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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,194 Ratings  ·  982 Reviews
This is what happened…

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.


Paperback, Spice, 425 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Harlequin Spice
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Blacky *Romance Addict*


Sorry to all the lovers of "Dirty", don't hate me or my review, these are just my thoughts after I finished the book...

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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
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
ETA: downgraded to four stars. September 20, 2015.


"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 an
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Title: DIRTY
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, b
Aestas Book Blog

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
Duchess Nicole
Dec 21, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of erotic/romantic novels
Five+ Stars!!

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
Jun 29, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of erotic romance and great character development.
Shelves: erotica
This was a wonderful erotic novel... It has an amazing back story, with LOTS of character development.

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
Miss Kim
Nov 06, 2009 Miss Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, erotic
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Dec 22, 2012 Vilda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a bit darker erotic reads!
Recommended to Vilda by: Gigi
Wow. Dirty is definitely not the normal erotic-romance, but a lot darker. It's a emotional story about Elle finding herself and getting her life back after everything she's been through; and she's been through a lot without any real support from many of those who matter. Numbers are what's helped her keeping her mind off things, and as she became older, she realized alcohol and sex did the same thing. One day though, she meets Dan and everything changes. Even though nothing happens between them, ...more
Jan 18, 2009 Sayuri_x rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemp, 2009
It's a relatively simple storyline. Quite common. Elle is a loner and feels socially awkward. She has her skeleton's hidden way at the back of her own personal closet. The she meets Dan. She doesn't want to want him, she doesn't want to like him, she doesn't want to get close or connected. But just because she doesn't want to doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Soon they embark on an affair and slowly she is forced to confront her past and try to embrace her future, even though it may destroy them b ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megan Hart is a very good writer, but this wasn't at all what I expected. It was emotionally draining from beginning to end. I highly doubt I'll read another book by this writer.
Excellent book! Not at all what I expected. Oh yes, it was over the top hot, but there was such a complex story to go along with all the passion. Elle and Dan’s first meeting is nothing more than casual with some sensual flirting. They run into one another again and enjoy some dirty dancing, very dirty, dirty dancing. YOWZA! As their relationship continues, both of them hold back when it comes to anything other than being intimate, that’s putting it lightly, with one another. At some point Dan t ...more
Smitten's Book Blog

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 irreparab
Sammy Loves Books
Feb 25, 2014 Sammy Loves Books rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Mildly Dark Erotica
I wasn't prepared for how emotionally deep this book was. Elle is a beautiful, very intelligent VP for an accounting firm. Elle knows she is beautiful so to offset unwanted advances from men, she dresses very conservatively.


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
Sep 14, 2011 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Story Rating 4
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
Apr 01, 2010 Zeek rated it really liked it
I know that Hart's second book is titled Broken. To be honest, it would be an equally apropos title for this one as Elle, the protag, was just that- a broken woman.

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
Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: r
4.5 stars

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
May 14, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
This book started out to be the best book I have read in this genre. I haven't read that many erotic books (mostly historical romance, or paranormal romance), but it was by far the best in its class...until the end. I had the same feelings when I read the Outlander. Outlander was headed straight for my all time favorite's list - until the weird exorcism of Jaime's arsehole in the abbey close to the end of book. Why was that necessary? I was shaking my head and asking myself the same question her ...more
May 08, 2010 Unapologetic_Bookaholic rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Megan Hart, not so fluffy romances
As always Megan Hart's erotic novels go far beyond being a steamy read. I love how her characters are so layered and how she can write the hottest sex scenes ever. Its sex, not love making.

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
Phenomenal erotica read!!!

-from RR-

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
Jul 24, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica, nook-book
Dirty tells the story of emotionally messed up Elle and her friends-with-benefits *wink* dude, Dan. The hot scenes were hot, as per usual with Megan Hart. But all the other stuff... the plot and the main characters and the supporting characters simply didn't hold up as well as they normally do. This isn’t to say this story is bad. Had this been my first Megan Hart novel, it would have earned so many more stars from me. But this author is capable of much better than what is put forth here.

Elle i
Initial reaction: I read this all in the span of a day. I'm still trying to put together my thoughts and the rating's tentative, but it's very likely this is going to end up being 4.5 stars (provided that I think about how it ended and whether or not it dragging its feet a little in the end is enough to make me knock off a half star. That and giving some thought to whether or not I was bothered by the emotional turns in some of the conflicts. I need a night to sleep on it.)

I think one thing I'll
This book was so amazing.

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
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“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 “erot
Mar 27, 2009 Sugar rated it it was amazing
Accountant Elle prefers to engage in anonymous sex and one night stands. It's been over three years since she has slept with a man, and finds herself intrigued with lawyer Dan Stewart, whom she met at a candy store and thought would accompany her home, but merely received a chaste kiss. But when they meet again, she doesn't leave anything to chance. She gets more than he bargained for with Dan, as he agrees to her no dating policy (they have "appointments" instead) and claims that he won't get s ...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Dec 12, 2011 Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: francesca
Shelves: read-in-2011
(I love this cover)

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
Aug 21, 2012 Wanderlust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent most of the day engrossed in this book.
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
Oct 19, 2009 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
I've tried really hard to write a review for this book but keep failing miserably, spending the last 1/2 hour typing then cursing myself on the re-read b/c I'd given everything important away.

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!
Katherine Owen
Jan 28, 2015 Katherine Owen rated it it was amazing
4.5 Dirty is erotica with a plot line. Several, in fact. The thing is there has been a blogger or two that compared This Much Is True and my writing style to Megan Hart and even Tarryn Fisher. I hadn't read either one of these authors' work when I wrote This Much Is True, so I've been on a mission to make time for those books in the past year. After reading both authors' work, I think it's writing style in the case of Megan Hart and maybe even the dark, angst-filled nature of her heroine in "Dir ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This is the first book I’ve read by Megan Hart and I can officially say that I am a big fan of hers. Dirty is beauty in its simplest form. Megan has a distinct writing style that is both very simple and yet engaging. I loved it! But I think the real reason why her books have become such precious gems to her fans is because she puts so much heart into one little book! It’s kind of ironic that her pen name is Megan Hart. It’s fitting and lovely, just like her writing.

This book was such an emotiona
Aug 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. This book was profound. I loved the writing style, the characters, the plot, everything. There is nothing that I didn't like about this book. Yes, this book is true to its title. It is dirty, but it's profoundly dirty. I will even go as far as saying that it was better than 50 Shades of Grey because it has better story line. The main character, Elle, is broken because of her traumatic childhood. She is a logical, analytical person who has three coping ...more
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Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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