I was hooked after the first book of the series, and now I’m even more obsessed with Meghan Quinn’s writing because… Dear HOTNESS MIXED WITH A SWIMMER’S BODY! This story of Ruby and Bodi is the combination of emotional sweetness with a BODY SLAM touch of lust & chemistry. Chemistry and attraction that took a while to get a hold of, but soon rather than later they SPARK! Get your own copy of Stroked Long by Meghan Quinn on September 20th!
Bodi and Ruby are two, completely different personas. Their characters are beyond far apart that you would never guess for them to actually spark and be together. Bodi is a guy who has been emotionally broken due to the accident he believes he caused, when in reality it was never him and it was all in the path of occasions that caused this accident… He blames himself and has been blaming himself ever since the accident happened, which was when he was 12 years old. Ten years later, he is an Olympic swimmer who is isolated in his own world of protection. The only two people who truly understand him are Eva, his older sister and Eva’s girlfriend, Lauren. That’s when Ruby comes in and brings her all honest-non-stop chatty mouth with the highest obsession for patterns and colors, and brings them to the picture life of Bodi Banks. As they work together to get a fundraiser going for their participation in the Boys and Girls Club, their wall of differences seem to shatter apart, letting their similarities spark. At first, it becomes a struggle for Ruby to understand why Bodi backs away from her and does not let her in, but coming from the situation were Bodi is blaming himself for the death of his loved ones, it’s understandable why he isolates himself. He is a broken soul, a broken persona, an anti-social hot swimmer who needs someone to put the broken parts of his heart back together and let his heart pump again…
I truly enjoyed this book much more than what I was expecting. During Bodi’s freakouts it becomes obvious to the reader the amount of pain he goes through, and the connection Ruby makes with him and her, herself feeling that pain. Ruby’s quirkiness helps in the mix, with her patterned clothing and vibrant home and making statements here and there about what she owns and doesn’t and what she wants and doesn’t, it’s truly the cutest thing ever that I face-palmed myself because she is so relatable!
Although, you can really wear leopard print with anything. I have these cute leopard print flats that I love pairing with bright dresses. Do you have any leopard print?
I mean… What?! I don’t own anything with leopard print, but that’s probably because I’m not as “fashionable” as Ruby is! Also, who wouldn’t drool over a hot, Olympic swimmer, who has a broken heart and needs comfort? Even my grandmother wouldn’t mind it AT ALL! 😉
The character development is present in this story when it comes down to Bodi and him letting his heart open up to a new person, but he isn’t the only one… Ruby also learns from him and acknowledges that he needs someone, and she can be that someone, but most of all she wants to be that someone. The intimate scenes are one to talk about because… HOLY STEAMY SEX!! You honestly don’t expect the amount of dirty talk coming from the shy Bodi. Because of his way around in the beginning of the story, I was assuming that he was a virgin… HAHAHAHA! I was so wrong… Bodi is a pure alpha, possessive, dirty talker man with beautiful strong arms. What is not to like, right?
At the end of the day, this book has taken a special place in my favorite’s bookshelf because it is absolutely sweet and heartbreakingly good! (I’m full of ironies…)
Goodreads rating: FIVE DOUBLE STUFFED OREO STARS!