Book 3 in the Burke Brothers series
by Emma Hart
Narrated by Lidia Dornet, Iggy Toma
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Apr 12, 2016
Running time 8 hrs 15 min
Print and ebook formats from Simon and Schuster Pocket Star
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Aidan Burke is the perfect rebound guy for Jessie Law after she catches her asshole ex-boyfriend with his hands down some other girl’s pants. When she meets the world-famous drummer of Dirty B on a night out, she takes him up on his simple proposal: one night of fun, hot sex, with zero expectations. But soon Dirty B’s tour is over, and they’re back in South Carolina—which means running into Aidan more often than Jessie would like.
When Aidan saves Jessie from her ex-boyfriend by insisting that the two are dating, the band’s manager convinces them to keep up the charade in the hopes of re-inventing Dirty B’s image as lovable bad boys, as opposed to d-bags. Now all Aidan and Jessie have to do is put on a very obvious, very public show to convince everyone that their affection is real. Unfortunately, Aidan’s hordes of jealous fans have no problem bombarding Jessie with threatening messages online—and worse. And things only get more complicated when Jessie realizes that her feelings for Aidan may not be so fake after all.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/dirty-lies-mma-hart.html
I thought there was some great descriptive, nearly poetic, language in this audiobook and for a short work of erotic fiction using the fake-relationship meme, there was a fairly high level of character and relationship development. The use of crude erotic language is limited and respect is shown for the women involved.
I was a disturbed at first by the way Aidan pursued a drunken Jessie in a bar. I had recently read a post about unwanted sexual touching being presented in romance as okay when it is not.
But, he did improve his behavior, and never used the “c” word; during the course of the book, Aidan does a lot of growing up and becomes a better guy.
Jessie’s internal monologue was very intelligent. She is actually a smarter character than Aidan. The author brings up some important issues like stalking, fame, paparazzi and internet harassment too.
I liked Lidia Dornet’s narration of Jessie’s voice. It is not too twangy when she speaks her own words or Aidan’s. Iggy Toma sounds like he just came back from the red-neckiest of red-neck events and, furthermore, chewing a piece of hay. I really disliked the way he voiced women, other than Aidan’s mother. Ugh!
I liked this more than I had the first book in the series and I would recommend it to someone looking for a good, steamy, rock and roll/country audiobook.