DIRTY LITTLE SECRET (Forbidden Desires #1) by Kendall Ryan-Review Tour
DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
Forbidden Desires #1
by Kendall Ryan
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: September 14, 2017
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About the book: Release Date September 14, 2017
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 can I resist when the sexual sparks zapping between us set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns about my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?
The story continues in Dirty Little Promise, releasing October 9, 2017
REVIEW: DIRTY LITTLE SECRET is the first installment in Kendall Ryan’s contemporary, adult FORBIDDEN DESIRES erotic, romance series. This is successful businessmen Gavin Kingsley, his brother Cooper, and thirty year old librarian Emma Bell’s story line.
Told from three first person perspectives (Gavin, Cooper, Emma) DIRTY LITTLE SECRET follows the building relationships between librarian Emma Bell, and two brothers who battle for our heroine’s affections. For months Emma Bell has ‘stalked’ a man she will come to know as successful businessman Gavin Kingsley- a man who keeps secret his past buried beneath a cold façade of professionalism and formality; an intense and arrogant, emotionally withdrawn alpha male. A wayward business card finds our heroine researching the man with whom she will fall in love but not before facing a life altering decision to ‘work’ for the men in charge. What ensues is the building romance between Gavin and Emma, and the potential fall out as Emma discovers the truth about his past.
On the surface DIRTY LITTLE SECRET is a love triangle but a triangle where two people become lovers leaving the third to clean up when everything goes wrong. Both men ‘need’ Emma’ for personal and professional reasons but it is Emma and Gavin’s overwhelming obsession with one another that pushes Cooper to side, only to be pulled back in when Emma’s life spirals out of control. An ex seeking a second chance; a past mired in dark secrets; a family history of heartbreak and pain finds our couple battling emotional highs and lows, as well as a potential relationship where only one half of the couple is willing to take a chance on something more.
We are introduced to Gavin’s brothers-Cooper and Quinn- three brothers who own and operate a successful business that caters to the rich and famous; Gavin’s PA Alyssa; as well as Emma’s co-worker and friend Bethany.
I am purposely keeping ‘secret’ the more intricate details of Kendall Ryan’s DIRTY LITTLE SECRET including the business of which the Kingsley brothers own. As Emma and Gavin’s relationship begins to build, Cooper knows that his feelings for Emma will never be returned but saying that Emma’s dependence upon Cooper continuously gives Cooper a glimmer of hope-a glimmer that dims time and again.
DIRTY LITTLE SECRET is a slow building story line as Gavin struggles with his feelings for Emma Bell but saying that I had a difficult time ‘feeling’ the attraction; there was no palpable sexual energy between our leading couple but I did feel something more for Cooper Kingsley. Looking back, I think I am struggling with Emma and Gavin’s relationship due to the cold persona and arrogant attitude offered as a result of Gavin’s darkened past- a past that has yet to come fully into the light. There was just something missing; I couldn’t connect with the story line couple, and in this my emotional attachment is uncertain. Cooper knew his brother Gavin was attracted to Emma Bell, and knowing this he continued to push Gavin after every encounter. The premise is dramatic; I felt somewhat ambivalent and neutral about the leading characters (Gavin and Emma), and Emma’s lack of personality is disconcerting; the romance struggled with Gavin’s inability to move on from the past.
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Reviewed by Sandy
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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