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405 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 20, 2016
"...a soon to be three-star Olympian, with the most amazing body I've ever seen, a voice so husky it makes your toes curl, and a smile that will make you orgasm right on the spot..."
This man is so clueless to his worth in this world and not just in the athletic sense. That comes second to the heart he shares with others. He has no idea how special he really is.
You're sweet, caring, kind, easy to talk to, and a fucking ball of sunshine"
Looking at the sparkle in her eyes that hits me straight to my core, I know I'm up against a force too great for me to comprehend, too grand to undertake. It fucking terrifies me.
Ahhh, this book left me with a huge grin! The thing is, Meghan always delivers. You can never go wrong with her books, they’re always the perfect combination of comedy and romance, but Stroked Long was so different and such an unexpected surprise! While Stroked was more comedy than anything, Stroked Long was a way deeper book, more serious book, and I loved every second of it.
I have to say, the prologue is heartbreaking. Oh man, I was hooked from then on. So Stroked Long is the second book in the Stroked series. Stroked was Reese’s story and Book 2 focuses on Bodi, Reese’s serious and brooding Olympic swimming teammate. Stroked Long can definitely be read as a standalone, although I definitely recommend you read Stroked as well, as most of these characters are introduced there.
Anyways, in the beginning we get a glimpse of Bodi’s past and what happened to him when he was a kid. Then the story immediate picks up in the present. We get to see how Ruby and Bodi met, and what makes them bond together.
I loved Ruby, a lot. She was so funny and talkative and just a firecracker. She was definitely the opposite of Bodi in any way but they completely complemented each other!
And Bodi, bless he’s heart, he’s just so hard on himself, he’s so troubled by his past that just takes him a while longer to be open to the possibility of not only loving someone, but that someone loves him. I loved the evolution of Bodi as a character.
Ruby and Bodi together are pure magic. I loved their interactions and how the relationship progresses, I love that Ruby goes out of her way to discover what makes Bodi happy and never gives up on him. She’s just the bright light that he so desperately needed. I also thought the story moved at a great pace. And there was a healthy dose of hot and swoony moments as well.
Oh and the entire gang from Stroked is there too, including our favorite love to hate girl Bellini. I have zero complaints about Stroked Long, so I absolutely recommend this one. It’s definitely my favorite in this series so far. It brings all the feels, along with some laughs. I can’t wait for Hollis’ book!
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
"If a textile shop and a rainbow had a baby, it would be this apartment."
"I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or if it’s some kind of early warning sign of a sociopath."
"Oh Bodi, Double Stuf Oreos are not a manly cookie. Double Stuf Oreos were specifically engineered by Nabisco for raging pregnant woman and for those of us riding the red tide into Crampsville, but you’re cute for thinking otherwise."
"Where do you put it all? It’s huge and somehow it’s not flopping around in your Speedo, aiding you in your strokes like a third arm in the pool."
"What do you want me to say? That you’re a stallion in bed and the reason you keep winning gold is because of the extra fin in your pants?"
"Want to talk about taking my breath away? She’s fucking gold-medaling in that department." -Bodi
"I want to kiss her. Fucking badly. I want to know what it feels like to be intimately entwined with someone so pure and true as her. I want to feel her warmth against my frigidness, get lost in the soft, silky feel of her skin and hold her as if she’s mine for the keeping." -Bodi
"I was made for loving you." -Ruby
"'Do you want that, Rubes? My tongue slowly flicking your clit?' Who the hell wouldn’t?"
"'Yesss,' I moan, my head falling back again and my hips doing all the work as I hump Bodi’s cock, coating him with my arousal."
It also had a hell of a lot of depth, awesome characters, and I was engaged the entire time!
"Yeah, it might be a little much but memorable for sure . . . as a crazy person."I mean, I'm gonna love anyone who flashes jazz hands at random. Her humor and randomness reminded me a great deal of Lucy from To Hate Adam Connor. Now, while I didn't love the OTT humor in that novel, I really enjoyed it in this one! I think it was the fact that Ruby showed more emotion. It felt like Lucy used humor to cover her feelings up, but Ruby was the exact opposite! She very much wore her heart on her sleeve and she did a lot to ensure that Bodi knew her feelings. I really admired her courage and tenacity with him. Bodi needed her patience and constant reassurance.
"Have you become so accustomed to those weekly random acts of kindness that you can’t see the good in them anymore?"Bodi can't see his own goodness, but that doesn't stop Ruby from trying, even when he hurts her.