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Dirty Secret (The Burke Brothers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This was my first Emma Hart book and I really enjoyed her writing. The only exception to that was my disconnect with the characters' southern drawl. It might just be a matter of personal taste, but as a New Yorker, I was consistently taken out of the story with the excessive use of the "ya'lls" and the "ain'ts" used in the dialogue and inner monologue. I can't decide if I felt like it was overused or if it's just my Yankee ear repelling the use of the words, but either way, it gave me pause. With that said, it didn't discount how much I enjoyed Hart's writing. The voice she gave to each of her characters felt very consistent with their personalities. With the exception of the twang, the dialogue felt very natural and real.
I'm a serious lover of angst. I crave a story where angst and tension drive the plot. While there is no shortage of tension and drama in this volatile relationship, the dual points of view don't leave much room for angsty misunderstanding. I missed that. You always know precisely what each character is thinking and what they want. Of course, there's much to be said about the secrecy and evasive dynamic between Sofie and Connor. They're rarely on the same page, pushing and pulling like magnets, never saying what they should. With years of secrecy and distrust between them, the road to happily ever after is an uncertain one.
With Connor's profession as a superstar, the media interference plays a significant role in this story. Not only are Connor and Sofie struggling to figure out their new dynamic after discovering the secret Sofie has been hiding, they're suddenly navigating the terrain of reuniting under the spotlight of the paparazzi. Familial relationships, friendships and trouble-stirring external characters all play a role in driving this plot. Connor and Sofie are magnetic characters, as are the rest of the brothers in the band. Connor's mannerisms, his sexy little gestures and whispers... he's adorable and completely captivating. Sofie is feisty and bold, but still very genuine and vulnerable. Together, they are on fire. Everything in this story works so well together, yet I felt like I was missing... something. With that said, I enjoyed this story and in certain that Dirty Secret is precisely the type of story contemporary romance readers will eat right up. While I left this story feeling slightly underwhelmed, I'm so looking forward to reading more by Emma Hart.
Conner Burke. Need I say more!? Alpha, loving, muscled, tatted, scorching hot. He's possessive over Sofie and Mila. He will stop at nothing to bring them back together again and to finally be a family. He will melt your heart and your panties!
Then there's the rest of the Burke Brothers who will have you screaming for more!
First things first, if you have read any of my reviews about secret babies, I either completely love it, or completely hate it. Honestly it has a lot to do with the woman in question, if she had some kind of super legit reason to hide a baby or couldn't find the father, I'm totally on board. If she didn't, well then I'm predisposed to hate her. Honestly, I don't totally agree with Sofie's reason for not telling Conner about the baby, yes I get that she was trying to make sure Conner could still get his dream, but I still think he had a right to know. Now this is where I think Hart's writing comes into play, because normally I would have just gone straight to "I hate Sofie", but I didn't in this book, and the only reason why has to because of the quality of writing. I liked Sofie, like right from the beginning. She's a strong woman. She's fixing her mistakes (and who doesn't love a girl who is willing to own up to her mistakes and fix them). She's a great mom. I love that she made she her daughter always knew who her father was. In the end I couldn't help but loving Sofie and wanting her to have a happy ending.
I totally loved Conner. Like completely. I loved that he wouldn't let anyone disrespect Sofie, even though he had ever right to be mad at her (and was). He was so ready to just jump in and be a dad, he didn't even think twice. I loved that. I loved that he didn't assume to think he could just take over or take his daughter into a new situation (I hate when guys just show up and are like oh my kid I can do what I want with the kid, uh no). I loved how he acknowledged how much work goes into raising a child, especially alone.
These two people have known each other for ever, Sofie was best friends with Conner's sister, and even though they didn't get together until after high school, it's easy to see them as high school sweethearts of young love. There is so much history there, and Conner's family is so great to Sofie. I loved all the interactions between everyone. The hot and heavy scenes with Sofie and Conner were awesome. There were some great moments with "Sassy Sofie" as I like to call her. In the end, I adore this book, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great romance read.
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