Brooke and Ella at their absolute best.
Secrets & Lies by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved everything about this book, from the moment that Ash and Ryder met, to the awesome Epilogue set six years later.
It’s taboo, pay attention if that’s the kind of thing that squicks you out. For me, I wasn’t particularly bothered given the circumstances of how the pair met.
It’s seriously hot, but it’s also much more than just sex. While there’s an instant lustful attraction between the two men, there’s also a meeting of minds, of similar passions and interests.
The age gap between Ash and Ryder never really feels like a bit deal, Ryder is an old soul, he’s had to mature growing up with his military single dad, so he’s used to looking after himself.
The forbidden aspect of their situation is dealt with both realistically and appropriately imho, I liked how Brooke and Ella took that part of the story.
The “Third Act” crisis point isn’t drama created for the sake of it, it fit perfectly into the narrative and I felt it was handled well. The Epilogue is absolutely fabulous and I firmly believed that this pair would see out their lives together.
#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review
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