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Keeping Secrets in Seattle (Secrets #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  232 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Seattle hairstylist Violet Murphy always knew the day would come when her best friend Gabe Parker would want to settle down. She’d secretly wished it would be with her, but now that he’s chosen someone else—the prim, perfect Alicia—he wants Vi to be his best man.

Healing her broken heart isn’t easy, but when Violet meets Landon Harlow, a man who isn’t fazed by her funky sty
ebook, 261 pages
Published February 18th 2013 by Entangled Publishing (first published February 16th 2013)
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2nd out of 29 books — 22 voters
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Becky Nicklus
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OH-EM-GEE!!!!!! You are going to want to mark your calendar for this one! EXCELLENT READ!!

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I cheated!

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I have become one of those people who looks at the back of the book to see how it is going to end! I am so ashamed. But I just could not help it! This book was causing my heart to hurt and I couldn't take it anymore. I HAD TO KNOW!! And once I did, I was able to resume reading as if I d
Loved it!
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.25 stars**

"Keeping Secrets in Seattle" was a surprisingly good clean romance. It is about a girl, Violet, who is in love with her childhood best friend, Gabe. Gabe, of course, is engaged to marry another woman. Think "My Best Friend's Wedding"... sort of. Violet tries to get over Gabe by dating a hot, tattooed, sweet guy but can't let go of her attachment to Gabe.

The positives of this book were that the writing was really on point and the pacing was great. The book totally held my attentio
This was a bit darker than I thought it was going to be. But it turned out to be a pretty compelling read. When I first started reading, I had My Best Friends Wedding expectations from this book. But it was nothing like that. It turned out even better. This book had me in tears in quite a few places for different reasons, but in the end, I was happy with the book.

I couldn't imagine pining for my childhood best friend for a majority of my life. Even worse, I couldn't imagine watching that best fr
Autumn Review
When a book can capture my attention within the first chapter, I mean suck me in...I know it's going to be a good book. Such was the case for me with Keeping Secrets in Seattle. Now, I had a few friends that enjoyed this one, but I guess I wasn't prepared for the level of awesome that this book delivered. From the characters, the storyline, and the writing, this book was a hit for me.

I absolutely adored Violet. When you first meet her, she's quirky and a bit self conscious. However, she isn't a
Cecilia Robert
So glad I got to read Brooke Moss' Keeping Secrets in Seattle. And what a treat this story was!

I am a huge fan of Friends to Lovers stories. This one did not disappoint. Violet and Gabe have known each other since childhood. Somewhere in-between they fell in love (adorable) but something happened to pull them apart.

In later years they still kept in-touch, met up and managed to stay friends. Even though the flame was still burning. Too bad Gabe was about to get married.

This story was oh-my-gosh
This was one of the most frustrating books I've read in quite a while. The premise sounded right up my alley - I love friends to lovers stories, and the description made it sound like there was a little more to the story than usual. Violet has been in love with Gabe since they were six. They tried dating in their teens, but it "didn't work out" so now they're best friends. Just as Violet is about to get the nerve to admit her feelings for him, Gabe shocks her by proposing to his girlfriend. Viol ...more
I finished this book last week and meant to write a review earlier but I somehow managed not to post it.

I give this one a 3.5 to 4 stars!

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Brooke Moss lets us escape from the real world into the world of Violet Murphy. Violet is a funky fabulous hairdresser in Seattle with some interesting friends. She's been in love with her best friend (Gabe Parker) ever since she was a little girl. They tried the whole dating thing years ago but it just didn't work out for various reasons. One of those haunti
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
I love when a book leaves me feeling like I just had one of the most wonderful moments in life. It's magical to read a book that gets inside you. This was no exception. Violet Murphy and Gabe Parker have been best friends and loved each other since they were kids but seemed to miss their moment in time due to a misunderstanding. Each chapter begins with a journal entry from Violet's past. both her and Parker had tried taking their relationship to another level when they were 16 but something hap ...more
One of my favorites of 2013!

I've been trying to do my own little reblurb for KEEPING SECRETS IN SEATTLE but the official one is just too well done for me to need to write my own summary.

It is a very rare thing for me, as a reader, to experience the full on 'reads-like-a-movie' thing with a book. But from page one, Violet and Gabe's world came alive for me. They're such opposites that at first I was baffled by the massive crush she had on him. Yet, as the story progressed it was easy to see that
Sherry Griffin
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Ali *The Black Heart*
Violet Murphy is the type of girl I would liked to have been in my early twenties. You know, just a couple of years ago. ;) Who am I kidding? Violet Murphy is the type of girl I would still like to be. She is comfortable in her own skin, size twelve (gasp) skin no less. She is spunky with a few tattoos and a vintage style. She lives with two of her best friends, who just happen to be a lesbian couple. She works for a drag queen, frequents the local coffee house and has been in love with her best ...more
By: Brooke Moss
Published By: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA

"Keeping Secrets in Seattle" by Brooke Moss was a wonderful romantic story. This author did good at making the reader feel all of the conflict that was involved along with the desperation and then love. I enjoyed the diary that started every chapter and some of the laughter was good and well needed. We find this story is of Violet who is about to confess her love to h
Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of Violet who is about to confess her love to her best friend, Gabe only to be informed that he is engaged to another girl. To make thing worse, the wedding is scheduled to be held on her birthday and that Gabe wanted her to be his best man. Being someone who has love Gabe for so long, she does not want to disappoint him and hence, agreed to be his best man and the organizer of his bachelor party. At the time where she is at the lowest point, she met Landon at a costume ...more
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Favorite Quote: “This. Was. War.”

Violet Murphy has loved her best friend, Gabe Parker, since kindergarten but one terrible night changed all that and led them to remain friends only. Violet knew the day would come when Gabe would marry but her heart breaks when he proposes to his perfect girlfriend, Alicia, and he asks Violet to be his best man.

When Violet meets Landon Harlow, her heart begins to mend as he shows Violet she is perfect
Jun 30, 2014 Leslie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who likes contemporary romances with happy endings.
This book reminds me of a date movie that your date/boyfriend/husband would take you to see. It's a love story that can preoccupy your time for several hours. It has a familiar plot of 2 best friends who are more than that and try to finally get everything out in the open so as to get the opportunity to finally be together. In the midst of this, are quirky and supportive roommates, another possible love interest, a fiancee who is not who she really is, and a secret that has been kept for over a ...more
A very nicely written love story about best friends forver but secretly in love with each other. These kind of stories always wind up making me cry a bunch (super affected mich lol). My eyes are so badly swollen and red right now. It's very emotional, mature and inexpicably annoying to the point where you want to strangle the characters just to make them speed things up. Too many times I was tempted to read the ending because the first half of the story constituted with me not knowing who she'll ...more
Chris Mead
I loved this extraordinary friends to lovers romance! Full review coming soon to
Carmen Jenner
Review to come as part of blog tour! =D
Paula  Phillips
If you are like me , then we all love our romance tales but every now and again we get bored of all the same lovey-dovey stuff and wish for them to have a bit of oomph to them and that is what Brooke Moss's story Keeping Secrets in Seattle gives us. The story starts out with the two best friends being hopelessly in love with each other but of course never telling each other how they feel. Then the guy in this case Gabe meets a girl named Alicia and proposes to her and expects his best friend Vio ...more
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Shirley Frances
Violet has been in love with Gabe ever since she can remember. They tried their hand at dating but it failed horribly. After a while they went back to being best friends and have been ever since. She has had to watch as Gabe dated woman after woman and now that he let her know that he was single again, she is determined to let him know that she never stopped loving him. However, on the day she sets out to do this Gabe announces his engagement to Alicia. As you can imagine, she is heartbroken, bu ...more
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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When I started Keeping Secrets in Seattle by Brooke Moss, I wasn't sure what to expect. I have to be honest I went through array of emotion when I read this book. So, I might as well share my thoughts on this book.

During most of the book I was a ball full of nerves. I truly was worry with what the secret could be. There was so much tension as the story began. I think a lot of it had to deal with Violet Murphy keeping a secret bottled up for almost 10 years. H
Lola (Reading by Lamplight)
I knew as soon as I started this book, I would have a difficult time setting it down. In fact, I polished this beauty off in one sitting. Keeping Secrets in Seattle is like a cross between My Best Friend's Wedding and 13 Going On 30. The characters are flawed and realistic. Violet makes a fun, funky, and albeit frustrating protagonist. The chemistry between her and Gabe is undeniable. I felt bad for poor Landon, I felt that despite her best efforts, Violet just wasn't as into their relationship ...more
I knew I had to read the book because it took place in Seattle and I love reading books that take place where I live. But it wasn’t the setting that won me over in this book, it was everything. Brooke Moss’ writing style is exactly what I love to read. The pacing was perfect, the tension was perfect, the emotions were perfect. Violet Murphy is my kind of character. She’s funky, fun, and not ashamed of who she is even though she had something horrific happen to her as a teenager that helped shape ...more
I loved this book! It's so heartbreakingly wonderful. I knew after reading what the book was about, I'd have some pissed off moments, but I was willing to give it a go. The main character Vi, has been in love with her childhood best friend Gabe since kindergarten. When he announces he's engaged to another woman, a woman who is nothing like Vi, her heart breaks. Vi tries to close off her feelings, and be there for her best friend, even when she knows who he's marrying is so wrong for him. In come ...more
What an amazing book! I really needed it after a book that was a disappointment and made me feel near to nothing. This book filled me with so many emotions it's hard to tell you every one of them. I wanted to cry a few times, I wanted to scream at the characters for their behaviors, I wanted to throw myself in the arms of Landon and kiss him senseless and being the one saying "Yes!" to him in Las Vegas. I wanted to punch Gabe in the face for treating Violet like crap most of the time. I wanted t ...more
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I don't know where to start. I loved this book to the point I was unable to put it down. I went to bed late after reading over half in one night AND getting up extra early to finish it the next day. While reading this book I was soooo conflicted for Vi. I know she loves Gabe but but but he loves a total mega, fake, phoney b
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Keeping Secrets In Seattle is a Contemporary Romance written by Brooke Moss. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Entangled Publishing, LLC through NetGalley.

5 Amazing Angsty Stars!
Unexpected, Beautiful and Touching ! A Perfect Afternoon Read…

The Review:
I never expected to enjoy Keeping Secrets In Seattle as much as I did. I literally stayed huddled in my reading chair from the first sentence, until I hit the last page! Broo
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“You need to understand that love isn’t all romance and flowers and great sex, Violet.” I raised my eyebrows, but she didn’t stop. “Real love takes work and effort and time. Real love is willing to wait while you sort your shit out, and is still there once you get your head on straight.” 9 likes
“I never stopped, you know.” His voice was quiet.
My pulse stuttered. “Never stopped what?”
He gripped the glass tightly. “Never stopped loving you.”
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