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tl;dr: Right now, I want you to go and buy this book. I'll wait here with the rest of this post while you do.
So once upon a time, as we all know by now, I wrote Twilight fan fiction. And there were authors you hung out with online and then there were authors you were pretty much sure were way cooler than you were and you weren't quite sure what the hell they were doing writing fan fiction. One of those authors was in.a.blue.bathrobe.
She was mysterious, and she wrote this fic using that completely tired trope where two people meet in two different ways -- in this case online and then in person -- and don't recognize each other until the climactic scene.
Mention two words to any Twilight fic fan who was around in 2009, and they will go nuts for you, "Hello, Spark."
Beyond the fervor over this fic, I was totally in love with it, because the author clearly got music in that way so few people do, and most of whom I manage to make friends with when I meet them.
Then a couple of years ago, I get this email asking me if I can edit a book. It's that author, and she wants me to edit.
I may have needed a lie-down.
I've edited a few things for her: that first YA book, a novella... and then she reserved a spot for me for this Shakespeare retelling, and as the date was approaching for her slot, I get this cryptic email that went something like this: "Hey, the Shakespeare thing is killing me but I have this other thing I just had to get down and it's really rough but would you mind taking it anyway in that slot that I held?"
That "really rough" thing was what is coming out today as The Dirty Secret. Obviously, I can't ethically review it because Kira is a client, but I can tell you about it and all the reasons you need to buy this right now.
First: You all know I've read a lot of erotic romance. A. Lot. And I'm going to admit to you now that I got a little tired of reading it. There are only so many times you can read people having sex before it gets a little old-news. I'd often find myself skimming the sex scenes and reading the plot. I know. Defeats the purpose, right?
And the blurb here tells you just about nothing about why this book is so amazing. Yes, it's erotic romance. Yes, there is sex in here, and a lot of it. But Kira has a style of writing that's so unusual I think it defies cramming into a block of text on the back of a book. When I sent the edits back to her for this one, I believe I told her it was like moving into a Baz Luhrman film. If you've seen Moulin Rouge (or Romeo+Juliet or pretty much anything), you'll know what I mean: that rich, sensual background that transports you outside your own world.
If you are looking for erotic romance that is PWP (porn without plot), this isn't your book. There are lush descriptions of interior design and art. I've been reading the reviews for this one, and I think there are some folks who want that and only that, and that's totally okay. But that's not what this book is.
It's unique and it's sensual and the sex is somehow unlike the other stuff, and I can admit to you that when I was editing this book I had to take a break at times.
This is the book that landed Kira her agent. That got her a publishing deal. And that went on to get a Publisher's Weekly starred review (no easy feat).
I can't tell you enough good things about it, but I can tell you that when I finished my edit, I wanted to live in it.
I can also tell you that this is a series and the series GETS BETTER. I've already seen a draft of the next one, and I am a bona fide addict. You need to read this book. Go buy it.