Talk Me Down, by Victoria Dahl

>> Monday, November 21, 2011

TITLE: Talk Me Down
AUTHOR: Victoria Dahl

PAGES: 352

SETTING: Contemporary US
TYPE: Romance
SERIES: 1st in Tumble Creek trilogy

Molly Jennings has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry—thanks to a creepy ex—and it's time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

One look at former high school hunk chief of police Ben Lawson and Molly is back in business. The town gossip is buzzing at her door and, worse still, a stalker seems to be watching her every move. Thankfully, her very own lawman has taken to coming over, often. The only problem now is that Molly may have to let the cat out of the bag about her chosen profession, and straitlaced Ben will definitely not approve...
I had a bit of a weird time with Talk Me Down. I read the first couple of chapters and wasn't really feeling it. Not that I thougth it bad, I just didn't find it interesting, so much so that I ended up putting the book down for a couple of weeks. I must have read at least 4 or 5 books in that period. I was even tempted to call it a DNF and be done with it. And then I picked it up again, forced myself to read a couple more pages, and was completely hooked. I finished it in a couple of sittings. Not only that, I really, really enjoyed it!

Molly Jennings has lived away from the small and isolated mountain town of Tumble Creek for years, but after a bad relationship with an ex who doesn't seem to get the message that he is an ex, she's decided to come back.

One of the first people she runs into is her former crush, Ben Lawson. Ben is now the town's police chief, and as attractive as he was when Molly was a teen, so before long, the crush is back with a vengeance. Best of all, it turns out it's not (and never was) one-sided.

Molly and Ben waste no time putting that mutual crush to good use, but "let's have hot sex" swiftly turns into something more, as pesky feelings start to develop on both sides. So what's the problem, you ask? Well, the problem is that Molly has a secret, a Big Secret, in fact. See, she's a very popular erotic romance author, and her first published novel is very obviously based on her and Ben. Molly knows Ben has got a well-earned phobia of being the subject of scandal (his dad was caught up in a sexual scandal when Ben was a boy), so she suspects that her career will be a deal-breaker for him. So she keeps her job a secret, which generates its own trust issues...

Big Secret plots are hard to do well in a contemporary. So Molly's an erotic romance writer? For heaven's sake, this is the 21st century! If anyone has an issue with that then it's their own problem! And yet, this worked perfectly. The combination of the content of Molly's first story, the nature of Tumble Creek (Dahl is not one to romanticise what a small town is like), Ben's job and his history, and even Molly's feelings of inadequacy compared to her brother, all came together in the perfect storm that made me understand Molly's reluctance completely.

I loved the tension this situation added in Molly and Ben's relationship, as without it, things would have been too easy. Hot as hell, but too easy. Because these two are perfect together, and they know it.

Ben's a sweetie, no tough alpha even though he is the police chief. I loved how completely delighted he was in Molly, especially how he appreciated her indulging her naughty side. And that she had a very well-developed naughty side was one of the things I enjoyed the most about Molly. She knows and trusts Ben enough to really let it out, and how!

So 10 points for the romance from me! The rest was slightly more mixed. There's a bit of a suspense plot that I didn't think was particularly interesting, or even necessary. And the secondary characters were mixed as well. I found Brenda frankly a bit offensive. She has a thing for Ben, but she's fat and ugly, so she's also sullen and resentful with Molly. Oh, come on. On the other hand, Cameron Kasten, Molly's ex, is a fantastic character. He's manipulative and charismatic, and no one other than Molly seems to be able to resist falling under his spell, including the men Molly tries to date, who end up convinced that Molly should stop being a silly girl and go back to their best new buddy Cameron. Reading his interactions with Molly made me want to scream and cry with frustration, exactly like she felt.

After writing the review up to here, I had a look at some reviews, and it seems a fair few people absolutely hated Molly. Me, I adored her, and it was some of things other people didn't like about her that I liked most. I guess you're going to have to give Talk Me Down a shot and see which side of the fence you fall!



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