I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Plum Orchard #1
Published by Harlequin MIRA on May 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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Notorious mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best-make that only-friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business…if she meets a few conditions:
She's got to live in Landon's mansion.
With her gorgeous ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan.
Who could also inherit the business.
Which is a phone sex empire.
Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on!
Plum Orchard, Georgia, is about to get even juicier…
I wasn’t entirely certain how I was going to enjoy Talk Dirty to Me. With it being a straight contemporary romance, I was a little unsure as to how the whole phone sex line business would be handled. That, and I hadn’t read the prequel novella, Talk This Way, so I probably missed out on a bit of the set-up behind it.
Luckily, my concerns were invalid. Talk Dirty to Me is a funny, irreverent, charming and emotional tale, about facing your past and getting second chances.
So, here are my thoughts on Talk Dirty to Me:
Dixie Davis, now isn’t she an interesting character! I loved that she owns up to her past as a bitch-on-wheels, and that she wants to make amends by living a better life. The best part about her, though, is that she hasn’t suddenly become a doormat and forgotten how to stand up for herself. I think it wouldn’t have been a very authentic or realistic progression of her character, so thank you, Ms Cassidy for not making her like that. She’s smart, funny and determined to create a better life for herself, even in the face of the town’s disbelief.
Caine has that brooding “you done me wrong, woman” vibe about him at the start, and there are moments where I got a little tired of his judgement of Dixie. However, I am very pleased to say that he redeemed himself for me in the latter part of the book, and I really grew to enjoy him as a character and as a worthy hero for Dixie. His penchant for voice impersonations is pretty funny too – I often found myself hearing his lines in the voices of the people he was imitating.
The chemistry between these two is incendiary – they have that whole competitive edge to every interaction, always trying to be the one with the last laugh. It’s as plain as the nose on your face that these two are H O T together, but with all that has passed between them and that threatens to derail their relationship now, how they work their way back together is interestingly and wonderfully done.
Now I’ve told you what I loved about Dixie and Caine, the hero and heroine, I have to say I love how the character of Landon was portrayed and woven into the story. Even though he is no longer of this earth, his role in their romance is integral and doesn’t detract from it.
I love small-town romance, so this was one of the things that attracted me to the story. The double-sided way of life – great pride and community spirit, co-existing with a narrow-minded view of change and non-standard behaviour – made for a very interesting little town full of colourful characters. I loved the friendship that began to blossom between Dixie and Em. Landon’s assistant, Sanjeev was an absolute crack-up, and that Louella Palmer deserved a swift kick in the bum – big-time bitch right there.
Luckily for me, I have the next couple of books in the series set for review, so I can’t wait to revisit the town of Plum Orchard and the antics of the people who live there. Em’s story should be awesome, if this is anything to go by.