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Secret Seduction

(Secret #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,184 ratings  ·  205 reviews
To Katie life was simple. She wanted a little house in upper Boston, and four kids fathered by her best friend Jason, who she’s been infatuated with since she was eight. After a devastating family secret is exposed, all she wants now is to escape the media hype that follows her everywhere she turns. Leaving her family, friends, and Jason behind, she travels to places she’s ...more
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Published July 30th 2013
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ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Kobo Writing Life in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this friends to lovers story, driven by suspense. Katie and Jason had been friends since early childhood. After an awkward advance towards Jason, her secret crush, and a whole lotta family drama, Katie fled oversees to see the world and find herself. What she found, though, was lots of danger and no real certainty where the danger was stemming from. Cue our sexy hero to swoop
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YES
★★★★★Secret Seduction by Jill Sanders (The Secret Series Book 1)

I was given this Beta in exchange for my honest review.

It is set to be released Aug. 9.

So I really liked Ms. Jill's other series the Pride Series.
Finding Pride (The Pride #1) by Jill Sanders Discovering Pride (The Pride #2) by Jill Sanders Returning Pride (The Pride #3) by Jill Sanders Lasting Pride (The Pride #4) by Jill Sanders My book boyfriend lives there, lol. So when I heard this was going to be a crossover series, I was very excited.

This is Katie and Jason's book. Katie is the little sis of Ric Derby, owner of The Blue Spot Galleries. She came to visit him, and ran out in a hurry. Lasting Pride en
Copy provided by the Author for an honest review.

Captivating read!

Katie Just no having a good week, she has been In love with her best freind Jason for years and finally impulsively she kisses him but does not gt the reaction she hopes for; sitting the next day at lunch with him assuring him that she just had too much to drink at the party and forget the kiss because the thought of loosing him is just not acceptable a simple phone call from her mom just makes the day worse . Katie's mom is calli
The first book in the Secret series by Jill Sanders. Katie Derby is given some shocking news and skips town. Well, actually, she skips the country and for a year has been traveling all over Europe. Jason Keaton and Katie have been friends since they were children. Katie is in love with Jason and just before her departure, she kissed Jason and was hoping he returned her feelings. Unknown to Katie is that Jason has been chasing after Katie all over Europe and in Greece he manages to interrupt a ki ...more
Catherine Lenderi
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the story of Katie Derby and her best friend Jason. Finding out that she has been living a lie all her life, she leaves everything and everyone behind her and sets off to explore Europe in an effort to forget her past and rediscover herself. Jason is on her tracks all the time, secretly keeping her out of trouble. Once they meet, fun begins!!!!!!!!!!

I would give this book a 3,5 rating. It was a delightful book and it kept me awake all night to read it. Lovely romance with a pinch of myst
Nov 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Baffling and exaggerated. It starts with a disconnected phone call and moves straightly to an indefinite time in the future when the heroine wanders around the Europe in search of who knows what and almost... gets kidnapped..I mean: really?
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm really not entirely sure what I just read. I mean, this girl finds out that her Mother was married to some rich Italian guy in Italy and at the same time her Mom was married to some rich guy in the USA. The girl doesn't know this until her Mother calls her one day tells her while she's at the coffee shop reliving an embarrassing moment between her childhood and life long friend.

She freaks out and leaves USA and travels around Europe for a year. Then, she decides to make contact with her biol
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

The overall story was a good idea, but the telling of the story seemed disjointed to me, and at times confusing, almost like this wasn't the first book in the series. There were flashbacks that were mentioned at times that seemed like they were giving the reader a quick jog of the memory on a past story, but I've not been able to determine if those characters indeed have their own story (Ric and his wife and how they met for example). The en
Jill Sanders
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
12 Chapters, epilogue.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I hate third person points of view. It stopped the story from flowing and made it feel past tense. Also, it's a lot of 'She remembered," "He remembered," therefore it made it feel like someone is telling the story instead of the characters themselves. "Him, her, she, she'd, he, they."

I forced myself to read through the writing style since it's an ARC. Unfortunately, chapter seven was as
Lauren Dawes
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Secret Seduction is the first Jill Sanders book I’ve ever read, and although I didn’t quite know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by what I did read. Secret Seduction is about young woman named Katie who has escaped her life in Boston, escaped the scandal currently rocking her family, to just get away and re-evaluate her life.

What Katie doesn’t know is that her best friend, Jason, has been searching for her, following her across Europe (for an entire year) in the hopes of bringing her

This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. At the same time a love story evolves that is touching and well developed throughout the book.

The main characters, Katie and Jason, are well developed by author Jill Sanders. I felt that I knew them and that I was on their journey right along with them.

At the beginning of the book Katie is delivered some devastating news. She has also made a fool of herself in front Jason, the guy she has been friends with for
Ewa (✿◠‿◠)
Good book. Fast, suspenseful, steamy. The story line was interesting.

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Micky Cox
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting twist to the romance genre wrought with intrigue and multiple attempted kidnappings. Great characters with intriguing personalities definitely make the story line even stronger. Add in a bit of crossover from a previous series by this author and this book is a must a read. Now I need to read the next book in the series!
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No chemistry, no character development. I couldn’t get past 40% and that was pushing it.
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What kind of news could be so devastating to you that you would leave everything behind and wander Europe for a year, not telling anyone where you were or even if you were alive? For Katie, her devastating news became global gossip and traveling anonymously was her only escape while she came to terms with a life that had been a huge lie. Her most heartbreaking loss was Jason, her best friend
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Katie Derby had a simple life. She had always had everything that she wanted, wore designer clothes and drove the best cars. Sure her parents always seemed to have fights, her mom would fly away to Italy and her dad would go to Alaska. It had always been that way for as long as she could remember but they would always calm down and make up. Never in a million years would she have guessed exactly what had been really been going on and that when that secret was out, it would change her life foreve ...more
Laura Hannaway
Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
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Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Secret Seduction starts with Katie getting some really bad news from her mom. She finds out that her father is not really her biological father. Since she is from a very wealthy family this is big media news. All her so called friends are interviewed by the media which makes Katie feel betrayed. Katie leaves for a trip travelling around Europe and doesn't tell anybody that she is going.

Katie and Jason have been best friends since she was eight so he misses her and absolutely needs to find her.
Jessica Smith
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book to read. You easily will fall into liking the characters.

Katie has been in love with her best friend Jason since they met when he saved her from when she almost drown when she was 8. But she has always kept her crush secret until one night she gets drunk at a party and kisses him. He does not return the kiss. The next day they meet for coffee since Jason wants to discuss the kiss while at coffee Katie gets a call that shakes her whole life up.

**** spoilers ahead *****

She fi
Nikki Wilde
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I think there may have been a book or more ahead of this. It seems to be a series.

Katie has made a mistake she's let her defenses down and showed her feelings to her best friend. When he doesn't reciprocate those feelings she feels miserable. That is until she gets a phone call that devastates her world. Instead of dealing with life she takes off.

How convenient that her family has money. It lets her run around through Europe for over a year. The same money that comes from a family she refuses
Thom Swennes
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Friendship is the best prerequisite for love. This is a truism I can personally attest to. Loose lips sink ships but loose morals can also devastate a family. Katie Derby grew up deep in the shadow of deception and when she finally came into the bright light of truth, it was almost her destruction. Kathleen Derby admitted that the father she had known all her life wasn’t her biological father. She was conceived in Greece when her mother was touring Europe. Her life, as she knew it, was a lie and ...more
Jacquelyn Smith
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Secret Seduction by Jill Sanders

If you found out today that you were living a lie what would you do? Ok, better yet if the world found out with you and you had to face it in the public eyes. Jill's mother told her over the phone that her life was about to change. The news was global gossip that left her devastated, so she ran leaving behind everything and everyone that she knew.
But her most heartbreaking loss was her best friend Jason, the man she has been in love with all her life. Taking all t
Tracey Smith
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fast-paced fun and sexy adventure. Sanders brings us right into the action from the word Go with this one. I did enjoy the flashbacks to the childhood relationship between the two characters, building their history as we are whisked along on this high-stakes ride. The chemistry was undeniable, and the plot was intriguing. While I enjoyed learning about their history through the flashbacks, I think I would have preferred an actual scene depicting their relationship at the point of the ...more
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This was a fun book. I read it all pretty much in one setting, so it definitely kept my attention.

I liked the story of Katie and Jason, but I am a huge huge HEA advocate. The fact that they had been best friends since childhood? Romantic! :D I liked their travels throughout Europe as well ... I currently live in Europe, so that was fun to read about their treks.

The biggest problem I had with this was the lack of conflict resolution, or even a good explanation for that matter. (view spoiler)
The Glassed And The Furious
Mar 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Nadine Bookaholic
Let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this book.
Katie was told some devastating news (over the phone) by her mother and after a month of trying to deal with it she finally had enough and took off to Europe leaving everything behind except for some clothes. No Phone, No Computer no way for anyone to get into contact with her. While she was traveling from Country to Country she was attacked by two men. Jason - Katie's best friend -had been following her (unbeknownst to her) and stepped in a
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review.

This book was....wonderful, amazing, and full of action, scenery, drama, love, and hardship...but all ends as well as can be for the long journey that Katie, and Jason endure!

This book had me hooked a few pages in! The storyline was full of surprises!

Katie wants to tell Jason what their friendship really means to her, but receives bad news while attempting to tell Jason her feelings. The bad anyone's nightmare, and sends Katie on an adventure
Melissa Marlow
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Katie, a simple girl happy to live her simple life, in love with her best friend and roommate Jason was the only difficult part of her life, because he had never known how she felt about him.

One, two, and then three phone calls had turned her world upside down and inside out. The family she knew wasn’t the family she thought. The father she grew up with wasn’t her biological father. Her brother, only a half-brother.

Across t
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Jill Sanders is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Sweet Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Western Romance, and Paranormal Romance novels. With over 55 books in eleven series, translations into several different languages, and audiobooks there’s plenty to choose from. Look for Jill’s bestselling stories wherever romance books are sold or visit her at jillsa ...more

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