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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Dark Sicilian Secret by Jane Porter

A Dark Sicilian Secret by Jane Porter
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: contemporary
Length: Full Length (184 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Lavender

She can run…

Lethally attractive Vittorio d'Severano was everything Jillian Smith wanted—until she discovered his secret life, and her dreams of a happy-ever-after crumbled into dust… Brokenhearted and terrified, Jill disappeared.

But she can't hide!

Now Vitt has returned—to claim the tiny son Jill has sworn to keep from him! But to stay with her child, she must put Vitt's ring on her finger. Yet what kind of relationship can they have when it's based on secrets and a heat impossible to resist?

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Jane Porter’s A Dark Sicilian Secret is an exciting, fast-paced romance that will keep a reader on the edge of his or her seat while tugging at the heart.

Jill takes her baby and runs from the father, Vitt. Why would she do such a thing? A rumor led her to do some research on her own, and it seems her beloved Sicilian hunk is not the good guy who captured her heart in the first place.

In a dramatic beginning, Vitt finds Jill after eleven months of searching, at the edge of a cliff, literally. She’s terrified. He informs her that he got legal custody of their son, and if she wants to raise him, she’ll have to come along with them, to live in Sicily. She goes, despairing, but for the sake of her son. Strong emotions are evoked, from page one, and it never lets up.

At first, Vitt is strong-handed, practically forcing Jill into marriage. They have a quicky ceremony on flight while going to his family’s home. During the beginning scenes, Vitt is a bully; yet, something about him is quite compelling. When the reader gets a look into his point of view, Vitt seems less threatening. Do his actions just reflect his broken heart? After all, the woman he wanted to spend his life with dashed away without warning, while carrying his precious child. It is possible to sympathize with him, even if he is a bit over the top at first. His speech is tough, but his thoughts are loving and gentle, creating an interesting character.

Jillian is courageous. She’s scared to death yet continually does what she thinks is right for her son, always putting him first. Every choice she makes carries such risk, yet she does these things anyway. She has a fascinating family history, and this adds to the storyline.

When in Sicily, Jill and Vitt drive around. The reader is treated to beautiful scenery. The theme of family is important in this book. The love is steamy.

My only complaint is that there was a lot of narrative. The novel could have started earlier, and some of Jill’s reflections could have been shown, not told. The book would make a great longer novel. This is a page-turner, enjoyable, and recommended for a fast read.