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Wicked Dirty

(Stark World #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,434 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad...

From New York Times and #1 International bestselling author J. Kenner, the first in an all new series of fast-paced, provocative novels centering around the ambitious, wealthy, and powerful men who work in the glamorous and exciting world of the Stark International conglomerate … and the sexy and passionate women who bring them
300 pages
Published September 19th 2017
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

✮✮✮ 4 STARS ✮✮✮

Lyle Tarpin is Hollywood's and everybody's darling and heartthrob. He is charming, talented, rich, a rising star and generally a lovely human being. And while all this is true nobody in Tinseltown knows about his nights with call girls, when he loses himself in meaningless sex, if only for a couple minutes. Erasing the guilt, the pain, the memories for that short time. He makes sure that the girls change every time, never going
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“…I can only hope that when I hit the ground, I won’t shatter into a million pieces. And that maybe – just maybe – he’ll be there to catch me.”

I had the distinct pleasure of reading J. Kenner for the first time a couple of months ago, when she introduced me to the sexy and tantalising Stark World in Wicked Grind. After thoroughly enjoying my first taste, I couldn’t wait to see what journey J. Kenner will take us on next in her second instalment of the Stark World series, Wicked Dirty
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it

★ 4 STARS★

Wicked Dirty is the latest novel in J. Kenner’s Stark World series. It’s a world that titillates with the pleasures of the forbidden and revels in the decadence of excess. The synopsis promises illicit and intrigue, and Kenner certainly delivers on both accounts.

Driven by desperation Sugar Laine agrees to one night with a stranger for much needed sum of ten thousand dollars. She can’t afford to lose her childhood home to foreclosure, and with it the last connection to the family s
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


A sizzling, intoxicating, sexy read!!!! J. Kenner had me devouring Wicked Dirty, the second installment of Stark World Series in one sitting. I loved everything about this book from the opening pages to the raw and vulnerable characters. With her sophisticated prose, Kenner created a love story that had the perfect blend of lust, passion, sexual tension, raw emotions and love.


Sugar Laine is in desperate need of money. She needs to save h
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

I can not connect with anything. I thought the story is more like rom com. You know, fake girlfriend/fiancee and then bloom into something more real. I read a lot of this kind of story.

But there is just something not clicking in Wicked Dirty. Like a chemistry lab gone wrong. And i dont know what. All i know, i can not connect with every aspect of this book. And it is bothering a bit that a woman willing to be an escort just to save her house.

The insta love/lust is also not believable. Very
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow JKenner is an excellent writer with flowing ideas all the time to keep readers wanting more. I loved how so much goes on in Wicked Dirty. I am one of those type of readers who love reading about glamorous stars in show business in hello magazine and fiction books. I mean who doesn't like reading fiction stories about the rich and famous? This story was one I truly loved. Lyle Tarpin is a dashing good looking Hollywood actor, every one in Hollywood knew him. One of Hollywood's most bankable s ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
Wow. Wow. Wow. I love just about everything Julie Kenner writes. It’s no secret that my favorite characters are Nikki and Damien Stark and I just love how she’s worked so many other characters in Stark World into their own books. But, I think Damien may have some competition for my heart. Lyle Tarpin is definitely a close second in book boyfriend world. It’s a very close race at this point.

Lyle is at a bit of a crossroads. He’s steered clear of relationships for years, more like forever. He pay
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wicked Dirty is the second book in J. Kenner's Stark World series and I must say, I enjoyed this so much more than Wicked Grind. There was just something so compelling, so enthralling about this tale—one that would glue you and your eyes on the pages. Both Lyle and Sugar were characters with such intriguing pasts. Their chemistry was buzzing and present right from the very beginning and you just won't be able to get enough of it. And the story—it just flowed so flawlessly that you wouldn't even ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: rare-2019-paris
Meh, it was ok.

on reflection, the reason I was underwhelmed was the media storm thing. I'm so over the media controversy plot line. Perhaps it's because I live in my reading bubble, only venturing out occasionally for a yoga class, I have no idea about which film star is bonking who...and I don't care. You wouldn't want me on your quiz team, I can only answer questions about 80s music. So yeah, not interested in reading about that I'm afraid.

I also found the group of friends who are all interli
3.5 stars
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"Sex is a tool, and it can either build or destroy."

Wicked Dirty is another amazing addition to the Stark family. I really love seeing characters from other books that I've enjoyed. Catching up with them is an added bonus to this new series.

Lyle is a movie star at the top of his career. He's sought after by directors and women. He's minding his P's & Q's on the surface, but behind the scenes his demons are hot on his heels. There's only one way he can get the release he needs to battle them,
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-wishlist
Julie Kenner creates such multi-faceted characters with deep emotional problems that will test your heart. In all honesty the situation in Wicked Dirty wasn't something I thought I would be able to understand, but colour me very, very wrong. I was also really impressed with the way in which Julie weaves her other characters into the story in subtle ways, although it isn't necessary to have read her other books to enjoy the story it does make you extremely curious to get the lowdown on all of the ...more
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I loved it!
Perfect addition to this series and the whole Stark world!
(Even though it can totally be read as a standalone romance!)

Amazing Hollywood-Romance with lots of adorable & romantic & sexy & moving moments!


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Tanaka K (The Romantic Angel Blog)
The Stark World is a world filled with stories that touch and move your heart. It is a world filled with a level of hotness that always heats my body. The Stark World is also a world filled with genuine stories of love and friendship that just lights up mu world. I am addicted to them. I am compelled by them. Every time when I pick up a book from the Stark World, my world is turned upside down and I love it. Wicked Dirty surely turned me from the inside out. It was an amazing romance that engage ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
J. Kenner is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors, her Stark World a place I want to spend time in. Wicked Dirty, the latest in her extended Stark series, hits all the right marks and stands out as a slow-burn romance that doesn’t keep you waiting.

This is a slow-burn, fake girlfriend story that I couldn’t put down. Sugar and Lyle are fantastic characters that are easy to connect with and just incredibly likable. Both have had rough times, something that draws them together even when they mee
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wicked Dirty is the second book in J. Kenner's Stark World. These books are all standalones and you don't need to read any of her other books to understand the plot the story.

I am truly enjoying each of these books so far. Yes, it's only book two, but I love how she brings back past characters and how everything intertwines without being confusing.

In this particular book, the story is about Lyle Tarpin - up and coming movie star. All the world knows about him is what he allows them to see. He's
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wicked Dirty is an intense story. Full of a wicked heat, passion and love, this book hooked me from the first chapter. I followed the hero and heroine on a pounding ride and just refused to let go.

A perfect fake relationship, Lyle Tarpin and Sugar Laine have a way with each other that is just beautiful. The story is evenly paced, perfect in a heart pounding way, that keeps your eyes glued to the page. The characters were developed, they had flaws. I loved watching them evolve along with their r
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 4 Stars ~

Wicked Dirty was an enjoyable read. I found the storyline interesting and the characters were lovable and relatable. I did think that this story lacked some of the drama that I look forward to in books that I read. It was missing that element that keeps a reader on the edge of their seats. But even with that said, I would recommend this book and I am glad I read it.

I have been a fan of J. Kenner’s books for a while now a
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are so many reasons why I like this book but the characters are number one. Ms. Kenner knows how to write genuine characters with stories that touch the heart.

When her mom named her Sugar Lane and she realized what it sounded like she was horrified. Now going by Laine she works super hard to try to save her childhood home. With good friends and lots of employers, she never thinks she will have to sink to this.

Lyle may be the golden boy of Hollywood but he certainly isn't in his own mind.
Not impressed

In debt and desperate for money, Sugar accepts an offer to be an escort for a night. Her client turns out to be hollywood celeb - Lyle. Though Sugar’s one night of escorting becomes more complicated when a picture surfaces of the two together. With Lyle’s role for an upcoming film being at jeopardy and so ensues a fake relationship between Sugar and Lyle.

I did not expect the story to become so boring and skimmable. The delivery of the plot and the characters felt flat for me. I re
Sandy S
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 19, 2017

WICKED DIRTY-The second book in an all new series of fast-paced, provocative novels centering around the ambitious, wealthy, and powerful men who work in the glamorous and exciting world of the Stark International conglomerate … and the sexy and passionate women who bring them to their knees.

On the outside, Lyle Tarpin is a clean-cut Hollywood actor whose star is on the rise. Inside, he’s battling his own demons, shunning relationships and fi
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wicked Dirty is an interesting title for Sugar and Lyle’s story because those adjectives don’t seem to truly depict the path that they take to explore the building attraction between them and the unexplained clarity and calm that Sugar seems to illicit from Lyle. But once their ‘fake’ relationship becomes something more than either ever expected, their connection definitely turns naughty and smutty in all the best ways!

Desperation makes people do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do and that’s the
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

Oh I don’t think there are words for how much I loved Lyle and Sugar. This book really had everything I look for in solid romance and I couldn’t pick any holes in it no matter how hard I tried.

Sugar (or Laine to everybody except Lyle), is on the verge of losing her family home, a devastating prospect as her family died several years before and her home is the only link she has to them remaining. She reluctantly agrees to take on a job as an es
Sarah Dale
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow what a sizzling read this was, I devoured Wicked Dirty, the second instalment in the Stark World Series in one evening, couldn't put it down. The opening pages grabbed me and didn't let go until I had finished. J Kenner had weaved a fantastic tale of lust, passion, serious sexual tension and love.

Sugar Lane is emotionally raw, she is desperate for money trying to save her family home. She is not making enough to pay for the house so when she is offered an escort job she accepts.

Lyle is an r
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and InkSlingerPR***

4.5 Stars

I love the darker romances. And, really what is darker than the hero, Lyle, meeting the heroine, Sugar, when she shows up at his hotel room, intending to have sex with him for money? Not much.

Right at that moment, I was hooked. I love the idea of a woman using what she has to solve an issue, and the moral questions that it ok? Is it not? Is it a personal decision? And, if there is a connection with the person you are hired to
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
Lyle may be "the man" to see in Hollywood but is all this fame what he really wanted? His past and secrets are all carefully guarded and Hollywood is not the place where secrets stay hidden for long.

Meeting Sugar is a life-changing experience for him. She is that deadly combination of innocence and sexually hot exterior that zings him the moment they talk to each other. Too bad all he was looking for someone to pass the night with... he is definitely not interested in more.

Sugar is an independen
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"We’re walking a very thin line, he and I. And I’m not at all sure where pretending ends and reality begins."

Lyle Tarpin, the sought after Hollywood golden boy has a secret, he’s got a penchant for call girls. Sugar Laine, is desperate and broke, her waitressing career not enough to save the one thing she has left . Although the story isn’t a new one, this world wind romance is a tale of instant chemistry and finding love unexpectedly.

In a well written addition to all things Stark, J. Kenner lay
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Certainly one of my more interesting reads I have had in the past couple of weeks. I think this is much more than a romance story. Yes there is a good amount of chemistry, sex, and love to keep one intrigued. But there are also some moral questions asked in this book. Questions about trust and relationships that really make you think. I highly recommend reading not onlyfor the romance but to go deeper into the mind of those who pay for sex and are paid for sex.
Karen Mc
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

From my years of devouring this amazing author's work, I've learned several things: A J. Kenner romance is not a story but a SHEER SEDUCTION! As such, this writer's words always make me sink into her stories. I will ALWAYS ADORE and FOREVER DEVOUR the Starks and their empire of friends and family. I'm devoted to this Stark network of which I'm hopelessly in love.

J. Kenner best summarizes the meaning of the Stark family—and all who cross their path—in her latest sensation, Wicked Dirty:

Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun read.

The plot was very predictable and I was basically able to tell the ending from the very start but still, it was a light read and I had fun going through it
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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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