Naked (Body & Soul #1)
by Gina Gordon
Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she’s been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that’s both thrilling and terrifying.
Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life—until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she’s holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.
All I can say is… this man has been invading my dreams lately and when I got to read Naked, I imagined him as Noah Young.
And boy he is one hot sizzling tamale!
Violet Walker sees herself as hideous. She looks at herself and can’t help but feel guilty for living while her fiance is dead. Then she sees a man falling from his roof. And her heartbeat has never been the same.
Noah Young falls for her. He treats her as an equal, even though he doesn’t know who she really is. He’s curious why she’s been holding out to him. Is it because he isn’t good enough of a man for her?
One thing for sure though.. In my eyes, he was all man!
Gina Gordon was able to write a story that runs deep and offers more than meets the eye. Naked is a story about finding one’s self-esteem, facing your fears, abandoning insecurities, ignoring the scars of the past and accepting the reality that is in front of you.
All the characters are endearing, especially Harper Jones. She’s the opposite of Violet and the epitome of a modern woman. I read that the author has created Harper to remind her of the woman she wants to become, after all the anxieties she’s been through. I thought it was brave of her to admit her insecurities. That’s the reason why the story pulled me in.
And the hot steamy scenes? Whew! I need a heavy duty aircon to cool me up. And a bucket of ice cold Coke to quench my thirst. Seriously.