Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Dirty Secret - Kira A. Gold

Have you ever just fallen in love with a book and no matter what anyone else thinks you're going to love that book, cherish it, reread it? I have, most recently with The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold. This lyrical novel is the kind of whimsical romance a girl can only hope to find on the shelves of a bookstore.

Rating: 5 Stars
Published: March 28, 2016
Genre: Adult, Romance, Erotica
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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From the Desk of Donna Edith…

My services are unconventional. My clients come to me with needs and I match them to other clients with needs of their own…

Promising young architect Killian Fitzroy: Driven, clever, eager to prove himself. Starved for sex, though he’s come to me for professional assistance, not personal. Needs: Someone unique, creative and fast. An artist with a feminine perspective to breathe life into a house he’s built.

Aspiring scenic designer Vessa Ratham: Sensuous, spontaneous, but secretive. Recently returned to Vermont armed with an art degree that qualifies her for little more than waiting tables. Needs: An opportunity to shine.

Yes, Killian and Vessa will satisfy each other nicely—in more ways than one.

The Dirty Secret is the kind of book you highlight endlessly, the words speaking to your heart and soul, the images coming to life in front of your eyes. I've never described an adult romance or erotica novel as beautiful before, but this book is just that. I read passages aloud, I would flip pages back just to re-read scenes, and I read it at every free moment I could. I couldn't put Vessa or Killian away, nor the beautiful house they blossomed in. The Dirty Secret reads like it is based in some beautiful fairy-tale world, the love between a hiding fairy princess and a wayward traveling soul, while it's really based in Vermont and is a story as real as any a person could live. Kira A. Gold, an author unknown to me until now, has a way with words that make them glitter and come alive. It was more than just the descriptions of feelings from the two main characters, but the way she described a bed, a wall color, or skin against skin. I felt the feelings with Killian as he watched the elusive Vessa decorate, I felt the kiss of her lips against his skin, the feel of their rug under their undulating bodies, all because of the incredibly descriptive style Gold uses to build the story to climax.

"She pushed him backward, wishing she could crawl inside his bones, wanting to be inside his structure, his strength."

Aside from the words, I loved the characters and their distinct characteristics and POV's. Trustworthy Killian sees things analytically and he's so career driven he hasn't even managed to get his own place. Bewitching Vessa is an artist through and through, determined beyond anything, finding hope in the dying leaves of a flower and connecting colors into feelings. Their meeting, though meant for business purposes, brings fiery chemistry and unsettles Killian in such a way that he just cannot let her go. Vessa carries secrets though and has her trust held so deeply in her heart that no one can pull it from her. When they finally give in to one another though, that's what the romance of this book comes to life. They become like other characters; they're lively, their sexual, they whisper secrets on their breath, however as soon as the moment ends the secrets are locked away again. It was enchanting to watch these two on the slow, drawn out path they were on, giving and receiving, but not giving enough and finally growing and developing from the shadows they were. I loved getting to know both of them in bits in pieces, sort of like the house they were putting together from scratch. Then there's the secondary characters, the co-workers, the landlord, Donna Edith the Matchmaker. Each character was so unique and played significant roles into how each character acted in different situations. It wasn't just rainbows, butterflies, and smut, but their careers, their moments when separated, that made the characters and the story feel realistic.

"'Oh, are we up to no good?' she asked, turning in his arms. She kissed his mouth. He chuckled and kissed her back. She tasted like her coffee and the sweetness that was just her, and as always, he rose to the occasion, cock hungry, hands grabby."

Finally, is the home that Killian and Vessa meet in. Set up by reknowned Matchmaker, Donna Edith, she knows there's more than meets the eye when it comes to both characters, more than just a house. What begins as an architect needing an interior decorator, and an artist needing her first big break, soon grows into both recognizing their true wants and the desire they find in one another. The home is outrageous, it's gorgeous, it's everything I would want by myself and just like Starla said, nothing I would ever admit to. It was such a magical setting for the relationship to grow, a secret place, a place made of glitter, romance, and all things good. As a huge fan of interior design, the parts of the book that related to each individual room, and the acts that took place in them, were my favorite.

"He sat down on the fourth stair still holding the rail, listening to his heartbeat, absorbing the whimsy of the walls, lighthearted and welcoming and sexy-Vessa all over-and happy. Relief washed over him in slow waves."

This lyrical book was a complete surprise, the kind that leaves a mark on your heart. This wasn't the kind of erotica that makes you feel like you need a shower or need another book to get you out of that single-mindedness, no this is the kind of erotica that had a backbone, it was more than two people meeting for a quickie or finding their sexual tastes. Every moment in this book was hot, sultry, clothes on, clothes off, main or secondary characters, because everything felt monumental when I read. It's a story of art, architecture, friendship, family, honest, and love and it was a complete joy to read. This unique, flirtatious novel is absolutely one I suggest you one-click.

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