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Secrets to Reveal

(Highland Wolves #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  736 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Every heart holds a secret, but some are harder to reveal than others...
England, 1812. Aster Simmons lives a quiet and orderly existence working as a secretary and indulging in her love for puzzles--until her routine is disrupted by the arrival of an impertinent Scotsman who lounges around her office like an overgrown dog. The heated glances he casts her way make her
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published August 9th 2017
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This book was an absolute delight. I didn't even mean to read it. I have three other books I'm smack dab in the middle of, but I was going through my kindle and saw that I'd recently picked this up for free. I was a little curious so I thought I'd read a chapter or two, just to get a peek. Three and a half hours later I looked around and thought OOPS. I love historical paranormal romances. That's such a long title for the genre. HPRN? I like HPNR as an abbreviation. Anyway, as I was saying. I ...more
I tried to get into this story several times, but lost interest.
Laura J.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Story looses it's magic

This book is a rewrite of "The Cryptographer" by Alice Wallis-Eton. Since I remember enjoying "The Cryptographer", I was looking forward to the paranormal twist. The first 3/4ths of the book did not disappoint. The intelligent heroine, the plot surprises, the dog (!) were well done. The last quarter of the book fell flat.

Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

Loved it. Wish the next ones were a little cheaper, but I'm still going to buy them. Gotta see where all these guys end up.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The blurb for this book is somehow correct and entirely misleading. Everything it mentions does happen from a "certain point of view", but left me with a completely different idea of where this book was going. After I let go of those pre-conceptions, I did enjoy the book. I liked the idea of this world and the men of the wolf pack. Aster was full of surprises. I certainly didn't see that big surprise coming, but wasn't bothered that it seemed to come from out of left field.

I will probably read
Yay wolves

Interesting vampires and wolves tale. There was a bit of annoying overlap and repeat of feelings/details from his and her points of view but kept pace well enough. Pretty mushy. Some humor.
B Whitaker,
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been stepping away from the normal romances that I read and review lately and have been pleasantly surprised in several instances (such as this little jewel). Tilly Wallace weaves a masterful mix of history, paranormal and regency romances all into one really great book. She had me chuckling at several points in the book when there was particular interaction between our main characters (Aster and Sir John ) and the circumstances they found themselves in. I do love a well written book ...more
Daniell Marsh
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked how the author mixed in paranormal with regency. Love when a book has humor and strong characters. Also like how she makes the characters more in touch with everyday people with problems and not perfect. Aster is smart, provides for herself with a good attitude without being pretty, as she herself describes saying she is plain. There has been lots of books that they are a total package with above average smarts, looks but not having a nice personality so it was a nice change. Loved how ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Wallace presents a different kind of wolf here, one that feels more mature and sweeter than I’m used to. Hamish might’ve seemed “bold” and playful at the first encounter, but he quickly becomes a thoughtful, protective fellow. I really liked that despite being the leader, he wasn’t an over aggressive alpha and was gentle with Aster.

At first, I couldn’t quite figure out why Aster was so lonely and seemingly forcing herself into a type of solitude. After learning about her past it made some sense,
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
In general, I avoid paranormal/supernatural books because the characters typically have weird names that I can't keep straight. Couple that with sprites, shapeshifters, vampires, werewolves, and a partridge in a pear tree, and I end up losing sight of the story because I need a flowchart to keep characters organized.

At first, I thought that I would have to suffer through such paranormal chaos with Secrets to Reveal but after the first couple of chapters, the story settled into a more familiar
Janet Denise Ross
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Tilly Wallace, I want to Thank You, for finally teaching me book wise how to ride side saddle, her instructions are very clear and anyone could probably get on a horse and begin side saddle riding with all information needed, already read at hand. This alone would almost be worth the 5 stars I am giving it because; of the sheer enjoyment I received while reading the actual paranormal involvement of Captain
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Tilly Wallace puts a unique spin on the war against Napoleon by bringing a magical and para normal aspect to the spy game. I found the characters funny entertaining and believable. I felt the loneliness of Aster and how her past and intelligence kept her apart from other women but she doesn't mind because she's happy with her life with her constant companion Dougal. You could just picture Hamish's inner wolf trying to come out and him keeping him at bay especially when they are both so attracted ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect as it was my first historical read with supernatural beings.
The first chapter was confusing but soon I understood the setting of this dystopian universe, I was hooked.

Aster Simmons had not an easy life, each new day she must fight for a right to live, a woman in this men world has so limited options. Until Hamish the captain of the Highland Wolves noticed her, she was a shadow, living an existence of few hopes. She is no fighter with weapons or limbs but she has a
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The plot itself was interesting although Aster, got on my nerves just a little. Can we not have a female lead who is comfortable with her looks, who is fine with her features and doesn't think she's the plainest girl in the room until a guy takes interest in her. Can we have a girl who has confidence in herself? And not at the expense of putting down other girls? Alright, rant's over. Aside from the looks issue, I did like the fact Aster is a cryptographer. Hamish was fine and I enjoyed reading ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it

A friend who knows that Recency-era fantasy novels are my jam recommended this to me, and it was pretty fun! It starts off on a low note for me, as the heroine laments that she can't make any female friends, yet she dismisses her boarding-house-mate's conversations as "inane chatter" because she is clearly Not Like Other Girls. The world-building and the love interest coming from a troop of Scottish werewolves are more than a little reminiscent of Gail
Dee Archer
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The interesting stories of Aster & Hamish captured my attention at the very beginning. I was easily sucked into the drama, mystery and intrigue surrounding these two characters. Hamish is Captain of the newly formed team of Highland Wolves sent from Scotland to protect and investigate the goings on around Sir John Warrington of the Records Office. England is at war with France and there are spies and traitors everywhere. Lots of action as individuals search for a special list of traitors to ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a good read. It was surprisingly funny when you least expected it. It starts off a bit slow but the story flows well not long after the first few chapters. I enjoyed all the charaters especially Hamish and the other wolves.
There was only two things that bothered me. I know for this time period that it was highly inappropriate to show ankles and such on the ladies, but Hamish had a weird obsession with seeing and touching Aster's feet and ankles. Lol. Also I didn't feel the dialect was
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This isn't my normal reading choice, but I like Regency, and thought I would give this a try despite the paranormal side. Oddly enough I found this entertaining with the paranormal element making this a light, fun read. There was a sexual scene, sensuality, and innuendos, plus some mild violence that some readers may want to avoid, but otherwise the story was clean and I am curious as to whether the Highland Wolves will be able to stop Napoleon's spy network or not as the series continues. Even ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good
3.5 stars - for a sweet story of a lonely and clever h, her kind employer and her new suitor. She works to help break codes but she passes as a servant and is hidden from society. The H recently became the heir and a wolf. In this world, the rights of paranormals are being debated in parliament and it is a murder-mystery with spies and the Napoleonic war. Interesting, but I found the pace to be slow, and the h spent so much time thinking and I did not like her patronising approach to the wolves. ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this but I didn't love it! While I loved that this was regency themed and paranormal! Which I admit I didn't know that it was paranormal when I got it, and I had to do a couple doubletakes in the beginning of the book when Aster mentions magic, mages etc. "I was like wait what?"

But besides all that what I didn't like about the book was that it didn't keep me interested, at times I found myself loosing interest in reading it. though i did finish it, i dont have plans to read the rest of
Laila Viking
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am normally not reading this genre but I was positively surprised and it is not the last book I want to read from Tilly Wallace. A very well written historical/paranormal romance. The main characters are Hamish and Aster. I liked the mix of the unnatural and the highland. There is drama, action, passion, lust and twists in this story. A very strong heroin and a hero that wants to save her. Both characters are well described and develops through the story. A book that has a great story and not ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this story through Hidden Gems and this is my honest and voluntary review.
I have been a devoted reader of regency romances for many years now and in the past few years have also discovered a love of paranormal romances. I love that this story merged regency and paranormal. The two genres worked so well together. Aster and Hamish make a lovely couple and this is a great start to the series. I do wish a bit more time had been spent actually developing the relationship between
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good romance story

I really enjoyed this story. I wasn't expecting much from this romance, but I was happily surprised. It was a pretty good story, and I appreciated a heroine who was plain but the hero thought she was beautiful.

There were some things I didn't like about the story, but really I could live with this. If you're looking for a well-written romance that actually has a story and didn't big the dirty with with a lot of sexy parts then I recommend this book! I can't wait to read more by
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Something different. Surprisingly kept my interest.

My one complaint is that there weren't enough female characters. Right from the start the heroine says she's never had female friends (always a red flag) and refers to their 'inane chatter'. Apparently no other women in the story were allowed to be as brave or intelligent as the heroine. I wonder how this pans out in the rest of the series.

But at least the male characters weren't typical controlling alpha males. They actually had layers to
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't too certain about this book in the beginning but being a regency romance fan, I had to give it a shot. It didn't take long to find myself caught up in the story.
The characters were interesting and developed nicely throughout the story. I can see it leading to future stories but found that this had a satisfying ending so that I was not left hanging waiting for the next one , but rather am
Laura  C. Gargiulo
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great start

I was pulled in to the story right from the start. The premise was intriguing, and I enjoyed Aster find her place in the world. The idea of magic being in the world fell a little flat, maybe because it was handled as just background, but I would have liked to see it expanded just a little more. Overall, an enjoyable read, and I look forward to continuing the series.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have read a book from this author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book.

I usually don't read books such at this, but it was so well written, the characters were great and the story was good. There was a twist the the story line that I did not see coming, and really enjoyed and allowed the story to develop nicely.

I actually am looking to read the second book to this series.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Something different for Regency fans

A fun and fanciful mix of Regency romance and paranormal mystery. Aster, our heroine, is employed by the English government as a secretary to a distinguished cryptographer during the English/French war. Her employer, Sir John, becomes endangered and a group of soldiers who are secretly werewolves are assigned to guard him. Action, mystery and romance combine for a great read.
Rainer Prem
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great start for a great series.

A group of Highlander Cavalry who had volunteered to get bitten by a Werewolf is tasked to do undercover police work instead of fighting in the war (for now). Romance is assured but not as straightforward as in most Paranormal romances.

Many secrets to reveal, as the name says. Full heartedly five stars
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Tilly drinks entirely too much coffee, likes to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wishes she could talk to Jane Austen. Sometimes she imagines a world where the Bennet sisters lived near the Hellmouth. Possibly too much caffeine is responsible for the fanciful imagings in which monsters roam the ballrooms of Regency London and ladies of the ton are seduced by vampires and selkies.

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