‘Dirty Dix’ by Monica James – Addiction. Not always a bad thing… is it?

I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for the copy of Dirty Dix by Monica James in exchange for my review.

Dr Dixon Matthews is a top New York Psychiatrist whose patients all have one thing in common – addiction. And Dixon’s secret – he’s addicted too. Left broken hearted by his fiancé, Dixon turned to the one thing that he knew would give him the release he needed. Endless, meaningless, no-strings-attached sex. Picking up random women in clubs, even his own patients, no-one appears to be off limits.

And then everything changes when he meets two women who intrigue him for two very different reasons. Juliet Harte is a woman just like Dixon. Initially visiting him as a patient, she is also addicted to sex and will stop at nothing to get what she wants, in this case Dixon himself. Madison Roberts is the exact opposite. Tiny and shy, she is everything that Dixon and Juliet aren’t and something about her makes Dixon want her in the worst way.

The story, told mostly in Dixon’s voice, follows him as he navigates his feelings for and relationship with, the two very different women. He is what can only be called a complete man-whore, and yet the tone of his voice, unapologetic and completely aware of his failings, makes you as the reader kind of warm to him. His friends, the completely domesticated Finch and the equally whorish Hunter, try and help Dixon see the error of his ways as he makes mistake after mistake with the two women and the balance of the friendship between the three, how they play off each other and know each other, is well written, making you feel a part of their little clique. The humour between them made me chuckle, and the ladishness of their encounters sit well with the tone of the book.

Yes, as you would imagine, there is a certain amount of sex but it is not all about that by any stretch, and it didn’t feel overly gratuitous in any way as some stories can, particularly if you factor in that you have two sex addicts central to the plot. Told partly from Madison’s point of view, when her secret is revealed, it is handled well, not attempting to shock the reader by overplaying the violence angle, but still making it clear the impact upon the character herself. It also gives the opportunity to explore the softer side of Dixon, the man you imagine him to have been before his heart was broken. Dixon has a real sense of the importance of family, which is in conflict with his addiction but get the feeling that Madison can help him to rediscover this, most definitely better, part of himself. You don’t fully get to understand what drives Juliet in this book as I don’t buy she is just an old fashioned bunny boiler, but I would assume this gem has been saved to be revealed in book 2.

There are strong hints dropped throughout about the big reveal and mini cliff-hanger at the end of the book, but even though I had worked out what was about to happen, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. The story flowed well and was really accessible. I went through it in one sitting, chuckling to myself several times on the way through. At the end of the day, this is a good fun story and was a well needed moment of pure escapism at the end of a long day.

If you like your hero (very tongue in cheek use of that term) a little on the bad side, unapologetically whorish but with the hint of still being redeemable, then Dixon is probably your man. And if we’re being honest, what woman doesn’t really like the idea of finding that dangerously sexy bad boy who has the potential to come good in the end.

5 stars

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