New York Times bestselling author J. Daniels brings us the next book in her Dirty Deeds series.
Is this love or just a game?
Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.
Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.
Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?
This book can be read as a stand-alone.
Book 1–Four Letter Word
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
I was given an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This review may get a little NSFW – Grandma, stop reading!
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out exactly how I felt about this book before finally coming to this conclusion: the way I feel about this book is comparable to the way I feel about chocolate. Not just any chocolate, but my guiltiest pleasure, decadent dark chocolate. Why, you ask? Because like dark chocolate, this book and I have a love/hate relationship. Well, maybe not hate, but there were definitely a few moments of mild dislike (and lets be real, you can never really HATE chocolate).
I can always tell if a romance book is good if at some point I get teary eyed. I’m not at all embarrassed to admit that I cried twice during this book – these two were just so damn sweet together, I loved their chemistry. One of my favorite things about the first book in this series, Four Letter Word, was the constant back and forth between Tori and Jamie. The way that Daniels brings them together in this book is beyond perfect as well – without posting any spoilers, all I can say is that it had me laughing out loud. I adored seeing the softer, more thoughtful side of Jamie (who wouldn’t fall in love with a sexy, sweet surfer with a deliciously dirty mouth??) and felt that Tori’s trust issues were so completely relate-able, especially for anyone who has been cheated on. I’ll admit, I was hoping for more Stitch and Shay in this book, but I think it is safe to say their book is coming soon, if not next. *Hint HINT* J. Daniels…
There were two main things that bothered me about this book. The first, and most important, in my opinion, was that the dialogue was just so choppy. For the love of all that is holy, Jamie, use full sentences!! Half of his sentences had no subject and the other half included the phrase “straight up”. Considering how talented of a writer J Daniels is, I just didn’t understand the need for his speech to be so rough. And being a southern girl myself, I was frustrated at the incessant use of the word “ain’t”. We don’t use it that often! The second thing that bothered me was the number of sex scenes – I found myself skimming them towards the end because there were just so many. Don’t get me wrong, they were hot as hell (Daniels can write a good sex scene, there is no doubt about it), there were just a few too many, in my opinion.
All in all, this series will continue to be a guilty pleasure of mine – one of those books I pull out when I am mad at a boyfriend and need to curl up with a light read and a cup of hot chocolate.
My Takeaway: There were some dialogue issues that troubled me, and a few more sex scenes than I felt necessary, but overall, I loved the chemistry these two characters brought to the table. Their love story was funny but sweet. All I can hope for is a Shay and Stitch book soon!!