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Sunday, April 26, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Dakota Cassidy's SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT (Plum Orchard Book 2)

Title: Something To Talk About
Series:  Plum Orchard Book 2
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Narrator:  Scarlet Chase
Release Date: 10/21/14
Price:  $15.00
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Length: 9 hrs 24 min
Format: MP3-CD
Purchase at Tantor or Amazon

 My Ratings

Plot:  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:  4.5/5
Narration:  5/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  45.5/50 =  91%   


Sexy is as sexy does. And in Plum Orchard, sugar, it does!
  Emmeline Amos is sick of her ex saying she's boring and prissy. After all, she works for a phone-sex company! (As general manager, but still.) On a rare girls' night out, fueled by blender drinks and bravado, Em accepts a shocking dare—to handle a call herself. But it's tipsy Em who gets an earful from an irate single father on the other end of the line. Awkward.

But not as awkward as discovering that same mad dad is Call Girls' gorgeous new programmer. Jax Hawthorne is still upset that his daughter called the "girlfriend store" on his behalf, but he can't deny he'd choose a hot-librarian type like Em if he were looking for love. Which he's not.

Em wants to do more than just talk the talk. So she makes a bawdy bargain with Jax. They've both been burned before—this time, they'll keep it strictly physical. Except as soon as they settle on no strings attached, things start to get tangled.


In the previous book, Emmeline Amos suffered the most humiliating moment of her life. To as insult to injure, it was witnessed by Jax Hawthorne.  Em thought that she's blown her chance with this sexy, mysterious man.  Fast forward a couple months, and the chaos in her life is starting to die down.  Em's friends have decided to help her break out of her shell.  After her divorce, she also felt that it's time to reinvent herself.  One night, her friends have her field one of the Call Girls' calls, that would change her entire life.

This story is about second chances and finding love. I really enjoyed watching Em's journey from a shy, quiet girl to a sexy, self assured women.  Em and Jax brought out the best in each other.  I liked that these two weren't looking for love, but found it anyway.  And I loved that these two were able to blend their families so easily. Jax's daughter needed a women in her life, and Em's boys needed a man in their lifer.  It was such a beautiful story.   

I'm completly falling in love with this series! It has a sense of humor. It's sexy. It has well thought out characters. And most of all, it has super smart dialog. It really stands out in a sea of sub-standard, fluffy contemporary romance. Dakota Cassidy's writing is absolutely a step above the rest.  I also loved that she kicked the heat level up another notch in this book!  I also never saw the big secret that was revealed towards the end of the story. Well played Dakota!     

Scarlet Chase is an excellent fit for this series.  Her slightly sweet, honeyed southern accent is the perfect accompaniment to this series.  She has a way with dialogue and pacing, that she puts most narrators to shame.  Every character had their very own distinct voice, even the men.  It's always wonderful, when a narrator show great range when it comes to narrating a character of the opposite gender. She's was the biggest reason that I got completely caught up in this audiobook, and couldn't put it down. She's quickly becoming a must-listen narrator!

I love this books heart!  And while it's both sexy and serious in a lot of places, this book was really funny.  It made for a very smart, hot read for me.  I fell in love with Em in the last book, and grew to love Jax as well.  I flew through this audiobook, and couldn't wait to download the next.  The ladies of Call Girls' have truly stolen my heart, and I can't wait to see what the have in store for us in the next book.  If you're looking for a new contemporary romance series, this is a must read!

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