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Dirty Past

(The Burke Brothers #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,821 ratings  ·  234 reviews
On the heels of Dirty Secret, here is a sizzling hot romance featuring another Burke brother and the girl he can’t resist, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Game series.

Walking out on my wedding wasn’t my best idea.

Neither was throwing my cell in the lake and taking a job as PA for Dirty B, America’s favorite rock band, complete with every teen girl’s dream
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published May 4th 2015 by Pocket Star
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The PAST. Let's face it we all have something in our past that we all wished to forget and erase from our memories. There are even times you wished you could be given a do-over. And there are times you wished you could just truly move on from your past and not let the past dictate and steal us from living in the moment. But what if your past is so horrible. So dirty. So painful. And what if your past has left you broken? Can you truly

RATING: 3 "He’s the north to my south, the east to my west." Hearts!! :)

Dirty Past is my first book by Emma Hart, and I actually liked it, so it definitely won't be my last by her. Its your typical NA, but its light and fast-paced quality makes it exactly the sort of read to pick up when you don't want to think too much about what you are reading. So, despite it being cliche, it worked for me as I was in the mood for this.

Both Tate and Ella are not only likeable characters but are also a cute co
Okay, it had a nice little romance, but again with the alternating POV. Too many of these current romances use this device. I think it's just easier for some of the authors. It's getting a little old.

I was going to rate this two stars, but changed my mind and dropped it to one star. The biggie that ruined this for me is not the attraction between Tate and Ella which developed way too fast; her magical vagina that tames the bad boy (I don't think that's too much of a spoiler) the OTT "baby, baby,
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May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked Conner in Dirty Secret but I have to say that Tate Burke is, by far, MY FAVORITE Burke man with his sexy, dirty mouth!!

Ella Dawson made a decision that ultimately changed her life, and for that, I love her. She had the strength to live again and not every woman that goes through what she did has that strength or gets a second chance. She may not be aware of it, but taking the job to be the PA for the Burke Boys will absolutely change her life.

I don't want to give away anything but my go
Big Joe  Rossi
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Ella Dawson is a runaway bride, jilting her abusive, both mental and physical, ex. Now she is on the run and working for Dirty B. as their PA. Everyone seems cool except Tate the bassist seems that he both attracts her, something that she didn't expect, and also infuriates her, making the sassy girl come alive, something she lost while with her ex.

Tate doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn't do repeats but something about the new PA calls to him. Soon he is wanting more from her as much as he wants
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2nd-read
I liked book but Tate talking and baby talk of Mila were the bad points of reading this book. in my opinion. The story wasn't too bad. 2nd read, May 8 2018
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Reading second books in series is always a high risk because you have expectations from the first book and the stakes are usually high. Dirty Past surpassed all those expectation
Moon Love
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was hoping to like and enjoy reading Dirty Past. I wasn't expecting to be so impressed with the story and characters. There were still parts I think could've been handled better, but for the most part the book was perfect.

Ella and Tate come from different backgrounds, but there's something in Ella that pulls Tate to her. Ella will admit to herself about finding Tate attractive, but there's something in him that reminds her too much of the situation she's just left behind, so she's weary of him
3 Tate & Ella Stars

Tate is a very different character to his brother Conner, who was the focus of the first book. Tate is loud, cocky, arrogant, confident and will have sex with pretty much any groupie that throws herself at him. Sometimes more than one at a time. Then he meets Ella , the band's new assistant, who just doesn't take his crap. At all. But , Ella is running from some horrific domestic abuse inflicted by her fiance and a complete lack of support/ disconnect from her family.
I gave 3
Lisa Gatlin
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Stereotypes and no class

I hate when authors and screenwriters stereotype southerners as stupid. A drawl isn't synonymous with poor grammar. Stereotypes are form of ignorance. I had a hard time finishing the book because it was so classless and ridiculous. I just really wanted to see Tate fall after experiencing him in dirty secret. I don't have an issue with profanity just with making the appear to be completely trashy.......not rocker naughty but just disgusting...and there just aren't words fo
Lisa Smith
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tate and Ella

Whew, Tate and Ella are my new favorites. This book was emotional.. To watch bad boy Tate get turned to a wuss. Ella really knows how to become a runaway bride, thank you and meet bad boy Tate. Hilarious...who would have thunk it. Loved this book.
claridge | booknomnom
Mar 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
UGH I really, really want this to come out already!!!
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars, 2015
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars!

I loved Ella and Tate!
Colette Booterbaugh
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Ella Dawson has lived a glamorous lifestyle. A life many would envy based on what they view. What outsiders don’t get to see is what really goes on behind the closed doors of the Manhattan high-rise and Hampton summer home. For two years, Ella has served as her fiancé’s personal punching bag. Needing to finally be rid of the toxic man and abusive world, she escapes to become the personal assistant to Dirty B’s flirty bassist.
❝ His eyes blaze at my words. And I know that, inadvertently, I
Michelle Shields
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really loved Tate, he was a great character and I even really enjoyed Ella as well. This was a good read all around I would have liked maybe another altercation with her ex but over all good story.
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
I'm predicting that Tate is going to be may favorite!!!!
Monique Pearson
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loving this series! Tate and Ella are perfect! Love the change in Tate. Love little Mila! Ready for the next one!
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another good one! Tate was already a favorite of mine, the man-whore ;) And Ella, with her past, was a winner from the start! Really good!
Lissy Liz
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well fuck... this book lots and lots of cuss words !!! Lol... still liked it though
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads

What I didn't like:

1.I didn't like Sofie.

I didn't like her in the last book either (I hated her. Here's a link to my review of that book: but this time, the reason is different.

I didn't like that she was suddenly the go-to person for relationship advice and oh-so wise after her major fuck up in her own book.

The author was trying too hard to make her seem important and mature. It was so fake, forced and deliberate. The effort was so transparent.

Also, I
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Regardless of how hard people try to escape their past, it still shapes and defines them. It still overshadows their present and their future, especially if the nature of their past is dirty, dark, or destructive. But the past can be thwarted...the past can be kept where it belongs if people are willing to create a new life in the present...something entirely different than what their life was like before.

In Dirty Past, Ella Dawson's final act of escaping her past led her to cut ties with her ob
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You know that cliché bad boy rocker….the one who gets in all kinds of media trouble, has way more sex than a porn star, is thrown panties at on stage and is worshiped by girls all over the world….well that is Tate Burke…and I will admit I have drank the kool aid, want a Dirty B tshirt and would love to put him on my top list of fictional rockers that I would love to bed. Yes he is filthy talker who knows he is good at what he is offering and there is something so confident in his swagger that it ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, series
4 1/2 Stars!!

I now have a new favorite Burke Brother! I didn't think I could love any of them more than I loved Conner, but I can definitely say I love Tate!

Tate has been known as the "bad boy" of the Dirty B's and no one thinks anyone can tie him down for more than one night. When Sofie hires Ella to become the guys new assistant, Ella and Tate's personalities definitely collide.

Ella is running from an abusive fiance and from her life in New York, she doesn't want the guys to really know why s
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Oh my word. I. Love. Tate.

I'd been desperate for Dirty Past for MONTHS after being introduced to the Dirty B guys back at the end of last year.

Finally Tate Burke and all his arseholery ended up on my kindle. I rejoiced. Literally.

I challenge someone to find something cuter - and hotter - than a sexy, tattooed asshole loving on a two-year-old girl. You won't find it. Ever.

Ella Dawson - from the outside - had a perfect life. A privileged upbringing. A loving family. A doting fiancé.
Up All Night Book Addict
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, read-2015
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dirty Secret. I was hoping that Emma would be able to deliver the same thrill and engaging read. She sure did with this one!

Secrets and pasts always seem to catch up with us, at a time where we are most vulnerable. This story is about Ella and her need to find herself while hiding from her abusive fiance'. Her mistrust and uncertainty is something that intrigues everyone.

Tate is the playboy. He will never settle. He is the hit it and quit it man. U
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dirty Past took me to the depth of Tate Burke's sexiness.

Another win in this going amazing series by Emma Hart. From my first love Conner Burke to Tate Burke, Emma did not disappoint. She offered me the same things I have expected ever since I started on this series.

Dirty Secret made me cry so hard page by page. Dirt Past made me sweat page by page. Tate is one hot of a musician and his aggressiveness towards Ella never failed to give me hots.

Ella, on the other hand, was another female charact
Dirty past is book two in the Burke brothers series and is my favourite book. I freaking love Tate Burke, and I want him for myself. That being said, I love Ella and that although she was shy and reserved, working with the Burkes brought out her sassy side.
The chemistry between Ella and Tate is undeniable, they are perfect for one another. I love them as a couple and was happy that Tate and Ella gave into their feelings for one another. Not forgetting the sexual tension between them was through
Heather andrews
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Out of all the brothers Tate I think takes home the naughty award, “I was too busy staring at your a** as you walked away from me to remember.” He smirks. “For what it’s worth, you have a real effin’ nice a**.” everything Ella does seems to turn this horny man on, "darlin’, you could call me Lord Effa** D***head if you wanted, and it’d probably still be hot.” It's safe to say Tate is a panty man, "this chick should not own a single effing item of clothing. Except panties. Panties are A-OK. I eff
Reflections of a Book Geek
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r
4 Stars

I have to say I enjoyed this book so much more than I did the first. I liked the characters a whole lot more and the storyline was good.

Ella was running from her abusive ex and her parents who she knew wouldn't believe her. My heart hurt for Ella, I felt so sad for the things she suffered and also for how alone she truly was. I liked the fact that she bonded with Sofie so quickly, it was great to see her make friends.

Tate was a jerk, from the get go he was a total a$$! I hated some of t
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Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own.
Four years later, she's still figuring out what he meant when he said she 'read too much.'

She prides herself on writing smart smut

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The Burke Brothers (5 books)
  • Dirty Secret (The Burke Brothers, #1)
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