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Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he's all wrong for her - yet the heart wants what it wants.

But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires, will she lose herself completely?

Passion, drama, and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell's love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

This is book two in the series, following Dirty Little Secret.

©2017 Kendall Ryan (P)2017 Kendall Ryan

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Disappointing story line

I really wanted to like this Audio. I gave it my best shot because I do adore the narrators. They did an excellent job on an audio without much substance. The first audio in this series was much better than this one. The storyline seemed to forced and so predictable that it no longer held my interest. Unfortunately I’m calling it quits halfway through. I do enjoy this Author and have high hopes of enjoying future audiobooks of hers.

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Had high hopes but became too much of a cliche

UGGG!!!!! It kills me when I have high hopes about an audiobook and the story is just a let down. Book was was pretty good overall, but this one became too much of a cliche in all the bad ways that contemporary romance can get. The narrators are great and their performance in now way takes away from the fact that the storyline became completely predictable. I will listen to more of Zachary Webber & Meghan Tusing but this is where I leave this series.

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  • Tamara
  • Jacksonville, Fl
  • 11-08-17

Frustrated with the female Narrator

I'm really into story series and I really wanted to finish this book. I am a big fan of Zachary Weber narrations, but the female narrator caused me to zone out. As a result , I couldn't keep up with the story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wholly hotness

This is a steamy story,

In this book Emma chooses between the two brothers which she wants for keeps. Will it be Cooper or Gavin. Let’s just say if I had two gorgeous brothers wanting my attention, I would think that I died and went to heaven.

Loved this book and loved the narrative done by both Zachary and Megan. This one has an HEA so if you don’t like cliffhangers then you can get books 1&2 now.

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Disappointed

I didn’t care at all for Emma’s snippy attitude in this one. Seemed like a sharp change from the first book.

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  • Steph
  • Louisiana
  • 03-29-18

So good

I really enjoy the books in this series. Wonderfully told by Zachary Webber and Megan Tusing.

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Great conclusion to this love story!

This audiobook delivered a great ending to the story in Gavin and Emma’s previous book. I like the fact that Gavin became more likable, as he was kind of a jerk in the first book. It has a happy ending for everyone but Cooper, who I feel really bad for, as he lost his chance to be Emma’s love. I’m looking forward to the next book n this serves to see Cooper find his “Princess”. Narration was perfection.

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Those Kingsley brothers.....

Would you listen to Dirty Little Promise again? Why?

yes I think I would

What does Zachary Webber and Megan Tusing bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They just bring the characters to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I have no idea

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  • Denise
  • Maplewood, MN, United States
  • 03-07-18

Another great read and Megan is beginning to grow on me.

Love Zachary Webber. Good plot. The cliffhanger part two was well constructed although the whole buy this book and we’ll force you into buying the next to get closure. The whole practice is truly annoying.

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Part 2 does not stand alone

3.75 stars (review is for both parts)
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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-12-18

Lovely

Another really good book from Kendall Ryan can’t wait to listen to third book in series.

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  • Jo&Isalovebooks
  • 02-28-18

Enjoyable

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes as it is part of the DUET.

Was Dirty Little Promise worth the listening time?

YES, Always nice to listen to Zach

Any additional comments?

In my opinion this book could have been made in one part. I was left on a cliffy from book one but really this one felt a bit flat to my liking, there was just not much going forward the plot became fairly predictable and felt in a way that it was an unnecessary sequel. I would have finished the story in book one and then move to the other brother and so on and so on. Regardless, Kendall is one of my fav's and I will like to read/listen more from the author.

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  • Readers Together
  • 12-02-17

Fantastic

Kendall Ryan is quickly becoming a one-click author for me. Her books are sexy and have a fun and intriguing storyline. Her writing is very quick and smart, grabbing the reader’s attention and hauling them into the story. The characters are smart and sexy, and funny. This book will have you swooning, and laughing, and maybe getting a little frustrated and sad. And then you’ll swoon again and get hot under the collar. I listened to this book in one sitting, I just didn’t want to put it down.

Gavin Kingsley, swoon! If you liked Gavin in book 1, you’re going to fall head over heels for him in this book. Not only does he start opening up, but he does some of the sweetest things ever. His love for Emma is obvious and he’s prepared to do what it takes to keep her safe. Emma Bell is one of my favourite female characters that I’ve read this year. She’s smart and sexy, and sassy. She doesn’t take any crap, even though she’s been through a bunch of it, she’s still not prepared to lay down and take it. I love that about her.
I felt so bad for Cooper, but it had to happen, it is Emma and Gavin’s story after all. I’m looking forward to reading about Cooper’s exploits in Torrid Little Affair. It was nice to see more of Quinn and I felt we got a better feel for him and how he just wants to keep his family together.


I like how this story has progressed from book 1. Gavin’s secret is finally out, and this book starts with them dealing with that and I liked that Emma didn’t just take it. She’s was her sassy self and couldn’t just fall back into a routine with Gavin, she needed time to adjust and although he struggled with it, he also gave it to her. I really think Gavin’s character progressed the most throughout this story when I think back to book 1 and the way he was and then the end of this book, wow, he really did develop as a person and that was wonderful to see. Watching someone that was broken get their HEA. The sex scenes are off the scale hot, I’m talking melt your earphones type temps. They were placed well within the story and made sense to it. I liked the intrigue with this book, although I had guessed early on who was responsible for all the horrible things happening, it didn’t take away from the story and it was fun watching the characters figure it out.

Megan Tusing and Zachary Webber were fantastic. I loved their dual narration of this book. Their voices complement each other really well. Each character they both performed was distinct and the inflections and tones they used to convey the emotions the characters were going through was spot on, and gave depth to the character and performance. Megan and Zachary were the perfect choice for Emma and Gavin; Megan has the best voice to convey the sweet and sassiness of Emma. And Zachary performs the commanding but vulnerable aspect of Gavin brilliantly. The production was done well with no issues.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 10-26-17

Perfect end to Gavin and Emma's story

Book 2 in the Forbidden Desires series and the conclusion of Gavin and Emma’s story was the perfect end to their tale of woe. When it seemed like everything was going against him Gavin pulls out all the stops and finally mans up and claims what he wants, which is, of course Emma. Emma let's her doubts and insecurities take over, always double guessing her decisions, I was begging her in my head not to make any rash, stupid decisions. But of course, Gavin has a way with women, and now he has finally decided to let Emma in, he’s not going to let her go without a fight. With lots of sexy time, and a few twists and turns I did not see coming, I've got to say that yes, I loved this story, and yes, I'm definitely going to carry on and finish the series. I need to meet the girl who is going to break through Cooper’s now solid heart. The narration, just like book 2 was perfect. I love Zachary Webber.