I normally talk about books on Friday but this one is special for a few reasons. First of all, right up front, Megan is one of the people on the planet I flat out adore. Seriously. Very few people can make me laugh like Megan can. She’s just a joy to be around and I’m thankful to count her among my close friends.
Secondly – this book is amazing. I mean, when I first read it, I had to put it down and pick it up and read it again immediately. Yep, I was fortunate enough to have seen this book from the seeds to final product and it’s been stellar from day one. This story gets under my skin. It’s fragile and deep and beautiful and sad and joyous. It IS a romance – you know how I can say that? I’ve read it. I’ve read people talking about what the book is and isn’t but they haven’t read it. Is it a traditional romance? It does have a romantic resolution, it does have the couple together at the end and happy. Nothing about this book is what I’d think of as traditional though. It’s, I don’t know how to describe it really.
Elle is one of those characters that once I read her, she stuck with me. I didn’t like her all the time, she’s very flawed. But all humans are flawed and she’s got reason to be. And yet, she rises above and overcomes. Elle is probably one of the most three dimensional and compelling characters I’ve ever read.
And Dan, oh sigh. I lurve Dan. He’s so not your typical chest beating alpha male. Oh he’s a man, masculine, sexy, smart, just enough wicked to make you all tingly. But he sees Elle, sees her in a way that makes her freak because it’s hard to be known like that.
This is not “a woman’s sexual journey.” There is sex, very well written sex that is in some places, so insightful and raw that it made my nerves a bit jangly because Megan has this way of writing that simply distills so much emotion and sensory information down into a few pages – it’s vivid and sharp and unforgetable.
I suppose that’s Dirty in a nutshell – vivid, sharp and unforgetable.
When I read the first draft of this book, I knew it was something special. Not just good, not even just great, but one of those books every author dreams of writing someday. Megan has outdone herself. Do yourself a favor – Amazon is shipping now and it’s already in stores here and there with the official release on the 1st – grab it.