The Naked Truth Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From New York Times best-seller Vi Keeland comes a new, sexy stand-alone novel.
It was just a typical Monday. Until the big boss asked me to make the pitch for a prospective new client. After two years on shaky ground at work because of my screw up, an opportunity to impress the senior partners was just what I needed. Or so I thought....
Until I walked into the conference room and collided with the man I was supposed to pitch to. My coffee spilled, my files tumbled to the ground, and I almost lost my balance. And that was the good part of my day. Because the gorgeous man who crouched down and looked at me like he wanted to eat me alive was none other than my ex, Gray Westbrook - a man who I'd only just begun to move on from. A man who my heart despised - yet my body obviously still had other ideas about. A man who was as charismatic and confident as he was sexy.
Somehow, I managed to make it through my presentation ignoring his intense stare. Although it was impossible to ignore all the dirty things he whispered into my ear right after I was done. But there was no way I was giving him another chance, especially now that he was a client...was there?
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 33 minutes|
|Narrator||Sebastian York, Andi Arndt|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 23, 2018|
|Publisher||C. Scott Publishing Corp.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,042 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#426 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,386 in Contemporary Women Fiction
#5,485 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2018
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The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland was a unique twist on a second chance romance. The two met in a very unconventional way, and when Gray enters Layla's life again, in another unique way, things get interesting.
Layla doesn't want to forgive Gray, she wants to keep their relationship professional, but as the truth's start to come out, she finds it harder and harder to not forgive him, and to not fall for him all over again. She wavered so much with her feelings it was quite annoying at ties. She wanted him, anyone could see it, she even knew it, but she refused to give herself completely to him at times, and that frustrated me. She was so scared of getting hurt, but, isn't that what everyone is scared of when getting into a relationship? And he laid everything out to her, he bared his soul to her, shouldn't he be the one who's scared not her? She wanted to play everything to safe, that at times I was surprised that Gray stuck around. She was hot and cold "let's take it slow" and then "let's go back to your place". She gave me whiplash at times. Now don't get me wrong, I did enjoy her character, but I just wish she would have made up her mind, and wouldn't have put Gray through the wringer as much as she did. She always just assumed, instead of just listening.
Gray on the other hand. he's not perfect either, but how much he cares for Layla? OMG that's just downright swoon-worthy. He adores her and fights for her tooth and nail and he admits his mistakes when he makes them. He goes through so much in this book and I loved watching him grow as a person and owning up to the things he did in his past, learning forgiveness and forgiving things he probably should never have. He does something so stupid in this book as well and makes assumptions that really annoyed me, but in the end it worked out.
I just wish these two would have always been on the same page at the same time for longer in this book. They belong together, and the chemistry between them is off the charts. The way Gray loves Layla is something we all wish for, and sure he made a mistake, but I believe he paid for it tenfold and it shouldn't be paid for over and over again. The way this book ended though? It makes up for a lot, but not enough for me to give it four full stars. I just had a hard time liking Layla's character and how she behaved throughout most of this book. If this book was all Gray, sure I'd give it 4 1/2 or 5 stars.. but Layla and how she behaved and her character made it hard for me to truly invest in the story at times, which is hard since I truly adore Vi Keelands' writing, and this book just didn't do it for me like the rest of them. I do know I'm in the minority on my feelings on this book, so you may love this book, an the beginning of this book really held promise, and the flashback scenes I adored.. it was just Layla's indecision and wishy-washiness that had me going "eh".
Layla and Gray were both fabulously strong characters. I found Gray’s raw honesty and commitment to never lie to Layla refreshing in a world where so many romance novels are predicated on lies of omission or miscommunication. They both had more than their share of reasons to be distrustful of everyone else, so the stark candor they practiced with each other was the only way they were able to navigate their way to a relationship.
The Naked Truth is one of the most unique second-chance romances I have ever read. Given the circumstances under which they first met and formed a relationship, they had an entire set of issues to overcome most couples don’t. Even after they overcame their strange beginning life continued to lob all kinds of curve balls at them. I loved that neither of them laid down and just took the beating they were given, and they both fought for what they needed on a personal level with grace and understanding.
The secondary characters in The Naked Truth were life. They added so much value to the story and gave us such a fascinating insight into the lives and hangups of both Layla and Gray, while still maintaining their places as standalone characters. Even the character I wanted to hate was so well-written I felt more compassion for them than I wanted to.
I wish the loose ends were more fully wrapped up. There were two subplots that felt like they were just forgotten about by the story ended and I would have loved to have seen some closure for them, especially since one of them was the impetus for most of the plot.
The Naked Truth is a complete standalone novel. The story is complete in a single novel. The book is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Layla and Grayson.
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Hero/Heroine: Gray and Layla
Trope: Second Chance
THE GOOD 😁
I loved the take on the second chance romance trope - a lawyer completing community service hours in a federal prison by teaching a class, meets and falls for one of the inmates. And this isn’t your average inmate with tears tattooed on his face and penchant for fashioning shanks out of toothbrushes. Gray is next level hot and when he and Layla meet, sparks fly.
I adored these two characters; Layla was fighting to right her wrongs at work, and Gray was desperate to have a fresh start after spending the last three years inside. After a misunderstanding ended their relationship that started when Layla was working at the prison, Gray is back and more determined than ever to win her over. I loved his persistence and the patience he showed when it came to earning back Layla’s trust.
Both bearing scars from their childhood by watching their parents make no end of mistakes, Gray and Layla are determined to make a success of their relationship. The situation that occurred halfway through the book had me swiping the pages so fast to find out what was going to happen, I was at risk of making myself dizzy. An absolute joy from beginning to end, this bad boy was finished in just under a day.
THE BAD 🙁
Nothing that I can think of at the moment, I’m still in a Gray daze 😍
OVERALL THOUGHTS: A fabulously steamy second chance romance that kept me hooked from beginning to end
STEAM LEVEL: 🔥🔥🔥
STAR RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There was chemistry with electricity flowing between Kayla and Gray even on their first meeting and fortuitously when Layla's months of penalty were fulfilled, she still continued visiting Gray every Saturday for a year. That is until she discovers he was married, a fact he failed to divulge during their many long talks. This brought the visits to an abrupt end.
Now, imagine her shock and disbelief when she meets Gray again (now out of prison) at a presentation she has been commanded to do for a new wealthy client at her place of work. It seemed that Gray had requested her involvement and against her inner reluctance has to work for him and go on an immediate trip.
Gray Westbrook is obsessed with Kayla and wants to reconnect with her. He cannot get her out of his thoughts. He seizes the captive opportunity of the plane trip to explain about his marriage, the crime he was innocent of and his hopes for their future. What is Layla's reaction? Will she ever trust him again? Read and find out.
Personally, reading this excellently written standalone book brought tingles to my spine. The twists and turns in the story made me want to read to the end and I am now starting to read it again.
I liked Layla but found her quite weak. But not as weak as Gray. He irritated me in places. Im used to strong alpha’s from the author. Gray was not. I skipped the last few chapters to get to the standard HEA.
Overall, I still love this authors work but wasn’t overly thrilled about the content. Sorry.