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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 tak 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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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 tak 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.

30 review for My Bare Lady

  1. 5 out of 5

    Penny Reid

    I can't even... I CANNOT! I can't even... I CANNOT!

  2. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    My Rating: 3.5 Favorite Quotes: Then his words registered. I was half tempted to chase after him just to smack him upside the head. “Ma’am?!” Me? I was equal parts confused and offended. My outfit hardly covered my nipples and he called me something we call ol’ Mrs. Albensi when we saw her at the Piggly Wiggly. I’m not a ma’am, I’m a miss. I’m still in my twenties! Technically. Now wasn’t going to be the best time to talk to him but the words had tumbled out after days of preparing them. I guess tha My Rating: 3.5 Favorite Quotes: Then his words registered. I was half tempted to chase after him just to smack him upside the head. “Ma’am?!” Me? I was equal parts confused and offended. My outfit hardly covered my nipples and he called me something we call ol’ Mrs. Albensi when we saw her at the Piggly Wiggly. I’m not a ma’am, I’m a miss. I’m still in my twenties! Technically. Now wasn’t going to be the best time to talk to him but the words had tumbled out after days of preparing them. I guess that’s why everybody told me God used a teaspoon to pour my brains in and had shaking hands. You clearly have not been burdened by an overabundance of education. I started making banjo sounds from Deliverance. I was two seconds from lifting my skirt and slapping my knees like at a hoedown… Don’t let small minds make yours up. It looked junky and old. I couldn’t remember what color the carpet used to be. If cleanliness was godliness, no wonder I was labeled a fallen woman. My Review: I am rather conflicted with this one. While the lashings of humor and insights were often smirk-worthy and brilliantly clever; I struggled valiantly to get through large chunks of Suzie’s storyline as it was hitting some of my least favorite tropes and triggers. I was expecting a rom/com, and while there were witty and humorous elements, the overall tone leaned more heavily toward angst, and toss in the several perilous and dire situations that weren’t at all comical, well ~ sigh. I was frequently grinding my teeth and despising Suzie’s idiocy and lifetime of poor choices – with little respite as the characters just kept screwing up and making it worse. However, I was also wickedly curious, deeply invested in the story and remaining series, and unable to stop reading. Funny how that happens.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Emerald Book Reviews McCurdy

    My Bare Lady by Piper Sheldon ( @Smartypants Romance ) #Review #PreorderNow #SmartypantsRomance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘“It’s okay you know,” she said without looking up. “What is?” “To have a little fire in you.”’ My Bare Lady is a deliciously wicked, grittier and absolutely unique, yet spellbinding love story, one that gives you permission to be exactly who you are and who you were always meant to be. In fact, it celebrates those differences and teaches you to look beyond the facade, beyond the gossip and the tauntin My Bare Lady by Piper Sheldon ( @Smartypants Romance ) #Review #PreorderNow #SmartypantsRomance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘“It’s okay you know,” she said without looking up. “What is?” “To have a little fire in you.”’ My Bare Lady is a deliciously wicked, grittier and absolutely unique, yet spellbinding love story, one that gives you permission to be exactly who you are and who you were always meant to be. In fact, it celebrates those differences and teaches you to look beyond the facade, beyond the gossip and the taunting monikers and sad eyes, to the heroine who just wants to dance and to the professor who just wants to make a difference, regardless of any painful histories. This story takes the shame, hurt, abuse and all those ugly scars that were once thought unseemly by everyone else, and it bathes them all in light. So you come away from what is -admittedly - a darker story than the other Smartypants books, with a lighter heart, a huge cheesy grin and this wonderful tingly feeling in your tummy, because two incredibly multifaceted, very flawed but magnificent protagonists managed to overcome the odds and find a perfectly imperfect love story, in one another. An absolutely spectacular love story at that. This book really coerced every emotion out of me with very little effort, or rather I should say, author Piper Sheldon’s remarkable talent made it seem entirely effortless. All it took was some fabulously choreographed scenes and sharp-witted dialogue. Sometimes it was painful to read (Recalling Jethro wasn't always so upstanding), heart-breakingly sad, sometimes it was thrilling and stimulating, it could be downright hilarious and awkward, but most often it was simply dazzlingly romantic and sexually charged. A well-timed glance. A sigh. A touch. ‘“I don’t want to hurt her.” “How would loving somebody ever hurt them?” “Because I can’t do it a little. If I let myself love Suzie, admit that to her, it would be all-consuming. There would be no moderation. I would suffocate her. My passion for her would overrun everything. I can hardly convey my thoughts to her now, if I let loose, I’d never get anywhere.”’ Going into this story, I honestly had no clue where it would lead. From the title and the initial set up, I had guessed it was a modernised take on My Fair Lady but once you excavated beneath the surface, you ended up with a tremendously well thought out and executed romance, one that wasn’t afraid to take you to the more degrading and darker levels of humanity, offering up a taste of violence but a whole lot of love and support and witty banter, in contrast. Suzie was a terrific heroine. She was courageous and confident but had this underlying element of innocence and vulnerability to her, you couldn’t help but love her for who she was. And Ford. Ford was adorable, seemingly nerdy but a bit of an alpha- enigma. So very reserved and austere, his kind heart and protective streak shot out of him like a Care Bear beam whenever Suzie was around. As separate entities, these two could not have been any different, yet they saw something in each other that made sense. So beautifully broken on their own, but fantastically resilient and loving together. My Bare Lady is a fabulous romance with a provocatively dangerous side to it, one that all readers can immerse themselves in and come away all the better for having read it. Piper Sheldon writes Contemporary Romance and Magical Realism books that hope to be NYT 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. @Piper Sheldon is the author of My Bare Lady, Book #1 in the Scorned Women Society's series coming November 12th, 2019! Pre-Order your copy today: https://smartypantsromance.com/books/... Find Piper Online: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piper.sheldo... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pipersheldo... Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/PiperSheldon Twitter: https://twitter.com/piper_sheldon Website: http://pipersheldon.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Piper Sheldon

    OH SNAP! I cannot wait for y'all to start meeting the women Jethro left behind... OH SNAP! I cannot wait for y'all to start meeting the women Jethro left behind...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    wow, this book... one of my favorites from smartypants romance so far with Baking Me Crazy and Code of Conduct !! I love the heroine so much. I always am a fan of underrated female leads that fight preconceived notions about them & come at the top. This was a very charming & magical read. A true representation of smart romance. Great job Piper Sheldon I can't wait to read more in this series. The author captured the vibe of Penny's world to the T. I loved how all conflicts are dealt with very s wow, this book... one of my favorites from smartypants romance so far with Baking Me Crazy and Code of Conduct !! I love the heroine so much. I always am a fan of underrated female leads that fight preconceived notions about them & come at the top. This was a very charming & magical read. A true representation of smart romance. Great job Piper Sheldon I can't wait to read more in this series. The author captured the vibe of Penny's world to the T. I loved how all conflicts are dealt with very smartly with rational inner monologues. I liked the chemistry between the MC's and all that aspect of the plotline. I loved the wit & humor of the side characters. Fantastic book!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Loved this addition to the Smartypants Romance series. In this “My Fair Lady” retelling, Ford, a professor, needs funding for his grant studying how social class and perception set you on a certain course from an early age, making it hard to break out and rise above no matter how hard you try. Susie knows all about that, having been abandoned by her mother, left to care for her alcoholic father, and forced to strip for the Iron Wraiths, and then a second motorcycle club. The plot is a bit compli Loved this addition to the Smartypants Romance series. In this “My Fair Lady” retelling, Ford, a professor, needs funding for his grant studying how social class and perception set you on a certain course from an early age, making it hard to break out and rise above no matter how hard you try. Susie knows all about that, having been abandoned by her mother, left to care for her alcoholic father, and forced to strip for the Iron Wraiths, and then a second motorcycle club. The plot is a bit complicated to explain, but basically, Ford has to pass Susie off as not a stripper to secure funding. And of course, they fall for each other. This one was super cute, with two likeable, strong, flawed characters. And side characters I’m really hoping we might see again in future books. Also, I especially liked the way this one tied in bits of Green Valley lore. Will definitely be reading Piper Sheldon’s next Smartypants Romance book! Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Smartypants Romance

    We are incredibly excited to announce the wonderful Piper Sheldon's book for Smartypants Romance! '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 (y) RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2019 ** PRE-ORDER LINKS ** Apple Books: https://apple.co/2ZClqHi Nook: https://bit.ly/2GMyDWj Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ZCltms Add to your shelf on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2YprBSq (HEADS UP: This book will have no Amazon pre-orde We are incredibly excited to announce the wonderful Piper Sheldon's book for Smartypants Romance! '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 (y) RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2019 ** PRE-ORDER LINKS ** Apple Books: https://apple.co/2ZClqHi Nook: https://bit.ly/2GMyDWj Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ZCltms Add to your shelf on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2YprBSq (HEADS UP: This book will have no Amazon pre-order!) ** Blurb ** 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    4.5 Stars My Bare Lady is the first book in the Scorned Women's Society Series, a brilliant spin-off of the Green Valley Universe stared by the ladies that were "dumped" by Jethro Winston, back in his womanizer days. We follow the somewhat tragic story of Suzie Samuels (aka Short Fuse Suze), a stripper and dancer for The Black Demons, the rival gang motorcycle club of the Iron Wraiths. Suzie is getting deeper and deeper into the club life, and she just can't see the way out. She's judged only by he 4.5 Stars My Bare Lady is the first book in the Scorned Women's Society Series, a brilliant spin-off of the Green Valley Universe stared by the ladies that were "dumped" by Jethro Winston, back in his womanizer days. We follow the somewhat tragic story of Suzie Samuels (aka Short Fuse Suze), a stripper and dancer for The Black Demons, the rival gang motorcycle club of the Iron Wraiths. Suzie is getting deeper and deeper into the club life, and she just can't see the way out. She's judged only by her appearance and current profession, without anyone even giving her the chance to prove that she's more than a piece of meat. Enter Clifford Rutledge. Cliff is also in a sticky situation, and so it happens that Suzie is the only one that can help him out. In a twisted and heartwrenching My Fair Lady reimagining, this book will give some serious food for thought, as it does an extraordinary job to bring this classic tale to a current and modern setting. Ultimately, My Bare Lady is a beautiful book that teaches you perspective and compassion, highlighting that everyone has a story to tell. As protagonists, Suzie and Clifford are multifaced characters that will keep you on your toes. They are interesting, complex and have a beautiful development through the story. As we get closer to the final pages it's easy to analyze how they were so important to each other's growths. A tiny complaint would be that the one main conflict (that tied Suzie to The Black Demons) was a bit obvious. I'm not a fan when stories rely on blatant miscommunication to keep the conflict going. There were a lot of opportunities for the truth to have come to light, and maybe it would have even been interesting to see how both Suzie and Clifford would deal with that newfound fact. But, really, in the overall context of the book, it's a minor observation that doesn't affect the end results. My Bare Lady is an amazing read, and I'm certainly looking to read a lot more about the Scorned Women's Society.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this opposites attract romance novel and I thought despite the differences between the leads, they mesh well together. I will notate that I wish there was a bit more sizzle in their relationship and some steamy scenes that would have made this a killer read but overall, it wasn't too bad. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this opposites attract romance novel and I thought despite the differences between the leads, they mesh well together. I will notate that I wish there was a bit more sizzle in their relationship and some steamy scenes that would have made this a killer read but overall, it wasn't too bad.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    I was so excited when I heard about this book and even more so when I received an ARC for it. What could be better than a modern retelling of My Fair Lady?! I also loved the tie it with the scorned women’s society filled with Jethro’s old girlfriends. The characters really won this book for me. I really loved Suzie aka Short Fuse. You may remember her as the girl who set fire to Jethro’s motorcycle but we came to learn that she is so much more than she even gave herself credit for. Suzie was lik I was so excited when I heard about this book and even more so when I received an ARC for it. What could be better than a modern retelling of My Fair Lady?! I also loved the tie it with the scorned women’s society filled with Jethro’s old girlfriends. The characters really won this book for me. I really loved Suzie aka Short Fuse. You may remember her as the girl who set fire to Jethro’s motorcycle but we came to learn that she is so much more than she even gave herself credit for. Suzie was likable and hilarious from the start but it was fun to see her grow throughout the book. She got caught up in the wrong crowd through unfortunate events and was stuck in a bad situation. Ford was an adorable professor who offers her a brief way out if she can be his experiment essentially. The premise was definitely far-fetched but once you move past that, this book was a lot of fun. There was great character development and chemistry between the two leads. I loved the supporting characters, especially Jack and Gretchen a lot and would love a follow up story about them. This was my first book by Piper Sheldon and I was really impressed. I would love to read more from her in the future! 4.5 Stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenny - Book Sojourner

    4.5 Stars Ford and Suzie's story was really quite touching. And inspiring. I loved Ford and Suzie. 4.5 Stars Ford and Suzie's story was really quite touching. And inspiring. I loved Ford and Suzie.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Social Butterfly and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. My Bare Lady By: Piper Sheldon *REVIEW* 💋💋💋💋 Once again, we take a peek at life in Green Valley, Tennessee in the Pennyverse. My Bare Lady is a retelling of the classic, My Fair Lady, and is a different sort than the other stories I have read in this series. It is a darker, edgy raw story that presents thought provoking situations and ideas centered around women Thank you Social Butterfly and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. My Bare Lady By: Piper Sheldon *REVIEW* 💋💋💋💋 Once again, we take a peek at life in Green Valley, Tennessee in the Pennyverse. My Bare Lady is a retelling of the classic, My Fair Lady, and is a different sort than the other stories I have read in this series. It is a darker, edgy raw story that presents thought provoking situations and ideas centered around women scorned, namely by Jethro Winston. The heroine, known as Short Fuse Suzy, is a stripper at a local club under the thumb of a MC. It is easy to dismiss a stripper as nothing but a trashy woman, but Suzy is much more substantial than that assumption. Circumstances and events bring Suzy and Clifford(Ford) together. The hero, Clifford, is the straight laced academic type. Through what is essentially an experiment, Clifford sets out to prove how access and privilege make, or break, a person. Someone with opportunities can do amazing things, but those without opportunities become the lowest rungs on the greatly unbalanced societal ladder. Suzy is the perfect example of a self fulfilling prophecy. She has constantly been told she is nothing but a pretty face/sexy body, so Suzy believes this lie. Clifford wants to show how Suzy, with the proper resources and access, can change. During this metamorphosis, both Clifford and Suzy show how the judgemental expectations of society mold and force people into unsuitable lives. Have you ever wondered how many amazing intelligent people are homeless, with unrealized potential? Suzy is like this. She wants to be a dancer but not a stripper. She is stuck in a seedy club surrounded by dangerous people, and circumstances give no opportunity for Suzy to escape this nightmare. Clifford is an academic, but there is more to him under the surface. He comes from a background that is surprising. I love this story because it is so compelling. This is not your typical romcom; there is depth here, and the characters are multifaceted with heart, hope and willing spirits. I wanted all good things for Suzy and Ford and for them to break the boxes society has placed them in so unfairly. It is cliche, but don't judge a book by its cover. Read this book because it might surprise you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    4.5 mother clucking stars! I loved so much about this book, but most of all I’ve fallen in love with Piper Sheldon’s writing. This was my first time reading her work, and I look forward to reading more from her. This book had everything that I enjoy in a read. I love a redeeming love story when someone doesn’t see their worth, value or their true selves. I feel like both Suzie and Ford has awakenings within themselves. This story had action, suspense, amazing chemistry between the hero and heroin 4.5 mother clucking stars! I loved so much about this book, but most of all I’ve fallen in love with Piper Sheldon’s writing. This was my first time reading her work, and I look forward to reading more from her. This book had everything that I enjoy in a read. I love a redeeming love story when someone doesn’t see their worth, value or their true selves. I feel like both Suzie and Ford has awakenings within themselves. This story had action, suspense, amazing chemistry between the hero and heroine, and love that bit them both on the backside in surprise. I won’t spoil a thing, but this story was grittier than I expected, as Piper really did a great job exploring the whole shady world of stripping, and how things can get really dark. I know this is fiction, but I’ve seen too many movies and news segments to know that some of this shady stuff really happens. I love this quote from early on that Ford had about Suzie while he was watching her pole dancing. “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.” I love how eventually Ford felt free enough and secure in his love for Suzie to be able to open up his vulnerabilities, demons and insecurities to her. She let out his inner baser instincts, and I always love that!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Martin

    My Bare Lady The first book of the Scorned Women Society, My Bare Lady knocked it out of the park! If you're familiar with Penny Reid's characters, one of Jethro's exes, Suzie, also known as Short Fuse Suze, is the most well known of the exes, and the one that set fire to Jethro's motorcycle. As much as you go into this book wanting to not like Suzie, this book changes EVERYTHING. The author has a way of grabbing my emotions, I could feel Suzie's fear and helplessness. Suzie is a good person, who My Bare Lady The first book of the Scorned Women Society, My Bare Lady knocked it out of the park! If you're familiar with Penny Reid's characters, one of Jethro's exes, Suzie, also known as Short Fuse Suze, is the most well known of the exes, and the one that set fire to Jethro's motorcycle. As much as you go into this book wanting to not like Suzie, this book changes EVERYTHING. The author has a way of grabbing my emotions, I could feel Suzie's fear and helplessness. Suzie is a good person, who made questionable choices, but still you just want to root for. Clifford's (Ford) unique background and his motivations for his research echo what most Penny Reid readers expect from a 'smart romance'. It's refreshing, makes you stop and think, makes me want to do additional research for my own curiosity. One of my top favorite moments in the book, actually isn't a moment, it's when the character POV header switched from Clifford to Ford. That made my heart happy, and gave me all the feels. This book will grab you, and make you hold on for the ending, with a few surprises sprinkled in. I could not put this book down, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    amberreadsromance

    4.5 stars! So I'll admit that I stayed up until 1am to finish this book in a day! Piper Sheldon is a new author to me so I didn't know what to expect and I'll have to say I'm quite impressed! The writing was great and I loved the characters. I also just loved the story overall. I was intrigued from the first few pages and I knew that I was going the book. I honestly want more of these two!! Suzie and Ford are like night and day. Suzie is a 'dancer' and is trying to make somewhat of a life for hers 4.5 stars! So I'll admit that I stayed up until 1am to finish this book in a day! Piper Sheldon is a new author to me so I didn't know what to expect and I'll have to say I'm quite impressed! The writing was great and I loved the characters. I also just loved the story overall. I was intrigued from the first few pages and I knew that I was going the book. I honestly want more of these two!! Suzie and Ford are like night and day. Suzie is a 'dancer' and is trying to make somewhat of a life for herself but got caught up in the wrong crowd. Even though she dances for a living she's not what you expect. She's smart, funny, and brave which I love to see in a heroine. Ford is a university professor who appears to be bit geek-ish and almost timid in a sense but that's not really who he is. He has a lot of fears and emotions that he keeps bottled up but as his relationship with Suzie grows, you slowly start to see the charming, hot hunk of a man! I do wish we would have gotten a little more of his alpha side. About 72% into the book you get a taste for what it could be like and I was ready for it but it wasn't enough. Overall, it's a little on the tame side but I still loved every part of this book! Highly recommend!

  16. 4 out of 5

    zaira

    “...there’s nobody else for me. There never has been, and there never will be. I know that about myself. I forget to say the obvious out loud. I assume everybody sees it as clearly as I do. The moment I fell in love with you, it was obvious. Or so I thought. I kept all the words locked up. But you are it for me.” THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! I love and admire Suzie so much. She‘s a strong female lead, I loved reading about her dealing with her past and how she grew into a better person. As for Ford, h “...there’s nobody else for me. There never has been, and there never will be. I know that about myself. I forget to say the obvious out loud. I assume everybody sees it as clearly as I do. The moment I fell in love with you, it was obvious. Or so I thought. I kept all the words locked up. But you are it for me.” THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! I love and admire Suzie so much. She‘s a strong female lead, I loved reading about her dealing with her past and how she grew into a better person. As for Ford, he also had some trauma from the past which explains his research and why he is so passionate about it. I love their dynamic as a couple. Ford is so sweet to Suzie and he always showed her that she’s capable of so much despite her upbringing. The side characters were also so fun, I can't wait for the other ladies in the SWS (or maybe even Jack perhaps?) to get their own book. Also: that epilogue is the cherry on top <3 trigger warning: attempted rape

  17. 5 out of 5

    stine

    (from the author): "OH SNAP! I cannot wait for y'all to start meeting the women Jethro left behind..." a book series on all of jethro's exes..... this concept omg sajknk it's so funny but i love it??? sign me the hell up (from the author): "OH SNAP! I cannot wait for y'all to start meeting the women Jethro left behind..." a book series on all of jethro's exes..... this concept omg sajknk it's so funny but i love it??? sign me the hell up

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Neilsen

    Susie is scorned and Clifford (oh Ford) are so much fun. The wonderful and imaginative take on My Fair Lady is a fun read but also with some tears because Smarty pants books and authors love emotions. I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did.

  19. 4 out of 5

    M.E. Carter

    No really. Where has Piper Sheldon been all my life?

  20. 4 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    2.5-3 Stars (Disclaimer: These are my own opinions based on personal reading quirks. My intent is to inform, not spoil or project my opinions onto others.) I love the eye-catching book cover and the story's connection to the Winston Bros. Both of those elements were a big pull for me, but I'm not sure that I really cared for the premise of this WB related series - Scorned Women's Society? After Grin and Beard It, Jethro Winston became a favorite book hero and since this story (and series) revolved 2.5-3 Stars (Disclaimer: These are my own opinions based on personal reading quirks. My intent is to inform, not spoil or project my opinions onto others.) I love the eye-catching book cover and the story's connection to the Winston Bros. Both of those elements were a big pull for me, but I'm not sure that I really cared for the premise of this WB related series - Scorned Women's Society? After Grin and Beard It, Jethro Winston became a favorite book hero and since this story (and series) revolved around women who were Jet's castaways, it came across as petty and convenient. Being familiar with Jethro's story made reading the reiteration of his troubled past for 95% of the book redundant and frustrating. I wanted more notice of Jethro, the redeemed family man. It was also hard to reconcile Suzie's fleeting connection to Jethro and how much it was relied upon as a plot device. Suzie's conflict with the club was interesting and believable, but her animosity towards Jethro felt unfounded based on their one-sided, non-relationship. With the fun book cover and ties to the Winstons, I really wanted to like My Bare Lady more. Not that it's a prerequisite for Smartypants authors, I will say that Piper Sheldon captured elements of Penny Reid's "voice" in all but her humor. Her writing was good, but it was too long-winded in some parts which slowed the pacing for me. I enjoyed Ford's character, but Suzie wasn't a favorite, so it was hard for me to feel their romantic connection. In the end, there was some solid writing, but the overall story and romance wasn't compelling enough for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erica Testa

    My Bare Lady This book was amazingly well written and I literally could not put it down.... I’m talking- walking around reading, making dinner reading, etc etc. I think I highlighted every other page, there were a lot of quote gems, I feel like it’s to hard to pick a favorite to share. Short fuse Suze (Suzie Samuels) we heard about her in Penny Reid’s Winston brothers series, and I’ll be honest- it was hard reading about how Jethro used to be. Her story was/is not a nice, fluffy one, but, she con My Bare Lady This book was amazingly well written and I literally could not put it down.... I’m talking- walking around reading, making dinner reading, etc etc. I think I highlighted every other page, there were a lot of quote gems, I feel like it’s to hard to pick a favorite to share. Short fuse Suze (Suzie Samuels) we heard about her in Penny Reid’s Winston brothers series, and I’ll be honest- it was hard reading about how Jethro used to be. Her story was/is not a nice, fluffy one, but, she continues to fight and persevere. Ford is a hero with a past, with his own demons that he was striving to overcome in his own way. I loved the evolution of the characters and how they learned to be more themselves by being honest and caring about each other. Their story was a little heart breaking. It was a tough read in a lot of ways: there are scenes that I would consider major “triggers”, and some situations that had my heart racing and my stomach turning, yet I could not set it down. Piper Sheldon handles these hard topics with sensitivity and you see the heroine and hero really struggle with their worth and ultimately overcome. Ford’s roommate was a star and I hope we see more of him in the future! The Scorned Women society... amazing! Gretchen LaRoe is the sidekick every woman needs. I LOVE reading about strong female friendships and these girls were awesome. Triggers- attempted rape, violence, abuse- physical and verbal, alcoholism The acknowledgments made me well up in happiness. I feel so blessed to be a shark with Piper and so many of the Smartypants Romance authors. I am just so thankful for Penny and her world. Piper offered a unique take and incredibly well done story that blends in to the “Pennyverse”. While it has its dark moments, the light wins out. Even though there are some tense moments, I promise it will also have you giddy smiling, and I’m excited to see what comes next out of this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    TabReads

    So. Many. Feels. This story. Whew. I mean it went places I wasn’t expecting it to. The depth and trauma these two have been through in their lives is heartbreaking. They have cargo holds worth of baggage and yet they were able to find each other. Rocking chemistry, medium-low heat, dual perspective, and some amazing story crafting. It is an excellent addition to the Green Valley Universe. I can’t wait to read about more Scorned Women.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)

    Love, Love, love this modern day redo of Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) A very original take on this classic. It is a little on the darker, grittier side than your average RomCom. “Your issue is not that you don’t feel, Ford. Your issue is that you feel too much.” She smiled and put her head back on my racing heart.” -4.5 Stars!- My Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Love, Love, love this modern day redo of Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) A very original take on this classic. It is a little on the darker, grittier side than your average RomCom. “Your issue is not that you don’t feel, Ford. Your issue is that you feel too much.” She smiled and put her head back on my racing heart.” -4.5 Stars!- My Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  24. 5 out of 5

    jordane

    “For all his faults, Jethro did do one thing right. Jet brought a group of badass women together. He must’ve seen something in all of us. We all have a bit of awesome. Don’t you feel it? That’s the reason we found each other.” I wanted to read this book for a long time and I'm glad I finally did it because this was really good! I liked Suzie and Clifford as individuals and a couple a lot and they had a great dynamic. I'm really excited for the rest of this series because the concept is so coo “For all his faults, Jethro did do one thing right. Jet brought a group of badass women together. He must’ve seen something in all of us. We all have a bit of awesome. Don’t you feel it? That’s the reason we found each other.” I wanted to read this book for a long time and I'm glad I finally did it because this was really good! I liked Suzie and Clifford as individuals and a couple a lot and they had a great dynamic. I'm really excited for the rest of this series because the concept is so cool!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    "4-Stars!" Review to come. :) "I'm voluntarily reading an ARC of this book which has been provided by SocialButterFlyPR." "4-Stars!" Review to come. :) "I'm voluntarily reading an ARC of this book which has been provided by SocialButterFlyPR."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dickinson

    Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️++ One of my favorite movies of all time is My Fair Lady. I’m a HUGE musicals kind of girl, and Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison have a chemistry that just seems to work in a way that seems unexplainable. Plus, I’m a girl who loves a makeover story, especially one that changes both the hero and heroine. In her newest book, My Bare Lady, Piper Sheldon treats us to a spin on this Pygmalion story, and it’s everything you love about romance. Suzie aka “Short Fuse Suze” is a strip Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️++ One of my favorite movies of all time is My Fair Lady. I’m a HUGE musicals kind of girl, and Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison have a chemistry that just seems to work in a way that seems unexplainable. Plus, I’m a girl who loves a makeover story, especially one that changes both the hero and heroine. In her newest book, My Bare Lady, Piper Sheldon treats us to a spin on this Pygmalion story, and it’s everything you love about romance. Suzie aka “Short Fuse Suze” is a stripper at the G-spot. She’s been a biker babe, associated in the past with the Iron Wraiths, the biker gang of Green Valley. Yet, Suzie is more than a stripper or a biker babe; she’s compassionate, protective, and intelligent. Unfortunately, those traits seem lost to her outward appearance. Enter Clifford aka Ford. Clifford is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennesse who is studying human behavior to assert that, given opportunities, people can be more than their past. As an engineering professor, he also moonlights as a property inspector. This job finds him at the G-Spot, inspecting renovations. He determines there are problems, and he cannot approve the plans. On leaving the strip club, he happens to see Suzie dance, and he is instantly attracted to her, but his staid and buttoned-up persona distances him from her. The owner of the G Spot is unhappy with Clifford’s refusal to sign off on his plans, and he decides to use Suzie to persuade Clifford to approve his plans. During a pre-arranged event, Clifford makes a bet with a wealthy local businessman for funding his research by asserting that he can change people’s perceptions of Suzie by giving her opportunities to improve. What Clifford fails to realize initially is the impact Suzie will have on changing him. Piper Sheldon’s My Bare Lady takes the Pygmalion story and dials it up a notch. There is so much to this story beyond the changes of its hero and heroine. This story focuses on self-fulfilling prophecies as defining one’s life; it focuses on preconceived judgments based on one’s appearance; it’s about addiction; and it’s about the differences between the theories of academia vs. the application in the real world. There is so much headiness to Sheldon’s story that a lesson is learned with each turn of the page. She’s challenging us to consider privilege and its effect on one’s life. She’s reminding us that women are more than objects through her heroine, Suzie. And she does this in ways that are seamless to the story. Intertwined in these messages is an irreverent romance between seemingly two different people. Except that they are more alike than different, we note as their romance develops. Clifford grows into his new name, Ford (a moniker given to him by Suzie), as the story progresses. As his controlled personality loses its strength, he becomes so much more likable. From his appearance through to this research, he is so composed and almost robotic that he needs the messiness of Suzie to allow him freedom of personality. His journey, honestly, is my favorite party of My Bare Lady. It would be easy to offer that honor to Suzie, but she’s the heart of this book. Suzie is every woman who has been told that she can’t be more, who has been diminished. She’s been marked figuratively (and sometimes literally) by men who don’t believe in her value. It begins with her father and ends with Occum, the strip club owner, and the other bikers. When you are told you nothing more than a pretty face, you live your life with that restriction. When Ford helps her see her value beyond her appearance, it’s magical. However, reading her vacillate between this truth and her previous understanding of herself can be disheartening at times. Yet, isn’t this the way of us? Don’t we undermine our sense of self based on other’s sense of us? Sheldon points us to this through the characterization of Suzie. It’s a reminder that we can be more, that we are not defined by our past, our looks, our skillset, etc. My heart ached so many times for Suzie, and I was thankful she finally found her happy ending. There is a depth to Piper Sheldon’s My Bare Lady, one that runs deeper than its inspiration. Through the romance of Ford and Suzie, she admonishes us to consider our perceptions of others. Do we only see the surface value of those around us? Do we foster their growth, offering them opportunities to be more? What is society’s responsibility for providing opportunities to the lives of those born with very little? It’s not often that a book brings these social issues to the surface in the light-heartedness of romance. And trust me, the levity of romance is still here in the teasing of Suzie and Ford’s change of personality. But My Bare Lady is something more: it’s a representation of the marriage of social ideals and sweet, sexy fun. And it shouldn’t be missed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dali

    The world of the SmartyPants Romance by Penny Reid keeps on growing with Piper Sheldon launch of the Scorned Women’s Society series in which we get to know Suzie Samuels, one of Jethro Winston’s many exes. Suzie, also known as Short Fuse Suze, wants more out of life than being a stripper for the Black Demons MC. With lots of work and the aid of the handsome yet nerdy professor she might be able to pull it off. Clifford Rutledge needs funding for his investigations which will help him change the The world of the SmartyPants Romance by Penny Reid keeps on growing with Piper Sheldon launch of the Scorned Women’s Society series in which we get to know Suzie Samuels, one of Jethro Winston’s many exes. Suzie, also known as Short Fuse Suze, wants more out of life than being a stripper for the Black Demons MC. With lots of work and the aid of the handsome yet nerdy professor she might be able to pull it off. Clifford Rutledge needs funding for his investigations which will help him change the lives of a lot of disadvantaged kids. In order to do that, he must transform Suzie from head to toe and be able to pass her off as a legitimate academic. But they’re driving each other cray-cray, him with his straight laced pressure and her with her vivacious disposition. He’s definitely attracted to her, but can he see beyond their differences? And can they find a way to get her out of the clutches of her ruthless manager? Several things drew me into this book, first the title and cover. I know, I know, I should never judge one by its cover, but isn’t it super cool? The title refers to a great movie/book and on of course the fact that this book belongs to the Penny Reid Universe. And once I started reading, everything about it captivated me. I really liked Suzie and was rooting for her all the way. Yes she was a bit high spirited, but it suited her and made her tenacious and strong because no matter what happened to her, she always kept getting back up. I loved seeing her grow and find her self-worth. Ford was an awkwardly charming character who grew up in forster care and worked hard to achieve his goals. Piper Sheldon did a great job with character development, I not only fell for Suzie and Ford, but also for his best friend Jack and all the ladies from the Scorned Women’s Society, especially Gretchen who helped Suzie time and again reminding her of their motto ‘no ex left behind.’ My Bare Lady is book #1 of the Scorned Women’s Society series by Piper Sheldon. It is a standalone full length contemporary romance set in the Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe. * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * My super quick review/recap: ➵ Cover: 5 ➵ Hero: 4 ➵ Heroine: 4.5 ➵ Sexiness: 5 ➵ Feels: 4 ➵ Plot: 4.5 ➵ Overall rating: 4 stars Amazon -> https://amzn.to/34iP6Lh Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews

  28. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    Blog tour http://lianareads.home.blog/2019/11/1... Where in the world have I been living before reading this author?? Thanks again to Penny for bringing us another great author to discover and read for a long time from now on. I would call this more “Pretty Woman with a twist “ I loved how this story unfolded so many taboo topics for some people and it brings more awareness to people around us that not everyone it’s perfect and some will have to sacrifice more than willing to make a better life fo Blog tour http://lianareads.home.blog/2019/11/1... Where in the world have I been living before reading this author?? Thanks again to Penny for bringing us another great author to discover and read for a long time from now on. I would call this more “Pretty Woman with a twist “ I loved how this story unfolded so many taboo topics for some people and it brings more awareness to people around us that not everyone it’s perfect and some will have to sacrifice more than willing to make a better life for themselves. The chemistry between them was felt on the page and out of it all the time for me, the banter, the moments they spent together and the forced closed proximity, all added to bring an interesting love story between two very opposite characters but that’s what love does usually, it goes against all odds and make its way into everyone’s hearts. I’m really looking forward to other books by the author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    This book was too unbalanced for me in PS's writing. What I mean is, PS did a very good job of making the final scene with the bad guy very real, graphic and disturbing. What I wanted as a reader for the moments of love between Suzie and our hero just as detailed and graphic to provide that balance and we didn't get that. In some cases it was glossed over completely. We didn't even get a full love scene between the two of them. Even that was unbalanced in the way it was presented. I understood w This book was too unbalanced for me in PS's writing. What I mean is, PS did a very good job of making the final scene with the bad guy very real, graphic and disturbing. What I wanted as a reader for the moments of love between Suzie and our hero just as detailed and graphic to provide that balance and we didn't get that. In some cases it was glossed over completely. We didn't even get a full love scene between the two of them. Even that was unbalanced in the way it was presented. I understood why that scene was the way it was. However after the rescue was made then it called for a full blown love scene between the two to balance out the bad. Anyway that's my review and I am sticking to it. Will pick the next up in the SWS just to see what is up with some of these hottie mens and their lady oglers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beth Connolly

    Piper Sheldon takes opposites attract to the next level with this Smartypants Romance novel. The first standalone in an all-new Green Valley series, Penny Reid fans are going to flip for the Scorned Women's Society. I'm already wondering which one of Jethro's past lady loves will be getting her own happily ever after. Because if Piper shows us anything, it's that these misunderstood cast-offs deserve to be stars and stand on their own. That's what My Bare Lady does. It shines bright in the Penny Piper Sheldon takes opposites attract to the next level with this Smartypants Romance novel. The first standalone in an all-new Green Valley series, Penny Reid fans are going to flip for the Scorned Women's Society. I'm already wondering which one of Jethro's past lady loves will be getting her own happily ever after. Because if Piper shows us anything, it's that these misunderstood cast-offs deserve to be stars and stand on their own. That's what My Bare Lady does. It shines bright in the Penny Reid universe and gives voice to characters who were begging for stories. Nicely done, Piper Sheldon. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us.

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