I knew she was bad news when she walked into my office, but I just couldn’t help myself… Filthy, sexy and full of surprises, Juliet is so hot she has me on fire. I’ve met my match and I can’t help going back for more. Then there’s Madison… she’s sweet, funny and awakens in me a fierce need to protect her. But I don’t do relationships. I don’t usually do the same woman twice. Juliet and Madison: Two very different women have got me completely hooked. Who will I choose? I know who I should choose, but I never said I was the hero of this story, or even the good guy. And besides, who wants to be good, when it feels so good being bad? My tale isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you’re game, strap yourself in and expect the unexpected. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Do you remember the show Dexter? Yeah, the show with the serial killer that you totally knew you weren’t supposed to like but you did anyway. Well, Dix is my new Dexter and I loves me some Dix just like I loved me some Dexter.
Dix is the best kind of anti-hero! From the moment Dix is introduced, he owns up to his failings and faults and blames no one but himself. If there is a moral/ethical/professional/social more that can be bent or broken, Dix has indeed shattered them and makes few apologies for having done so. Since his most unfortunate and ugly break-up, Dix has had no interest in a relationship but has had loads of interest in banging a butt load of women. Dix never offers the women he shags more than a physical encounter and if at all possible, he never “sees” the same women more than once. The only women Dix sees more than once are his patients and while he feels the tiniest bit of guilt for shagging those particular women, his colleagues do often note the remarkable progress found among Dix’s patients.
The moment Juliet walks into Dix’s office, he knows he is in for a wild ride that will leave him in search of his sanity. In bed, Juliet is all Dix could ever hope for. She is more than willing, totally able, and seemingly as disconnected emotionally as Dix. Everything about Juliet raises red flags, even the sex but Dix can’t seem to walk away. What Dix can’t possibly know is just how much of an impact Juliet is going to have on his life.
At about the same time Juliet comes into Dix’s life, so does Madison. Madison is perhaps the purest person Dix has ever met and she is everything he should want. Dix does want Madison but, like Juliet, she raises a great many red flags. Madison is kind and good but she is clearly hiding something that causes her a great deal of anxiety where physical intimacy is concerned. With his great interest in physical intimacy, Dix knows he has no business sniffing around Madison but, also like Juliet, he can’t seem to walk away. Quite unlike Juliet, Madison makes Dix care and that is something he hasn’t done in quite a long time. Both Juliet and Madison have the capacity to ruin Dix. He just has to decide if he wants the ruin to be moral or emotional.
The Bottom Line: Dirty Dix is all about Dix for me and from beginning to end, I loved every minute of him. No matter what new dumbassery he got himself involved in, and there’s a lot of dumbassery, I still found myself rooting for him. Dix’s life is like a naughty, dirty three-ring circus that seems to get crazier with every turn of the page. Though I found Dix to be the strongest and most interesting character, there is actually a whole cast of characters that surround him and most of them are quite entertaining in their own right. Dix’s best friends are like yin and yang and when beer is involved, they’re a special kind of fantastic. They work as Dix’s conscience (sort of!) and sounding board when he is desperate and try desperately to steer him in the right direction. The women are certainly a factor as well but neither have the impact of Dix and I tended to see both Juliet and Madison as supporting characters. In all, I very much enjoyed this first in a series read and dove right into the second book, Wicked Dix!