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Dirty Deeds

(Dirty Deeds #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  78 reviews
An Eye for an Eye

As owner of Dirty Deeds, a tech-savvy company specializing in the age-old art of revenge, Eden Smith knows first-hand that secrecy is critical. But when a dead body washes up on the shores of Lake Michigan clutching her business card, Eden’s well-constructed world begins to fall apart. Apparently, she’s not the only one with a passion for payback, and
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Lyrical Press
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Ahh, revenge, a dish best served by Eden Smith, owner of Dirty Deeds, a woman who knows how satisfying it can be for the gourmet pallet whose craving for secrecy is nearly as delicious as the revenge, itself. Have a grudge to assuage? Have a never-ending bank account? Eden is your ticket and she is good at what she does, maybe too good, but what drives this beautiful and brilliant woman to provide such a service? Perhaps she has her own DIRTY DEEDS buried deep in her past. Perhaps she is a one-w ...more
Auria Jourdain
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dirty Deeds -- A smart & sexy, action-packed read

*I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review--I don’t give out spoilers!

Please allow me to take a moment to fan myself. . Once again, AJ Nuest has completely blown my mind and left me wanting more with Dirty Deeds, her new romantic suspense. It’s no secret I’m a huge AJ Nuest fan, and there’s a reason. Dirty Deeds is an exciting action/thriller/romance with spice more potent than the chocolate covered cherries her heroine, Eden Smith, use
I found AJ Nuest’s “Dirty Deeds / A Likely Story” on NetGalley and received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly, I loved it!

Contemporary romance and romantic suspense are not usually my favorite genres, so this book may actually be the best one I’ve ever read. The writing is top notch – primary and secondary characters are fully developed and well rounded. The action sequences are fluid and read very easily. The romance is hawt with just the right amount of te
Mackenzie Crowne
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Smart, gritty, and sexy as all hell, Dirty Deeds ain't your mamma's romantic suspense. With revenge as a backdrop, Nuest delivers a keen, fast paced suspense, sizzling with heat and an intriguing cast of characters, each with an agenda of their own.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dirty Deeds is the first suspenseful romance for author AJ Nuest.. I have to say to me it felt as though she had been writing it all along. I totally loved our heroine Eden! She is one tough cookie! Certainly interested in fighting for the little guy. You will find out why she is this way once you read the story. I don't give spoilers... Sorry! Next is our all business homicide detective Kelly Riordan! Sigh! I loved him as soon as we met him! He really does his job with his whole heart and soul. ...more
Rachel Humphries
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eden Smith is a tough, feisty female & as the owner of Dirty Deeds, revenge is her game.

Kelly Riordan is a homicide detective with a tough outer shell thanks to being screwed over by the woman he thought he loved.

When their world's collide in horrific circumstances there is some serious hostility between them, but even that can't stop the sizzling chemistry. Can they work together to solve the crime or will their mutual attraction be their downfall?

This book was absolutely amazing & just grabbe
Peggy Jaeger
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
AJ Nuest's DIRTY DEEDS is delicious!

Eden Smith knows a little sumthin' sumthin' about revenge. In fact, it's her stock in trade. Owner of the uber exclusive DIRTY DEEDS, a business specializing in making sure people get what's coming to them when the law doesn't, Eden and her team are a close knit group of charming and smart legal con artists who ensure the little guy always wins. Got a cheating husband who stiffed you in a messy divorce? Eden will make him pay in ways you can't imagine. Been t
Cathy Geha
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dirty Deeds by A.J. Nuest
Likely Story #1

First book read written by this author – it won’t be my last.

That said, when I began reading I kept trying to figure who Nuest writes like and thought, “Evanovich?” then thought, “No, not really.” And the more I read the more I realized that Nuest is a fascinating unique writer with new stories to tell.” The story had a bit of the feel of Oliver Twist at one point in that Malcolm, the man who helped train Eden (and others), was a bit like Fagin. Malcolm t
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This review is based on the ARC received from the author and/ or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

The intrigue started early in this romance. The ending was a bit explosive as well.
Terri Rochenski
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

I adore stories about women who've risen above their pasts to become successful...and deadly. Dirty Deeds falls right into that niche, but with a hot and intense - yet empathetic - added bonus in the form of Detective Riordan.

A murder mystery and explosive heat kept me turning these pages while devouring every word late into the night. No loose ends, perfect character arcs, and a supporting cast I can't wait to read about next.

Another hit out
Gina Roberts
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A.J. Nuest has provided another contemporary romance with a pace that will keep you interested without rushing events in the book. The characters are three-dimensional, struggling to keep the past from ruining their present while using it to make decisions that will let them build a better future.

Eden Smith provides revenge for those who have been wronged...within reason. She and her people refuse to step beyond a certain limit, no matter what payment is offered. While they are determined their
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Eden Smith runs quite a lucrative business called Dirty Deeds. What’s her specialty, you might ask. Revenge. And boy is she great at it until a dead body floats onto the beach, that is. Eden’s business relies on secrecy. So when a dead body floats onto the beach clutching her business card, she is in serious trouble. Detective Kelly Riordan lands the case, and it has been fireworks ever since. Eden has evaded Detective Riordan at every turn until they meet face to face. When it becomes apparent ...more
Book Lover
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Riordan is a by the book homicide detective. He is immediately attracted to Eden, and knows all is not what it seems. He doesn’t hesitate to call her out on her attempts to hide her true self from him. He totally got her.

Here are two of my favorite Kelly lines:
“What you need to remember is those moments when I want to shake some sense into your goofy, reckless, stubborn head? They are a million times better than any of the ones I spend without you.”

“Take anything you want, baby…..Everythi
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a new genre for this author and she knocked it out of the park with this story. It is awesome!!! AJ has such a powerful use of words you are drawn completely into a scene. The plot is tight and the characters well developed including the secondary characters. I absolutely adored Moche.

This book contains some of the best sex scenes I have ever read.
Alison Bliss
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love a smart, resourceful heroine, a protective homicide detective hero, and a sizzling storyline chock-full of simmering suspense and a great murder mystery, then Dirty Deeds is the book for you! Not only is it a great read, but the story grabs you from the first page and won't let go of you until the very end. Highly recommend!
Brittany Shivers
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A story of getting even, deadly revenge and scorching hot love.

Eden Smith business, Dirty Deeds, main purpose is to enact revenge against those that have done wrong for the ones that were wronged.

Homicide Detective Kelly Riordan has a murder on his hands and a mystery along with it.

Evidence points to a connection with Dirty Deeds. After receiving a tip Eden contacts Kelly to clear the air in regards to Dirty Deeds involvement.

When Eden's life is threatened Kelly appoints himself as her protector
Arial Burnz
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG LOVED this book!!! Eden is such an amazing character - well developed, thought out and layered. As usual, Nuest does a fantastic job of creating such likable heroines. And Kelly? HOLY HELL - sex on a stick! This hero is so delicious, you can sink your teeth into him. I love how unique and different Nuest makes each of her characters in every one of her books.And the suspense aspect is excellent!

My favorite character is Mocha!!!! OMG she is awesome!!! I totally imagined Wesley Snipes when he
Pat Harrell
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gets you from the first page and doesn't let go until the very end. AJ didn't just come out with a bang in this genre, she came out with an explosion. You absolutely fall in LOVE with these characters. This book is fast paced, funny, and a match made in Heaven between Kelly and Eden. You feel as if you are there with them through the whole book.
Michelle Eriksen
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some reviews are super easy to write and others you really have to think about. Dirty Deeds is one of those books that captivated my mind right from the start. The story isn't what I thought it was going to be from the blurb, it was so much better.

Ms Nuest had me wondering where this one was going but I could never have imagined it. Amazing characters and what an imagination, a great weekend read and one I will be recommending to all of my friends.

I loved Eden and Kelly together and at one poi
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I didn't know I was missing in a book. Suspense books have always been a soft spot for me, with the forbidden relationship (in this case witness and cop) it makes it even more exciting. You can't fake or deny the kind of chemistry that Eden and Kelly have. She was smart and creative and Kelly had never met anyone like her before, but he also had a desire to protect her from their first meeting.

Dirty Deeds is the company Eden is based on revenge. I love the cre
C bond
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
via netgalley

loved this book, a re read
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eden believes in what her business does. Some people do deserve payback. But, when a dead body shows up with her business card in her hand she knows things are about to get tough. Then Det. Kelly Riordan comes roaring into her life. She knows its dangerous to fall for him. She knows their chemistry is electric, but with her life in danger and others she loves keep dying how can she not trust him?

This is another great story by AJ Nuest. I loved Kelly and Eden. Their banter and attraction was off
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Premise – even Better Execution!! A Terrific Read!!

Dirty Deeds takes everyone’s greatest wish and makes it come true; where there is injustice in the world adds a taste of karma!! Revenge for hire.

Eden Smith is intelligent, talented and has the last name of Smith because she does not know who her parents were. She was adopted by Malcolm Smith who taught her most of her skills and through a serious competition process set up a few of his protégés into business.

When a murder victim is found
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting who dun-it. I look forward to reading more in the series.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was an awesome book. I love the complex characters and storyline. I can't wait to read more in this series.
Angel Hatfield
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eden was putting one ounce of laxative into a chocolate covered cherry when Tanner came back in very frustrated and said she couldn’t get past the receptionist Eden’ business was called Dirty deeds and was a business to get revenge. Revenge was a tricky business, Eden and her team would only go so far. Eden felt she should have been there to reconfirm the details before Tanner went out. Tanner was Eden’s newest recruit and the first few trips out were crucial and Tanner’s confidence would play a ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars out of 5

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I had one significant issue with this book. I’m going to get the bad stuff out of the way first – because really, I don’t want to be a downer, but…

I don’t like it when characters immediately objectify each other, like their looks are the only thing of interest about them. I can understand thinking someone is hot, but to imagine sexual activity
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although this isn't my normal genre of book that I seek out, this particular book held my interest and captivated me until the very end! Eden's business venture seems targeted at revenge, yet to me it is more aptly described as uncovering truths which guides much needed justice. The mystery and suspense that flows through this storyline is pure genius! Yes, not my normal genre, yet this writer slam dunked the ultimate goal by truly making me desire to read the next in this series! Well done! Thi ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book.....
A great storyline. There was mystery, there was suspense, there were characters I wanted to hang out with, oh and there was sexy.
Eden Smith is payback for hire and Dirty Deeds will make sure the punishment fits the crime. Business is booming with satisfied customers until a murder and a business card turn everything upside down.
Kelly Riordan, tough guy detective. He doesn't have time to play games when he has a murder to solve. That is, until he meets Eden and
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eden Smith has moved on from her tough childhood and is thoroughly content in her career running a unique agency that specialises in serving up revenge for those who need it. Naturally, discretion is key so when the body of a young woman clutching her business card washes up on the beach, Eden is very troubled. And as it becomes obvious that somebody wants some payback of their own and Eden is the target, is there anyone in this city that she can trust? Detective Kelly Riordan knows when someone ...more
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Multi-published, award winning author, AJ Nuest resides in a small farming community in NW Indiana. A wife, mother and freelance editor, she shares her home with a variety of spoiled-rotten pets. She and the cat are currently vying for dictatorship.

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