Friday, January 22, 2016

review || DIRTY { blog tour } by Clare James

Independent | January 18, 2016 | Genre
Quick and Dirty, book 0.5


Gabe Shannon has just been schooled … in the art of kink, that is.

After a heartbreaking loss, this broken man spins out of control until a whirlwind friendship with a stripper named Tash takes over his life.

With Tash at his side, the two embark on a crazy tour of Chicago’s underground world of pleasure. Yes, he’s gone into a deep, dark, and dirty (make that D.I.R.T.Y.) world that he never really knew existed. And surprisingly, he discovers he likes it. Quite a lot.

But the reserved entrepreneur soon realizes that hanging from the chandeliers every night is not all it’s cracked up to be. Well, it is … but it’d sure be a lot more fun if it meant something.

This erotic tale can be read as an introduction to the Bestselling Quick and Dirty Series, or to learn more about the gorgeous Gabe Shannon anytime during the series. DIRTY is not a mandatory read, but you may enjoy the series more after you roam around in Gabe’s head a bit.

DIRTY tells the story of how Gabe started exploring his dirty side, came to own Club Venus, and met the crazy beautiful Stevie Sinclair.

"5 Dirty and Yummy Stars. I LOVED this book!!! This book will have you laughing, smiling, swooning, and for sure have your panties melting." - Book B!tches Blog

"OMG! This book is the hottest damn book I have read in 2014 yet! A scorching, sexy, and great book. Get your One-Click fingers ready ladies and gents. This one is a keeper!" -GIVE ME BOOKS

"5 stars -Wow! This book was just amazing. The heat between Stevie and Gabe is fantastic, and the scenes between them are scorching." -Eat Sleep Read

"Ms. James uses Venus (the club) to engage all of the senses and I couldn't help but think that Stevie is one lucky bitch. Kudos, Ms. James, you've set a new daydream standard." - Love Between the Sheets

"This pair had so much chemistry that it just about set my kindle ablaze. You will get caught up in this book and won't be able to put it down. 5 out of 5 stars!" -READ THAT

"The sexy scenes in this book were HOT! Gabe is one that you shouldn't let go!" -Novel Seduction

"5 Stars. I love Clare James! She certainly knows how to write something that has the pages steaming and your panties melting! Actually...Gabe had my panties melting...more than once!"-Romance Addiction

"If you're into some hot erotic moments then you MUST read this. It kept me hot and bothered all the way thru it." -Books 2 Fashion

"5 Star Review- OMG, I devoured this book. Steamy and erotic doesn't fully describe the action that takes place under the sheets." -Rusty's Reading

"Wow Clare James knows how to bring the heat. Grab it today."-Stephanie's Book Report 

"5 Stars! This was a great book. Very erotic and steamy, and funny." -Book Worms

{ about clare james } .

Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. She’s also the author of a new series with Entangled’s Brazen line about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. The first two books in the series are out now!

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and young son, and is always on social media chatting with readers.

{ day in the life of clare james : typical writing day } .

Thanks for having me over to celebrate the release of DIRTY, Mignon!! I’m happy to be here ☺

One of the biggest questions I get from people once they discover that I’m a romance author is: What’s a typical day like for you?

My answer: There is no typical.

I’m lucky enough to be a full-time writer these days, which makes the actual writing go easier some times, and more difficult other times. I have a young son, so he’s the priority no matter what. But when I had another job in addition to writing, I had to be very focused. And that meant when I sat down to write, I didn’t goof off.

Now…well, let’s just say, it can be hard to focus.

My 2016 resolution is to get up early to do my writing, and then save the rest of the day for marketing, editing, and business admin sort of activities. So I like to write from 5:00am-7:30am; get my son up and off to school; jump back into writing from about 8:30-11:00am; try to workout at least a few days a week; business-type work from 12:00-4:00; family stuff and chauffer duties in the evening; read with my son before bed; and then back to plotting or organizing in the evening.

This year, I’m also trying to have some of my writing sessions outside of my house because it gets a little lonely. Plus, I need a reason to get out of my pjs. So far, I haven’t accomplished it…but I’m hopeful!

Still, even on those not-so-productive days, writing is the best job ever and I wouldn’t change the opportunity to meet characters like Gabe Shannon for anything! I so hope you like him! Remember, DIRTY is 99 cents during release week or FREE on KU!

{ excerpt } .

“I’ve been spending a lot of time at the bar,” I finally told her, not taking my eyes off the city scene. “And strip club, if you want me to be honest.” It was the truth, and probably expected in some ways. My reasoning, however, was anything but typical.

“Is it helping?” she asked, while scrawling in her notebook. She was always writing in that damn thing, and I couldn’t stand the sound of it—the dull scratch of pen on paper. Dr. Fielding, aka the shrink from hell, couldn’t help herself. She dissected every word I said. Of course, she came highly recommended and had an incredible reputation. Yet, frankly, I wasn’t seeing it. I’d been coming here for more than a month and she continued to treat me like I was some kind of depressed teenager or recovering addict, like this stage in my life was just a passing moment. As if I wouldn’t be stuck here forever.


“No, it’s not fucking helping.” I stood up and faced her, feeling the little control I had left begin to slip away. “And neither are these sessions, Doc.”

“What do you think would help?” Dr. Fielding didn’t move an inch as I paced the room, stopping to toy with her knickknacks on the bookshelf.

“Well, Tash –”

“Your stripper friend?” She interrupted.

“Well, that’s not how I’d characterize her,” I said, smiling now thinking about how Tasha would put the good doctor in her place after such a comment. “Plus, I think exotic dancer is more apropos these days.”

“Apologies.” She smirked. “Go on.”

“As I was saying,” I paused and raised a brow, just to be sure she wouldn’t interrupt me again. “Tasha wants to take me some place new tonight. But she said I needed to keep an open mind.”

{ review } .

I'm not sure, really, why I love prequel novellas, but I really, really do. I love the extra insight to characters before the true story begins for them.

And in this case, we get some insight to kinky Gabe -- who wasn't always into the club scene, who had a bit of a problem with his, mmhm, member. With the help of a friend, he discovers just what he needs to get back into business.

Gabe was a fun guy. I liked his smart mouth and sassy thoughts -- even when he was demeaning to himself and upset with his inabilities. Watching the beginning of his journey was hot and sexy, and the foreshadowing to the following book was great (I did start book one, but didn't get too far before I had this in my hands, so I chose to read Gabe's story in true time-order). I cannot wait for him to finally put the past in it's place and open himself up for love.

Clare James has the ability to write a great love story, and her steamy sexiness definitely pulls through in this novella (assuming the entire series).

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{ and the other books in the series } :


Twenty-nine-year-old Stevie Sinclair has just lost everything: her boyfriend, her apartment, even her ugly bird named Free. (Yeah, she knows it’s a stupid name, so don’t start.) But most importantly, Stevie’s lost herself.

As she shuffles through her days in worn-out Hello Kitty PJs—eating ice cream, sipping wine, and contemplating her next move—a magazine article catches her attention. Blaring black letters read: “How to Get Your Sexy Back in Six Easy Steps.”

Stevie studies the article in the trashy magazine like the good student she is and immediately knows what she has to do. With the magazine article in hand, and a bottle of red in her bag, Stevie embarks on a journey to reclaim her life and win back her ex.

Until she meets Gabe Shannon. Gorgeous, single, and on a quest of his own, Gabe introduces Stevie to a lifestyle that is sure to help get her sexy back and then some. If she doesn’t chicken out … (Oh, you know where this is going.)

Available at: Amazon


In this second book in the Quick and Dirty Series, beloved characters Stevie Sinclair and Gabe Shannon navigate through the ups and downs of their grown-up—albeit kinky—relationship.

And while Stevie’s thoroughly enjoyed every mind-blowing sexperience with Gabe, she worries she’s not enough to keep him satisfied for the long term.

So it’s back to the drawing board for Stevie …

First stop?

Club Venus for the annual Halloween masquerade party.

What follows is one insanely hot and filthy night of mayhem where nobody is who they appear to be … ah, you get the idea.

Dirty Little Tricks is the seductive continuation of Stevie and Gabe’s story and the very beginning for one lucky couple at Club Venus.

Available at: Amazon

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your review and giving me the chance for a guest post!! I love prequels as well- so fun to dive deeper into a story you enjoy :)