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(Secrets and Sins #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.
Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends.
ebook, 254 pages
Published June 24th 2013 by Entangled: Ignite
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Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful surprise!

I’m soooo happy and honored that Entangled Publishing has given me this book to review!
This was a new author for me and, oh, boy, did I enjoy this book!

I’d given it more than 5 stars if I could!!!

The story, the characters, the narrative, everything about this book was awesome!

I loved Leah’s spirit, her strength, her level-headiness, her love for Gabriel, her honor… She wasn’t a whinny female who was undecided. She was strong in her convinctions, but flexible enough to
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Secrets and Sins: Gabriel was a combination of all the things I love in a story, mystery, suspense and romance. The theme of this romance is one that usually breaks my heart a bit: unrequited love.

Leah has been in love with Gabriel since she was a teenager. She has it bad for him, and always has:

She doubted even the talk-show doctor with his decades of experience could cure her of this love. Over the years she’d witnessed Gabriel date, marry another woman, and start a family. She’d se
Philisha Stephens
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Addictive from beginning to end! From the start of this book, I was pulled in with my heart-strings at the devastation to Gabriel’s emotions. So when the book took off and I saw him at his lowest point, I wanted to wrap my arms around him and help him any way I could. I was rooting for him the whole way desperately wanting his life to be a good one. As for Leah, her unrequited love is tough because she actually liked the wife.

Her life story was one that I found myself pulling for her as well. I
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have just got and read this book, and as usual Naima Simone has written another ' Hook You' classic. From start to finish ( in one complete read) I could not put the book down. I had to know what happened in the end. It is extremely well written, the characters are addictive and so is the story. Cannot wait for the others in the series. WELL DONE AGAIN NAIMA XX
What makes this worthy of a 5-star rating? The Writing!!!!! Seriously, there is only one other book that stands out as being exceptionally written, and that's When Ravens Fall. Each page just blew me away! Right from the get go, each situation, each character, each internal dialogue is so impressively written. Painting such characters, that I felt swallowed up every time I went back to reading this book.

I felt like I can't fully express my review of this book, cause it was that damn good!!

Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elena Rainier, an Alabama attorney, feared for her life and her wealthy and reknown attorney from old money beat her for the last time ans she slipped out and called two local newspapers to meet her at the hospital to see her injuries. Normally, he hit her where it didn't show but she was tired of his treatment and pleasure in her pain. The paper told the story and Alex gave her a quick divorce before he went to jail and she reappeared as Danielle Warren in Boston. She got a job in a diner, but ...more
Marta Petrocelli
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Naima Simone's novels, I thought I knew what to expect when reading Gabriel. Well, I was only half surprised. It didn't surprise me that I couldn't put it down and somehow managed to read it in one sitting. Nor did it surprise me that the characters were likeable and real, since they always are. What surprised me was the depth of emotion I felt when reading Gabriel and Leah's story. Their evolving relationship was not rushed - how could it be when there was so much pain? Their coming ...more

4 Stars

Gabriel had a perfect life, he was a successful author, had a loving marriage and a great son. Then it all crashed and tore to pieces, all he could do was sit in his car and watch as a tragic accident took his wife and son’s lives. Now two years later he exists; staying in his writing cave in a new condo as he refuses to go back to the house he shared with his family, refusing to even let anyone take down the Christmas tree. He has people who care for him, his close friends and his best
Darcell Phoenix
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I am a fan of Naima Simone’s writing so I knew that when I picked up her latest ‘Gabriel: Secrets and Sins’ I would be in for a very enjoyable afternoon. From the opening paragraph to the end of the book I was glued to the page, soaking up every word. This was a complex story with many variables which kept the reader guessing as to who the culprit was behind all the chaos. It is a story of murder, suspense and unrequited love. The characters were very well developed and you as the reader felt in ...more
Margreet Asselbergs
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 STARS

When Leah lost her mother at the age of five, it was her uncle Richard who took her under his wing. Then six years later, he disappeared without a trace, leaving everything he owned behind.
Now twenty years later, Leah, a private investigator, receives a letter claiming Richard was murdered, and she sets out to find out for once and for all, what happened to Richard.

Gabe is having a hard time processing the loss of his family two years ago, but he is Leah's best friend and knew Richard
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Leah Bannon is an ex-cop turned PI investigating the unsolved murder of her beloved Uncle Richard Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends, who happen to all know our heoine, but have sworn to take that secret to the grave. A hidden enemy draws deadly secrets to the light, even if he has to kill to make it happen.
Yass, this is so good. I heart
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was my first Naima Simone book and it won’t be my last. This novel had me on the edge of my seat from page one, the steamy tension between Leah and Gabriel is VERY hot and the mystery and suspense keep you up all night. Leah Bannon is a former cop, now PI and is investigating the 20 year old disappearance of a man she thought of as an uncle. Gabriel is a lost soul, losing his wife and son in a car crash two years ago has left him a brok ...more
Mae Dixon
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Secrets always have a way of coming out, even 20 years later. Gabe was a man hurting because of a devastating loss. He wanted to continue wallowing in self pity, knowing that this would not bring back his loved ones. Leah checks on him, the man she has loved for a long time. If only he could see that he could have a future with her if he would let her in. Leah is a PI and gets info about an uncle that disappeared years ago, and from that point on the story has so many secrets and lies that are u ...more
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it

I received an advance copy, thank you!
This story is like A dark "Richard Castle" tv series meets a Filipina Dick Tracy. I liked it a lot... Although I pity both characters with their "heart wrenching guilt" to love each other, I sometimes am annoyed on some point that they dont just get it on! Yet I understand the complication of their situation and I loved it that I'm just sucked in with the two of them. As much as I am so in depth with the love story of Gabriel and Leah, the mystery that's sur
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having read several other Naima Simone books I was totally excited to be taken away from my life. As I entered the world of Gabriel I found myself between wanting to root for him and wanting to shake him. At times I found myself loving the heroine but at the same time being like "girl please". I figure if I am talking to the characters the author did a good job.

Cannot wait for the other books in the series!! Loved Gabriel and would recommend for everyone that loves a good romance with a little
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leah is a private investigator who used to be a cop. She receives a note one day relating to the disappearance of her uncle Richard 20 years ago. She's inspired to go poking around in the past to discover the truth of what really happened but she may just become the next target. Gabriel and his childhood friends know the truth but have sworn to secrecy never to talk about what happened. Leah thinks Gabriel wants to help her but he's trying to keep her safe and from the truth. I liked the slow bu ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is well-written romantic suspense.
Gabriel lost his wife and children in a car accident two years before. Now he holes up in his house writing his best-selling novels with his friend Leah encouraging him to live.
Leah works for a PI and when she gets a mysterious message about the 20-year old disappearance of her "uncle" Richard she decides to investigate.
The story had good pacing. Their relationship and the mystery both developed at a realistic rate.
The revelation about what happened to Rich
Caroline Waddell
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was well written, steamy, and addicting. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in only two sittings. The characters are well drawn and realistic. This book is also unique. It isn't your run of the mill, predictable mystery. It kept me on the edge of my seat, guessing all the way through the twists and turns. Not to mention the love story, which is to die for. It definitely took me on an emotional roller coaster. This book is a definite must read and I can't wait to ...more
Mary Mooney
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. This is one of those stories that is hard to put down. It will take you on an emotional ride and in the end love will win. I am not sure if I would call it a love story with suspense from 20 years of secrets or a suspense story with romance added. Either way I loved it and highly recommend it. This is the first story by Naima Simone that I have read and I will be looking forward to reading more from her.
Alpha Possessive Heroes
Good read! I felt really bad for Gabriel.. he's a tortured soul and you can really feel his emotions. Leah is a refreshing read, she's witty and sweet and half way through the story I was already rooting for her. The suspense was a good addition to the story.

Even though I'm not in love with the story, I like it well enough that I read this in one day!
This is my first read from this author and recommend this book!
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Naima Simone’s Secrets and Sins: Gabriel left me breathless. The guilt ridden, brooding, sexy hero and the strong heroine make this well-written book addicting. The unique mystery isn’t predictable and will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the last page. The characters are realistic and have good depth. The love story is compelling. Definitely worth the read! I can’t wait to read the next book from Ms. Simone.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely FANTASTIC book. The character development of the H/H and supporting characters was great. You felt what the characters felt, from their lowest to happiest moments. Can't wait to see if there will be additional books to follow. Definitely want to know about Gabriel's 3 male best friends. All hot men. This one is a keeper!
Becca Booksreview
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Goodreads book description:

Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends...who have all sworn to take that secret to the grave. But a hidden enemy wants those shocking secr
Cocktails and Books
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It's been a long time since I've read a good mystery & a good cop story--this book was both. Yes, there was romance, but the parts I really enjoyed were the ones that kept me in suspense. Naima Simone does a great job of throwing us readers some hints along the way--just enough to make us feel in the loop--without giving anything away until the end.

Gabriel is suffering since the deaths of his wife and child. Luckily, he has his lifelong friends to help him survive the loss
Cheryl Sanders
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel's wife and son died in a car accident 2 years ago. The only reason he's still alive after losing them is his best friend, Leah. She was there to pull him out of the bottle, to make sure he ate, she cleaned his house, and made him start living again...a little.

Mal, Rafe, Chay, and Gabriel all had a huge secret. When Leah started to investigate Richard's disappearance, she uncovered "the secret". It was devastating for her and for the guys. Throughout her investigation someone kept trying
Crystal Marie
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books, where the secrets that are obvious, yet hidden at the same time started to bug me while reading. I had pretty much figured out what the “big” secret was for the book almost right from the beginning. But I did still like how the secret was kept hidden from Leah throughout the course of the book.

Gabriel’s character was just WOW. I could almost feel his pain when he was re-living what had happened in his past. Reading what he had went through, and was still going throu
Rosemary K
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride! This book is filled with so many twists and turns that you are left breathless. The disappearance of Michael Pierce twenty years ago and a mysterious letter sent marking that anniversary, start Leah Bannon on a dangerous journey to find the truth. She asks her best friend, Gabriel, to help. He is a man damaged by the loss of his wife and child, but he agrees. The trail is cold. However, the danger and evil have never gone away. Her investigation makes Leah a target. Gabriel and ...more
Sandy Ambrose
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming together

I first started reading Malachim (because it was free), but I felt like i was missing something even though it is a stand alone. I bought Gabriel and began my journey. In the beginning I still felt like I had come in at the middle of the story, until it started to unfold and take on a life of itself. Naima's writing is so beautiful and thought out, I was stunned. The "Secrets and Sins" plot developed so well that I found it hard to put down. The lives of the characters have been f
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel and Leah have know each other since they were children but Gabriel has a secret that Leah never dreamed of. Leah has loved Gabriel since she was 16 but he has no idea. Gabriel is locked in his grief over the lost of his family but Leah wont let him sink into the grave with his wife and son. Someone contacts Leah about her "uncle's" disapearence. The more she digs into the past the closer she comes to uncovering Gabriel's secrets. But someone wants Leah dead and will stop at nothing to se ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Greer and Raphael were hot, hot, hot!!! Greer walks in on her fiancé having sex with another woman one week before her wedding. On the rebound she has a very steamy one night stand with Raphael. Raphael is a security expert from the wrong side of the tracks, as I would say. He drops her off at home and takes off. She finds her cheating fiance dead. She loses part of her memory and she has to seek out Raphael for his help, while the killer is on the loose.

Steamy scenes and enough suspense to kee
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USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—a ...more

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