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The Secret Life Of Bryan

(Visitation, North Carolina #2)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,451 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is after a woman unlike any he's met - and what she does to his senses is criminal.

Double Trouble

Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a lusc
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Kensington
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Jane Stewart
Ok, but I can't recommend buying it.

I loved Shay's personality and her actions. I did not like how the author separated Shay and Bryan after they got together. The plot was ok, but nothing surprised or delighted me. I can't put my finger on what was missing, other than the feeling that the author was just churning out another book, similar to her prior work.

Story brief: Shay is a wealthy contributor to charitable causes. She is in a seedy part of town one evening, and the rain makes her clothes
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Melyssa Winchester
Bryan is definitely the kind of preacher I want in my life.
Crass talking, alpha type male in the possessiveness he has with Shay early on and throughout the book, but one that also has more of what I like in him, in terms of the heart of gold he displays. The way he wants to help these women who he is now in charge of while keeping secrets from them in order to protect his brother.
He was a great hero just as Shay, with her stubbornness, assertiveness, and downright sassiness at times, made for
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Anna's Herding Cats
The Visitation, North Carolina series by Lori Foster really isn't turning out at all like I expected. When I picked up this set of books I thought they would be light, humorous reads. Nothing too serious. Just lots of silly, laugh out loud moments. There still are some really funny moments and absurd conversations and situations that get you snickering but the books are much more serious than I would have guessed. With serious subject matters that society tends to push under the run. You really ...more
Maura
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Mom
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-during-2010
Bounty hunter Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule # 1: Women are for fun, not commitment. He's been jilted too many times for that. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places in order to find out who wants to sabotage the naive preacher's charity organization. Playing benefactor to a bunch of sassy, flirtatious prostitutes means that Bryan will have to be his brother - in every way that counts. But then, he hadn't counted on Shay Sommers. Keeping his cool around the luscio ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
Apr 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romantic Comedy fans
The second book in the Visitation, North Carolina series by Lori Foster. Bryan Kelly is a bounty hunter we met in the first book of the series, Say No To Joe. Bryan is posing as his preacher brother, Bruce, to catch the person who has attacked his brother. Shay Sommers is a widow who tries to help prostitutes get a better life. Bryan thinks she's a prostitute and she thinks he's a preacher. I enjoy Ms Foster's blend of romance and humor with the suspense element. It works for me.
KimKirt
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really do like Lori Foster's books and this was the first I've read in the "Visitation" series (my library didn't have #1 so I started here). The only problem I had with this one, is that everything about Shay and Bryan's romance was based on lies and deceit, and I got really tired of the "I'm going to tell him, but not yet . . . " scenario. Won't stop me from reading more in the series though.
Danielle
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Romance Is Ageless

When I first encountered Shay in Fantasy she was the strong-willed, loving sister of Brandi and I will admit to hoping that Shay would get her own story one day. She is so determined, driven and certain of her path in life that I knew, even then, that she’d need a hero who was even stronger than she is. Then Bryan showed up in Joe’s story and my imagination went… hmm, I wonder if. It would be hard to find a more stubborn, stronger, driven hero than Bryan. Together
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Toth Jo-Ann
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I really enjoyed this book. For it gave you a perspective of a twin taking the others place. Talk about a ride to see. Poor Bryan. They say you need to walk a mile in someone's shoes to learn and I think Bryan did. For meeting the "crown princess" as Shay was dubbed tested Bryan. Its a book filled with laughter and in some ways education. Alot of people don't end up were there by choice all the time. Its full of action and definitely suspense. We get to meet the infomase Jamie. Can't wait to rea ...more
Jamoz23
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Whilst I sort of enjoyed this I expected more after meeting Bryan in book 1.
The background story was really good but I just didn't click with these two as a couple, they seemed mismatched.
I only really liked them after the lies were out in the open but found it silly Bryan didn’t twig Shay was not a prostitute and Shay didn’t twig Bryan wasn't a preacher.
Starting out with lies you know it is going to blow up but how Bryan reacts was very poor. Bruce was a better man in behaviour.
Shay was okay, I
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Elaine Key
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bryan Kelly is undercover pretending to be his twin brother, the Preacher. Bryan is looking for the guy who beat his brother up but pretending to be a preacher may be a little bit too much for the bounty hunter. Especially when he meets Shay Sommers. Shay has secrets of her own. When they first meet, Bryan thinks she is a prostitute. How does she convince him she's not a prostitute? Will Bryan find the guy who jumped his brother? Is it the same person who is now after Shay? Can Bryan protect Sha ...more
Robin Franks
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Great addition to the series and it was good to catch up with Joe and family. Bryan and Shay make an awesome couple and will be a really good addition to the town of Visitation. The drama and tension is handled very well and the mystery was great. The characters and situations capture and hold your attention throughout the book. Learning more about Jamie is always a plus. I would recommend this story to any adult reader.
Donna
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
As much as I enjoyed the first book, this one missed the mark a little. I like Shay’s directness, but I felt Byran would have figured her out sooner or at least checked into her past more. I am liking the series and will continue with next book.
Callie Carmen
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the entire Visitation, North Carolina series. From the mountain & lake setting to the fun, likable, and sexy characters. ...more
Janet
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3+ stars
Seeshel kettler
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the story
Judianne Coster
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow in places but still a great read !!!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a hot romance with some suspense and mystery thrown in for good measure.😉
Debbe
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
After I started this I see it is number two in a series. Maybe that is why I thought it didn't explain who all the people in the book. Will not be reading the next book.
Natalie Brooks
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Great narration by Tor Thom. Loved the twin element.
Brandy St. Amand Chesney
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book, really enjoyed it.
Jenin
Jun 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, audiobook
DNF: 34%
I enjoyed the premise and plot idea, but I really did not enjoy how rushed the story was and that it was the in the third person.
Nancy
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy

Great book. Intriguing, romantic, and funny. Great series. Fun loving characters. Great storyline. Can’t wait to get to the rest of the series. Thanks
Ann
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved this book I love all of Lori foster books I keep them so I can always re-read them
Brenda
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Kathy
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Tina
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I Liked: From the start I liked the writing and dialog. There were a few times, especially in the middle, where it felt like there was a lot of author intrusion going on. But thankfully, the last 25% most of that was done. I also liked most of the side characters as well as the epilogue (if a bit drawn out to reach a word count).

What I Didn't Like: Bryan and Shay were my least enjoyable components of this book. To say I didn't like them would be putting it mildly. Shay is way too clingy/nee
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Amanda
May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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A light, nice story. My sister recommended this to me for I was looking for something exactly like this, light. Even though it took me a while to finish it, it wasn't either difficult or boring to read. It was fun, the characters were likeable, the story not too cheesy. There were some character name mix-ups and there was one part in the book where on one page the heroine, not supposed to call the hero with his real name in front of other people, calls him with his real name and the next page sh ...more
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Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

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