Dirty Past

Dirty Past

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by Emma Hart, Lidia Dornet, Iggy Toma

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Tate Burke, the eldest of the Burke brothers and a member of the rock band Dirty B., is pure sex. Women actually throw their panties at him during shows. And Ella Dawson is the lucky little thing that gets to escort their fangirling butts out when he's done with them. Tate's a cocky son of a bitch, but there's more to him than meets the eye. Every now and then Ella


Tate Burke, the eldest of the Burke brothers and a member of the rock band Dirty B., is pure sex. Women actually throw their panties at him during shows. And Ella Dawson is the lucky little thing that gets to escort their fangirling butts out when he's done with them. Tate's a cocky son of a bitch, but there's more to him than meets the eye. Every now and then Ella gets a rare glimpse of the Tate behind the bad-boy act, and it attracts her in the most annoying way. The most annoying, heart-thumping, panty-wetting way. When her raging mad, abusive ex turns up at the hotel room that Ella and Tate are sharing, Ella knows that she'll need more than just a little protection. Tate sees red, and Ella can't help but lean on him despite his bad-boy ways. And now? Now, he's in a whole lot of trouble.Contains mature themes.

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"[I]t is hot." —Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust

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Tantor Media, Inc.
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Burke Brothers Series , #2
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MP3 - Unabridged CD
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5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Lidia Dornet is a Brooklyn-based artist who specializes in voice-over and dance. She is heavily addicted to yoga, karaoke, and all things made of chocolate. Lidia is also obsessed with the Talking Heads, David Bowie, and the Clash.

Iggy Toma is a voice-over artist, musician, and activist based in New York City. He is an avid reader of romance and mystery, and he has a soft spot for daytime soap operas.

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Dirty Past 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would have been a much better read if there were about five hundred fewer "ain'ts" I had to cringe through. I couldn't get past how it seemed to be every other word and I am no grammar nazi here. And I'm sorry, she's not even close to a Harvard graduate. State University?....maybe, but come on now....just because you can write that she was doesn't make it so. And her free law advice was brought to you by Dr. Google. I'm forcing myself to finish this book because I hate wasting money, but honestly I'd rather move on.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I was hoping to like and enjoy reading Dirty Past.  I wasn't expecting to be so impressed with the story and characters. There were still parts I think could've been handled better, but for the most part the book was perfect. Ella and Tate come from different backgrounds, but there's something in Ella that pulls Tate to her.  Ella will admit to herself about finding Tate attractive, but there's something in him that reminds her too much of the situation she's just left behind, so she's weary of him.  I loved seeing big bad Tate, soothe Ella and console her when she needed it.  While Tate was instantly attracted to Ella I like how she took her time in letting him in and trusting him.  I laughed when every time they'd get a chance to be alone, it was interrupted them, leaving Tate frustrated. I really liked how Emma Hart handled the issues Ella faced for the most part.  She really nailed the fear and vulnerability a person who has escaped from that situation feels. While I love that Ella got her groove back and some semblance of justice, I do wish those who hurt her had gotten what was their due. Especially her family.  I can't begin to tell you how pissed off at them I was for the things they said and did. I'm glad she had the Dirty B family to support her and give her what she needed to be strong and move on. The story is full of light moments, dark moments, and everything in between.  I read this book in what seems like no time at all and couldn't put it down.  Having met Mila, Sofie, and Conner, for the first time, I can see I'm going to have to read Dirty Secret, their story.  This isn't because I was lost, but because my curiosity was aroused while reading this story. I also can't wait to read which brother/twin falls in love next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story that made me laugh out loud. you won't regret it if you love amazing character relationships and alpha males!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am familar with spouseal abuse...my wife suffered thru 10yrs before we meet..i helped her get ride of the jerk and married her 43 years ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole book was full of (ain't this and ain't that repeatedly...non stop) that was so annoying and such a frustrating thing to have to read through!! Who ever the hell proof read this did a crappy job. Forced myself to finish book but let me tell you that by the end I wanted to smack the stupid illiterate author!! I actually liked the book and thought it was a good story line but the ain'ts killed it for me. That is the only reason I will NOT be purchasing any more of her books. It is my opinion you should be able to enjoy the books you read, it's awsome if the author has the ability to make you get lost inside his or her book with the world it creates or picture it paints; thats how you know it's an awsome book and the author has mad skills. This unfortunately just could not happen for me even though I tried due to how annoying & rediculouse the ain'ts were!!!
HollyJenae More than 1 year ago
232 pages. Can be read as a stand-alone. Steamy sex occasionally. Not worth $4.99. I didn't actually like any of the characters and the love btwn Tate and Ella was not realistic, interesting, or romantic. I grew up in the south and the only people who use the word darlin' at all anymore are elderly people and certainly not in every damn sentence. I didn't understand why her short, two-syllable name (Ella) was something that needed to be shortened but Tate insisted. I purposefully started with this book and not the first so that I didn't have to read a story with a kid involved and that exact kid is all through this book. The kid also has an incredibly unrealistic personality. I don't like the main characters and I don't like the side characters. Most annoying of all would be the ridiculous cursing. I love cursing (or as I like to call them - sentence enhancers) as much as the next person but I don't think the author actually knows how to curse. She attempted to jam as many curse words into each sentence as possible whether they fit, flow, work, or not. So awkward. But the most annoying part..... ***SPOILER ALERT*** The abusive ex doesn't get in trouble for anything he's done to her and she lets him off scott free to go do it to someone else. I'm not blaming the victim for what happened to her but she just doesn't want to take the time to drag her ex through the legal system once she's free..... and save the next unsuspecting woman. Total BS. Crap book.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Dirty Past by Emma Hart is the second book in her Burke Brothers series. I was blown away by book one - it was the first book I read by Emma Hart and made her an auto-read author for me right away. Ella and Tate's story in this book was no less impactful. Ella has left an abusive past behind her and has stepped back out into the world and directly into a job as a PA for a boy-band. Tate and Ella butt heads almost immediately and while she is still coming to terms with a life that is NOT filled with abuse, Tate is coming to terms with the fact that his bad boy reputation may just be getting shelved for good. I absolutely LOVED this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all the brothers, I wouldn't have thought Tate would be next! Well written plot, love story & when they finally get to the steam...whew!! Will have to patiently wait for #3 now....sigh....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Consider this series well written and great reads.
Christine Burns More than 1 year ago
This author's way of writting was refreshing. I loved everything about this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont wasge your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy with this series! Thought Tate was an ass in the last book but he has totally redeemed himself! Love when the bad boys have such a soft side to them.
ValleyoftheBookDoll More than 1 year ago
Ella Dawson has lived a glamorous lifestyle. A life many would envy based on what they view. What outsiders don’t get to see is what really goes on behind the closed doors of the Manhattan high-rise and Hampton summer home. For two years, Ella has served as her fiancé’s personal punching bag. Needing to finally be rid of the toxic man and abusive world, she escapes to become the personal assistant to Dirty B’s flirty bassist. Tate Burke is well-known for his womanizing ways. He sings and the females flock toward him and fall at his feet. It’s what he’s used to and what he knows. But that custom comes to a screeching halt when his newest PA would rather yell his name in anger than in pleasure. His sassy PA is a force to be reckoned with and he’s eager to take that challenge if it means being able to stare at her all day. What started off as an urge to challenge and rile her up begins to change into a need much stronger and deeper than anything he’s ever felt before. When Ella’s dangerous past comes for her, he realizes it’s his mission to protect and keep her safe in every way possible. Ella’s ex won’t stop until he has what he thinks is his, and Tate won’t hesitate in setting him straight. ****** The first few encounters between Ella and Tate, he came on a bit too strong for my liking and I was nervous to see how Ella would react. I think the response he had towards Ella’s cheeky attitude caused him to one-up his usual behavior and take maybe a tad too far. To a female with Ella’s past, he seemed a bit rough and frightening, so her reactions made sense and I found myself cringing at his movements. Though he scared her beyond belief, there was a feeling deep inside her that knew he wasn’t anything like her ex. I loved the way she handled herself in situations like that, where he brought out that learned fear. She could’ve easily broken down, but instead she stilled herself and allowed the moment to breeze over most of the time. The character development was above par throughout the book. It was lovely to see the transition Tate made from manwh**e to protective and love-crazed. While Ella was strong in the beginning—leaving a destructive relationship is something not many women can find the strength to do and she managed to do so—she truly broke out of her shell toward the end and found who she was without any of her negative influences. It was clear how much lighter and brighter she was once everything was put to rest. Ella and Tate’s relationship seemed so natural and effortless despite the bumpy introduction. Jumping from one relationship to another so quickly will usually land an eye roll from me, but in this case, it was just so right. As the book continued it became clear to me that Ella and Tate, as cheesy as it sounds, completed each other. Their relationship was something I never once questioned at any point in the story. The banter and sexual tension went through the roof in this book! That tension that Ella and Tate held in the beginning really sparked up the story and drove the rest of it into gear. There was a few sex scenes that were told in detail, but in a tasteful manner. Then there were others that weren’t explicitly detailed and simply eluded to the next step. After all, some moments are better left to the imagination. Mixed in among the sexy and emotional, were also moments of humor that really lightened the darker moments the story had to offer. Like usual, Emma Hart gave life to the secondary characters in a way that added to the story, but never overshadowed the main characters. It was great to see that family dynamic that Ella had never been able to witness or be a part of in her life. Emma did an amazing job with such a painfully difficult topic. Dirty Past was a beautiful telling of finding the light in the darkest of places and strength in the weakest of moments. The story itself had such great development and had a mixing of emotions to keep you engaged and on your toes. Highly recommend you pick up Dirty Past and ready yourself for an emotional journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this was the best book!!! I love tate and ella. In book 1i wasnt sure i would like tate...i fell in love with him...great series. Will be starting the next book now. Love, love, love it and Mila is a star...would have liked to see matthew go to jail that was my only dislike to this book, and her parents to get theirs
TexasAmmethyst More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Emma Hart! I absolutely loved the first book in the Burke Brothers series, and couldn't wait for more! I was not disappointed with Dirty Past and it was well worth the wait! Tate Burke is a dirty-mouthed, alpha-male, rocker with an absolute heart of gold hiding under his gruff exterior. It obviously just took the right woman to find it! Ella is a woman escaping an abusive relationship and hiding from her past working as the personal assistant for the Dirty B's. Her and Tate have a ton of chemistry and she brings out his protective nature. The story is well developed and full of steam, of course!! I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves hot men, smart women, and a happily ever after!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago