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Dirty Tricks (romantic comedy) by [James, Xandra]
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  • "Okay, this book had everything I LOVE in it. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes contemporary romance. " - sslyblog-wordpress-com-review 
  • "Laugh out loud funny, this cute book will have you in stitches." - Christine (Goodreads review) 
  • "The dialogue is crisp and the humor is well placed. For readers who enjoy laughter with their romance, this is a perfect choice! indtale.com/reviews/contemporary/dirty-tricks 
  • "I enjoyed Xandra's writing; it was witty and pleasurable to read. A lot happened in this short novella but the storyline was something different and I loved the enemies turned lovers aspect." - bibliobelles.com/5/post/2014/01/avas-review-dirty-tricks-byxandra-james.html 

About the Author

Xandra James is a British author over 30 *cough*, slightly obsessed with coffee, and definitely addicted to chocolate chip muffins.
When not reading romance books, she's writing them. And she can get so far into the new worlds she's creating, that you can often find her still slobbing around her house after lunchtime with bed hair and no idea what day it is!
If you want to find out more about what makes her tick, sign up for Xandra's newsletter where you'll hear all about her news, book sales, and new releases. And she'll promise you that she never talk in third person about herself again (maybe). 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FPRQ5NY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*I gave Dirty Tricks 3.5 Stars.*

Dirty Tricks was a fun novella with humour and romance. For just under sixty pages, this was a sweet story about Cat who set out to avenge her Grandmother’s heritage and Jay, who was the unsuspecting victim.

Cat tried to halt the progress of the renovations to her Grandmother’s old house and she came up with some funny sabotage plans. Jay had been left the property by his father but he just wanted rid of it, as he knew his dad used dirty tricks to get the house for a bargain. Although Jay’s workers may have been running scared due the ghostly ‘appearances’, it didn’t take Jay long to work out who was behind it.

I liked both Cat and Jay’s characters. Cat was a down to earth girl I could relate to. She just wanted to save her grandmother’s history, whilst trying not to be distracted by the hot neighbour who was doing his best to complete the renovation on time. Jay was also very likeable and all he wanted was to be judged for the person he was rather than who his father was.

I enjoyed Xandra’s writing; it was witty and pleasurable to read. A lot happened in this short novella but the storyline was something different and I loved the enemies turned lovers aspect. Things moved at a fast pace at the end but I didn’t mind as I really liked the characters. This is definitely a pleasant way to pass an hour or two of your time, I would recommend you check it out. ~Ava
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Cat isn't happy that the man that basically stole their family home is fixing it up to sell it off. She gets the idea in her head to make them pay. The story is very cute and funny. Jay does what any man in his predicament can do so the real star of the story is Cat. She's funny, strong willed, and has a cat that causes a little mischief of his own. The end of this one is a bit rushed but the story itself is a pretty good quick read. So if you're looking for a quick pick me up during a little free time I recommend picking this one up.
Plus it's currently free so even better!
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Very enjoyable short story. I agree with the other comments that the ending was too short or it was just my disappointment that I was finished reading the book. Add another hundred pages and I would most likely move this up to 5 stars.
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Dirty Tricks are exactly what Cat and Jay played on one another during this short but sexy read. It made me smile and laugh as Cat went about trying to scare off the workmen in Jay’s new project. Besides their actions showing one upmanship, so did their witty banter and it added to the fun.

Ms. James did a wonderful job setting the scene for this story, huge house that’s being renovated ready for sale, her tiny cottage, the ocean, and a heat wave. And yes, there’s even a cat named Elvis, who made a fun third character. I shouldn’t say that I wish this could have been longer because I read it knowing it was a short story, but the bottom line is I simply wanted more because I liked the way Cat and Jay played, no pun intended, cat and mouse. I wasn’t ready to see it end.

If you’re looking for something you can read in less than hour this upcoming holiday season, I don’t think you can go wrong with Dirty Tricks.

Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
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By L on October 17, 2013
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A short story which you can enjoy all in one sitting. An imaginative story. “Dirty Tricks” contains an original plot, characters which you grow to love and some light sex scenes.

Xandra James has a nice writing style. The writing flows well most of the time and there are only a few errors here and there but nothing large enough to make the story unreadable. The snippets of humour she puts in throughout the story create an enjoyable read.

I’d recommend this story to anyone who likes a quick romance with a happy ending.

I received my copy of “Dirty Tricks” from the author for my honest review.
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Ms. James has written up a very enjoyable short story in Dirty Tricks. In fact, her writing is so suburb that she should have kept going with it. Another one hundred or so pages added in back story or used to slow down the ending would have given us the slightly longer book we wish for and perhaps a nice little five star review from me. Ms. James certainly had the talent to take Cat and Jay farther.

All the while, it is what it is. That is, a cute, well developed romance that you could read in one sitting. Ms. James had me laughing out loud with Cat and Jay's equally clever wit. She also brilliantly builds a well imagined setting in these fifty-one pages. A non-writing critique of mine would be that the book's cover doesn't at all fit the story, at least not for how my imagination interpreted her words.

Otherwise, if you're up for reading something cute and quick, maybe even a little spicy (wink wink) this one is worth the price. Hello, it's free!
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I picked this novella up on a whim. It is not my usual fare but I suspected correctly that it was a British author. I have found some enjoyably off beat books this way and this was no exception.

Turned out to be an interesting story though it did have a predictable ending. Some good humor and except for a few decidedly English turns of phase it was very readable. Would class it as a romantic comedy. Oddly enough its cover must be stock as another book used pretty much the same cover and was also a British author. The two books were wildly different other than the cover. oddly enough the cover was actually a pretty good fit for this one as the main character loses her bikini top to over efficient pool pump.

Some decent humor and a readable plot. It you want a quick cute read you will probably like this one.
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