Blog Tour ★ Dirty Past (The Burke Brothers #2) by Emma Hart +Review & Excerpt

On the heels of Dirty Secret, here is a sizzling hot romance featuring another Burke brother and the girl he can’t resist, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Game series.

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.

“I can pay for mine.”
“Sure you can, but I’ve done it now.”
“I’m paying you back.”
“I’m sure you will, Els.”
“Will you stop calling me that?”
“Will you stop lyin’ about why you’re here?”
I inhale slowly when he opens the trunk and puts the shopping in. “I’m not lying.”
“Mhmm.” He pushes the cart to the security guy, who wheels it over the cart shelter. Then he walks to me, slowly, and reaches around my body to the car door. With his fingers curled around the door handle, he leans his face toward mine. “Then why,” he whispers, “don’t you look at me when you tell me?”
I avert my eyes to the side, saying nothing. He’s standing so close to me, and he smells good. Like, really good. Like coffee and cinnamon—warm and comforting. Nothing like the harsh cologne Matthew used to wear, and definitely nothing like the whiskey and cigarette smoke he occasionally smelled like.
“Huh?” he prompts, his voice still a gentle breezing whisper. “That’s what I thought.”
“Leave it alone,” I reply, finally bringing my eyes to meet his. They’re burning into me, thrilling and scary, and it’s all I can do to ignore the shiver that cascades its way down my spine. “Please,” I finish quieter.
“Never.” He steps forward. There’s barely a breath of space between our bodies, and my heart is pounding double-time, but I don’t know why, because this is wrong, he’s wrong. “I will get it out of you, Ella Dawson. I’m dyin’ to know why a pretty little city girl like you is slumming it on a tour bus with a boy band. And, darlin’…” He runs his thumb along my jaw. “I will get it out of you, even if you’re on your back beneath me when I do.”
I swallow the lump in my throat. “Still not happening.”
“The telling or the fucking?”
Defiantly, I stare at him, despite the quivering of my hands. “Neither.”
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.

His eyes blaze at my words. And I know that, inadvertently, I just challenged him. I also know guys like Tate Burke will take a challenge and follow it through. It’s their fire, and I just handed him the fuel to ignite it.”

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.

Don’t be afraid, darlin’. I don’t want you to think of a man’s touch and fear his. I want you to think of a man’s touch and crave mine.”
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 manwhore 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.

I can remember the punches, the slaps, the beatings, but I can’t remember how they feel. Every time I try to, my skin tingles with the memory of Tate instead."

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.
Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.
Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B is home on a tour break.
Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her home town. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.
Conner has questions, and when his broken heart and her guilty one collide, Sofie has to start answering them. Their present is rocky, their future unknown. Only one thing is certain:
Sofie’s daughter will change everything.
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.