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Dirtiest Secret (Stark International) Paperback – April 19, 2016

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Book 1 of 3 in the S.I.N. Series

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"When Kenner commits to forbidden romance, she commits to forbidden romance! Dark, dirty, emotionally raw, and absolutely delicious..." 5 Stars - Hilary, The Read Report

"This book has everything I love about J. Kenner and her books plus a little more if that's possible. There's off the charts sex, romance, love, suspense and everything in between." My Girlfriend's Couch blog

"Holy Smokes! This book was so taboo, but oh so good. It was literally like the most decadently sinful piece of chocolate, knowing that you really need to lose those last 10 pounds." Hooker Heels Book Blog

Kenner "can write just about anything."  Beneath The Covers Blog

"This book was mind-blowing. J. Kenner takes you on ride through a dark, sexy and forbidden story." - Goodreads reviewer

"Dirtiest Secret is sexy, forbidden, and dirty. It's full of secrets, heartbreak, passion, beauty, and love. It's a heart-stopping read that will get your blood pumping and have your mind racing." A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia

"Sometimes I'm all for the fun, quick, easy, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am romance, but when I want something intricate and intense, this will be the book Icompare all future reads against. ... I absolutely drank all the Kool-Aid that J.Kenner was serving." Goodreads Reviewer
"This seductive and suspenseful story spun me into its web, casting a spell, weaving me in deeply where I was all in until the very end. Then I was hungry for more. So much more ofthis tantalizing, thrilling, and twisted ride5 spellbinding, soul-searing, and sweet stars" - Bookalicious Babes Blog

"Kenner...masterfully combines all of her hallmark erotic heat with a storyline that is absolutely riveting. It's shocking, gut-wrenching and down right addictive. -- Watch out Damien Stark. Dallas Sykes is taking over... " Agents of Romance

"There's so much about this book I want to tell you, but I don't want to spoil it for you.  It's complex and taboo but wonderfully written so that it feels right and true." Book Boyfriend Blog

"Holy hot mess - I feel like I've been sucked down into another J. Kenner vortex of lies and lust.  -- And I am absolutely loving it." Goodreads reviewer

"Strong writing propels an exciting tale of longing, danger, and forbidden desire. The ending's twist will leave readers eager for the next installment." ―Library Journal"Holy Crap! This book was amazing!" 5 Star - Goodreads Reviewer

"SUCH A GREAT & EXCITING START TO A NEW TRILOGY!!!!
I was expecting some fast romance thingy...but this is sooo much more. Much deeper and more exciting and suspensy and moving and EROTIC!!!!!" - BJ's Book Blog


“[A] high-octane contemporary, the first in [J. Kenner’s] new Stark International Novel (S.I.N.) trilogy . . . Kenner skillfully builds a top-notch thriller.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Fans of Kenner’s steamy, decadent and daring plotlines will feel right at home in her new S.I.N. series and revel in the escapades of her tortured characters and their forbidden passion. As always, Kenner delivers a sensual and heady physical relationship, fraught with danger, forbidden love and high-stakes complications.”RT Book Reviews
 
“Strong writing propels an exciting tale of longing, danger, and forbidden desire. The ending’s twist will leave readers eager for the next installment.”Library Journal

“This book had a little bit of everything. Mystery, suspense, emotion and dirty, hot sex.”—Shameless Book Club
 
“Kenner wrote Dallas in such a way that you are enthralled with his character from the first page he graces. He’s sexy and extremely controlling but not quite what you think he is.”—Black Heart Reviews
 
“Seduction and tangled emotions led the way in this first book of the Stark International Novels (S.I.N.) series. With a happy-for-now ending that had a twist at the end, I can’t wait to see what happens next in Jane and Dallas’s intriguing story.”—Harlequin Junkie
 
“It was literally like [eating] the most decadently sinful piece of chocolate, knowing that you really need to lose those last ten pounds. I do believe that I just found my newest guilty pleasure and his name is Dallas Sykes.”—Hooker Heels Book Blog
 
“I am rooting for Dallas and Jane. They have a lot to overcome. Being together means lies, secrets, and complications that I’m sure will test their already fragile relationship.”—Book Boyfriend Blog
 
Dirtiest Secret is about fighting demons and giving in to desire. It’s about secrets, forbidden love and second chances. Friends, family and lovers. Dirtiest Secret is a touching and heartrending dark romance novel with a strong hero and heroine. If you’re in for intense and twisted, Dirtiest Secret is your fix.”—Chelles Life in Books
 
Dirtiest Secret is a great beginning to the S.I.N. trilogy. J. Kenner tapped into some very dark subject matter, added a taboo relationship, and added a mystery to the mix. I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds and where it ends. Jane and Dallas deserve the happily ever after.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
 
“The romance is an emotional struggle against the odds—a love that has never faltered between two people who have fallen into a pit of darkened memories and a tainted past. Dirtiest Secret is an emotional and heartbreaking tale that grabs hold and refuses to let go.”—The Reading Cafe

About the Author

J. Kenner is the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Wanted, Heated, Ignited, Say My Name, On My Knees, Under My Skin, Dirtiest Secret, and the novellas Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, Seduce Me, and Unwrap Me. She spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and Central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge in her passion of writing. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughters.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stark International (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101967455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101967454
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I had a guilty pleasure, it would be taboo romances and Dirtiest Secret , is as taboo as it gets!

I ate it up!

It's honestly really hard to review this without spoiling anything, and you don't want to be spoiled. At all.

Diriest Secret is told in dual POV of Dallas and Jane, alternating between past and present as well. It's slow going at first, but once things pick up around 20% it never lets up. It's dark, twisty and at times, hard to read. I did, however, find the switches a bit jarring and hard to keep up with. But the writing overall was engaging and smooth and Ms. Kenner did a great job weaving all the elements of the story together.

I'm floored by the ending, and I can't wait to dive into book two! If you like dark, suspenseful reads with a flare of taboo, I highly recommend this one.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Wow! I went into Dirtiest Secret thinking I knew how the book would go, or I guess what I thought it was about, but I was wrong. So wrong. Delightfully so! I loved this book! It was intense, mysterious, intriguing, and hot! I never thought anything taboo could feel so right. From the first chapter, I was hooked, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series so that I can follow along on a journey unlike any I’ve ever read before.

From what little I knew of Dallas Sykes from his appearances in Kenner’s other books, I was shocked to learn that he’d been kidnapped at the age of fifteen by six masked men. This is in chapter one, and I was stunned and hooked. We quickly learn that the Dallas everyone sees is what he’s created; what he wants them to see. An illusion to hide a secret vigilante group, Deliverance, he founded to find the men who kidnapped him and those responsible. Now it has grown into also rescuing other children who’ve been abducted.

That these women—this life—was only a play in smoke and mirrors. A disguise.

Dallas is used to getting what he wants being the CEO of the retail portion of the Sykes empire, and looking like a god except one thing.

… the girl who had both saved and destroyed him. The woman he wanted. The woman he could never have.

There’s so much about this book I want to tell you, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. It’s complex and taboo but wonderfully written so that it feels right and true.

At first, I was confused by Dallas’s relationship with Jane Martin. It wasn’t clear right away. Their parents were friends and then gotten married at one point. After an incident when Jane was eleven, her mother had had enough with her father and sued to get his parental rights taken away.
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Dirtiest Secret is a great beginning to the SIN trilogy.

I am a huge J. Kenner fan. I loved the Stark series and The Stark International series. Dirtiest Secret is part of or a spin off of the Stark International series. It features retail billionaire, Dallas Sykes. Readers met Dallas Sykes in the Stark International Trilogy. His character had an air of mystery and a huge amount of sex appeal. At last the fans of the Stark International series are going to get his story. It’s a real doozy! It’s not your typical tortured billionaire story. Dallas Sykes is more than the billionaire playboy. He’s a very tormented man.

Dallas has been in love with the one woman that is forbidden to him. He has loved her all of his life. Everything that has ever mattered has revolved around Jane Martin. Together they have experienced their first friendship, their first love, their first sexual encounter, and their first heartbreak. They have also experienced a darker side that damaged them both deeply. Not only was it the breaking point of their secret relationship but the cause for the scars they carry in their souls.

Dallas and Jane are scarred from the past. How they reacted to their experience was very different and very damaging. Each took a different path in life that has now brought them full circle. It is time to face their demons. This time around is different, they are adults with very different views. The one thing that remains the same is their deep love for one another.

Dallas is keeping secrets about the past. He is also keeping secrets about his present day activities that could end their new found peace.

The secrets are beginning to surface. The revelations are shocking.
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Wow! J Kenner has done it again with a spin off of the Stark series called Dirtiest Secret (Stark International) This is the first book in a trilogy, and thank goodness! I've mbeen hooked on the Stark series since Damien and Nikki in Release Me. I've voraciously read every book that has come out and begged for more on the altar of Julie Kenner. And this spin-off has it all! Romance, suspense, hot, steamy sex, intrigue. You name it.

Dallas and Jane have a dirty secret of course, they are truly, madly, and deeply hooked on one another, and have been since they were teenagers. They also share a horrible trauma with eachother, they were both kidnapped when Dallas was just 15 years old by 6 masked men. Now Dallas is a CEO and has done his level best to stay away from Jane because it hurts to much to be near her, he wants her too much, and he knows he can't have her.

Jane feels the same way. And she doesn't know the biggest secrect that Dallas has been keeping. But you'll have to read on to find that out. And trust me, you'll want to read this book. Like everything else J Kenner writes, this book is just pure magic
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