Series: S.I.N. #1
Published by Bantam
Publication Date: April 19th, 2016
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.
We’d tasted forbidden fruit seventeen years ago, and we’d paid a heavy price.
Many of my friends have recommended J. Kenner’s work over the years, but Dirtiest Secret is the first of hers’ I’ve had a chance to read. Maybe it was because of that gorgeous cover. Or many it was because of the promise of forbidden love. Either way, I am happy to make her acquaintance as much as I am kicking myself for waiting so long. Not only is her writing extremely sensual, but her storytelling is an example of why she is so popular in this community. She managed to surprise me and for someone that is well read when it comes to erotica, that comes as a very pleasant surprise.
I’m not haunted by pain, but by passion. I feel denied. I feel cheated. Because what was perfect and right and saved us in the dark was forbidden at night.
I feel like this review has me eating my words when it comes to a certain popular troupe floating around right now. In fact, I have posted about how I generally loath romances of this nature. But once that admission was made I was titillated by it. There has only been one book (the first one I read with this troupe) that had me thinking every other story with this element was a pale imitation. I was so wrong. Maybe it’s because I didn’t expect it but I am totally for it. Especially since it’s so damn hard to ignore the absolute longing between Dallas and Jane. Not only sexually but emotionally. You can really feel their hearts bleeding across the page.
She was his lifelong obsession, his dirtiest secret, his deepest love.
But what has me hooked to this story is my hero Dallas. He is unlike any hero I’ve read before. Why you might ask? Besides his moniker as The King of Fuck…yup, I’m gonna pause and let you marinade in that a bit, he is a kind of a unicorn. Why? Well let’s just say that he is not at all what he seems. In fact, once this little tidbit about our hero was revealed I was equal parts shocked, intrigued, and desperately wanting to know more. I never thought that this type of admission View Spoiler »the hero suffers from erectile dysfunction and yet none of his conquests are aware. Seriously. It’s wicked genius. « Hide Spoiler would be something that can be sustainable in an erotic series, nonetheless, but I’ve never read of any such predicament in this genre and for that I tip my hat to Ms. Kenner. Towards the end the drama between Dallas and Jane felt a little predictable, but it wasn’t a bad thing. I am still excited while we await for Hottest Mess.