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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Skilled, sculpted, and sexy, the men of adult entertainment are the kind of guys a woman reserves for her fantasies, not her reality. But is there more to these professional hotties than meets the eye?…

The day Robyn Flores meets Zac Fallon is one of those days. You know, when you’re already late for work. Mostly because you haven’t really slept since your best friend aband
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Kensington
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Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little biased, I suppose ;) ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

I had such high hopes for Stripped – I mean, a stripper and a fifth-grade teacher? To say I was intrigued would be an understatement, and I ended up adoring Fallon and Robyn. Their romance was surprisingly so much sweeter than I expected, but just as dirty and sexy as I was hoping a stripper romance would be. It was so easy to fall into the story, the writing, the characters. Zoey Castile is a new author you don’t want to miss. And if you’re a fan of Magic
Sam (AMNReader)
My 3s are the weirdest rating shelf is gonna be so long.
There were things that I wasn't in love with about the writing style--too much repetition and restating. It started undeniably cute, and I thought the heroine was really interesting. The hero was--how do they say--a cinnamon roll, mostly? He's a stripper, she's a teacher. He's ready to settle down, tale as old as time.

She's a bit of a mess (this is on my 'i will forget your names by morning' shelf for a good reason) feeling overwhelmed and
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Who thought I would ever read a book about a male stripper hero? Certainly not me! Stripped was at the top of my most anticipated romance reads of the year and Zoey Castille's romance debut totally swept me off my feet. It was funny, charming and oh so sexy!

I'm going to start this review by raving about Fallon, the said stripper. I have to say, he was top book boyfriend material for me. He was someone who rose up from a rather sad childhood to become someone successful and comfortable. The guy h
My Pink Fairytales
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, lol, genre-romcom
That was fun! Actual rating is somewhere between 3-4★.

Stripped is the perfect romcom to read in an afternoon on the beach, maybe with a cocktail nearby.

Don't expect too much, besides laughing, giggling and a little bit of drooling, while imagining the hero to be Magic Mike.

There's no actual drama, so the story is pink and fluffy. Both main characters have amazing banter and chemistry and the heroine is just a beautiful hot mess. I don't know what else to tell you about it, besides the fact t
Ivy Deluca
Robyn Flores, schoolteacher, is floundering. She’s depressed, struggling to focus on work and her personal life, she can’t sleep and she’s barely holding on by a thread. When a laundry mixup involving a very patriotic thong ends up bringing her into contact with her neighbor, Zach Fallon, sparks fly. Fallon’s just gotten home from a night at ye olde strip club, and seeing his beautiful neighbor in her robe captivates him and he asks her out. And she promptly rejects him. C’mon, y’all know it’s n ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

I have been dying to get my little paws on Stripped ever since the publishing deal for this series was announced. I mean "a 'Magic Mike' inspired romance set in NYC", need I say more?! I live for stripper romances and though I wasn't particularly a fan of Magic Mike the movie, I had high hopes that Zoey Castile would deliver with this movie-inspired romance.

Robyn Flores' life is a mess. She's unhappy
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Song for summary: Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled

A steamy read! The characters are amusing, flirtatious, and shameless; while the plot is a rowdy and entertaining journey that follows the unlikely romance between a chaotic fifth grade teacher and one sexy male stripper. The author does a great job of unearthing the unique and dynamic brotherhood that lies beneath the glitter, sequinned thongs, and shallow partying of the world of exotic dancing. A fun and fresh love story; Stripped shows us just how
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"Fallon is the perfect mix of sweet and sexy, the kind that is so rare to find, he might as well be a fucking unicorn."

Where the hell has Zoey Castile been all my life? Yeah, you guessed it. The cover and title caught my attention and the synopsis closed the deal. I tried a new author and now she'll have a new stalker...I mean reader. I absolutely adore this story and the support characters are so incredible that I'm already jonesing for what they have in store for me next. The line forms he
I didn't really get this? Like, sure two people who aren't really happy with their lives meet and decide to start over together, sure. It happens very fast, but whatever. But I don't really get when they fell in love or why? I kept expecting to see it happen and then it never really did in a believable way for me. ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll start this off by saying that it took me a long time to get into Stripped. Essentially, it’s a Magic Mike story and that doesn’t necessarily appeal to me. For much of the opening act it’s kind of generic rom-com stuff and wasn’t anything super special yet. Also, both of the characters are complete hot messes and it gets tiresome to read about people who need to get their shit together. But then, towards the middle of the book Fallon is dancing on stage with Robyn and he gets a boner. I legi ...more
Jun 03, 2018 added it
This was delightful. Basically Magic Mike fanfic in the best way
Elisabeth Lane
Aug 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at 70%. I can't even bring myself to skim the rest. I don't care about either of these characters, the heroine's arc is weirdly mysterious, the hero's seems like it's going to be denigrating to sex workers and I don't buy anything about their "love" except that his muscles are hot. There is zero indication of what they find attractive about one another. There is a scene set where the hero works where the heroine is put on display in a way I found totally cringey from both a consent and a cha ...more

I probably should be more into this book while reading but nope, instead, I was making my playlist..

-feels very insta love
-pet used like a prop

- I'm glad I finally read this author
-my playlist of

Bruno Mars- Gorilla
Little Mix- Down & Dirty
Jason Derulo- Cono
Usher- Scream
Jeremiah ft 50 Cent- Down on me
The Weeknd- The Hills
Doja Cat- Boss Bitch
Selena Gomez ft. Asap Rocky- Good for you
Rihanna- Pour it up
Kate Olson
Jul 08, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 50% - Robyn drove me INSANE and I just wanted to scream, “GROW UP and get your sh$7 together and get to work on time and stop running away from stuff - you’re 28 for heaven’s sakes - I had 2 kids by then .” 🙄 Then I quit bc why waste my mental energy yelling at a fictional character?
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first stripper romance! So entertaining, it kept me from white-knuckling during the long plane ride on our recent trip to the UK. Robin and Fallon meet over a laundry mixup involving a star-spangled thong, and the flirty fun that follows is just what you’d expect from a meet cute like that. I wasn’t expecting, however, the conflicts that arise between them. I assumed her family wouldn’t be cool with his career, or she would be jealous of his clients, but Castile takes the story in a ...more
Maria Rose
This is a fun and sexy romance about a school teacher who just happens to have a next door neighbor who is an exotic dancer, a discovery she makes when he turns up as part of the entertainment at a bachelorette party. Robyn Flores and Zac Fallon couldn't be more different, yet the chemistry between them leads to a steamy relationship, one complicated by the fact that Zac is only supposed to be in New York for the summer before his team heads on to the next location. They both agree to a summer f ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
I love love. I love cute, quick romances that bring two unlikely people together, leaving me feeling warm and fuzzy all over. I love well-written, diverse romance stories, and I love Zoey Castille’s writing that sucks me in, from page one, and takes me on an emotional journey with two fantastic characters who deserve and receive their happily ever after.

Read this!!!
Debra Elsner
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Stripped. It wasn't what I expected, it was more than just bit of fluff to read after a "heavy" book. What you do professionally shouldn't label you to the world, but it does in specific jobs. Take Fallon, he is a stripper and he loves his job. But it has a stigma and is not a "respectable" profession. Robyn is a school teacher and Fallon doesn't quite fit her lifestyle, but he brings her out of the slump of depression and she finds happiness with him no matter what. I am lo ...more
N.G. Peltier

Stripped was one of my most anticipated books. I've read Zoraida's YA and loved. So this was my first romance by her (under the Zoey Castile name) and it did not disappoint. The way Fallon and Robyn meet had me cracking up right away. The laundry mixes up their bags and she's a bit confused about Fallon's red, white and blue thong lol. It was such a great opening. Draws you right in to wanting to learn more.

When we meet Robyn she is a messsss. But i loved
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, arc, contemporary
A spangled, American flag thong is the last thing Robyn Flores was expecting to find in what she thought was HER bag of clean laundry. Having a laundry mystery is not what the frazzled elementary school teacher needs when she is already at risk of losing her job for chronic lateness and floundering to accomplish pretty much anything, including being the maid of honor for her best friend's wedding.

Zac Fallon, Captain American lookalike and devastatingly charming, is the owner of the thong and and
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An ARC of this book was generously provided to me from the publisher via NetGalley.
Overall Rating: 2.5 stars
Do I recommend it? This was just okay for me. At times the H’s voice was very feminine, and the h’s inner-thoughts were overdone. The verbiage was occasionally awkward, and the story didn’t flow well for me. I think if you read a lot of books this story has been done before and since there was nothing unique or outstanding about this one it didn’t stand out for me.
Genre: Contemporary, but
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I got to sneak a look at a very, very, very early edition of this and let me just say... OH. MY. GOD.

Full review coming, but trust me, you so want to read this one. I cannot wait to have a real copy of it in my hands.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I decided to give this a go even though it sounded very cliched with a romance between a 5th grade teacher and a stripper. Zac Fallon has rented the flat downstairs from Robyn Flores. They first meet when she picks up his laundry and he has hers, weirdly even though she realises it’s not her laundry she uses some of it to wipe up spilled coffee. When he knocks at her door to get his laundry he is immediately drawn to her, and she thinks he’s very handsome. But her life is one chaotic mess, she’s ...more
Jun 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: romance
Last month I visited California for the first time and made a pilgrimage to The Ripped Bodice, which has been at the top of my bookstore bucket list for years and exceeded every expectation. I picked up an incredible haul there, including a signed copy of Stripped by Zoey Castile. The book kicks off with a delightful and memorable meet-cute (all I’ll say is: swapped laundry bags) and from there Robyn and Zac can’t seem to stay away from each other. Robyn is an elementary school teacher who feels ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4 1/2 stars) I really enjoyed this romance and I suspected that I would based on the raves I was hearing from readers that I trust. A stripper romance done well - there are so many ways to mess up a stripper romance by making it cheesy or unrealistic. This one felt very honest and real. It explored a number of issues in unexpected ways which I appreciated. The author would zig as soon as I thought she was going to zag. It was a fun read with great characters, a realistic storyline, and I loved ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
3.5 Stars.

This book was much more than a stripper story. It's about young adults evolving and finding their purpose in life. What a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did.

This book helped me get over my book slump. I liked both Zac and Robin. The author did a great job making The characters relatable. I am perpetually late to everything so Robin could have been me. Their personal journey was something that made this book engaging. I think their chemistry was st
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-received
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May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so much! Just the type of book to help me kick off my summer reading list and get me out of my reading slump. Funny, steamy and I can't wait to read more about the boys from Mayhem City!
Thanks to Kensington for the ARC!
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Zoey Castile was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She started writing in her teens and pursued that love in her studies at Hunter College and the University of Montana. For nearly a decade, she worked as a bartender, hostess, and manager in New York City's nightlife. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ZoeyCastile. You can also email her at ...more

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