Ah Aidan Burke, the next Burke Brother in line to settle down. Two people brought together in a web of lies, only to realise that the feelings they are lying about hold a lot more truth.
Dirty B are back home from their tour, ready to relax before heading back to LA to record another album. Although the entire town of Shelton Bay is excited to have their famous boy band back in town, Jessie is far from excited - she couldn't care less about the guys she grew up with and who annoyed her in high school. But when Aidan, one of the twins, saves her from her persistent ex, she is soon dragged into a lie where she is Aidan's girlfriend, on the order of Dirty B's manager, in order to tame the band's rock star image. Aidan has always let Jessie know that he wants her, but her determination to keep away from him can only protect her feelings for so long. Because as her feelings towards Aidan begin to change, Dirty B's passionate fans become aggressive towards her, and she's soon questioning whether she could live in the limelight like her best friends, all of whom are in relationships with a Burke brother. If Aidan wants the girl, he has to prove that a life with him is more than just being in the spotlight.
In the previous two books, Aidan has of course been an interesting character, but we've never seen that much of him - his twin Kye has had more of a focus than he has - so I didn't know what to expect from him book. And, just as the previous two installments, I really enjoyed delving into the life of another Burke brother.
I have to admit, Jessie's initial reasoning for not wanting to get involved with Aidan - that he threw a tennis ball at her face back in high school, only to proceed to ask her to senior prom and being publically rejected by Jessie - is a tad petty. Of course, it's understandable that someone who went to highschool with the brothers wouldn't be overly fussed by their fame. But to want to avoid Aidan all together because of something that happened in several years before is a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, it didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying the story.
It was interesting to see how Jessie handled the online attacks by Dirty B fans, and it put focus on how online fandoms can be very harsh when their favourite bands/actors/etc get into relationships, especially with non-famous people. Emma did a really good job at showing why these threats, attacks and even real life abuse is so very wrong, and I think it's an important thing for fans to remember the next time they want to threaten someone online.
As always with companion novel series, it was great to see the continuation of Connor & Sofie, and Tate & Ella's stories as we also watch Aidan and Jessie's relationships unfold. Their relationship, by the way, is filled with a lot of arguing and tension, which is honestly some of the best relationships to read about. The pair slowly realise their growing feelings, and yet neither want to believe they are falling for the other.
Once again, Emma delivered a really great Dirty B romance, even setting up Kye's relationship for the next book. It was sweet, steamy and momentarily heartbreaking, but it was worth every smile, tear and giggle. New adult romance fans should definitely check out this series and fall in love with the Burke Brothers!