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Secret Love

(Love Stings #2)

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Competition is healthy. Except Carrington Carter can’t ever seem to win…

Carrington has never been good enough, between competing with the ghost of a sister she never met and a brother who can do no wrong in their parents’ eyes. She’s convinced finishing nursing school will finally make her parents proud, until she finds out she didn’t pass her boards. Now she needs money,
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Paperback, 246 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Limitless Publishing
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Melissa Mendoza
Title: Secret Love
Author: Evan Grace
Series: Love Stings Series, Book 2
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 185
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Competition is healthy. Except Carrington Carter can’t ever seem to win…

Carrington has never been good enough, between competing with the ghost of a sister she never met and a brother who can do no wrong in their parents’ eyes. She’s convinced finishing nursing sch
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Kim  Brewing
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a bit of a first for me....I loved the story but not the female lead - Carrington. Evan really knows how to engage her readers. The secrets and suspense in this story are great. One of the things I really enjoy about this grou/family is that you don't need to be perfect to be loved...something that Carrington seemed to forget and what made me dislike her a little. Damian was great as was the DEA story line. I got a giggle seeing when Abby stopped by the apartment from another point of vi ...more
Ria -  Reading Is Our Satisfaction
DAMIEN MICHAELS IS A MAN TO FALL IN LOVE WITH......

This is the first book of Evan Grace's that I have read and I must say that I have thoroughly fallen in love with her writing. Yes this is the 2nd Book in her Love Stings series....but obviously they can be read as standalones, however I will be going backwards and reading Book 1, Broken Love. I fell in love with her characters and with this story....now I want to find out more about this world.

Carrington Carter, wants to be a nurse but has fail
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Fiction  Vixens Blog
I've read a few books written by Evan Grave ,and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Evan Grace has given us a very consuming ,intriguing ,suspenseful story that will grab you and hold you in it's pages from start to finish, and then will leave you wanting more from this author. This story is sexy, hot and the chemistry is totally off the charts ,and this whole story was written so well and flowed smoothly. Carrington is really tired being a disappointment to her parents very since he ...more
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
5 Secret Stars

Loved loved loved this book! It grabbed me from page one and I never looked up until it was finished. I didn’t want it to end! Carrington has always wanted to be a nurse, but when she fails her boards she is devastated. Not wanting to tell her parents or back out on moving in with her cousin Abby, she decides to work at the Thirsty Beaver just until she can save some money and retake her boards. What she didn’t decide on was to be drawn to Damien, the head bouncer. Damien is an und
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Angela Lamb
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Secret Stars

Loved loved loved this book! It grabbed me from page one and I never looked up until it was finished. I didn’t want it to end! Carrington has always wanted to be a nurse, but when she fails her boards she is devastated. Not wanting to tell her parents or back out on moving in with her cousin Abby, she decides to work at the Thirsty Beaver just until she can save some money and retake her boards. What she didn’t decide on was to be drawn to Damien, the head bouncer. Damien is an und
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United Indie Book Blog
Secret Love is written beautifully and smoothly. The story flows nicely and the characters are developed and relatable. Carrington comes off as a little babyish, but the growth is there when she finally has to step out on her own. Damien is strong and protective, alpha male material. Their relationship is hot, steamy and they are perfect for each other. I look forward to the next in the series.

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Sarah Armstrong
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great addition

This was a great addition to the series. This book will keep you entertained from start to finish. Loved the writing style.
Mary Winstead
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me cry, laugh and get mad at the same time. Great read. This book is about Carrington. Bellamy and Luke's daughter from starting over. Need to read.
Jos
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

I absolutely LOVED this.....Damien and Carrington were perfect and their storyline was equally beautiful. The storyline was great, it flowed smoothly and perfectly. I loved that it had a mix of heartbreak (Carrington's backstory had my heart breaking) and a whole lot of sexiness!!!!

I have loved this series so far and look forward to much more!!!!!! PS The Epilogue was PERFECT:)
Kim Richards
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.

I really enjoyed this book. As with all of the books I have read by Evan Grace I got pulled in right from the beginning. I love the two main characters in this book, they were made for each other. I love it when I can picture what people look like or what places are like and I managed that with this book. I would highly recommend this book, this I'd turning into a brilliant series I look forward reading the next book in the series.
Evan Grace you truly are blessed with a brilliant talent
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Jennifer Pierson
Carrington Carter grew up believing she could never live up to her siblings in her parents eyes. She thought when she finished Nursing School, her parents would finally be proud, but when she fails her boards, she's beside herself. Carrington needs money quickly because she can't pay her bills on an aide's paycheck, so when she passes a gentlemen's club, The Thirsty Beaver, she applies to be a dancer until she can take her test over again. But she can't tell anyone, because her parents cannot fi ...more
Samantha Ortegon
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found that I really liked Secret Love ( Love Stings book 2) by Evan Grace. It had all the excitement I enjoy in a story; falling in love, lies, passion, suspense and the built up of all the lies and suspense coming to fruition.

Carrington Carter has her dreams set on becoming a RN and having failed the board exam and needing time and money to prepare for the next time she will be able to retake it. Carrington finds herself sitting in the parking lot of a gentlemen's club, as a experienced dan
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Jessica Alcazar
This should go without having to be said but I'm gonna do it anyways lol ... Well done, Evan Grace, WELL DONE!

This was a really exciting story for me. However, not because of the plot. Because quite frankly, that was a little cliche ~~ girl needs money, turns to dancing and the club she turns to is being investigated .. **le sigh** lol But you know what, that didn't even phase me because it was the people that made this book exciting for me. It was their story that made me turn the page.

Both Da
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Lauren
Secret love is the second book in the love strings series. This book is Carrington’s story.
I really really really enjoyed this book. I would definitely say that Secret love is my favourite of the series. I was instantly gripped from page one. I can’t wait for the next book in the love strings series, I need it now!

I have to admit that, I felt really sorry for Carrington throughout the book. Carrington loves her parents but for years, she has felt like a replacement for the child they lost. And
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Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
Well, she did it again! I shouldn't be surprised, really. I mean, I have yet to read an Evan Grace book I didn't like. Secret Love is no exception and in fact it's now in the running for my favorite book of 2016!!

Are there little secrets? Big secrets? What about the "little white lie"? Can you forgive the little white lie? After all some could consider a secret is a lie, right?

Damien has a pretty big secret. In fact, his secret could mean the difference between life and death. Living the family
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Diane plourde
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the kind of story that I read next to my camp fire on a lazy week night. It was the perfect summer read. This is a 5 star story.

Carrington is waiting to pass her nursing boards a second time. She needs money in order to redo them and to pay rent. So she takes a second job as a dancer in a gentleman's club. Damien is the heads security there. He doesn't have time for a distraction like her. The instant attraction can't be stopped. Soon they will be in a whole lot of trouble.

This story
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MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

This was actually book two of a series, I didn't know that when I started, I still read it... but you probably would like to read book one before hand that way you get the couple from book ones story before you see their HEA. Make sense?

OK so we have Carrington, who just found out she failed her nursing boards, and doesn't really have the money for the make up... what does she do?... stops at a strip club and applies for a job. Damian is the head of security for the
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Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4.5 Stars!

On the heels of book one in this series, Evan Grace is back with book two and it couldn't have been more perfect. Sexy, sweet, intense, passionate, and suspenseful, this book takes you on a roller coaster ride with loads of sexual tension, drama, and angst to keep you on your toes. I devoured this book in one sitting... and wow! What a beautiful love story.

Carrington is down on her luck and needs an out. Failing her nursing exam and disappointing her parents, she needs to find a way to
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Brandy Castenada
Secret Love by Evan Grace. Secret Love is the 2nd book in the love strings series. Evan Grace is one of my favorite authors I was so excited to get to read Secret Love. She has an amazing talent writing stories her books capture your attention from beginning to end. The storyline was amazing and I loved every minute of reading it. There is so much emotion in this story. There is a story within the story and it helps keep you hooked in the book. Secret Love is about a girl named Carrington Carter ...more
Theresa Alberts
When you team up a strip club, a hot DEA Agent and a studying nurse the end result is Secret Love by Evan Grace. This book has a little bit of everything a reader could ask for, a secretive romance, a secret identity, a secret life...and a love story that will have you wanting your own Damien.

Carrington was waiting to once again take her nursing boards but she needed a way to support herself in the meantime so having a dance background, she decided to apply at the local strip club. That's where
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Annamaria
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Fabulous Stars! Carrington is going to school to be a nurse when she doesn't pass her boards she needs money. She then applies to be a dancer in a gentleman's club, because she feels that she can make money quickly this way. Damien is working undercover for the FBI in the same club when he meets Carrington and there is an instant attraction. He tries to keep his distance because he does not want her to find out that he is an FBI agent. What will happen when he can't stay away, will his secr ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
My rating: 4

While this book could technically be read as a standalone... I would recommend reading Broken Love, Book 1, first. It helps you understand the quick timing of this story a little better.

In Secret Love, we get the inside scoop on Carrington, Abby's roommate, and her secret lover that we were wondering about in book one. Damien is a badass - covered in tattoos and gauges in his ears, but don't let that fool you. He's a great guy with an interesting job working in a place that could b
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Lisa
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrington's life is not going to plan and she is left in limbo and not wanting to disappoint her family. Instead she tries to find her way out by herself, which leads to waitressing at a Gentleman's Club. Bouncer Damian has his own secrets to hide and as much as he tries to stay away from Carrington the temptation is too great.

Carrington has always felt like second best in her family but her strength of character in not letting life defeat her is admirable.

The suspense elements were just as str
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Wendy Fisher
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and kept reading in hopes for the "wait for it" moment...and boy when it came...I was wow'd!!! A nice simple story of a woman, Carrington, who makes a decision to work at a gentleman's club after receiving some bad news. Damien is DEA working undercover at the club and when he first meets Carrington...there is chemistry! But he tries so hard to keep away from her so he doesn't ruin his cover or her life. What happens when that plan goes south...real quick!? Can these 2 ...more
Tracy
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, and yes... I may have had my heart stolen by a certain character!!!
Carrington has failed her nursing board! So to pay for the re-sit, she gets a job in a gentleman's club... Where she meets Damien!!!
Damien works as security at the club, but he's hiding a secret... A huge one!!!
This was a brilliant story that pulled me right in and made me not want to stop reading... Because i needed to know... What happens next!!!
With twists and turns throughout... I was gob smacked i
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Sassy Southern
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my 5 lovin stars to this book. I was pulled in from the start of this book and couldn't put it down. There was laughter, there was crying and there was me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting on how this book was going to go. Even though I hadn't read the first book in this series I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Although I have now purchased the first one...lol
I first feel for Evan Grace's words at Nico and she keep getting better and better and I don't know how. The characters a
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Socially Book Nerd
I was given a free copy for an honest review, this series is the bomb!!!! The little secrets always have a way of becoming a bigger problem, one little lie what harm can it do.... Until it snowballs into something bigger.... David or Damien struggles to keep his cover as a agent in the DEA when Carrington comes into the club where he is on assignment undercover. The big eye's red headed hottie is to innocent for the club, but Carrington knows she can handle what ever comes her way, challenges an ...more
Ebbie ~Author Groupies


Secret Love, wow what can I say without giving too much away? This is an amazing, fast, hot, sexy read.

I fell in love with Carrington from the first page. She was such a great female lead. She was just as gorgeous on the inside as she was on the outside. Damien was sexy, sweet, mysterious and had a bad boy vibe to him. Yep, I think I fell in love with him for real. He was an absolutely perfect book boyfriend.

This book is full of so much action, angst, greed, lust, and some super hot sex scenes
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Rebecca
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's talk about secret loves....I'm sure everyone has had one at one time or another. Someone you didn't quite want anyone to know about yet or you kept the true you a secret from that person because of circumstances. That is this book! Damien is one hot undercover cop!! He is working at the strip club when Carrington comes in all long legs and red Flowy hair. He can't take his eyes off of her but he can't risk his cover for her. After one hot performance, he can't deny it anymore. Let's talk a ...more
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