Review: Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

Title: Stripped Bare
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Vegas Billionaire #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
They don’t call it the Strip for nothing. . . .

In this sinfully sexy Las Vegas romance from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, a man who has it all reunites with a woman who takes it all off.

Living in Sin City, Finn McCormick is no stranger to one-night stands, but the last person he expects to find losing big on the casino floor is a former high school fling. Even though Macey Webster’s clearly down on her luck, she’s still a knockout, and she’s dressed like a stripper—because she is one. Drunk off an unfamiliar cocktail of lust, pity, and compassion, Finn offers to pay Macey’s debts if she cuddles up to him around town . . . and does whatever he wants between the sheets.

Macey came to Vegas for one reason only: money. She’s got a young daughter to support, and the tips really are bigger in Vegas. But when she blows her earnings on blackjack, her guardian angel is the rich boy who once stole her heart and never called her back. Although Macey would love to turn the tables on Finn, she can’t afford to refuse his proposition—and soon she’s enjoying herself much more than she cares to admit. Macey’s used to baring her flesh, but baring her soul will take far more courage.

My Review:
Macey has been raising her ten-year-old daughter, Morgan, under very difficult circumstances, and doing the best she can. Needing to get her away from her dysfunctional mother, she takes a stripping gig in Vegas to make a chunk of cash and in doing so she crosses paths with her old highschool crush, Finn McCormick. Finn is a very successful casino and hotel owner who watches Macey lose big on the table and decides on a whim to proposition her.

Macey was an admirable character and her love for her daughter shines throughout this story. Morgan was a little sweetheart who wormed her way into my heart without difficulty. Finn is your typical asshole alpha with commitment issues to start off with but he was compassionate behind the rough exterior.

Brandy was an annoying whiny ex who I couldn’t stand.

The romance plays out quite predictably and the plot twist isn’t a surprise but from the way it’s written I guess that the author intended it to be so. It didn’t in any way dent my enjoyment because I really enjoyed reading this book. Initially, I was attracted to read this one as I’d read a similar story with the same title previously and enjoyed it so I had a feeling I would like this one too, plus I’ve read some of Heidi’s other work and I know she’s an accomplished author so I knew the writing would be stellar, and it was.

This is quite a quick read and the pace is consistently fast. No filler. Character development is decent and I loved the dual POV. The romantic/sex scenes were hot and the chemistry very believable.

The only thing I didn’t like is how we’re expected to believe Macey wouldn’t seek financial support from the father given her dire circumstances, but, hey, it’s fiction so I gave it a pass.

In summary, this was a great, entertaining second chance romance with a happy ending and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Good job, Heidi, and thanks for the great read.

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for supplying an ARC of this book via Netgalley. I have voluntarily reviewed same.

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