Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Title:  Talking After Midnight
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Keywords:  Phone Sex, Plum Orchard Series
Page Count:  448            
ISBN E-Book:  9781460334560
Price:  $6.39
Print ISBN:   9780778316312   
Price:  $6.39
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug


Shields up, sugar—things in Plum Orchard are about to get real.  

Marybell Lyman is notorious for two things:

Her look. The wicked hairstyle, multiple piercings and practiced sneer that say: "Stay back—I bite." 

Her voice. The syrupy lilt that's her bread and butter at Call Girls, the prim little town's flourishing phone-sex company. 

Hunky handyman Taggart Hawthorn is mesmerized by the contradiction: such sweet tones inside such a spiky shell! He wants to know more about mysterious Marybell, to hear more of her sexy talk—all for himself. 

But Tag's attentions, delicious as they are, have Marybell panicked. She's been hiding a long time. She's finally got a home, a job and friends she adores. She won't have it all snatched away by another stupid mistake—like falling in love. So when Marybell's past comes calling, she and the Call Girls will prove no one handles scandals like a Southern girl!


Dakota Cassidy’s wicked sharp sense of humor had me laughing out loud in Talking After Midnight.  That was not the only emotion Dakota Cassidy was able to evoke from me.  Combining all the human and animal elements at various points it was impossible not to shed some tears.

I really love the characters from the Plum Orchard Series.  Both Marybell Lyman and Taggart Hawthorne are brought to life through their trials and tribulations that they endured.  It was these trials and tribulations that were wrapped in mystery plot bunnies that hopped and built to the conclusion of the story.

As usual in this series, the secondary characters played very important roles in helping the hero and heroine reach their destiny.  Showing us that even fictional characters need other people.

Marybell and Tag are hilarious together.  Marybell’s standoffish attitude and Tag’s unrelenting spirit had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see how they would end up.  I found it interesting that Marybell was able to effectively turn off her work life from the phone sex company in her relationship with Tag.  What they shared was just between them, except that Dakota Cassidy shared their super-hot steamy love scenes with us.   

The plot and characters are fantastic in Talking After Midnight.  I would definitely recommend this book.

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