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Review: Dirty For Me (Motor City Royals #1) by Jackie Ashenden

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Ezekiel “Zee” Chase has a complicated past. Born into a family whose wealth grew from the seedy world of big-time crime, he ran away as a teenager and made a home for himself on the streets of Detroit. By day, the mechanic works at a local garage. But by night, he throws down with the best of them in Detroit’s gritty underground fighting scene. With all those muscles, he’s never had trouble with women–until he meets one who challenges him to the greatest fight of his life. . .

Tamara Eliot is a hardworking corporate high-flyer who appreciates the finer things in life, from her expensive perfume to her designer handbags. More than anything, though, she likes to be in control–and when Zee explodes into her life, she feels anything but. He’s the definition of a bad boy: brash, fiery, and of course, irresistibly hot. And there’s a darkness about him that keeps her coming back for more. As Zee takes Tamara deeper into a world she never knew existed, she just might prove to be the one opponent he won’t be able to dominate–at least not without some pleasurable convincing . . .

My Review

Told from dual points of view, Dirty For Me follows the story of Tamara and Zee. Tamara and Zee couldn’t be more different. Tamara has money, expensive tastes and a corporate job. Everything about her life just seems perfect. Zee on the other hand comes from a darker side. He was born into a family of crime. He ran away at a young age and is now trying to make a better name and life for himself. He’s a mechanic and underground fighter. The last thing either one of them expected was each other. Yes, these two couldn’t be more opposite, but you know the saying, opposites attract and the fire between these two is just scorching. Will Zee and Tamara take a chance on the unknown or will they forever be haunted by things they can’t change..

Dirty For Me was a quick and easy read for me. I love fighter romances and liked that this one had the rich girl/bad boy story added to it. I really liked Zee. He was your bad boy, alpha male personified. He was intense and gritty. He was possessive and when he wanted something, he went all in. Tamara was a great match for him. She was tough and didn’t scare off easily. Sure, she came from a different background, but it was the life that she was living that made her stand up for what she wanted and go after the things that made her happy. Zee pulls out a side of Tamara that she didn’t know existed. Maybe deep down that side had always been there, but it wasn’t until Zee that she fully embraced the type of woman she was. She fought for Zee, even though he tried to push her away. She knew that deep down, Zee deserved more and was the type of man she wanted in her life. And the chemistry between these two was explosive. You could just feel the tension and sparks between the two of them. Their connection was raw and intense. Definitely something worth fighting for.

The only issue that I had was the ending. I felt like there was a ton of build up and was ready for a full out war/confrontation, but it just fizzled out. Yes, there was some confrontation, but it dissolved way too quickly and just wasn’t believable. I wanted more action. More drama. I needed more fight. It was just too easy. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t have been happier with the way things turned out for our main characters, but those last few chapters left me wanting/needing more.

*I was provided with an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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