DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
Forbidden Desires Book 1
By Kendall Ryan
Release Day – Sept 14, 2017
5 Secretive CROWNS
Sexy. Seductive. Alluring. Utterly IRRESISTIBLE. This world of alpha heroes and submissive heroines is where Kendall Ryan shines, and the first book in this duet is scintillating, ultimately leaving readers dying for more.
Gavin is the ever stolid, alpha hero, who doesn’t seem to know how to handle or deal with his emotions. He knows what he wants, and yet his fear of past mistakes and relationships drives him to be stand-offish with the one woman he can’t seem to resist. Like most heroes who lack emotional connections to the heroines of the story, there are many moments from his past that make him this often impassive person, and with each piece of his history that is revealed to the reader and the heroine, we get to understand and accept his choices. In the moments, when Kendall Ryan shows us the real Gavin, we cannot help but fall in love with the man he could be outside of the bedroom. What readers will not have a hard time doing is being seduced by this man. The dominance and possessiveness he exhibits in the bedroom is bewitching, and it is clear why Emma would fall under his spell.
An interesting character, who I didn’t expect to have such a large part in the story, is Gavin’s brother Cooper. The complete opposite of his brother, Cooper is a charmer. His easy smile, wit, light-hearted demeanor immediately draws you to his character, making him the perfect character foil for his brother, and he highlights all the ways that Gavin is “hard”. Even though he is not the main hero of this story, he has his moments where he steals the show, and I cannot wait to see where she takes his character. I would like to imagine that we are going to see some real depth from his character as the series progresses.
Emma is such an interesting heroine. I am always drawn in by these women who are clearly submissive and enjoy being submissive with the hero and yet have a backbone. Kendall Ryan exhibits this perfectly with her heroine. Readers only see Emma’s submissive nature in the bedroom or when there is a sexual component at play. Otherwise, we get to see a fierce heroine, someone who is willing to stand up for what she needs. She is also compassionate and kind, and because we love her, it is hard to see how Gavin treats her at times. With these more difficult moments in their relationship, readers get to see that she is still compassionate and caring, and her refusal to give up on him and his demons shows her fortitude. It isn’t easy to love this man, but she sees value in him and her refusal to abandon him completely only exhibits one of her finest attributes.
This story intrigued me from the very beginning. I wasn’t sure what road Kendall Ryan was going to take us on as so many possibilities were presented to readers within the first few chapters: the two brothers vying for attention, the escort business, the secret being hidden, the emotionally closed off hero. While she does choose a dominant plot line, all of these story arcs take a role in the full plot of Dirty Little Secret. But what will ultimately will keep readers intrigued is the relationship between the characters, watching them get to know each other and break down walls while heating up in the bedroom. What I wasn’t expecting was the surprise plot revelation. It is clear what the so called secret will center around, but I was blown away by not only the new piece of information dropped by the author but also all that it will entail in the next book. I cannot wait!
Kendall Ryan is amazing when she enters this world of dark seduction and mystery. She gives readers fantastically damaged and interesting characters and story-lines that captivate my attention from page one. I always long to stay in these worlds she creates, and I am elated to know we will be spending more time with these brothers and in this world.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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?
The story continues in Dirty Little Promise, releasing October 9th.
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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 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries 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. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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