Review: Talking Dirty with the CEO (Talking Dirty #1) by Jackie Ashenden

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Review: Talking Dirty with the CEO (Talking Dirty #1) by Jackie Ashenden four-stars
Talking Dirty with the CEO by Jackie Ashenden
Series: Talking Dirty #1
Published by Entangled "Indulgence" on May 13, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Pages: 206
Format: eBook
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Gadget journalist Christie St. John is more geek than chic. But when research for an article she has to write on online dating leads to the bed of the hottest guy she’s ever met, she knows that if the geek is to keep the hottie CEO, she’s going to have to come out of her digital shell.

Tech mogul Joseph Ashton never expected an Internet blind date to end in the best sex of his life. Yet as the chemistry between him and Christie burns out of control, he can't help but think this woman is out for his money like all the rest. She claims she wants his heart instead – but that’s the one thing he can never give.

Talking Dirty with the CEO was a great read! I’ve been blowing back and forth in the literary wind for the past few days: I feel like I have a minor case of book hangover plus there are several not quite finished books I need to finish and review. It’s made me a bit moody (bookwise) and I’ve been finding myself only picking up books I’ve read time and again.

Can’t quite say what made me start reading Talking Dirty with the CEO but I’m very glad I did!

The basics of Talking Dirty with the CEO are all parts of the Romance trope(s) we know so well: the gorgeous woman who doesn’t know how hot she is and the filthy rich tycoon who wants someone to want him independent from his money.

What sets Talking Dirty with the CEO apart is the way Ashenden handled these pretty basic tropes: the heroine’s confidence issues come from her over-critical mother and dismissive father while the hero has some real issues which make him doubt other people’s real interest in him. Ashenden didn’t hesitate to make her characters real and vulnerable and I loved it.

I loved the fact that it wasn’t the hero’s wang that causes the heroine to realize she’s beautiful or special – it was the hero’s belief in her. THAT, my dears, is almost tear-inducing. LOVE.

I adored both characters in Talking Dirty with the CEO and I wasn’t as irritated by the BigMis as I was expecting to be: the hero’s issues were real and he wasn’t being a drama queen. I LOVED the confidence that the heroine gained throughout the book and that both the hero and heroine made steps to further their own happiness instead of being frozen by the past.

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