Jen received a free copy of Talking Dirty with the Boss by Jackie Ashenden from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are her own and were not influenced by the method in which she received the book.
My first thought when I received this book was “Talking Dirty … Oh I so have to read this!!” while I did a little dance in my seat. I’m a big fan of the dirty talk, in case anyone wasn’t aware of that. And while there is some dirty talking going on, this book is so much more than that. It’s about control, insecurities, and instant attraction. It has some great sarcasm and some very dark issues. It made my emotions swing all over the place. One minute I’m laughing at Marisa and her sharp tongue, and the next minute I’m feeling so sad for Luke and his never ending cycle. Kudos to Jackie for taking on such a huge topic such as OCD and making it feel genuine and honest. She didn’t water down Luke’s issues; she tackled them head on and made him flawlessly broken which I loved!
Marisa Clair is in the process of trying to reinvent herself after a huge disaster of a break-up. She has personal goals that she put aside for a man, and now it’s time to make her own dreams come true. This girl is the master at witty comebacks and pushing people’s buttons! She’s working at a job that isn’t exactly making those dreams come true, and then Luke McNamara shows up and stirs up trouble at the office, making her work life even more hellish with all of his new rules. Marisa makes a boo-boo and accidently sends a message meant for someone else to Luke… and well… let’s just says things get a little complicated and a whole lot sexy after that.
Luke… ah my Luke. I have a soft spot for this guy. He’s not the typical hero of the book. He’s sexy, he’s in control, but he’s also stuck. OCD isn’t something he can just get rid of. And Luke has a really bad case of it. It controls everything in his life and no one knows he has it. He’s been made to feel like a freak because of his issues so he lets no one in. He limits his personal relationships to avoid anyone figuring it out. He is so lonely. And that totally broke my heart. Marisa drives him up the wall because he can’t control her and yet, he lusts after her and can’t control himself when she’s near. Mr. Self-control makes the ultimate boo-boo when he knocks Marisa up. Oopsie.
Now, book pregnancy is getting pretty common, but I have to say that this was done a bit differently. I can’t tell you why it was different without spoiling it so I’ll just say that while the pregnancy is dealt with throughout the book there are many more important issues being worked out. The baby brings them together but it’s not the glue that sticks them to each other. They are complete opposites but offer each other a sense of acceptance and support. Marisa helps Luke find some peace, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Luke offers Marisa her dreams on a silver platter and gives her unconditional support. I liked these two together, they kept each other on their toes and there was never a dull moment when they connected.
Talking Dirty with the Boss was sarcastic, sexy and the perfect amount of serious. I’m just disappointed in myself for not knowing about the first 2 books in the series!
My rating: 4 obsessively sexy stars
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Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.firstname.lastname@example.org