The S.I.N. series continues with the seductive follow-up to the Stark International Novel Dirtiest Secret, from the New York Times bestselling author of “red-hot and angsty” fiction that “keeps readers guessing” (Publishers Weekly, on Under My Skin).
No one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.
Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.
Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.
Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.
Hottest Mess is intended for mature audiences.
Hottest Mess is the perfect title for book two of Dallas and Jane’s story because both characters find themselves in a multitude of messes that are horrific, exciting, forbidden, kinky, and dark, and while their intimate relationship has grown and they are finding a way to give each other what they need, there are still too many variables at play that threaten to undo and ultimately destroy all the progress Dallas and Jane have made, and the last event in book two has the power to not only tear the lovers apart, but it also will force Dallas to confront his traumatic past and have the courage to leave it where it belongs.
For 17 years, Dallas and Jane have fought the connection between them, but that passion refuses to lay dormant anymore, so they explore their love in secret, pretending to be simply siblings in public but giving into their desires in private. But regardless of how close they have become physically, they’re still trapped in the dark because they can’t have one another the way that truly matters. They’re up against public perception, Dallas’ playboy persona, as well as their parents’ ability to send their lives crashing down due to their intimate involvement. But that’s not all the couple faces because as Dallas and Jane discuss everything that occurred to Dallas when they were kidnapped, they have to endure the nightmares and the end result of the Woman’s treatment of him, which continues to taint his life since being rescued all those years ago.
Jane is becoming a force to be reckoned with when it comes to helping Dallas through his tormented thoughts and his inability to fully give into his dark desires with her. She wants to prove to him that she can take whatever he gives her, but his unwillingness is thwarting her attempts to do so until she finally finds a way to break through to Dallas and unleash the beast inside him in order for him to begin to heal. But that doesn’t mean they’re still not facing other issues that could send them spiraling down into hell even more than they already have.
Secrets and the past have destroyed Dallas and Jane for so long that if they can’t stop the cycle, they will never be together, even in the shadows, because they’ll end up destroying anything that they could have due to how damaged they both are, especially Dallas. This is the part of the story that frustrated me constantly as I read book two. Dallas and Jane promised each other that there would be no more secrets, but he continued to keep them, knowing that the truth would come out, and he would have to explain to Jane why he refused to give her that information. And, while there have been a significant amount of truths revealed, there’s still more to trudge through, which will lead them and readers to one hell of a finale.
A complimentary copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
4 Poison Apples
From the New York Times bestselling author of such “racy, sizzling Stark novels” (RT Book Reviews) as Release Me and Say My Name comes the provocative first Stark International Novel—the beginning of the S.I.N. series.
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.
About the Author
J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and internationally bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 internationally, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swopn for him.” A four time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy).