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A Perfect Secret
(Rogue Hearts #3)
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, 348 Pages
December 14 2013
Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband's violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she's started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.
Still brokenhearted over Genevieve's betrayal a year ago, Christian can't believe she's come back into his life--and worse, that she's done it on the anniversary of his brother's death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can't leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married.
When her husband torments Genevieve and puts his family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves...anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.
I always enjoy books by Donna Hatch. This has been a fun series so far with these Amesbury brothers, each with their own demons to battle. Donna’s characters always have personality oozing from them. It’s so easy to get caught up in the story and feel like you know these characters. The great thing about a series involving family is that the characters never really go away even if the books are not centered on them. They make those appearances (as families often do) and it feels good to still have that connection with characters I previously loved.
In this book we get the full story on the “perfectly perfect” Christian. I’m so glad because I’ve been waiting to know more about him. He is the youngest of the Amesbury brothers and has spent his whole life trying to prove to his brothers that he is just as good as them. I just love Christian. He is honorable and all things a gentleman should be. He doesn’t have those “rakish” qualities but instead has a charming sweetness about him. Just thinking about him makes me want to say again, I just love Christian.
Christian isn’t without his demons though. He has a secret that haunts him. When Genevieve, the love of his heart, betrays him, Christian goes to a dark and cheerless place.
Genevieve is a very loyal lady. She tries so hard to protect her father and mother but in doing so, invites the very devil himself into her life. She gives up the life of love she knew she could have with Christian to protect her father’s secret. I’m so glad we didn’t spend much time lingering in that year of hell for Genevieve and instead just get glimpses along the way of what she endured. It is so sad and her husband gave me the creeps.
One of the things I love best about this book is how those Amesbury brothers rally the troops when one is in need. They are quick to jump in and stand behind each other. It’s a good feeling to know someone has your back. I think Christian learns a lot in this book about family and forgiveness. That is always a good message to walk away with as a reader.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was an awesome escape from reality and I literally devoured this book in a day. I love when that happens. (My family, not so much. Fix your own dinner, family! Hee hee)
My passion for writing began at the tender age of 8 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Of course, I also wanted to be an actress and a ballerina, but one out of three isn’t bad, right?
In between caring for six children, (7 counting my husband), my day job, my free lance editing and copy writing, and my many volunteer positions, I manage to carve out time to indulge in my writing obsession. After all, it IS an obsession. My family is more patient and supportive than I deserve.
- Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and an ebook (INT) or print copy (US Only) of A Perfect Secret OR The Stranger She Married (winner's choice)
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- Ends July 20th
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