Book Review: Dirty Secret by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert 3


Today we are celebrating the release of DIRTY SECRET by Chelle Bliss & Brenda Rothert. This book is a contemporary romance, standalone, title that you won’t want to miss! Check the links below to purchase it now, or to purchase the previous book in this standalone series, Dirty Work. Don’t miss the opportunity to win one of 3 signed paperbacks by clicking the link below! The contest ends soon!



DIRTY SECRET by Chelle Bliss & Brenda Rothert

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Book Blurb:


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.

This is a STANDALONE novel, but is interconnected with Dirty Work, which is now available.


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:



She smiles widely. ‘I’m going to be a kickass Ginger,’ she says, referencing the character Stone plays in Casino, but she doesn’t realize she’s closer to the Ginger from Gilligan’s Island. There wasn’t a badass bone in Coco’s body.


A bottle of beer can be swilled in under a minute.   Most women are beer. But you… you’re like the finest Cognac I’ve ever tasted. I plan to sip very slowly.


You’ve always taught me that women have all the power, and it’s true. Men will do or say anything for any tiny hope of getting into our panties.



My Review:


This is only my opinion – which will most likely be a minority opinion – but please know that I wanted to like this book, and kept trying to like this book. And while I didn’t not like it, I just found it… lacking… and not up to the level of expected quality of prior efforts by the authors. I have previously enjoyed a vast amount of the author’s work as well as the first delightful book in this series, and hope to experience that level of captivation again with their future projects (although I may be cutting off my supply with this review), I just didn’t find much to savor with this one. Don’t get me wrong, Dirty Secret wasn’t bad… it just seemed to fall short or was missing the mark. I kept waiting to be pulled in – but the writing seemed to lack heart or emotional investment, leaving me with a sense of disappointment and a scantiness of engagement while reading. The writing was highly sensual and the sex scenes were volcanically hot and creative as the couple had mind-blowing, heart-stopping, breath-taking sex; although their liaisons were mostly just that – just hot sex, hooking up, booty calls.   It may just be my personal preference but the storyline had a huge hole – it largely skipped the romance part of the erotic romance label. There was seduction but no wooing, no dates, and no actual relationship, a scarcity of emotional engagement, although there was plenty of lust and some treachery.   I understand that due to the clandestine nature of their jobs, the characters were to hold back and generally use each other for professional gain, however, this left their encounters to appear shallow once they caught their breath and redressed. I apologize if I seem a Negative Nellie – but I only write honest reviews.




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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.



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HeadshotChelle Bliss, USA Today Bestselling author, currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over thirteen books and has three series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.




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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Dirty Secret by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert

  1. Reply Caroline Jan 19,2017 10:33 am

    From the title and cover alone I can tell it’s way too smutty for me! 😉

    It’s always disappointing when books are lacking that…. spark. Sex is just sex if there’s no romantic connection. Sorry this was a miss for you.

  2. Reply Alisha Webster Jan 19,2017 2:44 pm

    You know, I really love seeing honest reviews. 🙂 Thank you for it!

  3. Reply Alan D.D. Jan 19,2017 5:29 pm

    Ugh, sex and no plot is the worst combination, and I could say the cover matches the content if you’re review is honest. Maybe next one. I prefer something with substance and not another 50 Shades.

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