Genres: Rock Band Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 10, 2018
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Sweet baby! Dirty Like Dylan will knock your socks off, but then punch you to the ground in sorrow that next second. The rush of emotions will have you begging for mercy, while asking for more. No, begging for more. Will the author give it to us?
Photographer Amber Malone is home, in town, just long enough to see her sister and make some money before heading off to the next country to take photographs. Love hasn’t been good to her, so why bother. Photography fulfills the needs she has and living out of a backpack has it glamours moments, right? Taking a job with her sister to photograph a rock star promoting a product is everything she hates, but it’s easy money….or so her sister tells her. Liz, the sister, has been the band Dirty’s official videographer for commercials, music videos and reality shows. She’s the no-nonsense lesbian to Amber’s flightier recklessness.
One thing after another go wrong getting through security and Amber isn’t in the greatest of moods when some hot guy flips her off. The moment though she takes out her camera and starts shooting the set and then the pretty boy drummer, she gets lost in her craft …. only to butt up against the drummers best friend Ash. The two clash, but then drummer boy Dylan smirks and enjoys the fireworks. She gets vocal about what is needed at the set, Dylan lets her spew, Ash sets her up to fall and Amber gets kicked off the set by her sister and the higher up dude that she dissed for the stupid set idea. Her sister sends her off to an island cottage to get away, failing to tell her who it belongs.
Ash is the lead singer of a band that has come and gone from the series. Someone I grew to love when he teased Elle out of her funk in A Dirty Wedding Night. But Ash isn’t really a manwhore like he would like to you believe. He feels very deeply and starts to fall for Elle when she dumps him in Dirty Like Seth. Angry, resentful, bi-sexual, and in love with his best friend, he lashes out at Amber left and right. He is brutal, knowing Dylan could fall for her and fuck up a good thing he has going. It also doesn’t help she is of the female gender who has broken his heart one too many times.
Dylan loves his best friend Ash, but not in the way Ash wishes. They share women and Dylan is ok with that. He is living the rock start life, has a family that adores him, owns a house with a killer view and just wants things to go back to the way things were before Elle. He loves Elle like a sister, but the drama needs to go. Cooking up a plan he gets Amber to photograph his house while staying in the cottage on property that Ash owns. Dylan also thinks Amber is just what Ash needs to get over his funk, but this seems to backfire as he himself gets to know her.
What starts as an adventure for Dylan, starts to go sour when jealousy creeps up. Ash tries to avoid coming out to his friend that he is in love with him, while he also starts to fall for Amber. Amber for her part wants nothing to do with them because…hey…she’s bad at love….cue the mommy/daddy issues. But when the sheets get hot, the glamour of a quick sexy menage starts to tarnish. The three have their own agendas and it isn’t going to be pretty when it all comes out.
There is really some hard moments in this story. The threesome is sexy, but as you get to know each character, you know this is just a fun time and cannot last in it’s current form. I really struggled with Dylan not knowing or understanding Ash’s feelings for him. There are hints of it and slam up side your head hints that I couldn’t get over. Dylan still seemed to be oblivious to it. Amber sees more in depth on the two men since there isn’t a sheen of star struckness clouding her sight. She in gets the brutal end of Ash’s disdain enough and through a lens, she captures the moments these two seem to try to ignore. Dylan is all about the playboy lifestyle. Nothing stressing, no forever’s, just his best friend and him having the time of their lives. They each have different goals going into this arrangement and expectations that are kept secret are about to blow up in everyone’s faces.
The title alone gives the reader a sense this menage won’t last. The unfolding of the story is yours to read, because getting to the title means someone is going to get hurt. Someone I grew to love to pieces and I wanted to smack everyone that was hurting them around, even if I liked them. The author is working on a spin off series and I hear this character will have their own story. They better get a HEA because I don’t think I can handle this going sour again.
Dirty like Dylan starts off as a glorious time of rivalry between consenting adults and spirals into the hurt, anger, trauma and need each of the characters have that need to be resolved. Even though a character is left fractured, it all was handled pretty tastefully, honestly and with compassion. It still hurts, but when one door closes, another opens.
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