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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Secrets, Lies & Exaggerations by Annette Shelley

Secrets, Lies & Exaggerations by Annette Shelley
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (214 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Iris

Carrrie Sinclair’s had it with long time love, Jack Jones. That is until he makes her an offer she can’t refuse and asks her to meet him in Vegas for a last-minute wedding. This is what she always wanted in her mind and thought would never happen, but shortly after the nuptials, Carrie discovers you can know someone for years and not know them at all. Jack has a secret he’s been keeping, and now they’re married, he can’t hide it any longer.

Our heroine, Carrie, is finally at the breaking point with her on-again, off-again paramour Jack and so she leaves a series of vehement messages to break up, and proceeds to have an evening with a gentleman she met through the gym. This leads to a rather interesting end of the evening with some passionate sex --and one amazing love scene!--at the end of their first date.

After her date, the story starts taking all sorts of twists and turns, starting with the first tearful phone call from Carrie’s ex. The author creates a palpable sense of anxiety and confusion throughout the book while still moving the plot forward.

There are some true gems written into the dialogue. My favorite is from Jack, Carrie’s ex-turned fiancĂ©e. “Okay, let’s consummate this thing” is followed within a page by “ it’s official”.

This book seems more realistic than many romance novels. But it does give you plenty of girly moments. One of the best was when Carrie insisted on a Walgreen’s stop to fix her chipped fingernail.

This is not your typical romance. Make sure you're in the mood to think, wonder, and follow twists and turns, before you read this book! I would not normally read a story such as this, however the writing drew me right in and allowed me into Carrie’s life. It was certainly worth my time. Think about adding this to your “to be read” pile!