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Edited. Full review at Ana's Attic Book Blog.
After reading (listening to) Four Letter Word by J. Daniels, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to read Jamie and Tori’s story in Hit The Spot . I love when the guys are funny, over-the-top flirts, have no filter, and pursue the heroine relentlessly. And I love when the heroine resists, at least for a little bit, and denies she has feelings.
"I wouldn’t be that girl. I wouldn’t want him. Only…I totally wanted him. A little, if I was lying. A lot, if I was being honest."
"I was that girl. Wanting something and knowing where it was but going in the opposite direction. Wanting something, but wait, maybe I didn’t or I shouldn’t or I couldn’t."
Despite her protests, Jamie isn’t giving up. In fact, he pursues her for NINE MONTHS! Tori has been serving him the “Loser Special” for months, and Jamie still comes in to the diner all the time to pursue her and get shot down. But he never gives up.
“Tori fought with her words. Not her body. I quit asking and just kissed her. And kissed her. And kissed her. I kissed her until seconds blurred into minutes. I kissed her hard and rowdy and rough.”
After that, it became pretty hard to deny the attraction anymore, so Jamie has a proposition:
“You want to bet me that I’ll want to have sex with you before you try and have sex with me?”
This was so much fun! Listening to them both try to tempt each other and get the other to give in first was my favorite part of the story.
Despite loving the story and banter, I did feel like the characters changed a lot from the first book, the problem being I loved them more in Four Letter Word. That’s not to say I didn’t here, but Jamie’s slang did not fit a California surfer, and at least in the audiobook, really started to bother me. Also Tori’s complete change from feisty to almost too needy made her not quite as much fun as she was in the beginning. Still, I totally enjoyed the book, and can’t wait for the next.
•How he shamelessly flirts with her, and the things that come out of his mouth!
•How he pursues her relentlessly and never gives up.
•The sex was super hot.
•Bossy dirty talking alpha.
•Kind of an enemies turned lovers story.
•The narration was mostly good.
•This may seem nitpicky, but the way Jamie spoke really started getting on my nerves, and I noticed even Tori started picking up on it a little too. The lack of pronouns and word “ain’t” and other slang terms (like “never had nothin’) made him come off as kind of stupid to me. I would have loved some California surfer lingo, but got none of that. It just never worked for him. And OMG, “babe” drove me nuts too.
•I felt like she kind of lost all of her spunk when she gave in, and became a bit of a pushover.
•I actually liked Tori better in the first book.
•I didn't like how the female narrator did Jamie.
•Jamie had some major a-hole moments that weren’t “alphahole” moments, they were straight up a-hole. I did not like him calling her a bi*ch, at all.
The Down & Dirty:
Hit the Spot was the second in the Dirty Deeds series, and I totally look forward to the next. I really enjoyed this audiobook, but for me it paled a little in comparison to the first, Four Letter Word, which I loved. I fell in love with Jamie and Tori in the first book, but they seemed to have very different personalities in Hit The Spot. I loved Tori’s feisty resistance until she broke down and gave in, then she became a bit of a doormat. I loved Jamie’s relentless pursuit and cocky flirting until he lost it on her and called her names. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the story very much, but the thing that really bothered me, maybe because the audiobook made it stand out, was the way Jamie spoke. No pronouns, ain’t, babe. double negatives, nuthin’…these things made him seem a little on the stupid side, and not at all like a California surfer. Still, I love my pushy alphas; I am enjoying the series and totally look forward to the next.
Rating: 4 Stars, 4.5 heat, 4 Narration
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
.... A sexy "battle of wills" story with lots of sexy witty banter and off the charts chemistry!
Hit The Spot was an awesome follow up to Four Letter Word! Loved all the denied attraction, and chemistry between Jamie and Tori while he relentlessly pursued Tori and she constantly rejected his advances. His steadfast pursuit and her constant denials became a true battle of wills when Jamie challenged Tori to a sexy game where the "loser" must "beg for it" putting both their hearts on the line. Taking the challenge seriously, neither wanted to lose, they've turned up the heat, and upped their seductive teasing, but when they start falling for each other, the game no longer seems to be important.
All the sexy teasing and banter between Jamie and Tori aka Legs was hot, funny and made this story fun to listen too. This was the perfect blend of humor and heat, and I loved every minute. I'm looking forward to listening to more audios by J. Daniels.
Sebastian York and Kate Russell brought each steamy seductive word to life, and nailed this performance! Between swoon-worthy romance, and awesome narration, this story's sure to "Hit The Spot" and have you begging for more! Well worth a credit, and time.
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