Review: Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan

Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Forbidden Desires #1
Release - September 14, 2017
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Mutiple POV - 1st person
Heat - 4 out of 5
Length - 300 pages

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?

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MY REVIEW

Dirty. Filthy. And oh so very sexy. I’m all in with the Kingsley men!!

I LOVED the latest book from Kendall Ryan, Dirty Little Secret. As soon as I cracked this baby open, I was eager to find out just what this secret was. But then I got sidetracked because I immediately became consumed by the passion that erupted between the main characters, Emma Bell and Gavin Kingsley. Not to mention the machinations of Gavin’s brother, Cooper, who I’m excited to see get his own happiness when his book, Torrid Little Affair, comes out.


Said to be along the same vein as her Filthy Beautiful Lies series, I would have to agree. Both characters were broken and had pasts that haunted their every step while their connection, at first physical, was erotically explored and then seemed to turn into something more intimate. Gavin ran hot and cold and trying to keep up with his moods was a bit like trying to juggle two balls when you can't even catch one. He was brooding, dark, somber, intense, uber dominant, and sexy as hell. Emma was a sensually naive mystery that I still don’t have a complete grasp of but I’m enjoying the heck out of discovering more. Am I emotionally invested in these characters? Not yet, but I can see the possibility. I do think they need to be fleshed out more to seem realistic, especially Emma. She was a little too dumb for words. That stalking routine and the subsequent forced meeting were ridiculous. Also... I'm not a fan of people who expect to the know the beginning, middle and end of someone else within a day. I've had friends for decades who don't know every little nitty gritty of my life. So I found her expectations to be unsettling on behalf of Gavin. I'm just saying. Coupled with her insecurity, unrealistic perceptions, and stalking tendencies, it wasn't a good look. But their intimacy was hot, so I let a lot slide ;)


The secret’s been revealed (kinda) and I can’t wait to see how the author shapes the turn of events in Dirty Little Promise. Will Gavin be able to say his piece? Will Emma accept whatever he has to say? Will her love be unconditional (flaws and all)? Will these two shout their love for one another from the rooftop? And will Cooper’s friendship be true and will he help these two lovebirds find their happy beginning? I guess I’ll find my answers when the next book releases on January 26, 2018.

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