on May 8th, 2016
Genres: Forbidden, Musicians, Romantic Comedy
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Sometimes the past becomes the present... And he's hot, cocky, and British.
Leila Burke expected a lot of things when she joined her brothers on tour in Europe. He wasn't one of them.
Jase Masters had no idea what to expect when he agreed to support Dirty B. on tour. She definitely wasn't it.
It's been eighteen months.
He remembers that night a little too well.
She insists she has no idea who he is.
He's rugged and determined.
She's wild and free.
Together, they're a tornado.
Keeping it from touching down is the least of their worries.
DIRTY LITTLE RENDEZVOUS is the highly anticipated spin-off novel to The Burke Brothers series, and tells the story of Leila Burke.
Although DIRTY LITTLE RENDEZVOUS is connected to the Burke Brothers series, it is a standalone novel and can be read without reading Dirty Secret, Dirty Past, Dirty Lies, and Dirty Tricks, although it is advised to read them prior.
Coming early summer 2016!
First off, thank you Emma Hart for teaching me how to spell the word rendezvous. Yeah, turns out either my life has been a lie, or I’m an idiot, depending on how you look at it. I always forgot the ‘z’, but alas! I shall forever remember it now. For this, I am eternally grateful.
Jase… I really love that name. Jase is witty and charming, he’s a little sexy, a little sweet, and whole lot of Hot Brit. In my eyes, he’s perfect, or at least pretty damn close. If he learned to say ass instead of arse, he might just get there! (Don’t worry, I kid – I loved all the culture differences). Now when I said he’s a little sexy, that’s a gross understatement. But on top of that he’s fun, sweet and adventurous. He doesn’t take Leila’s crap but instead throws it back and makes sure to challenge her every step of the way.
Leila is pretty much my girl. My bestie. Yeah, yeah, she’s got four already but what’s one more, right? See seems like an absolutely hoot and a half. We have similar senses of humour – although I think her confidence is a major attribute in pulling it off. I’m sassy as hell to a lot of people but my oh my Leila has me beat easily. She’s confident, independent and as much as she won’t admit it, vulnerable. I’m glad she found Jase again because as she put it, it’s book love. A once in a lifetime kind of love. They found it, now they need to fight to keep it.
Oh and their relationship together? It’s pretty much combustible. AND has all of the feels you want too.
“You shouldn’t be touching me.”
“I know.” He lets out another long, shuddery breath. “But we can’t pretend, Leila. I can’t. You might be able to lie and tell me you don’t know who I am, but you do. Don’t insult me and pretend I’m nothing more than a stranger.”
Pretty sure when I started this, I didn’t realize it was a spin off novel, or that Leila’s four brothers all had books. So thankfully, it can be read as a complete standalone. It took a few minutes to get my bearings with who all of the characters were, but after that it was all quite clear. Now after finishing Dirty Little Rendezvous, I have a distinct need to go and binge read about the Burke brothers. I mean, come on! There’s four of them – hot, tattooed, in a boy band… This sounds like good times. Even after only the first two chapters I was dying for Tate’s story, but fell in love with each if the brothers and their girlfriends in time. I can’t wait to experience those books as well.
Amazing. She can speak French, but she can’t say garage correctly.
The mind boggles.
I loved the way this story is written. It’s eloquent without being stuffy and structured without being uptight. I really enjoyed the style as it flowed through each scene binding them together. The story line was well executed and paced well, although the climax could’ve perhaps been a little more dramatic. Either way, the resolution and conclusion totally made up for it in my mind, I’m head over heels for these two.
There were a lot of quotes and passages that I love, plus I’m pretty sure I have a solid third of the book highlighted – but there was one chapter in particular that really got to me. The second last one, I believe chapter 21? HOLY HANNAH! Oh there are feels and it’s perfect and so well written and slightly unexpected but not at the same time, it’s nuts. I couldn’t catch my breath and felt the need to intervene somehow.
This book was downright hilarious. It was light and fun with some definite sexy times, but I fell in love with Leila’s sass, wit, and sense of humour. I guess growing up with four older brothers will do that to a girl, but it was entertaining to boot. She’s a feisty one that’s for sure, and I would hate to get on her ‘bad side’.
Being an adult is fucking hard, man. I’d be way more prepared for it if I had been taught how to talk to people instead of algebra.
First off, I’m not sure if ‘Britishisms’ is a word, but I’m going to use it as one. They were perfect. From the two main characters bickering over word choice used within their respective culture or learning new slang and swear words, it all felt genuine and authentic. Well, as much as I can assume with my limited knowledge in the subject. I have an English friend, plus my neighbour (also English), but I can’t say I often hear them throwing curse words around like a sailor. However, I was waiting patiently and then waiting not so patiently until someone uttered the word ‘bollocks’ – it’s my favourite. So of course I snickered like a twelve year old boy when it was said. Even just as a reader, learning about British slang was quite intriguing. It’s definitely not something you get the chance to experience every day. Or how they fight over the significance of tea. Or eating beans for breakfast. It doesn’t happen easily, but Ms. Hart had me eating out of the palm of her hand.
“Want a cuppa?”
“Do I want a what now?”
“That doesn’t answer my question.”
He holds a teabag up. “A cup of tea.”
I stare at the little triangular bag for a moment before answering, “No. I don’t drink tea.”
His dark eyebrows draw together in confusion. “You don’t… How can’t you drink tea?”
“I don’t like tea.”
Oh man, he looks like he’s about to combust.
“You don’t like tea,” he says.
“I don’t like tea.”
“You don’t like tea,” he repeats slowly. So slowly… Like I just told him that his mom just died or something. “I’m not sure how I feel about that.”
The southernisms of each character seemed to get stronger near the end of the book. Perhaps this felt a little forced, just as no character was speaking the way when they first arrived in Europe. It was slight, but I did find it noticeable enough to find the difference.
I remember the time I saw this cover, I sent it to Angie with a bunch of emojis and exclamations points saying that we need to read it. Mike Chabot, who is the male cover model – is basically our home skillet biscuit, or I’m sure he would be if we actually met him. Moving on, I loved the cover. It grabs your attention and the bright colours draw you in. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Mike emulates Jase perfectly!!! It was so easy to picture him this way. Thinking back on it now, I don’t even remember reading the synopsis. I just knew that based on the title, cover and author, when we got a chance to review this book, I jumped on it like sausage on gravy. Or chicken to waffles. Those are southern things right? Who am I kidding, I’m Canadian, I have no clue. Long story short – I need a paperback copy. I need this on my shelf to stare at and convince myself I don’t actually need to fly to London. Cause you know what? Damn you Emma Hart for making me consider blowing my savings on a plan ticket! *just kidding, sort of. Muah*
*An ARC was kindly received from the author and InkSlinger PR in return for an honest review.