Top positive review
So much more than Dirty...
Reviewed in Australia on 26 January 2020
Jasmine and Shepard were high school sweethearts who broke up when Jasmine gave Shepard the ultimatum of choosing her or alcohol. Shepard struggles with his demons that have him convinced he isn't worthy of being loved. Shepard also struggles with his sobriety daily after his brother, Nick, forced him into rehab. He replaced sex with alcohol... but
‘Then I went to New York and I saw Jasmine again and— I couldn't. My body refused. It only wanted her. It only wants her. My head knows better. My heart— There's nothing left. Only this empty space in my chest.’
Fast forward 6 years and Shepard is now a billionaire tech mogul who needs a wife and is willing to pay one million dollars to get Jasmine.
Jasmine is struggling to get by and will do anything to get the money she needs to pay for her father's medical treatments.
‘For this year, I'm at Shepard's beck and call, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. If he requests my presence, I attend. If he insists I sit in my room, I sit in my room. If he demands I dance for his colleagues— Well, I'm not actually required to dance. Just to attend, act the part of loving wife, keep all terms a secret. Any misstep and I lose the seven-figure payout.’
The chemistry between Jasmine and Shepard is so HOT... it literally sizzles.
These two broken people slowly peel back their vulnerabilities and find the foundation of their love, as Jasmine learns that the coping mechanisms that Shep has had to develop over the years line up perfectly with activities she never knew how much she craved. ‘It's like coming home. This is where I'm supposed to be. Where we're both supposed to be. She's surrendering to me. She doesn't even need the restraints. She's already there. She's already mine.’
There are plenty of dominance and control issues at play here, but always with an underlying tenderness that really questions just who is actually in control...
‘It feels real. Like he loves me and I love him. Like before, I'm dizzy. Only it's so much worse than before. Because it's not washed in a wave of pleasure. It's just my heart pounding against my chest, screaming Shep. If I'm not careful, I'm going to fall in love with him.’
I enjoyed ‘Dirty Husband’ by Crystal Kaswell - an author I had not read before. ‘Dirty Husband’ is a great book with strong, well written characters. I would highly recommend it.