I received this book for free from Caffeinated PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dirty Desires by Nicole James
Narrator: Virginia Rose, Ryan West
Series: Devil Kings MC #3
Published by Nicole James on July 29, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 6 hours and 6 minutes
Source: Caffeinated PR
A twist of fate threw us together…
I’m a Devil King; loyal to no one but my club, until she comes along and tests everything I thought I believed in.When I do a favor for my imprisoned ex-president’s ol’ lady, I come face to face with the one-night-stand that’s haunted me for three years. She pulled a disappearing Cinderella act on me, vanishing with the dawn. I searched high and low for her, and now that I’ve found her—she’s the definition of off-limits. She’s an MC princess—my MC’s princess. And even if her father no longer runs things, she’s still forbidden with a capital F.Tell that to my traitorous body that reacts every damn time she gets within sight of me.They say no good deed goes unpunished, and I’m learning this golden haired beauty could be the death of me.
Though our chemistry blazes, every second I spend with her risks the brotherhood we’ve just repaired.
I’ve never wanted anything to do with my father’s filthy MC, The Devil Kings. With daddy dearest in prison, my mother is falling apart. Her struggle with anxiety, drugs and money problems drag me back from the independence I crave. She needs my help and my father holds the key—literally.
But when he insists I get him information on the Devil Kings in exchange, I’m thrust into a world I want no part of. My father may be their EX-president, but I’m still considered an MC princess.
When my mother pulls in a favor and arranges an escort for me down to the prison, he walks in—a patched member of the Devil Kings MC—and a memory from a one-night stand we had three years ago.
But there’s a reason I ditched him the next morning; I want nothing to do with men like my father. Gypsy is everything I need to steer clear of—he’s an outlaw, a Devil King, dangerously sexy and loyal to his club.
As my mother’s world falls apart, my choice becomes clear.But how do I choose between saving her and betraying the man I love?
My top thoughts:
Even though Gypsy and Tess aren’t my favorite Devil Kings couple, I really enjoyed their story. I feel like this was a good conclusion to the series, as everything with the Devil Kings MC change in leadership feels really resolved as well.
What I liked/didn’t like:
I liked Tess a lot – she is a strong character and I had real sympathy with her situation with her parents. Her father was the old Devil Kings Prez and, as we know from previous books, he is no good and is now in prison. Her mom isn’t much better – but here’s a bit I didn’t love. Her mom is on drugs and booze – in large part because she’s so messed up from Tess’s dad. But Tess is in the situation she’s in – trying to negotiate with her dad so she can get money for her mom – because her mom “can’t” work due to her anxiety. I’m sorry, but Tess is making excuses for her mom and, while her dad definitely owes them, Tess shouldn’t be trying to bail her mom out like this. So the WHOLE premise is based on something I find problematic. That being said, it’s a romance and so we’re in a world where things get wrapped up in neat bows even if they normally wouldn’t, so I can give it some grace.
Gypsy is fine, pretty standard protective, rock-your-world in the sack, sexy, sometimes brutal MC hero. There was nothing too unexpected about him that made him special. But he and Tess do have some great chemistry that ignites pretty much immediately, so get ready for that.
Tess’s best friend, Haley stole the show for me. She’s an AMAZING best friend, someone Tess could really count on. And beyond just the support, she seemed to be part of some of the funniest parts of the book. The cemetery scene, which was a little tense was mostly funny thanks to Haley.
The narration was really great, as it has been for the entire series. Virginia Rose narrates the female characters and Ryan West narrates the male characters. This my favorite kind of dual narration, because you get one set of voices for each character and it feels like an almost theatrical performance. They play off each other really well and really add to the enjoyment of Dirty Desires.