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A.M. Hargrove
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If you like your romances light and sweet, this is NOT for you. This is a tough and gritty story of heartbreak, rejection, and hard love. You’ve been warned.

Life isn’t easy.
Nor is it fair.
And you don’t get to choose who you fall in love with.
Sometimes love chooses you.

Skylina...Her story is not pretty. Discarded like trash by her father. Forced into prostitution by her mother. Used and abused, she learns to cope. And survives. Because she has to. What other choice is there?

Ryder...His story is every bit as ugly. Beaten and left for dead. A star whose light was extinguished long before it should have been. Now a he’s drug addict who wrestles with the demons that try to destroy him.

Two broken people...
Extraordinary circumstances...
Pasts that could tear them apart.

Attention: This book is also published as the Dirty Nights Novella Series under A.M. Hargrove’s pen name of Emerson St. Clair.

**Content Warning: Due to the explicit sexual content this is not intended for younger readers.

About the Author

A.M. Hargrove is the romance author of the Edge Series (Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire), Exquisite Betrayal and the romantic suspense companion novels Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1) and Tragic Desires (Tragic 2). She is also the author of the young adult paranormal/sci-fi The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings) and the adult spin off novels Dark Waltz and Death Waltz. She divides her time between the mountains of North Carolina and the upstate of South Carolina where she pursues her dream career of writing. Her family considers her crazy, her friends will agree, but she’s always game for some fun times. If she could change anything in the world, she would make chocolate and ice cream a part of the USDA food groups.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3434 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499508271
  • Publisher: AM Hargrove, LLC; 1st edition (6 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K6JZLZO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

"Hello."

"Boss, is that you?"

"Why yes A. M., who else would be answering my phone?"

"Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate because I quit."

A. M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

"Hi yummy hubby, can you pick me up at Starbucks?"

"Sure honey bunny... having some car trouble?"

"Not at all. I need a ride because I just quit my job."

"You WHAT?!"

"It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist."

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks.

Well, it didn't happen exactly like that. The real story is that after years as a successful sales manager in the world of pharmaceuticals, her company was gobbled up by a larger one and her career came to a screeching halt. Always one to look at the glass as being half full, she took the job loss as an opportunity to forge down the path of her life-long dream-- that of becoming a writer. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival is her first book in the series and her second, Resurrection was released in January 2012.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite MUST read!!! 18 May 2014
By Andrea
Format:Kindle Edition
**I read Dirty Nights by A.M. Hargrove when it was first published as a series of 3 short novellas under the pen name of Emerson St. Clair**

First, let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of A.M. Hargrove. I love her style of writing and it just gets better, and hotter, with each book she writes. So, when Annie told me she was writing under a different name and this was so different and much hotter than her other work I was like, "yeah bring it on!"

Omigod, she wasn't wrong, I loved it!!! Dirty Nights is dirtier, badder, grittier and sooo much hotter than she's ever wrote before...my favourite story of hers to date. I devoured this book like I would a bar of my favourite chocolate...finished in one sitting! I was hooked from the first page until the very last with quite a few nail-biting moments and a lot of panty-melting scenes too!!

My heart broke for the two main characters, Sky and Ryder. If ever two people deserved a break in life they did, two broken people trying to survive the best way they know how.

Skylina, or Sky, had a horrendous upbringing being pimped out by her drug-addicted mother for money to buy her next fix. Oh, I wanted to punch her mother right between the eyes for what she put Sky through!

Ryder has a promising future ahead of him as te Premier Danseur with the Metropolitan Ballet Company, that is until it is cruelly snatched away from him one day when a viscous attack leaves him fighting for his life.

Neither knows of each other's existence until fate intervenes and sees Ryder bumping into Sky, literally, in a coffee shop and then coming to her rescue later that night when she is nearly raped in an alley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty five stars 22 May 2014
By Chris
Format:Kindle Edition
If you want a book that is just going to let you coast and not feel then this is not the book for you. Talk about bring your emotions out, A.M. makes you feel everything that Skylina and Ryder go through it's not pretty and nice, at times it's downright ugly, but at every turn you are going with the characters and feeling what they are feeling hurting, or loving, happy or sad, every emotion will be wrung out of you.
Skylina has had such a hard life and has very low self esteem and you can understand and you just want to encourage her, at times you could hit people for what they make her go through, especially Ryder because she has allowed him in and then he has the power to hurt her.
Ryder while I liked him at times I did want to shake him and say get over your pity party, and live, love. He had so much and yet still found it hard to open up, but I did love how he grew during the story and was able to get over himself and be able to not only love Skylina but help her.
This is a steamy and stormy book, one that will engage your emotions from the start nod not let them go till the very end, so put aside time because you won't want to put it down as you get so involved. A beautifully written story about two wounded souls finding and being able to heal each other and help each other yo grow to be the person they are meant to be.
I received a free copy for an honest review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fans of A.M. Hargrove will enjoy this one, but I had mixed feelings. This one wasn't for me. 25 May 2014
By Casey M. Britton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Review for Ramblings From This Chick. ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com

Dirty Nights by A.M. Hargrove is a dark and gritty book and isn't for those that don't like their reads dirty. Dirty Nights was originally published as a novella series under Hargrove's pen name Emerson St. Clair. I am really glad that I read this as the novel though, because I am so impatient when it comes to serials and I really hate waiting. Dirty Nights had some things that I really liked, but there was also quite a bit that I had mixed feelings about.

Skylina has had a really rough life. Her parents split when she was young and she went to live with her dad. Her dad got remarried and her step-mom was horrible to her. She ended up being sent back to her drug addict mother who sold her to her pimp in order to get her next fix. She continues to work as a stripper and prostitute in order to not only survive, but continue to provide for her mother. She had dreams of becoming a dancer when she was a child, and continues to practice when she is able to. She meets Ryder at a coffee shop and is instantly drawn to him, but they leave without exchanging information only to run into him again when he saves her from being raped. Ryder and Skylina end up having sex, and from there they continue to see each other. But Skylina always leaves before he wakes up in the morning. When he hires his friend to find out about her, he never expected to find out that she is a prostitute. Even though he cares about Skylina, he can't continue to see her while she maintains her job. But Ryder is always there for her when she needs him, and does everything he can to show her that she deserves more. With both Ryder and Skylina being broken from their painful pasts, can they heal each other and find a future together?

I really liked Ryder. He was sweet and caring, and he took great care of Skylina even before he knew how much she needed his help. When he found out about her, he handled things badly at first but he quickly realized that he couldn't judge her and continued to support and help her. Besides being such a great guy though, he was sexy and a total alpha in the bedroom. He took control and was super hot with Skylina. I liked seeing the different sides to him, and his character was really complex. He had been through so much, and it was great to see him overcome so much after hitting such a low point because of what had happened to him. Skylina was strong and was a survivor, but she was also really loyal and caring. She continued to provide for her mother even after everything that her mother had forced her into. What I didn't like was the fact that while she was providing for her mother, she was also enabling her by providing her drugs. I felt like she should have tried harder to get her mother help, and that she should haven't continued that for so long. Everyone who cared about her tried to tell her, and she refused to listen. While I felt that Ryder and Skylina had a lot of chemistry and were really hot together, I thought that she continued with her job much longer than she should have. She was uncomfortable with it and knew that she was developing feelings for Ryder, and I thought that even though she had a lot of rules and didn't do everything it still felt like cheating to me. Ryder knew about her job, but to me it just didn't seem right that it continued to go on for so long.

I also felt like some of the dialogue and words that Skylina used were a bit annoying. She is a prostitute and stripper and yet instead of the F word, she repeatedly uses the word ferk. She explained at one point why she doesn't cuss, but I just found it completely unrealistic and frankly it was really distracting. Every time she would say ferk or use some other non-cuss word, it just seemed immature and out of place. I guess if she was younger and wasn't a hooker it would have been more understandable, but it really just drove me nuts. Ryder was definitely the highlight of this book though, and I was glad that he was such a likable character. He is what kept me reading this story, and I really loved watching him heal and get over his past. I think that if you like dark and raw stories with a gritty feel to them, that you might give this one a shot. It wasn't what I had been expecting or hoping for, but I think that a lot of people will enjoy this one especially if you are a fan of A.M. Hargrove.

**Complimentary Copy Provided by Love N. Books Blog Tours**
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite MUST read!!! 18 May 2014
By Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
**I read Dirty Nights by A.M. Hargrove when it was first published as a series of 3 short novellas under the pen name of Emerson St. Clair**

First, let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of A.M. Hargrove. I love her style of writing and it just gets better, and hotter, with each book she writes. So, when Annie told me she was writing under a different name and this was so different and much hotter than her other work I was like, "yeah bring it on!"

Omigod, she wasn't wrong, I loved it!!! Dirty Nights is dirtier, badder, grittier and sooo much hotter than she's ever wrote before...my favourite story of hers to date. I devoured this book like I would a bar of my favourite chocolate...finished in one sitting! I was hooked from the first page until the very last with quite a few nail-biting moments and a lot of panty-melting scenes too!!

My heart broke for the two main characters, Sky and Ryder. If ever two people deserved a break in life they did, two broken people trying to survive the best way they know how.

Skylina, or Sky, had a horrendous upbringing being pimped out by her drug-addicted mother for money to buy her next fix. Oh, I wanted to punch her mother right between the eyes for what she put Sky through!

Ryder has a promising future ahead of him as te Premier Danseur with the Metropolitan Ballet Company, that is until it is cruelly snatched away from him one day when a viscous attack leaves him fighting for his life.

Neither knows of each other's existence until fate intervenes and sees Ryder bumping into Sky, literally, in a coffee shop and then coming to her rescue later that night when she is nearly raped in an alley. There is an instant spark between them but they also recognise something else in each other that draws them together and so begins a wonderful and moving story of how two people, from different walks of life but equally broken, try to fix each other. The chemistry between Sky & Ryder was electric and so hot my kindle nearly exploded!! I adore this couple so much.

Sometimes, you are lucky enough to pick up a book where you connect with the story, and the characters, so much that it stays with you no matter how long ago you read the book and, for me, this is the case with Dirty Nights.
Even now, weeks after reading Sky & Ryder's story, I'm at a loss at what to say to do them justice. All I can say is...if there is one book you download this week, make it this one!!!

I can't recommend Dirty Nights highly enough. Go on 1-click buy NOW and treat yourself to a Dirty Night!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready to get Dirty? 19 May 2014
By kkreviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
My 4 Star Review for Dirty Nights Part One:

Ryder was at the top of his dancing career. After a night of celebration he is mugged and left for dead. With his dreams shattered he turns to the things that make him feel good and make him forget; Alcohol, drugs and women. No longer able to sit back and watch their son destroy his life, Ryder is given an ultimatum; Get help, get healthy, go back to school or get cut off. You know what they say, once you have hit rock bottom, the only way is up from there and another incident make Ryder see what his life has become, and he doesn’t like it one bit. With the help from a man named Case, he is able to get his life back on track
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Skylina grew up feeling unworthy, unloved and undeserving. Abandoned by the one man that was supposed to love and protect her, all she had was an abusive drug addicted mother who forced her into a life of prostitution. Hating what she has become she has learned to cope and survive. Her dreams of becoming a professional dancer slip further and further away. Her friend Cara and Jimmy believe in her and see her potential. They do what they can to help her and try to convince her to leave her mother to pursue her dreams.

Fate is a funny thing. When their paths cross, the attraction they feel for each other is so explosive. For the first time in her life, Skylina feels safe and cared for when she is with Ryder but she tries to keep her distance from him.

Ryder is taken by the petite blond. She is beautiful but she is also a mystery. The thoughts he has about her when she’s around are flat out wrong, but he can’t help it. He wants her.
Both have secrets they will do anything to keep hidden. Both wanting each other like it is their last breath and both unsure of what the future will hold for them

Ryder is a rich boy, a former dancer and now a student. He is GORGOUES, strong and smart. Did I mention that when it comes to sex, he is controlling in the best ways possible. *fansselfoff*
Skylina is beautiful and plays her part well. I love that she is strong and weak at the same time. I love how innocent she is even though she isn’t. She honestly doesn’t know what it feels like to be loved and it is heart breaking. When Ryder comes into her life she is happy, scared and confused, she has never had normal.

Although their chemistry together is off the charts, they slowly learn to open up about their past. I loved that even though they have only known each other a short time, their connection and feelings for each other are rock solid.

My 4 Star Review for Dirty Nights Part Two:

Ryder learns some things about Skylina. He isn’t sure how to handle things so he does a little investigating of his own.
Struggling with the truth, he finally confronts her. Even though it KILLS him to know the truth, what she does can’t keep him away. All he wants is her.

Skylina is mortified and devastated that Ryder knows her secret. She also knows that her choices will either make or break their budding relationship. He is everything she never knew she could want.
I was so happy to see how much Skylina opens up to Ryder. It was nice to see her go for what she wants and find her backbone to achieve it, although it is baby steps, it is still a step in the right direction.

Ryder remains a bit closed but gives a little here and there. He is obviously still struggling with his demons. I loved how much he supports her and her dreams and how he helps with the not so fun aspects of her life
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Aaannnd of course, we have a bit of suspense, some angst and a beautifully SMEXY reunion which of course leaves us wanting and needing more.

Together again, Ryder and Skylina slowly figure things out and they are on the right track.

Ryder knows everything about Skylina but he still keeps his past guarded.

My 4 Star review for Dirty Nights Part Three:

“Every day is a blessing. Count it as one. Life is a challenge. Live it as one. Cheat death, not yourself. Think of others, not yourself. Care enough to learn to love.”

Things seem to be looking up for Skylina and Ryder. Then tragedy strikes and someone from Skylina’s past pays her a visit.
With her emotions all over the place, she takes Ryder’s advice and seeks help.
Ryder is beyond happy to have Skylina back. With her finally telling him all about her past, he is looking forward to moving onto their future. The thing is, he hasn’t been completely honest and open about his past.

“I had this done when I started to see the light again. After I met Case. I tried hating life but I couldn’t. I tried dying but I didn’t. From this day forward, I’ll accept what I did wrong and strive to do what’s right.”

When his past collides with the present, he is certain that he will lose Skylina for good but fate usually has other plans.

I loved how this ended. Questions were answered and dreams came true. Two damaged people working hard to overcome their pasts to make a better future, not only for themselves but for each other.

A.M Hargrove did a fantastic job with this erotic novella. You can’t help but fall head over heels in love with Ryder and completely cheer for Skylina. They make such a great couple.

If you are looking for a Hot read.. Ryder will have you feeling flirty and dirty in no time.. *fansselfoff*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ!!! 8 May 2014
By Kathryn Grimes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
WOW!! I was totally blown away with this book. A tasty treat, drawing you in with its steamy seductive cover...and also the scorching sex...but this novel provided so much more; while it may have some dirty nights in it...it is surrounded by a beautiful tale of two broken people being pieced together again....
Skylina and Ryder are two characters that will crawl in to your heart...I was amazed at the lives these two had and continue to lead.
My heart ached for them both and all I could do was keep reading to find out more...Ryder and Skylina both have a tumultuous past that seems to plague their present. Even though one of them seems to be taking more control, the other accepts the here and now and stifles themselves for better...
It is when these two meet and find that kindred spirit together that they search themselves and decide to overcome the chains that have been keeping them down.
GAH....Brilliantly written with an intriguingly suspenseful storyline all the while heating you up from the flaming erotic sex...
A definite must read...
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad it was free 5 Sep 2014
By Red, Red, they call me Red - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This didn't work for me at all. I didn't find it gritty, just nonsensical. The fake swearing (ferk! shiz! holy ravioli!) got on my last nerve! It started off interesting, Ryder's injuries and subsequent dive into drugs pulled me into the story. But over the course of the book his personality seemed to change, and not for the better. I couldn't relate to Skylina (a prostitute/stripper who happens to the most talented dancer ever) at all, most of her problems seemed to be her own doing. And the whole "pimp with a heart of gold"? Please, I can't buy that even in a fictional story.

The worst character was Gabby. She goes from psychiatrist to both Ryder and Skylina, to their BFF to have pizza and beer with, and then back to psychiatrist. What?

Ryder is a criminal justice student, but he also moonlights as a vigilante. So basically he's Batman. Skylina, in addition to her hooker/stripper duties, is also a professional damsel in distress. In the span of just a few weeks she's almost raped twice, stabbed and shot.

I can suspend my disbelief when I read if I can feel the emotions, connect with the characters or just get swept up in a well written story. But I just didn't feel any of that here.
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