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Dirtiest Secret

(S.I.N. #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,051 ratings  ·  476 reviews
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 sam
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Bantam
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J. Kenner Dallas appears in the Stark International books and in Deepest Kiss (a Stark Ever After novella). However, it's only a spin off in that sense. You do …moreDallas appears in the Stark International books and in Deepest Kiss (a Stark Ever After novella). However, it's only a spin off in that sense. You do not have to know anything about Damien, Nikki, Jackson, or Sylvia to enjoy Dallas and Jane's story!(less)

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XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
I am a J Kenner fan but this one was difficult for me. The OW in this are so blatant and there are so many that it's really hard to see past that. I get that he's broken. I get that he's traumatized. I get that what Dallas and Jane went through is unspeakable and that their love is taboo but come on. Jane is basically a doormat who lets him do what he wants with the OW and still seeks him out. The plot is interesting, Dallas' promiscuity aside. I really wish that it wasn't such a big part of it ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I really struggle with rating this book. It's good. Like 5 stars good. There is just one issue that almost ruined the story for me. The OW were so over the top in this book, it was a huge turnoff for me. I want to love Dallas but it's not easy when he's with so many women. By the end of this book I sorta get why it was there...just wish it was tamed a bit. Since it was so blatant and in your face, it almost overtook the heart of the story. I do think this book leaves off in a way that it won't b ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
An intriguing taboo love story but it was mired in a kidnaping subplot as well as a bdsm subplot.
It was well written but the pace was slower than I would have liked. There wasn’t really romance, it was more like dark and erotic passion. I suspect more romance will come in book 2.
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Dallas Sykes is known to the general public as “The King of F**k”, the billionaire and uber playboy who has and will sleep with anyone. But behind the mask lies a lonely man who desperately longs for only
Feb 04, 2016 marked it as arc-up-next  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

I picked this up because it was suggested to me by my trusted sidekick, TeriLyn. Once again, she proved that she knows me well because I LOVED this!

I am not a fan of reviewing series so I'll keep this short and sweet.

'Dirtiest Secret' was my first book by J. Kenner ... I know. I KNOW! Trust me, it won't be my last.

To enjoy this story fully, one needs a VERY open mind. I don't know about other books by this author but this one took me down one hell of a rabbit hole and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE! When
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰






We already met Dallas in some of the Stark/Steele books - he's one of the most famous billionaire playboys America has ever seen.... heir to a department store fortune.

Dallas Sykes is the King of Fuck.

But he only lets the world think he's that mega-rich playboy heir. (well, of course he does all the sexing and playboying - but it's not who he really is - it's just the picture of a guy he wants the world to think he is...)

His whole goddamn life was an act. A facade. He was damaged goods.

We're star crossed he and I. like a living breathing Shakespeare play. and what I want, I can't have.

Part one of this dark edgy book is filled with promise.

Told in third person, sometimes first person so as a reader I struggled with this at times I suppose it depends what you prefer and I prefer first person hearing the characters thoughts and feelings.

A dark and deep read, the characters Jane and Dallas were taken as children held hostage in dark cellers, the book takes you briefly to past ex
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it

I haven't been on the fence about many of the books I have read but I found myself falling into that category with this one.

Dallas and Jane were best friends when they were younger but they also became step siblings. They had strong feelings for one another but they knew nothing could really happen until they both get kidnapped. Things change between them and they loose there virginity to each other.

Now after years of keeping themselves distant from each other Jane decides she needs to get Dal
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 "King of Appearances" Stars!

J Kenner is known for her alpha dominant heroes and Dirty Secret certainly features one of those. However, this may be the rawest, most angst-filled love story yet.

However, readers should be cautioned to only undertake this emotional journey if they love dark romances and subjects that broach taboo and forbidden themes. That said, like smoke and mirrors, not everything is what it seems, so you will want to give this story a chance to play out before drawing any con
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Copyright Night Owl Reviews

When I saw that J. Kenner had a new book coming out, I knew I had to review it. I loved everything I have read by her before. So, it's hard to believe that I had such a hard time getting through this one. I still love her writing and she can easily pull me into a story, but there was one big issue that I was having with this book.

It doesn't really have anything to do with the plot or pacing, all of that was fine. My issue came when it was revealed that Dallas and
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

I love this author and her writing style but this story was ok for me. I can't explain what my problem was but something was off for me! It's difficult to say anythin about the story because whatever I say will be a spoiler so I'll keep everything simple. The characters confused me.
Overall it was an ok story for me!


*An advance reading copy was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.*

Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
so sorry but this wasn't for me :(
Dirtiest Secret is the first book in the series S.I.N.

Resume: Dallas and Jane were kidnapped when they are 15 years and after that each one go separate ways but still the feelings and terror what happened to them....with they were not brother and sister........

Not by blood. Dallas had a difficult when he was 5 years and was adopted by his uncle-Eli Skyes. After Jane was too adopted by him and they are brother and sister but knew that they relationship was wrong.

Dallas King of the Fuckery is a CE
Liis McKinstry
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let's get all the disclosures out of the way with.

I was given an ARC at ABF in exchange for an honest review. I've never read anything by J.Kenner, so I really didn't know what to expect.

Holy *insert a GIF thingy with my jaw dropping to the floor and eyes popping out of my head*. And lot of squealing. LOTS AND LOTS OF SQUEALING!

So before I go on about how books like this are the reason (in my opinion) why GR should have a 5+ star-rating system, I should let you know that there was ONE thing that
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Holy wow! This was awesomely intense, passionate, and erotic. I don't even know what to say or how to explain what I'm feeling but I pretty much inhaled it. Fantastic story I couldn't put down. Loved it!

I don't normally read anything with the word "taboo" involved because I'm a chicken like that, but I love J. Kenner so I decided to go for it. I was not disappointed. Everything was so well developed with this great build that had me on the edge of my seat. When I got to that taboo thing, yup, I

Wow! J. Kenner killed it. This story so hot, suspenseful, mysterious, dirty, and so freaking sexy I didn’t want it to end. It’s definitely an angst filled ride, but Dallas definitely lives up to his nickname as the King of F*ck!

They’re definitely not meant to be together, but all through the book, I couldn’t help wanting them to be. Rooting for them to get over pushing each other away, and just do what they both aching for. Dallas and Jane are forbidden to be together, but that doesn’t snip the

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Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dirtiest Secret is a simply phenomenal trip down the rabbit hole of secrets and lies of powerful people.

Dark, dangerous, angsty and full of forbidden desires—the perfect combination for Dallas Sykes and Jane Martin. Their chemistry is off-the-charts, and they spar with the best of the best. Together they are fighting battles that no-one should ever fight, and individually they are surviving their own pasts and secrets.

I’m a huge fan of J. Kenner’s books and writing style, so let me say first,
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
*Sighs heavily* I'm disappointed because I wish I could have enjoyed this book better. Its cover, while incredibly misleading (at least to me) is about the only thing I like about this book.

I swear to god up until 70% of the book, barely nothing happen between the two characters. They get together only to push each other away, over and over and over again. This is basically the tune of the book until 70% of it.

It got to the point that I couldn't find it in me to care about them being togethe
Christine Alibutud
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Hmm, so I'm a bit ambivalent on what to feel with Dirtiest Secret.

Personally, this book was definitely compelling. The writing style was what drew me in, though I didn't exactly appreciate the POV shifts. Concept-wise and character-wise, it was intriguing.


Something about this made me feel off. Also, I welcomed the promiscuity at times, but once in a while, it gets borderline annoying and offensive.

Anyway, this one was a push-and-pull for me. Though it invoked interest, disconnection was cons
Christiann Igou
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was book was one of my most anticipated books of the year! Dallas Sykes has popped up in other books and it this allusive bad boy billionaire with quite a few sinful secrets! J. Kenner takes taboo/forbidden romance to entirely different level! I was unable to put this down and am eagerly awaiting book 2.

This book answered some question about who Dallas is and why he loves the way he does but it is only the tip of the iceberg...vague, i know but you will understand when you dive into this b
Ana Fernandes
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Don't let the cover deceive you into believing this is something sweet and cute, because it's anything but...

Book Title: Dirtiest Secret
Author: J. Kenner
Series: S.I.N. #1
Publisher: Random House -Ballentine
Source: Netgalley E-Arc
"We're going to get there," he says, his eyes burning into mine. "And think how much fun we'll have trying."
Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
The Feels: 4/5
Theme: 4/5
Flow: 4/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 3/5 Cliffhanger: YES
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Do you want to know a secret? Well, it’s not much a secret since if you have been following my reviews that I am fan of J.Kenner. And this time J. Kenner has one secret. A dirty secret. Well more like the Dirtiest Secret.


Are you ready to find out what could this secret be? Well, here’s the thing. My lips are sealed. As much as I want to tell you. I can’t because reading Dirtiest Secret is a book that can’t be properly reviewed wi
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**Dirtiest Secret generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "I'll go in the dark with you." Stars

The cover and blurb for this one intrigued me very much when I saw it offered on Netgalley. I'm so glad it did because this was a quite an entertaining, twisted, delicious start to a trilogy I'm so excited about reading. Dirtiest Secret is my first J. Kenner book and now I've bought the Stark series so I can read that too. Her writing flows fluidly from b
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
If there ever was a book but I can honestly say was hot and dirty and loaded with innuendo and thoughts of passion that make you sweat, it's gotta be this book.

The author takes a gamble with a somewhat dark, forbidden love story between 2 step-siblings who have no blood relationship, but have a binding lifetime love for each other. With an unspeakable crime that ties them together and a search for those who committed the crime, these two step-siblings have never been able to move on and find the
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is scorching hot though the entire plot line including the torment the two main characters undergo regarding their attraction towards one another is illogical.I would understand the taboo nature of their relationship if they were in fact blood relatives,actual brother & sister but they are not.

So he denies the chemistry by being a flagrant man slut & she admits to having slept with countless of men in place of him.Both of them pretending that their partners are each other.They use the
*~* Susie
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dont-judge-me, 2016, dark
I have to say that I was surprised by this book. I had read one previously by this author, and honestly, it really didn't appeal to me. This one however.....WOW! It may have been the taboo aspect (just slightly) that got me hooked - that's right, and don't judge Luckily, we find out about this fairly early in the book, which I was glad. If that had been revealed later, I may have been disappointed.

There were uncomfortable parts, but probably not what you would think. But, I like this,
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, reviews, adult, erotica, abuse
DNF 80%

I have read and LOVED the Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner but this one left me so disappointed. Usually when I start a book, I manage to finish it depending on how much I enjoy it. It took me 3 weeks to reach this point. I dragged myself till 80% until I just couldn't go further. I know it seems weird to leave a book just short 20% but as I said I just couldn't connect with the characters or the plot line.

*ARC gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Terry-ann Chrisie
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seriously I could not put the book down
Karen Mc
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spellbinding, suspenseful, and scandalous, Dirtiest Secret is a forbidden tale of twists and turns that burns your body, hits your heart, and leaves you panting for more. This is not simply a story; Dirtiest Secret is an enticing and enthralling escape from reality. A guilty pleasure. An all-encompassing romance with everything you would want in a book and more: crime, suspense, romance, passion, and thrills. You’re watching, hearing, and feeling this saga in what feels like a real-life document ...more
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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New Y

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“Being together came close to destroying both of us once already," he says. "But I don't fucking care. You are the memory that gets me through my days, and the fantasy that saves me in the night.” 0 likes
“You want me to stay with you tonight?"

She nodded. "It's not scary anymore--I mean, I'm home and it's all over. But I think it will be scary in my dreams, and I don't want to have nightmares."

"Okay then." He sat up straight, looking every bit the determined bodyguard. "In that case, I have to stay. And you don't have to worry because I'll protect you. I'll always protect you.”
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