Secrets, written by Liz Schulte, is the first in the Guardian Trilogy. Set in St. Louis, Missouri, Secrets, is the story of Olivia Martin and how manySecrets, written by Liz Schulte, is the first in the Guardian Trilogy. Set in St. Louis, Missouri, Secrets, is the story of Olivia Martin and how many seemingly random occurrences all wind up intricately woven together in the end.
Olivia is a shy photographer who happily exists in the shadow of her best friend, Juliet. She has her “perfect” apartment, her “dream” job, her best friend and her mother…life is “perfect”. Then fate intervenes and she meets Holden Smith. Suddenly, Olivia’s “perfect” life is not quite what she had envisioned and Holden is the only one she can count on, the only one with answers. Or is he?
Secrets is a brilliant novel. It had my attention and held me firmly in its grasp from the very first line. I am sincerely in love with the beginning of the Guardian Trilogy. It does not happen very often that I read a novel and find myself so engrossed that I lose all sense of time while reading. Likewise, it is rare that when I do have to take a break from reading, all I can think of are the characters in the book and wondering where the plot line will go from here.
Secrets, by Liz Schulte, is that novel.
If you read Secrets and find you do not have the sequels, Choices or Consequences, yet (although they are available!) and you are looking for a similar novel to read, give Five, by Christie Rich a try. It is a different type of paranormal but just as emotionally griping and easy to lose yourself in.
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Deadly Addiction, written by Kristine Cayne, is an outstanding novel earning a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Before reading Cayne’s Deadly Vices series, I hDeadly Addiction, written by Kristine Cayne, is an outstanding novel earning a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Before reading Cayne’s Deadly Vices series, I had never read an actual romantic thriller/mystery. I had read plenty of romances with a slight plot twist to keep things interesting and keep the novel from revolving around love, sex, and “soul mates”. Never have I read romance novels written with the talent and skill that Cayne possesses.
First off, I need to say that the characters are brilliant. Cayne gives the opportunity to get to know the characters through many different sets of eyes, as the story is told through many different viewpoints. Typically, this isn’t something I am a fan of; however, she pulls it off without creating confusion.
Each character is unique and has many different layers, creating believable individuals who stir the most basic of human emotions. Rémi Whitedeer and Alyssa Morgan were by far my favorite characters. I loved them individually – their struggles and inner-demons, as well as their triumphs and compassion. I also love the way the two played off each other.
The way that Cayne told each character’s back-story a little bit at a time, rather than all at once in the beginning of the novel or upon introduction was a refreshing change. It left a slight air of mystery about the characters and helped them to feel more life-like.
The final aspect of Deadly Addiction that I want to mention is, honestly, just how addicting this novel is! Much like it’s predecessor (which I was thrilled to find Addiction wasn’t a literal sequel to Obsession), Addiction is a fast paced, romance and action packed novel; however, not to the point of being over-whelming. It’s attention grabbing and once it has your attention it doesn’t let go until the final pages. While the action and suspense is definitely there and there are your standard lulls in the adrenaline and the romance also helps to break up the thrill seeking, adrenaline-rushing. These lulls help the novel to find that perfect medium between “nail-biting suspense/mystery” and “sappy sex-driven romance” novel. What you find in the end, is sheer perfection and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to make it until the next novel comes out....more