Series: No Exceptions (#1)
Author: J.C. Reed
Rating: 4 secretive stars
Recommended for: suspense junkies
About The Lover’s Secret:
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?
So I really enjoyed this book when I wasn’t too preoccupied being confused. Jett was swoon-worthy, but, like any romance hero, secretive. Brooke seemed strong at times, but she did have moments when she was one of those weak romance heroines. But in general, I really liked the main characters.
I LOVED the beginning scene – I was pretty confused but also pretty turned on when they were strangers in the bar.
Brooke did have her moments as a cliche romance heroine – i.e. “he’s perfect except that he hasn’t proposed.” And the money problems she won’t tell anyone about – even though telling them isn’t the same thing as asking for help.
There were also several moments where Brooke, an America, spoke/thought in British vernacular. Not a big issue, but it is inconsistent. As well, some sentences/conversations that just kinda didn’t make sense, like the one about “world’s biggest confidence,” when confidence doesn’t really have size. IDK, like I said, not a big deal, but it irked me. And another one about Jett being considerate of her pregnancy for not giving her alcohol – I mean…that’s not really considerate, that’s just keeping social services from taking away your baby once it’s born, right? It’s kind of a given that you don’t give a pregnant woman alcohol.
The reason I didn’t give this five stars was that it was very confusing. I just noticed on Goodreads that Brooke was the main character in another previous trilogy, but that this could be read as a standalone. I kind of disagree. There were so many scenes where I had no idea what was going on – when we first find out that Jett and Brooke aren’t actually strangers, whatever’s going on with his brother, and whatever happened in the prologue. At first, I thought it was just supposed to build mystery and suspense, but I started feeling too confused for that to be accomplished. Then I started second guessing whether or not it was the first book in the series – that’s when I realized that while this is technically the first book in the series, it’s not the beginning of their story. I kind of feel like I need to read the other trilogy before continuing this series.
About J.C. Reed:
J.C. Reed is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE series. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she’s not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children.