BLOG TOUR AND EXCERPT: My Bare Lady by Piper Sheldon


My Bare Lady, a funny and heartwarming romantic comedy standalone from Piper Sheldon and Smartypants Romance is available now!

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Suzie Samuels is the only thing standing between Clifford and his life’s work. All he has to do is change everything about her. Perception creates reality and Clifford Rutledge needs the irascible stripper to prove it.

Suzie Samuels is set to prove once and for all she’s more than Short Fuse Suze, stripper for the Black Demons and renowned motorcycle arsonist. If all it takes is hard work, then Suzie knows how to work it hard.

But Suzie’s scandalous spirit tests Clifford’s resolve. And Clifford’s buttoned-up bullying is driving Suzie bonkers.

Can Clifford move past their differences long enough to pull off the impossible task of changing the bare lady into a fair lady?

More importantly, as perceptions shift and priorities change, will he want to?

‘My Bare Lady’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the Scorned Women’s Society series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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My Review

One aspect of the Penny Reid Book Universe that I’ve always appreciated is the ability to shed light on societal norms and societal issues, and, in some way, turn them on their head, proving or disproving the commonly held perception or the nefarious damage such an opinion can have, not only on the people or person who it is directed toward, but also, on society as a whole. 

A series entitled Scorned Women’s Society implies a necessity for these females to feel empowered by who they are and what they want and need; it also seems to connote the idea that other people’s perceptions and actions toward these women are based on stereotypical views – ones that may or may not reflect poorly on them but sure as heck carry lofty ideals, never truly applying them to a specific person or situation, which is exactly what should be done in order to truly understand who someone is.

What I also love about this new series is the fact that readers get to see secondary characters from Penny Reid’s series – ones who may or may not have been liked by readers – get their own stories and prove who they truly are, not what readers may have thought they were based on their actions in previous story lines.

Suzie Samuels, better known by as, Short Fuse Suze, is one such character and I loved finding out the type of woman she actually is and perhaps a bit of insight into why she did the things she did.

Ford is definitely an interesting character and his ‘research’ is something that he believes in and that allows him to step into situations he might not ordinarily be in, which may or may not work well for his findings and/or his personal interest in this particular situation as well.

From bare lady to fair lady? The stereotypical stripper is more naughty than nice, more scandalous than proper, but is that truly who Suzie is…

This was my first read by Piper Sheldon, and I definitely enjoyed her story telling and the way she allows her readers to fully see who her characters are and all that they can be as well. There is a great mix of heavy and lighthearted scenes and the way Sheldon brings the hero and heroine together and what that connection does for them is fleshed out throughout the pages of the story, and while I would have liked to see more of Ford’s ‘manly’ side, witnessing him and Suzie circle around each other was both comical and captivating.

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I was transfixed. It wasn’t just the way she mastered the room. It wasn’t just how her choreography perfectly correlated with the entrancing music. It wasn’t just her sex appeal. It was that unwavering gaze and focus on her task. To the rest of the room, staring blatantly at her admirable—ahem—assets, she was an object, but I recognized the barely controlled passion roiling under her skin. What would it be like to be that strong? Not just physically, but strong in a way that allowed her to bare her soul to a group of greedy strangers. My passions were locked away safely inside me and yet she put it all out there. Such bravery and passion.

In certain moments, I swear she looked right at me—quick stolen glances that shot a bolt of adrenaline down my spine. Perhaps this was a skill she learned to earn more tips, as the money was out in droves now, peppered over the stage and her sweating skin. But I swore she saw me. Saw through me. To the things I didn’t want seen. I stepped back further into the darkness knowing my concerns were irrational but unable to tear my eyes off hers. I was stronger than this. I was thoughtful, pragmatic, and not a victim of animalistic natures and poetic fantasies.

Though she occasionally snapped the thin strips of material that made up her outfit in a playful tease she never took any clothes off. She didn’t need to. She’d managed to capture the attention of every person in that room with her movements alone.

My body reacted despite my rationale; heart pounding, skin aflame. I needed to leave. I wouldn’t be like the rest of these people.

The song crescendoed and in a show of strength, she launched herself back to the top of the pole once again. A small gasp escaped from me but the music drowned out all noise. She performed a trick that made her appear to fall down the entire length of the pole, tumbling over and sideways, limb over limb, only to catch herself at the bottom using only her thighs. She hung upside down, panting, dark hair sprawled out around her and her gaze set on me. Her eyes were a brilliant emerald, unlike any color I’d ever seen. They were luminescent in the stage lighting. Even across the hazy bar, they were transcendent. Glowing. Fixated on me.

Nobody else.

I swallowed but it wasn’t easy. The song ended and the lights went out. The crowd went wild. Several moments passed before I gained control of my faculties again. With that control came the shame of watching her. The understanding that just seeing her perform was enough to make me forget who I was. That couldn’t happen.

I got out of there as fast as I could. The entire drive back to Knoxville my chest heaved at an alarming rate; my body remained a mass of tension. Her hypnotic gaze flashed repeatedly in my vision no matter how often I tried to shake it loose.

Thankfully, I’d never see her again.

About Piper Sheldon

Piper Sheldon writes Contemporary Romance and Magical Realism books that hope to be New York Times bestsellers when they grow up. For now, she works as a technical writer during the day and writes about love the rest of the time. Of course she also makes room for her husband, toddler, and two needy dogs at home in the Desert Southwest.

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