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REVIEW: Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy by HelenKay Dimon

Dear Ms. Dimon:

Your Mouth Drives Me CrazyWhen I read Viva Las Bad Boys!, I was struck by how great your voice was for smart, snappy dialogue. But writing a full length book wasn’t the same as writing three novellas and I admit to being a bit worried that smart, snappy dialogue couldn’t carry an entire story. I was also concerned that the heroine would be irritating rather than smart given the title. Thankfully, I was wrong and I enjoyed Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy a great deal.

Kane Travers is on a forced vacation while his shooting of a young man is being investigated by Internal Affairs. He’s about run out of things to fix in his house when a naked female body washes ashore on his part of the beach. Annie Parks is in Hawaii on a revenge mission but her attempt to achieve justice is cut short when she’s thrown overboard a yacht.

Annie’s quite sure that she both needs to stay with Kane but not give up any information. Each question that Kane lobs her way, Annie diverts with a sarcastic retort. This could get tiresome fast, but Kane is quick to catch on and plays her game. Their exchanges were sexy and funny.

“Last night.” His lips flattened into a thin line. “Not funny, by the way.”
She didn’t pretend to misunderstand. Not in the mood he was in. “Oh, come on. It was a little funny.”
“You're just mad because I didn’t fall for your act. You expected me to throw off my clothes and beg you to make love to me.”
“Would that have killed you?”

The unique part of this book was that it takes some old romance tropes: the amnesiac, the revenge plot, the burned by love so not going to love again and makes them new again while gently mocking them.

Annie is playing the amnesiac so she doesn’t have to answer uncomfortable questions about why someone tried to kill her. Annie is the one with the revenge plot and not the hero. When Kane tries to pull the old – all the females in my life have died so I don’t want to get attached – his best friend makes fun of him.

Kane tried that life once and it didn't work. “She’s leaving. Her life is somewhere else, which is better.”

“Not that I-kill-every-woman-I-know bullshit.”

Kane and Josh’s exchanges were some of my favorite with Josh calling Kane “warrior boy” being a constant source of amusement for me (and apparently Josh). For the reader who yearns for the guy’s guy and not one who thinks things sound “heavenly” (review for that book to come tomorrow), this book will satisfy. The parts that I loved about the book were the setting: I learned alot about Hawaii and its culture and background in a very un-intrusive way; and the interplay between the characters, particularly the dialogue.

The parts I didn’t love was the suspense portion which seemed contrived at times. The suspense had to be fueled by Annie’s holding back information when it was clear that she trusted Kane and the villians lacked depth. There were a couple of confrontation scenes that were so over the top as to be comical instead of tense.

Overall, though, the book had good balance between the darker feelings of loss that both Kane and Annie had suffered in the past and the completeness that they felt together. B

Best regards


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Robin
    Jun 27, 2007 @ 01:23:17

    I haven’t read Dimon’s novellas, but I do enjoy her reviews on PBR, and I have grown very fond of this book’s title over the months. At first it sounded kind of inelegant to me, but I think that’s because I’ve become conditioned to a certain rhythm in Romance titles and this title stands out. At first that seemed to rub me the wrong way, but not it’s created a sense of appeal around the book that keeps reminding me to order it.

  2. HelenKay
    Jun 27, 2007 @ 10:22:03

    Thanks for the review Jane!

    Robin – Some people like the title. Others hate it. Like you, it’s grown on me. It does a good job of summing up the banter and back-and-forth between Kane and Annie.

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