Author: Dakota Cassidy
Series: Plum Orchard #1
Published by: Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
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…
Isn’t that cover of Talk Dirty to Me just so dang adorable? Thankfully, what’s on the inside is even better! This book was so much fun, and here’s why:
Phone sex – Yes, I’m leading with this. Did you expect anything less from me? I will be honest, if there wasn’t any mention of the phone-sex aspect in the blurb, I wouldn’t have been so quick to get this book. When I was in 7th or 8th grade, my friends and I would use the school payphone to dial random phone-sex numbers. We’d enter 1-900-then spell dirty words out with the numbers and see which ones worked. There would be naughty recordings, but that’s all since we weren’t paying. Trust me, it was funny to a bunch of 12-year-olds. Anyway, I loved the way this was incorporated into the story. And no, it doesn’t get graphic or anything. It was actually pretty clever.
Dixie – I loved Dixie a lot and I can definitely identify with her on many levels. She’s a reformed mean-girl, but her bad reputation is hard to shake, especially in a small town. She used to be wild and rebellious, doing anything to win and often letting her temper rule. The girl was hell in heels. Now in her mid-thirties, she’s a different woman due to a life changing event. When she returns to Plum Orchard, no one is buying it. I love that even though Dixie had changed and strove to be a better person, she still retained that fire and sharp tongue. I got such a kick out of the way she dealt with the gossipers and her nemesis, remaining cool and collected and not taking the bait when they tried to goad her. And boy, did they try.
Caine – Oh la la … This man knew how to push Dixie’s buttons, and boy was it fun! We do get his POV in addition to Dixie’s, but it isn’t as much – they’re included at just the right moments.
Landon – Okay, we technically don’t meet him because he’s dead, but he is a huge part of the story. He is Dixie and Caine’s extremely wealthy gay best friend, who has a wicked sense of humor. His post-mortem shenanigans were quite entertaining, and touching at times. His role in the story was executed really well.
Romance – I loved it! The loathing to love trope is a favorite of mine, and that’s what we get in Talk Dirty to Me. Dixie and Caine have major history, which includes a failed engagement. They have always been extremely competitive with each other, so when they are put in the position where they have to compete to win the company, the fun really begins. I do wish we could’ve got more of their more non-sexual heated moments, because those were so much fun. The sexytime was a lot of fun too, though. 😉
Setting – Gotta love a small town settings! This is set in the South, where you are supposed to be good and proper. So you can imagine their delight <insert sarcasm here> about the new business setting up shop in their town.
Dirty talkers – There are a few girls who work in the office with Dixie and Caine, and their presence is important. They all have very distinct personalities that stood out. Plus, the other books in the series will focus on a couple of them.
Friendships – This book wasn’t only about the romance, the friendship Dixie built with Emmaline was also a major factor to the story. I adore these girls together. Sometimes I enjoy a great friends just as much, if not more, than a romance.
Animals – There is a camel named Toe. Enough said.
Talk Dirty to Me was a wonderful good time, and I look forward to reading Something to Talk About, the next book in the Plum Orchard series. Luckily, each book will be released only a month apart. Hooray!