DIRTY LITTLE PROMISE
Forbidden Desires Book 2
By Kendall Ryan
4 Million Billion CROWNS
I really enjoyed Dirty Little Promises, so why the four stars? I think this is a rating that suffers from my assumptions of what would come in the second book for Gavin and Emma. From the conclusion of the first book, I such high expectations for angst and drama with feelings of both brothers and plot revelation that occurs at the end of book one, but the expected level of drama never really came to fruition for me.
Gavin is still the controlling and domineering alpha-male from book one, and I am still absolutely in love with all aspects of his character, the dark side seducing me and his lighter side giving me hope that he can get to his HEA. What we do get to see with the second book is the evolution of his character. We get to see the more loving side of him outside and occasionally inside of the bedroom. We get to see him bring down his walls and fully embrace that he is deserving of love and happiness.
Cooper…all I can say about Cooper without giving away too much is that he broke me by the end, and I cannot wait to see where Kendall Ryan is going to take him and how she is going to make him whole again. Because the once happy and charismatic Cooper slowly dissipates in this novel, and I want him back.
Emma gains a bit more of a backbone in this book. She is not scared to stand up to Gavin when she needs to do so. She is willing to make demands of him, and she threatens to walk away on more than one occasion. There are still moments when Gavin takes control both in and out of the bathroom, but the transparency between them makes the control consensual and hot as heck.
Dirty Little Promise has a lot of subplots I wasn’t really expecting. I thought I knew where Kendall Ryan was going, but there were about 3 additional conflicts that I didn’t see developing from book 1. Now, these conflicts make sense with the past of the characters. In no way was the author just throwing problems in the story to create unnecessary drama, but I did feel the abundance of conflicts didn’t allow the big ones to full develop, resulting in quickly resolved issues when some of them are too complex to be fixed so fast. The story still delivers on all of the steam and goodness, and this book has a bit more romance as the hero evolves throughout the book. I can honestly say that his thoughtfulness and planning near the end of the book had me swooning hard, solidifying my love of this man. I also really enjoy the HEA she chooses to give them, as it fits their characters and their story well.
These brothers are fantastic, and I am excited for the rest of the series. It promises to have more broken and damaged heroes, more heroines who need to have the gumption to take these brothers down, and more stories filled with angst and drama, and I cannot wait. This type of story-telling is where Kendall Ryan shines.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he’s all wrong for her—yet the heart wants what it wants.
But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires will she lose herself completely?
Passion, drama and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell’s love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.
This is book two in the series, following Dirty Little Secret.
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The start to a sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan…
She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.
The way she looks at me—like I’m one of the heroes in the books she loves, like I’m broken, and she wants to be the one to piece me back together—it only complicates things further. I’m nobody’s hero.
But there’s no denying my tragic past reads like one of her favorite literary classics. It’s raw. Visceral. Captivating. And together, we’re a perfect mess.
How am I expected to resist when the sexual sparks zap between us and set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?
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About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
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