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Reviews of Ashenden's Previous Novels:
Talking Dirty with the Player (#2) -- TBQ
Billion Dollar Bachelor (#1) -- TBQ
The Billionaire Biker (#3) -- TBQ
Tamara appears to be the typical “rich girl”, so what’s she doing in the wrong part of the city? Zee shouldn’t be thinking about her, and he definitely shouldn’t be letting her into his world. While Tamara originally went to Royal Road with a friend who was taking a self-defense class from Zee, she couldn’t resist the allure of the sexy, rough-around-the-edges man. What was supposed to be a one-time walk on the wild side (read: sexy-times in the backseat of his car – more on that later) turns into something more. Tamara just can’t stop herself from coming back to Zee for more: more freedom, more personal adventure, and yes, more sexy-times. J
First off, the aforementioned car sexy-times? UNF. That scene was extremely hot. And while I know sex in a car is rarely as sexy as it sounds in fiction, this particular scene didn’t read like a cramped and awkward tussle in the backseat. It was just . . . yessss. Sexy snippet ahoy:
Zee is such a dirty, rough hero, and I loved him for it. So did Tamara, obviously. He didn’t play nice with her – though he was never an ass, don’t worry! He was simply blunt about what he thought and what he wanted, he took his own pleasure but always gave her exactly what she needed.
Tamara was great, too, and I felt for her as she struggled to break free from the chains of expectations her family has weighed her down with. On top of that, Tamara suffers guilt over the death of her brother (it’s a bit complicated and I won’t give it all away), and despite the circumstances that lead to his death, she blames herself. So do her parents, which doesn’t help her, either.
But she and Zee can connect over this, as Zee is also suffering some guilt from his past, in the form of a girlfriend who was killed because of him. Zee’s been running from his past for years and thought he might have finally been free until his father pops up again. One wrong step and his world could come crashing down, his friends and even Tamara in danger of meeting the same fate Madison, his ex, did all those years ago. He’s tried so hard to keep himself disconnected, even from his closest friends, because of that very threat looming overhead, but he can’t deny that Tamara has gotten under his skin . . . and perhaps into his heart.
It was never meant to be anything more than physical, and even then just the one time, but Tamara keeps coming back for more. The thing is, it quickly grows into more, even if Zee doesn’t want to admit to it yet. There’s a scene after their second (or was it third?) time together that was very sweet and intimate, as Zee comforts Tamara, draws her a bath (which, let’s be honest, is both a sweet and sexy thing for a man to do!) and gets her to start opening up to him a bit. He doesn't really open up to her yet, as far as telling her about his past, but he does allow her to offer him something he's never allowed himself to want: tenderness.
If there’s one minor complaint I have, it’s the rush to love at the very end, and especially the sudden appearance of a ring. But all in all, this wasn’t enough to break the book for me, and I was otherwise very happy with it.
Dirty for Me is a hot read about a rough man running from his past and the woman trying to break free from her own, and I’m sure it’ll appeal to many readers. I really liked the supporting characters as well, who will obviously be getting their own books: Gideon, Zoe, Rachel and Levi. And since it’s Ashenden, I know I’ll enjoy their books, too. Levi’s story is next, and I’m lucky enough to already have an ARC on my Kindle, which I hope to get to in the next few weeks.
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
*Note: The quotes used belong to Jackie Ashenden; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.
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