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The Lover's Secret

(No Exceptions #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,588 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, is sure of one thing: she will never surrender her heart fully to the green-eyed, sexy as sin, six foot two sex god that she calls her boss.

Jett Mayfield is dangerously sexy, but more than that he attracts trouble. Avoiding him has never been an option. The night he hooks up with Brooke, he aims to keep her in his bed, but more than
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 5th 2014 (first published August 3rd 2014)
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Stacy Mizerny I would definitely start with The Surrender your love series before reading The Lover's secret.

I would definitely start with The Surrender your love series before reading The Lover's secret.


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Claire MacNeil
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

There was something calming about the snowflakes falling from the sky—an assurance that life would go on, no matter what happened; an assurance that I wasn’t so different from others. Somewhere, somehow, someone had suffered just like me, and they had survived. That someone was proof that with each day, each year, my memories would weaken and gradually become a distant fragment of the past. I needed that hope.


Meet Brooke and Jett:

My brain is numb. It had me hooked from the first page, rootin
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Right from the beginning I was sucked into the story and couldn't put it down! Well written, easy to follow, I was hooked.

Brooke Stewart works as a realtor project manager and her boss is no other than Jett Mayfield, the man she has fallen in love with. Theirs is a wild and playful relationship. Their chemistry is amazing. The sex is hot. And passionate. And the emotions feel real.




And wowza, Jett. Major craving factor.

Jett Mayfield is pure alpha. He is used to get what he w
Georgia ♥
3 Whoa Stars


Talking challenges fate. It attracts disaster and causes chaos to unfold.

Brooke and Jett had their happily ever after. Or so all of us thought...

In this game-changing sequel series, our hot couple reveal even more secrets, insecurities and enemies that threaten their apparently fragile relationship and their unborn child. Huge trust issues and their inability to communicate their thoughts, while ALWAYS second-guessing their actions really frustrated and distracted me from their b
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I really like Jett and Brooke and love reading about them but i didnt really get the point of this book??

Did anyone?

A meeting with a stranger? Only its Jett and Brooke's same insecurities proping up again?

Anyway... I still read this book in a day and i will read the next one!
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
First off, I'm not sure what the point of the story was suppose to be about. No backgrounds were really discussed to say why Brooke was so jumpy and not willing to trust anybody. Brooke and Jett are roll playing most of the book, trying to keep the spice in their relationship, and then all of sudden, she finds out he's been lying to her and says she's done. I don't get it. For the first book in a series, it doesn't have much background to why Brooke is the way she is.
I'm thinking the trilogy be
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so in love with the characters of the Surrender your love series. I just can't wait to read more about them. About Jett and Brooke. I have a feeling this will be as great. Oh Jett,
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars

One of the most interesting things in life was the certainty that nothing would ever remain dull for too long; sooner or later, the unpredictable happened. The trick was standing aside long enough, watching how a set of things and people came together in random patterns that weren't really so random at all, and witnessing how that collision resulted in a burst of new experiences for everyone involved. Good or bad, those experiences brought failure or winning a new meaning.

This is a new
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
☆ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you SO MUCH hun!! ☆

3.5 stars!!


My thoughts before reading this:

I’ll be the first to admit that I have not read any of J.C. Reed’s work *ducks head* before reading The Lover’s Secret and judging from what I’ve observed, I think it would have served me better if I had read the Surrender Your Love series before reading TLS. You can still essentially read this as a standalone, but I think it would have helped with my unde
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

Uncertainty rules in this book which keeps you on edge throughout this brilliantly written novel. And I'm still not sure whether or not the author intended this book to be a follow up to the Surrender, Conquer Your Love and Treasure Your Love, but if you haven’t read them, don’t worry! J C Reed has used her magic.

Brooke Stewart walks into one of the most luxurious hotel foyers in New York City dressed up to the nines, bu
Aug 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Highly Disappointed

Highly Disappointed


First off everything happened in 2 days in this book! It was very short like 3 hours worth of reading but I finished the book in a record 1 hour 20 minutes anyways let me get back on track. The book in the beginning was like 60%-70% sex [Shaking my head] I was expecting a story but you honestly will not get that until the end of the book. First off the thing I hated most w
Jan 31, 2014 added it
does any 1 no when no exceptions is released
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Lover’s Secret – J.C. Reed
“Life was beautiful, but it was also painful. People fail, a few get up, but there’s never a guarantee that their second attempt will work out.”

J.C. Reed is one of my favorite authors, when she came out with the Surrender Your Love trilogy… I about died with glee. I’m so in love with the characters, the words, and just the entirety of Ms. Reed. I wasn’t at all surprised when I found out that she had a new book coming out, that I would absolutely adore it. I was so
Louise Seraphim Reviews
This was quite an exciting read!
Okay, so to start with I was thinking it was going to go a completely different way. Brooke walks in to a bar all dressed up to kill. She obviously doesn't wear the type of clothes she has on often, but she seems to have an agenda for the night.
She knows who she is after and seems to be playing some sort of game. She meets a gorgeous stranger who would seem to be a bit of a secretive ladies man. He wants her and knows he will have her tonight. Although she is pla
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, romance

“Life was beautiful, but it was also painful. People fail, a few get up, but there’s never a guarantee that their second attempt will work out.”

What started out as a one night stand, where Jeff would introduce Brooke to all kinds of new experiences, turned into something more. Something more lasting or so Brooke thought.

This is the first book in a new series, it’s a short, told from Brooke’s point of view and the way it’s built up is different
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brooke Stewart is in love with Jett Mayfield, he is a man who knows what he wants and it's Brooke. However Brooke's past has one big flag, she has problems trusting and Jett wants her trust. Jett has a plan though to break through her walls but both have secrets that could tear them apart.

Overall really good story but I was confused initially and although it clarifies as the story progresses I found myself a bit lost in the beginning. Jett is pure alpha male and there was an excitement to Brooke
Sue Brighton
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for the ARC. This book is what I would call an extremely sexy, entertaining read! Intense, dark, and riveting, the Lover's Secret prepares you for an emotional avalanche that will leave you reeling! I have always enjoyed Reed's books, but this one is so very well executed, it took me a good day to put my thoughts into words.
Every aspect of this story was engaging, but more than that it can get under your skin. A tip: clear your schedules before beginning this book. You won't be able to pu
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
I liked this book so much. The writing is good, the characters are cool and the storyline is interesting, it has a very good with unexpected twist. I felt so related to Brooke, her feelings, her doubts, and some of what she has been through. She’s a good girl who has dreams and she deserve to fulfill them all. The sexy and mysterious man she knows is def willing to give her what she wants. He is sexy, handsome and his ego is bigger than New York. I liked that about him. I can’t wait for the seco ...more
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
hmm....this read was 2.5 stars for me. I didn’t hate it, didn’t love it - it was just...meh.
I think if there was more dialogue and interaction between the main characters versus the storyline mainly consisting of thoughts in Brooke’s mind, I would have enjoyed it more. Frankly, her thoughts annoyed me. But the cliffhanger will keep my interests for the next installment.
Nicole Berg
I can't wait for this to come out. My heart melted when Jett said he wants to name a baby girl, Treasure! What a beautiful name for a girl! ...more
Rae Lake
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 “I Want To Know More” Stars!

The Review:
I have mixed feeling about this one. This review will be in two parts. What I loved and what I thought needed “more”.

First, let me say, I LOVED the spicy, steamy scenes between Jett and Brooke. Those two are smokin’ hot together and their playfulness and role playing was fun to read. I also really enjoyed the characters themselves.
Stephanie Marshall
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brooke Stewart decides to take up the offer for one night of anything goes, but she ends up discovering more than she bargained for… She ends up with many unanswered questions and more worry about…
I love the story of Brooke and Jett. There is a chemistry and love that is evident when they are together. But there are also secrets and hidden pasts that have the potential to destroy the love they have.
Jett Mayfield was sexy without even trying. He could have any women he wanted, so Brooke loved th
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm torn as to how I feel about this book...and this is why:

I read the "Surrender Your Love" series (prequel to "No Exceptions" series) about a year ago and once I found out that this was a "continuation" of that, I HAD to read it! I decided to reread "Surrender your love", "Conquer your love", and "Treasure your love" to get a foundation as to what was going on bc it had been so long since I read it (I loved that trilogy BTW).

I was informed by the author on a fanpage, that you do not have to r
Gretchen  (About That Story)
I thought this was a good read and I was intrigued. I was pulled in by the characters “first meeting” but once I figured out what was going on I felt like I was missing something. I was interested in Brooke and Jett's relationship and wanted to know more but I don't feel like I learned a lot. There were all these little things that were taking place and I was really curious about them and had a lot of questions. Brooke has some serious trust issues and seems to be keeping a lot from Jett. She qu ...more
Shanoff Reads
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC from the Author for an honest review.**

This book is a continuation of Brooke and Jett's story from the Surrender Your Love Series, which I read and loved also. Since I had read the previous series I was able to just jump right in and reconnect with the characters.

The beginning of the book is so very sexually charged and very satisfying. But alas nothing lasts forever and things start to unravel a little bit at a time. Brooke starts to have doubts and suspicions about Jett an
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you seen my socks? Where are my socks?


I can't find them, because this book blew them right off! Just when I thought it couldn't get any better I come along with something else that just blew my mind. I loved everything about this book. There are no words to describe it, except...oh my god, oh my god, this book was so delicious and mind turning twisting. I have been salivating ever since I read about Jett.

The interaction between Jett and Brooke, the passion and the steamy scenes were amazin
Aug 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
definitely disappointed. I loved Jett and Brooke and followed them thru the first three books. the reviews were all good for this book but as I read...I got so frustrated bc although everything wasnt totally tied up for them at the end of their book they were happy and looking forward to the baby. I wasn't expecting lies, sneaking around, no communication. im sure there is a reason for it all. . but I was so frustrated!!

she's mad at him for keeping secrets.... but she is keeping secrets of her
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Talk about hair pulling, edge of your seat, amazing. My heart is still racing at the thought of what Brooke goes through. I love how you live through it as if you're right there as the story unfolds. it's as intense as it can get. Right from the beginning, it starts off hot and sexy. A few chapters in, and there are secrets, passion, and trust issues to be worked on. I Love how Jett behaves with Brooke, how they are as a couple. I love that the author makes a relationship realistic. Like an ...more
Catherine Arnaud
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you J.C.Reed for the ARC given, I'm a truly fan of your books.
This book (No Exceptions series) contínuos Jett and Brook's story, and I can't tell much without given spoilers, so I will tell you that if you like The Surrender's series , you will love this one too.
Jett decided to gove Brook a wonderful and steamy night, to forget the problems and enjoy themselves, but if you have a secret , it will follow you no matter where....
When you think any major problem between Jett and Brook is finis
Tara Marie
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I went into this book completely blind, I saw the cover and thought yep I'm in!
I have to say that if you didn't read the first series by JC Reed you may be a little lost, it is a sort of continuation of characters you met in the Surrender your Love series Brooke and Jett.
That said after a chapter or two I picked right up on the story and was sucked in.
Brooke is meeting a sexy stranger and having a one night stand but soon life pops that bubble and real life comes crashing in.. When things sta
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