Afternoon Delight: Talking Dirty with the Player by Jackie Ashenden

Afternoon Delight: Talking Dirty with the Player by Jackie AshendenTalking Dirty with the Player by Jackie Ashenden

Series: Talking Dirty,
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Entangled, Indulgence on August 12, 2012
Pages: 219
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars  

The title of this book had me hoping the heroine would put the hero in his place. I was kind of disappointed with the characters and never really warmed up to Caleb. Judith had every right to continue to hold a grudge for how he treated her in the past. I had a hard time getting into the story and never really felt that into it. It was slow to start and never really grabbed me to want to like these characters.

Judith is a successful photographer. When her brother, Joseph, gets married, she is faced with meeting Caleb again after he hurt her eight years before. Her body disagrees with her mind over him. While attracted, she feels she knows who and what he is and doesn’t want to forget. She agrees to work with him on a calendar for charity and knows she will succumb to him at some point. In general, she kept me going back and forth like I was watching a tennis match as her emotions flipped and flopped.

Caleb is a rugby player coming to the end of his career with retirement looming over his shoulder. Quick to hurt Judith after taking her virginity eight years ago, I found even as he had changes of heart, I just couldn’t like him. He is arrogant, but that is just a cover for his feelings. Caleb really is just protecting himself, but it came across wrong and kind of destroyed my liking of him. He is a tortured hero.

This had some steamy elements, but with so much back and forth, I found myself more tired than turned on. While this is the second book in the series, you don’t have to read them in order.  I recommend this story for anyone who thinks we all need a second chance at love, redemption and friendship. It has all those elements and more.

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • wow…I would have thought this would have been a better read and that cover? it’s so is hot.