Title: Extra Dirty (The Speakeasy Book 2)
Author: K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: March 26th, 2019
Page Count: 268
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Love, served extra dirty.
Jesse Murtagh loves his life as a wealthy bisexual businessman dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure. With a circle of friends he trusts implicitly, he enjoys a successful career in his family’s business and as co-owner of Under, an uptown speakeasy, with his friend with benefits, Kyle McKee.
Music teacher and part-time DJ Cameron Lewis lives modestly in a DUMBO loft and isn’t interested in serious relationships. However, he’s always up for some casual fun.
Doing a favor for his friend Carter Hamilton, Jesse meets Cam and is immediately charmed. When Jesse discovers Cam’s other life as a DJ, he is further intrigued. Viewing Cam as a challenge, Jesse pulls out all the stops, but his usual methods to avoid serious relationships fail. Though Cam has no intention of becoming attached, he begins to fall for Jesse, unaware that Jesse’s feelings are changing.
Afraid of heartbreak, Cam pulls away, leaving Jesse bewildered and hurt. They remain friends until a series of misunderstandings widens the rift to breaking point. When Cam steps in to help Jesse through a family crisis, they realize they care for each other more than they’ve been willing to admit. Jesse and Cam don’t want a traditional relationship, but can they build a future that makes them both happy?
K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn hit a home run with this book. I loved every page.
Cameron is an elementary school music teacher by day and a DJ at a club by night. He’s got his life where he wants it… no strings sex, a happy family life and rewarding work. He’s never really wanted to settle down and he’s never thought about wanting more.
Jesse seems to have it all. He’s rich, powerful, has a self made family that respects and adores him, and he has slept with half of NYC. But when he crosses paths with Cam, things start to get tangled and he starts to get attached. But neither of them do strings…
Both MC’s were so very different than the expectation of most ‘romance’ reads. The writers turned kitschy romance on it’s head and forged a new, honest, raw relationship of trust, openness and mutual respect. It was an emotional experience for both Cam and Jesse to come to terms with what they wanted and to draw up the plans for their relationship, but it was so rewarding to see that with love, anything is possible.
The family that was formed around meeting at The Speakeasy was so crucial to the story and such a fun, exciting, loving space. It was here that most secrets came out, emotions ran high, and friendships were created and strengthened. It held such a homey vibe. I just really loved how supportive everyone there was of everyone else, and it was obvious that Jesse was the glue that held them all together. The Speakeasy acted almost like a character in itself, which made for a very interesting dynamic.
The writing was exceptional, the characters were flawlessly real and humble and the story just took me on an emotional trip to uncharted feelings. I loved the unique feel to this story and I’m so very excited to keep reading this series to see what these writers have up their sleeve.