Stacey is Sassy received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided was not the final version and may be subject to edits and changes
Published by HEA Press on January 23, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Mark Carrington already broke my heart once.
This sexy, temperamental playboy might dominate the major leagues, but there's no way in hell I'm letting him play ball with my heart again.
Until I find myself facing him down every morning on our new radio show, and his undeniable hotness starts to break down my resistance--and almost erase all the memories of how he dumped me back in high school.
We've both grown up since then, and now Mark is even more gorgeous and infuriating than ever. But I can't get away from him--not when my beloved alternative rock station depends on his sexy ass to avoid getting bought out by a greedy corporation.
But when he corners me in the production room to compliment my sexy radio voice and admire my David Bowie T-shirt, it's all I can do to keep my clothes on and my hands off of him. So I don't.
And the more I get to know him, the more I realize he's hiding a big heart behind all that swagger. And the deeper we get, the deeper I fall.
Talk Dirty to Me
By Lulu Wright
Bad memories might not be so bad after all.
Oh My Lordy…LOOK AT THAT COVER!!! Abs, low slung jeans and scruff (fanning myself).
Well, Talk Dirty to Me was surprisingly good. That sounds bad, doesn’t it? See, I normally start a New Adult Romance judging before I start. That sounds bad too…geez, I’m on a roll.
I’m not trying to insult this book or the author, HONEST!! It’s just that NA romance normally makes me roll my eyes, humpf or tsk, and shake my head in annoyance. I just feel so old and jaded when I read them. 20 years ago, I was as silly and irresponsible…but I hardly need to be reminded of this. But, as I said, Talk Dirty to Me surprised me. Oh, they still did silly stuff but they realised their mistakes, made an effort to make amends and learnt from their mistakes…ALLELUIA!!
Rose is having a very bad start to her day. As the producer for an Alt Rock radio station, it’s her job to make sure that the right music is being played. Pearl Jam, Foofighters and Soundgarden are definitely what should be played. Unfortunately, one of her DJ’s has lost the plot and is playing…Katy Perry.
Rushing into the station to save the day, she doesn’t quite make it in time before the owner finds out. Doc Bing, the owner, takes this opportunity to shake up his radio station. With the morning DJ out, it’s time for some new blood and when Rose finds out who it is, her bad day turns into her own version of hell.
Mark Carrington is a star baseball player and uses his fame to its best advantage. When he gets into a little strife for punching another player, his manager, Stanley needs to go into major spin cycle to clean up his image, pronto. Mark will take the punishment, though as he had a very good reason for hitting Tommy Pizza, and the Pizza man knows exactly why.
Mark is going to have to put on the smiles, chat with the reporters and play nice. He even takes time out of his busy off-season schedule of partying and “consulting” with women from his little black book to do community service. Imagine his surprise when a woman from his past is going to be helping him spin himself clean.
The journey for Mark and Rose is not an easy one. They are extremely attracted to each other but they have a lot of hurt feelings to get past before they can move on. With Mark being in the spotlight a lot and also having to deal with anger issues, this doesn’t make it easy for either of them.
Rose has her own issues with having to constantly put out fires at work. She also feels bad because Rose doesn’t have enough time to dedicate to a project she started with her best friend and roommate, Geo.
Lucky for Mark and Rose, their chemistry helps them find ways to connect…in the closet, car and office.
Now, Talk Dirty to Me was good, but there were a couple of issues that I struggled with. Mark was a wee bit of a douchewaffle at the start of the story and I didn’t particularly like where his mind went when he needed to relax. He did come good in the end and luckily I didn’t have to “see” him in action. Mark’s anger issues seemed a little OTT and not really him.
Rose also had a bit of an episode of stupidity but it was a one off so my shaking of the head in disappointment didn’t last long. At times she didn’t come across very professional and appeared a little too immature for her role.
The issues the couple faced at the end seemed to be “fixed” a little too easily in my opinion.
I enjoyed Talk Dirty to Me. I loved the music references, growth in the characters and connection that formed between them. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.
Here’s a little Style Setter Tribute I whipped up because deep down I’m a bit of a Rock and Roll grunge chick. If I was 20 years younger, this is what I would wear…