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Monday, January 19, 2009

Keeping Secrets by Cindy Crane

Keeping Secrets by Cindy Crane
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Jake has nothing to offer Frankie, but he can't keep away. He has to see her one more time. To know she's moved on. And she has. She's now a single mother, running a successful business, and still hating Jake for letting her down so badly.
Until she sets eyes on him.

Jake is still way too sexy for his own good, or hers. And after twelve years, Frankie's hormones are suddenly out of control.

But Jake knows she's strictly off limits. His past still haunts him and the deal he once made is in danger. Secrets he's kept from her for twelve, long years threaten to destroy any relationship they might ever have.

Frankie has been away from her old neighborhood for a long, long time. Away from the drugs and the poverty, as well as her old friends and hangouts. Her father, Detective Inspector Richardson, had seen his share of petty and not so petty crime. He wanted Frankie well out of it, and well away from her no-good boyfriend Jake Wilkes. So he set the boy up--did what he had to do to break them apart, and then he took his family to a new and better neighborhood.

But now Frankie is back, albeit with an eleven-year-old daughter in tow. She meets Jake at a reunion, and finds her feelings for him haven’t dimmed. The white-hot attraction is still there, and they act on it. But Frankie wants more. She wants to know why Jake never tried to contact her after she left--why he seemingly got on with his life. The truth that Jake has been hiding will rock her to the core, challenge everything she believes about her father’s honesty and moral principles.

This is a story of two people with very different backgrounds. Jake and Frankie belong together, but the shadows and secrets of the past present an almost insurmountable barrier to their happiness. The author, Cindy Crane, is careful not to divulge those secrets until close to the end and kept me on the edge of my seat.

I enjoyed the sights and scenes in Frankie’s old neighborhood, as well as the minor characters who were her friends. Ms. Crane takes us on a journey through the rough streets to find the love that Frankie believed she had lost forever. A moving tale of courage and perseverance, and well worth reading.