Review: Stripped by Tori St. Claire

imageTitle: Stripped  
Author:  Tori St. Claire
Format Read: ebook provided by the author for the book tour
Series: Black Opal #1
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Release date:  January 3rd 2012
Formats Available: kindle, ebook, paperback 
Number of pages: 416 

Book Blurb:

In Tori St. Claire’s dangerously naughty debut novel, a body of secrets is entwined with a body of lies…and deception is part of the game.
As a member of the CIA’s elite Black Opals, Natalya Trubachev must live a lie, working undercover as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss. His business is trafficking vulnerable Las Vegas strippers overseas for twisted sex games. Natalya’s business is to blow the ring wide open and bring down Dmitri and his American contacts. But the stakes are raised when she learns that the next target is her own sister Kate, a dancer in the famed club Fantasia. Only now does Natalya realize how personal her mission has become, and how far she’s willing to go to complete it.
The manager of Fantasia is Brandon Moretti, an undercover detective who keeps a close eye on his girls, and an even closer one on his sinfully sensual newest hire. For Natalya, working the club could be the break she’s been waiting for. But for Moretti, Natalya is a possible link to a killer. Only he never counted on her being so lethally seductive or so dangerous to get close to. As every forbidden pleasure between them is stripped away, his own secrets threaten their security, but it’s Natalya’s secrets that could destroy them both.

My Thoughts:

First I have to say this book was great and the story is really engaging. Natalya Trubachev has been working for the CIA in the special force called Black Opals for a while doing awful things while trying to uncover a Russian mob. She’s his fiancé and has been handling some parts of his work just for collect evidence that would lead him to jail.
Natalya part is to drug dancers that are sold to rich men as slave, but the problem is now they are after her sister and Natalya needs to find a way to both, arrest Dmitri and save her sister.
On the other side we have a very sexy undercover detective, Brandon Moretti trying to discover who has been killing women on his area, so he decides to work as manager of Fantasia and put in jail the serial killer.
So Natalya is going to work as a dancer on Fantasia and let me say that sparks fly while she and Brandon try to stay away from each other and work in the while.
Loved that the author uses other characters to help explain what’s happening and we can see glimpses of the people that’ll be on the next books. Also the story is good situated. We have some time in Russia and Las Vegas.
Is very interesting seeing Brandon and Natalya trying to save the other without exposing their work, both have issues from the past and currently difficult for them to just trust in another person. Kate deserves to find someone to love again, so I’ll be hoping with cross fingers that on some other book we get to see her happily ever after.

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