*I received a free copy of The Dirty Ones from Science Future Press via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Published by Science Future Press on December 4, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance, Thriller
They say write what you know.
So that’s all I did.
I wrote dirty. I wrote erotic. I wrote… the truth.
And then they called me a liar.
But it’s not me who’s lying.
Wowza! That was some twisty, suspenseful, and steamy goodness! Huss is a master of the mind f*ck and she went all out in The Dirty Ones!
I know, right? My mind twisted and turned, and it was impossible to figure out what was going on. I went from one shock to another, and I swear, my eyes almost bugged out of my head there for a while 😀
I don’t know that I could get a real good feel for any of the characters initially. But I liked Kiera right off the bat. She had an amazing outlook/attitude. Connor’s reaction at the airport was circumspect. I couldn’t figure out why he was so agitated although it became clear before too long. I thought it ironic in the end that he’d referred to the author as his girlfriend. 😉 Hayes was enigmatic and controlling, it seemed. Sofia seemed “soft” and unsure of herself. Bennett appeared to be the “fun” guy but also impressionable. And Camille came across as a crazy, drunk bitch. What were your first impressions of The Dirty Ones?
I agree, Kiera was the one I felt ‘bonded’ to from the start, and we really did get to know her and Connor a little better than the others. Hayes was a bit scary – and I wondered if he was on the wrong side of all of this. LOL I actually enjoyed Camille, she just didn’t take any shit from anyone 😀 She said what was on her mind, but she maybe also needed alcohol to cope with things. And I loved that the book within the book was called The Dirty Ones 😉
The events of that year seemed authentic. I mean, I can see college students behaving this way with or without coercion. Especially privileged ones. But it did seem strange they wouldn’t have remained in contact. And then Connor kept having these strange thoughts. And he had memories of things that differed from Kiera’s and Hayes’ and I began thinking all was not as it seemed. At what point did you realize something was amiss? (ha! I just had an epiphany about Emily being at Hayes’!)
I agree! But the coercion part just made it more creepy. And I was trying to understand who exactly could be behind something like that. Why would they have to write things down? And why was Kiera kind of on the outside looking in – until Sofia included her anyway? I think Connor just wanted to get on with the rest of his life – but even that turned out not to be completely correct. I think we need to chat in private about Emily and Hayes, because I have things to say that we should share here 😉
I know they’d done all manner of dirty things and I won’t deny it was hot to read but how did you feel about the liaisons between Kiera, Connor, Sofia, and Hayes? Was it part of Hayes’ plan, do you think?
I wonder if Hayes thought it would trigger any other memories, because he seemed to be the one character who really wanted them all to get to the bottom of this. And I found it so unsettling the way Kiera had flashbacks, but also how she used that year as a muse for her writing.
Huss does an impeccable job with red herrings and duplicitous hints. I swear I was off in the completely wrong direction at the point when Connor, Kiera, Hayes, and Sofia were at Sofia’s. Was there ever a time you’d put the pieces together incorrectly? Correctly?
I put the pieces together incorrectly from start to finish! haha. Huss really did outdo herself – and the way she laid it all out there was expertly done. I loved the way the story unfolded, too. How Connor felt like he was on the outside this time around, because everyone else had been in touch over those ten years in one way or another.
I was shocked – well, by many things ha! – but specifically the events with Camille and Bennett. That’s quite a mystery. How did you feel about it? Was it really necessary? (Yes, I think it probably was but it was still shocking!)
I do think it was necessary, but it was heartbreaking and shocking! I think that showed just how far someone (or several someones) were willing to take things. And as I said at the beginning, I went from shock to shock. Good thing there was some hotness to keep me grounded.
I’m still a little confused about Hayes’ comments about Connor being unable to make a decision. What am I missing?
I think that Connor – in his race to become a senator – had many people around him who steered him in the direction they wanted him to go. And Connor went there. So in a way, I guess Hayes was right – Connor didn’t really make any decisions. (I will say more about that in a chat with you privately…)
I loved witnessing Connor putting all the pieces together and how he made a decision while exacting revenge. How did you feel about how it all came together?
I absolutely loved how it all came together. And I loved that they had each other’s backs even after ten years. They needed to see this through, and they did so in a fantastic way.
The epilogue was perfect! I liked seeing where they were at that point in time and that one part was comical. Were you left satisfied?
I was so very satisfied. I loved the epilogue, too. And I loved how they set that up.
Huss continually amazes me, wifey. In The Dirty Ones, I think she outdid herself. I don’t love everything she writes but I did love this one and she keeps me entertained so that I’m always curious about what she’ll come up with next.
I agree, wifey. She did very well, and the pace for this story was absolutely perfect. The way she managed to let some things unfold, and others to stay hidden is genius!
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