by Opal Carew
Series: Dirty Talk #1
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on March 7, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
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Sonny has a debilitating fear of men. Tal is a scary looking tattooed bad-ass. Can Tal get Sonny past her fear and help her become whole?
Sonny longs to feel the intimate touch of a man. But she is haunted by a past trauma that leaves her terrified of being with a man. Even when she dreams of being in a man’s arms, the steamy sexual situation turns into a nightmare.
Sonny has found one way to cope. A stranger’s voice has been her salvation.
Tal wants a woman to love him. To have a real, long-lasting relationship. But most women are intimidated by his bad-ass appearance, with his tattoos, piercings, and broad, muscular frame.
Tal looks the way he does because of a past fraught with pain. The tattoos aren’t going anywhere, so he needs to find a woman who will accept him for who he is… and was.
When Tal sees Sonny, he senses in her a kindred spirit. The haunting pain in her eyes draws him, but he flinches every time fear flickers across her face when she sees him.
Can Tal find a way to break through Sonny’s barriers and start something that might heal them both?
ALERT: Dirty Talk, Secret Pleasure by Opal Carew is HOT HOT HOT.
This book is super short and ends on a cliffhanger but I DON’T CARE. I loved this novella and can’t wait for the next installment.
Sonny lives in fear of men. She has some type of trauma in her past–it hasn’t been revealed yet what it is specifically, but it’s not hard to guess what it might be. Sonny is self-employed and works from home, so she doesn’t have much interaction with people other than her good friend, Leandra.
Leandra doesn’t know the details about Sonny’s past, so in an effort to be well-meaning, Leandra surprises Sonny with a blind date. The guy she’s fixed her up with is a friend of a friend who ends up being a nice guy. By all accounts, Sonny probably should be interested…but her fear is overwhelming and the date ends up being a bust.
Meanwhile, Tal has just moved into town and into the apartment next door. Tal is an imposing, muscular, tattooed guy whose appearance usually scares women away. But underneath his rough exterior, he wants to find a woman who will accept him just as he is.
Sonny and Tal’s first meeting is abrupt but there’s definitely a spark between them. However, once again Sonny is too afraid and quickly runs away from their encounter.
Sonny has a dirty little secret that no one knows about…and it turns out that Tal has one, too.
Opal Carew has done something unique with the format: when you read the ebook, she has included a link to an audio clip that Sonny listens to in the story. This is pure audio porn, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, you’re welcome.
FYI: The story ended roughly around 70% for me and the rest of the book is excerpts from the author’s other works. As I mentioned, this ends on a cliffhanger, which might drive you crazy, depending on the type of reader you are. Also, I just learned from the author’s website that there will be four total titles in this series, each with a different accompanying audio clip. For me, I didn’t mind the price I paid for the book, considering you get that companion audio to go with it. (Clip #1 is approximately fifteen minutes long.) Your preferences, of course, may vary.
I can’t wait to read the next installment and the combination of ebook interwoven with audio totally works for this story. I’m looking forward to seeing Sonny and Tal develop more as characters, as well as seeing how their relationship unfolds.
Rating: 5 stars