Book Review: Strip You Bare by Maisey Yates

The Deacons of Bourbon Street series has been a wild ride (no pun intended). I was excited to see how everything wrapped up, but honestly, I could probably go for more. Also, collaborative series’ like this need to happen more often.

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

One-Sentence Synopsis
A southern belle brought up to please her family finds her true self when she meets a biker turned business man. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.

Business Up Front
While Micah isn’t the douchiest of the Deacons (that honor still goes to Ajax), at the beginning he’s still the coldest, and it’s not made clear until later in the story why he is that way. I liked the slow reveal of his character and facts about where he came from and what the Deacons mean to him. I also liked the fact that of all the club members, he’s the one who resists the club the most, planning to return to his life in California. Yet, he doesn’t want to be stripped of his patch and doesn’t want to leave until he finds out what happened to Psriest. He’s a complete contradiction, which made him really interesting to me.

Good Girl Gone Bad
Sarah is the proper debutante trying to get her family’s mansion ready for a Christmas party, though come to find out, it’s not her family’s mansion. It belongs to the Deacons and they suspect that the ownership has something to do with their former president’s death. Sarah takes this in stride because that’s what a southern belle does. On the outside, she’s loyal to family and proper, but when Micah gets ahold of her, that pretty much goes out the window and she lets her inner rebel come out in more ways than one. I kind of fell in love with her when she told her bitchy friends off.

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Mysteries Solved
Besides the story of Micah and Sarah, this book wraps up the overall story that arcs through the series, and I can honestly say I wasn’t expecting it to end the way it did. No spoilers, but let’s just say it was a satisfying end to things.

The Romance Factor
Sarah and Micah’s relationship didn’t feel like a romance until the end. The emphasis seemed to be on their sexual relationship and it’s effect on Sarah. But  when the romantic aspect did finally come around, it was sweet and angsty. Micah plays the “I’m doing this for your own good” card, which is always a guaranteed heart breaker for both parties. Feels! 4/5

The Steam Factor
There was a major dominant/submissive vibe going on with this book, and though this type of relationship wasn’t fully explored, the bit it touched on was hot and well done. Sarah embraces being submissive to Micah, letting it free her to live the life she really wants. It’s explosive when they get their groove on, and while there’s very little tenderness, it definitely came through how much Sarah was softening Micah. 5/5

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Final Thoughts
This was a solid end to a great series, and I’m going to miss this world. I loved that each of the brothers had their own personality and conflicts while still bringing the possessive angry biker vibe. This can also be said for the fact that each author brought their own style to each book while still maintaining the feel of the Deacons’ world. Definitely a good series to read again in the future.

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