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Marisa Clair wants to get her artist dreams back on track after a life detour. That means no partying, no shopping…and definitely no men to distract her. Should be easy, but there’s something about her hot and exceedingly uptight boss and she can't seem to stop herself from ruffling Mr. Tall, Dark and Irritating. Financial consultant Luke McNamara lives his life strictly by Marisa Clair wants to get her artist dreams back on track after a life detour. That means no partying, no shopping…and definitely no men to distract her. Should be easy, but there’s something about her hot and exceedingly uptight boss and she can't seem to stop herself from ruffling Mr. Tall, Dark and Irritating. Financial consultant Luke McNamara lives his life strictly by schedule – his OCD simply won't allow him to do anything else. And the very last thing he needs is a sassy blonde putting lipstick on his collar and messing with his routine. She annoys the hell out of him so why can’t he stop thinking about the color of her panties…and how free he feels when he’s with her? Marisa and Luke’s plans to steer clear of one another are shot to hell after a hot office encounter. Now the two of them will have to learn to get along as they face a much more permanent reminder of their lack of self-control – a pregnancy.


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Marisa Clair wants to get her artist dreams back on track after a life detour. That means no partying, no shopping…and definitely no men to distract her. Should be easy, but there’s something about her hot and exceedingly uptight boss and she can't seem to stop herself from ruffling Mr. Tall, Dark and Irritating. Financial consultant Luke McNamara lives his life strictly by Marisa Clair wants to get her artist dreams back on track after a life detour. That means no partying, no shopping…and definitely no men to distract her. Should be easy, but there’s something about her hot and exceedingly uptight boss and she can't seem to stop herself from ruffling Mr. Tall, Dark and Irritating. Financial consultant Luke McNamara lives his life strictly by schedule – his OCD simply won't allow him to do anything else. And the very last thing he needs is a sassy blonde putting lipstick on his collar and messing with his routine. She annoys the hell out of him so why can’t he stop thinking about the color of her panties…and how free he feels when he’s with her? Marisa and Luke’s plans to steer clear of one another are shot to hell after a hot office encounter. Now the two of them will have to learn to get along as they face a much more permanent reminder of their lack of self-control – a pregnancy.

30 review for Talking Dirty With the Boss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Review copy provided for an honest review 4.5 STARS Sometimes a book just hits you and makes you think and Talking Dirty With The Boss is one of atruegemawardthose books. Honestly, I expected it to be fun and flirty and even naughty and while there were elements of all of that in this book, it also made me take a step back and take a good long look at what I know and don’t know about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and living with someone w Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Review copy provided for an honest review 4.5 STARS Sometimes a book just hits you and makes you think and Talking Dirty With The Boss is one of atruegemawardthose books. Honestly, I expected it to be fun and flirty and even naughty and while there were elements of all of that in this book, it also made me take a step back and take a good long look at what I know and don’t know about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and living with someone who has it. I’ve had a couple of friends who have had mild diagnosed cases of OCD and know how they’ve struggled, but this book made me realize how hard it is for people who have this disorder to maintain personal relationships especially when those close to him don’t even know he has it. While extremely sexy, this book was also surprising and that is always a good thing. Marisa Clair ex-model and now a PA at a tech magazine lives her life on her terms and makes no apologies. She likes to have fun, she embraces her sexuality, and has no problems asking for and getting what she wants from men. She’s smarter than people give her credit for (because of her looks) but she also in a bit insecure and doesn’t trust easily. Hurt before she doesn’t plan on letting it happen again when she winds up feeling all kinds of sparks with her uber boss, a man who has a love and leave them attitude and is in her opinion a cyborg. There’s one thing about Luke McNamara control is his life. It has to be, it’s the only way he can manage his OCD. As a successful businessman he makes sure to always stay in control so no one knows of his infliction. In his personal life, he rarely dates past the two week point where someone might start to notice his need for control is about something more. Nothing and no one has ever made him feel more out of control than Marisa, an employee at one of his newly acquired businesses. Two completely different people who admit to not liking each other very much end up engaged in a battle of words through email which lead to a raunchy sexfest followed by surprises they both want and enjoy. This isn’t an easy story, they face many uphill battles to get to their happy place but it was exceptionally satisfying to watch. I can’t say enough good things about this book, it took me by surprise which is a hard thing to do and it really made me understand the complexities of living with and loving someone with OCD. As someone who lives with two people who have ADD, it isn’t always easy and I appreciate that this author brought that realism into this story. In Talking Dirty With The Boss you’ll get all the sexy, dirty fun you can handle but you also get an informative and interesting look at loving someone who thinks his affliction makes him not worthy. Well done Ms. Ashenden, well done!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Luke has a little attitude and I really just want to give him an adjustment, "oh, was that what is was?" With a quick movement, he put the phone away in his pocket, then twitched the cuffs of his jacket. "Do you want to dance or not?" I mean the man really can be rude at times, "I don't want to sleep with you. You're with Total Tech. Which makes you an employee of mine. And I don't sleep with employees, especially my junior ones." He does know how to give a good dare though, "I'm going to give y Luke has a little attitude and I really just want to give him an adjustment, "oh, was that what is was?" With a quick movement, he put the phone away in his pocket, then twitched the cuffs of his jacket. "Do you want to dance or not?" I mean the man really can be rude at times, "I don't want to sleep with you. You're with Total Tech. Which makes you an employee of mine. And I don't sleep with employees, especially my junior ones." He does know how to give a good dare though, "I'm going to give you an ultimatum, Marisa," he said softly. "Either you stop sending me e-mail or" - he paused for effect -"you let me see what color your underwear really is." He has issues concentrating when Marissa is near, "I can't stop thinking about that kiss. Or the way you felt in my arms as we danced. Or your ridiculous underwear. You've just ruined my meeting and now I can't concentrate. And I have to concentrate or else nothing works." He's honest about certain things, "the condom broke," he said roughly." And he's just so cute when he does naughty things it's cute, "I'm sorry," he said as he held up the little lace thong she'd been wearing. "This one is ruined." It was. The lace up one side of it was torn through. Wow. He really was desperate." I loved reading this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan in Perthshire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh, yet another brilliant story from Jackie. I loved Joseph and Christie's story and this one is just as good. Luke and Marisa are just brilliant as a couple and I really enjoyed getting to know them and then be with them through their story. Funny, sexy, warm, romantic - I just loved it. Oh, yet another brilliant story from Jackie. I loved Joseph and Christie's story and this one is just as good. Luke and Marisa are just brilliant as a couple and I really enjoyed getting to know them and then be with them through their story. Funny, sexy, warm, romantic - I just loved it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mtve41

    Mortifying. Could not tolerate the h. Very needy vibes and flashing your undies to the tech guys to get them to fix your computer faster. Uhhhh. Never in a million years!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Monica Cardoza

    Because a person has a disorder doesn’t mean that they are crazy, they are just different than others. If a person truly loves them it will not matter if they have a disorder it’s them as a person, the person they are in the inside that counts not their compulsion. That is what true love is. Marisa Clair has always wanted to be an artist like her father only that her mother played the guilt trip on her when her father passed away. Marisa ended up in beauty pageants and also in the modeling world Because a person has a disorder doesn’t mean that they are crazy, they are just different than others. If a person truly loves them it will not matter if they have a disorder it’s them as a person, the person they are in the inside that counts not their compulsion. That is what true love is. Marisa Clair has always wanted to be an artist like her father only that her mother played the guilt trip on her when her father passed away. Marisa ended up in beauty pageants and also in the modeling world. Now after her boyfriend also her photographer didn’t tell her the whole truth about himself she ended up in a world of debt. She is not a shy person she asks for what she wants and goes after it and gets it. Marisa is a fun, attractive out going person but she is not this dumb blonde as people may perceive her. She is very smart but she is also insecure because of her past. Marisa hates lies but right now her biggest problem is her control freak boss who she can’t stop annoying. Luke McNamara is the CEO of the largest financial companies and suffers from OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). He needs everything in order or he is not able to concentrate and if his schedule is interrupted then it’s like it’s the end of the world. His personal life is basically the same way he hardly dates but if he does it’s only for two weeks. Luke was in love at one time and something happened with his girlfriend, his OCD destroyed his relationship. Now there is this woman that has his boxers in a twist and he hates it. Marisa totally frustrates him but something deep down in his gut or his loins calls to him. They both know that they need to stay away from each other but they can’t seem to do it. So they believe that the only way that they are going to forget that kiss is that they need to do the deed. Only that something happens, the condemn breaks and she gets pregnant. Only both of them are not ready for a baby but Marisa is not going to give up her baby and Luke agrees. Luke has a plan but he doesn’t know if he will be able to keep his secret but he needs to make sure that Marisa and his baby are safe. He already broke his ridiculous work rules so what’s one more. Once she moves in will she be able to tolerate him, will he be able to keep his OCD under control. Wow this book really made me think about OCD and made me better understand people with this disorder. I do know someone that I work with that has OCD and now I better understand her and know why everything needs to be in order and basically perfect. Yes it totally frustrates me and at times I just want to yell at her and tell her to stop it. Now I know how hard it is for her and what she has gone through life with it. I was truly surprised with this book and how it caught my attention and it was really very hard to put it down. It had me laughing and at times just speechless with the chemistry that these two characters shared. These are two different people that seem that clash but the sexual chemistry that they share is earth shattering. The flirting that goes on between them and the electricity that flows through them is what causes them to make out in a storage room. They both need to see that they like each other and it’s not the end of the world if there co-workers, his employees know that they like each other and they are having a baby. Talking Dirty with the Boss is a read that I will be rereading. Ms. Ashenden has created a wonderful, sexy story about love and the ups and downs that go on in a relationship. The pace of this story is perfect. Ms. Ashenden did wonders in researching OCD. Pick this up today and enjoy this interesting love story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Hahaha so damn cute!!! Admittedly, I didn't like much either of the main characters at first. They were both kind if annoying. Then I started to like Marisa. And a little later on in the story I started to like Luke too. Well, not all the time though. But he could be pretty sweet at times. And kinda hot too. I enjoyed A LOT their sex moments. It seriously messed up with my hormones. And got me turned on. Their first time was.....wow! Though kind of disappointing afterwards. I wanted to kick Luke Hahaha so damn cute!!! Admittedly, I didn't like much either of the main characters at first. They were both kind if annoying. Then I started to like Marisa. And a little later on in the story I started to like Luke too. Well, not all the time though. But he could be pretty sweet at times. And kinda hot too. I enjoyed A LOT their sex moments. It seriously messed up with my hormones. And got me turned on. Their first time was.....wow! Though kind of disappointing afterwards. I wanted to kick Luke's ass! I also found myself on the verge of tears. Many times. And I felt connected to Marisa and her feelings most of the time. The story was cute, hot and sweet. The characters were hot, cute, annoying and frustrating as hell.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Luke is hot! OCD or not, he is too sexy at times in the book. Very steamy, romantic read. I normally don't like it when the female character gets pregnant right away in the book but it worked here because it wasn't about the baby or the pregnancy. It was a sweet, heart-tugging story about a couple trying to make it work despite their fears. I like it a lot. The way it was written bugged me a little (hence one less star) but overall it gets 4-F#%k-me-on-the-hood-of-the-car-Stars! **** Luke is hot! OCD or not, he is too sexy at times in the book. Very steamy, romantic read. I normally don't like it when the female character gets pregnant right away in the book but it worked here because it wasn't about the baby or the pregnancy. It was a sweet, heart-tugging story about a couple trying to make it work despite their fears. I like it a lot. The way it was written bugged me a little (hence one less star) but overall it gets 4-F#%k-me-on-the-hood-of-the-car-Stars! ****

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richa Agarwal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really don't like childish heroines. I felt no connection to Marissa. She was just so extremely whiny. She's e-mailing her boss about the colour of her panties even when he constantly warns her to stop e-mailing him. Her reason? I won't stop if your won't stop. Wow. Much sense. Very mature. Anyway, this just keeps on escalating through the entire book. Luke was less annoying but I still couldn't connect to him. In the end, I couldn't care less about any of them and their happy ending. I really don't like childish heroines. I felt no connection to Marissa. She was just so extremely whiny. She's e-mailing her boss about the colour of her panties even when he constantly warns her to stop e-mailing him. Her reason? I won't stop if your won't stop. Wow. Much sense. Very mature. Anyway, this just keeps on escalating through the entire book. Luke was less annoying but I still couldn't connect to him. In the end, I couldn't care less about any of them and their happy ending.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bree T

    Marisa Clair has always longed to be an artist, just like her father. However her mother persuaded her that she had to use her looks while she still had them, pushing Marisa into modelling and beauty pageants. Marisa was able to make a name for herself but it all fell apart when she found out that her boyfriend was actually married and had not only allowed Marisa to pay for everything so that his wife wouldn’t find out but had also run up a lot of debt. Now Marisa is in a job that she doesn’t rea Marisa Clair has always longed to be an artist, just like her father. However her mother persuaded her that she had to use her looks while she still had them, pushing Marisa into modelling and beauty pageants. Marisa was able to make a name for herself but it all fell apart when she found out that her boyfriend was actually married and had not only allowed Marisa to pay for everything so that his wife wouldn’t find out but had also run up a lot of debt. Now Marisa is in a job that she doesn’t really want, working as a PA to someone at a tech magazine. The magazine has just been bailed out by Luke McNamara who is now the new CEO and he’s also in the same wedding party as Marisa. He asks her to dance but the two of them, although aware of an odd sort of chemistry between them both, don’t exactly hit it off. Marisa can’t understand Luke’s counting out the steps and finds him extraordinarily uptight and Luke thinks that Marisa brings a sort of chaos. After a saucy email sent to the wrong address, Marisa suddenly feels the urge to torment the uptight CEO a little and it leads to a very sexy encounter in a supply room. After that they maintain that they will both keep their distance: whatever it is, they’ve acted on it and gotten it right out of their system. They should be fine now…right? But actions have consequences and their interactions are far from over. But Luke has to trust Marisa with something very big and Marisa has to learn that she’s worthy of being cherished before they can set about making this relationship work for real and for the long term. This is the third in Jackie Ashenden’s Talking Dirty series but it’s the first one that I’ve read. That doesn’t really matter much – the other two couples from the first two books briefly appear in this one but it’s not necessary to have read them. Luke is tall, dark, handsome and rich – and also very OCD. He lives his life according to a very strict schedule and he has routines that he must undertake in order to complete certain tasks. He keeps this strictly to himself, as his family have often made him feel inferior for his habits and obsessions and he feels that if it were to get out among the business world, he would be ruined. The stock would plummet and people’s faith in him to get the job done would as well the moment they discovered that he is a “crazy person”. Marisa is more reckless and lives life in the moment. She’s working in a job she doesn’t love in order to pay off her debts, dreaming of being an artist and undertaking a fine arts degree. Although I tend to come down on the side of “uptight” Luke in that she probably shouldn’t be using her work email to contact IT staff about her panties in order to get her computer fixed faster, Marisa sees Luke’s reprimand as a challenge and she wants to ruffle his feathers a little, sneak beneath that smooth exterior. So she carries on the saucy emails until the two of them end up with their clothes off in a supply cupboard. Their little moment of indiscretion has many consequences, not the least being that although they think that should be it and they can now go about their separate business. It’s clear that they both want and need more but both of them are also hiding so much of themselves as well. I actually really liked the way that Ashenden portrayed Luke, feeling even though he was rich and powerful and successful, that he had to hide his OCD and his patterns and routines of behaviour. Marisa does notice some things and although she’s puzzled about them, she also just accepts them as being part of Luke. She knows he’s a bit uptight (at least out of bed!) and that he has these things that he needs to do and she’s mostly okay with that and she makes an attempt when she’s in his house to leave things as she finds them, so as not to ruffle him further. I think the two characters worked quite well together, although I did find Marisa hard to warm to at first. She seemed so deliberately antagonistic to Luke who really hadn’t done much except attempt to enforce the rules of his own corporation, which he was well entitled to do. However the more they interacted the more I think he brought out the best in her and vice versa. As it developed into an actual relationship rather than just sexual chemistry I really thought the way they eventually opened up to each other and revealed more of themselves was very sweet. There was also a misunderstanding when Luke felt he had to reveal too much and the way in which that was fixed was perfectly written. I’m really looking forward to reading the two previous books in this series – I know one of the male characters has ADHD which you don’t see much (or…um, ever) in romance novels so I’m interested to see how the author approaches and deals with that. This one wasn’t quite as spicy as I’d expected from the blurb and the look of it but it had a depth to it that I didn’t really expect either.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Neyra ♦

    Two and a half stars for making the heroine slightly tolerable by the end. Talking Dirty with the Boss sounded sexy and intriguing yet quickly spiraled into omfg-territory because of a heroine with no sense of self-respect, and a hero who uses his OCD as an excuse for every little aspect of his life. Alpha? Whaat? No. This book is part of a series that I apparently overlooked because I didn’t do my homework before I snagged it up thanks to its sexy, but deceiving cover! It’s book three in the Tal Two and a half stars for making the heroine slightly tolerable by the end. Talking Dirty with the Boss sounded sexy and intriguing yet quickly spiraled into omfg-territory because of a heroine with no sense of self-respect, and a hero who uses his OCD as an excuse for every little aspect of his life. Alpha? Whaat? No. This book is part of a series that I apparently overlooked because I didn’t do my homework before I snagged it up thanks to its sexy, but deceiving cover! It’s book three in the Talking Dirty series who’s character’s lives all intertwine with one another, so you get to meet each hero/heroine in a prior book. TDwtB is about Marissa Clair, a would be artist and Luke McNamara, financial consultant and boss to Clair. While the blurb reads as though this will be a sexy and titillating read full of sass and witty dialogue, the only thing I got out of this, is that some people can be real pricks and deserve a good ol’ smacking. Marissa had no respect for Luke’s time, rules, space. I can go on and on. It aggravated me to hear her say he was an uptight asshole, yet she’s thinking about kissing him. What? No. When I meet an “uptight asshole”, the first thing I want is to put distance between us, not attack his mouth. As for Luke, I didn’t really find him to be uptight. Once you are in his head you understand why he does or acts the way he does. Still, I didn’t really warm up to him either. Just like Marissa, he kept going on about how she aggravated him, yet he wanted to know the damn color of her panties. And just the fact that he kept mentioning his OCD, as though I didn’t already know he had it annoyed the fuck out of me. He used it as a crutch, an excuse for some of his actions that didn’t even border on obsessive-compulsive just childishly irritating. Once Luke and Clair have a scratch-your-itch encounter, the pregnancy that follows drives this story. Me? Just drove me crazy. Luke felt that because of his OCD it would be best for them to live together, and their plans to keep distance just goes to hell because regardless of who is irritated by whom, they still want each other naked and sweaty. Like I stated above, this story should have been full of sass and wit, but I am terribly disappointed in the outcome, but mostly the overall story. I never completely felt the connection between these two characters and I just kept hoping for a clue as to why Marissa was exactly what Luke needed when he couldn’t even stand her to begin with and vice-versa. It’s a short story, at only 150 pages, and understandably the author can’t exactly prolong their “love story”, but it would still have been nice to know that they had a reason for wanting each other and therefore falling in love, as opposed to the insta-love that dripped all over my Kindle. Ugh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    "ARC generously given by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review" More on my blog: http://caseyreadstoo.blogspot.com/201... Okay so apparently I jumped two books and got straight to this one. But I was never made aware of this series so what the hell, I'll just review this and be done with it. OCD is not something to mess around with. I am a little OCD, especially when I do sketches or do any written work. I get very uncomfortable looking at mistakes, especially visible ones a "ARC generously given by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review" More on my blog: http://caseyreadstoo.blogspot.com/201... Okay so apparently I jumped two books and got straight to this one. But I was never made aware of this series so what the hell, I'll just review this and be done with it. OCD is not something to mess around with. I am a little OCD, especially when I do sketches or do any written work. I get very uncomfortable looking at mistakes, especially visible ones and sometimes it will take me hours to get a perfect sketch or paper. I can understand how Luke deals with his OCD, everything must be in place, must be in order so his life can go on. It's excruciatingly frustrating and it can really make you look like a freak. But I couldn't somehow relate to him breaking out of his OCD, being so reckless at times around Marisa. Not only him, but I couldn't relate to Marisa as well. The whole situation was a little off to me but I continued on till the end because it was interesting and I wanted to know how Luke's OCD would fit into their lives. "She was like a princess escaped from the palace, slumming it with the plebeians. And that offended his sense of order, too." I find the whole princess thing a little weird. He's not that very affectionate and suddenly he calls her a princess? It totally messes with my head because when I read princesses, I think of little girls in pink tutus and a golden wand! I gave it a 3 star for the interaction between Luke and Marisa. Although I can't relate to them like I do with most couples, they are entertaining and maybe there are some people who would love them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    This book had me laughing out loud in parts and sad in others. The hero, Luke, is OCD. He has it badly, a fact he does his best to hide from the world. Marissa works for him. She's out-going, fun-loving, and hates playing by the rules. Something Luke insists on. When he reprimands her for violating one, she decides he needs to loosen up a bit so she sends a sexually suggestive email to a co-worker, knowing he won't take offense. However, it goes to the big boss instead! Marissa is flustered at f This book had me laughing out loud in parts and sad in others. The hero, Luke, is OCD. He has it badly, a fact he does his best to hide from the world. Marissa works for him. She's out-going, fun-loving, and hates playing by the rules. Something Luke insists on. When he reprimands her for violating one, she decides he needs to loosen up a bit so she sends a sexually suggestive email to a co-worker, knowing he won't take offense. However, it goes to the big boss instead! Marissa is flustered at first, sure she'll be fired. Until Luke answers her back, once again the ever proficient stuffed shirt. It's too much for her to take so she fires an email to him right away, this one more suggestive than the last. Luke is outraged but at the same time can't help but be intrigued. So he decides to call her bluff. The next thing he knows he's in possession of a pair of her panties and soon after that he's having sex with her in a supply closet. Never having met any one like her, Luke if fascinated and wanting more but it's difficult to keep the truth of his condition from her. Then he finds out she's pregnant. I was actually touched by this man's character and the torment he went through in dealing with his condition. He didn't want to be that way and had made great strides in overcoming it but not enough to believe he could ever subject Marissa or their child to it. The author did an excellent job with the story. Marissa was perfect for Luke in spite of their differences. I would definitely recommend this to others.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Frances

    Wow. I absolutely loved this. I picked it up on a whim and even though my kindle is FULL of unread books, there was something about this one that caught my eye. I read it all in one sitting and I'm so glad I decided to buy this one. Sometimes these romance books can all feel the same, but I loved Luke and Marisa. Their interactions were great and the chemistry was off the charts. I really felt like there was something amazing, strong and sweet between them, and I loved that this wasn't instant l Wow. I absolutely loved this. I picked it up on a whim and even though my kindle is FULL of unread books, there was something about this one that caught my eye. I read it all in one sitting and I'm so glad I decided to buy this one. Sometimes these romance books can all feel the same, but I loved Luke and Marisa. Their interactions were great and the chemistry was off the charts. I really felt like there was something amazing, strong and sweet between them, and I loved that this wasn't instant love. They had to work to get to their HEA and it was so much more satisfying because of it. Also I have never read a book about OCD before, and I found it incredibly interesting. Luke was a great alpha male, however vulnerable because of his disorder and because he was afraid of rejection. I loved how understanding Marisa was and even though this book stands fine on it's own, I would love to see more from this couple. Fantastic work, Jackie. This is the first book I have read by you, but it won't be the last!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    4 stars I loved Talking Dirty With The Boss! Luke and Marisa are total opposites, they drive each other crazy! Marisa would push all of Luke's buttons just to get a reaction from him, she had me laughing with some of the things she came out with :) Poor Luke, he's at a loss with trying to understand her and her way of thinking. This story made my heart ache, seeing Luke struggle with his OCD made me want to hold him and tell him all will be ok :( Marisa is dealing with her own insecurities and feels 4 stars I loved Talking Dirty With The Boss! Luke and Marisa are total opposites, they drive each other crazy! Marisa would push all of Luke's buttons just to get a reaction from him, she had me laughing with some of the things she came out with :) Poor Luke, he's at a loss with trying to understand her and her way of thinking. This story made my heart ache, seeing Luke struggle with his OCD made me want to hold him and tell him all will be ok :( Marisa is dealing with her own insecurities and feels she's never going to be enough for Luke. Loved the way they both opened their hearts to let the other one in and allow themselves to love, they are truly meant for each other. Talking Dirty With The Boss was a lovely read, I couldn't put it down! Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Indulgence for the ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ipshita

    Good Lord! Is there no end to stupid heroines? What does she supposes would happen if she keeps baiting her boss? That he'd give her a promotion? Well, he does go hot and cold for her later but that's beyond the rationality of the topic. Anyhow, she does improve later in the story which is why I'm deducting only one star. Another thing I'd like to add as someone with a mild case of OCD, I dislike abstract artworks. So it felt a little odd that Luke would have no problem with it, I suppose it's di Good Lord! Is there no end to stupid heroines? What does she supposes would happen if she keeps baiting her boss? That he'd give her a promotion? Well, he does go hot and cold for her later but that's beyond the rationality of the topic. Anyhow, she does improve later in the story which is why I'm deducting only one star. Another thing I'd like to add as someone with a mild case of OCD, I dislike abstract artworks. So it felt a little odd that Luke would have no problem with it, I suppose it's differs from person to person.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I loved all the books in this series but this was my favorite. I didn't relate to the characters as well, but their emotions were so real that didn't matter. I loved them and I rooted for them. Severe OCD is an unusual character trait but it was so interesting to step away from the norm. I'm pretty sure I will read anything Jackie Ashenden writes. I loved all the books in this series but this was my favorite. I didn't relate to the characters as well, but their emotions were so real that didn't matter. I loved them and I rooted for them. Severe OCD is an unusual character trait but it was so interesting to step away from the norm. I'm pretty sure I will read anything Jackie Ashenden writes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Hot,sexy and fabulous book.The hero and heroine scorched the pages.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    Homigoodness, this was actually a really good book!! We have a tortured hero, Luke, who has OCD to a point where he has to 'check' things over (and sometimes over, and over, and over) in order to function. He runs a company and is very serious about nobody finding out about his difficulties, so he has set parameters for himself and his business. He doesn't think he could ever have a relationship - his own parents couldn't handle his differences, let alone a wife or children who would function out Homigoodness, this was actually a really good book!! We have a tortured hero, Luke, who has OCD to a point where he has to 'check' things over (and sometimes over, and over, and over) in order to function. He runs a company and is very serious about nobody finding out about his difficulties, so he has set parameters for himself and his business. He doesn't think he could ever have a relationship - his own parents couldn't handle his differences, let alone a wife or children who would function outside of his parameters. Enter Marisa. She doesn't like him, but is absolutely *drawn* to him. There's just something between them that drives her crazy, and so she baits him, teases him, annoys him on purpose... and is flummoxed when she doesn't get the reactions she expects. This one is so predictable, and yet UNpredictable. She sees the whole thing as sort of a foreplay challenge. Which drives Luke crazy. Because she is absolutely the LEAST compatible woman with his condition. Isn't she?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Meh. Heroine is immature, hero’s character is unbelievable. Their banter is very bland and underdeveloped - it felt like teenagers trying to flirt. Their supposed instant chemistry left me totally unmoved. They have sex 1/3rd of the way through the book (to take care of that attraction between them... *rolling my eyes*) but of course the condom breaks which results in a pregnancy. The whole ocd thing is annoying because it’s unbelievable (the heroine never notices it? Seriously? And then his ritua Meh. Heroine is immature, hero’s character is unbelievable. Their banter is very bland and underdeveloped - it felt like teenagers trying to flirt. Their supposed instant chemistry left me totally unmoved. They have sex 1/3rd of the way through the book (to take care of that attraction between them... *rolling my eyes*) but of course the condom breaks which results in a pregnancy. The whole ocd thing is annoying because it’s unbelievable (the heroine never notices it? Seriously? And then his ritual of checking the car takes hours? But it took a few minutes the first time it came up? Meh, inconsistent) and it so suddenly becomes an issue for him near the end. And of course at the end the heroine also all of a sudden has this low self esteem and self worth issue keeping her away from the hero. Gave it two stars because I finished it. Had I thrown the book away without finishing it it would have gotten one star.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Traci Westling

    Completely AMAZING romance with the Sexiest OCD hero Oh my goodness how I loved this book!! This OCD CEO hero was the absolute most interesting intelligent man that I’ve read about recently that you can’t help falling for especially because of how he’s forced to interact with heroine Marisa !! These two work hard to get to their HEA & I can honestly say I’m totally smitten with this coupe & how Jackie A came up with their story !!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I loved this book When I met Marisa in the other books I wasn't sure I would like her. I absolutely love Luke the OCD makes him human. The emails were great and funny. I suggest you read this one and it will make the experience richer to read them all. I loved this book When I met Marisa in the other books I wasn't sure I would like her. I absolutely love Luke the OCD makes him human. The emails were great and funny. I suggest you read this one and it will make the experience richer to read them all.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    It is so good romance humour a little bit of debt around OCD and living with that and I relationship overall really good

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra R

    A fun romance - well written. Loved that the hero had OCD !

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the third story in a trilogy of interrelated, but standalone, stories about three relationships. That is, characters, scenes, and events from this story appear in the two other stories. As with the second story in this trilogy, Talking Dirty With the Player, this story opens at the wedding reception of Christie and Joe from Talking Dirty with the CEO. This story features Marisa, a personal assistant at a magazine and Christie's best friend, and Luke, the billionaire who purchased the mag This is the third story in a trilogy of interrelated, but standalone, stories about three relationships. That is, characters, scenes, and events from this story appear in the two other stories. As with the second story in this trilogy, Talking Dirty With the Player, this story opens at the wedding reception of Christie and Joe from Talking Dirty with the CEO. This story features Marisa, a personal assistant at a magazine and Christie's best friend, and Luke, the billionaire who purchased the magazine and one of Joseph's best friends. Marisa now, technically, works for him because he purchased the magazine she and Christie work for. Rules at the magazine have changed, becoming more rigid about dress code and use of company e-mail. The rules are set by the boss (Luke) and Marisa is not happy, especially after she receives two warnings for her attire. Marisa is a free spirit of sorts. Luke suffers from OCD, but doesn't tell others. They don't get along at all, each irritating the other. They're thrown together as attendants at their best friends' wedding. While at the wedding, Luke and Marisa dance. To irritate him, she rubs lipstick on his collar and walks away. Luke can't leave the dance unfinished and gets her back to the floor for "Christie and Joseph." While dancing, he give in to an uncontrollable urge to kiss Marisa and sparks fly! The next day, Marisa inadvertently sends a sexy e-mail meant for an IT rep to Luke. Luke responds that the e-mail is inappropriate. Marisa explains why it is not inappropriate, especially the part about the color of her panties. This goes on until Luke can't stand it and calls her to his office the next morning. The office visit doesn't go quite as he planned and his whole day is shot because she's disturbed his sense of order. Luke goes to the magazine offices to confront Marisa about their sexual chemistry and how it's affecting him and they wind up having hot sex in the supply room. And, the condom breaks. Oh-oh... Luke's ordered world is about to get very disorderly. Marisa doesn't know about the OCD, but knows Luke is very ordered and has routines he doesn't like to break. Luke knows he can't control Marisa's chaos. And, neither of them can control the combustible chemistry they have. Is their relationship only sex and a baby? Of the three stories in the trilogy, this is by far my favorite. I loved Marisa and Luke from the start. For me, one of the best things about this entry was the humor -- from the sexy e-mails to the supply room sex to the chaos versus the order. Although the story deals with the serious issue of OCD, it is rather lighthearted because of the humor. We get to see how Luke is affected and how he deals with his condition, but it doesn't drag down the story. Now that I've read the series, I'd love to see another story featuring the characters so we can see where and what their lives are like now. This set of stories was so much fun.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Petra Grayson

    Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars This was another book that I stayed up late for. It sucked me in so hard. Talk about passion and angst. So much of it was like a modern day, old-skool Harlequin Presents: rich, broody hero meets interoffice secretary, lots of unwanted lust, surprise pregnancy, a ton of passion and feelings. But after that thin, upper veneer, it set itself apart in my forever love. The heroine was not a virginal, innocent, docile flower. She went after what she wanted and was confident enoug Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars This was another book that I stayed up late for. It sucked me in so hard. Talk about passion and angst. So much of it was like a modern day, old-skool Harlequin Presents: rich, broody hero meets interoffice secretary, lots of unwanted lust, surprise pregnancy, a ton of passion and feelings. But after that thin, upper veneer, it set itself apart in my forever love. The heroine was not a virginal, innocent, docile flower. She went after what she wanted and was confident enough to use her sexuality however she was comfortable with. Marisa is finally trying to get her life on track. She just got out of a relationship with a married man and her life and finances are in ruins. She works in an office, was a model, but she wants to be an artist. She's just getting ready to pay off her debts and go back to art school when things start happening with Luke. She doesn't do trust very well because of how badly her ex screwed her over, but she seemed calm and levelheaded when necessary. The hero had actual psychological issues that he was attempting to keep secret. When they do come out, the heroine handles them in a compassionate and calm way. I loved how unflappable she was. She gave as good as she got, didn't let people take advantage of her but was caring and capable of connecting. Luke is so rigid and vulnerable. At first, I felt he was all closed up and serious but we quickly find out how passionate and broody he is. It was so much fun to see him start caring more and more. Jackie Ashenden books seem to have so many things in them. Half the time I'm going “Oh my gosh! Really?! That too?!”, but in a good way. This story is interesting and so nicely put together. Although we get a nice happily-ever-after, there were a few things I still would have liked to see once I got to the end. We don't get any airtime with Marisa as an artist, so I have no idea if she was actually any good at it. We also don't get to see how they deal with having a baby and/or if Luke is able to deal with his OCD with a kid in the mix. I wasn't totally sure about the ending. Luke does something sweet and caring. You see it coming, but I was surprised Marisa was able to roll with it and not be a little offended after the way she talked about wanting to do things on her own. Bottom line is that I will now have to get the rest of this series and I will read this book again when I need a smile and a large dose of crazy passion and well-written angst. **This review is archived on my blog: The Theory of Lieto Fine

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I received an ARC through NetGalley. Talking Dirty with the Boss ending up being quite the surprise. Luke and Marisa meet at Joseph and Christie's wedding, and have a very awkward dance. Not because Luke is Marisa's new uptight boss, but because of Luke's OCD. He needs order, things need to go his way, be saw through to the end, and done perfectly or his world starts spiraling. Marisa doesn't know this and just thinks he has a stick up his ass, so she can't help but tease him a little when she ac I received an ARC through NetGalley. Talking Dirty with the Boss ending up being quite the surprise. Luke and Marisa meet at Joseph and Christie's wedding, and have a very awkward dance. Not because Luke is Marisa's new uptight boss, but because of Luke's OCD. He needs order, things need to go his way, be saw through to the end, and done perfectly or his world starts spiraling. Marisa doesn't know this and just thinks he has a stick up his ass, so she can't help but tease him a little when she accidentally sends him an e-mail about her underwear even though it's against new office policy. She doesn't expect him to actually show up for a quickie. I really enjoyed Talking Dirty with the Boss. Marisa and Luke have a ton of chemistry! But more than that, I just liked them. Marisa's life is a mess, and she's working hard to fix it, but she knows she can't work in an office forever. She needs to pursue her dreams as soon as everything is back in order. I loved Luke though. At first I was worried that the author was using OCD to be synonymous with control freak, which it's not, but thankfully she doesn't. I totally believed Luke's struggles because the reflect mine! Any one little thing can set us off if our OCD demands aren't meant. It's not something that can be cured with true love. It has to be managed, and it actually makes relationships a bit more difficult. I loved seeing that. There was a point where I thought I was going to hate Talking Dirty with the Boss. Of course, that would be the pregnancy. However, it didn't come about the way I thought it would. No one is making stupid decisions. It was truly a screwed up accident. I was annoyed for a bit when all they talked about was what to do about it, but then it got back to the fun sexy times and Luke struggling with how to have a relationship with Marisa without her knowing about his OCD and thinking he's crazy. Ultimately, it was Luke and his OCD that saved this one for me. Talking Dirty with the Boss was really enjoyable. The middle portion was totally not my thing, but I loved seeing Marisa and Luke come together and make it work. I also really appreciate the author not having Luke be fixed by the power of love. In fact, things seem to get worse because he's not just managing by himself anymore. He has someone else to worry about. Read more of my reviews at Pinkindle Reads & Reviews.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I've read all 3 in the series, and although book 1 is still my fav, I really liked this book. The author has a quirky/dirty sense of humor and I love it! We've been introduced to these characters previously so it was nice to get their full story. One thing that I really did like about the way the author handled the series was that the stories were that books 2 and 3 were set at the same time. What I mean by that is that things were mentioned like Caleb professing his love for Judith during the a I've read all 3 in the series, and although book 1 is still my fav, I really liked this book. The author has a quirky/dirty sense of humor and I love it! We've been introduced to these characters previously so it was nice to get their full story. One thing that I really did like about the way the author handled the series was that the stories were that books 2 and 3 were set at the same time. What I mean by that is that things were mentioned like Caleb professing his love for Judith during the auction in a present tense. I doubt I'm explaining this easily, but basically I liked that Caleb & Judith's story was basically going on at the same time as Marisa and Luke's. (ok I give up trying to explain, I'm just over complicating it!) Let just say, I like the author's style. In this book we follow Marisa (whom I loved in book 1) as she's trying to deal with the fact that her best friend has married the best friend of her boss, a man she can't stand because of his need for rules and order. Things that Marisa's never been really good at. She may not like his rules, but she likes looking at him. Luke doesn't understand Marisa. He doesn't particularly want to. He wants to do his obligatory dance with her (as a member of the wedding party) and be done with it. She tests his patience with her rule breaking emails, her rule breaking outfits, and her general wild ways. After she pushes, and pushes, and pushes his buttons he reacts and kisses her. It just snowballs from there. I have to say I was really happy with the way Marisa's story panned out. I liked that she proved him wrong. I liked that she showed she was more than a pretty face. I liked that she was the one person who didn't look at him differently. There were a few times I cringed at what Luke said to her, but he finally redeemed himself. I'll definitely read the authors work again. She never fails to entertain. If this is the 1st book you've stumbled on of hers, I recommend checking out Talking Dirty to the CEO (Book 1). You'll be laughing your ass off before you're even done with the 1st page.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    Posted on What I'm Reading Yesterday, I finished Talking Dirty with the Boss by Jackie Ashenden. All right I have been waiting sometime for this story, because I have enjoyed the other books. I have to say that I did like the story. Like Joseph, Luke McNamara has a bit of quirk. He isn't your typical hero. No, he suffers from OCD, but he doesn't want anyone to know that he suffers from it. I guess when he was younger he was shamed into thinking it was bad. So, he figure the best way is to hide it Posted on What I'm Reading Yesterday, I finished Talking Dirty with the Boss by Jackie Ashenden. All right I have been waiting sometime for this story, because I have enjoyed the other books. I have to say that I did like the story. Like Joseph, Luke McNamara has a bit of quirk. He isn't your typical hero. No, he suffers from OCD, but he doesn't want anyone to know that he suffers from it. I guess when he was younger he was shamed into thinking it was bad. So, he figure the best way is to hide it from everyone. Trying to hide his condition, he became a serial dater, which gave the image he was a player. Now Marisa Clair does come off flighty and a bimbo at times. However, I thinks she's a bit clever for her own good, because she knows what guys tend to look at when they see a pretty blond with great assets. Yet, this combination gets her in a bit of trouble, and she has a hard time learning her lessons. You know some people are like that. Basically, Luke and Marisa have this instant chemistry, since Luke has OCD and needs to follow order this is a bad idea. However, somehow he overcomes it and they have crazy heat between them. In a way to cope with the situation, Luke figures that it would be best to keep their relationship a secret. This makes Marisa feel like a dirty little secret, and it has to do with a past relationship (go figure). All right, I have to say it's kind of unique to find an author who's willing to take a chance on a hero and not make him like every other hero. I think that makes the Talking Dirty books interesting, because it's not your same old stuff. Some people may have a hard time with it. Honestly, it makes these stories standout more. So, yes, I did like Luke's quirkiness. I think him and Marisa are one hot couple. So, if you are looking for a book without a typical hero, you might like Talking Dirty with the Boss. Copy provided by the publisher

  29. 5 out of 5

    J luvs books

    *I received a copy of this ARC book in exchange for an honest review* This book starts out with Marisa and Luke at their mutual best friends wedding. They are both part of the wedding party and the bride and groom insist that they dance together. Luke asks Marisa to dance and she is reluctant to say yes, because Luke is the new CEO of the company she works for and known to be very uptight. She has no interest, other than the fact that he is very handsome, he is known to never be with one woman lo *I received a copy of this ARC book in exchange for an honest review* This book starts out with Marisa and Luke at their mutual best friends wedding. They are both part of the wedding party and the bride and groom insist that they dance together. Luke asks Marisa to dance and she is reluctant to say yes, because Luke is the new CEO of the company she works for and known to be very uptight. She has no interest, other than the fact that he is very handsome, he is known to never be with one woman longer than two weeks and just too frigid for her liking. Once back at work he starts laying down ridiculous rules and he calls her in to his office about her emails. He doesn't allow employees to date or fraternize, and her email to a co-worker is somewhat flirtatious. To his dismay, he cant stop thinking about this little firecracker (Marisa) and she is not the usual woman Luke is interested in. She's beautiful but very snarky and speaks her mind. Neither of these two can stop thinking about the other but they both are not each other's type? So, when they have the brilliant idea to just have sex with each other and get it out of their systems, they think this will resolve their problem. Not so much. What starts out as a hate relationship ends up a love relationship and a whole lot of interesting stuff in the middle. I wasn't so sure about this book when I first started reading because I thought it was going to be the same as a lot of other books I have read, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked this book! It was cute, sexy, a little funny and very heartwarming! I loved that Luke has a mental condition and the way the two characters interacted together. I absolutely loved the ending and there was no cliffhanger! So, I recommend this book. Not too much angst and a nice smooth read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    I have to say I have loved the 'Talking Dirty' series; the characters, their quirks, traits and personalities and their budding romances have made each endearing and realistic in their own way. Talking Dirty with the Boss is a good addition to the series, but it was in a similar vain to the first book in that our hero has a behavioural disorder (which once again is handled sensitively). It could be read as a standalone as the previous characters aren't overly present and there no real evolving o I have to say I have loved the 'Talking Dirty' series; the characters, their quirks, traits and personalities and their budding romances have made each endearing and realistic in their own way. Talking Dirty with the Boss is a good addition to the series, but it was in a similar vain to the first book in that our hero has a behavioural disorder (which once again is handled sensitively). It could be read as a standalone as the previous characters aren't overly present and there no real evolving of their stories this time around. Luke and Marisa. Polar opposites. He's serious, she's fun. He's neat, she's messy. He's the boss, she a member of staff and he's tactless whilst she is sarcastic. But both have hearts of gold and an errant (and hilarious) cheeky email, a pair of panties and a stationary cupboard later leaves them with a little more than either bargained on. Their chemistry runs deeper that lust and there are some touching moments along with those that tug on the heartstrings. Add in the humour and steamy time and it's an easy-read romance that's not unrealistic. I liked them both and Luke is very sexy in that slightly tortured and vulnerable way. Marisa surprised me; she's a firecracker, but has a wonderful caring side. I believe it's the last in the series so I would have liked a little more from our previous couples, but it's still a book/series I'd recommend. (although I have to say I'm not keen on the cover, I know you shouldn't judge a book etc. but it doesn't really match what this romance is for me nor Marisa or Luke as characters.) I received a copy of this book as an ARC from the publisher for an honest and unbiaised opinion.

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