★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★
This is going to be a strange one for me to review, on one hand I really enjoyed the semi dark storyline and the journey that both characters went on in order to move on from their equally sordid and devastating pasts, and on the other hand I was left wondering if I really connected enough to the characters for me to like them.
Jessica is a prostitute living in Bolton (which if you are not familiar with UK towns, is part of Greater Manchester and not a very prosperous town and quite frankly, a bit of a shithole – I apologise in advance if you are reading this and you live there).
She is a heroine addict who sells her soul for as little as five quid, and is dirty and broken, inside and out.
When a handsome man with an American accent drives up to her in a posh car, she is offered an opportunity to make some serious cash, and as long as she can get her next fix she is pretty much up for anything.
“I chose you because you’re a dirty, ugly toy.”
Braxton Kennedy is in search for his new English toy, he has made a habit of picking up broken women and then disposing with them after six months. He wants to hurt them, he gets off on it, but his pleasure comes from turning them from street whores to pretty little toys to play with.
For six months they embark on their contracted relationship and their feelings grown from disdain to something quite unexpected.
There are elements of BDSM, but a very lite version and the story wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be, but this is a good thing because I was pleased with the way the story played out.
There was a bit of suspense too, which added to the story very well and although it was a bit predictable at times, it didn’t deter me from enjoying the book.
Overall, I thought it was an entertaining read.
Dirty Ugly Toy is a standalone dark romance, told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review