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Summary

Agent: Kennedy Barnes

Target: Phoenix "Nix" Ash

Crimes: Hacker and Heartbreaker

Mission: Get Close and Survive

After living her life in the shadows as the daughter of a congressman's secret affair, Kennedy Barnes joins "Project Greenlight" - a clandestine intelligence organization. She's out to prove she's more than her father's dirty secret.

One of her first assignments is simple. Get close to Phoenix Ash, collect enough evidence to put him away for life, and get out unscathed.

Phoenix Ash is a world renowned hacker. He's pulled off some of the biggest heists in modern history, but never leaves a trace. He knows people are after him and that every day may be his last, but when he meets Kennedy Barnes, everything changes.

Lines are blurred and secrets are exposed as Phoenix and Kennedy both discover they do have a weakness - for each other.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-17

Couldn't even hold out until the "good" parrts

What would have made Dirty Secret better?

The protagonist, Kennedy/Eva is a mess! She's a HORRIBLE spy/covert operative. Her love interest Nix, is perfect. Exactly what he's supposed to be. But the problem is, Nix susses Eva/Kennedy out in a matter of seconds, then blows her cover in under 24 hours. After that she just keeps making mistake after mistake after massive blunder. I'm sorry, but the feminist in me was just SHREIKING. I couldn't get past it. I was so disgusted by her ineptitude that I DNF's at 20-30%. ugh. If you don't mind picking up a spy/romance thrill where the female lead is a vapid, addled mistake ridden ninny , go for it. I just couldn't do it. Nope.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert again?

Absolutely, I usually enjoy Chelle's writing, this one however missed the mark, by A LOT! Chelle, Chelle, Chelle, why oh why did you make your supposed female super spy a complete nit wit? Have you no faith in your own sex at all? We are so much more than a sum of our parts, my dear. Seriously.

Which character – as performed by Kirsten Leigh and Sebastian York – was your favorite?

I love love LOVE Sebastion York. and he did not disappoint here, Kristen Leigh, was really excellent here as well. But the weak, simpering female lead was just a total dud for me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and IRE. You know, the US actually has very effective, very powerful, very amazing female covert agents. Too bad the writers couldn't have referenced any of them when creating their portrayal of "Eva". For an example, Valerie Plame comes to mind. And let's not forget there haven't been a slew of powerful female sleuths in literature. I just don't know WHERE or HOW they went so wrong, but boy did they.

Any additional comments?

Wish I could get my money back. Der. But, thems the breaks, babe.

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  • Cheri
  • 06-04-17

Fun, Entertaining & Full of Suspense!

This was an entertaining story, full of action, suspense and lots of steamy romance. Kennedy aka Eva, and Nix were one unlikely pair; she was the agent, he was the hacker, but the chemistry and attraction between them was off the charts. I enjoyed plot, the twists, and liked how the authors weaved all the secrets, betrayal, lust and suspensions throughout the story. Kennedy's character was a little annoying. She was suppose to be this well trained secret agent but it seemed liked she kept getting herself into one dangerous situations after another, and Nix had to come to her rescue.

Dirty Secret was well worth the sale price, and I'll definitely be looking for more audios by either narrator.

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  • Cyndi
  • 14-01-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I loved this book! It was exciting and hot all in one. Something about the female agent and the bad boy was perfect for me. I wanted him to turn out to be on the right side of the law from he beginning and I dreaded when he found out that she was an agent and that kept me on the edge of my seat. This might be my favorite book by this author yet!

The narration was excellent! I am a big Sebastian York fan but something was different about his narration in this book in a good way. I actually forget he was narrating and I don't know if that is because he had a different tone throughout this book or if it was the story that made me forget. Either way both him and Kirsten Leigh did a great job narrating this book!

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  • Jan M
  • 30-03-17

I loved it!!!

This is the first book by Chelle Bliss that I have listened to. The format is the dual narration where the narrators reading entire POV chapters. I thought both of them nailed it. This book is so much more than the typical romance. It has character development, action, hot sex and unexpected twists and turns. I would love to see the author continue writing some more stories based on other characters in this book as they would be so good, yet standalone. (Wolf would be my next pick). I loved the character of Kennedy (Eva) and came to enjoy Phoenix. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was given this review copy audiobook at no charge upon my request by the author, publisher, and/or narrator and my review is totally voluntary.

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  • Misty
  • 23-03-17

Awesome listen

I listened straight through today. It was one of those books that I just couldn't stop listening to. It was nonstop action, no down time. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen. I loved it.

Kennedy is a black ops agent and Phoenix Ash is on the wrong side of the law and also Kennedy's target. Unfortunately for both of them, they end up catching feelings for each other.

I loved the strong female character of Kennedy. There were times, either with her language or behavior, that I had a hard time buying into her being an agent. However by the end, I was convinced and buying into everything she was selling. Phoenix, or Ash as he's known, is every girls dream. Alpha and hot and all man. He was such a great character to read. I'm in love.

Kirsten Leigh is a great narrator. She is a fantastic narrator! I think a little bit of the reason I had a hard time connecting with the toughness of Kennedy, however, was Kirsten's sweet, kind and passive voice. Her narration was great. Totally spot on. But her voice was just not quite aggressive or dominant enough to pass for a black ops agent. Sebastian York is amazing. SebYo is my spirit animal. He is so good at everything he does. He was a perfect Ash. Loved it.

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  • danyelle boyden
  • 03-05-17

story was great

I loved the story, kept me interested however some of the narration didn't seem right, like it was computerized or something. Also some of the emotions portrayed was off on the exciting parts; like they were supposed to be excited but narrated in a mono toned expression. but great book overall.

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  • Helen
  • 29-04-17

Really Exciting Thriller!

I really enjoyed this book! It had real danger and excitement bundled together with a very very steamy romance;) The characters were well developed, Nixe and Kennedy a.k.a Aeva had true love in between the lies that made them devoted and trusting of each other even if it was hard to do so. My favorite character was of course Coco! She made me laugh all the time, such a witty and dorky character with her pretend spy dress up❤
Loved the narrators as well! Although they are the same narrators from Dirty Work they performed so differently with out sounding different that you won't even confuse them with their other characters 👍
Recommended book for sure!

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  • DYOZ
  • 23-04-17

Exciting!!

What a story.. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I know we all like a good alpha hero but we we get here is A strong confident tough heroine that you will love!!! my adrenaline is still pumping from Kennedy's adventure!! I'm definitely hoping we get more from this kicka@@ heroine!!
so good. This story is a must!!!

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  • Sunshine
  • 19-04-17

Enjoyable spy & hacker listen.

This is a spin off character from Dirty Work. It was an enjoyable listen with adventure, secrets (lots of character secrets), spies, hackers, jealousy & sex. Narrators were great! It was worth my credit.

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  • Maria
  • 05-04-17

Great Audiobook

Worth the wait, I had the book for awhile but I held off until the audiobook was released.
Loved it, and if you like Chelle & Brenda`s books you will really enjoy this one.