So, I must sincerely apologize for my delay in posting this review. My internet was down all day and Brighthouse could not get out to fix it until later in the day. That being said, I was having new floors put in and I couldn’t even jet out to a free wifi area to post it. But it’s here now!
Release Day April 19
From the New York Times bestselling author of such “racy, sizzling Stark novels” (RT Book Reviews) as Release Me and Say My Name comes the provocative first Stark International Novel—the beginning of the S.I.N. series.
It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.
The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.
Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.
Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.
We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.
Dirtiest Secret is intended for mature audiences.
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Review by Gina
Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner
I’m not entirely sure what to say of J. Kenner’s newest novel—Dirtiest Secret—book one in her latest S.I.N. series, and I’m not usually at a loss for words. The premise of the book and series is intriguing. Dallas Sykes and Jane Martin are kidnapped as teenagers and held against their will for several weeks. Neither had been completely honest with the other about what occurred during their captivity when they were held separately. However, the hardest thing for them to deal with was actually what they did when they were together. Seeking comfort in one another—despite their adoptive sibling relationship.
Scandalous, I know. But captivating.
Dallas is your typical young billionaire tycoon that is pictured in all the gossips rags with a new woman or women daily. He’s built a wall between Jane and himself in order to preserve both their sanities. His days in captivity made him depraved. Dirty. Kinky. And he doesn’t want anything to dirty his girl, his love—his sister. But the magnetism between these two is impossible to deny, even for in control, Dallas Sykes.
Jane is just as troubled. She goes from throwing herself at him to talking herself out of wanting him to throwing herself at him again. She struggles with the distance because they grew up together and he was her best friend. But she also struggles with the taboo nature of the relationship she really wants with him and what that says about her.
Over the course of their lives, they’ve each built separate paths. Jane writes stories about kidnapped people and their rescues—fighting against the vigilante groups that rich folks hire to swoop in and save them. Dallas runs an underground vigilante group in hopes that someday he will be able to find who kidnapped him and Jane and bring them to the justice he feels is warranted. What does this mean for Jane and Dallas? That’s just one of the underlying conflicts for this couple.
Though the storyline was intriguing, I actually felt most of the scenes were forced. I’ve read a few of J. Kenner’s other stories and don’t recall feeling that way. The dialogue didn’t flow naturally. The flip from not being able to be together to trying to be together to walking away again didn’t seem natural. I felt like it was stilted. I don’t know. This story didn’t work for me like I expected it to.
But there were really great moments too. Some of the scenes were hot, which is something Ms. Kenner is quite good at. The secondary characters were just as interesting as the hero and heroine. I’d like to see more of Quince and Liam. And somewhere below the surface, you want to find out who is behind the kidnapping of Jane and Dallas and why—so the mystery, the suspense keeps you reading.
I give this story 3.5 silver buckles.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
- Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and internationally bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 internationally, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swopn for him.” A four time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy).
Even by Southampton standards, the party at the nine-thousand-square-foot mansion on Meadow Lane reeked of extravagance.
Grammy Award–winning artists performed on an outdoor stage that had been set up on the lush lawn that flowed from the main house to the tennis courts. Celebrities hobnobbed with models who flirted with Wall Street tycoons who discussed stock prices with tech gurus and old-money academics, all while sampling fine scotch and the season’s chicest gin. Colored lights illuminated the grotto style pool, upon which nude models floated lazily on air mattresses, their bodies used by artisan sushi chefs as presentation platters for epicurean delights.
Each female guest received a Hermès Birkin bag and each male received a limited edition Hublot watch, and the exclamations of delight—from both the men and the women—rivaled the boom of the fireworks that exploded over Shinnecock Bay at precisely ten p.m., perfectly timed to distract the guests from the bustle of the staff switching out the dinner buffet for the spread of desserts, coffee, and liqueurs.
No expense had been spared, no desire or craving or indulgence overlooked. Nothing had been left to chance, and every person in attendance agreed that the party was the Must Attend event of the season, if not of the year. Hell, if not of the decade.
Everyone who was anyone was there, under the stars on the four acre lot on Billionaires’ Row.
Everyone, that is, except the billionaire who was actually hosting the party. And speculation as to where he was, what he was doing, and who he was doing it with ripped through the well-liquored and gossip-hungry crowd like wildfire in a windstorm.
“No idea where he could have disappeared off to, but I’d bet good money he’s not pining away in solitude,” said a reed-thin man with salt-and-pepper hair and an expression that suggested disapproval but was most likely envy.
“I swear I came five times,” a perky blonde announced to her best friend in the kind of stage whisper designed to attract attention. “The man’s a master in bed.”
“He’s got a shrewd head for business, that one,” said a Wall Street trader, “but no sense of propriety where his cock is concerned.”
“Oh, honey, no. He’s not relationship material.” A brunette celebrating a recently inked modeling contract shivered as if reliving a moment of ecstasy. “He’s like fine chocolate. Meant to be savored in very limited quantities. But so damn good when you have it.”
“More power to him if he can grab that much pussy.” A hipster with beard stubble and a man-bun wiped his wire-rimmed glasses clean with his shirttail. “But why the fuck does he have to be so blatant about it?”
“All of my friends have had him.” The petite redhead who pulled in a six figure wife bonus smiled slowly, and the flash of her green eyes suggested that she was the cat and he was the delicious cream. “But I’m the only one of us to enjoy a second helping.”
“All your friends?”
“How much pussy?”
“At least half the women here tonight. Maybe more.”
“Man, don’t even ask that. Just trust me. Dallas Sykes is the King of Fuck. You and me? Mere mortals like us can’t even compare.”