- File Size: 3277 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1911153811
- Publisher: NineStar Press, LLC (August 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IQPHU44
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My biggest issue with the book is that Amazon categorized this book as a romance (which is why, as above, I chose not to penalize the author with a 1 or 2 star review). There is no *main* romantic subplot, and worst of all, there is no hea. I thought going into the epilogue that it was going to end happily at least, but no. For my fellow readers who need a hea to enjoy a book, this is not going to be the book for you. That said- if the book had been tagged solely mystery/suspense and I had purchased it on those grounds, I might have enjoyed it.
TLDR: I did not enjoy the book, but if mystery/suspense thrillers are what you enjoy, this is a decent example.
Joey Jameson is a new-to-me author, and while I enjoyed the storytelling for the most part, the writing style was difficult for me to fully grasp.
I'm going to deviate from my usual reviewing style to list the cons first, then end with the pros of the story. Beneath the issues, I truly was riveted and intrigued.
The 3rd person narration wasn't without difficulty. 90% of the entirety of the novel was written in 3rd person narration featuring Vegas, while 10% were random sentences via other character's POVs, spread throughout. This was extremely confusing, tearing me from the story. I would be reading along as the story was shown via Vegas' eyes, then in the middle of a paragraph, the pronoun and given name usage was wonky, and I'd realize the sentence belonged to another character.
Character names were all locations. At first I felt this was because of Black Vanilla, like stage names. So when Dakota showed up, I groaned with frustration, because why was his name also a location? Vegas. London. Bronx. Dakota. and at least 5+ more states and cities. The only person who didn't have a location name was the security guard and the boss. But the Boss's name was Driver, which is also bizarre. The non-names cheapened an otherwise suspenseful storyline.
Vegas, our narrator for the most part, was a Georgia transplant to NYC. As someone who straddles the border of New York and Pennsylvania, the slang wasn't authentic to the location. I ignored the British spellings of many words, because I believe the spelling belongs to the origin of the writer, such as Kerb and Colour. However, the narration belongs to the characters, and a southerner wouldn't use the word flat and other colloquialisms.
Plot holes: Without giving spoilers, characters were in plain sight, completely visible via the narrator when they were supposedly doing something else (the big reveal). A few times they were holding eye-contact or saying, "OMG, Vegas, are you okay?" within a heartbeat, so it was impossible for the culprit to be the culprit, which lead the reader down other avenues. Multiple characters were in the line of sight, so collaboration was out of the question. While wrapped up in the moment, it wasn't noticeable. But when I stopped to think, I clicked back to be sure, and it wasn't possible for either party to be responsible (possible for other things, though). I'll just leave it at that.
Flow of the story itself was off. There were moments in time, which didn't lend anything to the overall plot, that were told for more than 2 chapters (in the past, yet nothing denoting this such as italics or a date given). Later in the novel, moments from the past were italicized, while being thought in the present (so it wasn't a flashback as prior, but simply a couple chapters of memory mixed with conscious thought of the present). It was confusing to say the least, especially combined with the periodic head-hopping.
While important events were truncated, told instead of shown, other events were written out, but they were of importance and happening 'right now'. This lead to a lot of info-dumping.
Character's reactions, particularly the police, were conflicting with their personalities, simply for the author to drive the story forward, even if it created a plot hole or conflicted with the characterization, law, or rationality.
"I'm worried about you, so I'm going to take you home," but peel out before Vegas gets two feet from the car door... where danger lies. "I'm worried about you," but no one actually stays with Vegas for his safety. NYPD: "We can't help you!" after being choked, isn't how the United States Justice System operates. "We can't connect the calls at your work, (which were recorded) to the stalking and choking outside of your apartment, so we have nothing to investigate..." even though your neck is sporting a necklace of fingertip bruises and it was attempted murder on a NYC sidewalk in an affluent part of the city.
A terroristic threat made of a specific person would have resulted in that person having a wellness check via the police, especially if he was a witness to the crime in question, and possibly a suspect, while also being mentioned in the recorded phone call with a threat to his person. NYC's finest are not bumbling idiots, and the villain of this tale felt like 'A' from Pretty Little Liars, with how things changed to suit the plot, even if they were above rationality.
If you liked a guy enough to make him dinner, and he was just choked nearly to death, you would have immediately called 911 while helping him, not get offended and run away... into danger. I'm mean, really? Wouldn't he have said, "OMG! Someone tried to kill you!" *dials 911, voice broken when speaking, hands shaking* "Are you okay? Let me help you!"
I'm spinning down the rabbit hole- I apologize.
The plot itself was intriguing, unlike anything I'd read before, and I appreciate the effort the author put forth. Do I think it came together seamlessly? No, it didn't. As a writer and editor, it's my job to see those flaws. As a reader, who was caught up in the moment, I wouldn't have spotted them unless I truly worked it out in my head, but most likely after the fact. Once over the middle hump, the story took off and had me furiously clicking the pages to find out what happened next.
Whether it be a pro or a con, the fact that the dots didn't line up helped keep the reader from figuring out who was doing what (aside from the implausibility and the impossibility). So it's a pro as the suspense elements weren't obvious and predictable. The resolution and ending will no doubt leave readers speechless. When I finished the ending, I thought to myself, "My DARK reading buds would like this book."
The domestic violence was written about as accurately as humanly possible, and this is coming from a survivor. There were elements between Vegas and Bronx that mirrored my own life, and a few times I had to put the book down to get my bearings.
All-in-all, minus the hiccups along the way, I did enjoy Dirty Talk. The in-depth look into the phone sex operation in the beginning was highly entertaining. The suspense angle kept me turning the pages even during the lull. The positives and negatives are equal in my opinion. With a bit of work, this could have been one heck of a thriller.
Recommended to fans of MM, suspense/thriller, and darker reads. For those seeking a romantic book, or one filled with a plethora of between-the-sheets action, this is most definitely true to the suspense/thriller genre, leaving those attributes riding beneath the surface. Warning: NO HEA