.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a lovely surprise this was. Ms. Gina Sheldon has created a beautifully sweet story around one of the worst things to happen in our recent past. Even though the book is set in today's time, it does reference the bombing at the Boston Marathon. It is a beautiful story of overcoming fear and moving on for Alexa and the awesome support system around her that makes this story flow. Luke becomes part of that support system almost immediately after meeting Alexa. He is a massage therapist, who is ...more
Jasmine Roman
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone`
Recommended to Jasmine by: Gina Sheldon
I'm a blogger but had to shut down for a couple months but I'm back and the first book I read when I'm back interest me just with the synopsis. Well I was right to read it I Read it in one sitting I haven't read in one sitting for a while and I missed books like that where I don't want to put it down.
The Rub Down was funny, sexy, and so heartfelt I live in Massachusetts so the Boston bombing hit close to home my sister lived so close to the bombing so I understood Alexa ' s emotions she was clo
Tiffany Deblois
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great debut novel.

An author friend of mine recommended this book. It was a really nice story. Just steamy enough and not overloaded with unnecessary angst. I enjoyed getting to know both characters by way of a dual POV. I hope to read more from Gina Sheldon. Nicely done!
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: athlete, 4-star
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star read

This was the story of Alexa and Luke. Alexa was training for the Boston marathon and her trainer recommended that she go get a sports massage with his friend Luke. The attraction was instant between the two. Even though it is not as scandalous as many others, this could be considered a taboo read. He was a masseuse and she was his client. Luke had made a promise with his best friend and business partner that they would never cross the line and date/sleep with a client because of
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars

The Rub Down is a sweet romance that has a sexy edge and leaves you with the feeling that you can overcome your fears if you have the right person by your side encouraging you. The relationship between Luke and Alexa is a slow work up since Luke is her massage therapist and he doesn’t date his clients. The attraction is instant for both of them but they don’t act on it right away which for me was a good thing, well up to a point
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Alexa, you mean the world to me. You were my rule changer. The person I wasn't even looking for, but always dreamt of."

Awe Luke and Alexa I adore you so much!! This was such fantastic Debut novel by Ms. Sheldon! It's was fun, sexy, steamy and so sweet. Luke has a way with words that would make anyone swoon and I was so gripped by this story and I could feel the sexual tension coming off the pages! The couple and their friends are so likable and relatable I felt like I could jump right in there
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Rub Down was a sweet story about Alexa and Luke. They have an instant attraction toward one another. What I like most about this story is that Gina didn’t write a story about I just met you, but I love you more than the sun let’s jump in bed together. She built up their friendship, feeling and let them get to know more about each other. Alexa was beautiful but had a bit of a hang ups about the marathon she was running. Luke was just the person to help heal her body and mind, and he was well ...more
Keri Fornino
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What fantastic debut effort by this up and coming author! A quick and happy read that really "gets" the fun, romance and adventure of a new relationship, while not getting too campy. Perfect for an afternoon at the beach or an otherwise easygoing day.

Sheldon really pulls off the two-voiced technique, where the story is told in first person but from the perspective of two different characters. I find that most authors either (a) make everyone sounds the same, and lose the point of two voices or (
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Rub Down was one of those books that had simplicity at its finest. Alexa is training for the Boston Marathon since she will be participating in it. A year after the bombing. She had participated that year as well but never got to finish due to the tragic incident. Luke is a massage therapist. Her massage therapist.

There's immediate attractions and they were absolutely cute. Luke was definitely the definition of a gentlemen. He doesn't sleep with clients but he was really falling for Alexa.
Shasta Mosley Swoon Worthy Books/Cherry0Blossom
I was a little uncertain what I was going to get when I started The Rub Down by Gina Sheldon. I honestly thought when the book first started that is a little racy, but then you read more and it turns into a fabulous love story. And that is exactly what it is a love story that gives you some laughs along with sweet and romantic.

If you ask his clients they would say that Luke Stratton has magic hands. He knows just what to do to help anyone find ecstasy through touch of a massage, but his partner
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This book definitely falls in the contemporary sweet romances. I bought the book because I had never read one that involved a massage therapist. After reading the blurb, it looked like something that I might enjoy. The sexual tension in the book worked, until the actual act. It fell short for me. There was so much build up to it, then it seemed to be over in a few paragraphs. My biggest issue is that nothing really happens in the book. There were no twists & turns, no real dramatic scenes. O ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book rubbed me the right way (SPOILERY)


I enjoyed The Rub Down. It's not your typical romance book, despite its name. The main & supporting characters are great. There was no unnecessary drama. Our hero wasn't a man-whore & our heroine wasn't weak or a virgin or emotionally scarred. We get to see the relationship grow & develop beautifully.

Well done
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to light, engaging, and easy to read. I am really impressed with Ms. Sheldon's debut work. Her plot flowed smoothly, her characters were well developed and I think she did a fabulous job with this book. Her conflict resolution was brilliant and Luke and Alexa's characters are extremely believable. I'm looking forward to reading Ms. Sheldon's future works, especially if the quality remind the same or improves.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this sweet sexy read! I went into this without reading the blurb so I had no idea what to expect.

Luke made me want to go get a massage right now. wow! I loved how he was so romantic! Alexa is fiesty and fun and they make a lovely couple.

not a huge amount of drama but if you're looking for a sweet, sexy read then I would highly recommend this.
Nina K
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lately I have read some really good books. This one was no different it was a realistic story that brought out real life facts and emotions. A must read, one that will fly by in a quickness.
Gina Sheldon
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Since I wrote it! I love it!!! I hope you do too!
This review was originally posted on Fifty Shades of Books

2 out of 5 Stars

Luke Stratton is a masseur and the owner of Boston's high-end spa The Rub Down. He has his hands on beautiful women day in and day out, and to avoid scandals, he and his business partner swore never to date any clients. But Luke never felt attracted to any of his female clients until he met Alexa Williams, who needs his therapeutic help for prepping for the Boston Marathon.

Will Luke be able to keep his hand off her?

What I
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Dark room

Stratton spends his days making clients moan in pleasure. His hands hold
the ability to drive a woman to the brink of ecstasy. As a rule, his
professional touch is the only thing he gives any female client. Until a
Boston marathon trainee seeks his services.

Bare skin

year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, Alexa Williams must
overcome horrible memories of that day. She struggles to put her fear
aside to meet the challenge of the ru
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Rub Down is the debut stand alone novel from author Gina Sheldon. Alexa is training for another go at the Boston Marathon, determined to overcome her experience from the previous year. She enlists the help of Luke to keep her body in prime condition. A forbidden connection becomes a spark neither can deny, but is the risk worth the reward?

Despite this being her first novel, you'd never be able to tell. The words flow seamlessly, creating a story that is heartbreaking and hopeful, one you'll
Luisa Rivas
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Loved that this book is about running! Alexa is training for the Boston Marathon the year after the bombing. It's a special occasion for the Boston residents, the bomb survivors, and the athletes who could not complete the course that year. Alexa was one of the athletes who was detained before completing the marathon when the bombing, so it was special to her.

Luke is the co-owner of The Rub Down, a spa that specializes in massages. Alexa's trainer, Jeff, recommended her to Luke, to help her
Aubrie Brown
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Rub Down. I really enjoyed this book. It was different and I found it romantic. Alexa and Luke knew right from the start that what they shared was so special, one of a kind and definitely not one-sided. Luke is the co-owner of The Rub Down which is where he specialises in massage therapy. And that is exactly how he meets Alexa. You have a gorgeous, female athlete who also co-owns her own business and loves what she does. This is where their own love story begins. We watch their highs and low ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Rub Down is an excellent debut novel from new author Gina Sheldon. I enjoyed the characters and found them to be well developed and relatable. The storyline, centered around the Boston Marathon is very applicable and relevant to coincide with the release date. I thought this a brilliant choice and the heart strings were definitely pulled for the female character, struggling with the memories of running the race on that fateful date and trying to overcome her fears by returning to conquer it ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you want a book without a lot of angst, drama or tension. You want a sweet love story with "a happy ending" (pun intended). You want a guy and girl who aren't bruised and broken.

If that's what you want, then this is the book for you. Because of the premise of the story (a girl, Alexa, needs massage therapy while training for a marathon) this could have been a pretty tawdry story, but it wasn't. I REALLY liked that Luke and Danny had a set of morals and were unwilling to break them. I l
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Perseverance, determination, over coming fears, these are not always easy. Some times with the right people in your corner you can push through any thing. The Rub Down, starts on a very steamy note, but not all is what it seems. Many words have double meaning and Gina did a great job though out this story. What am I talking about? Try reading The Rub Down and find out. Great Story, I really enjoyed it.
Heather S
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was perfection. Being someone who's lived in and near Boston for half my life, this book just felt like reading a true story. The marathon bombing effected so many lives and it was such a sad day. The book just brought it back in a good way. I give the author an air high five for writing this flawless book. Luke was an amazing book boyfriend and Alexa such a strong beautiful woman. glad I found this gem and it's in the best of 2015.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun uplifting story

I enjoyed every second. This story is light for the most part but brings in some realities of real life and moment in time that will never be forgotten.
The characters were sweet and strong and the like "do you like what you see was not it" lol.
I love how the relationship professed naturally and the anticipation built up.
Luke is sexy as sin and will make you swoon.
Great debut for this new author. Congrats
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Gina Sheldon is a devoted wife, busy mom of twin girls, and the proud owner of a small business. She often travels the very streets of Boston she writes about in her debut novel, “The Rub Down.” One thing she refuses to leave home without is her Kindle. Their relationship borders on obsessive. As a beta reader and blogger, Gina shares her love of books with others, and her love of words has now ca ...more

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