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Monday, February 7, 2011

Dangerous Secrets by Katie Reus

Dangerous Secrets by Katie Reus
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length(157 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Isabelle Ballantine has been fighting for independence since she was old enough to walk. Now that she's finally out from under her father's shadow, she won't let anyone stand in her way. It's tough living on her own, working in a bar and keeping her true identity a secret, but things start to look up when a sexy new stranger walks into her life. After working side by side for weeks, Izzy can't figure out why he won't make a move...

To cinch the deal of a lifetime, Adam Marcellus agrees to help Izzy's eccentric father convince his daughter to move home. He'd assumed Izzy would be another spoiled rich princess, but he's surprised to discover his feelings for her are stronger than anything he's ever experienced. When a deranged stalker targets her, Adam finds himself fighting not only an unknown threat—but an unexpected attraction to the one woman he can't have...

Neither Isabelle (Izzy) Ballantine nor Adam Marcellus seem to have the ability to trust. Traumatic experiences in both their development years left them with wounds that never quite healed—wounds received from being innocently trustful.

Izzy, a college-educated, rich girl that “kicked over the traces” because of an overprotective father, makes her own way by tending bar in Mad Dog’s Bar and Grille. Adam, who survived the means streets of New Orleans, eight years in the Marines, and a few years in the security business, is now on a clandestine mission that tests his control to the limit as he deals with Izzy. Her spunk, work ethic, and even her forgetting and acting like a ‘princess’ at times makes him love her, fear for her, and grieve because he knows he will lose her.

A terrifying deranged antagonist makes Dangerous Secret bloodcurdling at times. His cruelty is unspeakable. When Izzy, with Adam hot on her heels, foils one of the perp’s best-laid plans, all his rage is focused on Izzy.

The other characters in the story function to highlight Izzy and Adam’s situation. These characters are not well developed but they do help build suspense, horror, and at times a sense of normalcy into Izzy and Adam’s world—a world that seems to be out of control quite often.

While trust issues with a ‘the poor boy’ and ‘rich girl’ or vice versa plot is not unusual, Katie Reus gives it a special twist that makes it exciting Her love scenes are breathtaking. The crime scenes horrify. Katie Reus grabs the reader’s attention and imagination as she propels the story along at top speed making it feel like things will surely spin totally out of control if the reader doesn’t keep reading until the last ‘i’ is dotted and the last ‘t’ is crossed.

Dangerous Secrets takes the reader on a roller coaster ride going from horror to ecstasy.

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