Monday, January 25, 2010

Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl

Molly Jenkins 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.…

Let me start by saying this is only the second romance novel I have ever read, and the first contemporary romance. So I am not sure if I am reacting to elements from the genre or this book itself.

I liked how fun this the book was. You knew no matter what happened Molly and Ben would end up together! Molly was pretty easy going and didn't really get too whiny about anything. She did have a pretty one track mind about things that got a little old after awhile. I liked when she hung out with her friend Lori (whom I believe Start Me Up is about). And I liked Ben and how he was also pretty easy going and never rude to Molly without reason. He was a nice guy! I loved that they had this history from their childhood, it made their attraction instantly realistic.

I didn't so much like the stalker plot but did like that there was a mystery involved in the story. I wish there had been more secondary plots, Molly hanging out more with Lori more or hanging out with her brother Quinn at all, or maybe Ben hanging out with Quinn instead of just talking on the phone.

I will stay though I read this book in probably a day and a half over the weekend, which I basically I never do with any book. So it definitely kept me hooked! I've wondered what the different was between Chick Lit or Women's Fiction and Contemporary Romance and from this book I'll say I noticed less secondary plots with more focus on the relationship at hand and definitely more naughty interludes!

I'm definitely going to continue to explore this genre and this author's work!

Talk Me Down was released on January 1st 2009
Genre: Contemporary Romance
3/5 Stars
Purchased at local used bookstore


  1. It's so hard to define the differences between romance, chick lit and women's fiction. For me, romance is all about the relationship between man and woman and how they get from point a to point b (in love). That is what any romance will have I think, a strong foundation in a romantic relationship. Both Chick lit and Women's fiction seem to focus on relationships and more individual character growth, rather than growth as a couple.

    (Not that you probably even care about my definitions.)

  2. But I totally care! You are one of my romance genre guides! Thanks :D

  3. It's nice how there's a bit of mystery involved in this book. I always like that!


  4. Sounds cute, just wouldn't really expect a mystery with the cover lol.

  5. Glad you enjoyed this. I don't read much romance because I find them pretty predictable.

  6. If you like mystery in your romance you should try Meg Cabot's Heather Wells series. It's my favorite series from her. I guess it might be considered more chick-lit than romance though. The distinctions aren't real clear for me either!


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