Dirty Games

Dirty Games

by HelenKay Dimon

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Dirty Games by HelenKay Dimon

Sometimes, to get what you want in business or in love, you have to get your hands dirty. Luckily for Finn and Justin, dirty comes naturally.

Finn Drummond is the baby in a family of sharks—which means he’s worked twice as hard to make a name for himself. After learning the tricks of the trade from his brothers, Finn’s just as ruthless and dominant. Out in the field, his appetites are legendary: for success, for money, for women and men. But when supplies from Drummond Charities go missing, Finn has to partner up with the smoldering ex–Army grunt who’s always challenging his authority—or giving him mixed signals.

Justin Miller wanted his attraction to Finn to be mutual, but the cocky brat always had a girlfriend. Who could blame Justin for trying to move on? Despite their history, they’ve got to work together to figure out who’s been derailing their humanitarian work. But after Justin and Finn are thrown together against gunrunners and kidnappers, their simmering chemistry turns explosive. Turns out, Finn knows how to handle himself in a crisis—and in the sack. Justin only hopes that hot sex is enough to persuade this spoiled pretty boy to do the right thing.

Praise for Dirty Games

“A fast-paced, energetic, and steamy story . . . [Dirty Games] delivered.”—All About Romance  
 
“Smoldering and exceptionally suspenseful . . .If you love romantic suspense, this won’t disappoint.”—What’s Better Than Books? 
 
“A slow burn . . . that keeps you guessing.”—The Novel Approach 
 
“Suspenseful, angsty . . . The chemistry between Justin and Finn is hot.”—Xtreme Delusions  

Fall in love with the men of HelenKay Dimon’s thrilling novels:
 
The Tough Love series: MR. AND MR. SMITH | THE TALENTED MR. RIVERS | GUARDING MR. FINE
 
The Dirty series: DIRTY DEEDS | DIRTY GAMES

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399179990
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Series: Dirty Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 247
Sales rank: 26,803
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and Mira Costa College.

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Chapter 1

Justin Miller had reached his limit. He’d been sending messages to his boss in Germany from here in Morocco. The charity, the missing shipments, incorrect manifests, the drop-offs that were light on food and supplies—something wasn’t right and Justin needed answers.

Today was the day for a showdown. Alec Drummond would touch down and come see him. They’d worked together for almost seven years. Alec, the aloof businessman who owned and ran a billion-dollar international agricultural business. Justin, the guy paid to run the ground operations of the business’s charitable arm.

Justin was the one in the field. When things went wrong, when people died, it fell on him. That meant he spent a good portion of the day shouting and issuing orders, which worked for him, because ten years in the army had honed those skills.

Oliver Jacobsen, his second-in-command, stepped up beside him at the open double-door entrance of the twenty-foot octagonal tent—just one of many. This one served as his office and included both emergency sleeping quarters for him in the form of a cot and a place for his executive staff to work and meet.

Justin watched a nondescript black sedan drive into camp, kicking up dirt and rocks on the unpaved road. He bit back a curse. The last thing he needed was an annoying billionaire poking around, but this had to be done. The good news was Alec tended to be smart about these things. He traveled without fanfare and blended in. He didn’t use a chauffeur or flash his wealth around. He also didn’t like being summoned, and Justin had basically done that, so this should be an interesting meeting.

The front passenger door opened. A long leg encased in olive cargo utility pants appeared first, then the rest of him. No suit. No insisting on someone opening the door for him.

So far, so good.

Justin’s eyes traveled up to a trim waist, over an impressively flat stomach for a guy who sat at a desk all day and . . . crap. Justin froze. It had to be eighty outside and every muscle tightened to the point of snapping.

That wasn’t Alec. The guy didn’t even turn fully around before Justin identified him. The light brown hair and broad shoulders. The high perfect ass that even practical pants couldn’t hide. The newcomer shifted and that smile came into view. The one with the dimple Justin couldn’t quite make out from this distance but knew was there.

Six foot one of pure walking sex. Big brown eyes and the chiseled face. Justin didn’t have to search his mind for the memory. Finn Drummond occupied a permanent space there, no matter how hard Justin tried to shake the vision free.

Then Finn moved. With each step his brown boots crunched against the gravel path. He might be the youngest Drummond brother in a family of socially aloof overachievers, but determination and self-confidence pulsed off him. Yeah, he knew his place in the world; he’d staked a seat at the very top of the food chain.

Justin decided to fall back on his general hatred of entitlement. “You’ve got to be kidding.”

“What’s wrong?” Oliver asked, not bothering to lower his voice or whisper in that polite British accent of his.

“That’s the wrong Drummond brother.” The right one in so many ways. The one Justin fantasized about. Not as much recently, but nonstop a few years back after they first met. Six years, two months ago, but who was counting. The wrong Drummond brother because this guy should have off-limits tattooed on his forehead.

Finn showing up amounted to a big damn problem. Justin had been prepared to talk the cargo supply issue out with Alec. To stay calm and reasonable, if possible, and present evidence that shipments weren’t getting here as scheduled.
Alec appreciated people being blunt and prepared. Justin had no idea how to deal with Finn. He’d failed every time they’d met over the years. It didn’t happen often, only once a year, but there was that one time with the odd vibe that felt like flirting. Every other time Justin had kept a mental distance while deep inside he imagined touching Finn, knowing it couldn’t happen because Justin had tried the straight guy thing once and never again.

He waited until Finn stopped in front of him. When the younger man started to say something, Justin jumped in first. “Alec sent you?”

Justin’s smile didn’t waver as he turned to Oliver. “Salaam.”

“You speak Arabic?” Oliver sounded more than a little surprised.

“Probably just the one word he heard on a television show,” Justin said, getting the first shot in.

“Not quite.” Finn nodded in greeting to some of the men and women bustling around him before turning back to Oliver. “Being multilingual is a requirement of the job, though I admit it’s a work in progress.”

There was that damn smile again. It made Justin want to punch the guy.

Oliver nodded. “Impressive.”

No way was Justin admitting even that much. “Not really.”

“I agree. It’s the least I can do.” Finn spared Justin a quick glance then held out his hand to Oliver. “Finn Drummond.”

“Oliver Jacobsen.”
The smiles, the greetings . . . Justin hated all of it. Seeing his usually hardworking staff and volunteers roaming around carrying what looked like empty boxes and pretending to work just to get a peek at the hot rich boy pissed Justin off. He understood being curious about the big boss, the billionaire who could afford to fly in for a one-day meeting then out again, but Finn was not that boss.

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Dirty Games 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Dirty Games by HelenKay Dimon is the second story in her LGBTQ romantic suspense series Dirty. It”s a fast paced and action packed story with a sexy romance between two acquaintances who find themselves looking for more. Finn Drummond, the youngest of the Drummond siblings has had to work hard to make a name for himself. He’s decided that the charity arm of the company is where he wants to make his mark, and sets out for Morocco, and a refugee camp that they fund. There have been some missing deliveries recently, and the camp leader, Justin Miller has put in a request for help. Finn’s determined to help discover what’s going on behind the scenes. Justin had been expecting Finn’s older brother Alec to show up, not the sexy, handsome man he’s had an inconvenient crush on for years. When he first met Finn, Finn had a girlfriend and Justin had slotted him in the ‘not available’ category, believing he was straight. As it turns out, Finn is bisexual, as evidenced by his not so concealed mutual attraction to Justin. Justin and Finn begin a heated affair, one that they have to keep under the radar due to laws in Morocco against homosexual activity, not to mention that Finn is technically Justin’s boss. But when accidents keep happening around Finn and his life appears to be in danger, will it draw them closer or push them apart for good? I’ve been a fan of HelenKay Dimon’s romantic suspense novels for a few years now (I’m particularly fond of the Holton Woods series) so I always look forward to reading a new release from her. This one has a particularly current storyline, with a relief camp for refugees in Morocco on the border with Spain’s autonomous city Cueta dealing with a humanitarian crisis. The setting is well described, including trips in the local countryside to Tangier, and what life is like in the camp. Finn is there to investigate missing food and aid shipments, ones believed to be stolen and traded for arms shipments. Determining who is responsible and why is the focus of much of the story with Justin and Finn constantly finding themselves in danger as they get closer to the perpetrators. While the action plot moves along swiftly, I didn’t find the romance between Finn and Justin to be as compelling as I’d hoped. I really enjoyed Finn’s character in the first in the series, Dirty Deeds, but I didn’t find a lot of chemistry between him and Justin here. Justin is reluctant to share his real feelings about Finn with him, and while there are some steamy sex scenes, I wasn’t as sold on them as a couple. Still, I was glad to see them get their happy for now ending (as much as can be had in a country where their relationship is forbidden) and the action kept me turning the pages. While this one isn’t my favorite, HelenKay Dimon remains one of my go-to authors for romantic suspense and I’m hoping there will be a story for Griff Drummond in the not too distant future.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--DIRTY GAMES is the second instalment in HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary, adult THE DIRTY erotic, M/M romantic suspense series-a spin off from her TOUGH LOVE series. This is billionaire businessman Finn Drummond, and former soldier/ humanitarian Justin Miller’s story line. DIRTY GAMES can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Finn is the brother of Alec Drummond (Dirty Deeds #1). NOTE: DIRTY GAMES contains graphic scenes of M/M sexual situations, intended only for mature readers. Told from dual third person perspectives (Finn and Justin) DIRTY GAMES follows Finn Drummond as he embarks on a journey to investigate the Drummond Charities humanitarian work in Morocco, currently administered by the acerbic but sexy Justin Miller. Missing supplies, with a possible connection to local gunrunners finds Justin and Finn targeted in a deadly game against an unknown enemy. What ensues is the building relationship between Justin and Finn, and the potential fall-out as Justin’s mercurial mood swings, and unpredictable temperament force Finn to walk away on more than one occasion. Six years earlier, Justin Miller met the man who has starred in all of his fantasies but at the time Finn Drummond was in a relationship with a woman. Believing he didn’t have a chance with Finn, Justin embarked on a one-night stand with the closest thing to Finn Drummond, his older brother Alec, a man who suspected he was only a temporary fill-in for Justin’s fantasy. Finn Drummond has struggled to make a name in the Drummond Corporation but his attraction to Justin Miller meant working for Drummond Charities could very well allow him to cross paths with the man with whom he would fall in love. The relationship between Finn and Justin is one of immediate attraction but Justin tries to keep his distance, failing miserably, as his actions prove unpredictable, erratic and explosive. Finn believes Justin despises the ground upon which he walks but Justin struggles with his attraction to a man he believes to be attraction to women and not to men. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic, and intense with graphic M/M text and language. The world building focuses mainly on the building relationship between Finn and Justin, and Justin’s inability to let go of his heart, but also on the hunt for the people responsible for the missing shipments. Several suspects pose potential threats but only one is desperate enough to kill. DIRTY GAMES is a sexy, edgy and suspense filled story line. An act of betrayal that threatens the lives of two men, against an impossible situation. The premise is dramatic, energetic and thrilling; the romance is provocative and captivating; the characters are spirited, complex and realistic. DIRTY GAMES is an engaging, imaginative and intriguing story.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, smoldering, and exceptionally suspenseful! Dirty Games, the latest novel in the Dirty series is an action-packed, steamy tale involving the determined, feisty, youngest Drummond brother, Finn and the serious, ruggedly handsome, snarky Justin as they reluctantly work together to solve the mystery behind the missing humanitarian aid shipments. The writing is clear and crisp. The characters are hot-headed, relentless, and stubborn. And the plot sweeps you away into a push-pull storyline filled with tension, deception, danger, political instability, arms dealing, red-hot chemistry, sexy times, and violence. Overall, Dirty Games is an enjoyable, entertaining, passionate read and even though I preferred the first novel in the series, if you love romantic suspense this won't disappoint.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful, Angsty and HOT! Dirty Games is the second book in HelenKay Dimon's The Dirty series but it stands alone and you won't feel lost if you haven't read book one, Dirty Deeds. (It's a great book though, and I highly recommend it.) Dirty Games didn't hit me as hard as Dirty Deeds did but I still loved it. Justin Miller is in charge of handling a humanitarian effort for Drummond Charities in Morocco. Finn is the youngest of the Drummond brothers and he's been sent to Morocco to help figure out who is stealing supplies sent to the humanitarian effort. Wow, Justin has to be one of the biggest jerks I've read in a long time. He has been lusting after Finn for years but Finn always seemed to have a girlfriend and Justin doesn't do straight guys (he doesn't know that Justin is bi.). Finn has also had a thing for Justin but Justin has always seemed to dislike him. I'm going to disagree with a lot of other reviewers who seemed to think that Justin was just too much to deal with and didn't like him at all. I think the point was to see just how bad he could be and yet still be redeemed in the end. Since this is a romance, it's no spoiler to say that all ends well but boy did Finn have to work hard to get Justin to admit there is something serious between them. The chemistry between Justin and Finn is hot and so is the sexy time when they finally get together. This book touched on my emotions and made me cry for some of the things these two go through. I love the way Ms. Dimon ended this story. Even though he's not mentioned much, I hope that the middle Drummond brother, Griff, gets a book of his own. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
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.
NatReadsMM More than 1 year ago
This action/adventure plot was very good and included an enemies to lovers trope, with Finn and Justin trying to determine where, how and why supplies for a refugee charity went missing and who might be involved. Expecting Alec, Justin is upset when Finn arrives to investigate instead, as he’s had a crush on him for years, but believes Finn is straight. But they’ve rarely even seen each other over the six years, so not much of a past together. Naturally, Justin immediately gets mean and insulting, throwing Finn’s wealthy background in his face. I mean, how else do you let someone know you’re attracted to them? Finn’s no pushover though, and proceeds to dig into the matter. The action was entertaining and suspenseful and the setting was pretty fascinating, near the border of Morocco, where it’s also dangerous to be gay or bi. The author explains more of that in her endnotes. Some of the geography and sights were quite detailed and enhanced the story’s mood. However, Justin’s interaction and dialogue with Finn was annoying, Justin treating him to antagonistic rhetoric several times over. To me, the background and reasons given weren’t enough to support the bitter attitude he clung to. Finn didn’t show very well in some scenes either, since I would expect him to be much more verbally reactive to Justin’s comments than he was given in the dialogue. The hot and cold lasts until the very end and the romance part of this story wasn't solid enough, lost in the hostility. I focused on trying to figure out whodunnit, with a lot of misdirection and suspects involved, so the culmination was exciting and the perpetrator unexpected. The gunfights, explosions and car crashes broke up the MC’s emotional battle often enough to keep the pace moving and retain my interest in discovering answers. It does stand alone, so it isn’t necessary to read book 1 but it’s always helpful for continuity. If embattled lovers are your jam, and you like action adventure, this book might be one for you. *An ARC was provided by the author, publisher or promotional service and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review for Jessie G Books Reviews blog*
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
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! ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.
BoxerLover2 More than 1 year ago
Justin Miller, ex–Army grunt working for a charity in Africa. Finn Drummond, the baby in a family of sharks. Viewed by some as a “useless rich boy”. Family funds the charity that Justin is managing. The shipments of essential supplies are missing and/or short of items. Are the goods being used in exchange for guns? Who is trying to kill Finn? The chemistry between Justin and Finn is off the charts. Justin has had his eye on Finn for years, but he thought Finn was straight. Finn is openly bi-sexual, but he is a one person at a time lover. This book is filled with gunshots, bombs, staged car accidents and kidnappings. Non-stop action and the heat level is 10. It took me a while to warm up to Justin, but in the end I felt his pain. Finn was just lovely. I haven’t read Dirty #1, Dirty Deeds, but I never felt lost. This book can totally be read as a stand alone. 4 Stars The book was provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A lot of sizzling M/M heat in this one and a pretty good story to go along with it. It's very well written, nicely paced, and characters that are intriguing and well developed. All this make this book a very enjoyable read. To everyone else it would appear that Justin and Finn hate each other. Truth is they are both intensely attracted to each other. When they first met Finn was with his girlfriend so Justin just assumed Finn was straight and he had no chance at all. He has no idea how wrong he is! There is a bit of mystery in this one and the exotic setting of Morocco gives the relationship between Justin and Finn a bit of forbiddance. I highly recommend this one.