The S.I.N. series continues with the seductive follow-up to the Stark International Novel Dirtiest Secret, from the New York Times bestselling author of “red-hot and angsty” fiction that “keeps readers guessing” (Publishers Weekly, on Under My Skin).
No one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.
Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.
Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.
Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.
Hottest Mess is intended for mature audiences.
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3.5 stars – not as intense as the first
I have struggled with my review of this book because whilst i enjoyed it, I still can’t get past the feelings i had when i read the first one, especially about the relationship between Dallas and Jane. I usually write my reviews as soon as i have finished so that i can get my initial feelings down but i have left this one more than a week to allow me to digest
I did not find this book as intense as the first one nor as fast paced and i felt like i was constantly waiting for it to get going. I really wanted more about their past, the kidnapping and also “Deliverance” but we didn’t get much about it in this book and i am wondering if it will be a big reveal in the final book.
I have been left feeling, for want of a better word, that this book was a bit of a filler. There was not enough substance, it was filled with too much sex (did i just say too much) and too much emphasis on the taboo aspect of their relationship which i feel detracted you from the real story leaving all the action crammed into the last few chapters.
You certainly need to have read the first book to have any chance of understanding what is going on and especially the family relationships and how they are all related which i found myself questioning on more than one occasion. The cliffhanger in this book was certainly a big WTF moment and despite saying to myself that i wouldn’t read Sweetest Taboo, i know that i definitely will to find out who is responsible for what happened to them as children and how this is all going to end.
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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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).