Series: S.I.N. #1
on April 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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From the New York Times bestselling author of such “racy, sizzling Stark novels” (RT Book Reviews) as Release Me and Say My Name comes the provocative first Stark International Novel—the beginning of the S.I.N. series.
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 same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.
We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.
Dirtiest Secret is intended for mature audiences.
Even by Southampton standards, the party at the nine-thousand-square-foot mansion on Meadow Lane reeked of extravagance.
Grammy Award–winning artists performed on an outdoor stage that had been set up on the lush lawn that flowed from the main house to the tennis courts. Celebrities hobnobbed with models who flirted with Wall Street tycoons who discussed stock prices with tech gurus and old-money academics, all while sampling fine scotch and the season’s chicest gin. Colored lights illuminated the grotto style pool, upon which nude models floated lazily on air mattresses, their bodies used by artisan sushi chefs as presentation platters for epicurean delights.
Each female guest received a Hermès Birkin bag and each male received a limited edition Hublot watch, and the exclamations of delight—from both the men and the women—rivaled the boom of the fireworks that exploded over Shinnecock Bay at precisely ten p.m., perfectly timed to distract the guests from the bustle of the staff switching out the dinner buffet for the spread of desserts, coffee, and liqueurs.
No expense had been spared, no desire or craving or indulgence overlooked. Nothing had been left to chance, and every person in attendance agreed that the party was the Must Attend event of the season, if not of the year. Hell, if not of the decade.
Everyone who was anyone was there, under the stars on the four acre lot on Billionaires’ Row.
Everyone, that is, except the billionaire who was actually hosting the party. And speculation as to where he was, what he was doing, and who he was doing it with ripped through the well-liquored and gossip-hungry crowd like wildfire in a windstorm.
“No idea where he could have disappeared off to, but I’d bet good money he’s not pining away in solitude,” said a reed-thin man with salt-and-pepper hair and an expression that suggested disapproval but was most likely envy.
“I swear I came five times,” a perky blonde announced to her best friend in the kind of stage whisper designed to attract attention. “The man’s a master in bed.”
“He’s got a shrewd head for business, that one,” said a Wall Street trader, “but no sense of propriety where his cock is concerned.”
“Oh, honey, no. He’s not relationship material.” A brunette celebrating a recently inked modeling contract shivered as if reliving a moment of ecstasy. “He’s like fine chocolate. Meant to be savored in very limited quantities. But so damn good when you have it.”
“More power to him if he can grab that much pussy.” A hipster with beard stubble and a man-bun wiped his wire-rimmed glasses clean with his shirttail. “But why the fuck does he have to be so blatant about it?”
“All of my friends have had him.” The petite redhead who pulled in a six figure wife bonus smiled slowly, and the flash of her green eyes suggested that she was the cat and he was the delicious cream. “But I’m the only one of us to enjoy a second helping.”
“All your friends?”
“How much pussy?”
“At least half the women here tonight. Maybe more.”
“Man, don’t even ask that. Just trust me. Dallas Sykes is the King of Fuck. You and me? Mere mortals like us can’t even compare.”
“When I told you that I was broken, I meant it. I’m f**ked up, baby. I do f**ked up things. And I never want to taint you with that.
Scars and Secrets. What happens when your life is pervaded with both? You get a delectable story about forbidden romance and second chances. The direst secrets are usually the ones that bring us to the brink of breaking, but they are also sometimes the ones that shape us into who we are. In Direst Secret, J. Kenner takes all the decadent facets of the illicit and impassioned, and weaves them into an incredible narrative of forbidden desires. Dallas Skyes the hot-as-sin King of F**k, and Jane Martin the beautifully fragmented best selling author, have an undeniable chemistry and their temptation palatable. Yet more than their inclinations, so is their love. In a wonderfully written story line full of scandal and intrigue, you are enticed by amour and devotion. With an a twist that I’ve not seen in other books, I was captivated. The way it played out, made me fall that much harder.
I am not a fan of the ‘step’ genre and stay away from it, I had no idea that this is what this was. I was seduced based on the synopsis, and had all kinds of delicious and dark things playing in the crevices of my mind. This book? Has just caused me to re-think my stance. I loved everything about it. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all of the elements and devilish details. This was one I couldn’t put down. Ms. Kenner has just started another series that I can’t wait to devour and I’m impatiently counting down the days for book two. This is a must read for fans of the Stark trilogies, heck it’s a must read for anyone who believes or wants to believe that sometimes love can conquer all, even our dirtiest secrets.
“We destroyed each other, he and I. Even now, after so many years, we were still cracked and broken. And broken we’ll remain, because without the other we can never be whole.”