by Opal Carew
Series: Dirty Talk #2
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on March 14, 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.
She has found one way to cope. A stranger’s voice has been her salvation. She regularly listens to the sensual audio she found online, submitting to the man’s voice and allowing him to take her to ecstasy again and again. His sexy yet deeply caring tone makes her experience what it would be like to be truly desired by a man. She’s come to trust that voice.
Despite his scary appearance, Sonny feels an overwhelming attraction to her new next-door neighbor. She should be afraid of him, but something about him overrides that fear.
When Sonny is finally introduced to Tal, and hears his voice, she is shocked to find he is the man from the tape. She avoids him, unable to face the stranger who unknowingly brings her to ecstasy.
When Tal meets 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.
When he finally confronts her, asking why she’s avoiding him, she tells him she heard the audio he’d published on the erotica site and, to his total shock, she tells him that audio saved her life. Then she tells him about her past, tearing his heart in two.
It becomes clear that she is as deeply attracted to him as he is to her. He vows to find a way to help her get past her pain and be with a man.
So, so, so good.
Note: this review will contain some spoilers for book #1 (Dirty Talk, Secret Pleasure).
Dirty Talk, Whispers in the Dark is the second novella in Opal Carew’s Dirty Talk series. Each installment is a continuation and should be read in order.
At the end of Dirty Talk, Secret Pleasure, Sonny made a huge discovery about Tal: after meeting him and hearing his voice, she realizes he’s the same man on the erotic audio she’s been listening to online. Not sure how to interact with him, Sonny continues to withdraw into herself and tries to avoid Tal.
But Tal sees the pain in Sonny’s eyes every time he sees her. He’s not sure what trauma she has suffered, but he wants to be there for her when she’s ready.
I should take a moment here to talk about how amazing Tal is. Outwardly, he’s super intimidating with his hulking form and rough appearance. But he’s one of the sweetest heroes I’ve ever read. He doesn’t force Sonny to rush or do anything she’s not ready for–including sharing her secrets. He’s patient and kind and she learns to trust him on her own terms. Tal even makes an effort to get to know Sonny’s cat–how freaking sweet is that? I die.
In this book, Sonny opens up to Tal and confides in him about why she’s so terrified of men. My heart broke when she told her story. In turn, Tal treats Sonny with the utmost care, never judging or blaming her. He comforts her. That’s why she’s so responsive to him, both as a friend and the beginning of something more.
Sonny and Tal have a strong attraction, which is acted upon in this story–though not necessarily in the way you’d expect. As with the first book, Opal Carew has included a link to an audio clip that accompanies the story (aka Best Idea Ever).
As with the previous book, this ends roughly around 75% and on a cliffhanger. The rest of the book contains excerpts from the author’s other works.
After loving Dirty Talk, Secret Pleasure so much, I had high hopes for this book. Dirty Talk, Whispers in the Dark absolutely delivers. Opal Carew has done an amazing job conveying Sonny’s vulnerability and Tal’s dedication to her. I loved seeing their relationship develop in this story and I eagerly anticipate the next installment in the series.
Rating: 5 stars