I am not sure I would categorize this book as a romance. Yes, it does have the requisite HEA (Happy Ever After) but it does have a very dark and disturbed heroine, and reaching that HEA is a very painful trip with one unusual, haunting woman. This story is told in first person by Elle, so we only see her perspective of things. I don't mind the first person narrative, but I know that a lot of people do. This book focuses more about Elle and her internal struggle to forgive herself, for something that has happened in her past. Not the story of her falling in love with Dan, although Dan is the catalyst that pushes Elle to look deep inside herself, and confront her demons.
The one drawback to this book is that we don't learn a lot about Dan. Actually, we receive very little back story on him. I would have liked to know more about Dan and that would have made the story better for me. But what I did know about Dan is that he is a wonderful man and really great for poor, messed-up Elle. Dan was patient with Elle, and really paid attention to all her little quirks. He was quite the hero and very likable. I would have liked to read a more in depth ending between Elle and Dan, but all in all, it was a really beautiful story.
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I bought this book expecting a sexy escape. I got so much more! The sex scenes were very erotic, especially the threesome. The main character is so real and sympathetic. I was very much in her corner and rooting for her to do the emotional work she needed to do to have a "normal" life. Having experienced a similar childhood and a similar loss, I could relate to her in a way I was surprised by. I very rarely cry while reading, but when Elle was telling Dan her story, I cried for her. Even the neighbor was emotionally involving! I literallty could not put this book down. I read it in one afternoon/evening. I felt so attached that I have to wait before starting another book because I keep thinking about the characters and what they went through. I will read anything Megan Hart writes!!
This book is HOT! It actually has a storyline too, which I find rare for erotica!
This is a great book. I read it with my husband, lets just say it was insprational.
Megan Hart's books are not light and happy, they are very intense and a bit disturbing. A great read.
The characters in this book are very realistic. This book did have some very hot and explicit sex scenes, but really for the most part this story focused on how the main character dealt with issues from her past. The subject matter was very serious, and on the depressing side. I enjoyed the book but expected a more light hearted story line.
Elle is a woman that has withdrawn inside herself to a great extent in order to deal with the pain and her feelings of guilt about things that happened in her past. People just tend to find a way to cope rather than work to rise above those things. Dan was such a supportive and loving influence for Elle. He helped her to really live again. This was an awesome read!
If you haven't read the eharlequin ebook "Reason Enough" by Megan Hart you really need to get that! It is a follow up to this book and gives more insight into the later lives and happenings of Elle, Dan, Chad and the Mother. Loved it!
Megan Hart's Spice novels always put me on an emotional rollercoaster. Yes there is some hot sex but the story is really about all the emotional baggage Elle has. There were times when I actually hurt for her. Dan was such a patient guy. He knew when to push and when to pull back. [close]
I thought this would be a naughty book--and it is. But it made me cry. Not just a little misty-eyed, but 'put down the book and sob.' Elle is a very damaged heroine, and her hurts, her pains, resonated in me somewhere. I could not put the book down. I think it's a far more literary work than its given credit for.
As always Megan Hart's erotic novels go far beyond being a steamy read. I love how her characters are so layered and how she can write the hottest sex scenes ever. Its sex, not love making.
Elle is a dirty girl. She sleeps with men, never wanting a relationship. Sometimes not even giving her real name. One night when she goes out with her co-worker and her boyfriend she runs into Dan. A guy she met at a candy shop. The things they did on the dance floor could have melted chocolate.
Dan is described as someone that wears printed ties. Has a fit body and can touch Elle just right. Elle tells him she's not into the dating thing, so don't ask her out. Don't fall for me. She says. I won't. He says. Their subsequent encounters range from Elle coming over in nothing but a trench coat and panties. To sex in a public bathroom.
All the while Dan is trying to figure Elle out. He knows she's a bit more complex than, she just doesn't date. Elle's family is broken and the family secret made me cry when she finally told Dan the whole story (though it may not be so bad. I have been emotional/stressed lately, lol).
Since Tempted I have enjoyed Hart's books, characters and writing. But this one really had it all for me. Elle was broken without being weakened by it. She was a little cold hearted, but she was dealing with a hard issue. I am looking forward to more Megan Hart books!
A very instense yet HOT story. She thinks she has everything she needs in her life. A great job, house, etc until she meets him.. WOW. Great read.
Please be aware that this is what they dub as a "REALLY HOT" book and is sexually explicit. Great read!
Im a Megan Hart fan and this is by far my Fave of all her erotica stories!! The way she writes is really something else. Her HEA are always sad and muddy. Never quite the Happy your looking for, but still so so great. This book was just awesome and if u havent read her books yet, i Always suggest Dirty to everyone first. Deeper is great too.
I loved this story. She really goes from a lost, lonely child to a woman. The man who helps her find herself is amazing. Great scenes too. Humor, great writing, family stuff we can all relate to. The layers as Dan unwraps her story are so well told. The side stories of her funny friend at work and the sad neightborhood boy next door, her brother who is the only one who knows the whole story and her sick relationship with her Mom make it more than the typical erotic story. Great read!
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this particular book, but after reading many of the reviews, I decided to order it and give it a shot. Although the content can be quite graphic in sexual nature, the author's intent is not to convey a smutty novel, but something deeper. This is why I truly enjoyed the book. There were reasons for the main character's actions. These are the reasons which kept me wanting to read more in order to find out what made her do the things that she did. I highly recommend this book. It was very well written and I am so glad that I gave it a chance! Well worth it!
I love this author. This is the second book of hers I've read.