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Dirty Secret

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  474 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
Agent: Kennedy Barnes
Target: Phoenix Ash
Crimes: Computer Hacker, Money Launderer, Heartbreaker
Mission: Get close and survive

After living her life in the shadows as the daughter of a congressman’s secret affair , Kennedy Barnes joins ‘Project Greenlight’ - a clandestine intelligence organization. She’s out to prove she’s more than her father’s dirty secret.

One of her first
Published January 17th 2017 by HEA Inc.
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Karen Mc ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

You’re the predator right up until you’re the prey.

Sometimes you’re the predator. Sometimes you’re the prey. I was the prey to a blazing and brilliant book that grabbed me and never let go. I was the prey to Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert’s latest captivating collaboration. I was the prey to the delicious Dirty Secret. Alluring and adrenaline-charged, Dirty Secret is a roller coaster rush of a romance meets spy novel that burns the body, penetrates with passion, and leaves you melting for more.
The bar was set pretty high when these two authors released DIRTY WORK. I absolutely LOVED Jude and Reagan's story! So when I finished DIRTY SECRET, sufficed to say that I was a tad bit let down because I didn't feel the same strong and passionate connection between Ash and Kennedy as I did with the previous two characters. That's not to say I didn't enjoy their story. Believe me, it was SEXY as hell, but the storyline went a little quick for me and I didn't feel the chemistry burn as bright as ...more
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Paige's review:

Dirty Secret was a well balanced spy romance novel.
While reading the book I kept envisioning Brad and Angelina as Nix and Kennedy. The book reminded me of Mr and Mrs Smith movie that the paired did several years ago.

Kennedy is trying hard to make a difference in the world. I think because of her upbringing she has a tendency to see life and the people in it as black and white - No grey. No middle ground. She's struggling with this when dealing with Nix.

Phoenix Ash puts on no ay
Jan 16, 2017 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow..This book is one of the best I've read so far in this year! I like this kind of books where you can not put it down. It has everything: action, drama, hot scenes and a lot of tension (of any kind). The heroine is so strong, young (23) and witty. The hero (around 31) is a thief more. This is a MUST READ book for anyone who likes romantic suspense genre!
Jan 06, 2017 BookSmacked rated it it was amazing
I devoured Dirty Secret in just a matter of hours. It was almost if I couldn't read fast enough.
I've read books by both authors but this is the first one I've read that was co-written by them.
This story is dangerously addicting and has all the elements you find in a great read.

The story was so seemless as if they were writing as one.
Phoenix is thrilling, mysterious and has that sexy appeal to his character. I love my alphas and Phoenix to me definitely fit the bill of what I look for in a ho
Siobhan Davis
Dec 24, 2016 Siobhan Davis rated it it was amazing
Hot chemistry and edge-of-the-seat suspense combine to deliver an addictive read that I devoured in record time. I couldn't put this one down until I finished it!

Brenda Rothert is one of my favorite authors but I've yet to read any of Chelle Bliss's books - must rectify that soon if this novel is any indication of her writing style. I absolutely loved Dirty Secret from the first tantalizing page until the last. This was my kind of perfect read - chock full of steamy romance, pulse-pounding intri
I really enjoyed the first book by these two authors so I was looking forward to this book. I wanted to love this book but I only liked it. I really liked the aspect of good and bad falling in love. I liked Kennedy but she was supposed to be this bad ass spy but she just didn’t deliver in that aspect to me. Even though it was written that she did these things, it wasn’t believable to me. I liked Nix, and I just feel like someone as seasoned in what he did wouldn’t have let certain things happen. ...more
Jan 29, 2017 Nazanin rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense, 2017
"She's the prey.
I'm the predator.
And I will devour her."

Well, I don't know what to say. This story wasn't so bad but it wasn't so good either. Yeah, I liked it but it didn't intrigue me.
Kennedy works for a clandestine intelligence organization. One of her mission is get close to Phoenix and collect evidences to put him in jail. Phoenix is the most elusive cyberthief in the world. He is smart and never leaves a trace. But when he meets Kennedy everything changes.
Due to the storyline, I expected i
Karen Hulseman
Hold on to your panties readers - there is a ghost in your machine willing to steal them and his name is Phoenix. HOLY COLD SHOWER! Okay really what is equally important is duo Chenda Rothiss offer you a suspense/thriller/romance page turner that make you forget others who may be in the house with you and need to be feed.

The story has you guessing who is really a good bad guy or a bad good guy. Not everything is clear to the reader or Kennedy on who she should trust. I thought I had it figured
Jan 21, 2017 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Dirty Secret is an interesting title for Kennedy and Nix's story because its meaning speaks to what both of their lives are shrouded in and it also makes it perfectly clear that because lies are a mandatory facet of their lives, neither one of them can truly trust anyone and acts of betrayal are too common place to truly invest in anyone in the criminal underworld they find themselves a part of, which further complicates the idea of the good guys versus the bad ones when, realistically, some cou ...more
Jan 22, 2017 MillsyLovesBooks rated it it was amazing
Dirty Secret is the second book in this Standalone Series, although this can be read as a standalone. I had more enjoyment reading with having read Dirty Work first because when it came to Kennedy's past being mentioned i already knew but like i said it doesn't take anything away from this book.

"She’s the prey."

"I’m the predator."

"And I will devour her.”

Kennedy is working for Project Greenlight a Government secret, intelligence agency. While working undercover she finds herself crossing paths wi
Paula  Phillips
Jan 27, 2017 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
After loving Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Dirty Secret as I loved the first book so much and though this one shies away from the political side of things, it was just as good maybe even more so as Dirty Secret is a jam-packed adventurous novel that delves into the world of undercover work and hackers. I also learned a new subset of hackers as I knew about the Black/White but not the Grey. Grey hackers are the Robin Hoods of the computer world. ...more
Jan 21, 2017 Laurie rated it it was amazing
I love the twisty world that Brenda Rothert and Chelle Bliss have created in their collaborations, first with Dirty Work and now with Dirty Secret. We leapfrog from political intrigue to a world that is equally duplicitous and unseemly, to the criminal underworld and the world of computer hacking, along with an organization charged with bringing them down.
Dirty Secret is fabulous. The lines blurred between good and bad are drawn with a grey pen. You don’t who to trust, but know that our heroine
JG ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends
Jan 05, 2017 JG ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really enjoyed this book's predecessor so I couldn’t wait to dive in to read about Reagan’s half-sister, Kennedy Barnes, and her “black ops” lifestyle.

There is something so rewarding when reading about empowered women and Kennedy's role in this book as an undercover Agent targeting arms dealers is really enjoyable. Kennedy is sexy, strong, determined and stunningly beautiful, all of which make her an extremely deadly weapon in the field, especially where men are concerned. One such unsuspecti
Patti Correa
Dec 23, 2016 Patti Correa rated it it was amazing
HOLY Freaking AWESOMENESS!! Chelle and Brenda are an AMAZING Team. I could not put this down, and cried a little when I got to the last page. Full of twists and turns and lots of hot scenes to steam up your glasses! I cuddled up with a nice glass of Jack and a warm blanket, but was quickly throwing it off. I cannot write more for fear of giving it all away. JUST READ THIS BOOK!!! <3 <3 <3
Erin Lewis
Jan 11, 2017 Erin Lewis rated it it was amazing
5 star Review Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert

Where do I start? This is the second collaboration between Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert and I loved this story. Dirty Secret has it all, intrigue, mystery, danger, smoking hot scenes and romance.

Kennedy Barnes is determined to make a name for herself in the intelligence community and sees this assignment as her big break; no longer content to be her father's Dirty Secret. What happens when Kennedy is assigned to get close to Phoenix
Jan 25, 2017 Cikitaokt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I liked the tension in this novel, spy agent versus hacker, just cool! Liked mr and mrs smith just pretended from the real they were but i heard the first series, dirty work was more interesting, probably i would read it later ~
Jan 13, 2017 Amber rated it it was amazing
Dirty Secret is an epically mind-blowing and emotionally intense nuclear bomb just waiting to go off! There is nothing more dangerous than holding such world shattering device in your hand. When you don’t know how to disarm it and stop it from exploding, the panic and tension will sear through to your very soul. Nothing is more deadly and yet nothing is more capable of making you hyper-focused on what matters the most then a weapon of mass destruction. One wrong move or one wrong combination wil ...more
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5 Stars

I loved the first book in the series, Dirty Work, but I think I loved this one even more! It’s a hot steamy read that hooked it’s claws into me from the first page all the way to the last. Kennedy, with a little help from her brother-in-law Jude, goes to work for the clandestine “Project Greenlight”, where undercover work is her game and her newest assignment…get close to the top black hat Phoenix Ash. Simple, right? Oh, how wrong she is. She quickly finds herself the prey to his predator
Kennedy Barnes is an agent for Greenlight, a highly secretive organization that no one knows she works for except the person who recommended her for the job.
Having grown up in hiding so her politician father's extracurricular activities wouldn't be exposed she's used to staying in the dark, to hiding who she is and how she feels from others making her the perfect agent.
Phoenix Nash is a world renowned hacker. He's a hacker with morals, never taking any job that goes against his beliefs. He's a s
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Jan 28, 2017 Johnnie-Marie Howard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
Being sick is harder then I thought to finish a story, I did it!! I loved the story right up to the last 5 chapters even if I was shocked and mad as hell at the same time of course at that point I couldn't figure out if I wanted to cry or punch something. Once again these 2 authors blew me away with the writing and writing style they both have. I'm always amazed to see 2 different writing styles together as something really great for the end product. This story could not have gotten any better t ...more
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Jan 26, 2017 RBTL Book Promotions Anna rated it it was amazing
"Ridiculously good! Pick up a copy. It won't disappoint!"
This author duo really brought this interconnected standalone series to life. I was so engaged I devoured it in one sitting and still wanted more of Nix. From the moment you start to read this well written story you find yourself becoming captivated and eager to turn the pages. The story line seems so real that you just cannot stop yourself from falling head over heels with it all. This is truly a thrilling and sensual read and trust me;
The BookChick
For quite a while I have been in a reading slump because of the "sameness" of many of the books I've been reading. I am a fan of Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert individually but teamed up they created one amazing powerhouse of a story. Dirty Secret was a sexy and intriguing story of cat and mouse. One of the elements I enjoyed so much was the ever shifting role reversal of who was the cat and who was the mouse. At one point in the story Kennedy had the upper hand in the relationship with Nix but ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Sara rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

I gotta tell you, I didn’t think anything could top my love of Dirty Work, the first book this series of standalone books about female spies and the men they love, but, oh boy was I wrong. I LOVED Kennedy and Nix.

So, the story goes like this...Kennedy is a clandestine spy. Her assignment is Nix, a super hacker who leaves no traces behind. Kennedy uses all her, to get the job done. Soon, these two are falling into bed with each other, in the literal sense, not the figurativ
Dirty Secret was so much fun to read. I even liked it better than the previous book, Dirty Work. Pretty much right from the beginning, the plot became very intense—combined with off-the-chart chemistry and my-oh-my hot sex scenes between main characters, it was a book I couldn't put down.
Myra Espino
Jan 28, 2017 Myra Espino rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
WOW! Action packed book that will leave you breathless! Dirty Secret is a book that will make you swoon and at the same time will make your heart stop! In this book, it's Phoenix and Kennedy's story. The two are polar opposites, a hacker and an agent. What I love about this book is that I was easily captured on the story and I was intrigued on what will happen to the 2 with all their differences etc. What I sometimes don't like tho is Phoenix. I want to throttle him on some parts grrr... Anyway, ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Oh. My.


I'm really digging this Bliss-Rothert combination. Seriously digging it. I really love how they keep the suspense active, but the emphasis is on the romance. And ooooooooo it's so romantic. Walls are torn down. Butts are spanked. Kisses are smoldering hot. And the tinge of jealousy is MWAH.

I appreciate how kickbutt Kennedy is written. This is no shrinking violet, out to prove something. She's a freaking weapon of her own making. A. Weapon. The shift from walled-off hothe
LaVida Brisco - One Last Page Book Blog
Agent Down

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review***

Once again the dynamic duo is back with another sizzling tale this time its set in the spy network. Kennedy is the newest field agent for Project Greenlight a clandestine intelligence organization. Her target is the delicious Phoenix "Nix" Ash, hacker extraordinaire. From there first meeting the flames burned between the pair. It was sort of like a cat and mouse game and you're constantly wondering who's going to come out on top. Kenne
Jan 01, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it
I have been itching to get my hands on Dirty Secret ever since it was announced, because I absolutely LOVED it's predecessor, Dirty Work.

Kennedy Barnes is working intel in an underground crime ring, and when she catches the eye of super hacker extraordinaire Phoenix Ash, her mission shifts. It's simple - gain Nix's trust and get any intel possible to help bring him down.

Phoenix Ash, like any criminal mastermind, has secrets that he holds close to the vest. While he may let Kennedy in his bed, h
Nancy Metsch
Chelle and Brenda did an amazing job with this story. Kennedy is a true badass, working for the black ops she is on a mission that would scare the crap out of anyone. They have here knee deep involved with a really BAD man. The thing that scares Kennedy is the way that this man and those he works with are selfish idiots. And what's worse women are just a means for them.
Being arm candy or a sex toy. WOMEN. ARE. NOTHING!!!!
Phoenix Ash is badass as well. but this badass is a hero as
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Chelle Bliss, USA Today Bestselling author, currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She's written over thirteen books and has three series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.
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