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Dirty Little Secret Audiobook

Dirty Little Secret

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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?

©2017 Kendall Ryan (P)2017 Kendall Ryan

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    Lo 15/10/2017
    Lo 15/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Start to a New Series"

    Zachary Webber and Megan Tusing did a great job at narrating which really helped me get into the story a lot quicker than I probably would of if I was reading it, but that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it as I did and the chemistry between the characters were easy and natural.

    I can't wait to see how everything is going to turn out for the Emma and the brothers.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A D. 23/10/2017
    A D. 23/10/2017
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    "A little dark, intense and mysterious."

    Kendall Ryan skillfully navigates her audience through this roller coaster ride of a story. She has created intense characters with interesting, challenging and somewhat tragic back stories and put them together in somewhat mysterious, slightly dark and definitely intense circumstances.

    The somewhat innocent head librarian Emma Bell finds herself in a non-relationship tug-of-war between Gavin Kingsley and his brother. However the heart wants what it wants, which apparently means Gavin with his inner darkness, his need to dominate and his secrets. Just when Emma bypasses some seemingly insurmountable obstacles and feels she may be able to connect with Gavin, a dark secret involving a past tragedy promises to send the characters into another tailspin.

    This plot has all the potential for a HEA but the reader will not find it in this book. Luckily there is more to come in the next part of Gavin and Emma's story. I am looking forward to listening to the next book.

    I really appreciated the two narrators for this book as it maked it easier to keep track of whose POV was being focused on at any given point in the story. Zachary Webber and Megan Tusing each do a wonderful job of bring the characters' inner thoughts and turmoil to life.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LilleyLoohLah 19/10/2017
    LilleyLoohLah 19/10/2017
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    "Super hot duet"

    Self made millionaire and super hot alpha male Gavin Kingsley doesn’t do relationships, not since his relationship ended with his long time girl friend years earlier. He runs a successful escort agency with his two brothers, and he has plenty of women vying for his attention, why spend time with the same woman twice. But, after a year of eye flirting with meek and mild, yet super sexy librarian Emma Bell, he finds himself leaving his business card in her sights, and yes, she takes the bait. Emma has been fantasising about the sexy stranger she semi stalks every morning in the coffee shop and when she finds his business card, curiosity gets the better of her and she finds herself in the offices of the exclusive escort agency, Forbidden Desires. Meeting Gavin’s younger brother Cooper and coming to an agreement with both brothers, I’m thinking she bit off more than she could chew, but admirably she manages quite well with the advances from both brothers. I love the writing and the story so much, and surprisingly the fact that it's a duet and a cliffie didn't ruin it for me (probably because I've just purchased book 2, and I'm getting stuck in as soon as I've written this review). I can't wait to find out where book two takes me and although I have an inkling about Gavin’s past I'm thinking there are going to be a few skeletons coming out of the closet from both Emma and Gavin. I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The narration from Zachery Webber is spot on, I love it. Megan Tusing was the perfect librarian. Brilliant audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Readers Together England 17/10/2017
    Readers Together England 17/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A compelling, character driven story"

    Kendall Ryan really knows how to get into a reader’s head and heart. And man, can she write a heck of a sex scene. I felt so many different emotions listening to this book. It’s a day later and I’m still thinking about it, what happened, what could happen, how things are going to play out in the next book.

    The sweet sexy librarian and the bad boy, you know I was going to love it, and I did. This book grabbed me from the first chapter and never let go. I had to listen to the book in one sitting because I had to know what was happening, who needs food or exercise when you are engrossed in a fantastic story? Not this girl! I did feel some of the details were a little repetitive at times, nothing major and it didn’t really interfere with the story, just personal taste, I guess. I feel like book two is going to break me, in the best possible way. I’m stocking up on Kleenex just in case.

    The characters in this story are really quite compelling. I’ve been thinking about this for a day or two now and I loved the interactions and how each character was so unique and not at all what you’d expect. I loved Emma, I thought she was a sweetheart. She’d been through hell but didn’t let that dull her sparkle and her strength shone throughout the book. Yeah, she’s a librarian, but Kendall didn’t make her your typical librarian, which I loved, because what rulebook says they have to be sweet and innocent?
    Gavin was such a complex character, he’d obviously experienced a lot of hurt in his life and now guards himself, to his own detriment. I just wanted him to open up to Emma and let her in. I may have shouted at him to tell her everything, that she’d understand. But when do characters ever do what I tell them? I liked the conflict he was going through, you get to experience that with him throughout the book, his head and heart pulling him in different directions.

    The relationship between Gavin and Emma gave me whiplash, seriously, I wanted to take that man by the…. ok, I’ll take a breath and calm myself. He drove me a little crazy. He’d be so sweet one moment and the next he’d be a total jerk. I felt so bad for Emma, but at the same time, I was getting frustrated because she kept going back, although, he is kinda irresistible, so it makes sense. The chemistry between Gavin and Emma was undeniable and I think that is why even though Cooper was amazing, I was rooting for Gavin. You can’t fight against that sort of attraction. With that being said I am so excited to get the next book and see where the story leads, I hope that things can be resolved because they are explosive together and I’m a sucker for a happily ever after.

    Both narrator voices complemented each other and worked perfectly together for the story. I’ll definitely be seeking out their combo in the future.
    This was my first audiobook narrated by Megan Tusing and I really enjoyed her performance, on a couple of occasions it sounded like the characters had a southern drawl, but it was a kind of blink and you miss it sort of moment, enough to warrant a mention but not enough to impact the overall performance or knock it down a star. The switch between male and female voices was smooth and each voice was distinct. Megan was perfect for Emma; a sweet but commanding performance. I am really looking forward to listening to more from Megan.

    This was not my first experience with Zachary Webber, that man has skill, I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. He narrates the POV chapters for both Gavin and Cooper. When I first realised that was going to happen I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it; if it’s another person, it needs another voice, right? Nope. Webber is that good that it didn’t require another narrator. Each character is so distinct and he really gives life to each one. His performance of Gavin was my favourite, he has that commanding tone to his voice that suited the character perfectly.

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  • sonia
    Alexandria ,Virginia, United States
    19/09/17
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    "Not quite satisfying but good"

    I almost stopped listening, in a way I wish I had, it's a cliffhanger and I hate cliffhangers. If I know going into it, it's a series, duet or trilogy, that's fine but I absolutely hate when there is no indication that it is not a stand alone.
    That said...
    The female character is weak and whines too much. She has a backbone in one sentence, then poof, it's gone. She just removed herself from an abusive relationship and is right back into another one????? WEAK! I do love Kendall Ryan, have several of her books and have enjoyed them all. But I can't stand it when an independent, strong women turns into a mush mouth and doesn't stand up for herself, when some man she just meets, runs all over her.
    Zachary Webber as always does a wonderful job and Megan Tusing, although not in his league did well.
    Not sure I'll purchase the next book IN THIS DUET.
    If there's another cliffhanger, I'm done.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    San Francisco
    09/09/17
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    "Just amazing!!!"

    Loved this!!!
    Kendall Ryan once again has created a fictional world that you just want to jump into!!

    The story line is unlike anything she's ever created and I'm wowed by her creativity and originality of character development.

    Narration was perfect! Megan Turing was perfect as Emma! And....Zachary Webber just brings the story to life once again and leaves me speechless with his depiction of the Kingsley brothers.

    So looking forward to Dirty Little Promise!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    01/11/17
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    "“Is it hot in here!”"

    Well... if you’re after a some sexy talk and steamy scenes this is the book for you.
    If you’ll excuse me I’m going to find the next book 😜

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shy G.
    30/10/17
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    "My Thoughts on Dirty Little Secret"

    Dirty Little Secret was one of those books that I absolutely enjoyed reading or listening to. It was filled with secrets and steam and great story telling. It had those characters that you just love and want more of, hopefully in the form of their own book in future. But then there were also those characters that drove you a little bit crazy and made you want to shake them at times.

    Gavin was gruff and broody and sometimes a huge jerk, but I can't help feeling that there is even more then we know from this book that has made him this way. And what we do learn definitely helps to be a bit understanding. There were moments though that the level of jerk seemed extreme and I wanted to throw something.

    Emma on the other hand was sweet and curious and had a bit of an obsessive side when or came to Gavin, but what I learned about her had me only wanting kindness and all things good to come her way. There were moments when Gavin wasn't the one I wanted for her just because I thought she deserved a nice guy.

    However the chemistry and connection between these two is impossible to deny.

    In the end I was left with so many questions and I am desperate to read book two and get the answers to my questions.

    Zachary Webber was fantastic and I loved his voice for Gavin, Cooper, and even the female lines he had to say. Megan Tusing was new to me but pretty good as well.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon Cole
    Maryland
    14/09/17
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    "Sexy and Alluring. A Great Listen!!"

    Another great story by Author Kendall Ryan!
    I loved the characters, Gavin, Cooper and Emma.
    One brother is dark and secretive while the other is light and outgoing.
    Emma finds herself in a crossroads between the two but the heart wants what it wants.
    The angst is there but it's wasn't edge of your seat nail bitting. It's just enough to keep you begging for me.
    I devoured this book!!
    Both narrators put on an excellent performance!! I truly enjoyed listening to them tell this story!!
    But be warned... there's a cliffhanger!!
    Can't wait for the second installment!!
    I'll definitely be listening to the next book too!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Vermont
    30/10/17
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    "Love forbidden romances!!"

    I adore books about quite librarians with a naughtier side to them. Emma just hasn’t found her naughty side quite yet as she just left a physically abusive relationship. So here she is, this quite, beautiful woman who wants to help find herself again. She totally obsesses over this guy at a coffee shop and as chance finally works out for her, she gets his business card and now, the stalking kicks off! OK, ok… not exactly stalking but close anyway. I was really torn here… do we go for Gavin? Gavin the CEO of a very exclusive escort service. Or Cooper, Cooper the sexy and sweet man? Tough call for a woman with no options one minute and then she’s oozing sex the next minute!

    I really liked Emma! She’s quite, she’s no risk taker, and she barely mustered the courage to leave an abusive relationship. So now she finds herself seduced by Gavin and Cooper! AND with another job as their exclusive escort… can you imagine?

    So here is where I faltered a bit. I really expected some super naughty business going down now! But it kind of petered out. I think it’s the name mostly, Dirty Little Secret, you think you’re just getting that. It fell a bit short for me. I love Kendall Ryan’s writing. Her characterization building. Even the chemistry was there. Not exactly what I come to expect from a Kendall Ryan book.

    So I've read this book and enjoyed it but audio is always so different and fun to listen too! This audio pulled me in from the first word spoken. The narrators, Zachary Webber and Megan Tusing did an amazing job on the characters. Megan seriously brought Emma to life for me! As my first Webber book, I'm kicking myself for not knowing his narrations were so enjoyable!! He is able to do different male characters justice. I was worried it would be too similar and I'd get lost but that wasn't the case! I loved it! Way to go Megan and Zachary! Superb job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    26/10/17
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    "Intriguing with amazing narrators"

    So … apparently I am more corrupt and filthy-minded than I thought, because, in all honesty, when I picked up DIRTY LITTLE SECRET, I expected something much dirtier and raunchier than what I got – with it being a love triangle, maybe even some ménage-goodness thrown into the mix to have me fanning myself.

    Still, this story is more than intriguing, with Emma having crushed on one of the Kingsley brothers from afar for so long and then being offered the golden and maybe a bit crude opportunity to become an exclusive escort for both brothers…

    Now, with an arrangement like that heartbreak is inevitable, even when her relationship with one brother although being caring and loving and safe, lacks the fuzzy and electric feelings, while the other one is explosive and dangerous and intense and carnal, no matter how brooding or grumpy the man is all the time, no matter that the romantic portion is pretty much absent. The logic choice Emma should make is blatantly obvious, especially considering her still healing heart, but said heart has a mind of its own … or hasn’t it?

    The decision is anything but easy – and is not made in this book. Damn you, cliffhanger! Ugh.

    By the way, there are not two, but three Kingsley brothers, Quinn being the third and oldest one. He is pretty much an enigma to the reader so far, there are only tiny glimpses of him here and there. But color me intrigued, far beyond the bickering banter he shares with his siblings!

    The audio book version is done by Megan Tusing and Zachary Webber. Shocking things first: It was my first time listening to Mr. Webber. Gasp! Believe me, I’m kicking myself enough for that already, because he does a stellar job! Moody Gavin or loving and carefree Cooper – they both were easily told apart, both given distinctive voices I feel in love with. And Ms. Tusing counterparts the book perfectly in the way she brings sweet Emma to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desi
    11/10/17
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    "Intensely unexpected"

    I received this audio version of Dirty Little Secret for free in exchange for an honest review.

    Wow! Firstly, Zachary Webber is just my all time favorite male narrator, and Megan does a wonderful job as Emma. Kendall Ryan is an incredible author and this love triangle between Gavin, Cooper and Emma is enticing. You really want to root for Cooper, but you’re drawn in by Gavin just the same as Emma is and you’re not really sure why.

    The cliffhanger leading into book 2 sucks, but I’ll definitely be getting the next book to find out what happens between the Kingsley’s and Ms. Bell.

    This book is definitely worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty Book Blog
    18/09/17
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    "I DEVOURED this story!"

    4.5 STARS
    I LOVED this book! I loved the uncertainty and the angst and the passion. I DEVOURED IT. A new top favorite from Kendall Ryan.
    The innocent little librarian, Emma Bell, finds herself torn between Gavin and Cooper. Gavin is the mysterious stranger she has been lusting after. Once he is a stranger no more, she soon realizes that although she is irresistibly drawn to him, he is a clear danger to her heart. He also has a rather mysterious past. Some of the things he says and does are a little cold and downright shocking. Like his brother says, he's behaving like a kid who doesn't want to share his toy. Cooper, his brother, is also intrigued by Emma. Cooper is equally sexy, but has charm and manners on his side. A tug of war between the two brothers ensues, with one brother clearly pushing the other's buttons. Adding to the intensity and uncertainly of which brother she will choose is the fact that we get all three characters POV's. Just when you think you know which brother she is going to chose, something else happens which makes you doubt. While there are three players in this game, I wouldn't really say it's a love triangle. She isn't sleeping with or even kissing both brothers so if you are looking for a "safe" book, this still qualifies.

    Wildly intriguing, a touch erotic and overflowing with suspense and angst. When it’s all said and done, Dirty Little Secret is going to leave you begging for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ana's Attic
    01/12/17
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    "If you loved Fifty Shades..."

    3.75 stars (Review for both 1 & 2)
    Dirty Little Secret and Dirty Little Promise by Kendall Ryan are a duet; each doesn’t stand alone. The first ends in a cliffy, but the main story is resolved in the second book, even though a third, featuring a different couple is coming. These were my first Kendall Ryan books, and I was excited because I have heard many good things! While I had a few issues with the duet, I did enjoy it, and plan on reading the third in the series.

    After listening for a little while, I found myself going to check when this was published. It reminded me so much of the rash of books published after Fifty Shades, that I thought perhaps I was reading Ms. Ryan's first series. We have the sweet, innocent bookworm/librarian, and the dashing, dominant, rich, broody Gavin Kingsley. He even said “I exercise control in all things”! He pilots his own helicopter, and a major plotline has some HUGE similarities to Fifty (but it’s a spoiler so I can’t say!) PLUS, the narrator is the same as Grey and Darker.

    Emma Bell, librarian, (the sweet innocents are always Emma aren’t they?) has been lusting after a guy that comes into the same coffee shop as her.
    “And every morning, promptly at ten to eight, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Sinful strolled inside and ordered a double shot of espresso to go.”

    She never had the nerve to talk to him, but one day, when he drops his card by the register, she retrieves it and googles his company, Forbidden Desires, an upscale escort service.

    We get Gavin’s POV too, and he wanted her. He left his card there hoping she’d retrieve it, but later realized it was a mistake. Too Late.
    “She was a classic next-door-type. A walking wet-dream. Something I had no right to desire, but I wanted all the same.”

    So she visits his business, and is offered a job. Gavin is denying his attraction, so he and his brother Cooper hire her to be their escort to share. (Not sex, just someone to go to events with). She couldn’t say no! Tons of money and two of the hottest guys she’s ever seen? Yes please. But of course, she was really hoping Gavin would just step up and claim her.
    “The two of them together were completely overwhelming. So much masculine energy, the room practically overflowed with testosterone, making me dizzy.”

    Gavin and his brother Cooper were two polar opposites. While Gavin was silent, broody and broken, Cooper was sweet, funny, friendly and loving. And he falls for the sweet librarian, while all Gavin does is push her away.
    "She was all wrong for me. Innocent where I was hardened, and sweet where I was rough. She’d want a tender lover, someone who was gentle and took his time warming her up, not some asshole who’d shove al nine inches in just to watch her gasp and struggle for breath…”

    As a reader, you know this is Emmy and Gavin’s story, and Cooper pretty much knew it too, but it didn’t stop him from falling for her.

    Dirty Little Secret ended on a big cliffy, but luckily, Dirty Little Promise is out already so you can grab it. We have some outside suspense that I really enjoyed in the second book. But with names like these, I expected the sex to be dirty, but the dirty talk seemed to be more of the thing. With all his talk, I expected some hot little BDSM scenes and was disappointed.
    “I think you want to feel desired and experience passion, but you’re afraid to ask for it. You want a man to take control, to make you feel wanted, and you want to feel pleasure like you’ve never imagined.”


    Likes:

    •A compelling story that kept me interested.
    •A sexy read with a dominant, brooding hero.
    •Book two had a bit of suspense and more drama thrown in.

    Dislikes:

    •Too many similarities to Fifty Shades.
    •Cooper’s reaction was ridiculous and over the top.
    •We get it. Gavin is nine inches. I wonder how often he measures?

    The Narration:
    I absolutely loved the narrators, and they enhanced the book immensely.

    The Down & Dirty:
    While I really enjoyed listening to the two books, I found myself doing some eye-rolling at the amount of common tropes this book used, and the abundance of homages to Fifty Shades. From him saying “I exercise control in all things” to him being a helicopter pilot, to other things (too much of a spoiler to say) I had to look to be sure this wasn’t published four years ago. I also felt that having “Dirty Little” in the titles implied it would be a way hotter read than it was. Still, I did enjoy listening, it kept me involved and engaged, and do want to hear the 3rd in the series.

    "When had she become my everything?”

    Rating: 3.75 stars, 4 Heat, 5 narration

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