Dirty (Dan and Elle #1)
I met him at the candy store.
He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children's candy store, mind you this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss's wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.
I WILL NOT BE RATING THIS BOOK
Sorry to all the lovers of "Dirty", don't hate me or my review, these are just my thoughts after I finished the book...
You know that feeling when you see a good book, it's labeled "erotica", and most of your friends absolutely loved it, saying it's emotional and deep and all... I was very excited to read this one. I wanted some emotions with all the sex, that's the best erotica out there. Well. I can't really say this book made me feel a lot of emotions. At all. I d...more
"All men have the stars, but they are not the same things for different people."
- by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince" -
What would you reply when the woman you're falling for is telling you that she's had sex with 78 men? Judge her?
The heroine, Elle Kavanagh, is a junior vice president of corporate accounting. She prefers having casual sex and one night stands. In fact, she doesn't do relationships and intimacy. It's been more than three years since...more
Author: Megan Hart
Review Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewed by: I ♥ Bookie Nookie
Wow! I was not prepared for DIRTY... It was heavy! I was expecting something "Dirty", but that's not all I got. I am always interested in the meaning behind the title of a book and I really look forward to that moment of clarity, because in a good book, there is always a definitive moment the reader can say: Ah-ha, this is where the title came from... There is, of course, a very good reason for the title,...more
4.5 - 5 stars
Woah. I think I loved this book.
It was a completely unconventional erotic romance. Raw, but not gritty. Real, introspective, dark and sexy, painful and yet not in a rip-your-heart-out way, very erotic, heavy and just so “different” than anything else I’ve read so far.
It a very well written, character-driven book that touches on themes of guilt, self worth, trust, survival. And a sort of love.
I started this one because I wanted something ‘different’. Don’t get me wrong, I live for...more
I think I'm in love...not with Dan, the amazing man in this book (though he's great too...) but with this author, Megan Hart. Her talent for delving into the human soul is truly amazing. In Broken, she destroyed my preconceptions and bias, just ripped me apart and somehow managed to make it all better. Now in Dirty, she's once again making me question my beliefs and convictions.
The opening of the book introduces us to Elle, a woman with a past...and a woman with seventy eight past...more
This is a story about Elle. She is a twenty-something successful business woman with a hang-up about getting into serious relationships... she is terrified of them.
Til she meets Dan. He is patient with her, he entices her, he deals with her weird quirks, and oh yeah, they have really hot sex!
This book takes place over a somewhat lengthy period of time, I would say, probably 6 months to a year...more
Wow. I'm almost speechless. Let me just collect my thoughts and find something constructive to say about this book.
Let's start with something simple. I loved it. It is beautifully written, intensely thought provoking, extremely classy, even with some scorchingly erotic sex scenes and powerfully emotional.
“You look gorgeous, Elle, and you don't act like a gorgeous woman does."
"I don't? How do I act?"
"You act like an angel. But you fuck like a deomon. Don't you.”
This is a story about irreparabl...more
The mystery of her past relationships is revealed slowly as the story progresses. This story is told in first person from Elle's point of view and it needed to be because Elle has a lot of issues. She has erected a tough exterior shell to help protect her fragile interior. E...more
Written in first person, Dirty follows a short section of Elle's life starting with an encounter with a man she met at an upscale chocolate store. She's instantly attracted to Dan and, though she's just met him, she agrees to go with him to a local bar.
Elle has no qualms about one night stands- she's had plenty. The sexual tension wit...more
I'm not sure what I expected of this book, but this isn't it. Based on the blurb and the title, maybe I expected it to deal with promiscuity. It didn't, exactly. It dealt with the reason of Elle's actions and her inability to be in a relationship. Both of which were caused by a tragedy in her past...
What to say about Elle? The easiest way to describe her would be to say she is broken. She is scarred and she had been shattered and she is now holding the pieces together. clutching t...more
Elle is a dirty girl. She sleeps with men, never wanting a relationship. Sometimes not even giving her real name. One night when she goes out with her co-worker and her boyfriend she runs into Dan. A guy she met at a candy shop. The things they did on the dance floor could have melted chocolate.
Dan is descri...more
My concept of reviews is rather simple: ignore the rating, read the review. Never have truer words been spoken than in the case of the review I’m writing for Dirty. It’s a wonderful book. Emotionally draining, heartbreaking, the kind of book that lingers well after the reader has finished the last page. However, it is not for everybody, and I wager this is one book that will illicit strong opinions on both sides of the fence. Readers are either going to really...more
After reading the synopsis of this book, I already thought I knew what was going to happen. How this book was going to pan out... Boy was I wrong!
This storyline had me enthralled from the very first page, to the very end. Ms Hart was very slowly, but cleverly slotting in little hints to Elle's past, things that left me constantly trying to fiugure out what the hell had happened to Elle?
Why was her oldest brother dead? Why is her mother so cruel to her, for no apparent...more
This book was such an emotiona...more
Character rating 5
Romance Rating 4
Heat Level 4 out of 5
Overall Rating 4
This is a very hard story for me to rate and review because I never read a story quite like this. I had a hard time in the beginning of this book understanding the heroine. As the story unfolded and she started to come around I found myself totally absorbed in it. There was some absolutely beautifully written parts in this book that had wowed me.
Like I said the heroine has some major problems from her past that...more
“I’d met men who made me laugh, who made me sigh, even a few, very few, who’d made me come. Until now I had never met one I couldn’t forget.”
It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or has ever read any of my reviews that I like books that make me blush but this book went so much further than that – it is by far the most arousing, tantalizing, toe-curling, panty-obliterating, sensual read I have ever come across. This story, however, should not be just nicely slotted into the “eroti...more
This book was recommended to me by many and recently by my friend Francesca. I finally gave in after I heard the rec’ for the n’th times and because she said it is a sexy book. So, I went for it.
Fran is right; this book is super hot and sexy. However, as I am now realizing that most of these Erotica or BDSM books are not just about “hotness”. Okay, well, it IS. What I mean is, there is a hidden deep story behind every kinky page. I enjoyed Elle and Dan in their crazy adventur...more
So what I am going to say is this, it's a well crafted, brilliant observation of human nature, a moving love story with lots of heavy emotional stuff. It's a fantastic read, Elle and Dan are wonderful together and I loved both of them immensely!
I think one thing I'll...more
Most erotica is basically pornography in written form. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But this novel was more like the movie 9 1/2 Weeks, in that it was one long sex romp, surely. Yet it was also a thoughtful assessment of human emotions and motivations.
This was not the most engaging romance and the sex scenes weren't particularly "hot" in my opinion. The story though. This story broke my he...more
The utter self-loathing which Elle feels is not apparent at first, the book start's in a eazy breezy way but then continues into such bleakness. I was surprised by the way the story went, i did not read many reviews about the book so i was unprepared for such monstrousness. I have such strong feelings towards rape & abuse so this book was really hard to read at parts.
Dan is like a breath of fresh air in Elle's life, the silver lining in her li...more
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