Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: Seductive Secrecy by Marni Mann ~

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Synopsis

“We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other.” 

With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron—if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them. 

Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?

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christie review 4 stars

***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

Seductive Secrecy is book 2 in the Shadow Series. Charlie is living with her love, Cameron, after her escape from “The Mansion.” She has immersed herself in her art and is becoming quite successful. In addition, she is beginning to forge a relationship with her father even though he had to flee the country after helping take down the horror of “The Mansion.” Despite her freedom from the darkness of her past, she is still fighting the dark emotional hold her time working at “The Mansion” has on her. Cameron does what he can to help her forgive herself and live her life. They seem to be making a better life for each other, but the past comes back and deals them an devastating blow. It will test the love and trust they have tried so hard to build together.

This series is completely different from anything I have ever read before. At times, it was quite difficult to read. My heart ached for Charlie. I don’t know how she endured the things that she did. I loved Cameron. He wasn’t only incredibly hot and sexy, but he had a heart of gold. He loved Charlie unconditionally and never judged her for her past decisions; he loved her despite them. The following lines sum up their love quite nicely…I think. “Cameron…my dawn. He had broken through the darkness-my darkness–and pulled me from its depths. I wasn’t necessarily standing under the sun yet, or even beneath a mostly-clear sky strewn with the clouds, but I was here and he was one of the reasons for that.” It gave me hope that Charlie might find happiness at last. 

Of course, Seductive Secrecy had lots of STEAMY SEX! I don’t think I will think of painting in the same way again after their session in the studio!!! WOW!!! There was also a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. However, my favorite thing about this book is the author’s talent for showing me the healing power of art. It was a beautifully written book about the incredible power that love has to heal even the most damaged of human beings.

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~ REVIEW: Fire on Ice by Dakota Madison ~

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Synopsis

He’s Fire on Ice and she’s afraid to get burned again…
“You always think a guy is going to be different until he’s not.”

Firestorm Center Kian Kavanagh dominates the ice like a rock star dominates the stage. He’s the hottest new player to be recruited for the Firestorm, a newly established professional hockey team in Northern Arizona.

After Taylor Thompson’s heart was completely shattered by her high school’s most popular jock, she vowed never to date another athlete. And she keeps that promise through her first three years of college by putting up impenetrable walls to protect her from heartbreak.

But after a chance meeting with the charming and irresistible Kian Kavanagh, Taylor’s carefully constructed walls are in serious danger of being burned down by Mr. Fire on Ice.

michele review 3 and a half stars

 

I received and ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. 

This was a cute story about a hot shot hockey player with a less then pleasant past who finds his soul mate in a rich psychology college student. Though they both have had some bad things happen to them in the past (Kian more so than Taylor) they both find solace in each other and feel that everything will be ok, just as long as they are together.

You first meet Kian. He’s this hot shot hockey player that has been loving and leaving woman since he was a teenager. He has never had a serious relationship with a woman EVER, and never has wanted one either, but that all changes when he sees Taylor, reading a book in a bar. Who in their right mind comes to a bar and reads a book? This intrigues Kian and he has to know more about this girl, what is her deal? Why does he feel so drawn to her? 

Then there is Taylor, she has been going through school studying all the time so that she can make it through the psychology department and do something she truly loves. She has no time for dating or boys and she despises athletes, especially hockey players. This all stemming from things that happened to her in the past. Boy, does it shock her when she has this instant attraction to Kian, the ultimate athlete, and wouldn’t you know it, a hockey player. 

Kian’s past comes out and flaunts itself in Taylor’s face, and Taylor wants Kian to know what happened to her before they go any further. Will they be able to make it through all the issues that surround them, or will they quit before they start and be miserable. 

This book ends with a little cliffhanger, making you want to know what is going to happen next. I enjoyed the book, and plan on see what happens next with Kian and Taylor. I’m hoping they get their happily ever after.