Review: Dirty Talker by Mira Lyn Kelly (Slayers Hockey #4)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
"I couldn't leave you."
"Just for this week?"
"What if it's more than this week?" I ask softly.
Confession: I may be a wee bit addicted to Mira Lyn Kelly's Slayers Hockey series. With each new release, I find myself diving deeper into the rabbit, except there are no rabbits to be found...just hot hockey players, the women they fall in love with, and yes, maybe a puck bunny here and there in lieu of rabbits. There's seriously no getting around it. I read the newest book in the series, and BAM! Smitten-ville! Here's the thing: Dirty Talker, happens to use one of my less favorite tropes--a fake relationship. Oh, the horror! Okay, I'm kidding. The trope isn't horrible; it simply isn't a go-to for me, and more often than not, I'll usually choose to read a new book with that trope if it's from a go-to author.
I don't necessarily dislike said trope, but it takes a lot for me to get to the "le sigh" stage. I mean, readers know that what may have begun as fake will develop into something real, so I look for a creative spin, something original that'll have me sitting up and taking notice and then leaning back to get comfortable and fall in love with the story and characters. Welp, Kelly did exactly that with a dirty talking hockey player, Wade Grady, in need of a fake girlfriend for ten days to attend his brother's wedding. The clincher? She can't be interested in him, and he gets exactly that in Harlow Richards, a good girl banking executive who doesn't remember the first time they met or his name during the drunken moment she volunteers to be his fake girlfriend. Let the fun (fake) times begin!
This book may have been about a fake relationship, but the feels I got while reading it where very real! I adored Wade and Harlow! These two made me laugh as much as they had my heart thumping happily in my chest as they journeyed from being strangers (although Wade already knew who Harlow was) to a fake couple (even though Harlow was oh-so-hesitant to go through with it) to friends (with a whole lot of benefits) and then so much more (go read the book to see how they get there!). Mira Lyn Kelly brought together to people who didn't have a whole lot in common, partner them up in a fake relationship, and summarily fall in love, and I was all in for every single bit of it! Nothing as rushed or forced, and I felt like I got to know Wade and Harlow as they were getting to know each other. I was expecting Dirty Talker to be good; it was fantastic. Five-plus stars.
Read my reviews for the Slayers Hockey series:
Dirty Secret (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Dirty Hookup (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review
Dirty Rebound (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review
Dirty Talker (book four) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 22 March 2021
Date Read: 20 March 2021
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