Here I am trying my hand at another book review. Instead of running straight through my Sarah McCarty Collection (I mean, I'd hate for ya'll to get bored), I thought I'd pick a book by Megan Hart, the other Erotica author that takes up a lot of space on my bookshelf. I was going to talk about the first book for hers I ever read, but then I picked up my favorite to re-read last week, so I'm talking about that one instead.
Dirty (Back Cover)
I met him at the candy store.
He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children's candy store, mind you- this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss's wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.
Hypothetically speaking, of course.
I've been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears. Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake.
The problem with wanting is that it's like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else. i don't apologize for who I am or what I've done in- or out- of bed. I have my job, my house and my life, and for a long time I haven't wanted anything else.
Until Dan. Until Now.
My journey into erotica began with anthologies, and Megan Hart was the first author of whom I read an entire novel. I'm always fascinated at the way she can take what I often hear referred to as a 'slice of life' work, and keep it interesting. She develops very strong characters complete with baggage, history, and quirks. Rather than find these aspects annoying or cumbersome, however, it only adds to the enthrallment with her stories.
Elle Kavanaugh is an account manager that has settled into a routine of work, renovating her house, and avoiding her mother. When we meet her, she meets Dan Stewart. Although, he remains nameless for a time, because upon first meeting and having a drink, they don't exchange names. Through a chain of events they run into one another again, and Dan begins to pursue Elle.
Elle isn't interested in a dating though. Her words to Dan are, "it's not what I do." Starting with a hot scene in a public bar, Dan tries to work his way under Elle's skin and into her life with one hot night after another. At one point the two even bring in the irresistible Jack for a night of hot fun. (I think Megan has a thing for him, he's been in three of her novels that I've read, and I doubt that is all.) Elle's issues with her mother and a lot of history that she prefers to leave in the past begin to creep up on her. Her self-made walls begin to soften as she finds herself wanting something with Dan that she's never wanted with another man. She is afraid though, of opening up about her past and telling him her secrets. The reason she refuses to visit her father, why her mother seemingly despises her, her brother's reason's for moving away and never visiting.
Dirty is a great read. With hot sex and lots of tension it is a definite page turner, but the story of Elle and Dan is so complex that it is more substantial then just good sex.
I would definitely recommend Dirty to anyone looking for a book with real-life issues to go along with some really hot sex.
You can find more of Megan Hart HERE. She has several books published by Harlequin's Spice label and can be purchased at Amazon, eharlequin, and Barnes and Noble along with I'm sure many others that are not in my area.
I purchased this book of my own accord and no one requested that I provide this review. Everything included above are my views and opinions and were not influenced by any other sources.