DIRTY SECRET by Chelle Bliss & Brenda Rothert
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*STANDALONE – ENEMIES TO LOVERS ROMANCE**
Agent: Kennedy Barnes
Target: Phoenix ‘Nix’ Ash
Crimes: Hacker and Heartbreaker
Mission: Get Close and Survive
After living her life in the shadows as the daughter of a congressman’s secret affair, Kennedy Barnes joins ‘Project Greenlight’ – a clandestine intelligence organization. She’s out to prove she’s more than her father’s dirty secret.
One of her first assignments is simple. Get close to Phoenix Ash, collect enough evidence to put him away for life, and get out unscathed.
Phoenix Ash is a world renowned hacker. He’s pulled off some of the biggest heists in modern history, but never leaves a trace. He knows people are after him and that every day may be his last, but when he meets Kennedy Barnes everything changes.
Lines are blurred and secrets are exposed as Phoenix and Kennedy both discover they do have a weakness – for each other.
This is a STANDALONE novel, but is interconnected with Dirty Work, which is now available.
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Dirty Secret is an interesting title for Kennedy and Nix’s story because its meaning speaks to what both of their lives are shrouded in and it also makes it perfectly clear that because lies are a mandatory facet of their lives, neither one of them can truly trust anyone and acts of betrayal are too common place to truly invest in anyone in the criminal underworld they find themselves a part of, which further complicates the idea of the good guys versus the bad ones when, realistically, some could be both.
Kennedy and Nix are playing a dangerous game, not only with one another, but also with their hearts because even though they believe they’re working one another, in a way, they’re doing a number on themselves because their feelings for one another are wrapped up in how in-sync they are together in bed, so things are personal between them, forcing their lives to be more complicated than they should be when it comes to doing their jobs and remaining out of someone else’s crosshairs.
Kennedy and Nix’s story is an enjoyable read, and the intensity of their attraction and the trouble that brings to their respective jobs is illustrated well. What I had a bit of a hard time with was how quickly things progressed between them, when both needed to remain clear-headed in their dangerous world and also how easily both characters were flipped when it came to what the outcome of Kennedy’s operation would be.
I get that lust and a strong connection can be game changers when it comes to how things play out but for two people who are portrayed as controlled individuals who refuse to allow complications to get the better of them, how quickly things escalated and the miscalculations they made along the way didn’t mesh well with how Kennedy and Nix ran their lives up until this point, especially Nix because he has way more to lose and his elusiveness has always been his greatest asset.
Even though I had some difficulty with how things played out, Dirty Secret is a hot and suspenseful read that will keep readers guessing until the last page because throughout the story, it’s difficult to tell what kind of a criminal Nix truly is and exactly what the organization that Kennedy works for values when the bad guys are taken down.
3.5 Poison Apples
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Chelle Bliss, USA Today Bestselling author, currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over thirteen books and has three series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.