REVIEW – Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner 

Spellbinding, suspenseful, and scandalous, Dirtiest Secret is a forbidden tale of twists and turns that burns your body, hits your heart, and leaves you panting for more. This is not simply a story; Dirtiest Secret is an enticing and enthralling escape from reality. A guilty pleasure. An all-encompassing romance with everything you would want in a book and more: crime, suspense, romance, passion, and thrills. You’re watching, hearing, and feeling this saga in what feels like a real-life documentary. Dirtiest Secret seeps into you, becoming your secret too.

While I adore all of J. Kenner’s steamy and seductive stories, I haven’t been this excited about a new release from this author since the original Stark trilogy three years ago—Dirtiest Secret had me just as hyped! Who doesn’t love a dirty secret? The forbidden. A taboo tale that is tantalizing too. Sultry, sinful, and already shattering, my sensations were channeled at lightning speed.

Deeply intrigued by the blurb, with determination and desire, I dove into Dirtiest Secret, knowing it would likely be a heart-hitting book that would destroy yet devour me.

I haven’t even started the story yet and my heart is splitting with just the blurb.

“We destroyed each other, he and I. Even now, after so many years, we’re still cracked and broken. And broken we’ll remain, because without the other, we can never be whole.”

After just a few pages, I knew that this tantalizing tale has more dirt and despair than the other J. Kenner stories, as it’s digging itself deeper into my heart. Oh did this story start off with a bang or three. Sultry. Sinful. Scorching. Sensations travel through me at lightning speed as Dirtiest Secret channels the feels, stealing them from me.

Dallas Sykes. Golden-brown hair and blue eyes, tall, and built. He is an Adonis. Known as the King of F**k.

A mega manwhore. Billionaire. Owner of many businesses. Though he is so complex. A tormented man of many layers, most of which are buried way beneath the surface.

“He looks like a man who can run an empire. Who spends millions of dollars on his toys. He looks like a man who can have any woman he wants, and probably has. A man who enjoys life.”

Jane Martin. The love of Dallas’ life. Dark-haired and dark-eyed with curves in all the right places. Beautiful. Sexy. A well-known author of thrillers involving abductions.
Dallas and Jane survived a harrowing ordeal when they were teens that still haunts them today.

Jane is damaged. A prisoner of her past. Permanently locked where her demons hold the key.

“I’m broken, and I have been for years. It’s my reality now, and I’m learning to live with it. To turn the angst and the loss around and make it work for me.”

While Jane is broken, Dallas is battered and bleeding. He thinks he is trash. Unworthy of love.

My heart shatters the most for Dallas, for all the pain he has endured, and the internal stab wounds that may never heal. His demons are bigger and bolder than Jane’s, still lurking in the shadows. His biggest enemy: the forbidden. Jane. Dallas’ longtime love that he’ll never have.

“You knew a boy, Jane. And he grew into a f**ked-up man…I can’t be the man for you.”

My heart bleeds with anguish knowing these star-crossed lovers can’t be together. The chemistry is palpable and pulls them towards each other like a magnet, making it hard to fight the attraction that’s ignited since they were teens. A flame that’s never died but needs to as their love can never come to light.

“It’s just me. It’s just Dallas. Just the two of us and this living, breathing need that beats between us. That we can’t erase, can’t destroy, can’t tame. He is looking at me, and I can see he feels it too. And when he bends his head almost imperceptibly I know that he is going to kiss me. And I want it. I shouldn’t—I know I shouldn’t. But so help me I want this kiss.”

Both Dallas and Jane are swimming in a sea of regret with guilt and heartache that drowns them every day. Like in Romeo and Juliet, Dallas and Jane can’t be together. Ever.





“I love you. Christ, Jane, I love you so much it hurts. But I can’t do this to you. I have to go.”

While I love all of J. Kenner’s seductive stories centering on the Stark family and friends with the original Stark trilogy still my favorite, Dirtiest Secret is a close second. Pure pleasure. Dirtiest Secret is delicious. Decadent. Dangerous. And oh is it definitely dirty. Though it so much deeper.

Dirtiest Secret, while scorching, suspenseful, and scandalous, is so much more. It’s a soul-searing story of strength, survival, and second-chance love. I could not help but feel so many things. Hope. Heartbreak. Happiness.

As I dove into this story, little did I know it would remain with me for a long time, perhaps forever. Dirtiest Secret. So deep with a storyline that throws a sucker punch. One I did not see coming. One with twists and turns through the darkness to find the light. One that bleeds angst with two friends who love each other but can’t be lovers. Dallas and Jane own each other’s hearts and always will. Just like Dirtiest Secret owns my heart.

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 of this tantalizing, thrilling, and twisted ride.

 5 spellbinding, soul-searing, and sweet stars

It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

Dirtiest Secret is intended for mature audiences.

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