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Dirty Beginning

(Dirty #0)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Dirty Beginning is coming December 11th! It will be free for the first couple of days:)

It's a prequel teaser novella and the beginning of a new series. Each book in the series is going to be a full-length standalone romance that is, of course, dirty and dark. And focuses on a different couple from this world. 

The first full-length book in the series is...Dirty Obsession a
Published December 11th 2017
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Aղցela W.
This was the beginning of a new series to me and this was also my first time reading this author. Nina is on a tour of a historical mansion owned by Arlo Carin with other grad students. Nina has a history of becoming obsessive/compulsive when it comes to men. Her therapist tells her to stop looking at him and imagining a sexual future. Arlo is hot sexy and rich he also tells her to stay away from him but she doesn't listen. This was a good read the book was well written with no errors in grammar ...more
Lauren - SERIESous Books
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest voluntary review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

This is a very dark book but I knew that going in. If you don't enjoy dark and twisted stories, this is not for you. I also liked that it's not pure erotica either. There is an actual story to be teased out and this novella is setting up the foundation.

I liked that both of these characters are flawed but I didn't particularly love them either. I t
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️
What did i just read?

Okay, so I know this is a prequel so it won't give too much away, but damn. It kind of reminded me of Acquisition by Celia Aaron.

This is the start of a new series by Ella Miles. And although I have never read her, this prequel caught my eye so I had to grab it. Nina is a crazy chick. She is an obsessed woman that when she gets a man in her mind she CAN NOT get rid of him. She has to have sex with, try to have a relationship with, SOMETHING. While reading her part I was think
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nina is an Art History graduate student spending a month abroad in Italy for her program. Whilst touring a historic mansion one day, she becomes obsessed with its owner, Arlo Carini. Convinced he wants her too, she relentlessly pursues him, refusing to give up until she gets what she wants.

This is a prequel to what I imagine will be Nina’s true ‘dark romance’ experience, so it’s not very ‘dark’, but it still managed to churn my stomach. The writing is spotless and the plot is unique, but for per
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2017, kindle, arc
What just happened? This was an interesting and disturbing prequel and I'm kinda really curious to see where this story leads.

Nina is absolutely crazy. She has this weird obsession thing where she has to have a guy that catches her fancy no matter what the cost or consequences that follow. We are talking about her going full on stalker here. She has to have them. Once they are on her mind she won't stop until she's claimed them. Arlo is her new target. A cold, dark gentleman who insists on her
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, free-kindle
I can tell already, this is gonna be a good series
Sharon Bradshaw
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
First and foremost Thank You Ella, I know you were a bit under the weather but you got this done on time for us<3
Arlo had me confused,frustrated and hot! But the OMG! WOW! That you are able to provide in every book you write was there! I like a man who isn’t afraid of taking control/dominate in sex.But over stepping in public is not going anywhere,Just as Nina showed him.Im starting my New Year off with the next Novel to follow this pre-quil) I
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What exciting book I can't wait till Jan 2018 to finish reading about Nina and Arlo. It's clear that Nina has an unhealthy obsession with Arlo but she can't control herself. She is like an addict and loves the challenge. Arlo has a time with keeping her away from him and his family. This book is different. It is not a sweet romance nor is it BDSM but it is dark suspense thriller. An excellent beginning to what I hope will be an exciting end.
I voluntarily received an Advanced Readers Copy of this
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

On a class trip, Nina is obsessed, and that is just one of her traits. She is so focused on the man giving the tour that she missteps and lands in the pool. He jumps in to help her. This is now forming a bond for Nina. Only he is not wanting her advances. This makes her hotter and more and more eager to get him to like and take the advances. Only this will be a bad thing later on.

He is part of a family with very dark secrets. When Arlo i
Ann Marie
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dirty Beginnings

I voluntarily read an arc of this book for a fair and honest review. So right off the bat I’m thoroughly confused but this faithful arc reader continues. Dirty Beginnings is a Prequel to Dirty Obsession and the author tells me to expect a cliffhanger. Soooo, knowing that, I enter the story, which seems is right in the middle. Our heroine is touring Arlo Carini’s historic mansion with the rest of her grad student class. Her inner dialogue tells us who she is and what she’s capable
R.J. Rome
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Prequel to the series!

*May contain spoilers... This is a must read (also included in Book 1 Dirty Obsession).  Art History student Nina Young, along with best Friend Eden travel to Italy for a four week class.  Nina a twenty something with extreme obsessive behavior towards men, fixates her attention onto Arlo Carini after a tour of his ostentatious mansion.  The Carini's are a mysterious family who are well known for their wealth and power throughout the town.  

After several attempts to
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is just a prequel teaser and what an amazing way to start a series, the story is so intense, I can't put it down from the first chapter.
It's dark and hot and twisted and full of mystery and I can't wait to read the next book.
This book keep me on my toes and got me squirming on my seat.
A student with issues and a hot dangerous powerful man, oh yeah this one has interesting plot.

As for characters, I have mix feeling for Arlo and Nina, nothing is perfect or normal about these two, they'r
Gladys Mills
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dirty Beginning. This book starts off the quest of a family driven by lust, power, and control. But most of all they are captivated by control. Enrico, the father, controls Italy through selling weapons and controlling the people; using and abusing women. He teaches his sons to do the same. It becomes a deadly game and once you get caught, you may never get out of it with your life. This series is a graphic tale of sinister acts conducted by men and women who feel they are above the law and can ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a great beginning to a new series! It is a short prequel that ends in a cliffhanger, but it kept me engaged the entire time. I had to keep reading to see what Nina was going to do next, and then I had to keep reading some more to see how Arlo was going to respond to her and what he was going to do. Both seem to be obsessed with playing mind games with the other. There was a twist at the end that I did not see coming. I'm looking forward to reading book one and seeing where the twist ...more
Nina has gone on a study abroad program with her best friend. While touring on of the local mansions she finds herself the next guy that she’s going to obsess over (literally. Evidently Nina can’t just like a guy she’s beyond obsessive). He seems to be everywhere she is.

Instead of listening to her friend, she pushes the situation (of course, where could the book go if she listened??). While out at a club with some random guys she runs into Arlo, and does everything she can to make him want her..
Carolyn Spence
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a prequel for the next chapter and it is well written to catch the reader's attention. Nina is not quite the lead I'm used to reading, she is pathetic, obsessive/compulsive and spoiled. Arlo is no angel either. He kept warning Nina not to follow him or come after him many times, but she would not listen.It was just enough to read this novella to get you right into the next book in the series. There are clever hints by the author to the reader but not enough to figure out what is going to ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The work is amazing I just can't figure out if I liked it or not. I'm still in a daze and not completely sure what I just read. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Heed this warning: the book contains scenes and subject matter that may be difficult to read. This is a very dark romance with some themes that aren't "nice" at all. There were some scenes at the end that were very uncomfortable to read and they've influenced my reaction to the whole book. I’m not totally certain if I can read the ...more
Rhonda Hicks
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The is the prequel of the Dirty series where we’re introduced to Nina and Eden, two best friends who have gone to Italy for a thirty day art history course. While taking a tour of the Carini mansion, as a "field trip" given by Arlo Carini, Nina finds herself obsessing over him. This is an intriguing story that left enough loose ends to make you want to find out what was going on and why. It definitely had me quickly turning pages and tilting my head as I read through following the characters. I' ...more
Rhonda Hicks
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The is the prequel of the Dirty series where we’re introduced to Nina and Eden, two best friends who have gone to Italy for a thirty day art history course. While taking a tour of the Carini mansion, as a "field trip" given by Arlo Carini, Nina finds herself obsessing over him. This is an intriguing story that left enough loose ends to make you want to find out what was going on and why. It definitely had me quickly turning pages and tilting my head as I read through following the characters. I ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dirty Beginning (ARC) by Ella Miles: ***** Just.... wow.
I didn’t rate this book 5 stars because I liked it - because my feelings are a bit twisted on that. I rated it 5 stars because it was very well written and I couldn’t put it down. And while the ending is a cliff hanger, it’s ingenious. I’m not sure I want to see where this story goes, but I will read it because I have to know... Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC of this story.
Kelly Vidito
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I absolutely loved this prequel! It was an entertaining quick and easy read that hooked me from the beginning. It was so good. Arlo warned Nina numerous times she doesn't want to indebted him and his family. He tried to tell her they are not good people. Wow what a cliffhanger. I can't wait until Dirty Obsession is released, to find out what happens next! ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dirty Beginning by Ella Miles is a good prequel novella to the upcoming Dirty Obsession. This has complex characters and a dark storyline. Offers a plot that leans toward romantic suspense. I enjoy this type of book but I must say I am not sure about the character of Nina. Maybe She will grow on me in the next book. I shall have to wait and see. I'm voluntarily reviewing this book after reading an ARC copy. ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dark twisted prequel into the story of Nina and Arlo. It was a bit confusing and I really didn’t like Nina that much, and I thought she probably got what she deserved after her history and men but we don’t know her full story and why she’s like that as I’m sure there is more to her. Arlo was a mystery and I wasn’t sure what to expect but the cliffhanger has me intrigued to see how this story goes and ends and what the twisted game is.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Review of Dirty Beginning by Ella Miles

Nina and Arlo - 4.5 Stars

It seems that Nina has a problem with getting obsessed with men and it has cost her dearly in the past. She has spent time in therapy and had been doing good for the last couple of months until she goes on a study abroad trip to Italy and meets Arlo Carini. This was just an introduction to the characters, with a small taste of what is to come.

**Honest review voluntarily provided from a Purchased Copy**
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a different type of read for me, I kept saying....don't do it...don't do it...don't do it. I have to say though I really enjoyed reading the book, I read it 2 times and in the middle of it for a third time. The cliffhanger part had me going insane but that's what makes it more interesting to see what will happen with Nina and Arlo. This is beginning to be an amazing series so looking forward to book 1.

*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.*
Laila Viking
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very well written short prequel novella with a cliffhanger. The storyline and plot is nice. The dark and dirty romance is steamy and still passionate. The characters are well described and they develop well. The story has dark scenes and they are well described but not all romance readers are into that. I am. But that said then this is not only steamy scenes it has also romance and feelings. You can feel the heart in the story.
Looking forward to reading Dirty Obsession.
Melissa Ledet
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the prequel to Dirty Obsession and ends with a cliffhanger.

"I can't have Arlo Carini because he's dangerous. And I'm obsessed." Those words will get you hooked and hold you tight while reading this prequel. Love the characters and can't wait to see what unfolds in Dirty Obsession.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Pamela Lunder
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntary reviewed this ARC. This book is pretty dark so far. Nina seems very obsessive when it comes to men. She finds one she wants then becomes so obsessed with them. Arlo wants Nina but he wants to protect her more then he wants her for himself. But Nina just keeps pushing. I am looking forward to the full length novel about Nina and Arlo.
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Um, what the fuck did I just read?!?!?

Dirty Beginning is a prequel to Dirty Obsession and I can't wait to read it! It details the beginning of Nina and Arlo's twisted story. Nina is a silly, stupid little rich girl who's studying in Italy for a month. She apparently has a history of becoming obsessed with men, which has lead to her being in therapy for years now. But, when she sees Arlo, who oozes sex and power, she can't help herself, and starts fantasizing about getting his attention and wormi
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great start to this series!! This is a little different where the heroine is the one chasing the hero. She knows what she wants and she won't stop until she gets it. Problems is, she has no idea what he is about and there's a huge cliffhanger at the end. What is Arlo up to? There's something scheming between Arlo and his sister. ...more
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Ella Miles writes sexy romance with strong females that could kick your butt if you piss them off, which they often do to the men that fall for them. She's currently living her own fairy tale near the Rocky Mountains with her high school sweetheart husband. Her heart is also taken by her goofy two year old black lab that is scared of everything, including her own shadow. Ella is the author of the ...more

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