Talk Me Down (Tumble Creek #1) by Victoria Dahl

April 11, 2013 2.5 stars, book rage, contemporary, damsel in distress, deception plotline, ebook, erotica, friends to lovers, Romance, series, TSTL heroine, unlikeable main characters 0

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Molly Jenkins has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry–thanks to a creepy ex–and it’s time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

One look at former high school hunk chief of police Ben Lawson and Molly is back in business. The town gossip is buzzing at her door and, worse still, a stalker seems to be watching her every move. Thankfully, her very own lawman has taken to coming over, often. The only problem now is that Molly may have to let the cat out of the bag about her chosen profession, and straitlaced Ben will definitely not approve…

How quickly things go from “The Shit” to some shit.

I’ve been reading Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels, gleefully finding new romance authors to fall in love with. When the book mentioned Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl, I immediately went to download a sample. The sample? Wonderful! Funny and sexy and cute. The plotline, the beginning and the author’s voice were all things that really intrigued me about this book. So I went and did my normal silly thing: I bought more than one book in the series by this author, sight unseen.

Wow. I should stop doing that. I waste a lot of money that way.

My major issue with Talk Me Down was the TSTL heroine, Molly. By the end of the book I was so freaking SICK and TIRED of her unnecessary secrets and lies that I didn’t know what to do with myself. She claimed how much she’d fantasized about Ben (the hero) for the last ten years and how he’s starred in her sexual fantasies and in her written work (she is an erotic romance author)…but as soon as he tries to have a real relationship with her she tells him how she’s just fucking. Wow.

To go along with her callous attitude she has a stalker ex-boyfriend who’s been stalking her for months…but she refuses to tell Ben about the stalking. She refuses to tell him she’s an erotic romance writer as well – even though her first (and widely sold) book was obviously about HIM. And he had a very bad experience growing up with his parents and sex scandals. But she says nothing. Cause she’s TSTL. And this is a book that has the “if only we had talked sooner” plot line as the big misunderstanding. WTF. I hate those kinds of books.

I really didn’t believe in the HEA because I couldn’t imagine having a real relationship with someone who refuses to tell me about their everyday life. Secret here, secret there, I don’t see trust anywhere. By the end, I was cranky and tired to death of Molly.

Ben, on the other hand, was a great hero. Kind, patient, sexy and came with no baggage that Molly didn’t already know about. Thank you for that. There’s nothing else to say about him other than I felt bad for him in the future. God bless…being stuck with a chick like Molly.

I couldn’t enjoy the sex scenes because I was too busy RAGING at how horrible a person Molly was being.


3 stars for Ben (he was hot, now to find him a good woman)
1 star for the sex scenes (the ones I did read were hot)
-1.5 stars for Molly and her TSTL self

2 ½ stars!

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