Talk Dirty to Me [NOOK Book]

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Former mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best?make that only?friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business?if she meets a few conditions:

She's got to live in Landon's mansion.

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Overview


Former mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best—make that only—friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business…if she meets a few conditions:

She's got to live in Landon's mansion.

With her gorgeous ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan.

Who could also inherit the business.

Which is a phone sex empire.

Wait, what?

Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on!

Plum Orchard, Georgia, is about to get even juicier…

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Plum Orchard, Georgia, is about to get even juicier…

Notorious mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best—make that only—friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business…if she meets a few conditions:

She's got to live in Landon's mansion.

With her gorgeous ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan.

Who could also inherit the business.

Which is a phone sex empire.

Wait, what?

Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on!

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Publishers Weekly
★ 03/24/2014
Cassidy (The Accidental Werewolf) turns an implausible premise into a startlingly deep heartstring-tugger. When Dixie Davis returns to Plum Orchard, Ga. for her best friend Landon’s funeral, she finds her hometown still fixated on her mean-girl past. Her ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan, holds an especially big grudge. But Landon has left his phone-sex business to Dixie and Caine—or rather, to whichever one of them proves more talented on the phones. Dixie desperately needs the money; she also needs to prove that she’s no longer a manipulative queen bee. No one, least of all Caine, is making her return easy, and Dixie takes the abuse, thinking it’s her due. Caine has a hard time letting go of his anger, but he can’t help noticing that Dixie isn’t quite the same girl he remembers. With each altercation, Caine learns more about the new Dixie, and Dixie starts to value herself. While their reconciliation is passionate, the most powerful scenes are the ones where Dixie learns that she is worthy of being loved. (May)
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"A startlingly deep heartstring-tugger....The most powerful scenes are the ones where Dixie learns that she is worthy of being loved." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"With her signature humor, Cassidy kicks off her new trilogy with a bang....Run to get this book!" -RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!

"Dakota Cassidy is a fun, fresh voice in romantic comedy." -New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

"Cassidy's upbeat style and wicked sense of humor...will enchant readers." -Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460331170
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 16,179
  • File size: 396 KB

Meet the Author


Dakota Cassidy lives and writes in Oregon in a castle high on a hill, overlooking her quaint mobile home village, and she has a husband that puts the heroes in her books to shame.

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"He looks really good, considering." Emmaline Amos sniffed, pushing her way past an enormous bouquet of white lilies standing by Landon Wells's casket at Tate and Son's Home Of Eternal Rest.

She pulled Dixie Davis with her, away from Landon's casket and into the privacy of a connecting mourning room where she set Dixie on a couch surrounded by pictures of Landon.

The scent of dark wood paneling, vanilla candles, and Old Spice invaded Dixie's nose, making her "ugly cry" hangover pulse in her temples with the force of a sledgehammer.

Dixie lifted her sunglasses, thwarting another ambush of tears, so grateful for the opportunity to have had a few moments alone with Landon without the intrusion of the long line of people who'd shown up to pay their last respects.

She muttered up at Em, "Why does everyone always say that, Em? Landon's dead. There's nothing good-looking about it. I always thought that was a crude thing to say."

Em huffed, brushing the brim of her black sun hat, and sat down beside her. She gave her a nudge to make some room. "It's not crude. I was complimentin' him. New adjective, please," she drawled, her Southern lilt like macaroni and cheese to Dixie's homesick ears. Comfort food for the soul.

"Crass?"

"Crass is harsh, Dixie."

Landon Wells, her best friend ever, was dead. That was harsh.

Harsher still, Landon's other best friend, Caine Donovan, was just outside that door.

Don't forget he's your ex-fiancé, too.

Right. Dixie started to regret her terse words with Emmaline. She couldn't afford to alienate the one and only, albeit totally reluctant, ally she had left in her small hometown of Plum Orchard, Georgia.

Maybe what was making her so snappish was exhaustion after the long drive from Chicago. Or the anxiety of returning to said small hometown where everyone knew her name and mostly wanted to throw darts at her picture.

Maybe it was the precariousness of her life in financial semiruin that made her voice what she'd been thinking for almost two hours as mourner after mourner repeated Em's words while she'd waited for her private viewing of Landon's body.

Or maybe it was the likelihood that a good portion of the female population of Plum Orchard High, class of 1996, were just outside this very funeral home with metaphoric stakes soaked in the town's specialty, homemade plum wine, just waiting for Reverend Watson to perform her public exorcism. Then they could seal the deal by driving their angry pieces of wood right through her despicable heart.

It would be nothing less than she deserved.

She'd been a horrible person in high school and beyond, and here in Plum Orchard where time seemed to stand still, no one forgot.

You were horrible long after high school, too, Dixie. To Caine…

Point. Most of her anxiety had to do with the fact that she had no choice but to see Caine Donovan again.

Bingo, Dixie. The thought of seeing him left her feeling fragile and raw.

To this damn day his memory still leaves you breathless.

Acknowledged. Dark, star-filled nights under a scratchy army blanket in the bed of Caine's pickup truck, the scent of magnolias clinging to their sticky skin. It was just one of many of the images-both good and bad-she'd warred with since her return to Plum Orchard became a reality.

She scrunched her eyes shut before reopening them.

"Sorry," Em said, dragging her from her internal war. Her blue eyes held sympathy beneath her wide-brimmed hat. "I'm glad they gave you some time alone with Landon before the latecomers swarm in to pay their last respects. I can't even imagine how much this hurts." Em squeezed her shoulder with reassuring fingers.

Dixie let out a shaky sigh, hooking her arm through Em's. "No, I'm the one who's sorry. I'm tired and on edge, and you've been so kind to me through this whole process when I totally don't deserve-"

"No, you surely do not, Dixie Davis!" Em's voice rose, then just as quickly reduced to just above a whisper. She peered over her shoulder as though unseen eyes might bear witness to her bad manners. God forbid. "You were a mean girl back in the day. My high school years were torture because of you. And might I remind you, people don't forget, especially here in little ol' Plum Orchard. Why, you're lucky I even picked up the phone during Landon's last days, knowing it was you I had to talk to on the other end of the line," she finished on an offended harrumph.

But Dixie knew better than to take Em's outburst personally. Em was as kind as she was generous, and nothing, not even a faded-around-the-edges grudge, would keep her good heart from beating selflessly.

For all her leftover high school anger with Dixie, Em had called her religiously with updates on Landon's last days, because he'd asked her to. Em always did what was right. That was just who she was.

Still, Dixie gave her a sheepish glance, and bumped her shoulder playfully to ease the lines of Em's frown. "This is about the cheerleading squad, isn't it?"

Em's arm stiffened. She lifted her chin. "You told me my legs looked like sausages in that stupid cheerleading skirt, so I couldn't be on the squad. But my split jumps were better 'n Annabelle Pruitt's, and you knew it."

True. Every last word of it. She'd been cruel, twenty or so years ago. Yet, comments like that, among the many she'd hurled at Em, obviously crept into a person's soul and hung around. From the moment she'd seen Em after being gone so long, Dixie had known she'd be met with extreme caution. Maybe some angry outbursts and plenty of tests to see if she really had changed.

So Dixie's next admission was without hesitation.

"I did."

Dixie let her hand slide down along Emmaline's arm to thread her fingers through hers, giving them a light squeeze. "I'm not that person anymore, Emmaline. I'm really not. You were right then and now. Your split jumps were at least a hundred feet higher than Annabelle's. I lied back then out ofjealousy. Your legs are long and gorgeous." They were. Em was undeniably beautiful.

Em ran a self-conscious hand over her bare leg and said, "Don't you try and flatter me after all this time. Not after I spent four months' worth of babysitting money on the ThighMaster because of you."

Dixie winced. "Then, if nothing else, you know, for every mean thing I did to you back then, I hope you'll remember, the Lord says to forgive is divine."

"The Lord didn't go to high school with you."

"Fair." Dixie let her chin drop to her chest, noting under the lights of the funeral home, the long curls of her red dye job were fading dismally.

Em's nostrils flared at the pin Dixie'd effectively poked in her bubble of anger before her rigid posture deflated, and she let out a half chuckle. "Don't you be nice to me, Dixie Davis. I'm not one hundred percent buyin' this 'I've changed' act. You've done that bit once before, and we all fell for it ten years ago, remember? Not so fast this time. So just keep your compliments to yourself." It was obvious Em was trying to keep her resentments in check out of respect for Landon, for which today, Dixie was grateful.

If not for Em, she wouldn't have been able to speak to Landon the one last time he was still coherent-nor would she have known about a single funeral arrangement. So Dixie nodded in understanding. "No rights allowed."

The tension around Em's crimson-colored lips eased some, her expression growing playful. She fingered one of the lilies in a fluted vase on the table near the couch. "And as a by the by, Lesta-Sue and the Mags said they'll never allow you access to the Plum Orchard Founders Day parade committee, if you were hopin' to worm back into everyone's good graces, that is."

It was a "take that" comment meant to hurt her- to remind Dixie, when she'd been head Magnolia, the town's decades-old society of women, and a rite of rich Southern girl passage, she'd once used her popularity and status to shun others via the town's elitist club. Especially Em.

If Lesta-Sue was here already, that meant the rest of the Mags would be here, too. Terrific. Surely, Louella Palmer, Dixie's head Magnolia predecessor, wasn't far behind.

Louella hated her, too. In fact, there was a special kind of hate reserved by Louella just for Dixie. Because she'd broken the girlfriend code ten years ago.

Really broken it.

But Dixie nodded again, and this time, if there was such an act, she did it with even less hesitation than the time before. "Lesta-Sue shouldn't allow me access to a public gas station bathroom after what I did to her. Stealing her high school beau of three long years by offering to let him get to second base with me was a horrible thing to do. So it's a good thing I'll be long gone by the time they break out the hot glue gun and crepe paper. I'm not here to stay, Em. I'm just here to say goodbye to Landon."

The statement tugged at Dixie's heart. She'd missed home-even if it hadn't missed her.

Em's dark brows knitted together while her gloved fingertips fluttered to the pointed collar of her black-belted dress with the flared skirt. "You're upsetting me, Dixie."

"How so, Emmaline?"

"You're still bein' sweet."

Dixie flashed her a warm smile. "Aw, thank you."

"Stop that this instant!" Em insisted. "It's unsettling. I should hate you just like every woman still left in this town who attended Plum Orchard High does." She stiffened again, as if her years of piled-up high school hurts caused by Dixie were warring with her naturally forgiving nature.

Em had just wanted to fit in back then, and Dixie'd used it to her advantage at every outlet. She wouldn't forgive someone for treating her the way she'd treated Em, but if regret counted, she had plenty of that to give.

Dixie shot her another smile full of more gratitude. "Yes, you should hate me. You still can, if you'd like. But I appreciate you, and everythin' you've done. So see? We balance each other out."

"The only thing that keeps me from shunning you just like the others is I can't help but feel badly for you, Dixie. I, unlike you, have a conscience. You've had a horrible patch. I mean, first we all hear you lost your fancy restaurant-"

"That was almost two years ago, Em." Two long years, scraping together a pathetic living with the degree she never quite got, and working odd jobs with her limited-really limited work skills.

Em clucked her tongue. "Two years, two days. Does the amount of time since the descent into financial devastation truly matter?"

Dixie had to nod her agreement. It only mattered to her. Her and the investors she'd let down.

"Okay, but then, your best friend, Landon, asks me to keep you-of all people-up to date on his journey to the end, knowing darn well I'd never say no because one, I grew to love him, too, and two, for gracious sake, he was dying. Then that best friend in the whole world of yours, I'm guessin' your only friend left, dies."

"You're a fine human being, Em. I mean that." Dixie refused to take the bait and let Em get a rise out of her.

Em pushed some more. "Adding to all that misery, there's Caine Donovan. Your heart must be in an emotional tizzy about seeing him after, what is it now? Ten years…"

Dixie remained stoically silent. About all things failed restaurant and especially all things Caine Donovan.

"You remember him, right? One-time Plum Orchard High heartthrob and all-county track star, now one of Miami's biggest real-estate moguls… Oh, and the man you claimed to love but bet on like a Derby horse?" Em was dropping a line into Dixie's ocean with a juicy worm on the end of it to see if she'd rear up and bite.

The bet. God, that damn bet.

But the truth was the truth. Her restaurant had failed because she'd been too busy partying and running up her credit cards to bother with silly things like managing the restaurant she'd convinced herself, with absolutely no experience at all, was as good a place as any to escape her hometown and run away from the horrible thing she'd done to Caine.

Her engagement had failed because at the time, Dixie Davis didn't know how not to turn everything into a three-ring circus.

And yes, Caine was successful, and she wasn't.

All ugly truths.

Topping everything off, there'd been Mason-the beginning of her end.

Dixie lifted her sunglasses once more and forced a smile, letting her eyes purposely meet Em's. "Sorry to disappoint, but there's no emotional tizzy here. Seeing Caine is part of the process of saying goodbye to our mutual best friend. That's all. He has as much right as I do. He was Landon's best friend, too."

Liar.

She'd practiced those words in her bathroom mirror hundreds of times before she'd left Chicago so they'd come off cordial and, above all, gracious. She'd almost convinced herself this imposed meeting was just that- two people who hadn't worked out, simply running into each other again and chatting niceties until it was time to go back to their lives.

But seeing Caine meant remembering how madly in love they'd been for a time. It meant hearing his voice, a voice so warm it could probably still make her thighs clench.

If they ended up in a close setting, it meant possibly brushing against his granite wall of a chest or watching him confidently smile while he arrogantly tilted an eyebrow at her. It meant that swell of clawing longing for him rising upward and settling in her chest.

It meant reliving emotions that still ached almost as fresh as the day they'd happened.

No one since Caine had ever touched her quite the same way. Caine Donovan was like a drug, and she was his junkie in need of a Caine Anonymous meeting.

Dixie chose to avoid Em dangling the Caine carrot under her nose. Talking about Caine meant stirring up all the emotions that went with everything that had happened. Today all her turmoil was reserved for Landon and her gratitude toward Em.

That Em had walked this far out on the ledge, offering to come with Dixie to Landon's funeral in front of all of Plum Orchard's very prying, judgmental eyes, was more than was her due.

The ache of more tears tickled the back of Dixie's eyelids. "You know, even though I knew Landon's death was inevitable, it really is just like everyone says-you can never prepare for it."

Em waved a hand around the room, chockfull of life-size pictures of Landon doing everything from zip-lining in Alaska over an icy glacier to cooking in Bobby Flay's kitchen. "Well, if no one else was prepared, this sendoff is a sign Landon was prepared. He knew how he wanted to go out, and he left strict instructions about it. You don't think his mother arranged those drag queens on stilts outside, do you? The Plum Orchard Bible study ladies nearly fell faint to the ground when they arrived."

A glimmer of a smile outlined Dixie's lips, lips still chapped and peeling from her nervous habit of tugging them. "He wasn't shy, was he?"

"Landon was whatever the antithesis of shy is."

That Landon had been. Loud and proud. Just thinking about him always made Dixie smile.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Deeply written and funny! This is a heart-string tugger! Blurb:

    Deeply written and funny! This is a heart-string tugger!

    Blurb:
    Former mean-girl Dixie Davis returns home to Plum Orchard, Georgia to attend the funeral of one of her very best friends.  
    Life has knocked her and her bank account around.  The new leaf she's turned over starts to get brittle when she finds out she's got to
    compete to win her inheritance. Landon left her half of a phone-sex empire, and Dixie's got to go head-to-head against her very sexy
    ex-fiancee, Caine Donovan, if she wants to keep it.

    Caine doesn't need Call Girls; he's got an empire of his own. But just like when they were growing up, Caine can't resist a battle of wits
    and wills with Dixie.  She says she's reformed, but he's heard that story before, and he's not buying it!

    Caine and Dixie's tempers and libidos heat up as the two have to live under the same roof while working as phone-sex operators.
    The one with the most new clients wins total ownership of Call Girls. But the competition is fierce, because there's no consolation prize!  Dixie really needs to win, but is finding that it's a lot harder to do that without reverting to her mean-girl ways.


    Quote:
    Caine made a fist of his hand, flexing and unflexing the tense muscles to keep her from seeing she was getting under his skin.
    “Your mouth was as deceptive as the rest of you. And you stood on a chair, Dixie. Hardly fair.” 

    Dixie tilted her chin toward her shoulder, letting it nestle in her long red hair, gifting him that smoldering eye thing she used to do,
    knowing damn well it made him crazy. ”Why, where in the rules for watermelon seed spittin’ did it say I couldn’t use a chair, Caine?”


    Review:
    Talk Dirty to Me is the first full-length story following the novella Talk This Way in Dakota Cassidy's new Plum Orchard contemporary
    romance series.  This book follows through on the promise made by the novella that started the series.  While the novella was just an
    appetizer of an emotional ride, Talk Dirty to Me is an entire cruise ship buffet. 

    Dixie is a fresh take on the mean-girl angle. Eventually there's a reason given for her former nastiness, but it feels almost like an
    after-thought, and wasn't really necessary. Her character was believable without that exposition.  That's just a tiny piece of her story,
    though, and is easily passed over. This was a very rich character.  Rather than being mellowed by age, she's humbled by harsh
    circumstances – the kind of thing that really does change a person.  Her guilt affects her choices in a credible way, and strengthens
    her resolve to be a better person.  The best part of her character is that despite the challenges she faces and her need to prove she's
    changed, her spark isn't dimmed.  She continues to struggle with her behavior when faced with adversity.  

    Caine's verbal barbs pull no punches. It's obvious Dixie hurt him badly. His character arc doesn't take a nosedive by suddenly
    believing Dixie has changed.  Instead, confusion and turmoil over his attraction to her mix constantly with  his mistrust. There's no
    wavering, it's just a smooth steady change as the story unfolds around Dixie's actions and Caine's growing knowledge of the person
    she's become.

    Despite his demise, Landon is still a very strong presence.  Cassidy very cleverly uses an original device to keep his voice throughout
     the narrative.  Rather than being a sappy plot device to tug on a reader's heartstrings, it becomes an integral part of the story. The
    other characters have Dakota's signature clarity and sparkle, too.  The antagonists are more than “mustache-twirling” villains. They're
    believable people with real motives.  And, the next story in the series is set up beautifully in the form of Emmaline, who is also vital to
    the plot.

    The author pulls no punches and weaves laugh-out-loud humor around some very emotionally volatile and poignant moments.
     There's no filler or lag, and the pace is very close to perfect.  As other reviewers have said, there is quite a bit of depth to this story,
    and it definitely rises above the genre.

    As a whole, if the rest of the series continues with this kind of quality, it could become the gold standard of Dakota Cassidy's body of
    work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Read on April 14, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 400 pages

    Read on April 14, 2014




    Book Info 
    Kindle Edition, 400 pages
    Expected publication: May 1st 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published April 29th 2014)
    original title Talk Dirty to Me
    ASIN B00GPDYJ1W
    edition language English
    series Plum Orchard #1 
    other editions (1)
    Source:Netgalley EARC




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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    Plum Orchard, Georgia, is about to get even juicier




    Notorious mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best make that only friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business if she meets a few conditions: 




    She's got to live in Landon's mansion. 




    With her gorgeous ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan. 




    Who could also inherit the business. 




    Which is a phone sex empire. 




    Wait, what? 




    Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on!




    My Thoughts








    Witty, charming, zany and honest all come to mind when thinking up words to describe the first book in author Dakota Cassidy’s newest series . 




    Not having read Talk This Way I missed out on a bit of the background for the series but it in no way detracted from enjoying Dixie’s story in Talk Dirty To Me .




    Plum Orchard Georgia sounds like an ideal small town environment, it is filled with lots of civic pride in the community but that same pride also prohibits acceptance of change especially when it concerns people who do not conform to certain accepted ideal behaviors.




    This narrow minded viewpoint was a thorn in her side from childhood on and Dixie Davis has never managed to leave behind her past mistakes so when returns home for her best friend’s funeral her hope is to make a quick getaway without confronting anyone, best laid plans and all that fall by the wayside after the reading of Landon’s will.




    I found myself charmed by several characters besides Dixie, especially Em Amos and Landon’s assistant Sanjeev and was totally repulsed by the maliciously vindictive Louella Palmer as she tried over and over to discredit Dixie forcing her to leave town for good.




    An all around honest look at the best and worst of growing up in a small town and having to return to face your youthful mistakes as a reformed adult. 




    Reading a review copy of book 2 Something To Talk About soon which release at end of May and the story line which follows Emmeline Amos promises to be just as full of surprises as this one was!




    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    This is by far my favorite book by the lovely Dakota Cassidy!

    This is by far my favorite book by the lovely Dakota Cassidy!

    I went into this series thinking it was going to be all fluffy like Cassidy's other books but I was wrong! There were so many feels in this book. I would still say this book is fluff but with TONS OF FEELS!

    Dixie moved back to Plum Orchard and back to a past she wants to forget, her ex-fiance Caine. They are pitted against each other in a phone sex operator competition thanks to their long time friend, Landon. The antics these two get up to are hilarious and kept me laughing out loud.

    I really felt for Dixie's character because throughout the whole book you can tell how much she wanted the town's people of Plum Orchard to know she had changed. However, like most people, they wouldn't give Dixie a second chance to prove herself. Dixie manages to keep her held high and her priorities straight, proving that, despite it all, she has changed for the better.

    I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    This book was so much fun to read! They were recommended by my B

    This book was so much fun to read! They were recommended by my BFF and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it. I have the other books in the series too and I'm anxious to finish them. It was a fast paced, easy, read. Check it out. 

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be one of t

    When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be one of those light-hearted funny reads that Dakota Cassidy is known for…well, she’s known to me that way, at least. I was partially correct in that assumption. This is a wild and crazy ride of second chance love and atonement set to the backdrop of a competition to own a phone sex business. What I didn’t expect was crying through half the book and the strong message the story is really trying to convey.

    Daisy is the town “bad girl.” She is back in her hometown of Plum Orchard, Georgia for her best friend’s funeral. Daisy has burned every bridge she’d ever constructed and was deliberately cruel in high school and beyond. Daisy also had a very public breakup with her ex-fiancé Caine ten years prior and wants to get the hell out of Dodge so she doesn’t run in to him during her time in Plum Creek.

    Not only does Daisy have to face Caine, but they both are invited to the reading of the will after the reception. Two people with a volatile past in the same room together after ten years shouldn’t have a problem getting along…right?

    The story was funny, highly laughable, and completely endearing. It started a little slow for me but that’s because there was a lot of backstory that was needed in order to understand people’s interactions with Daisy. She did A LOT of bad things to a lot of people.

    Caine was completely gorgeous and I loved all the sexy accents and voices he could do. He was very wary of Daisy and her claims of turning over a new leaf so he devised a plan to test Daisy’s resolve in a pretty creative way. I loved these two together and I hope to see them in future books.

    I love how Landon meticulously constructed this plan to get Daisy and Caine back together. Their journey is bittersweet and the scenes where Landon is mentioned had me in tears every time. This book is entertaining but also perspective altering.

    The message I’m taking away from the story is this: Life is too short and too precious to hold on to pain, mistakes and hate. Move forward, take chances, forgive, live your life to the fullest and most of all, love hard, love true and love always.

    ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Love!

    I laughed out loud, and cried while reading this book. I can't wait for the others in this series. Dakota remains one of my favorite authors!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Loved it

    I totally enjoyed reading it. Loveloveloved it!

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    Sweet and spicy story of second chances. Dakota Cassidy has ano

    Sweet and spicy story of second chances.

    Dakota Cassidy has another winner as she reminds us of 
    the good and bad parts to coming home to a small town.
    I'm sure that man5 of us have a "mean girl" in the past
    so we can relate to how hard it can be to see that person
    without the filters from the past.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review l

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    From the beginning when I heard about what this series was going

    From the beginning when I heard about what this series was going to be about, phone sex operators, I was immediately intrigued. If anyone could make a hilarious series out of that, it would be Dakota. And she definitely didn't disappoint. This series is full of laughter, but is also really heartfelt, which is what makes it so enjoyable. It was one of those books that you wanted to just keep reading, and once you finished you wanted the next book immediately. The characters are fun, and Dixie was definitely a unique person. And it was a great story about finding your way back to a better place. I can't wait to read the rest of this series from Plum Orchard. *I received an early copy from the author for an honest review

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    When I picked up Talk Dirty to Me, I was looking for a book that

    When I picked up Talk Dirty to Me, I was looking for a book that would make me smile. It delivered. The premise is kind of funny enough on its own, but the wry tone really took it up a notch and made this an overall very enjoyable read. Exactly what I'd hoped for.

    Dixie Davis was a mean girl. Actually, she was the Queen of the mean girls. The girl who ruled the school and basically made others' lives hell if she was in the notion. A series of misfortunes has humbled Dixie, and when she returns home after ten years, it's with her tail between her legs. It's obvious that Dixie is no longer that girl, though no one trusts her. She faces the past knowing she deserves every mean remark. No matter what, I honestly couldn't help but feel sorry for her.
    It's clear that something very troubling happened while she was away that served to show Dixie a lesson in humility and kindness. Between that lesson and the act of growing up, she's not the bad girl everyone remembers. But she was still feisty.

    The other lesson in humility was served when Dixie lost the love of her life, Caine Donovan, ten years prior. Caine was a lifelong friend of Dixie's, and despite her bad girl ways and the huge challenges she presented, he loved her like crazy. Caine was a nice leading man, though he's pretty rough on Dixie. It seems like she deserved this from him, at least with the knowledge he has of the situation. It's clear, though, that Caine still loves Dixie, no matter what. Despite everything, Caine is still so drawn to Dixie, which frustrates him and makes him angry. Crazy. As a woman, this amused me to no end. But I also felt bad for the guy, because Dixie is something else.

    It's not clear what happened between Dixie and Caine, only that it left them both angry and hurt, even ten years later. But when Landon, their recently deceased life-long friend, leaves them his lucrative phone sex business, the competitiveness that always drove their relationship, drove them wild, is too hard to resist. Both take the opportunity to go another round in their life-long battle for dominance.

    Talk Dirty to Me was so, so funny. I can't imagine finding out my best friend owned a phone sex business, then attempting to take it over and learn the job. Turns out Dixie isn't too keen on it, either, and I adored how the sneaky chick handled her job. Caine too. Cassidy also did such a great job of recreating a small southern town obsessed with old school ideals, a town that thrives on gossip and righteousness. Maybe I'm a bit like Dixie, because I kind of wish one of my hometown friends would open up a business like this just so I could see the uproar. (I have a friend in mind, I think he'd totally do it.)

    Talk Dirty to Me also offered good character growth, and reflection from the main characters. The way Dixie took on Plum Orchards "mean girls" (actually, ladies) made me so proud of her, and it made me laugh. A lot. Caine made nice strides too, especially when it came to the strict ideals he placed on Dixie in the past. I came away from the story believing in the viability of this couple. That's a must in romance.

    Talk Dirty to Me also nicely sets up book two, Something to Talk About. That story will center on Em, an adorable sweet woman with a teensy bit of a mean streak. A woman clearly ready to find her voice and take charge of her life. Plum Orchard is a series I will continue to recommend.

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    Posted June 14, 2014

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