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Sunday, January 11, 2015


Series:  Plum Orchard Book 1
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Narrator:  Scarlet Chase
Release Date:  9/30/14
Price:  $29.99
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Length: 11 hrs
Format: MP3-CD
Purchase at Tantor or Amazon

My Ratings

Plot:  4.5/5
Setting:  4/5
Writing:  5/5
Originality of Plot:  4/5
Characters Development:  4.5/5
Ending:  4.5/5
Heat Level:  4/5

Cover Art:  4/5
Narration:  5/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  44.5/50 =  89%   


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!


The last place Dixie Davis ever want go, was back home.  And if it hadn't been for her best friend Landon's funeral, she wouldn't have.  This one-time mean girl had the tables turned on her and her fiance, which left her alone and her life in shambles.  So she ran away to start a new life, leaving her past behind.  She eventually lands on her feet.  She opens a restaurant, only to have it fail as well.  So now she comes back home penniless, still shunned by her past, and terrified to see her ex-fiance, Caine.  What could possibly convince her to stay?  Maybe the possibility of inheriting one of Landon's thriving business.  To bad its a phone sex line!  And did I forget to mention, that she has to compete and work side-by-side with Caine for the rights to run the business. To make matters worse, Dixie and Caine have to live in Landon's mansion together.  Could this get any worse for Dixie?  Of course it can!

I got way more then I bargained for with this one.  I thought I was getting a lighthearted romance, but boy was I wrong.  This book is filled with smart dialogue, humor, and a real heart!  It's a Contemporary Romance that revolves around a running a phone sex empire, this could have gone totally wrong. But at it's core, this story is held together by amazingly deep characters, hiding behind by the masks they show the world.  It was a roller coaster of emotions for me.  It made me laugh out loud at some points, and had me reaching for tissues during others.  I also loved the setting, because I grew up in a small town as well.  I know what it's like to live with the small town minds, that never forget mistakes of the past.

I couldn't help, but adore Dixie right from the start.  She proves that no one can be all bad, or all good.  And that your past mistakes shouldn't define who you become.  She grew up a lot, since the last time she was in Plum Orchard.  I enjoyed her, mostly because of her flaws.  She also had a deep internal drive, that allowed her to pick herself up and start over again. Caine was also a wonderful character.  I actually liked that I started out not liking him, but over the course of the book I fell in love with his character.  You just had to peel away his layers, like an onion.  My favorite character from this book had to be Landon.  He lived life to the fullest, and loved his friends very much.  I liked how he pops up now and then to keep these two crazy kids on the right track!

Scarlet Chase did a wonderful job narrating this story, due to her amazing ability to creating the voices of each character.  Sometimes, an authentic southern accent can be hard to create.  It can come off as cheesy sometimes, but Scarlet did it beautifully!  She's really mastered differentiating the character.  Each was very distinct voice.  She was also able to captured the deep emotions of this story, from heartbreaking despair to it's wonderful sense of humor.  Her pacing and diction are phenomenal.  She truly did this book justice.  I will be adding Scarlet to my Must Listen narrator's list!

I couldn't put this audiobook down, and I finished in record time.  In a sea of cookie cutter Contemporary Romance, this book really stands out.  Talk Dirty to Me is a story of redemption and personal evolution.  I cannot wait to pick up the next book in this series, cause I'm sure it will just as amazing.  If you are looking for a little more then just a standard romance, this is it!

***Audiobook was provided by the publisher in trade for a fair review***

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