ARC Review: Taming Dex by Zoey Derrick

Posted June 12, 2015 by Jennifer in Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: Taming Dex by Zoey Derrick
Taming Dex
by Zoey Derrick

4.5 Stars


Released: June 9, 2015
Published by Self Published
Pages: 350
Format: eARC

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“Zoey Derrick had her hands full convincing readers to forgive Dex for his crazy ways and see him as worthy of Raine.  Count me super-impressed that she was able to do that and make it authentic.” ~ Under the Covers

I’ve been following each sexy release in the 69 Bottles series and have been eagerly anticipating the next two books which focus on drummer, Dex Harris.  Fulfilling a common rocker stereotype, Dex is a self-professed manwhore.  He LOVES women and while he’s never one that would be considered abusive, he is happy to hop into a different one each night without much thought.  His good looks tend to make this easy for him, but they can’t mask his even darker side, the disease of drug addiction.  Dex has fought against his demons for years and is recovering from a particularly bad slip up when Raine Montgomery, assistant to Bold management’s head, is sent to assist 69 Bottles on their tour.  Dex has always made Raine a little weak in the knees, but when he shows interest in her, she’s torn between what her body wants and fear of being hurt.  Raine is no stranger to betrayal and trauma and she won’t play part time girlfriend to anyone, no matter how tempting.  Dex can’t wrap his head around the feelings that Raine stirs up inside him.  Whether he can give up his crazy lifestyle and settle with one woman is what remains to be seen.

I can safely say now that Taming Dex, as opposed to the first three, can be read as a standalone, but I personally think that takes a little fun out of it.  The time periods of the books overlap, so we relive many events we’ve already experienced, just through different sets of eyes.  They’re the backdrop, but not the focus of the book in any way, however, so you wouldn’t be lost in any way if you dove in from this point.

I loved the realness of Dex as a character. The outrageousness of his behavior isn’t sugarcoated.  He can be a true asshole, controlled by his little head waayyy more often than his big one.  I seriously wanted to smack him a few times for his idiocy.  Raine is mature beyond her years and sees through most of the bullshit, but as we all know, the heart will want what it wants.  Dex and Raine have a crazy, intense sexual chemistry and have no problems playing in bed.  It’s after that they each want to run for the hills, but never at the same time.  The push and pull was maddening.  Zoey Derrick had her hands full convincing readers to forgive Dex for his crazy ways and see him as worthy of Raine.  Count me super-impressed that she was able to do that and make it authentic.  The backdrops of NYC and DC were a great addition to this installment for this NY girl.  Oh, and the sex…did I mention the sex?  There’s some brief M/F/M, but this is not a menage book.  The one on one M/F action was seriously hot, with hints that it could get kinkier in the second book for these two (pretty please?).  I’m really rooting for these them and want to see how it all plays out in the next book.  Zoey Derrick does not disappoint here at all. She’s made me a fan of rocker romance!


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About Zoey Derrick

It is from Glendale, Arizona that Best Selling Author Zoey Derrick writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.

Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.


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I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.

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Thanks for the review Jennifer


I’m not a fan of band books but this series just seems hot!