Talk Me Down is the first in Victoria Dahl’s Tumble Creek trilogy. The book focuses on Molly Jennings and Ben Lawson. Molly just returned to Tumble Creek after being away for ten years. She’s been fantasizing about hunky Chief of Police Ben for years and plans on sparking a little chemistry.
Molly also has a secret – she writes erotic novels. She’s not ashamed of what she does but the secret has stayed with her for years. Ben Lawson has avoided scandal in his small town since his childhood was riddled with it after his dad made headlines. He knows he should avoid Molly and her secrets, but will he be able to resist cute Molly Jennings?
Added to that, Molly has a stalker. At first harmless, it soon turns to something more alarming and Ben’s protective side flares to life.
Dahl writes a spicier brand of contemporary romance but they sure are enjoyable reads. The hot and steamy are kicked up a notch in Dahl’s story but it doesn’t lack the romance and characterization I need to enjoy a romance. Dahl’s stories are filled with witty characters and memorable scenes. Talk Me Down is no exception.
Molly is a strong female lead. She knows what she wants and she wants Ben. She doesn’t play games, she makes it clear she wants him and goes after him. She is smart and funny and I really loved her character.
The stalking storyline was a bit of a letdown. It’s nothing surprising or new, an oft told plot point that isn’t very good. There were a few scenes with Molly and Ben that took shape from it though and I did enjoy those. I would have liked the story much better if the tension came more from the trust issues each of the characters had – it would have been more realistic and satisfying.
Overall, I really enjoyed Talk Me Down. Both Molly and Ben were easy characters to get to know and love, the chemistry was palpable and intense. A win for Victoria Dahl fans.