on September 14, 2017
Gavin Kingsley burst into my life in a sharp and unexpected twist of fate. You know his type—arrogant, dangerously handsome and impossible to ignore.
Something dark within him calls to the shadows inside me. I long for the kind of heart-wrenching passion I’ve only read about, and his tragic past reads like one of my favorite literary classics. Raw. Visceral. Captivating. Together, we’re a perfect mess.
The deeper I fall into his world, the more I crave him like a drug—he pushes every boundary I have, and challenges everything I thought I wanted. I want to unlock his heart. I want his dirty secrets.
But in the end, will he be the blade that cuts me ... or the bond that makes my life complete?
Written in the same vein as Kendall Ryan’s New York Times bestselling and much loved international phenomenon, Filthy Beautiful Lies, Dirty Little Secret begins an erotic new series.
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Gavin Kingsley is a heartless sweetheart.
What would you do if the man of your dreams decide to share you with his brother? You will find yourself totally caught up. Gavin is the
perfect book boyfriend. He is hot, sexy, mysterious, puzzling, and difficult. But his secret can ruin his chance of a happily ever after. He is charming and seductive one minute and a complete jerk the next. Emma Bell is a strong-willed lonely librarian looking for adventure. Don’t underestimate her however. Her actions are surprisingly kick ass when you least expect.
A wicked plot brews in the midst of a sexy romance. Gavin has secretly had Emma on his radar for a year. Emma has been hot for Gavin at the same time and finds herself craving a spark of attention, flattery or flirtation from him with his daily visits to their local coffee shop.
Chapter One automatically left me hungry for more. The entire story moves at a good pace and grabs the reader’s interest easily. The tension builds slowly while throwing in a bunch of twisty turns to bang your head trying to unravel the mystery. With the help of well-developed characters like Gavin’s brothers Quinn and Cooper, the author places them within settings of engaging dialogue, suspense, romantic tension, and spicy love scenes. Each chapter alternates between Emma and Gavin’s POV and sometimes Cooper’s POV.
You will find yourself confused and frustrated with the on/off relationship. Emma becomes intoxicated with Gavin’s attraction only to be left frozen out wondering what the hell is happening. Good thing she has a friend in Gavin’s brother Cooper. Even though he may be gearing to make a play for Emma if Gavin doesn’t get his act together. The push/pull among Gavin, Cooper and Emma may provide another dynamic of a stormy love triangle. We will have to wait until October to find out for certain.
You will not want to miss Ms. Ryan’s hot, steamy sex scenes. This new series is thrilling and tantalizing. It will keep you up past bedtime turning the pages. She closes Dirty Little Secret with an eye-opening cliffhanger—a perfect set-up for book two, Dirty Little Promise. The Forbidden Desires series will please loyal fans and have new readers begging for more. Grab your copy now!
“Emma could be the perfect companion, don’t you think?” I turned to face his desk, where he still sat.
He rolled his eyes, and I swooped in for the kill. He’d had his chance. I’d given it to him on a silver platter. Which meant that the coast was clear. If he didn’t want her . . .
“So, you don’t mind if I take her to the Bennett Foundation gala?” I raised my eyebrows.
Gavin’s brow furrowed but his eyes went ice cold, his pause saying far more than his words. “Of course not. Why would I mind?”
Maybe this little push was just what he needed to get his head out of his ass.
I nodded. “Good.”
His mouth turned down a notch, and I could tell he was thinking. Processing.
For a moment, I didn’t think he was going to take the bait. But then, I knew my brother. I’d laid down a challenge, questioned why he was so adamantly against the idea of hiring her, and although he didn’t want to open up and share, this topic was far from over. Our calendars were slammed, and we both knew it. His assistant had joked just that morning that it would make her job a hell of a lot easier if we each just found a girlfriend. Gavin had scoffed so hard, I thought he was going to bust an artery.
Gavin heaved out a sharp exhale. “What makes you so interested in her, anyway? I thought they were all a number on a paycheck to you?”
I shrugged. “They are until they’re not. You, of all people, should know—”
“Enough,” Gavin barked.
“Right.” I shoved my hands in my pockets. “Shame, though. Seems like there’s something . . . interesting between you two.” Briefly, I wondered if they had a history. “Anything you want to tell me?”
“No, but I have a question for you,” he snapped back with a lethal smile that didn’t reach his narrowed eyes. “What the fuck are you still doing in my office?”
“Trying to find out whether you’re going to let me have this one, or if we’re going to be fighting for the same prize,” I answered honestly.
Gavin looked up from his screen. “Are you high?” His mouth thinned into a firm, chiseled line. “If you want her, take her. I’m not playing with her like she’s a chew toy.”
“Okay. But that doesn’t change the fact that you need a date to the charity auction. A girl like her on your arm? Imagine the business we could do. She’s like a walking commercial. And when you’re done rubbing elbows with all the fancy people, I’ll take her off your hands for a couple of events of my own. Use your head, man, she’s perfect. The girl every guy wants to be seen with. Sweet enough to bring home to Mother, hot enough to imagine her on her knees, with that mouth—”
“Got it,” Gavin snapped. He stared at a point on the ceiling, then blew out an annoyed sigh. “If I take her to the fucking auction, will you stop, already?”
“I’ll tell you right now, though, if this is business, neither of us are sleeping with her.”
I bit back a laugh but nodded anyway. If that was what Gavin wanted to tell himself, I wasn’t about to stop him. Fact was, though, if she would have either of us, we’d probably get our dicks caught in our zippers in the rush to get our pants off. Telling him that would only make him change his mind, and I’d gotten what I wanted.
If this girl had my big brother this riled up? She was something special. And no matter what he thought of himself, he deserved something special in his life again. If I had to agree to take her out as well just to get him to go along with it, so be it.
It wasn’t exactly a hardship, after all.
The story continues in Dirty Little Promise, releasing October 9th.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
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