Crash Into Me (Shaken Dirty 1), by Tracy Wolff
Drive Me Crazy (Shaken Dirty 2), by Tracy Wolff
Tease Me, by Tracy Wolff
I’ve been on a contemporary romance binge for the past few weeks (see my earlier post on Tessa Bailey for the extent of my obsession). Specifically, I’ve been reading through several titles in Entangled’s Brazen line. These are along the lines of Harlequin Blaze titles, for those more familiar with Harlequin; the only difference is that the Brazen titles are more explicit, with more emphasis on the alpha-ness of the heroes.
One of the latest titles I’ve enjoyed is Drive Me Crazy by Tracy Wolff. It’s the second in an ongoing series about a rock band called Shaken Dirty (the first book in the series is Crash Into Me), and I found the writing and characters very engaging. The third book seems to be slated for this year, with a fourth and fifth also in the works. I’ve tried preordering, since the titles of all five are on Goodreads, but can’t find them on Amazon or Kobo yet.
So I decided to check out more titles by Wolff, and went with Tease Me, a 2010 novel published by HEAT. The story concerns a true-crime author who also writes an anonymous erotic blog to give free rein to her fantasies, and a stockbroker-turned-carpenter who is the author’s neighbour and discovers her identity. Lacey has escaped an abusive relationship, and her current research is leading her to believe that the prostitution ring she had been writing about is actually a sex trafficking operation. I found this mix (her conflicted past, the subject matter of her research, and the way she handles her pent-up desires after a period of enforced celibacy) interesting because it added depth to Lacey’s character. Her chemistry with Byron was also well played.
But I started getting a sense of deja vu about the love scenes... So I checked, and sure enough, there are at least two sex scenes in Drive Me Crazy that are word-for-word the same (minus the names, obviously) as in Tease Me. I say "at least" because I'm only 1/4 of the way into Tease Me, so there may be more. But the actions, the dialogue, the exact freaking words were copied from one to the other.
Now this is an author repeating herself, which I guess isn't strictly plagiarism. Still, it's a lazy tactic, and really disappointing for this reader. The books may be four years apart, but for those reading them back-to-back, it's glaringly obvious and frustrating to see cut-and-paste writing like this.
I hope I don't run into any more examples like these in Tease Me/Drive Me Crazy. I also do plan to read more of the Shaken Dirty series, because I find the characters to be very engaging (if a wee bit angsty for my taste). I just hope I don't have more deja-vu moments like the one I just encountered. Because, as much as I’m also liking Tease Me, I’m wary of reading on and finding out that more scenes have been poached for later titles.