Emmeline Amos is sick of her ex saying she's boring and prissy. After all, she works for a phone-sex company! (As general manager, but still.) On a rare girls' night out, fueled by blender drinks and bravado, Em accepts a shocking dare—to handle a call herself.
But it's tipsy Em who gets an earful from an irate single father on the other end of the line. Awkward.
But not as awkward as discovering that same mad dad is Call Girls' gorgeous new programmer. Jax Hawthorne is still upset that his daughter called the "girlfriend store" on his behalf, but he can't deny he'd choose a hot-librarian type like Em if he were looking for love. Which he's not.
Em wants to do more than just talk the talk. So she makes a bawdy bargain with Jax. They've both been burned before—this time, they'll keep it strictly physical.
Three and half stars: A return to Plum Orchard, but this time with the quiet, more demure Em.
Emmaline Amos is all about keeping her head down and avoiding gossip, but she is finding it harder and harder to do that these days. Since her ex husband's big secret was exposed to the entire town by the meddling Louella Palmer, Em has been doing her best to protect her reputation and shield her boys. Unfortunately, when the gorgeous Jax moves from her daydreams to real life, she is unwilling to involve herself emotionally with him so she makes a daring proposal. Can Em balance her personal life and hide her secret sex life from the prying eyes of Plum Orchard?
What I Liked:
- I was excited to once again immerse myself in the not so quiet and not so cozy town of Plum Orchard. Plum Orchard is a small, Southern town where gossip runs rampant and every is in everyone's business. I love following the antics of the folks in the small town and seeing the sparks fly. This is a fun, engaging, flirty and steamy series for all of you who like your romance with spunk and spark.
- Em was one of my favorite characters in the first book: Talk Dirty To Me. I loved her even more in this second book. This is her story, and I enjoyed watching her overcome her struggles while expanding her horizons. She is a kind, big hearted woman who despite her circumstances manages to hold her head high and remain classy, even after the despicable antics of Louella. What I admired the most about her was the way she didn't back down or bad mouth her ex husband's lifestyle choices. Em is a classy, beautiful woman, whom I loved watching grow.
- The romance is one of heat and attraction, and then it takes a fun little twist as the couple makes a daring pact. I won't spoil it for you, but it is a fun ride. It is heat and passion and all the good stuff, but then it ends up being so much more. Jax and Em have some sizzling hot chemistry.
- I enjoyed catching up with some of my favorite characters: Dixie, Caine, and all the gals from Call Girls. Dixie is a firecracker and as always, there is never a dull moment when she is on scene. I love watching the sparks fly when she takes on the mean girls of the town. Caine is as sweet and charming as ever, and the rest of the gals from Call Girls continue to entertain. I love the secondary characters, even the mean girl, Louella Palmer.
- I liked the secrets and surprises in this one. There were some big twists that I didn't see coming. I liked that this was more than a basic romance. The additional stunning reveals made it much more exciting.
- I appreciate that this is a companion novel series. You can certainly read them out of order as they are stand alone novels, but they are much more enjoyable when you read them together as you have a clearer understanding of the town and the backstories. However, if you want something fun and flirty and sexy for summer this is a great pick.
And The Not So Much:
- I had a harder time falling into this one compared to the first book. I think because I missed the fun antics and the competition that caught my attention in the first book. This one is much more tame in comparison and while Jax and Em have great chemistry that aren't as entertaining as Dixie and Caine were. Still I liked their story.
- I struggled a bit with the romance, while I liked the pact and the sizzle, I got a bit frustrated with the lack of communication. Sure that was part of the agreement, but there were times when I wanted to slap Em for not being honest and upfront with Jax. It isn't exactly miscommunication, more lack of communication, but there is a reason for it. This is a romance based at first more on lust, it almost borders on insta love, but in the end, it works.
- I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more explanation as to what was going on with Jax's brother. There is some type of trauma there, and the story kept alluding to it, I am guessing the story is for the next book. I was also wanting more on the story regarding Jax's sister, Harper.
- The whole thing with the birth certificate was a bit of a stretch. I was curious as to how a certain character even knew to dig for that juicy information? It was never explained.
Something To Talk About is a fun, steamy romance with lots of secrets and rivalry in a small Southern Town. Em is a class act, and I think she is a character readers will adore. If you are in need of a sizzling romance with plenty of sparks, this is a great series to check out.
"This is not an occasion to jump up and down like we just met a Backstreet Boy, Dixie."
"Grandpa Givens says Cinderella just wanted a boyfriend, but Belle wanted a whole library. I think he said that's smarter than just wanting a boyfriend."
"Love took time, and sometimes, even when it had time invested, it wasn't real love after all."
"Life is meant for livin', enjoying, the people you love, laughter, friends and the freedom to do all those things."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.