Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Book Review: Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas

Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas

Publisher & Release: St. Martin’s, March 27, 2018

Time and setting:  Present Day, Charleston

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Thriller

Book Length: 304 pages

Heat Level: 1.5 Flame

Rating: 3.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

As a lawyer and aspiring Congresswoman, Bea likes to keep things professional. But she’s hired to investigate past dark secrets embedded in the Benedict business empire—and as secret wife to Knox Benedict, the job is about to become even more personal…
Knox is the moral backbone of the Benedict family, but even a modern-day saint can have a mysterious side. He’s out to win back his estranged secret wife—but getting close to her again could destroy them both…
As Bea and Knox dig up the truth, Bea falls deeper and deeper into danger. Someone close by is watching her—and waiting to kill. Can Knox save the woman he loves from the enemy out to destroy them? And can their marriage survive the deadliest secret of all?

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Vikki’s Musings

This is the third book I have read by Tara Thomas, and I enjoyed Deadly Secret a great deal. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley with the promise to read and review in advance of publication. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by that fact.

 Deadly Secret is a fast-paced, exciting read. While it doesn’t meet the traditional criteria for a romance, it definitely does as a thriller. I totally enjoyed the plot and the building of tension. The story pulled me in from the start.

Bea’s character is a bit hard to like all the time. She vacillates a lot when it comes to Knox and what she thinks would be best for him. I did feel her fear and anxiety throughout the book, though. She does tend to leap before she looks!

Knox is known as the saintly brother, and he is a good guy. I liked his character a great deal. He handles Bea’s mercurial personality very well. Many man would probably want to wring her neck at times.

Since Bea and Knox are already married, although they did it in secret, I didn’t get to see them fall in love, but the chemistry is strong, and there is so much going on, I really didn’t miss it.

My biggest issue is Ms. Thomas’s constant head-hopping. I found it VERY annoying, and it happens from one paragraph to the next. She needs to do a better job on transitioning from one character/scene to the next.

The focus of this book is plot-driven, and it’s done very well. Ms. Thomas is clearly a master at suspense, and it comes through loud and clear in Deadly Secret. I’m glad I decided to read this book, and I can’t wait to read more in the next installment. I do want to mention this is a cliff hanger, so make sure you are prepared to be left intensely curious as to who the Gentleman actually is. Happy reading!

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