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Dirty Paperback – January 1, 2007

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"Definitely a five-star read . . ." -- Romance at Heart on An Exaltation of Larks

"Ms. Hart is a master of all genres. Her stories grip you from the onset." -- Romance Junkies

About the Author

Megan Hart is the award-winning and multi-published author of more than thirty novels, novellas and short stories. Her work has been published in almost every genre, including contemporary women’s fiction, historical romance, romantic suspense and erotica. Megan lives in the deep, dark woods of Pennsylvania with her husband and children, and is currently working on her next novel for MIRA Books. You can contact Megan through her website at www.MeganHart.com.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Spice; Original edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373605137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373605132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on January 16, 2007
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Accountant Elle prefers to engage in anonymous sex and one night stands. It's been over three years since she has slept with a man, and finds herself intrigued with lawyer Dan Stewart, whom she met at a candy store and thought would accompany her home, but merely received a chaste kiss. But when they meet again, she doesn't leave anything to chance. She gets more than he bargained for with Dan, as he agrees to her no dating policy (they have "appointments" instead) and claims that he won't get serious. But soon the relationship is appearing to be pretty exclusive.

But Elle is scarred from a childhood rife with guilt, pain and grief, and a family that doesn't know how to connect anymore. With a mother who could apparently not love more than one child, and an openly gay brother who is shunned from the family, it is no wonder Elle harbors resentment at her mother's constant requests to meet. Can a woman so damaged open her very closed off heart to a man who appears to have staying power?

Hart has done an incredible job of crafting an erotic story with an actual storyline, rather than lots of "wham, bam, thank you man" sex. There is plenty of sex, including a threesome, and most of it graphically realistic (no flowery euphemisms here). A recommended read for those looking for something sensual yet deeper.
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I know that Hart's second book is titled Broken. To be honest, it would be an equally apropos title for this one as Elle, the protag, was just that- a broken woman.

Written in first person, Dirty follows a short section of Elle's life starting with an encounter with a man she met at an upscale chocolate store. She's instantly attracted to Dan and, though she's just met him, she agrees to go with him to a local bar.

Elle has no qualms about one night stands- she's had plenty. The sexual tension with Dan leads her to allow him to follow her home. But he leaves her at the door with a brief kiss and no promises for more. Of course she can't get him off her mind and when she chances upon him again, they pick up where they left off. But this time he leaves her with a bit more- a very public, but well hidden, sexual encounter ... and a business card.

Elle wants to keep her distance emotionally, after all- sex is just sex in the end. But Dan won't have it. He's no steam rolling Alpha and though he comes off as dominant in the bedroom- it's only because he knows she wants it. Still, he gently leads her down the path of getting exactly what he wants and, in the meantime, leads her to wellness.

Dirty is not a light read. It has depth to it and it retains a very erotic edge. (Imagine that!)

Elle is seriously screwed up from a gravely dysfunctional childhood and some of her choices really bugged me. I honestly didn't like her ... in the beginning. Oh, I knew early on she had some issues and why she had them, though it wasn't truly revealed until the end, and normally I can empathize. But for some reason she really got under my skin. I think it's because Hart did such a good job of making her seem- cold.
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In various places I've seen this book listed as Erotica or as Erotic romance. Interestingly, I have found it neither erotic nor romantic.

The basic storyline is very simple. Elle Kavanaugh is an accountant with a very simple lifestyle. She lives alone, has no friends, has an extremely dysfunctional family and, when she does have sex, it is usually with men she picks up to have one night encounters with. She doesn't like intimacy and doesn't date. The reasons for Elle's very stark existence and refusal to allow herself to connect on a romantic level is pretty obvious even from the beginning of the book.

Then one day she meets Dan in a candy store and he intrigues her. A lot. The two begin a --- I don't want to call it a relationship because that involves a level of engagement that is absent here --- series of encounters. Elle likes to have sex with Dan but pulls away from him when he tries to make it more than the simple "appointments" as they euphemistically call them. In the end, Elle manages to confront her demons and she and Dan get together in a real relationship.

The only reason I gave this book even 3 stars is because the level of the writing was very high. It wasn't a slam-bam erotic novel all sex and no plot. There were some heavy issues in the story that were handled quite realistically. The level of self awareness of the main character was also a strong point in the book. It was written in first person and the "voice" of the character was very vivid and alive and unremittingly cynical.

I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did. It took me a bit to process and I think I am not glowing with praise as much as I should because I simply could not like Elle. Now, I am a cynic myself. I can do 'Bitch, Please..." like nobody's business.
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Elle Kavanagh lives a successful, primarily solitary life in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She's cordial enough with her neighbors and co-workers but has very few real bonds of friendship with any of them. Even her sexual relationships are just encounters here and there with very few of the men who know her real name. Elle isn't ashamed of who she is or what she's done in or out of bed. She's been perfectly content with life as it is - until now. No one could have guessed that she'd meet a man in a candy store who would change her life.

From the moment Dan Stewart meets Elle he knows there's something special about her. He's got nothing against getting down and DIRTY but he isn't interested in a one night stand either. Dan understands that Elle is uncomfortable with dating. Rather than push to put a label on their relationship he agrees not to date . . . instead they'll do whatever Elle wants. Surely she'll see how good they are together and want more than a sexual relationship with him.

Megan Hart exceeded my expectations when I picked up DIRTY, her newest release. I knew there would be smoldering sex scenes, after all this is an erotic novel, but I didn't expect to become emotionally involved with the characters' lives and want to befriend each of them. Ms. Hart treats us to Elle's personal journey as she struggles with the events of her past and how they've affected her beliefs and attitude in her adult life. I loved Dan's easygoing attitude and the way he's able to accept all of Elle's quirks while making her comfortable just being herself. While the central focus of this book is on Dan and Elle there are a couple of awesome subplots which kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen next. Wonderfully written Ms. Hart.

Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)
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