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Secret Sins

(The Callahans #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,358 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Sheriff Archer Tobias has watched the Callahan family struggle to find peace and acceptance in the community—despite the murders that continue to haunt them. But his darkest suspicions grow worse when Anna Corbin, a member of one of the country's most influential families, becomes the next target…

Anna knows she’s in danger. She knows she’s on a trail of secrets and lies th
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperback
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OK, was expecting Crowe's book as a finale (?) to the triolgy, but I guess it's going to be a quad-rology instead :)

This was slightly better than the previous two - but not much.......

OK. Page 5 and we get a typo: Crewe for Crowe.
Pgs 171 and 294 are the end of (an almost identical) sex encounter - (cut and paste?? with a few in-fills???)
Pg 176-8 almost 3 pages of a God Almightly info-dump (and where we are GIVEN the bad guy, carte blanche)
Pg 321 typo of Amelia for Anna (amongst various others)
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
And on that note: I am done...Done...DONE!

DNF'd at 50%

I apologize in advance for my rant/review, but what happened to this author? I've loved her Elite Ops and Tempting Seals series. But with this series, each book has been getting progressively worse.

I swear it has become a "if you're read one, you've read them all". It is basically regurgitated drivel. Take a hero and heroine, change their names around, and rinse and repeat. I swear there was a scene that was literally copy and pasted from ear
Jenn Scranton
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Eh... Just, ... Eh. Perhaps my most difficult review to date. I like the series; the idea behind the cousins and the plot to take what was theirs, but this book... goodness, it just took an otherwise good story and well, killed it! Because this is the third in a series based on the same conflict, I am not going to provide a synopsis but rather:

Ana: Wow... You were will the man for about a week and are walking out on him because he didn't say "I love you"??? I guess its not enough that he protect
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Lora Leigh's Sin series and a huge improvement from book two. This book represents the writing style any Lora Leigh fan has grown to love and the reason we are loyal and dedicated followers.

Lots of answers will be answered in this book that features Sheriff Archer Tobias and Anna Corbin. Lots and lots of steamy scenes to devour along with a few surprise visits from previous hero's in some of her other juicy books.

If our a Lora Leigh fan you won't want to miss this book.
Kathy Davie
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, suspense
Third in the Callahans romantic suspense series revolving around the hard-done-by Callahan cousins. The couple focus is on Anna Corbin, John Corbin's granddaughter, and Sheriff Archer Tobias.

I recommend avoiding this entire series. If you absolutely must read it, borrow it from the library. Borrow it from a friend stupid enough to actually buy this junk. Just don't encourage Leigh to continue writing this. At least, puh-lease, Leigh, do a better job.

My Take
Two points for Leigh's Secret Sins. One
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5 Stars

I knew when I started reading the Callahan Brothers series that it would be exciting and unbelievably sexy. It’s Lora Leigh – I wouldn’t expect anything else. What I didn’t count on was how the intrigue and mystery would just suck me in and not let go.

Archer was brought into the Corbin family when Anna was just a little girl. She has always looked up to him and has always loved him. She has saved herself just for Archer – no other man
Dee Haddrill
This could have had such a higher rating if, again, it wasn't for the damn errors in the book. One character's name changes from Gregori to Anatoli, then back to Gregori; at one point, Cami has a conversation with herself, because of naming errors; there is a completely copied scene (and I mean it's identical) that shows up twice in the book; and my personal favourite - Anna is bitching that Archer has never said he loved her when he said it about ten pages earlier!!!!! Come on, book editors... ...more
Rae Lowenberg
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Lora Leigh books are my favorite guilty pleasure, I look forward to every release. I can't wait for the next book in the series. That said, they would be even better with a really good editor. This had more than the normal (for Lora Leigh) timeline and story inconsistencies, wrong names used, wrong forms of words used, so the sentence doesn't quite make sense, etc. Then there was the love scene from pages 292-294 that was copied & pasted, almost word for word from pages 169-171. What makes that ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The book blurb pretty much covers everything that I would like to say about the plot so I’m going right to my review…

I know I picked an erotic read but I felt that the erotic encounters overshadowed what was a fantastic story. I ended up skimming over the sexual scenes to read the meat of the plot. I didn’t think I’d ever say this but there were too many repetitively described explicit interaction. Yes, I’m going to say it…it got boring!

Now that I got that out of my system onto the story...I’ve
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
I tried. I really, really tried. Her last two books in this series were meandering, horribly edited and just plain made no sense at times. Didn't even finish them, they were wallbangers. But I have a weakness for Lora Leigh. She was the first. So I thought I'd give her one more shot.

OMFG. Really. The plot again is meandering and not making sense at points. The characters do things that seem completely at odds with how they were originally presented. But the final straw? At the bottom of page 210
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*Beware of possible spoilers!*

Book three of the Callahan’s series is FINALLY here! I can’t tell you how much I’ve been dying to get back into this series! Leigh has weaved a riveting storyline about the Callahan cousins that were shunned by the whole town for greed. Somebody wanted their land so badly that they decided to kill for it again and again becoming a serial killer known as the slasher; killing every female the three men got involved with to ensure th
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
All right. This series is totally a disappointment. I have no idea who edited this book or series, but whoever it is, should be fired from their job for incompetency. This was the single most unprofessionally edited book I have ever bought.

This book had a great base, but it was riddled with so many errors in the timeline, it made it extremely challenging to force myself to read through its entirety. The sex scenes were darn close to copy and pasted. Even more frustrating, was a series of chapter
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought The Callahans series is a trilogy but obviously I was wrong because this is NOT Crowe Callahan's story.

The Good:

1. The whole Slasher/inheritance/blackmailed plot finally got interesting.

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2. If you're a fan of LL's Elite Ops series, you'll be happy to know that one VERY famous character made a brief cameo, and two others got honorable mention.

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3. The love scenes are pretty hot.

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The bad:

1. Though it shouldn't become a surprise, the heroine is just plain exhausting.

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What I
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lora-leigh
As much as I love Lora Leigh I'm a little aggravated with this one. First off, at 400 pages it was excessively long. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem except that there was so much repetitiveness that at least 50 to 75 pages could have been taken out from that alone. The first time I came across a scene that starting sound very familiar I chalked it up to tiredness because it was two o’clock in the morning. Then the next night when I got back to reading and got to another part that sounded ve ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Secret Sins. The 3rd installment of the Callahan Series. I was soo hoping that this would be Crowe's book. But it was Archer and Anna's. I didn't think I was going to like it. I mean Archer has been in all the books but only on the side since he was a Sheriff and Anna we only got the smallest glimpse's of her before. And their was never a hint at anything romantic. But all I can say is WOW. Mrs Leigh wove these two characters into the story superbly. Sweet, innocent, loving, gentle ...more
Chris Mead
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book three in THE CALLAHAN SERIES, SECRET SINS, will hold you in its grip with its well thought out plot, explicitly hot love scenes that scorch the pages and a murder mystery that keeps you guessing. Fans of Lora Leigh are sure to be enamored.

Anna Corbin spent her childhood being shuffled around to different boarding schools. She has never been able to understand why her grandfather and her parents preferred to keep her away from home. Now that she is grown, they are trying to send her to Fran
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This book started of really good,then towards the middle ,the book dipped for me ,then picked up towards the end.I really wanted to rate this a four star read,but,the heroine really,really got on my second to last nerve.Come on all ready,your family sent you away to school at age nine and you never felt the love,they did not allow you to come home and be with your family.Over and over and over,this was her mantra.
So now we know who the killer/rapist is,but he escaped to the next book comming up,
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
First, I liked the story thread in this book and how it finally answered questions related to the series, but on the other hand whoever is editing these books is doing a poor job. Reading through and running into several love scenes that were the same and finding inconsistancy in the movement of plot (Archer saying I love you in one spot and then Anna contemplating why he hasn't told her he loves her yet, in subsequent chapters)really pissed me off. If you're a writing, you know how hard it is n ...more
Bonnie G.
I forgive most anything in erotic romance, and over the years have overlooked the ridiculous plotlines and execrable editing/proofreading in Lora Leigh's books because as bad as they are, they are fun. They are literary Cheetos. But the worm has turned in the last 5 years or so, and now Leigh's books are literary off-brand Cheetos -- bad for you and just plain bad. In Secret Sins there is a scene that is in the book twice. Verbatim. I am not shitting you. Cut and pasted. I loved Leigh's early bo ...more
Sassy Angel
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
All I can say is OMG. Lora Leigh has out done herself again. I have enjoyed reading her for years. This is the third book of her series, The Callahans.

In this book, we find who the Slasher is and some other major secrets as well. Anna has been begging to stay home ever since she was 9 but her family has always denied her. Archer is the Sheriff trying to discover the Slasher's identity and the reason why there has been so much in his community. Anna has loved Archer for years. Archer has stayed
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
typos typos typos....not to mention name and time continuity issues. i like this series but as with many of Lora's other books the editing for this was sloppy
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
My favorite so far in the series.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have to admit this was better then Logan's book mainly because there was some progression in the plot. However I feel like I'm reading two different books in one.

In every genre I read, I expect some sort of logic that correspond with that genre. As a romantic suspense, I'm going to assume it's more suspense then romance as the driving plot is the need to catch the bad guy, so about at minimum 70 percent suspense and 30 percent romance. You can play with that percentage depending on your prefe
Maggie Perez De Molina
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, hello, Sheriff! Archer Tobias took over for his dad and has also inherited the mystery at the heart of the Callahans series. He has also captured the attention of Anna Corbin. Yes, one of those Corbins so you know this is not going to go smoothly. I can't give too much away because the spoilers with this one will have you pulling out your hair. The blast from the past and the other shoe dropping will have you saying "Yeah, ok, I get that" because it totally makes sense. I love how LL start ...more
Mrs A. J. Turbfield
Excitable tale half told. Excellent pacing of this novel makes continued reading essential.

A bit more amorous and intriguing than the previous two in series. But no less absorbing, confusing at times but ultimately enthralling. Looking forward to next episode in this wrll written drama.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Lots of surprises. I give it 3.5 stars. Pretty good but would be better if the series overlapped more.
Terri Hebert
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The mystery & the super sexy storyline is the reason why it was hard to put this book down. Lora Leigh is an amazing author. ...more
Glenda Bettin
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great series
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Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in ...more

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