Format: ebook, 206 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Indulgence line
Year of release: 2013, May 13
Source: Requested an early copy from the publisher through NetGalley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars – Perfect Read
Blurb from Goodreads:
Gadget journalist Christie St. John is more geek than chic. But when research for an article she has to write on online dating leads to the bed of the hottest guy she’s ever met, she knows that if the geek is to keep the hottie CEO, she’s going to have to come out of her digital shell.
Tech mogul Joseph Ashton never expected an Internet blind date to end in the best sex of his life. Yet as the chemistry between him and Christie burns out of control, he can’t help but think this woman is out for his money like all the rest. She claims she wants his heart instead – but that’s the one thing he can never give.
The reason I desperately wanted to read this book wasn’t because of the cover, though it’s a fabulously genius cover, it was because of the title! I unashamedly confess to being a dirty-talk junkie and when a title includes any form or the combination of the words dirty and talk, I’m a goner!
So back to the book. The title set a pretty high expectation prescedent and I hoped it would meet my expectation. When I started I immediately knew I wouldn’t have to worry about it. Though it wasn’t the filthy dirty I usually prefer it definitely was a sexy read.
The IM conversation and the start of the relationship reminded a lot of how I met my hubby (yes we met through internet) and I was instantly smitten with Jackie Ashenden’s humorous, agreeable voice and her main characters.
I loved Christie! She made it onto my fave heroines list with her witty humor, her straightforwardness and her down-to-earth look on life. She’s also has bouts of self-doubt caused by her inconsiderate awful family, especially her mother, but it never got all woe-is-me and I loved that about her.
Joseph was yummy. Period.
He’s blunt and bossy in a sexy way and he knows and acknowledges his flaws. He has ADHD issues but doesn’t let that impede him in his going after what he wants, whether in business or pursuing his attraction to Christie.
Both main characters had their flaws, they certainly weren’t perfect and ironically that’s what made them perfect in my eyes, because I adore flawed characters especialwhen they are well-written, show their vulnerability and I can relate to them in many ways.
One thing puzzled me a bit: Joseph “met” Christie in an online game forum on one of his employees’s computer and chatted with her a second time using said employee’s handle…Later in the story Joseph has created a profile of his own but I kept wondering about how he did it the second time as the employee had returned to his computer.
I think I liked this book so much because it touched so many aspects of my own life. Not literally of course, it’s fiction after all, but it had more parallels than any other contemporary romance I’ve ever read. This made me very partial to this story and its author.
I also beyond loved the humor in this book. Jackie Ashenden has a very humorous voice laced with a lot of dry wit and I’ve said it before and will say it again: humor gets me every time! Combine it with sexy and sensuous and I’m a fan for life! I’m so glad I requested this book in exchange for a review. So! Glad! It has made my 2013 favorites for sure!
– the interview > awesome turn of events scene
– Joseph’s big grovel > so good! LOVED!!
Being at home watching TV or reading a good book was much more interesting than the endless round of socializing Marisa seemed to do.[Christie]
Sex with Greg [note from reviewer: ex-boyfriend] had been…well, comparing that with her experience with Joseph was like comparing an original master to a copy painted by apes and then photocopied one million times.
Joseph sat back in his seat, composed. As if he hadn’t delivered the kind of kiss that made a stone curl its toes. If a stone had toes.