TALK DIRTY TO ME: Have You Ever Felt Held Hostage By Your Past?

by Dakota Cassidy
Series: Plum Orchard #1
Published by Harlequin, Mira, Tantor Audio Narrator: Scarlett Chase
Genres: contemporary, Romance, Steamy
Source: Tantor Audio

Talk Dirty to Me


TALK DIRTY TO ME COVERPlum Orchard series #1
by Dakota Cassidy
Audio:  Tantor | Scarlet Chase (Narrator) 11 hours (22 chapters) (September 30, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback/Ebook:  Harlequin MIRA 400 pages (April 29, 2014)

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

 

Former 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.

Wait, what?

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!

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square "my take"HOOWEE!

Okay that’s probably not fair. Neither the The Dukes of Hazzard, nor Hee Haw, show up in this audiobook. When it started I thought I was not going to like it at all. But, it kind of grew on me and slowly charmed me.

Daisy WAS that bitch we all had to contend with in school, unless, of course, we were that bitch.  So, it’s easy to understand why everyone hates her, mistrusts her and, now that she isn’t the queen bee anymore, treats her like a pariah. And, she takes it all as her due because she is reformed.  She’s a charter member of Bitches Anonymous.  It takes a long time for people to trust her again and when they do, it’s great.  By the time I got to halfway I was sympathizing with her more than I thought she was deserving of every snub she got.

The guy in the story, her ex-friend/ex-fiance is sometimes an ass. Everyone thinks he’s the golden boy, handsome, smart, rich. and with INTEGRITY. Ten years earlier he was taken in by Daisy and his righteousness shall smite the Jezebel!  Except, of course, if they weren’t still into each other, pining for each other, then the story wouldn’t really have any steam heat, now would it?

So, I loved that, and the small town dynamic, the fantasy aspect, the dead friend’s uber wealth and eccentricity; right down to his Slumdog Millionaire housekeeper/personal assistant.  I loved the obvious things that neither Daisy or Caine seem able to see. And the set up was so perfect I expected Landon had faked his death just to set his friends back on the right path.

I liked everything except that in real life, even towns in the Deep South, are not stuck in the fifties, as is repeatedly claimed in this book. People may still say “bless her heart” as an insult, but Caine’s mother and Daisy’s mother, and even Daisy’s rival, are portrayed like women from the movie THE HELP, when that is one generation, or more, removed. They even have a social/charitable group – the Magnolias.

See I can believe people are nasty to each other, but even ten years ago, medical records were pretty tightly held so one incident that happened would have been highly unlikely and would have resulted in legal action.  And, I live in rural New England: easily as set in our ways as the Deep South.  I am trying to nicely say I did not believe the setting; it seems anachronistic.

And, yet, it is the vision of the American South to which we all seem addicted.

The way people behaved towards Landon having been gay: welcoming his cash infusions while dissing him in private, speak to the town’s small mindedness.  And the way they respond to a phone sex company operating in their midst is probably no different than most small towns would react to such news.

Even in New England, people would be all up in a phone sex company’s business. It would have to overcome some hurdles and the people working for it would be looked at with, at best, raised eyebrows.
But, I was very fond of the story and the characters (except for the new queen bee, Louella, who was just evil; disregarding even the impact of her behavior on children. I enjoyed all the quirks the author used to give the characters, even the dead one, dimension.

I enjoyed the story and the way it was read. I was entertained, all kinds of moved, and it even made me think about tolerance, expectations, and those bitchy chicks from high school! There is a reasonable amount of intimacy, it is all pretty vanilla, because even though she’s a bad girl she is really non-kinky.

QUESTION MARKIt all made me think about how we are sometimes held hostage by our pasts, even when we have moved away, reformed, and seek redemption. It is hard to break free of the impressions that nastiness or bad behavior make. What do you think — can you overcome a bad reputation in the place you earned it?

 

 

Relevant Links
Audio Publisher – Tantor:  https://tantor.com/author/dakota-cassidy.html

Author: http://dakota324.wix.com/dakotacassidy#!

Amazon/Audible: http://www.amazon.com/Talk-Dirty-Me-Plum-Orchard/dp/1494555751%3FSubscriptionId%3D0ACM1RC83GP83JK10M02%26tag%3Dspeculativefic05%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D1494555751

Print Publisher – Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=51506