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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Review: City of Secrets

City of Secrets
by Katy Reus

After being widowed at a young age, Jade Hadley is through mourning and wants to add a little excitement and romance into her life again. She gets more than she bargained for when she’s inadvertently involved in an international drug ring, and some scary men decide she needs to die. As if that isn’t bad enough, her deceased husband’s sexy best friend admits his long time attraction to her.

Security expert David McIntyre is in love with Jade and has been from the moment they met. Unfortunately for him, that was the week she married his best friend. For years, he’s stayed silent, giving her time to mourn. When he discovers she’s dating again, all bets are off. Seducing her isn’t the problem; it’s convincing her that what they have together isn’t purely physical. That might even prove to be a bigger challenge than keeping her alive.

Jade Hadley has made a decision to change her life. After her death of her husband four years ago, she has decided that she is ready to dip her toes in the dating field again. After all, her husband would have wanted her to be happy once again. So she takes off her wedding ring, gets into the right mind set and agrees to blind dates set up by her mother and sister. Soon she realizes that dating is not as easy as she had thought.

David McIntrye, has been Jade’s good friend since her husband, Aidan passed away. He has kept his distance, despite his interest knowing that Jade needs time to heal and grieve. Furthermore, having been her husband’s best friend, he does not want Jade to feel guilty. However, when he realizes that she is ready to get on with her life, he is not going to stand by the sidelines and let that happen. But other unseen forces are at work to destroy Jade’s life. Can David protect her and keep her safe?

City of Secrets was a very interesting read. Jade is a strong woman who is independent to a fault. And David is the rescues and typical protector. The element of suspense that Ms. Reus introduces into the novel is very exciting. Initially, it appears as if the mystery and the actual story have no connection. This confused me. However, as the story progress, the mystery also unveils. The story did not drag in any place and it moved at a fairly quick pace. The relationship between David and Jade also developed at a fairly constant, steady and believable rate. This was an excellent story, with wonderful characters and exciting situations!

Review by Jasmine