My first experience with Shannon Richard was Undone, which I read via Netgalley in February 2014. I remember really liking it because it was just cute and fluffy and almost angst-free. Well,Undressed is pretty different.
I guess it’s good when authors don’t follow a formula. It’s really frustrating to pick up the third or fourth book in a series just to find that it’s the same story with different names. Because whereas Undone was cute and fluffy, Undressed (as its name might imply) is a little more steamy. And while Undone was pretty low on the drama scale, Undressed has the characters sneaking around and hiding their feelings. Best of all, though, is that while I noticed a lot of errors in Undone, I had an uncorrected proof of Undressed and noted minimal mistakes.
So what’s the story? Abby Fields is a high-powered publicist working for the Stampede, a well-known hockey team. Her job is to get the players in the news – in a good way. Her toughest customer is Logan James, one of the best players, who would rather keep to himself. But after circumstances beyond their control land them in a secluded cabin for the night (and a few shots of alcohol get involved), Logan and Abby find themselves in a very unprofessional situation. The problem? Abby’s contract clearly stipulates that she cannot fraternize with the players, and doing so is grounds for immediate termination. So when Logan and Abby find themselves falling for each other, they need to keep their relationship, and their feelings, secret.
Although I read and enjoyed Undone, somehow I missed Undeniable, Unstoppable, and Unforgettable. I don’t know what happens in the rest of the books, but part of what I really liked about Undone was how easy Paige and Brendan’s relationship seemed. In Undressed, not only are the characters struggling with their relationship (it’s got to be hard to hide your feelings from your coworkers every day!), but they’re also struggling in their personal lives. Abby is dealing with a father who only wants to be in her life when it’s convenient, and Logan is fighting to keep his most personal memories private. Sometimes it feels like they almost have too much going on in their lives, particularly for a novella of only 224 pages.
Undressed is a quick, steamy read that gets a bit too dramatic at times, but is ultimately enjoyable.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy!
Final rating: ★★★☆☆
For my 2015 reading challenge, I’m crossing off #9: a book by a female author.