Accidental Secrets by Dana Mason
Published by Bookouture on December 5, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She’s been hiding something from him. Until now…
He was my childhood sweetheart.
Then it all went wrong and my mom tore us apart.
Ever since then I’ve kept my secret.
I haven’t had a choice.
Fourteen years later, just thinking about him makes my stomach flip.
I still remember his citrus smell, the way he used to gently hold my hand.
And then… It turns out he’s living in the same damn town.
But he’s not the Mike I remember.
He’s dark and dangerous, covered in ink.
He’s completely and utterly mouth-watering.
His whiskey-colored eyes blaze as he catches sight of me.
And it’s just a matter of time before he finds out the truth…
The question is, will he forgive me?
She was my ride or die.
And she left without even saying goodbye.
Left me with nothing but a broken heart.
Since then, I’ve struggled to get close to anyone.
It’s pathetic – who else clings to their high-school love?
And then, all these years later, I see her.
But Rachel’s not how I remember.
Her wavy, raven hair frames her sexy sea-blue eyes.
Her perfect hourglass figure has curves in all the right places.
She’s pin-up girl hot. And I refuse to let her get away this time.
Next thing, we’re in suite 108.
I’m unbuttoning her blouse, tasting every inch of her.
She’s screaming in pleasure.
She’s begging for more.
Except for one thing…
She’s hiding one hell of a secret.
And when I find out what it is, do I have it in me to forgive her?
Or will I be the one walking away without a goodbye this time?
This is a full-length, standalone romance with some hot-under-the-collar action, no cheating and a guaranteed HEA.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I chose to read Accidental Secrets because I am a sucker for surprise babies and second chance romances. In this story the baby is a teenager and the romance between her parents doesn’t kick in for some time.
This is a multi-level relationship driven story where the majority of the characters have a dramatic past. Rachel’s background though, takes the cake. Her mother was a nasty piece of work and separated Rachel from Michael the moment she suspected Rachel was pregnant. Poor Michael has no idea. Rachel gets through the trauma and pressure of being a single teenage mother by writing endless letters to Michael that she has no way of delivering them to him.
The letters are shared periodically throughout the story, illustrating the pain and loneliness she experienced. While I enjoy the occasional text message exchange, I tired quickly of these letters. It slowed the pace down and told a great deal of the past rather than showing it.
I found the characters, bar one, all to be strong and entertaining. Reagan came across a lot wiser than her 13 years but that only became evident during scenes that included highly emotive and disturbing content. Especially when the View Spoiler » rape « Hide Spoiler was being discussed.
While I struggled with the storytelling, I was drawn to the characters and their journeys. The ending was lovely and enough to make me consider giving this author another try!
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