Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Talking After Midnight-Dakota Cassidy

Talking After Midnight
Dakota Cassidy
Mira, Jun 24 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778316312

“Talking After Midnight.”  In Plum Orchard, Georgia Marybell Lyman works as a phone- sex operator at Call Girls.  She has the voice for seducing men though many of her customers would be shocked by her Goth look enhanced by biting sarcasm.  Contractor Taggart Hawthorn is attracted to Marybell.  His attention scares her as he persistently asks her out and she persistently says no.  Though she likes him and his obvious desire turns her on, Marybell fears once he knows her dark secret, his love will die.  When she finally finds the courage to tell Tag, Marybell is too late as a cruel person tells him the truth about his beloved

“Talk This Way.”  In Atlanta Catherine Butler never takes a respite as she works at any job she can get in order to pay for her cancer-stricken mom residency at the Oakdale Nursing Home.  Cat loses her job at a coffee shop due to an exchange with annoying Flynn McGrady whose mom also is at Oakdale.  However, Landon, who was a resident at Oakdale where Cat met him, offers her the position of managing his phone-sex company in his penthouse.  She accepts unaware that Flynn lives in this building too.

Talking After Midnight is an engaging Plum Orchard entry (see Talk Dirty To Me and Something to Talk About) with two “outsiders” falling in love while the phone-sex crowd continues to provide culture shock to the rural residents.  Talk This Way is the print version of a delightful e-novella that introduces readers to Landon who in death shook the complacent conservative town when he willed his thriving business to relocate there.

Harriet Klausner

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