Talking Dirty with the Boss by Jackie Ashenden

Oh the irony that Mr. OCD hunky man Luke, who always needs to make sure that everything is in order, would have an expired condom in his wallet. Tsk tsk.

What’s it About?

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Marisa Clair wants to get her artist dreams back on track after a life detour. That means no partying, no shopping…and definitely no men to distract her. Should be easy, but there’s something about her hot and exceedingly uptight boss and she can’t seem to stop herself from ruffling Mr. Tall, Dark and Irritating.

Financial consultant Luke McNamara lives his life strictly by schedule – his OCD simply won’t allow him to do anything else. And the very last thing he needs is a sassy blonde putting lipstick on his collar and messing with his routine. She annoys the hell out of him so why can’t he stop thinking about the color of her panties…and how free he feels when he’s with her?

Marisa and Luke’s plans to steer clear of one another are shot to hell after a hot office encounter. Now the two of them will have to learn to get along as they face a much more permanent reminder of their lack of self-control – a pregnancy.

First Impressions

What we have here is basically Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, but with a six pack smokin’ hot body. The sexual chemistry between Marisa and Luke has been building for the last two novels, and it finally reaches its peak in this final book. Actually, they both do! In an office storage supply closet! And oh my, well hello unexpected pregnancy.

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Going, Going, Going…Ugh

I would say that for about 90% of this book it was shaping up to be my favorite in the entire series. The underlying story of Luke’s OCD was amazingly well-written to a point where we as the audience can feel his anxiety building. However, the whole story leads up to one final big reveal that unfortunately kind of ruined everything that this book could have been for me.

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Luke has managed to keep the true intensity of his OCD under wraps from Marisa, but when he finally reveals how severe it is he pretty much tells her to leave him behind, even though their relationship has been building throughout the book. And what does she do? She leaves! Come on girl, fight for him just a little bit. I was really hoping that Marisa would stand by him, but instead Luke is the one who has to come back for her. Definitely a let down that when it came time for Marisa to show her true colors she ran from him.

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Series: Talking Dirty, book 3. Pretty sure this is the last one!

Should you read it? Overall, I did enjoy this one, even though the end was pretty frustrating. Also, Marisa’s pregnancy is sort of brushed aside to the point where we kind of forget that she’s even with child. I wish we could have focused a bit more attention on the fact she was pregnant. Maybe they could have gone to some doctor’s appointments together?

Smut Level: These two are unable to fight their attraction. Luke breaks all his self-imposed rules for her, and they even have sex on the bonnet/hood of his car. Definitely leaves more than a few fingerprints!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled: Indulgence. 195 Pages.

Talking Dirty with the Player by Jackie Ashenden

Dammit! I need to remember that if I like a book in a series, I shouldn’t immediately read the next one. I’m always disappointed.

What’s it About?

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Up-and-coming photographer Judith Ashton is pretty sure she has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her, in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother’s best friend…and the man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she’s been fooled once by this player, and she’s not going there again. To pro rugby player Caleb, Judith has always been his Kryptonite. But his former playboy lifestyle is the last thing she wants to be involved in. In the midst of her brother’s threats to back off, and the deal of his career sending him far away from her, he knows he’s playing with fire. And this is one game he’s going to lose.

First Impressions

Compared to book one in the series this novel seemed to be missing something, and I think it was that sense of silliness. Sure, Judith and Caleb have a flirtatious banter going on back and forth, but there always seemed to be an underlying sense of hostility due to how their relationship ended years beforehand. I felt the couple in the first book had more of a light-hearted chemistry that you couldn’t help but love. This couple just sort of made you feel nervous for their possible future.

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Abandonment Issues

Judith and Caleb seemed to have more arguments back and forth rather than flirtatious quips, and I’m not gonna lie at times I had trouble following their line of reasoning. Both characters fear being abandoned by the ones they love, especially seeing as Caleb left Judith behind years ago. Even though he left, Caleb swears they can make their relationship work now, but she doesn’t fully trust him. Understandable all things considered. But then when things get a tad too intimate between them Caleb is the one to pull away. Dude! You totally implied you were ready for a relationship. Make up your mind man.

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Series: Talking Dirty, book 2. I am interested to read the next book, but I’ll probably read something else in between, just as a safety precaution.

Should you read it? Not as enjoyable as book one, but it did have it’s moments. My favorite aspect was the idea of the calendar that Judith is photographing of men in the business world. She is able to capture the individual personalities of those she’s filming, making it something more than just a sexy calendar featuring half-naked men. I’ll take one! Or 5.

Smut Level: The first time they do it is on a velvet chaise lounge. I feel like this would be George Costanza’s dream sex locale on Seinfeld.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled: Indulgence. 193 Pages.

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Talking Dirty with the CEO by Jackie Ashenden

I positively LOVED this book! We’re not really dealing with “dirty talk” so much as ironically sarcastic flirtation, which apparently is just as good!

What’s it About?

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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.

First Impressions

Yes, technically CEO is in the title, but this really isn’t your typical billionaire romance. Believe me, you won’t be making comparisons to 50 Shades anywhere up in this business! I mean, these two talk about her UGG boots in the midst of their dirty talk. Although Joseph might have billions, money is never really a huge part of the story, which I found to be unbelievably refreshing. Much more focus is placed on how his ADHD could impact their relationship, thereby providing an added layer of depth to the story.

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Love in the Digital Age

In a way, this story is more of a geeky love story than a romance featuring a dominating billionaire. Both characters are rather techy, and flirt online in a chat room under the names of “Naughty Girl” and “Love Machine”. To be completely honest, I’m terrible with technology, so I really appreciated that the novel never got to be overly technical to a point where I couldn’t connect with the characters. Believe me, this has happened before in other romances when love blooms between two self-appointed nerds, so I was happy that I could still follow along. And with those user names, how could you not be intrigued to read more?!

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Series: Talking Dirty, book 1.

Should you read it? Yes please! The chemistry between these 2 characters is awesome. Beyond the physical side of things though, they really do help each other become stronger people. He helps her stand up to her critical parents, and she show shim that he’s still worth loving in spite of his ADHD. And I’m officially in love with both of them!

Smut Level: Flirtation leads to bathroom sex upon first meeting. Then Christie quickly flees. When they reunite she’s somewhat hesitant to steam things up again, but let’s just say Joseph helps her with that little concern.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled: Indulgence. 187 Pages.