Dirty Deeds

Dirty Deeds

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by Lorelei James

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When good, clean fun just isn't an option.

Just once, good girl Tate Cross wants to experience a red-hot, no-strings-attached affair. She's temporarily left her graphic artist position in Denver to settle her aunt's estate in Spearfish, South Dakota, but the city won't let her sell the property until the landscaping is up to snuff. The Native American landscape


When good, clean fun just isn't an option.

Just once, good girl Tate Cross wants to experience a red-hot, no-strings-attached affair. She's temporarily left her graphic artist position in Denver to settle her aunt's estate in Spearfish, South Dakota, but the city won't let her sell the property until the landscaping is up to snuff. The Native American landscape contractor her friend highly recommends looks like he can meet all her needs, in the flowerbed and out.

Nathan LeBeau believes few women look at the Native American man beneath the filthy work clothes and hard hat. When Tate offers to trade art lessons for dirt work, the tempting subtext is as plain as the lettering on the side of Nathan's truck. But in truth, he's tired of relationships based solely on sex. His goal of proving he's not completely hopeless in matters of the heart is second only to his dream of expanding his business.

It figures. Tate wants no-holds-barred sex right about the time the one-time Casanova wants a good old-fashioned romance. Bring on the battle of wills!

Warning: A reformed bad boy who wants a taste of real love, and a good girl who wants just one taste of the wild side-and she's willing to drive a hard bargain to get what she wants.

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Dirty Deeds

By Lorelei James

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2006 Lorelei James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-297-7

Chapter One

"The closest I've ever been to nirvana was during an orgasm."

Tate Cross rolled her eyes. Where did Val come up with this stuff?

Undaunted, her friend Val shifted her pregnant belly. She broke the chocolate bar in half, sucking at the apricot filling oozing over her finger. "But this ..." a satisfied moan escaped, "... is running a close second."

"I wasn't talking about nirvana the place; I was talking about Nirvana the band." Tate slid the CD case across the dining room table and switched off the boom box, doubting Val would appreciate the subtle nuances of Cobain and company's "Heart-Shaped Box".

"Sorry. I never understood that whole grunge thing."

Tate narrowed her eyes. "But if we were talking about sweaty, grungy cowboys in tight jeans, whinin' 'bout lovin' the wrong woman, drivin' off in dusty pickups to the local bar for a shot of pain-easin' whiskey, you'd pay attention."

"Country music always gets me hot."

"No wonder you've been pregnant four times."

A sly, dreamy look drifted over Val's face. "This one was conceived when Rich brought home that Stetson and we played-"

"Baby roulette? Apparently Richard's six-gun was fully loaded that night." With a grin, Tate gestured to Val's stomach. "Seems that elusive slice of sexual heaven has a high price."

"Being pregnant isn't bad." Val lovingly rubbed her hand over her swollen abdomen. "And a great sex life is not elusive."

"Maybe not for you. You have the perfect man." Tate tamped down on a rare surge of jealousy. She doubted Val's perpetual rosy glow was entirely pregnancy related, the lucky duck.

"So sue me."

Tate cocked a blonde brow. "Your lawyer husband laughs at your lawsuit jokes?"

"Of course." Val tipped her glass of milk against Tate's in a mock toast. "My fabulous sense of humor is the reason he married me."

Tate choked back a giggle; milk nearly squirted out her nose. How mature. Here she was trying to have a sophisticated conversation about sex and not act like the goggle-eyed ingénue Val remembered her to be.

Val smiled. "I'll admit our compatibility inside the bedroom played a key role. Love at first sight. It can happen."

"Not to me." Tate snatched the candy from Val's plate. Swapping sexual quips was one thing, forking over the last piece of chocolate fell into an entirely different realm. Mmm. She savored the sinful flavor; it was indeed close to orgasmic. Not that she had anything to judge it by lately.

"This is the first lunch we've had without my kiddos since you've come back to South Dakota and we're discussing my sex life? I should be spellbound by your wild sexual adventures in Mile-High Stadium. Or cavorting naked on the beach in Cozumel."

"Get real." Tate snorted. "There's nothing to discuss."

A cascade of auburn ringlets brushed Val's heart-shaped face when she shook her head. "Then I'm sorry for you."

"Me too." Tate traced the ruffled edge of the crocheted placemat. "I have no life at all, besides getting this house ready to sell. I haven't done the deed for-" Mentally, she counted back and shuddered. "At my sexual peak. What a joke. I'm supposed to be worried about my partner pleasing me instead of whether I've got enough AA batteries."

Silence. Tate slid Val a sideways glance. Talk about bold statements.

Without missing a beat, Val said, "No judgment, but I couldn't live without that intimacy. Connecting with Rich on an elemental level whenever, wherever we want." A satisfied sigh gusted forth. "Except now we're forced to be discreet."

Didn't Val's beach ball condition belie that statement? Tactfully, Tate didn't point it out. "I'm the epitome of discreet."

"You and Chris Taylor weren't very discreet, if I recall."

"That's the only time," Tate grumbled. "No one believed 'Miss Goody-Two- Shoes' boinked the school bad boy that night at the lake anyway."

"How did you pull it off?" Val mused. "I mean, didn't you find it awkward to roll a cold, wet Speedo over a stiffy?"

"Hah! Didn't it just figure my first experience with a penis outside Playgirl magazine and his dick was more like a clammy, fat worm than the 'throbbing rod of manhood' I'd expected."

She drifted back to the summer of her senior year she'd spent with Aunt Beatrice. It'd been easy convincing studly Chris to change her virginal status. But the quick tryst on his Harley hadn't included passion, and Chris had been clueless on demonstrating carnal secrets. That flagging sense of disappointment still dogged her. Would she ever discover the powerful sexual connection her friends raved about? When?

"Forget Chris and his unimpressive rod. Although it makes sense why he's fat, bald and married to his motorcycle shop." Val paused and offered, "I could set you up with someone, if you're interested."

"Who?" Tate snapped back to attention. "Is he nice?"

"Of course he's nice." Val sniffed.

"Then nothing doing."


"Nothing doing. I'm done with nice. This little chat has just reinforced my decision. The next affair I start will be purely that. An affair. No strings, no promises. Just sex. Lots of hot sex."

Val daintily wiped off the milk mustache before expelling a surprisingly unladylike burp. "Excuse me. Run that by me one more time?"

"You heard me. Sex. I want sex. The steamier, the nastier, the better. I've never been impulsive. Never dated a guy just because he could give me mind- blowing orgasms." Tate shoved an agitated hand through her short, spiky blonde hair. "I want the heady out-of-control passion I've never experienced before I lose what little nerve I've got left."

Val's jaw nearly hit the parquet floor.

There. She'd actually shocked the unflappable Val.

"But honey, don't you want a man-"

"No. I don't want the same kind of man I've been dating for the last ten years. I don't care if he's suitable as a lifelong mate. Or if he'd make a great father. Or whether my parents would approve. I want a man that can find my G-spot in two seconds flat."

"Who-ee Tatum Cross!" Val fanned herself.

"Oh, don't play innocent with me, after you admitted to the 'my-husband-has-a- Stetson-and-I-ride-him-like-a-pony' scenario."

"I'm not. I just don't want you to get hurt."

"I'm not naïve." Well, not as much as she used to be. She longed for the chance to act outrageous, to unleash the sexual tigress lurking beyond her kittenish exterior. Aching to prove-if only to herself-that a purely physical relationship didn't have to end in dreams of picket fences, cocker spaniels and mini-vans.

"Men do this all the time without emotional repercussions. Find me a guy who has nothing on his mind besides awesome sex, and cutting loose his libido because that's all I'm in the market for."

"Not even one date?" Val asked skeptically.

"Nope. No relationships."

"Good." Val's resounding smack on the antique trestle table knocked an ornate silver candlestick into the leftover chicken salad. "Then I've got an even better guy in mind for you. A purely sexual relationship is right up his alley."


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Lorelei James is the author of the popular Rough Riders series.

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Sasha1204 More than 1 year ago
Dirty Deeds is a great story with the usual erotic touches Lorelei is so famous for....however, the story line seems a lot more developed and involved in Dirty Deeds than in previous James titles I have read. I really enjoyed the characters and story line...the erotica was icing on the cake! (Yum). Highly recommended for Lorelei James readers....you will not be disappointed.
readnmomma More than 1 year ago
I love Lorelei James and this book was amother great one by her! I like the reversed rolls of the man and woman made things interesting! If you like fun, sexy reads you will love DIRTY DEEDS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish-the characters are interesting and the "romantic" scenes are HOT, but not overdone. Keeping this one in my nook indefinitely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the past, I poo-pooed "romance novels" as breast-beating, flowery, light on substance, fluff reads. Recently, I discovered Lorelei James' Rough Rider series, which are lustfully addicting. Sure, these women's erotica/romance novels do follow the format/structure of a basic romance novel. However, the stories are enthralling. That said, I was carried away with this light romantic read. The premise of a woman who has been "done wrong" by a lover and who has decided she wants short-term no-strings-attached sex training for art-training exchange seems a bit forced. However, the characters are written so richly, especially Nathan LeBeau! OMG, if he were real, he'd have to leave the house in disguise in order to have a bit of peace from lusting women of all ages! This brief book is worth it just for him. I was sorry the story was so short. Yummy!
jka0 More than 1 year ago
Really like this author. Haven't read anything that isn't good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a littel thrill then u will love this
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Lorilei does it again! I love this ladies writing style. Again, this book pulls you in and keeps you there right to the dend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE and trust everything Lorelei puts out. Her writing styles from her western/cowboy to her fighter/mma is remarkably different. However, amazing at the same time. It takes a brilliant writer to be so diverse in her styles.
CBurns More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Hot!
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Loved it
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under the Covers Book Blog DIRTY DEEDS has everything I always expect in a Lorelei James novel. Lovable characters that you come to care for as the book progresses, and you feel an immediate connection to. A sense of family. And lots of sexiness. Tate Cross comes to Spearfish to settle her aunt’s estate and sell her house. However she runs into some issues with renovations to the house before she’s able to sell. And as she doesn’t have the money to afford the renovations, she comes up with creative arrangements to pay for the work she needs done. Especially when it comes to her landscaping. Nathan LeBeau is the perfect guy for the job! Nathan is also tasked with helping Tate get a little wild in her otherwise boring sex life. For an arrangement that they both thought would be forced or not as enjoyable when it first came up, their chemistry showed strong from the get go. The sexual sparks were flying from their first interaction and I was just hooked. DIRTY DEEDS is the type of sexy and feel good book you don’t want to put down. Even though I think we could’ve gone a little deeper into how much prejudice, of his Native American background and his “dirty” job, has affected Nathan. And even some of Tate’s background and the things that have made her tick in the past, including her family and her career. But even without all that backstory fully developed you still got the a good feel for who they were and how good they could compliment each other. In and out of the bedroom. As a fan of the author, I’m glad I was able to get a look at an older title that I otherwise might’ve not gone back to look at. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is good story. Steamy sexy and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lorelei James is a very consistent writer. Her books are entertaining and well written. You always get more than you expect with her books. If you haven't read anything by this author you really should! She is by far one of the best out there.
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Nathan is every womans dream man, and Tate is like an anniying dog in heat, it just didn"t work for me
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bought it for the author, but not anywhere as good as her other books
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