Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
The advanced copy for Dirty Talker came with a note from the male main character, Dane Murray, who hadn't earned too many fans in the series starter, Real Deal, due to his bad behavior. I mean, he had a terrible habit of objectifying women even though he seemed to think it was okay because he was satisfying them in bed anyway. So, yeah, he left bloggers and readers with a short note and he made good on it because there was certainly more to the man than I would have expected. I'm not saying that he was suddenly a saint or that there was some altruistic reason behind his manwhorish and dirty talking ways, but as to whether he was able to win me over or not, well, I won't say. What I will say is that he managed to both surprise and frustrate me. Now, onto the review...
Dane Murray isn't exactly known for being discreet when it comes to his reputation as a single father who enjoys the company of women. He's loud and brash but he's never left a woman unsatisfied in bed and he never makes them any promises regarding commitment. In short, what you see is what you get. Dane's life is all about his eight-year-old son, his bar, his family, and his closest friends. So what is it about Ava Pearson that makes their two times together so damn memorable? She's made it pretty clear that she hates him, which of course, is reason enough for Dane to keep poking at her. He isn't sure what it is exactly he wants from or with Ava, but the one thing neither of them can deny is their sexual chemistry, which should be enough for a friends with benefits set up. After all, Dane isn't in this for a relationship and Ava is all for no commitments. But what happens when one of them wants more?
One thing that Dane cemented in this second in a series is the fact that he really is the dirty talker in his small circle of friends, and fortunately for him, Ava has a thing for the brand of filthiness that comes out of his mouth. But aside from his sexual prowess, I did like seeing more of Dane's dad side, especially because he was a disciplinarian yet it was clear he adored Toby. The back story regarding Toby was one of my favorite things about this book because it gave me better insight on Dane as a person and not Dane the serial non-dater hook-up-er. Dane, though wasn't my favorite person. Ava, however, was a woman who had dreams for herself and she wasn't afraid to assert herself. I actually ended up feeling rather hungry while reading this book, thanks to all the baked goodies Ava was creating. I liked that she was independent and confident and that she gave Dane a run for his money. The end--those not-quite-seven days--felt a teeny, tiny bit rushed, but overall, Dirty Talker satisfied, so I'm giving it 4.5 stars. ♥
Release Date: 12 June 2017
Date Read: 11 June 2017
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