[603]: The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold

28277395 The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold
Carina Press | E-Arc via Net Galley
March 28th, 2016
Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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.

This is one for the ages, folks. I don’t usually give out five stars that easily, but I felt like this book deserved it. There are so many reasons and, or criteria as to why a book warrants a high rating. But for me, I simply go by how much enjoyment I derived from it. And this book is pure fun. Plus, I may be a little jealous of the author’s writing.


Donna Edith is a matchmaker. Though you probably shouldn’t say that to her face if you ever want to hire her services. Because that’s far from what she does. Her company places people with the right employers. It just so happens that this woman has a knack for giving them what they need when they need it the most. Though in the case of her two clients, they didn’t even know what they needed when they each decided to avail of her services.


Killian Fitzroy is a man on the verge of greatness. He’s a brilliant architect well on his way to success. But he is a man starved for relationships – sex, in particular. With the long hours that he puts in and the demands of a job that he loves (on most days), he doesn’t have the time to make real connections.


Fresh off graduation, Vessa Ratham moved back to Vermont to be closer to her family. Without any real experience as a designer, she needed  actual clients to start her portfolio. With Donna Edith’s help, she was seduced by a house and a man – both in need of her personal touch.

Truth be told, had I not been familiar with the author, I’d have bypassed this book in a heartbeat. After all, the matchmaking romances I’ve read in my lifetime is simply too many to count. I have not read a book by this author. I did, however, read her fanfiction work. At the time, I was already in awe of her writing. There is something magical, lyrical and beautiful about how she strung her words together. She writes pretty prose that are far from pretentious. It feels natural and easy. She gives her characters personalities that are unique that you’d think they are made from a form of magic. Vessa is a strong character who picks and chooses her battles. She’s determined and headstrong; vulnerable and courageous. It’s difficult to explain. The secondary characters were also far from ordinary. There’s her stoner friend who was far more aware than any lucid person you’d know; her landlord who shares her love for antiquities and interesting things; and Killian’s friends who made his lonely existence a bit more tolerable before he met Vessa.

But if there’s one thing I can complain about is the wild designs Vessa came up with. I’m not going to lie, I could not imagine myself living in that house because damn. I don’t deal with brightly painted, wildly decorated rooms. I just can’t. I’m a huge follower of the minimalist movement, so the very idea of living in a house where a room is decorated with red walls and Chinese lanterns makes me want to break out in hives.

I love that this book is pure romance. It’s relatively angst-free, unlike most NA romances nowadays. If you’re a fan of NA, chick lit and contemporary romance, Kira Gold is an author to watch.


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  • I haven’t read anything by Kira A. Gold before, but you have me curious since you enjoyed her work previously!

  • I haven’t heard about this book
    before, but with your 5 Stars rating I’ll definitely check it out. You
    intrigued me with magical and lyrical writing. Beautiful review, Joy!

  • I feel like the title might be a little misleading with this one, making it look more like an erotica than a adult contemporary romance. It actually sounds really sexy and so well written, especially with such lovely prose. I’m with you on her brand of ‘design’, I don’t think that’s in style anywhere in the world. Maybe in the UK, where based on all the renovation shows I watch, they can never have enough bright and gaudy wallpaper :/

    Wonderful review Joy, excited to grab a copy of this one too now <3

  • Lyra Gill

    This book sounds amazing! I’m all for angst-free romance books (and yes, I agree – almost all NA novels these days revolve around secrets and angst and I just want something simple and straightforward)! And the premise of this book is ingenious – I actually don’t think I’ve read matchmaking books before? Hmm.

    Great review, Joy! I’m definitely picking up a copy on release date! 🙂

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  • Ooh I’ve never heard of this author before but I love and support authors that have published their works on the internet previously and found success. It’s a very daunting experience to have people read your first draft! Glad you loved this one, I must check it out 😀

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  • karina

    Hahaha, the decor is one thing which won me over, J.! I’m all into bright colours and vintage and fairytalish feel of the place. I was drooling over it.

  • I’m not familiar with this one and while I do love my contemporary romance, had I not read your review, I would have completely ignored it had I seen it anywhere! The cover and blurb are uninspiring, but you’ve really made me want to read this, so it has found its way on to my TBR!

  • I don’t think I’ve read anything by this author so far, but this seems like a great start. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    Adding this to my TBR, Joy! I absolutely love the sound of it. And a pure romance with no angst? I’m in!

  • Bec

    Pure adult romance is not a genre I read that often. But 5 stars!! I’ll have to keep this in mind if I ever feel like reading something like this 😀

  • This romance sounds right up my alley. I’m off to check it out! 🙂

  • Well hello there Dirty Secret. You shall be mine.

  • I’m a sucker for NA, and with your review, I’m definitely adding this to the TBR!

  • Jazmen

    I read a book about a matchmaker and was pretty unpleased. I definitely felt skeptical when I seen that but five out of five stars, how can I say no??!

  • That good! Wow

  • Omg this sounds so fun! I haven’t heard of this author before (I don’t think) but I probably would have passed it up if not for your review. I love the idea of an angst-free NA! Need to add The Dirty Secret to the to buy list!

  • Ohh 😀 So glad you loved this book so much Joy. <3 YAY. That is aaalways the best feeling 🙂 You make it seem so interesting. Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweet girl. <3

  • The romance and relative lack of angst sounds great

  • Oh man, you definitely have me wanting to read this one. And I just realize it’s not released yet haha. I’ll be waiting 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    Oh you definitely have me intrigued by this one! Awesome review!

  • Awesome awesome review. Your rating on Goodreads prompted me to request it from Netgalley, and I was really excited to be approved for it. I’ve been so disappointed in NA lately and would have passed this one up, but now I can’t wait to read it!

  • I love how Vessa sounds really well-rounded but not without her flaws! She sounds like a really strong character. The matchmaking concept is timeless! Great review Joy.

  • I’m really glad that you found a book that you enjoyed so much. 🙂 Red walls… I’m cringing. 😉

  • Melliane

    The idea there is quite nice, I don’t think I know the author or the book (That I’m sure of) but it sounds interesting and I’m curious to see how the heroine does her work

  • I’m not a big NA fan but when there are books like this one which are random shots of great fun then I sometimes make an exception. So I like the idea of maybe trying this one? Especially as I haven’t read too many match making books until now which gives me the impression that I have the potential to like it all the more. Great review, and I am glad this one was so much fun for you!