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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4 stars – a taboo relationship that will leave you wanting more
After some initial reservations, I really enjoyed this book. If I’d have fully understood the relationship between Dallas and Jane, I am not sure that I would have read it but I am glad that I did.
Dallas & Jane, friends from a young age are also brother and sister – step-siblings but with no blood link. Having fought their feelings for each other for so long they are thrown together when they are kidnapped, using each other as a means to survive the terrible situation they find themselves in.
Years later, Dallas is now CEO of the family business, a playboy whose reputation with the ladies precedes him. Deep down however, he is not who you think he is and the way he goes through multiple women, rarely revisiting past conquests is his coping mechanism and how he deals with what happened to them and the fact that he can’t have the one person he wants – Jane.
Jane has avoided all but necessary contact with Dallas. Now a successful author she has used their experiences in her writing. Despite having been married, she still cant forget what her and Dallas had, she misses her friend, misses their closeness and finds it hard to cope with the fact that she too cant have the one person she wants – Dallas.
In a bid to find their kidnappers and make them pay for what they want through, Dallas started “Deliverance”, a secret vigilante group helping to rescue kidnapped children with the ultimate goal of finding the person behind the most traumatic experience of his life, their lives.
The flashbacks to the kidnapping were intense and I have been left with so many questions at the end of the book as to who is behind it and why. Despite how taboo and uncomfortable at times (I couldn’t help but feel that way) the relationship between Dallas and Jane made me feel, I found myself routing for them and wondering if this could have a happy outcome.
This book will certainly not be for everyone given the nature of the relationship between Dallas & Jane but this fast paced book and the cliff hanger at the end of has left me eagerly anticipating the next installment in this story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J 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).