Trashed (Stripped Series, Book #2) by Jasinda Wilder

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Trashed (Stripped Series, Book #2)

I have actually really been anticipating this book and must say, was not disappointed at all. This book will focus on the relationship between Des Ross and Adam Trenton. The catch: Adam is a hot Hollywood star and Des is a college student making her way by picking up trash. The story is told through both POV’s. So, let’s not waste anymore time.

The story kicks off on Mackinac Island, Michigan. I must be honest and say that I have never heard of this place. But after visiting Google, I’ve now discovered that I am a little bit in love. It is very picturesque, which the ironic thing about this is, Des is a janitor here for the summer. Adam is on Mackinac Island for a gala fundraiser. She actually meets Adam when he notices her and leaves his carriage tour to meet her. She is very skeptical of his intentions and one of the things that I loved about her was she didn’t fall all over herself because of his “celebrityship” (I’m most certain that is not a word, but I think you understand). She does agree to dinner with him, but very soon into the date her past is catching up with her and she finds herself running.

Let’s talk about her past a little. Des grew up in the foster care system and to say she had it rough, would be putting it lightly. She is caught in a catch 22, because of how she grew up, she longs for feeling a part of a home and family, but because of how she grew up, she doesn’t trust easily, especially men. So for her, while she dreams about belonging, she realizes that it will probably only ever be a dream. Enter Adam.

While Adam is obviously attracted to Des, there something else he feels almost immediately, he just doesn’t know what it is, but he knows that he wants to pursue it. However, he is only on the island for 2 days, something she also realizes, so in her eyes what can really come of it. Well, because of a storm, Adams’s date for the fundraiser cancels and there is only one person he wants to fill the spot: Des. She agrees, not really realizing what she is agreeing to, but she is quickly exposed to the paparazzi and photographers at the event. She makes it through the fundraiser in one piece, barely, and they find themselves back in Adam’s hotel room. I should probably go ahead and tell you that Des is a virgin, a gift she is willing to give up to Adam. After spending the night together, intimately, it’s time for Adam to leave. At this point he really wants to pursue things further with Des, but he is unsure what she wants. And it’s not that she doesn’t want it, it’s just she is so unsure of the future, she’s not willing to risk it.

So at this point, they separate, months pass before they reconnect and a lot happens in between (you will have to read that for yourself). They’re going to get their HEA, but it is fun reading the process of getting there.

I didn’t really have many issues with this book. I mean, Des was a little frustrating at times, but once you discover her past, everything is really understood. A lot of times when books revolve around a celebrity falling for a “normal” person, as the reader, you’re sorta in disbelief when the “normal” person just doesn’t fall at the feet of the celebrity, but I appreciate the way this story was written. I think she was in awe of him, but she didn’t allow it to cloud herself from seeing the true person behind the celebrity. I do think though, if you are going to have an issue with this book, this is going to be it. I think some readers are going to question the believability of a celebrity falling for an average everyday person and fall hard. For me it would me more unbelievable for her to go all “fangirl” on him and he still want her. My one issue, she gives him her virginity, but he doesn’t realize it. I found that to be a little hard to believe. No blood whatsoever? Maybe it can happen, it was just hard for me to believe.

Wanna discuss the sex? For me, it was just warm. It wasn’t super scorching. Des does become somewhat sex crazed once they establish a relationship and it was written somewhat believable, it was just not very sizzling, I hate to use that word, but I’m just trying to translate what I’m thinking. I’ll just say, I spent time thinking of the logistics of their positions while reading the scenes and I’m sure that’s not what the author is hoping to achieve.

There wasn’t a whole lot to develop in terms of the supporting characters. There are supporting characters, there’s just not a lot of focus on them. The one’s that had some focus in the book are developed enough for you to enjoy the relationship they have with the main characters.

All in all, this is a good read. I enjoyed it. It was a quick read, which I really appreciate. I thought that the storyline was captivating enough to make it hard to put the book down. I recommend and I hope you enjoy.

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