Published by Hot-Lanta Publishing, LLC on September 20th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance
From his dirty-blond hair and breathtaking smile, to the abs from heaven and the irresistible V in his waistline, everything about Bodi Olympic-gold-medalist Banks screams hot piece of @$$.
Yet there’s more.
Dark shadows lurk behind his soulful, serious eyes.
I’m enamored. He’s captured me.
How can running an art foundation with Bodi Banks turns into a slow-burning, epic romance, even though he tries to push me away at every chance? How can I stay away from a broken, routine-driven man whose soul cries to be forgiven for a crime only he believes he committed? Or is that a lie?
Ahhh, this book left me with a huge grin! The thing is, Meghan always delivers. You can never go wrong with her books, they’re always the perfect combination of comedy and romance, but Stroked Long was so different and such an unexpected surprise! While Stroked was more comedy than anything, Stroked Long was a way deeper book, more serious book, and I loved every second of it.
I have to say, the prologue is heartbreaking. Oh man, I was hooked from then on. So Stroked Long is the second book in the Stroked series. Stroked was Reese’s story and Book 2 focuses on Bodi, Reese’s serious and brooding Olympic swimming teammate. Stroked Long can definitely be read as a standalone, although I definitely recommend you read Stroked as well, as most of these characters are introduced there.
Anyways, in the beginning we get a glimpse of Bodi’s past and what happened to him when he was a kid. Then the story immediate picks up in the present. We get to see how Ruby and Bodi met, and what makes them bond together.
I loved Ruby, a lot. She was so funny and talkative and just a firecracker. She was definitely the opposite of Bodi in any way but they completely complemented each other!
And Bodi, bless he’s heart, he’s just so hard on himself, he’s so troubled by his past that just takes him a while longer to be open to the possibility of not only loving someone, but that someone loves him. I loved the evolution of Bodi as a character.
Ruby and Bodi together are pure magic. I loved their interactions and how the relationship progresses, I love that Ruby goes out of her way to discover what makes Bodi happy and never gives up on him. She’s just the bright light that he so desperately needed. I also thought the story moved at a great pace. And there was a healthy dose of hot and swoony moments as well.
Oh and the entire gang from Stroked is there too, including our favorite love to hate girl Bellini. I have zero complaints about Stroked Long, so I absolutely recommend this one. It’s definitely my favorite in this series so far. It brings all the feels, along with some laughs. I can’t wait for Hollis’ book!
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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