REVIEW + Giveaway: Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

four-letter-wordAuthor: J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds #1
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: 3.5/5
Source: ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.

Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

In an effort to avoid dealing with the shocking end of her marriage, Sydney Paige high-tails it Dogwood Beach, North Carolina to vent her anger onto the man who broke her best friend’s heart. But when she unknowingly dials the wrong number, Syd’s newly single world is turned upside down by a stranger who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate- until Sydney and her innocently wild voice. But Brian has secrets, ones that could destroy everything between them. And when the woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed, shielding her from the mistakes of his past becomes harder and harder…

Four Letter Word is deliciously unpredictable and so raw and meaty with emotions. Just think of all the four-letter words you can associate with the story—risk, love, hate, lies, pain, and heal.

I’m a sucker for all things J. Daniels. I couldn’t even pretend that I haven’t read all her books because I have and they were all awesome. While Four Letter Word wasn’t playful like her other books, it was still captivating in a way that it would hold your attention like you’re solving a huge crossword puzzle.

Sydney Paige went away from something that hurt her so bad and land her feet at her best friend’s house near the beach. It didn’t help that she’s going through something very serious that she called the wrong number and spewed a lot of things to the wrong receiver. But the wrong receiver, Brian Savage, chalked it up to fate and decided to start getting to know her fiery caller slowly. Because she’s interesting to him and he wanted to be her friend. One call turned into texts, then more calls, and into something bigger, something serious but both of their pasts were trying to bust the little bubble they’re in. And neither of them was prepared for the intensity of it all once it explodes.

My, my, this book surprised me to no ends! This was so different from J. Daniels usual funny books, though still got a touch of fun, it still successfully hit me in the gut a lot of times because it’s angsty, mysterious and deep.

The characters, Brian Savage and Sydney Paige have different sets of personalities. Brian, who’s a co-owner of a surf shop named Wax, is a closed-off guy with a lot of baggage who also thinks he’s broken because of his past, but he’s protective and selfless. It’s no wonder he was interested to be friends with Sydney since it’s been a long time since a woman got his attention like that. And that attention wasn’t even supposed to be his. Sydney, on the other hand, is fiercely loyal, fun to be with at most part and overall a strong woman. There sure was easy chemistry that’s not forced in the way they banter but I wasn’t fond of the sudden change of Syd’s feelings to Brian when they finally met, given that she’s hurting. It felt a little weird like a bit insta-lust for me. But I loved their witty conversations that turned into full-on steam, once or twice, and how honest their feelings were for each other. I just thought Brian’s were a little too rushed considering they haven’t met yet? It’s just so sad I couldn’t connect with them on a more profound level. Maybe because of a red flag on Brian’s part that had my feelings disengaging instantly? There was one point though that I really wanted to just hold him tight and slap his pretty, surfer face all at the same time.

I had no idea where the story was going, honestly, so I really admired how J kept me turning the pages, only revealing a tiny bit of information of what’s going to blow up sooner or later. I admit I got scared in the beginning because of the red flags I spotted earlier but thankfully, it didn’t go that way. I also have to mention that the start was dragging for me, not as engaging. But after hitting the second wind (almost halfway through the book), it picked up the pace. It’s very steamy because true to form this is J. Daniels, still I got tired of it because it was done in quick succession and there were lots of it there. Her words poured dramatically (but not over the top) in each page making the feelings more heightened. I would have liked that the sex scenes be spaced out evenly and not appear as fillers. There was also this one hard issue in the book that I was expecting to be resolved but wasn’t, causing me to feel kind of disappointed.

It’s more serious than what I would have preferred compared to her other books but overall, I think it is still a pretty good one considering the entertaining secondary characters like Jaime and Tori. Their book entitled Hit the Spot is next. Everything was wrapped up nicely in terms of Brian and Sydney individually and them together as one. If you’re a J. Daniels fan, you sure don’t want to miss on Wild and Trouble.

And OMFG I am so excited for Hit the Spot!!!


J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.


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