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Sinful Secrets

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Event planner Joanna McNamee is scrambling to ensure her father’s company Christmas party goes smoothly, but one disaster after another has her convinced someone is trying to sabotage her career. With the help of a man from her past who she’s still not sure she can trust, she puts the pieces together and realizes her business is the least of her problems—a cold-blooded kil ...more
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Published November 14th 2016 by Entangled Publishing (Select Suspense)
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Pearl Angeli
1 Star

I'm sad to say that I really didn't enjoy this book. Maybe because my expectations were different. I expected it to be more on the romantic side than on the suspense since the cover and the synopsis tells otherwise. Apart from that, there were just so many issues that made me dislike it.


So the story was all about event planner Joanna "Jo Jo" McNamee and Deputy Ryker Kane who used to have an affair in college but weren't able to see each other again due to Joanna's issues about men. Now aft
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, not sure how I feel about this one. I kind of enjoyed it for the most part but something was missing and that prevented me from giving it a higher rating. It was certainly suspensful and action packed, but sadly it was not enough to make it a great read for me. This started out with a bang but didn't live up to its potential when all was said and done. My main issue was that I disliked the heroine and her stupid behaviour at times, and my biggest letdown was the romance part between Ryker ...more
The Sassy Bookworm
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it



Someone is after event planner Joanna McNamee and Deputy Ryker Kane will make it his mission to keep her safe. Back in college, they shared one special night and then Joanna ran without any explanation. Now fate has given Ryker another chance to convince Joanna they were meant to be.

So this book started out entertaining, but halfway through I started to get really bored with it all. One, this is a romantic suspense, heavy on the SUSPENSE and VERY light on the romance. In fact, we don't get any s
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
I'm erring on the side of caution with my star rating. I'm still not sure how to really rate this so I did a balance. Parts were worthy of 1 or 2 stars and some were worth 4. So there you go with my calculation :D

Let's be frank. The cover and blurb of this book are ANNOYINGLY misleading. I expected suspense because that's what it stated. But with that cover, I also expected some sexy. Or even some romance. The romance part of this book was BARELY touched upon.

This was romantic suspense..
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
3.5 Stars!

This was the first book by this author that I have had the pleasure of reading. I love stories that have to do with cops and suspense, so this was a book right up my alley. But that also means I am a bit jaded when it comes to what I look for in a great read in this genre.

Sometimes in books such as this, the female characters tick me off and in this story, JoJo definitely was one that annoyed me. While she was portrayed as a woman desperately trying to seek approval from her father, I
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was my first book by Melissa Ohnoutka and will not be my last!

Sinful Secrets has everything you need for an evening of romance and suspense. I will admit I don't normally gravite to suspense book but I sure am glad I read this one. Yassssssss!!!!!!

Joanna McNamee is a hard working event planner who believes in hard work and dedication. Unfortunately, there are some people in her life that want to see her fail. (Don't you hate those kinda folks?!?!)

Ryker Kane is a pol
I hadn't read anything by this author before - but I'll certainly be looking out for books by her in future! I'll admit that the blurb had me intrigued but the cover nearly put me off trying this book but I'm so glad I decided to give it a go after spotting it on NetGalley. This novel had me riveted from the start and I didn't want to put it down till the very end. It is romantic suspense at its very best, with so many twists and turns you're never quite sure how things can possibly be resolved ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

I am really not sure if I liked this one or not. Parts of it were compelling and parts of it were odd to me.

I am not even really able to explain this without going into spoilers of the book, so I think I will leave this one at the idea that the way the plot was structured, it felt like it was backwards to me. Events that should have happened later in the book were at the beginning and those that should have happened earlier were more to the end. I
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars - 3 Flames

Is this the author's first book? NOOOOOO!!! But apparently I've been living under a rock and this is the first for me. You know that book that literally has you on the edge of you seat the entire time while reading it? This could be the book for you. You've got just about everything in here: the need for approval, evil people, a kidnapping, disastrous sabotage, obsessed friend, college fling turned "Mmm", and of course, danger. How am I gonna write this without giving anythi
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of Sinful Secrets via Net Galley in exchange for an voluntary review**

Sinful Secrets by Melissa Ohnoutka is a suspense, action packed romance book that will have you attention until the very last. This is my first book by the author and I have say it was surprisingly good, and give it a solid 4.8 stars.

Joanna "Jo Jo" McNamee wants her father to embrace her hard won career of party planner by doing his Christmas party for his company. The only problem is her father's girlfrie
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I think this book had a lot of potential to be a book I loved, but it fell a little flat. There were some things that I liked a lot about this book, but there were also things that bugged me. I do think this author is a strong writer and I would be interested in reading more books by her in the future.

The biggest issue I had with the book was the main character, Jo Jo. I didn't have any issues with her personality. I thought she was a nice woman who cared for those around her. My issue with her
Chasing Away Reality
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic! Once I started reading this suspenseful tale, I stayed up till after 3 a.m. trying to finish it. Sadly my tired eyes couldn’t keep up with my need to know what happened next, so I had to wait till morning to devour the ending.

The author did a stellar job describing all of the action and emotional turmoil. My heart was racing waiting for what might happen to our lead characters, and it lasted until the climactic ending. Her villains are truly sadistic and psychopathic. I h
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good read with a great plot I found it very interesting the author gives you mystery, action with a lot of twist and turns. I did think the characters could use a little more developing. It is a romance but more of a suspense read. I would have liked to have seen a little more romance but I totally enjoyed the action and suspense.

Joanna against her father’s wishes dropped out of law school to become a planner. When a truck with her stuff comes up missing leaving her on the hunt to fin
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A second chance at love means Joanna (“Jo Jo”) and Ryker have one more opportunity to get it right. Their relationship had failed but being reunited years later, especially during such tense circumstances, has brought up emotions and feelings long buried. Mistrust is the word of the day and the hostility between them is only tempered by their need to come together to thwart a killer.

Jo Jo is trying to make her mark as an event planner but is thwarted at every turn by a wicked witch and an oblivi
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Over all I thought the book is good there are just certain things that I did not care for. Joanna was a bit much to deal with at times. I found myself bored in the middle and that is not a good thing but I continued on to see how this all played out.

As for Ryker's character, I found him to be a great character that had a lot going for him. He has not forgotten Joanna after their one night and coming to Bram has him wanting to prove to her they were meant to be. This story was more suspe
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC NetGalley for honest review.

Buckle up as this was probably the most suspenseful romance book I've ever read.
There never seems to be a break in the action and after awhile you wonder how these people can even move from all the damage to their bodies. The romance is sweet. Kane and Jo-jo have known each other since high school and they've been crushing.There were times that Jo-jo annoyed by thinking she was being controlled by men and she managed to talk herself down and it meant she disobeyed
C bond
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
via netgalley

I loved this book
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story starts off with a pacing Joanna "JoJo" McNamee daughter of a controlling oil tycoon who quits law school to become an event planner. This is her big chance planning her Father's over the top Christmas party and she's got an awol party truck with much needed supplies. She's fuming, convinced that her Father's latest (?) love interest Denise is behind this missing truck. Denise has gone out of her way to sabotage her at every turn. Helped by her best friend Sam, she takes off in her truc ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
•Riveting 4.5 Stars
JoJo runs a party planning company, her father thinks she's wasting her time and wants her to do what he wants. Or as she puts it, wants to dictate what/when/how/where and why she does anything. Go back to school to become a lawyer, and then crawl back to him begging and telling him he was right. NOT gonna happen!!! Someone is out to sabotage her party/progress, and wants her to look like a fool in front of her father. Her truck and crew disappear while they're setting up fo
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joanna Mc Namee has turned her back on becoming the lawyer her father wanted her to be, to instead become an event planner. Now she's been tasked to do her father's company Christmas party, and nothing has gone right, so she's sure someone is trying to sabotage her business. And she has a pretty good guess as to who is doing it. With the help of a man from her past that she's forced to trust, even though she's skeptical, it becomes apparent that there's much more at stake than just a business be ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
2-2.5 stars.

To be honest, this didn’t turn out the way I was hoping. Not sure what it was, but this one was just not for me.

We have Ryker and Joanna (Jo Jo) having met years ago and now pretending that their one night stand didn’t happen. Jo Jo needs Ryker help because someone is trying to sabotage her business and things are turning dangerous.

I found there was SOME chemistry between these two, but mostly it was Jo Jo denying her feelings for him constantly, and that gets annoying in time. There
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really great read! Sinful Secrets was the first book I've read by Melissa Ohnoutka but won't be my last. Her characters are vibrant & so engaging. You can't help but be drawn into the story. JoJo is trying to plan her father's Christmas party (& prove to him that leaving law school to be a party planner was a good choice) but her truck full of supplies gets stolen. Enter Ryker, a police detective that has a past wih JoJo. The story just gets more interesting from there.

I voluntarily
Elizabeth Neal
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Ten years ago Joanna defied her father's wishes and made a choice for herself. She said no to law school and worked toward her dream of becoming a party planner. There's been tension between the two of them ever since with her Dad seemingly waiting for her to fail.

Ryker, a deputy, has returned home and joined the local police department and is investigating a claim from two employees stating they were held at gunpoint and forced to leave their work truck. When he hears their boss is
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yikes. I'll be honest here, I hate giving a bad review. It makes me feel bad, and I don't like doing it. But, I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book, so here we go.

So, first, since I feel really terrible about being honest in this scenario, here's what I did like about the story. The author's writing was good. I liked her pacing and style, but I just couldn't really get into her characters. There are plenty of other high ratings for this book, so maybe it's just me. Again, t
Donna Repsher
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is the first novel I've read by this author, and while the plot summary seemed intriguing, I honestly couldn't give this book more than a 2.5 star rating.

Joanna McNamee has issues. Her mega-rich father wanted her to go to law school, and instead she dropped out to pursue a career as an event planner. While still in college, she had one special, albeit drunken night with Ryker Kane, and when Joanna party supply truck goes AWOL and is reported stolen, now Deputy Ryker Kane is on the case. Bo
Gigi staub
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Event planner Joanna McNamee is scrambling to ensure her father’s company Christmas party goes smoothly, but one disaster after another has her convinced someone is trying to sabotage her career. With the help of a man from her past who she’s still not sure she can trust, she puts the pieces together and realizes her business is the least of her problems—a cold-blooded killer is out to destroy her father and take her as his prized possession.

The last thing Deputy Ryker Kane expects is for a sim
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good read by Melissa Ohnoutka. I thought that the characters could use a little more developing, but the story line flowed really well and made for a good read in the end. This one is full of suspense and a little romance.

Joanna is in charge of planning her father's Christmas party for his office. When Joanna quit law school and became an event planner, her father thought that she was crazy and even told her so. Well, now Joanna is out to prove him wrong and prove that she is in fact
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Joanna McNamee quit college and strayed from the career path her controlling father had mapped out for her to follow her own dream of being an event planner. She knows he's deeply disappointed with her choice, so when she is asked to plan an event for him she sees it as a chance to prove to him that she made the right choice. But someone decides to steal her delivery truck and derail her plans, which leaves her scrambling to pull off the job, and has the handsome new deputy knocking on her door. ...more
Kim Mote
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read, keep me on my toes the whole book. JoJo an event planner has had a bad day, suppossed to be planning her father's christmas event is missing a truck with supplies. When she locates it abandoned she scrambles to get it there and unloaded in time to please her father. When the cops show up over the truck a blast from her past resurfaces. Ryker a old high school classmate who she ran out on in college due to a miscommucation, has always thought about her and what happened. Ryker who jus ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first one I have read anything from this author. What captivated me was the blurb because I love me some good suspense with romance. This one has some good characters that deliver to my liking. Joanna is doing all she can to give her father the best her company can provide. But events are starting to impede her doing that then it turns into something sinister. Then bam it is deadly coming to get em. This deputy is so yummy but he rides to the rescue plus this is a second chance roman ...more
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Melissa writes action packed, heart stopping suspense novels with a touch of romance. She's a big adrenaline junkie where books and movies are concerned, but avoids conflict in her real life as much as possible. Born and raised in Texas, she dreams big and believes good conquers all. Although writing may be her passion, her husband and three kids will always be her greatest blessings. When not har ...more

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