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Stripped Bare

(Love & Trust #1)

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Maddie
I had to get away.
Away from the darkness, away from the evil.
After carefully planning, I ran.
But what I didn’t plan for was meeting him.
And then my whole world was upside down.
Who do I trust? Because I think he is hiding something…

Jax
I just landed the biggest job I have ever had before.
I had to complete it and complete it well.
Just get the girl, bring her home, ge
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Published April 1st 2017 by Amazon Self Publish
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C. Shafanda
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received an ARC for this book.

Straight from the beginning, I was sucked in. The suspense, the twists and turns, the lies and deceit...Everything about this book was amazing. The chemistry between the 2 main characters was electrifying and intense, giving plenty of hot and steamy sex scenes. It also had plenty of anger, hatred and loathing. Lyssa Cole makes you feel all sorts of emotions throughout the entire book. It leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen
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Coco.V
Nov 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb:
Maddie
I had to get away.
Away from the darkness, away from the evil.
After carefully planning, I ran.
But what I didn’t plan for was meeting him.
And then my whole world was upside down.
Who do I trust? Because I think he is hiding something…

Jax
I just landed the biggest job I have ever had before.
I had to complete it and complete it well.
Just get the girl, bring her home, get the money.
But then I saw her and that was it. I wanted her as mine and only mine
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Elizabeth Neal
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5 Stars**

After five years, Maddie has escaped, but she isn't truly free. How can she be when she's constantly running, knowing at anytime she may be forced to go back to hell? She'd rather die than return "home." Life as the daughter of a man from one of the country's biggest crime families is torture, literally. Her father views her as a commodity he can trade at will, and has since she was sixteen. Yeah, that way. Unfortunately, not even her older brother could, or would, protect her. He's
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Dora Harvey
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Very riveting! The story will keep you on the edge of your seat to find out what happened next. This book was hot and has some steamy sex scenes. This book is also intriguing, with some humor, and it also involves romance, mystery, and suspense. I loved how the romantic relationship builds between the two protagonists (Maddie Kaplan and Jax Brownell). Together, their banter is refreshing, and their sex is off-the-charts hot. When reading
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Whitney Cannavina
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC for an honest review
Review by Country Gals BOOK Blog

Maddie is on the run from her evil father. His control over her and renting her out to his men isn't the life she envisioned. Her hope is to get as far away from him as possible. But when a gorgeous man starts messaging her on the website she dances on, her fear that her father sent this man skyrockets, yet she can't help but be drawn to him.
Jax had one job. Bring the criminal's daughter home and he'd get a huge payout. The
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Jojo Reeves
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I enjoyed this book so much. It's written in a way that grips you from the start and reels you in. Maddie is the daughter of a crime boss whose mother died when she was a teenager devastating her. Her father, instead of comforting his grieving daughter , locked her up till she was 16 and then pimped her out. At the age of 21 she ran away and found a job stripping on line which gave her the control, decent mon
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Christina
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK DESERVES MORE THAN 5 STARS!!!!!
I have to start out by saying OH MY GOD!!!! Unbelievably, this is Lyssa Cole's debut full length novel, and it is incredible! Stripped Bare will take you on a huge rollercoaster of emotions starting from page one. Once I started the book, I was unable to stop, always being on the edge and not knowing what was about to happen next.
The love and chemistry that was between Jax and Maddie was explosive. Maddie is on the run from a very abusive and unstable ho
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Gwen
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maddie is running away from a very tortured home. Her dad is the head of the Kaplan´s crime family and he uses her for his dark businesses. She is done and she leaves but he will look for her.
Jax is the PI assigned to finding her. When he does his world will turn. He can´t think straight when he sees her stripping for him. He has got to have her but at what price? Her dad killing him for not delivering her. When he gets to know her all bets are off. Maddie is a strong girl who had a terrible pas
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Leeanna
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very riveting read. One of those "can't put down" and "stay up until you finish even if it's 3am" books! It starts off pulling you right into the characters' stories. You are sympathicetic to Maddie from the very beginning - being the daughter in a crime family isn't all you'd think it could be! Lyssa Cole really develops the character of Jax as the book goes along; you are rooting for him as he makes decisions to either finish his "job" or be there for Maddie. There is a perfect combination o ...more
A Booklover's Haven
Dark and gripping!
Maddie has been on the run from her father for five years.The latter has been exploiting his only daughter for years and now when the latter has run away from him,he hires Jax to find her.

Jax is paid to do things and this task is no different.Find the criminal's daughter and bring her home.But what he does not expect is to meet a fiery gorgeous woman.
Chemistry explodes between them and he's conflicted between doing his job and pursuing this woman who got his attention.
This boo
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Linda Barrett
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Lyssa Coles first full length novel and what an action packed read it was.
This definitely will not disappoint.
The story was very well put together and omg it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.
I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster throughout the whole book and it was that good I binge read it in an afternoon as I NEEDED to know what was happening with Jax and Maddie.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to see what else Lyssa Cole has in store for us.
I vol
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Tiffani
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a page turner!! I went in, having not read any of the authors first books. I was a bit doubtful in the beginning, but she proved me wrong. I love books like this. I love when you find a 'new-to-me' author, and they make you a believer.

The plot and writing style were smooth. The characters were well developed, and I promise, you will NEED to know the fate of Jax and Maddie! If you are looking for great chemistry and all the feels, give this a one-click!!
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Rebecca Whaley
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was dark and parts were horrible because of what happened to the heroine but it definitely had a lot of bright spots. The hero was great! Smooth and charming and incredibly hot. Jax and Maddie are explosive on the page and I loved every moment of them together. This book had me from the start and I fell in love. Anybody who loves dark romance will love this book! It was so good! Definitely check this out!
Jen
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's always love"

Maddie escaped hell, there is no other way to describe what she went through. Jax was hired to bring her back, but from the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew this was going to be different, she was going to be different. These 2 found love in unimaginable circumstances. "When you strip everything away, what is left? Love. It's always love". It was an amazing read, full of twists, turns and angst, and mostly love.
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Tish (Cocktails & Fairytales)
4.5 stars!! I love discovering new authors and I'm now a huge Lyssa Cole fan. It was just the right amount of dark and very exciting. The story moved along nicely, it didn't feel rushed at all. And the character development was perfect. An emotional page turner from beginning to end.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily
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Marsha Wilson black
I was given an advanced readers copy of this book from the Author. The author pulls you in from the very beginning and holds your interest the whole way through. The two main characters have both had a hard life, which you learn about as you read through. You feel an affinity for the characters and can't help but wonder what's going to happen next between them. Will secrets tear the relationship apart? Will trust be lost and if so, can it ever be re-gained? How deeply damaged are the two? Read t ...more
Olivia
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah!! This book was so amazing!! I had my doubts at the beginning but Lyssa blew it out of the park. And just when you think it's over, it's not! I love her writing style and everything flowed so easy. My eyes were glued to the words I couldn't put this book down. Definitely a fun and easy read, but with a lot of action and a rollercoaster ride of emotions. ...more
SouthernAngel
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional debut from Lyssa, with a plot that'll grab you emotionally and have to riveted. This page turner is action packed with twists and explosive chemistry.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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Elizabeth Gardner
I loved this book. Amazing storyline that captivated me from the first page. A hard novel to put down. This is the first novel I have read of this author but won't be my last. I recommend this novel. ...more
Gem
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I would recommend others to read it too
Megan Harrington
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING!!!! Everything flowed well and the characters were amazing. I really enjoyed reading it, and I can't wait to see what Lyssa Cole writes next. I really hope Alicia gets a story. ...more
Madeleine
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put the book down until I was finished. I was so engrossed and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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Pat
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a fantastic book that Lyssa Cole has written! From the very first page this book hooked me in with the well written storyline and the well developed characters! I can't wait to read more from this author!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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Jennifer  Cowgill
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read!

I was given an advanced readers copy of this book from the Author. The main character is Maddie and Jax. I read this from beginning to end and couldn't put the book down! This has a lot of suspense as well as steamy love scenes. This was a good read!
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Katie
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stripped Bare by Lyssa Cole
5 stars!
What an introduction to this author! I loved every minute of this book! I was already a little hooked after I read the blurb for it but once I started reading I was completely swept up in Maddie and Jax’s story! I’ve read a few mafia/crime boss style books but I loved that this one was different. I really felt for Maddie trying to escape her family and Jax was just amazing! I loved how he had this need to protect Maddie even though it could ultimately cost him
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Evangeline Luguna
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was not

Easy to read this book for me! I had to keep stopping. There were so many errors and for me, take a lot out of the book. I got what you were trying to say! The storyline was good. Girl runs from her parent, her abusive father and the spawn he called son who helped. I wish I got the back story as to why her father hated her so much! I have so many questions. He said the mom cheated with her guard! Was she born from that affair? So he treated her like trash because of it? Or was it beca
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Cindy
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy from the author!*

Stripped Bare was a brilliantly debut book from Lyssa Cole. Lots of steamy sexiness, and smoking hot chemistry. You get it all in Stripped Bare, mystery, suspense, humor, and of course sexiness!!!

When Jax is hired to find Maddie and bring her back home, he doesn't expect to fall in love with her. To want to protect her and keep her safe. Will he be able to turn her over to her father?

Maddie is the daughter of a rich and powerful crime lord
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Jennifer Richey
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book for my honest opinion and holy smokes from the Begining I was hanging on to the roller coaster of this story! Maddie grew up when her mother died at 16 and her father was the cause of it. When she escaped jax was hired to find her but what happens when he falls in love with her? What a great story! Some parts were sad! I loved jax and maddies story and can't wait to read more!! ...more
Evelyn Nicolett
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelly Fountain
3.5 ⭐️’s. This was a great read. Maddie has escaped her father and the evil world that surrounded her. She’s trying to learn to be independent and who to let into her new life when she meets Jax. Can she trust him?
Jax wanted her the moment he saw her. He kept reminding himself that she was just a job, one he needed if he wanted his career to take off. But is he ready to give her up?
A great book and a fun read!
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Lyssa Cole has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Escaping into a story is her favorite pastime. Wanting to be a writer for a couple years, she is now crafting her own stories. She loves to write angsty sexy romance with lots of heat and some suspense to keep you guessing and wanting to turn that page! She lives in Southeastern Mass with her two kids and two dogs. Lover of co ...more

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