Saturday, October 4, 2014

ARC REVIEW - THE LOVER'S SECRET (No Exceptions #1) by J.C. Reed:


TITLE: The Lover's Secret
SERIES: No Exceptions
SERIES PLACEMENT: #1
AUTHOR: J.C. Reed
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Romance, Suspense
RELEASE DATE: August 2014
PUBLISHER: SPA
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
e-PAGES: Approx. 125

COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
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RATING: 3.5 Stars
CLIFFHANGER: Yes

BOOK BLURB:
When a sexy encounter comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare…

Brooke Stewart thinks she’s finally safe. After witnessing the crime of a killer, she can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one’s soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The game is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.

What she doesn’t know is that the sexy stranger has an agenda of his own. Brooke Stewart has something he desperately wants, something he can't admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. A secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He’s almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

Is the past really ever the past?

REVIEWERS NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


3.5 “I Want To Know More” Stars!

The Review: 
I have mixed feeling about this one. This review will be in two parts. What I loved and what I thought needed “more”. 

First, let me say, I LOVED the spicy, steamy scenes between Jett and Brooke. Those two are smokin’ hot together and their playfulness and role playing was fun to read. I also really enjoyed the characters themselves. Jett was alpha-yummy and though Brooke has some serious insecurity issues, I liked her willingness to enjoy the game. There was a mystery brewing behind all the spice and I loved seeing it play out the way it did, leaving me wanting more. The writing was well done and I think I could have enjoyed the story better if I knew what the heck was going on, which leads me into my second part of the review.

I think I should have read the Surrender Your Love series first, which seems to be beginning of Jett and Brooke’s story. Apparently all three of those books center around them, how they came together and provide the background for the characters that was missing from this read. I desperately wanted to know what was going on and because of that, I’ll probably go back and read those books, but I would have liked to have been warned this was a continuation of their story, even if it says it’s a lead in to something new. I’m one of those readers who likes to have ALL the details. The author does a decent job cluing you in on what’s happened in the past but with only 125 pages, there wasn’t enough room for the past, present and future lead in. I need to go back and read the first books in the other series before moving on to the next book. I just NEED to know all there is to know about Jett and Brooke so I can get totally invest in them and their story. I think I’m going to love them...

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