Wednesday, April 20, 2016

3 stars--Dirtiest Secret (S.I.N., #1) by J. Kenner

There's no denying your love life is complicated when the man you're in love with is...your brother.


Yes. Things are complicated for Dallas and Jane. Not only that pesky little hitch but they've a complicated past as well that's left them both pretty dysfunctional.

Dirtiest Secret wasn't all that dirty but it was curious and a spot twisty. The writing was easy and while not all that layered or rich it kept me reading and fairly entertained. There were good bits and some oh-dear-that-was-unfortunate bits, as well, as Jane sets out to close the distance that's grown between her and Dallas once and for all.

So. The good bits!

>>> The taboo factor. Dallas and Jane have loved each other for nearly two decades but they've kept apart and rarely see each other now that they're grown. The issue? Well, they're siblings. At least legally. It's all kinds of messy but her mom married his uncle ages ago then Dallas's bio dad died and his uncle adopted him. So...legally siblings but no blood relation. The stigma is still there as they fight their attraction and desperately try to keep their feelings hidden from family and society. And I kinda liked it!

>>> The history. When they were teens they were kidnapped and held for weeks before finally being released. It left them both damaged and 17 years later they're still dealing with the fall out of both the trauma and the sexual bond they created while they were held captive.

>>> I liked both Dallas and Jane. At least from what you see of them. You really don't get to know them all that well other than what they've gone through in the past and that they have a thing for each other and are tormented by it. But there was nothing about them that really bothered me. I was good with them.
"Take off the robe," he says. "And then walk to me."

I lick my lips. "Dallas."

"Do you want me to make you come?"

The question is so unexpected it shocks me, though under the circumstances, it really shouldn't.

"Yes." I say, because he would know any other answer is a lie.

"Then I want no hesitation. No argument. Walk to me, Jane. I want to see you move. I want to watch you and anticipate touching you. I want to study your body and ponder the best way to get you off."

Oh. Well, okay then. 
>>> The Heat. Now this is in the icky bit too but the good part was the chemistry between these two. They definitely have it going on but other than for the most part they do a lot of starting and stopping before anything too good happens. It does eventually but has a bit of a twist which was different.

>>> The mystery.  The people behind their kidnapping were never found and Dallas has made it his life's mission to hunt them down and figure out why he and Jane were kidnapped. There's a little stalking thread as well with him receiving some obsessive letters. I think that will end up being rather predictable but we shale see. I do wish a little more had been put into the mystery plotline but it was pretty good and kept me guessing and curious.

The icky bits!

>>>  Early on before the hero/heroine get together there's a scene where he's with two women. He's got his mouth on one pussy. His fingers in another pussy. The heroine shows up right after they've finished and sees em all and bails (she'd not seen the hero in a long while) and he chases after her and less than like 20 minutes after the hero's had his mouth on stranger pussy he and the heroine are making out. And all I can think is ewwwww you've now got random unknown skank juice all in your mouth! I just could NOT let that go. It wasn't even mentioned. They just go about like nothing happened. And it stuck with me the whole damn book.

>>> The other issue I had was that one of the main sex scenes is a flashback to when they were 15 years old and captive. And it is a detailed sex scene with clit sucking and all. And, nope. I just have no desire at all to see 15 year olds fucking. Even in a flashback. That's just icky and gross and really unnecessary. It's one thing to know they had sex back then but detailed on the page...nope. And, of course, even though they're both virgins and terrified it's the!

Will I continue?

Probably. Maybe. This ends on a semi cliffhanger. They're in a HFN and the cliffy has to do with the mystery and the next stages of that being figured out. So it worked and didn't leave me grumbly. And while I had some issues with the sexy bits I wouldn't mind seeing where things go from here. I'm not having a case of major grabby hands though. I was kind of underwhelmed by the writing as a whole and expected more...something. More developed maybe? The writing was pretty basic. Not a bad thing but I really thought it would be more rich. So this one is more an I'll read it when I read it kind of series and probably a library borrow if I'm not sent the next for review.

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.

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (author) | Pervy Girl (siblings) | Goodreads

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