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Dirty Little Secret: A Billionaire Boss Office Romance Kindle Edition
Hell, I didn’t become a billionaire before forty-five by playing by the rules.
But then she waltzed into my life…
Wren Adler, my head of PR and the star of every one of my dirty fantasies.
She's driven, fiery and more than ten years younger than me.
In other words, she’s off f-ing limits.
But when a psycho stalker starts to terrorize her and her narcissistic ex keeps making mysterious appearances in her life, the only way I could make sure she stays safe—was to have her move in with me.
So now I'm not just tortured at work, but every night as she permeates every inch of my life.
I’ve been a saint for three years.
I've kept my hands off her curvaceous body and my filthy thoughts to myself.
Until last night when she asked if I had any dirty little secrets and my resolve finally snapped.
I should have walked away.
I shouldn't have tasted her.
I shouldn't have let my hands roam.
And I sure as hell shouldn't have told her to grab the headboard.
Instead, I finally let myself indulge in the ultimate fantasy of pretending she’s mine.
Now, she thinks that she’s my dirty little secret but the truth is, I’m not only lying to her, I’m lying to myself.
I have to decide to take a chance on finally getting what I want, or walking away forever.
Dirty Little Secret is a full-length stand alone romance filled with a lot of steam. Be warned.
- ASIN : B093TLH2ZZ
- Publication date : September 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2835 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #922 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2021
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I loved Theo Carmichael who runs his own very successful mega-business and is “weeks away from 42yo.” He has lusted after his head of PR, 29yo Wren Adler for three years. She’s a voluptuous blond, blue-eyed knockout if you’re into “big-beautiful-women.” To keep us satisfied until the deal happens in chapter 14, we get their imaginary explorations of each other. Wren has an Ex named Penn who is very manipulative and has a way of keeping himself in her life, which infuriates Theo. That’s another thing…is she just stupid? I can’t believe that she keeps going back to Penn the jerk as a friend after everything that he pulled! Another facet overdone.
This book was plagued with excesses: Theo thinks he’s too old for Wren; Wren is worried about being his “dirty little secret”; belabored drama and it takes too much time to get to their first liaison. I usually enjoy Ms. Winter’s romances, and I did indeed like the story line, but there was just too much angst. Like it was designed to make the book longer. Anyway, I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through Booksprout. It would easily be a 4 or 5 star read sans so much emotional histrionics.
Now to the storyline itself; a good premise, but I expected this to go in a different direction. Instead, it didn't seem to go in ANY direction...just more and more of the same. With a title like Dirty Little Secret, I expected more excitement, more titalation, maybe even some danger or intrigue. Even if it was just about an "against the rules" affair (boss/employee) being found out by a co-worker who tries to cause trouble. Instead, what we get reads like a clean regency type romance between the H and h. With the exception of one kiss at about 40% and one sexual encounter at 53% (an attempt to make this steamy?) which they never talk about or even mention, they just go on as if it never happened and continue dancing around their feelings and each other until the end. And the H's fear that "if I tell her how I feel and she doesn't feel the same I could lose her forever" was overused and just got old. Grow a pair man!
Then there's the issue of the ex boyfriend, an entitled, manipulative jerk who lived off Mommy and Daddy's money and did nothing useful. Now this could have/should have gone somewhere. (See next paragraph.) The ex had always been accusing her of sleeping with her boss, the H. (She wasn't). She got tired of the fighting and accusations and broke up with him. But he continues constantly calling her, manipulating her to stay in her orbit. Her therapist tells her he's manipulating her, but still, she gives him the benefit of the doubt and continues to befriend him. Even after she's given proof that the ex hired the guy who's been following her stalker-like, he tells her he did it to keep her safe because he was worried about her. And she believes it? Really?
I'll tell you where I expected this story to go, where I think it should have gone so it would have been a more exciting, more realistic tale. After their first sexual encounter, maybe the don't admit loving each other, but they admit their attraction/desire and start dating. The ex continues to follow her, causing trouble, scaring her and gets pissed seeing her with the H and kidnaps her or holds her against her will. The H comes to her rescue and finally admits he's in love with her. Instead, in the last chapter before epilogue, (where she finally accepts that friendship with the ex is not possible), the H goes to see the ex (without her knowledge); tells him to leave her alone threatening legal action if he doesn't. Later, same day, she goes to see ex; tells him she's done, it's really over and they can't be friends anymore. (This would have been the perfect time for the psycho ex to hold her against her will.) But No! .... We're supposed to believe that the entitled, manipulative jerk, use to getting what he wants, who pestered her for a year after the break-up and who was jealous of her boss, just let her go without a fight, disappeared from her life never bothering her again? Seriously?
The events, as potrayed, just didn't seem believable. There could have been so much more to this story...it just never built to anything epic. Maybe my disappointment comes from the fact that I like confident men; men who know what they want and go after it. This H may have been confident in business, but certainly not with women, especially the h. And I really dislike women who are so easily manipulated or controlled (unless the story line calls for it, e.g. a natural submissive or a history that gives cause/explanation for it). A smart women would realize when she's being played and manipulated...especially after 4 yrs. After all, why did she break up with the jerk in the first place?
Ultimately, it wasn't the story I'd hoped to read. But if I take my expectations out of the equation and rate this as I would any other clean regency romance, maybe it's worth at least 3 stars.
Theo is a powerful man who is made more attractive because of the insecurities he struggles with when it comes to Wren. He can’t help but be her protector especially when it comes to her ex-boyfriend. He would do anything to make her happy but fears she doesn’t return his feelings.
It’s one of those books you can’t book down until it’s finished. Recommended!
Wren was a strong, savvy business woman, but she had a weakness in her character that annoyed me. She couldn't seem to let go of her ex even though he treated her with disrespect.
Theo was patient and helpful and tried to protect Wren when things got scary for her. When she moved in with Theo for protection, things began to heat up between them. Still their relationship was up and down and rocky.
Theo was a very hot lover and that alone was the fun for me in this relationship.
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When she is being stalked, she moves in with Theo, till it is sorted. They get closer and the inevitable happens and they sleep together. So after hanging in there, I’m thinking, finally! Until she walks out of his room, and tells him it was a drunken mistake!! Omg!!!
Theo’s no better either! MAN UP, AND TELL HER YOU LOVE HER!!! He sounds like a teenage girl, not a billionaire with a huge company!! He thinks things like, “Oh it’s so wrong, to fantasise about her in the shower. She’s my employee, it’s so bad! Just talk to her, like an adult!!!! 😡😡😢😢😢😡😡
Don’t get me started on the ‘terrifying’ stalker! It was very obviously someone hired by her ex. And no I’m not giving the plot away. It’s really obvious.
So to sum up. Boring plot, childish and weak characters, spelling mistakes, incorrect words and non existent punctuation at times. Really really not good! You have been warned!
This book wasn’t what I was expecting… I did like Theo & Wren from the start but then Wren annoyed me so much with her back and forth with Penn. Then when she accused Theo of making up the stalker issue and Penn I just didn’t like her especially after we hear her mantra at the beginning that her therapist told her about Penn and then she seemed to just forget it all.
I know they kissed them had sex a couple of times but it was 93% in to the book before they had “The Talk” about their relationship which was just way too late in the book for me.
The storyline was a good one but I just felt waiting as long as they did was a slow burn too long for me but I loved them once they got together.