Dirty Players by Tia Louise
Dirty Thief (Book 4)
I received an early copy of this book and voluntarily wrote a review. Although this is book 4 in the series, it is a standalone novel.
Overall Rating: 3.5 (XXX)
Quick & Dirty summary: Ava Wilder is married to the King, and although she used to survive by stealing, she is dedicated to being the wife he needs. Rowan Tate is thankful he married the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen and he will stop at nothing to keep her, and his country, safe. But when Ava’s past begins to haunt her, and women she is connected to through tragedy wind up dead, she must work together with her husband to stop a killer.
This is the 4th book in a series and when I decided to read it, I had no idea that it was a part of a series or that the series was so long. While I could tell that there were backstories that I hadn’t read, I don’t think it detracted from my enjoyment of the novel. In fact, I really like that the story began with Ava and Rowan married. I love that it showed that even once you’re married, the adventure doesn’t end!
Overall this is a fun book. There is a bit of a murder mystery, but it isn’t too difficult to work out “who done it.” That being said, there is a bit of tragedy and suspense that adds some emotional depth to the book. This is layered with a lot of really hot sex scenes. What you get is a couple that seems to be tied to each other emotionally as well as physically, which is nice.
What I didn’t care for so much is how silly Ava acts toward the end. For a girl who spent her childhood in foster homes and on the streets, she doesn’t make the best decisions. There is also a kind of awkwardness in portraying Ava as a sweet, caring person. Tia Louise backs up her characterization of Ava as sweet with some great actions and descriptions, but they seem stilted to me. This might just be me and you won’t have any problems with it.
I think I would have had more of an investment in the novel had I read the entire series. As I mentioned, it’s not necessary to appreciate the book, but I think I would love the characters a bit more because I’d have spent more time with them. That’s the great thing about series!
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99 Release Day Only)
If you’ve been following the series, then of course you need to buy it! But, if you haven’t read the other books, I’d hold off, even with the sale price. While it’s good as a standalone, I think it would be well worth the money to wait and read the other books in the series to further the fun.
Something else you might enjoy:
If you’d like to try a historical romance novel, try Christina Skye’s Come the Night. In this one, the hero is a highwayman, so it’s a nice little inversion of the thief theme.
Title: Dirty Thief
Series: Dirty Players #4
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2017
DIRTY * SEXY * SCANDALOUS
What do you get when you mix a brooding king with a sexy pickpocket? Not your usual fairytale.
Ava Wilder is beautiful, she lives in a pink castle, and she’s a thief. Rowan Westringham Tate loves power, speed, and Ava.
Their romance is straight out of a dirty Cinderella story, until the one man Ava is running from shows up to claim what she stole—or to claim her.
Now Ava might be forced to take another thing to protect her happily ever after… A life.
DIRTY THIEF is a white-hot CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE in the “Dirty Players” universe. It features secrets, lies, a touch of darkness, and scorching-hot sexy times. Prepare for frequent panty changes, frantic clicking, and rapid breathing until the end. Mature readers only.
© TLM Productions LLC, 2017
Moving my mouth, I devour her. She keeps pace with me, and while our bodies are wet and slippery, our mouths are inseparable. Lips move, tongues chase. I pull her full upper lip between my teeth, and she sucks my bottom lip into her mouth. We’re making out like teenagers, and I move closer, cupping her ass to pull her flush against me.
My knees bend, and her hand drops between us, grasping my erection and sliding up and down. I groan into her mouth, and her tongue slides along the seam of mine. Her hand moves faster, and I grip the back of her head, fisting her hair. She’s working me, and it feels fucking amazing.
“Ava,” I groan, breaking away, dropping my chin to kiss her shoulder.
She kisses my neck, just before I feel her teeth against my skin, just before she pulls it into her mouth. She’s sucking my neck, jacking me off, and fuck, I’m so close to coming.
My fingers tighten, and I pull her head back. “I need to be inside you.”
Dilated eyes heavy with desire meet mine. “Take me to bed.”
Holding her around the waist, I lift us both from the hot water, grabbing the white terry robe off the hook as we pass. I drape it around Ava’s shoulders before easing her back onto the enormous king-sized bed. She’s on her back, her head on the pillow, and I brace my hands at her sides. My eyes skim over her naked body, lightly pink from the water, scuffed from my beard. Then I lean down to consume her mouth again.
Her lips part, and our tongues stroke and taste. I’m ravenous for her. My frustration and tension once more finds release in most pleasurable way. Her fingers grip my arms, and I dip my tongue into her cherry-mint sweetness. I haven’t stopped kissing her since we entered the bath, but now I’m wanting another taste.
Moving down her body, I stop at her breasts, pulling one nipple into my mouth, circling my tongue, teasing her tip. Her back arches, and she moans. I kiss my way to the other side and pull another stiff peak between my lips, nipping and sucking. I want to mark her. I want to cover her creamy skin in blistering red marks of passion.
“You’re delicious,” I sigh, kissing the top of her ribs. Lavender oil scents her skin.
She laughs and pulls away. “Tickles!”
I smile as I continue to the center of her torso to circle my tongue around her navel before going lower. I kiss her hipbone, biting and sucking another red mark before settling down between her thighs. Holding her hips, I spread her open. A glance up, and I see her stomach rising and falling rapidly with her breaths. Anticipation is the strongest aphrodisiac.
Holding my lips just above her clit, I allow my breath to warm her body. I lightly brush my lips along the crease at the top of her thigh.
She squirms and sighs. “Rowan…”I love driving her crazy. I love keeping her happy. I want nothing more than Ava Wilder-Tate saying my name in that exact note of need and eagerness every time.
Tia Louise is the Award-Winning, International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.
From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning the 2015 “Favorite Erotica Author” and the 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.
A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…
Books by Tia Louise
The One to Hold Series:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014
One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), 2014
One to Save (Derek & Melissa), 2015
One to Chase (Amy & Marcus), 2015
One to Take (Stuart & Mariska), 2016
The Dirty Players Series:
The Prince & The Player, 2016
A Player for A Princess, 2016
Dirty Dealers, 2017
Dirty Thief, April 25, 2017
One Immortal (Derek & Melissa, #SexyVampires), 2015
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