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Product Details

  • Series: Dirty Girls Book Club
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268759
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Dirty Girls Book Club:

“Filled with emotion and hot sensuality….Pick up The Dirty Girls Book Clubfor a sizzling read that will leave you with a smile on your face."—Romance Reviews Today

“A fun, sexy, intriguing read that is easy to get hooked on. It’s written a lot like a hockey playoff game, fast paced, exciting, and leaves you breathless at the end.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"An original premise that is cleverly carried out amongst its likable characters. There are an abundance of heartfelt emotions and fiery passions conveyed all throughout The Dirty Girls Book Club."—Sensual Reads

“Savanna Fox…delivers a fast-paced, fun, and sexy storyline…. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book club selection.”—Romance Junkies

"This story is well written, has a great plot and is definitely a fast paced page turner."—RomFan Reviews

The Dirty Girls Book Club won the HOLT Medallion for extra spicy/erotic romance, the Book Buyers Best award for single title contemporary romance, and the Aspen Gold Readers Choice award for erotic romance.

Praise for Dare to be Dirty:

"...a refreshingly fun and entertaining read. In fact, the series, Dirty Girls Book Club, has proven to be wickedly delightful so far."--Romance Junkies

"I fell for this book from page one... It was one of the best reads I have read in a while."--Night Owl Reviews

"I loved Dare to be Dirty so much, I had to give it one of RRT's most coveted awards--A Perfect 10."--Romance Reviews Today.
 

From the Author

When I first conceived of the Dirty Girls Book Club at the beginning of 2011, I'd been in a book club for a number of years. We took turns choosing books and we read literary fiction, non-fiction, and commercial fiction. But a lot of other clubs, at that time, were more pretentious. If a book wasn't literary fiction, and preferably a prize winner, it was beneath consideration.
 
Nothing against literary fiction, but it's not always a lot of fun. And we deserve to have fun sometimes. That was my "aha" moment. Imagine a group of women sitting around discussing the latest weighty, yawn-worthy tome, and one asks, "Is there a rule that says a book club can't ever read anything fun?" Another chimes in with, "Or sexy? What's wrong with sexy?" Well, of course the club votes to read a sexy book every now and then.
 
And, because I write romance, what if each time the club chooses an erotic novel, one of the members has a personal sexual - and romantic! - journey that in some ways parallels that in the book? I pitched that concept to my editor at Berkley Heat, and the series was launched.
 
The setting was obvious: Vancouver, B.C., the perfect place for women to chat about books while enjoying great drinks and intriguing ethnic cuisine. Next, I had to figure out who belonged to the club. For me, the magic number is four (for example, the four friends in the Awesome Foursome books (w/a Susan Lyons) and the four sisters in the Wild Ride to Love books (w/a Susan Fox)).
 
The next decision was what books the club would read. Should they be erotica classics or contemporary bestsellers? No, neither, because I wanted to quote from the books. That meant I had to create books and write the excerpts myself.
 
In terms of the story structure for each book, I would therefore have to juggle and interweave excerpts from an erotic novel, the club's discussions of that novel, and my heroine's sexy romance with her hero. I do love a challenge!
 
In the first book, The Dirty Girls Book Club, young widow Georgia Malone doesn't expect to meet a second soul mate. The figurehead of her new marketing campaign, cocky hockey star Woody Hanrahan, couldn't possibly be that man. But as the club reads historical erotica about the sexual education of a repressed widow, Woody helps Georgia explore her own sexuality and together they write their own happy ending.
 
The second book, Dare to be Dirty, features Kim Chang, an art student and confirmed city girl. The club's choice of cowboy erotica leaves her cold - to her, the words "cowboy" and "erotic" don't go together - until the women take a field trip to the rodeo and she meets Ty Ronan. As the sexy rancher in the club's erotic novel seduces the photojournalist heroine into the cowboy way, rodeo star/horse trainer Ty shows Kim a new vision of the future.
 
At the beginning of 2013, I started the third book, Bound to be Dirty. As the heroine, I chose Lily Nyland, the oldest club member and the only married one. I was intrigued by the idea of a marriage that started with teenage passion, but now, in its tenth year, is falling apart.
 
Attraction of opposites is, of course, a romance classic - but does that attraction always work out in the long run? When Lily meets Dax Xavier, she's a well-educated society girl, a rule follower, a workaholic, and she's determined to be a family practice doctor. Dax is the guy from the wrong side of the tracks, headed for trouble. His love for Lily turns him around. He gets a college degree through the ROTP, serves his country overseas, then seeks the solace of nature as a bush helicopter pilot. At the ten year point, Lily has established a practice in Vancouver, while Dax is more comfortable flying in the wilderness and living in remote mining or logging camps.
 
They're still opposites in many ways, and that's now causing problems. But sometimes spouses' similarities can also cause stress - and Lily and Dax are extremely independent people who both want to control their own lives.
 
Sometimes as a marriage develops, it seems that rather than grow together, the spouses are walking parallel or divergent paths. That was how I envisioned Lily and Dax. And yet, because I write romance, I knew that deep down, even if they weren't consciously aware of it, they truly loved each other and had what it took to build a happy marriage.
 
The bottom line, for so many couples in trouble, is a failure of communication, sharing, and trust. That's particularly true for Lily and Dax, since they're each so independent and they've lived such separate lives that they've never had much opportunity to develop those things. And neither has good family role models to assist.
 
So, knowing those were the issues they'd have to confront, what kind of "dirty book" should the book club be reading that might help resolve my couple's marital woes?
 
Or, looking at it from a different angle, what type of book would the club likely choose next? The answer was obvious. They'd never read BDSM. Since the huge success of Fifty Shades of Grey, they might well have been the only female book club in North America that hadn't. In the name of research, they needed to understand the immense appeal of these kinds of books.
 
How might the club's choice of a BDSM novel interweave with Lily's marital issues and somehow facilitate her and Dax reaching a happy romantic ending? Well, a number of women in long-term relationships have said that their sex lives have been spiced up by reading BDSM, so that's a nice start. But obviously sex isn't all it takes to save a marriage. On the other hand, if a little experimentation in bed raises issues of trust, communication, and sharing . . . Yes, I could definitely see the possibilities.
 
Having decided that the club would read BDSM, I of course had to write a few excerpts. The book I made up follows the now-classic formula of the powerful dominant man and the successful woman who discovers the pleasures of submitting in the bedroom. This is definitely not the kind of relationship I usually write, so it was an interesting experience as I researched and attempted to understand and respect the dynamics.
 
Writing Bound to be Dirty offered a great opportunity to explore how different women think about BDSM novels and about dominant-submissive relationships. Why are these novels so popular now with women readers? Does BDSM verge on abuse - or can it be liberating for the submissive partner - or does that depend on the nature of the specific relationship? If two consenting adults choose a certain type of sex life because each of them finds it sexually and emotionally fulfilling, does anyone else have the right to criticize? As you can no doubt imagine, the book club has some very thoughtful and often heated discussions!
 
I really hope that some real life book clubs choose Bound to be Dirty and have their own stimulating discussions. I also hope that each reader enjoys Lily and Dax's journey as the two of them slowly lay the foundation for a loving, long-term marriage.

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BOUND TO BE DIRTY has appealing characters, genuine feelings and blazing sensuality.
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What's interesting is the way that Fox ties each selection into one of the stories of each of the main characters.
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Lily and Dax realize that in order for their love to survive, they need to compromise.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By Voraciousreader on August 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of this book to write an honest review for Cocktails and Books.

Savanna Fox writes a compelling story about a couple struggling to save their marriage. Eight months ago, Lily Nyland joined a book club with three other women. One of the books the women decide to read is a novel about BDSM. Lily reluctantly agrees but the subject makes her uncomfortable; she thinks BDSM is abusive and demeaning. Lily is a controlled, hard working doctor and spends all her time running a busy family practice clinic in Vancouver. Lily joins the book club thinking they will have highbrow literary discussions, but the women have different tastes and the books aren’t choices Lily would make, but she reads them anyway. Lily enjoys being with the women, because it’s been a long time since she has spent time with girlfriends, or had a chance to relax.
Lily and her husband Dax have been married ten years, but are rarely together because of their demanding jobs. They have slowly drifted apart, but are hesitant to discuss the state of their marriage. Dax is a bush pilot and rarely home because he is gone for months at a time with his job. Dax is a bad boy with a free spirit who relishes spending time in the wilderness. Dax and Lily have forgotten how to communicate with each other and they are afraid to express their feelings. Even though they are polar opposites, they have always been attracted to each other. When Dax finds the book about BDSM on Lily’s kindle, he is surprised by her choice in reading material. The book gives him ideas and he decides to add some spice into their sex life.
BOUND TO BE DIRTY is the third book in the Dirty Girls Book Club series. Each book is a stand-alone and chronicles a different member in the book club. Do Dax and Lily love each other enough to compromise and save their marriage? Can people change?
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Savanna Fox brings readers the third book in her Dirty Girls Book Club series, Bound to be Dirty. As each book selection is made for the book club, each member gets to tell their story. Book three is Lily's story, which focuses on how to put the passion back in a marriage that seems to have lost it's mojo. Fox does an excellent job of showing how adding a little kink can get things back on track. Readers who are looking for a steamy romance between a married couple will love this one.

What I liked:

Avid readers often join book clubs. Usually, they choose a group of friends or a group that reads the kind of books they enjoy, whether that is a specific genre or author or some other criteria. Fox has created a series based on that idea. The Dirty Girls Book Club reads erotic fiction. They choose a book and then discuss it, as most book clubs do. What's interesting is the way that Fox ties each selection into one of the stories of each of the main characters. I like the fact that whatever they are reading about somehow ends up as the basis of what is going on in their lives. That was a great idea and I think it is proving to be very successful for Fox.

In this book, Lily is having some issues with her husband, when the book club chooses a BDSM title as their next read. She is skeptical about the book, but agrees to give it a try, never knowing that it may have a profound effect on her life. Her husband is away with his job often and they have lost the romantic and sexual spark they had when they married. I really enjoyed the fact that Fox chose to use a married couple for this book. Passion in a marriage often the key to couples sticking it out even through the rough times.
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There is a perfect balance of sexual fulfillment and emotional conflicts in the Dirty Girls Book Club series. The third book deals with putting the passion back into a marriage while also trying to find workable compromises. What can actually bring bliss into the lives of a couple with very differing opinions is shown through realistic developments and lots of emotion. When it comes to creating believable situations where a wide variety of feelings are conveyed, Savanna Fox can be counted on to deliver a captivating story every time. BOUND TO BE DIRTY is frequently erotic and always deeply emotional.

When the latest pick for her book club is a BDSM story, Dr. Lily Nyland is not enthused. But since the genre is so popular, she goes along with the other three members and agrees to at least give the book a try. She has certainly never tried anything adventurous like this with her husband, and more than likely never will with the way their marriage is presently going. Though she and Dax Xavier felt much in love at first, they have grown apart and seldom see each other because his career as a bush pilot keeps him away from home for months at a time.

Since the holidays are coming, Dax will be home soon. Lily knows they need to talk about their marriage and any expectations. Before they can have this critical discussion, her husband decides after he accidently learns what type of book she is reading to add in some milder kink when they have sex. He hopes this will aid in reawakening the connection he and Lily had when they married. Getting their sex life back on track seems to help, but they still need to be more open when it comes to communicating or there may not be any hope for their marriage.
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More About the Author

Savanna Fox (also writing as Susan Lyons and Susan Fox) writes "emotionally compelling, sexy contemporary romance" (Publishers Weekly). An award-winning author, she has won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the HOLT Medallion, the Book Buyers Best, the Booksellers Best, the Aspen Gold, the Golden Quill, the Write Touch, the More Than Magic, the Lories, the Beacon, and the Laurel Wreath, and she has been nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award. Susan is Canadian, with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.

Visit her website at www.susanlyons.ca for excerpts, behind-the-scenes notes, discussion guides, recipes, articles, newsletter sign-up, contests, and give-aways. She is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SusanLyonsFox.

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