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Secrets Don't Make Friends

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Jeyne Dalton has graduated from college, medical school, and has slogged through half of a surgical internship year with flying colors, which she figures HAS to mean she’s put her past – and her family – behind her for good. If only she hadn’t answered that random ad for a roommate, her life would be pretty damn perfect.

Dinah Robbins knows that, no matter what she does, th
Published November 17th 2015 by Author Published
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lyla Payne and NetGalley.)

“It’ll ruin my life if we tell the truth.”

This was an NA story about a girl in an abusive relationship who accidentally killed her boyfriend.

I felt quite sorry for Dinah because of the abuse she was receiving, but she was also pretty nasty to her poor housemate, who really didn’t deserve the abuse she got either.

The storyline in this was about Dinah and her h
Jamie Davis
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Crack open a bottle of wine and brace yourself for a volley of emotions!

Set aside what you think you know, your preconceived notions, and the limits you think you have because this book is going to shake you up and make you reexamine everything!

With the current book hangover I have after finishing Secrets Don’t Make Friends, I’ve decided this book should come with wine. I might as well be buzzed if I’m going to be this hungover! I couldn’t get away from this story even when I didn’t have time to
Lyla Payne
Nov 16, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Today, I'm releasing Secrets Don't Make Friends. Along with being a thriller, a suspense, and a story about friendship, the book is about not only getting free from an abusive relationship, but how difficult it can be to navigate the world after one does.

I know this topic is sensitive, and I know it's touched more women and children and families than it should. Abuse, whether psychological, emotional, verbal, or physical, makes people feel hopeless. It makes them so afraid to move that they beli
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I felt quite sorry for Dinah in this, and I could understand why she put up a cold front. That being said though, the way she treated her housemate wasn't nice at all.

This wasn't a bad read, but it couldn't hold my interest well unfortunately. It felt very slow in areas, and there were quite a few times where I felt bored.

Overall, An okay read.
Krystal Roe
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone - the plot is universally appealing
Recommended to Krystal by: A friend
I finished this book a couple days ago and have thought of it so often since then. I was tempted to leave my review right away but felt I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. I know I’m still not getting it right.

Having struggled with female friendships growing up (don’t most of us?) I didn’t experience until I was older the treasure of having close girlfriends. Like Jeyne and Dinah my dearest friends are very different from me. It's from this perspective that I empathized with the characters.

Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Dinah and Jeyne were roommates who hate each other. While I found Dinah loud and obnoxious, I thought Jeyne was naive and unassuming. Until one night happened. A dead body was in their midst. Elementary school teacher Dinah wanted to report to the police. But Jeyne, to protect her reputation for she aspired to be a doctor, decided to hide the body and pretend nothing happened. Except, it really did.

Dinah and Jeyne didn't want anything to do with each other's lives. Dinah, spoiled rich brat, hap
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first Lyla Payne novel and I feel I have started with a great one. I love her style of writing.

This book looks at some serious issues that unfortunately are still happening to women around the world. In a matter of moments, things can escalate to life threatening situations. I was touched how pure and on point Lyla described some scenes. It wasn't as fast paced as I would like but it certainly was enthralling and had me hooked from the start. I was trying to think ahead to how were th
Carrie Conway
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first Lyla Payne but definitely not the last. I could not put this book down, it kept me up half the night reading and I was back at it first thing in the morning to finish it off. Its an emotional roller coaster, in a good way. You are so engrossed in the characters and the story lines that you are feeling, sorrow, frustration, hope and excitement with Jenye and Dinah. It was so hard to finish the book because you don't want to say goodbye to these ladies, they are like your new best friends ...more
Brandy Barber
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free for an honest review. This book I couldn't put down. I got it one day and finished it the next. The emotions I went through was a roller coaster ride. The two girls in this book cover a very real subject of an abusive relationship and the many sides it can be. In a world where everything isn't perfect two roommates try for a normal chance at Life. Dinah: The rich perfect girl with the perfect boyfriend and perfect life. from a well off family. Jayne:nerd girl from the w ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this book but at the same time I didn't. I liked it because it was well written and the characters were good. But I didn't like how something like this is what brought these two girls together.
Being in an abusive relationship for over a decade can do things to a person's mind. And having a past can do the same. I am not sure if I could have kept the secret as long as they did. Walking in on my roommate in the worst kind of situation. Yup, don't know I would have handled it the same wa
Sandra Lancaster
I thought I knew what to expect of this book by the synopsis, but I couldn't have been more wrong. This book far exceeded my expectations and left its mark.

It deals with a very delicate, real and horrible issue, abuse, that is all too relevant in society. Lyla does a fantastic job at portraying the effects that abuse can and does have on the victim.

This book will grab you from the get go and take you on a journey you don't want to end. I was so wrapped up in the story, when I didn't have time
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was quite anxious to read this book not just because I love everything Lyla Payne has to offer but because of natural curiosity. This book delves into an aspect of life for some that well no one really wants to be a part of. Payne did an exceptional job in dealing with the abuse situation. We see and hear Dinah's innermost thoughts in knowing that no matter what things just aren't going to work in her favor and not because she didn't try. She accepts her fate when the person she least expected ...more
Kelly Mccurdy
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Lyla's books. She always leaves you either wanting more, or she leaves you completely satisfied. This book does both! Not only was I satisfied, I needed more. So what happens when you have a boyfriend that is abusing you and one night your roommate walks in and sees it happening? Well, you do what any rational human would do... get rid of the evidence.

We all have that one friend that would do anything to help out. In this case, they are not so much friends, as just roommates. But
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this new book by Lyla Payne. I appreciated it even more because it touched on an all too prevalent abuse problem that many woman endure due to shame and fear, I think the emotional baggage that remains after the abuse ends (for whatever reason, in this case, the "secret") was also well written into the storyline. The book was also fast moving with the characters on edge of their secret being exposed and attempting to live life while dealing with the aftermath of the secret and p ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal read!
Sensitive topics were covered with grace and expertise. I absolutely loved how this book was mainly focused on an unlikely friendship between two very strong heroines rather than their love interests. That in itself sets this book apart from the others in its genre. This is a must read, that I will treasure!

I also loved the fact that I couldn't predict the outcome of this story. With so many books these days the authors set a clear path to happily ever after. This bo
Micaela Irion
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book of Lyla's that I've read, and I loved it! She came highly recommended from one of my favorite authors and her assistant, and did not disappoint! She really knows how to pull you into the story and make you connect with the characters. I felt like I was right there with Dinah and Jeyne the whole time. There IS an abuse scene in the beginning, which might be a trigger for some people, but it's written well and the story wouldn't really work without it. If you can handle tha ...more
Stormy Udell
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The redemption that is found in friendship...

It was tough to get through the first few chapters. Not because of poor story telling or writing , but because of Intense, emotion invoking, story telling. It crushed me, rebuilt me, crushed me again and finally rebuilt me. Much like forging steel, this story forged these two women in to something beautiful. It goes beyond growth and healing. It's a beautiful story of strength through a friendship that is the definition loyalty. There are true example
Abby Legrange
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great ride on an emotional roller coaster

As usual, this author introduced me to characters I couldn't help but love! The writing was sharp and the dialogue was intelligent. She treated a heavy topic with respect and realism. I tore through this book in one night and loved it!!!
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will say it over and over again how much of a huge fan I am of Lyla’s work. This newest addition to her repertoire does nothing to disappoint this loyal fan. While most over her other work is really romance-centric, this book takes a look into the lives of two very different girls and how one night can force them together for the rest of their lives.

Dinah’s life is focused on one thing, keeping her long term and incredibly abusive boyfriend appeased so that he doesn’t go too far once night an
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book. It's been so long since I last loved a book like this. It reminds me a combination of Julie James and Sarah Andersen.

I don't know how I am going to create a review without dropping spoilers. From the synopsis it was hinted there that something big of a trouble bonded Dinah and Jeyne. I won't tell what it is, but it is the kind of trouble that will change both of their lives forever.

What's great about this book (aside from the plot line, that is) are the characters. Every sin
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
I received this book via Netgalley to give an honest review.
So not only did the title call out to me but what the book was about did as well.
When I first started reading Dinah's story my heart broke for her, to be treated like she was by her boyfriend was heartbreaking. We go back and forth between Dinah and her roommate Jeyne which I really did like. Jeyne is going for her medical degree and so one night after having a confrontation with Dinah about a party going on in the apartment she leaves,
Michelle Stuck
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free for an honest review. - This is the first book that I have read by Lyla Payne but it will not be the last. She shows the gritty darkness of an abusive relationship - not only the physical abuse but also the despair and hopelessness that so many victimized women feel - with honesty. Dinah is the victim in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend Tritt. Her roommate, Jeyne, comes home one night to find Tritt almost killing Dinah. Jeyne sees the abuse happening firsthand ...more
Nikki Morgan
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some people live in a world of black and white. When standing on the outside, it's easy to say whether something is good or bad, right or wrong. But sometimes there are moments that fall in the gray area and you are faced with a difficult decision. Jeyne and Dinah are roommates who hate each other. Jeyne is one of the top surgical interns. Dinah is a teacher who is also attending grad school. Dinah sees Jeyne as stuffy, while Jeyne sees Dinah as spoiled. Neither can stand being around the other ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oooo I loved this one! It really starts out with a bang. I loved it from the first page and it only got better from there. This story never had a dull moment or slow spot in it. Every page had me on the edge of my seat.

Of course it had one of my fav features, the chapters take turns with different characters POV and they are labeled with that characters name. Love it when books do that!

Excellent character development! In the beginning I liked Dinah but Jeyne not so much, then towards the middle
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book started out pretty heavy with a very realistic scene between Dinah and Tritt - her abusive boyfriend. It was very hard for me to read because of personal reasons (no, nothing happened to me, but to someone very close to me). I am glad that I stayed with it though. I liked the way that the friendship between Jeyne and Dinah developed after that first night. They had both been very careful with letting anyone close to them and it was cool to see them slowly open up to each other and lear ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's possible that this book had me hooked because I could relate to it, but I thought it was absolutely brilliant. It is a very emotional, raw read, that may be a trigger for some, but I suggest most have a go at reading it, as it may give you a new view on some of the harsh realities people face.

I liked the two main characters, that Lyla created. She gave us two people who seemed on opposite ends of the spectrum, but who actually had a lot more in common than they thought. and they were soon
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, books-to-review
Fair warning, this book has some violence at the beginning - a woman being abused by her boyfriend, and while not for the faint of heart sadly happens to often in our society.

I thought the book was intriguing and I wondered how Dinah and Jeynie were going to keep their stories straight to avoid being found out about Tritt's death. Not that he would be missed, and as we like to say in the south, "he just needed killin'."

Both Dinah and Jeynie had interesting lives growing up and it is a shame tha
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a gift copy of this book from a friend of mine who highly recommended it. I have to say it was not disappointing at all. I did struggle with one portion of the content of the book but once that part past I was able to make it through the book. It was abusive content and such but done in a way that it is how some abusive relationships are. The rest of the book was about two roommates who were only roommates due to an ad. Just in one night their relationship totally changed as well as t ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book free in a first reads giveaway on Goodreads in return for my honest feedback.

The story is about a girl in an abusive relationship who accidentally killed her boyfriend. Her roommate and her bond over this accidentally killing.

This wasn't a bad read. The writer does a great job showing an abusive side of a relationship and the harm it does on an individual. I was not expecting that when I read this book. Those parts of the book were really good while other parts felt like th
Stephanie Schmidt
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free for an honest review.. I started this book 2 days ago and couldn't put it down. The emotions I felt that first night were overwhelming. I think I cried for 3 hours for all the Pain that Dinah went through and for the selfless act of Jeyne. This book hits home with me for a few reasons, being a Domestic Violence survivor I know what Dinah went through. I wish I had someone like Jeyne to be there for me when I went through it. I love this book and Lyla Payne is an awesome ...more
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I've been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. I adore telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present.

In my spare time I cuddle my two dogs, pretend to enjoy exercising so that I can eat as

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