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.
We pick up right where we leave from the first book. Jane is still reeling from the news that the man that she loves is the one that is she is trying to uncover. He is the one that created Deliverance and is gun-ho on trying to find out and take out the people responsible for kidnapping them.
I love when the title fits the story. When you read a title/blurb you get an idea of what you expect to happen. This one really takes the cake because this story is literally a hot mess. But in the best possible way. Dallas and Jane are in a major mess of a situation. They are in love but they have to fight with the fact that they are adopted siblings and the fact that Dallas can’t perform. They go down a messy road as they try and help him past his demons, but all that does is create more of a mess that leaves more problems for them to work through.
Dallas is more beautiful in this story as we get to see more of how he got to where he is and why he’s so determined to take out the people that kidnapped him. When I read what happened to him, I literally could feel the emotions through the page. Kenner was able to capture that heartache that it made me believe that she actually lived it herself (I pray that she didn’t). The raw emotion that Dallas expresses to Jane when he admits what happened cannot be matched that it makes me sad that this kind of stuff actually does happen.
Jane for her credit, tries. She really, really tries to be the woman that Dallas needs. At time I think she is trying a little too hard and it makes me wonder where this obsession comes from. As I read on with the book, I begin to understand it. Dallas and her went to Hell together and I bet that she feels guilty that she got out before he did. While she doesn’t come out and say it, I can feel that she is just so forgiving of Dallas’s shortcomings and the fact that he lies a lot to her because a small part of her feels guilty. That or maybe she really does want Dallas to find and kill the people who hurt them. That could also be it.
For me, Kenner is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. While there are some choices that she makes with her characters that I don’t agree with, I like where it ends up. Sometimes the story is ugly and things will happen that we don’t like, but that is life. Things are going to happen that we don’t like but that doesn’t mean that the destination wasn’t worth it. I have loved the other books that she has written and I am not disappointed with where this one is going as well.
At risk of their being a spoiler, I will say that there is something that happens in this story that will make Kenner fans smile, but I won’t say what it is. You will just have to wait and see.
This review comes with a warning. There is a cliffhanger at the end of the story. An even bigger one than the one from the first book. The story builds up to something happening between Jane and Dallas. You are so focused on that happening that this twist/cliffhanger ending comes and knocks you on your butt.
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Start reading the series with Dirtiest Secret
ABOUT DIRTIEST SECRET:
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.
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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).
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