Dirty Past, by Emma Hart

emma hart

Grade: B

Doing it at: 43%

Catnip: I’m With the Band; Tattoos; Holding Out for a Hero; Dirty B; Dangerous Stalker; Reformed Bad Boy; Sexual Healing; Bassists

Shame Scale: Low shame, like most of what we read now that we’re openly blogging about our romance addiction.

Fantasy Cast:  Jared Leto (ala 30 Seconds to Mars); Katie Cassidy

Book Description:

Walking out on my wedding wasn’t my best idea.

Neither was throwing my cell in the lake and taking a job as PA for Dirty B, America’s favorite rock band, complete with every teen girl’s dream man, the eldest of the Burke brothers.

Tate Burke 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.


He’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 abusive ex turns up at the hotel room Ella and Tate are sharing, raging mad, she knows 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.

Of the two of us, I think I’m way more into rock star romances than Mary, and I saw the Dirty B books on a romance blog I follow on FB. Love Between the Sheets is fab for running new release and 99 cents posts, which lead me to TONS of one-clicking. I sent the link to Mary, who made it appear for me! Because she’s magical. I thought this was a drummer book, but sadly Tate is the bassist, which I guess is OK. Bassists are better than lead singers in the band hierarchy.

Ella is fleeing New York City, and her wedding, and her fiance who has been abusing her for two years. She’s finally had enough, and is fairly certain if she marries the douche bag she’ll eventually end up dead by his hands. So, she got a job as a personal assistant to the rock band Dirty B, and has set off in the dead of night to one of the Carolina’s without telling anyone in her life. She’s been driving for hours, terrified and exhausted, and celebrates her safe arrival by flinging her cell phone into a large body of water. Which seems impractical for a girl who is about to start a new job where she literally needs to be at people’s beck and call, but whatever, I’ve never been abused, so who am I to judge. I mean I know how much I dread listening to voice mails and I almost never have messages that are scary death threats.

Tate and his brothers have hit it big in their band, Dirty B. The four Burke boys are headed out on tour, and need to replace the PA that the lead singer is having sex with, Sophie (their story is book 1). The guys are really not supposed to fuck the new PA, like it’s a rule. Because hiring and breaking in new assistants sucks, and can’t these jags just show some self-restraint and stick to sticking it to groupies?

Of course, the second that Tate sees Ella he knows he has to have her, she’s so clean and prissy and he wants to dirty her up. Ella, just coming out of this awful relationship, is nervous around Tate. And can barely look at him when she speaks to him. His arrogance, and the way he seems to take up all the air in the room is too much for her. Plus he makes her feel all tingly in her naughty places, and its been AGES since that happened.

Ella decides that the best thing she can do is just avoid Tate, but with living in hotels and traveling on a tour bus together, it’s really hard. And a few days in to her sojourn with Dirty B, Tate walks in on her and sees the myriad of bruises her ex has left behind. He’s enraged and protective and sympathetic and head over heels for Ella. He vows to keep her safe. He’s also really interested in providing her with sexual healing. When a real threat emerges, Ella clings to Tate, and gives in to her burgeoning desires to let him pluck her strings.

The central romance in Dirty Past is a sweet one, the drama between the couple is mostly external, and I liked that Ella and Tate weren’t waffling on their feelings for each other once they decided to move from employer/employee to lovers. The love scenes were well written, and I really liked the camaraderie between the band members, and between Ella and Sophie. The cons? Tate was a little too over the top bad boy who can’t keep his dick in his pants for me, though he was happy to stop messing around and be with Ella once she was on the scene (and on his cock). Also, there’s a lot of twee dialogue from the daughter of the couple from Dirty Secret. Which is *fine* but just not my favorite thing in high amounts.

I’ll definitely be reading Dirty Lies, which is the drummer book. I’d recommend Dirty Past to any fan of rock star romances, girls who like adventures on tour buses, and people whose catnip is some good old-fashioned sexual healing.

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One thought on “Dirty Past, by Emma Hart

  1. Great review. This book caught my attention a while ago and I guess now, after reading your review, it’s a go. Also, I loved the cover, he has great arms (although we can only imagine the other one is that great) and awesome tattoo. Thanks.


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