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Something to Talk About

Something to Talk About

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by Dakota Cassidy

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Sexy is as sexy does. And in Plum Orchard, sugar, it does!

Emmeline Amos is sick of her ex saying she's boring and prissy. After all, she works for a phone-sex company! (As general manager, but still.) On a rare girls' night out, fueled by blender drinks and bravado, Em accepts a shocking dare—to handle a call herself.

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Something to Talk About 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TheRavenReader More than 1 year ago
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 5 REVIEW:   Oh my!!!!!   To say that I love Emmeline Amos would be an understatement.   When we first Emmeline in Talk Dirty to Me, she was shy, unsure, hating Dixie and not happy with her life.  But even with that Em holds her head up high and tries to be the best person and mom as she can possible be.    But in Something to Talk About Emmeline Amos finally finds out who she is and how far she is willing to go to protect those she loves.  Oh and Em finds out a few little secrets that could possible turn her world upside down again.   Let’s talk Jacks.   Mr. Jacks Hawthorne is beyond yummy.   Jacks not only is an amazing dad to his beyond sweet little girl.  He is fiercely protective of those around him.  But Jacks has secrets too.  And one of those secrets is back and stalking around Plum Orchard.  I loved this story.  Love Emmeline and Jacks.  Love Dixie and the ladies at Call-Girls.  Loved! Loved! Loved!  I will say that there was a few *gasp* moments and a few tears while reading this book.  I can’t wait for the next book “Talking After Midnight” Scarlet Chase does another AMAZING job of narrating this book.  I just love love love her.   She really brings the characters to life for me.   I can’t wait for her to read Talking After Midnight to me.  Great job again Ms. Chase.   Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
SoCalChele More than 1 year ago
Hot gossip and hot nights abound in this second installment of the Call Girls series!, It's no secret that I love this author and her sense of humor. I was so happy to read Em's story as I knew there was more fun to come. Em doesn't like to draw the attention of the Mags and does everything she can to not give the town something to talk about. I loved seeing more of Dixie and some of the other girls. I hope the girls each get their own story. I really enjoyed following Em as she learned that it's okay to give them "something to talk about"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
I am falling hard for the people of Plum Orchard, Georgia. I’m totally loving this character-driven series and watching this small town with its small mind mentality slowly changing before my eyes. The way things have always been done in Plum Orchard is being upset by the newer generation bucking the system and challenging how the stereotypical Southern lady should act. I’m looking forward to more upsets of the apple cart and bigger changes in the minds of this small Georgia community. Em is my total hero. She was raised to be a gentile Southern lady and to uphold the Southern values her mama so thoroughly and viciously drummed into her skull. However, her journey to find the “real” Emmeline challenges those beliefs and everything she’s known as true and “right.” Jax Hawthorne is one of those challenges and gives Em a run for her money. He, as well as Dixie and the rest of the gang at Call Girls, gave Em the courage and the strength to stand up for herself and claim her happiness for the first time in forever.  I didn’t believe for one minute that Em and Jax could keep their feelings out of the “no strings” relationship. Em and Jax had some steamy eye contact in the last book and their passionate connection was even more intense in this one. The heat factor is volcanic and their chemistry is palpable. Jax…*sigh* he is so dreamy and such a wonderful dad. I absolutely fell in love with him. He loved and respected Em and absolutely loved his daughter and cared for Em’s children. I wanted him all to myself! Jax went through some issues in the story as well, but he had a wonderful support system and was able to put some past demons to rest and concentrate on his future. Jax also has two equally ruggedly sexy single brothers that I’m looking forward to reading more about.  The characters are realistic and easily relatable and the storyline was intricately laced with Southern drawls, witty commentary and scandalous secrets. You will not believe the amount of earth-shattering secrets hidden away in this small Southern town. And I have a feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg! I’m looking forward to reading all the books in this series!  What I loved most about this series was the snarky dialogue. I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud. I’m thankful that this book wasn’t as emotionally draining as the last book, but no less brilliant. Dakota Cassidy captures small-town Southern living so clearly. It is a complete joy to read these books and I recommend them to anyone who loves small town stories with life-changing moments and where love, laughter and best friends are the cure-all for any ailment. ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
adwest More than 1 year ago
Dakota does it again. I am loving everything about Plum Orchard and this series. Of course when you hear the words "phone sex company" and "Dakota Cassidy" you know it won't be anything but a good time. Book 2 is about Em and Jax, and what it takes to move on from your past. This book was full of twists and turns, there were a couple things I definitely didn't see coming. It's heartwarming and funny, and will leave you waiting for the next! Can't wait for more of this series!
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
I was a little intrigued by the blurb for this book. A phone sex company in the middle of a small southern town? Sounds great, right? Yeah, not so much. It had it's moments, but I got tired of the sayings and the gossip-y talk. Maybe it was because I didn't read the first book, but I just didn't get into this book as much as I thought I would. Kinda want to read the next book because it's about the mysterious Tag, but if it's going to use all the talk about the lord and his ways...no thanks. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
BooksAndBeer More than 1 year ago
Another funny, touching gem of a story – you'll laugh and cry. Emmaline Amos is going through changes. She wants to break free from her ex-husband's assertions  that she's dull and prissy. Now that she's General Manager of Call Girls, (a quite respectable phone-sex business, bless her heart!) it seems that the changes she wants to make are going to come easier. After all, who can be prissy with all that pretend spanking and heavy breathing going on; especially after having several drinks during a girls-night-out!? Em decides she can be as saucy as the best of them and picks up the phone to prove it. But instead of a lonely man on the other end, it's a sweet little girl – with a really angry father. Jax Hawthorn has his dander up over his daughter getting through Call Girls' phone screening and actually ending up on the phone with a phone sex operator. Em has to set him straight about his daughter trying to help him by calling the “girlfriend store.” Jax graciously acknowledges her criticism and has to admit, if he was looking for someone, Em would be on his shopping list. But past hurts have made him much more careful, and he's not buying. Em wants to break free from the labels others have stuck to her. And Jax is just the person she'd like to peel them off. A blurted proposition to have a friends-with-benefits affair (secretly-of course) gets Em what she wants. No relationship, no risk, right? It may not be that easy... “You heard me. I want to talk dirty. Bring it on.” Something to Talk About is the second full-length story in Dakota Cassidy's Plum Orchard contemporary romance series.  It is preceded by a novella, Talk This Way, and the first book, Talk Dirty  to Me.  The main character Emmaline, is a pivotal character in Talk Dirty to Me, and the reader gets to know some very important things about her in that story.  However, through minimal exposition, the reader could jump into the series with this book, and be caught up.  That's not an easy task, as these books are not overly long, but it is done well through dialogue and a little introspection by Em. Emmaline's character follows a similar arc to the heroine of the previous book, Dixie.  By no means are the stories cookie-cutter copies, though. Rather, it seems as if there's a cascade effect brought on  by a character named Landon, who is introduced in the novella.  His actions in that book caused changes in many of the lives of the people around him. As their lives changed, so do they.   While Dixie is blatantly sexy, Emmaline is “librarian sexy”. Her longing to break free from the hurt   caused by her ex-husband leads her to push herself out of her own comfort zone.  She does things that seem to be uncharacteristic for her, but in reality are just parts of herself she'd let lie dormant.   She wasn't really changing, she was showing more of who she really was.   Jax's development was just as strong as Em's.  He's wonderfully inept with tools, which is a lovely serendipitous balance to Em's handiness.  A big strong man that needed home-repair help from a woman, was charming. Aside from charm, he's got some great depth. At first, it seems as though he's just being a protective parent and brother. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that his fears aren't just affecting his own life.   Once again, the satellite characters are fully fleshed out.  They have vital impact on the plot and the main characters. More than that, they help create a realism to the story and world-building.   The plot moves along at a good pace.  Em's hesitance over a relationship does battle with her attraction to Jax, and her solution to get what she wants aligns well with her character.  The end of the  book bears some surprises, which was a real treat. While not quite as moving as the previous story, Something to Talk About is an excellent read.  So far, Cassidy is 3 for 3 in the series, and I cannot wait for Talking After Midnight.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from April 29 to 30, 2014 Book Info  Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA original title Something to Talk About ISBN 0778316270 (ISBN13: 9780778316275) edition language English series Plum Orchard #2 other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Sexy is as sexy does. And in Plum Orchard, sugar, it does!  Emmeline Amos is sick of her ex saying she's boring and prissy. After all, she works for a phone-sex company! (As general manager, but still.) On a rare girls' night out, fueled by blender drinks and bravado, Em accepts a shocking dare—to handle a call herself. But it's tipsy Em who gets an earful from an irate single father on the other end of the line. Awkward.  But not as awkward as discovering that same mad dad is Call Girls' gorgeous new programmer. Jax Hawthorne is still upset that his daughter called the "girlfriend store" on his behalf, but he can't deny he'd choose a hot-librarian type like Em if he were looking for love. Which he's not.  Em wants to do more than just talk the talk. So she makes a bawdy bargain with Jax. They've both been burned before—this time, they'll keep it strictly physical. Except as soon as they settle on no strings attached, things start to get tangled. My Thoughts When we first met Emmeline Amos she was dealing with being newly divorced, a single mother of two young boys and mediating the terms of a will that brought her former classmate and high school nemesis Dixie Davis back to Plum Orchard Georgia.  The two become friends and allies during the course of time and after the original choice of general manager for the phone sex company leaves Em takes on the job for a chance at a better salary to make things easier to support her sons. Always having been taught to avoid conflict, keep herself in the background and remember her manners Em finds herself lonely as well as tired of always being a “good girl”. In a memorable night of too much “good cheer” Em answers a call and in the process finds herself on the receiving end of a plea to help a six-year-old girl’s father a girlfriend. Of course when “Daddy” comes on the line she finds herself being yelled at until she manages to take control of the conversation and finally ends up hanging up the phone. In one memorable scene of book one readers had found Em exchanging heated eye contact with a handsome man playing with his daughter, the man ends up being the little girls father and also friends with Caine Donovan. Caine hires Jax to work up an internet security program for “Call Girls” and as co-workers he and Em soon find their physical attraction to be quite overwhelming, things get mighty interesting for the pair shortly thereafter and what starts out as a no strings bargain becomes pretty serious. In book 2 Emmeline Amos is no longer boring and prissy, she is kicking ass, coming out of her shell, taking no prisoners and as a bonus finally chooses to find a way to classily put Louella Parsons in her place! Em and M you Rock! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatly disappointed with this book....just not as good as the the first two books in this series...I had to skip way too many pages just to get a little intersted with the whole thing.