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Dirty | [Megan Hart]

Dirty

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' wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.
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Publisher's Summary

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' wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.

Hypothetically speaking, of course. I've been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears. Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake. The problem with wanting is that it's like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else.

I don't apologize for who I am or what I've done in or out of bed. I have my job, my house, and my life, and for a long time I haven't wanted anything else. Until Dan. Until now.

©2007 Megan Hart; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Lisa D 03-24-13
    Lisa D 03-24-13

    Mom of 3 wild and crazy boys, I've become obsessed with books again after being sucked into a little vampire/lovestory series you may have heard of, and now I listen to most books (but read at night) so that I can be somewhat productive during the day and not leave my family and home to collapse around me while my nose is stuck in a book ; )

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    "Great story,TERRIBLE narrator"
    What didn’t you like about Elenna Stauffer’s performance?

    I felt like I was listening to Casey Kasem's daughter retell someone's "heartbreaking or heartwarming" story in between the top 40 hits of the week, For the ENTIRE Book. This is an erotic romance- the narrator should NOT sound the same when describing what is happening to her "nether regions" and HOW it feels as she sounds when talking aout painting her den and eating pizza with the kid next door. Her voice (speed, inflection, tone, etc) should NOT sound the exact same throughout. She sounded so detached at moments when she WASN'T supposed to be detached. I wished I had the book to read along with, because it was very hard to get past the narration to be able to just focus on the story.

    I think Elenna Stauffer is probably a very good narrator, but just NOT for this genre.


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    tina cokato, MN, United States 02-02-13
    tina cokato, MN, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "more than I bargained for and not in a good way"

    When I purchased this book, I thought I was getting only romance. There is more to this book than that. The main character has endured molestation from a brother and 10 years later, she is trying to come to terms with it. Although I don't like my romance with such sad themes, I have to say that this book was well written and insightful. I think it shows how a person could possibly deal or not deal with such an ordeal. If you are looking for something light and fun, this isn't it. If you like your romance with a side of horrible past, this is the one you are looking for.

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    Think about this 01-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Elle's just a very unlikeable character"

    I listened to this whole book, hoping at some point I would end up caring something for Elle. I never did, She comes across as a real B***ch, that I can't feel a bit of compassion for. She treats Dan, her sex interest, like dirt, and what he sees in her, is beyond me. He wastes so much time caring for her, but she just doesn't come across as deserving of his attention, with all the rejection she hits him with.
    She has a bad history, but instead of dealing with it years ago, she has just become bitter and hateful to anyone that tries to help her. Unfortunately, this goes on and on, through the whole book.
    The narration for Elle is probably the only voice that sounds normal. The other characters sound like munchkins, or little kids. That also, made it a hard listen for me.
    At any rate, it's just not very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sonj Los Angeles 10-28-12
    Sonj Los Angeles 10-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I love audiobooks and I'm so addicted!

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    "WOW! What a Story"

    This was my first time reading Megan Hart and WOW I am a fan!

    Dirty is not a light read. It has depth to it and it retains a very erotic edge.

    Elle repressed heroine with no color in her wardrobe, no joy in her life. A typical background for such a woman. A hero destined to drag her out of her bleak existence. You've seen it all before, right? Not even close.

    Elle is one of the most complex, real characters I've ever read. She diverges from stereotype in unique ways, and resolution is not only difficult to find, it's as complex as the character. At the end of the book you know she still has a lot of work to do...but the most important element of any book for me, hope, is there in spades.

    This book isn't a romance, per se, because the focus is on more than the male/female relationship. But it's also the epitome of romance because it's about falling in love and doing the hard work such a fall requires.

    This book really had an impressive storyline and I felt like I was on Elle life roller coaster seeing all the up and downs. Megan Hart you have impressed me.

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    leah San Pablo, CA, United States 10-24-12
    leah San Pablo, CA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "the narrater sounds 15"

    totally could not get into this book. the narrater sounds like she's a 15 boy when she does the male voice.

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    ChristyCoCo 09-06-12
    ChristyCoCo 09-06-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Addicted!"
    Any additional comments?

    All I have to say is that I am addicted to all of her books so far! I have started from her first book and just went in order by the release date. So far I am at "Deeper"....haven't read it yet, but I know I will love it as much as the others!

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    08-11-12
    08-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad male voice"

    This narrator is emotionless, it ruins the story. Her male voice is terrible. I am so disappointed. I'm strugling to get through the first half, hoping Ill get used to the voices and loose myself in the story. So far no such luck.

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    DB 06-27-12
    DB 06-27-12
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    "'DIRTY' blows 50 SHADES Outta' the Water"

    I have listened to this book multiple times long before 50 Shades. After reading a GOOD, well constructed story, I wanted more of Megan Hart's writing.
    This book is erotic, romantic and will bring a tear to the eye. Along with including a sensitive social subject, the incredibly sexy story will definitely knock your socks off.

    Read the 2nd book of the series, "BROKEN" and the 3rd "STRANGER" and enjoy the repeat appearance of character. When I read the 2nd book 'Broken', I realized Elle was talking to her physiologist as the story is told in the book. I didn't realize this until I got to the 2nd book. I love the psychological part of this book.

    If you want a well written, intelligent book with great characters and erotic scenes, THIS is the book for you!!!!! Buy all 3 books for steamy summer reads!
    (the narrator was great except for a couple of male voices were a bit strange) Spend your Credits on 3 books that ARE the whole package.

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    Courtney 06-14-11
    Courtney 06-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "smoker's voice"

    The story is well written for erotica and the sex is hot and dirty but......the narrator is so bad I had to stop listening. The lead male voice sounds like he lives in a trailer and smokes a carton of cigarettes a day. Every time he would speak I kept thinking ugggh your kissing an ashtray. Then we he actually smoked in the story I had enough. If the voice had been different I wouldn't have been distracted by the scene.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Missy CARNEYS POINT, NJ, United States 02-20-11
    Missy CARNEYS POINT, NJ, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not just another erotic romance novel..."

    The reader was aweful as far as male voices were concerned and I do mean aweful. They weren't the least bit appealing. But even that couldn't ruin this story. Yes, this story does include a lot of detailed sex scenes and even a menage so it fulfills it's reason for being classified, "erotic romance" but it's far more. This is a story about an emotionally damaged woman named Elle trying to cope as an adult after some very dysfunctional and tragic events occurred during her teenage years.This book takes us through the twists and turns of her life prior to, during, and after she meets a man named Dan. Together they embark on a very interesting relationship via a set of "appointments" that turn into far more. I found this book to be a testament to the human condition and the many masks everyday people wear in order to cope with the unpleasant circumstances that life can bring. This story will take the listener on a journey of many conflicted emotions reguarding sex, morality, family ties, religion, abuse, forgiveness, grief, and self acceptance. I was very skeptical initially but the more I listened the more I realized why so many people are truly moved by Megan Hart's books. I gave this title 4 stars not because of the book but because of the reader. She really did a disservice to Dan's voice. It just didn't seem to fit the character and if the book wasn't so good it could have ruined everything! The reader didn't have a lot of variation with male voices in general. For instance, a teenage boy's voice sounded like a squeaking version of Dan's and another male character's voice sounded like a hyper version of Dan's. But if you can get past all that you are indeed in for a treat. And yes, the sex scenes are pretty hot... given the reader totally made Dan sound a lot less sexy than I think the author intended! LOL! Happy listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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