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review 2018-03-19 06:16
Dirty Games
Dirty Games (The Dirty Series) - HelenKay Dimon

I absolutely loved Finn in the first "Dirty" book, so I was excited to read his story. Sadly, this second book in the series left me disappointed. As far as the story goes, there is plenty of action and intrigue, but whether it was just this book or I don't remember as much about the first one as I thought, I had trouble getting into this one. In the beginning, I felt a bit like I was being thrown into the middle of a story rather than the start. That aside, things did start coming together on that front and made for an interesting storyline. However, the romance between Finn and Justin just didn't feel very romantic. Justin's on and off, hot and cold was enough to give a person whiplash. He was like a lovesick puppy one minute and being a complete jerk the next. Plus, there's the added info of a past fling with Finn's brother which added nothing to the story in my humble opinion - other than a bit of an ick factor. I did still like Finn, but got a little aggravated with him being such a pushover with Justin. I spent a good deal of this story hoping that Finn would get tired of Justin's antics, give him a much needed attitude adjustment, and just walk away. That, in itself, doesn't say much for what was supposed to be a romance. So, while I did enjoy the first book, this one leaves me undecided about whether I'll check out whatever is next for the Dirty series.

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review 2018-02-15 06:47
Dirty Games (The Dirty Series) - HelenKay Dimon

This is the second book in the Dirty series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading the series in order.


Justin and Finn have a sort of antagonistic past.  Both of them have been insanely attracted to one another, but for some reason cannot stand the other.  This keeps them apart, which is good, since Finn could now be considered Justin's boss.


Finn has come a long way to try and solve problems that Justin asked for help with.  His reception when he arrives, however, is lacking.  Anger seems to be what the men have in common and it keeps them apart.


This was a story so full of interesting subjects.  Like other books in the series, the characters just seem so real to life leaping off the page.  I love the banter, even the anger, since it shows such real emotion.  This book gives us such compelling characters and storyline - I cannot wait to read the next installment!  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-01-09 00:22
The Pretender: Games People Play - HelenKay Dimon

The Pretender is the latest book in the Games People Play series from HelenKay Dimon. Once again I was pulled into the story from the very first page and taken on a sexy and wild ride.


I really do think Harrison Tate became my new favorite character in the series with The Pretender. Seriously he is not only super smart, but witty and sexy as all get out. He also wants to make sure Gabrielle doesn't take the fall for the murder of her sister when he knows she didn't do it. Harris and Gabby's basically instant connection totally worked for me. Harris really only ever trusted a select few people, so it was refreshing to how quickly he accepted and trusted Gabby.


Gabby was a bit of a mystery to me at first. While she was an incredibly strong and independent woman, I felt like there was more to her that what we saw at first. I knew she didn't kill her sister, but also knew she was keeping secrets about her sister. I loved how protective she was of her little sister and even understood her reasoning once she was honest with Harris about everything that had happened. 


I loved the chemistry between Gabby and Harris. I do believe part of it was they had a pretty instant connection to one another. They just worked for me as a couple, even knowing Harris was keeping a huge secret from Gabby. I knew it was torturing him, so I guess that is why I was okay with it, as I'm usually very unhappy with characters lying to each other. I will say I completely supported Gabby's reaction upon finding out the secret and have to say she actually was way more forgiving than I would have been.


I thought the suspense portion of the story line was spot on and have to say I had the wrong person in mind as the killer early on. I love when an author keeps me guessing and HelenKay Dimon did an awesome job keeping me guessing in The Pretender. I loved that while the suspense portion of the book was always in the forefront, it never took away from the romance between Harris and Gabby. The Pretender was another winner from HelenKay Dimon and I can't wait to revisit the characters from the Games People Play series soon.



Rating: 4 Stars (B+)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2017-12-22 21:07
The Pretender by HelenKay Dimon
The Pretender: Games People Play - HelenKay Dimon

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Harris has changed his ways to become a Robin Hood thief but his latest mission has him embroiled in a murder.
Gabby is the rich girl no one wants to feel sorry for and when her sister is murdered, even her uncle thinks she could be to blame. 
Harris knows Gabby isn't guilty but he can't reveal himself, however, with help from his friends he's going to work to clear her name. 
Old secrets and new attractions will be exposed.
"You ever make a mistake and feel like you'll probably spend a lifetime trying to fix it?" 
Third in the series, Games People Play, we have Harris the art thief as the star. I haven't read the others in the series yet but I didn't have a problem following along. There are obviously past characters, Harris' "boss" and future stars, Harris' friend Damon but each relationship was fleshed out enough to provide a good understanding of the group's world. 
As with most of Dimon's books, the story is full of danger, mystery, and sex. I thought this started off intense and grabbed my attention right away with a murder that leads to a tightly controlled whodunit. The story takes place on an island with only a handful of characters. Our hero and heroine's characters start off a bit in the shadows as Harris' background takes a while to be revealed and Gabby's past and motivations are kept hidden in favor of extending the mystery. I felt Gabby's story was dragged out for too long and her past reveals had me, as the reader, feeling a bit lost in terms of her character. While getting to know the characters felt stagnant and hidden, their attraction for one another felt too swift. It was hard for me to get into their first sexual encounter because of how leery they still seemed to be with one another and how I didn't really feel like I knew them yet. 
As I mentioned, this is a tight intimate story with only a handful of secondary characters that are mostly red-herrings to keep you guessing until the end. Gabby's uncle plays the out in front villain but as the story goes on, he feels pushed to the side and starts to feel more like a villainous outline rather than a fully filled out character. There are three other characters that shadow the sidelines until the end where the mystery suddenly speeds up and our villain's reasons and motivations are thrust forward. Harris' friend Damon plays a good sized role and he has next hero written all over him. 
Having this set on an island provided a sense of danger and the small cast kept the mystery intimate. Gabby and Harris' attraction feels a bit sudden and their sex scenes start to take over in place of depth and moving along the mystery side; the middle drags. However, if you're looking for some sex and mystery, Dimon never fails to deliver.

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text 2017-12-21 20:23
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The Pretender: Games People Play - HelenKay Dimon

“You are playing a dangerous game.”

“You.” She kissed his neck. “Should.” Her mouth moved to his chin. “Teach me a lesson.”

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