Shy, slightly overweight Emily would die if she had to talk dirty face-to-face—especially to her hot boyfriend. She sure didn’t set out to do phone sex—she wanted to be a writer. But when her BFF framed her for plagiarism, she got in a tiny financial hole and saw this ad for “phone actresses”… Hey, it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. No pantyhose or pantsuits, no regular hours, you’re your own boss, and lots of people to talk to. Guys, that is. But here’s the odd thing—lots of them want to talk about more than Emily’s imagined attributes; they start to think of her as the best friend they’ll never have to meet. Next thing you know, one of her customers gets killed and Emily knows a lot more about it than she should. But she can’t tell the nearest cop, who’s also her own true love, because then he’ll find out about her secret life. What’s a phone kitten to do? Solve the murder herself, of course—because wouldn’t it be a great story for the newspaper that wrongly fired her? It’s her ticket back to her real life—if it doesn’t get her killed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s characters. Emily feels invisible to the outside world, and has allowed people to walk over and dismiss her all of her life. Until she discovers her ‘friend’ has stolen her work and passes it off as her own. Fed up, Emily finally lets all her pent up emotions boil over, but it ends up costing her her job. Faced with tuition and bills, Emily becomes a phone sex operator to make due, and murder, mystery, and comedy ensue.
I loved Emily’s character because she seems so very realistic. I think many women feel looked over for one reason or another, and Christian did a good job in capturing that in Emily. But Emily doesn’t remain passive and invisible and that’s what makes her so cool. She has already begun to take steps to be more noticeable, like working out with her best friend. But the more she has to pretend to be Peyton, her phone sex identity, the more her inner Peyton begins to come out in her real life. As a result, Emily begins to open up and take more risks. So much so, that when her best customer is offed, she decides to solve his murder. Surprisingly, Emily makes a pretty decent sleuth.
The supporting characters were great too. I particularly liked her best friend Dennis and his partner Craig. Those two were a riot and I laughed myself silly when Emily asked Dennis to help her run through a faux phone sex call. Her suspects were quite interesting too, and oddly enough, I took a great liking to the Gangster her client was friends with. I wasn’t that over the moon about her boyfriend though. He was nice enough, but I wanted to know more about him, and I just wasn’t very invested in him. But if Christian continues Emily’s story, I hope to find out more about him.
The only issue I had with this book was the editing. There were a lot of errors and mistakes throughout the novel, and sometimes they could be a bit distracting. But otherwise, this was a lovely book with a wonderful cast of characters. I really loved Emily. She was cute, funny, and brave. I really hope to read about more of her adventures in the future.
The author has informed me that the editing issues are in the process of being corrected. So any copies purchased should be updated and free of errors. Thanks!
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