Synopsis from Goodreads
They’re serving up some red-hot revenge. A sizzling series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken.
Blaire has never quite gotten over Jessie Beckett, the ex–NFL star whose kisses were hot enough to ignite the entire Eastern Seaboard. When he chose work over her, Blaire was left brokenhearted. Why else would she have married a skeezy two-timer, just to divorce him less than a year later?
Now Blaire is getting even by becoming one half of Dirty Exes, a PI firm fully committed to humiliating cheating jerks. If only the new jerk she’s been hired to uncover wasn’t Jessie Beckett himself.
Exposing Jessie isn’t going to be easy, especially when she still daydreams about his sexy smile. Further complicating matters is Colin, Jessie’s best friend. He’s gorgeous, a little bit cunning, and willing to help Blaire get the inside scoop on Jessie—for a price.
Now caught between two men—one totally right and the other totally wrong—Blaire will need to decide just how much she’s willing to risk…and whom she’s willing to risk it for.
Unless you’ve managed to maintain your first relationship as your only relationship I am sure we all have that one person that feels like unfinished business. The one that got away possibly or the timing was wrong; for Blaire, that person was Jessie Beckett!!!! Although they were only together for a few short weeks, it is Jessie that she has held on a pedestal and compared all other men to – including her ex-husband.
Blaire has a lot of insecurities surrounding her personal life because of Jessie and her ex-husband; not realising how truly special she is, Blaire believes she is ‘not enough’ for someone to want to truly be with her 😪 Setting up her own business to catch cheating partners, following the implosion of her own marriage, only serves to validate Blaire’s negativity towards relationships.
So when Jessie re-enters Blaire’s life, Blaire is completely thrown off-course because she has been hired by Jessie’s wife to find evidence of infidelity!!!! Could Blaire’s perception of Jessie have been completely incorrect all of this time 😱 and if she was how will this new knowledge impact her beliefs and identity 🤔
While trailing Jessie, Blaire crosses paths with Colin who justs happens to be Jessie’s best friend. To say the sparks fly would be an understatement, only adding to Blaire’s confusion and lack of faith in her own judgement.
I adored Blaire even though she was a little gullible at times, she certainly appears a lot younger than her actual age. Blaire has a huge heart that she has kept under lock and key since her divorce. She is unbelievably clumsy which leads to some hilarious situations, as well as being self-critical, Blaire is slow to reach the level of self-awareness she is obviously capable of. At times it would seem as if she deliberately ignores the obvious in order to feed her self-doubt.
Told from three different perspectives; Blaire, Jessie and Colin, provides insight into their actions and emotions but also allows clarity to their backgrounds, although it is Blaire that is the main focus of the plot. It is a very fluffed up situation the trio find themselves in, exaggerated by the ghosts of the past.
I’ve got to say I didn’t really like Jessie, I couldn’t quite get to grips with his need to be someone he isn’t in order to fit in. Surely that is something you grow out of as you mature. Maybe there will be more insight into Jessie in the second book – Dangerous Exes.
Now Colin I pretty much worshipped from the very first sip of whiskey (apart from the creepy tattoo). Colin is probably the most mature and self-aware person out of the group – he is comfortable with who he is – man bun included – and he exudes charm and confidence. Although he has also been badly burned in the past and tends to attract gold-diggers; Colin is immediately aware of just how special Blaire is and is determined to prove his worth to her. Let the swooning commence 💞
There were a few parts of the plot that I felt weren’t explained in depth and as such lowered their impact. On the other hand, there was a part of Colin’s history that personally, I would have preferred were omitted as it acted as overkill rather than enhancing his backstory.
Apart from the minor niggles I have stated, Dirty Exes is actual a quick, fun read with lots of sweet and sexy times mixed in, colourful characters and a fantastic friendship.