Review: Dirty Dix by Monica James

dirty dixReviewed by Joanna

Dixon is a cocky $500/hour psychiatrist who specializes in addiction. He sees people for all sorts of issues and quite often ends up screwing them in his office. And he bones not only his patients, but pretty much any lady who shows interest in him (and he’s hot, so many do). The title of this book has been given for good reason.

Now, Dix has been burned – his fiancé cheated on him with his close friend and this probably explains why he screws around so much. He thinks he’ll never love again until one day, he meets someone he actually likes and can see a future with.

Dixon meets Madison in a nightclub after he rescues her from a dumb jock who’s laying it on a bit thick, but though he likes her, he’s also a bit disgusted with himself cos he’s slept with 4 other women that week. Madison’s sweet and naïve and waaay too good for him, so he sends her on her way and goes and screws a bartender round by the bins instead.

The next week he decides he’s done with casual sex and decides to put it away for a bit. Until Juliet walks in to his office. She’s a sexy sex addict, and is all hot and wanting. And she gets it.

Dixon dips his hand into the wrong cookie jar here, but he can’t stop with the no-ties hot hot sex. Even when he gets another chance with Madison, it’s hard for him to give up the female version of himself.

Madison’s got her own issues. (We hear her meek little voice as this is dual perspective.) There’s some family stuff going on which was quite easy to predict and this blows up during a sleep-over at Dixon’s one night. As much as she wants him, she can’t have sex with him and she calls things off, even though she thinks he’s the guy who might save her.

We then have the usual relationship tussle, though this has the added dimension of Dixon having two genuine choices – a woman who wants sex the way he does – without emotional connection, or a woman who could be his happy ever after, if she can work out her demons.

I didn’t much like Dixon. It wasn’t that he wasn’t a sympathetic character, he was just so dickish. He got a big ole boner every time a female patient sat in from of him, even ones he despised. He gets paid a ton for seemingly poor attempts at helping people, and he’s his own worst enemy. I know he was burned by his ex, but physician, heal thyself much?

And though the writing wasn’t bad and the story moved with pace, I found it didn’t keep my attention, and the plot was a little slow. I stopped more than once and picked up other books. I didn’t feel Dixon progressed – at two thirds of the way through the book, he’s doing what he was at the beginning. If he changed any, he back slid pretty quickly. I wouldn’t trust him with my heart, even if he is pretty and has a faux hawk.

In fact, at the end, Dixon gets worse. I knew there was a twist coming, but the last ten perfect of this book was the set up for the next book in the series. I won’t spoiler it, but there’s no HEA in sight that I can see. And thought maybe he deserves it, poor Madison doesn’t – though she might deserve a slap for being too wet and needing to buck up her ideas. Dixon only plans to get worse. I haven’t decided if I’ll read on and find out how.

Rating: C

*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Dirty Dix
by Monica James
Release Date: October 8th 2015
Publisher: Bookouture


  1. That premise is so wildly against any notion of medical ethics that I’m surprised anyone can get near it. A psychiatrist having casual sex with patients should have his doctor’s license yanked so fast that he gets whiplash. Eeeuw.

  2. Right? And yet he’s lauded as being a genius and eminent in his area of medicine. Clearly no-one checks in with his patients on just how ‘good’ he is. I also wrote this whole chunk of review about his theories which are supposedly so good and which the author briefly covers. It got a bit ludicrous and I got ranty so I deleted it as you either accept these things or you don’t. I didn’t.

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