The deeply sensual Body & Soul series kicks off with “a fun, sexy emotional read” (Lisa Renee Jones), as one woman discovers the courage to face life’s greatest challenges—and explore her connection with a handsome neighbor.
Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she’s been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that’s both thrilling and terrifying.
Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life—until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she’s holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.
4 stars - Would recommend to a friend
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We meet Violet as she is experiencing a lot of changes in her life and isn't really sure where she fits. Her neighbor, Noah, has seen her and decides to finally bring her out of her shell.
The Violet we meet on page 1 is shy, reclusive, a little awkward, and definitely not sure of herself or even sure how to define herself. Noah seems to be the opposite of Violet, but he definitely has his own self-esteem issues to deal with. Watching these two together was fantastic. They don't have a typical romantic courtship type of relationship, but they introduce each other to the tools they need to move forward. Not only do we get to see Violet and Noah grow as a couple with all the misunderstandings that go along with that process; we also get to see them grow as individuals.
The supporting cast of Naked helps our two lovers on their journey and the Violet we see at the end of the book is a much stronger version that I would be proud to call my friend. Naked is well written with a great balance of character development, relationships, sexy time, and a healthy dose of the warm and fuzzies. This is my first Gina Gordon read, but I will be back to see what happens in the next installment of the Body & Soul series.