Review: Stripped by Zoey Castile

It’s so good to sit down and read a book I was looking forward to especially when it has such a refreshing take on tropes. That book, for me, is Stripped – a Magic Mike inspired romance by Zoey Castile.

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 abandoned you for her fiancé and her exponentially better life. The kind of day you drag yourself to the cleaners to pick up your laundry, only to discover you’ve got the wrong bag—Star Spangled sequined thong, anyone? So Robyn is definitely not ready for the ridiculously gorgeous guy at her front door, except that they have each other’s clothes. But then, is any woman ever ready to meet the love of her life?

There’s just one problem: Zac Fallon is not the love of Robyn’s life. Zac knows, despite the all-too-intimate dinner they share, he doesn’t have a shot at her. Because the next time Zac sees Robyn, he’s front and center of the male revue headlining her best friend’s bachelorette party. So much for wooing the pretty schoolteacher, much less impressing her old-fashioned family, with his upstanding lifestyle. Now he’s only got one way to win his dream girl. It’s gonna be the steamiest, most irresistible seduction she’s ever seen. And this time it will be no act…


Castile has me wrapped around her finger, to be honest. I’m quite infatuated with her style of romance that focuses so beautifully on the characters and gives you a compelling and altogether lovely world that she’s built.

A Heroine To Root For

From page one of Stripped, I knew I had a special place in my heart for Robyn. She’s chaotic, she’s feeling incredibly messy and is a schoolteacher. She’s also the love of my life, so, write that down. What I love about Robyn is that she becomes so quickly aware of her prejudice and how she totally was rude to Fallon about his job. I like that she apologizes, that she learns from it, that she visits his shows and that she enthusiastically participates. There’s this wonderful give and take between them.

Perfect Heroes Do Exist

Now, Fallon. I don’t really fall for heroes that hard unless they have that special thing about them. Fallon is special all over. I adore his protective streak, and also how he’s so aware of his situation. He’s tired. He owns a puppy which he raised himself, and he’s so incredibly charming. The dates he’d put extra thought into to make Robyn happy. The way his anxiety about how people thought of him due to his job was so perfectly done too.

There’s some moments where I just couldn’t breathe because the relationship between them was just so incredibly breathtaking. Castile didn’t just write a love story, she delivered on all aspects of good storytelling. She gave us a hero and a heroine we can root for forever.

This was easily a five star read for me! You can pick up a copy on Amazon or Indiebound!



Title: Stripped
Author: Zoey Castile
Series: Happy Endings
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ / Five stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Representation: Ecuadorian heroine
Tropes: Stripper hero, Schoolteacher heroine, neighbors

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