Published by Carina UK on 30 August 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Tom, a widower and aspiring author (with a penchant for Hobnobs) is in need of a new start. Inspired by his therapist, the ‘Fifty Shades Phenomenon’, and his lack of literary success, he sets out to write an erotic novel – after all, how hard can it be?
But as writing erotica proves a challenge for a man more unsure than hardcore, Tom finds himself enlisting the help of an eclectic group of co-authors. Brought together by their authorial ambitions and fondness for innuendo, their project becomes a collaboration that will change lives, open minds … and prompt the purchase of an unfortunate PVC catsuit.
*I received a free ARC of Dirty Minds from Harlequin UK Limited / Carina UK via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.*
Dirty Minds is a very funny story about a professor and writer, Tom, who is working through the different stages of grief after his wife died two years ago. He has written a medieval story that was pretty bleak and violent, and his therapist suggests that he finds something a little lighter and more fluffy to concentrate on for his next book. He has the idea that because Fifty Shades of Grey has so much success, he should write something erotic, and possible have it in a historical setting. But he is sure he needs to get a female writer to work with him – because he thinks he is not able to write anything from a female point of view.
It is hilarious how he puts an ad in the paper to get a writing sample, and he receives six very different samples with erotic writing. At the same time, he starts to get to know Ros, one of his neighbors a little better, and she ends up being one of the writers who sent a sample to him. What ensues is a hastily put together weekend at a luxury hotel, thanks to Ros’ very rich friend Fonsie. And the story of Dirty Minds goes on to show how all the writers and their companions go on to rekindle or find true love, and a very big sexual appetite.
The way they talk about sex all day translates to their getting together once they get back to their rooms, and there truly is a real story, with sexual encounters sprinkled along to make the book project move forward as well. Dirty Minds is a fun, quick and hot read, even if there aren’t really any graphic sex scenes. The way Tom changed from the beginning of the story to the end was very well done, as he went from thinking he could never be happy again after his wife’s death to falling in love with Ros and feel hope for the future once more.
If you want to read a story with a real plot, and characters that have that real feel to them, and still have some nice fluffiness on the pages of your read, you should definitely pick up Dirty Minds. It was a truly enjoyable read, and I can only recommend it!
‘What? No… or maybe. I don’t know. The title’s not important. Just imagine the scene. You’re sitting on the train, reading porn. It’s a fairly safe bet you would get some very disapproving looks from your fellow commuters.’ ‘Well, I should think so, too.’ ‘That’s the point I’m trying to make. E-books give you anonymity. I’m sure that’s why Fifty Shades of Grey has sold so well.’
Bodices were indeed ripped, silk hose laddered and whalebone snapped. The men were, without exception, amazingly well-endowed.
Bud adopting an alias would be wise. If the book were to hit the headlines, then it might be better if the postman did not recognise him as the writer of a pile of filth. ‘Not filth, though, Noah. It’s erotica we’re purveying.’
‘First you have to swear, on whatever you hold dear, not to reveal a word of this to a living soul.’ They watched as he clutched his genitals and promised.
‘So you haven’t had sex for five, maybe ten, years. I am beginning to see why you might be interested in a book about historical sex. Can you at least remember anything about it?’
‘I never knew this writing business could be such a turn-on. Maybe I should read more.’ He gave her a wink and returned his attention to his plate.