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The Secret Life Of Bryan

(Visitation, North Carolina #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,276 ratings  ·  87 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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Kensington
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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marsha Spohn
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
Jo-Ann Elizabeth Toth
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3+ stars
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-reviews, romance
We met Bryan Kelly in Say No to Joe? This time around, the sexy bounty hunter is posing as his identical twin brother, Bruce - who just so happens to be a preacher. This job doesn't require him to deliver sermons, however. No, like his brother, Bruce is more into field work. In this case, that involves running a safe house for prostitutes. Someone has been targeting Bruce, and after a particularly violent attack leaves him in the hospital, Bryan steps in to protect his brother and figure out jus ...more
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

enjoyed book had enough mystery and romance for me

Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is head-over-hormones in lust with a woman. . .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 luscious Shay Somme
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
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
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I liked this book a lot. My one criticism is that I didn't find the preacher to be a believable character. Maybe the preacher is supposed to be a modern day progressive one but it didn't work for me. I love lori foster's books because she one of the few romance novelists who manage to add comic situations to her work. naturally and intentionally.

The book itself is a fun and lovely romance of a bounty hunter pretending to be his preacher brother and a high society woman mistaken as a prostitute
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ugh. This reads like some kind of Lifetime Network movie. Maybe that’s unfair to Lifetime Movie Network? *pencils in a LMN marathon*

So, Bryan switches places with his brother, Bruce. Bruce is a preacher that runs a safehouse for prostitutes. Bryan is an ex-bounty hunter that is looking for the man that beat up Bruce. Bryan mistakenly “rescues” Shay and takes her to the safehouse. Shay is a super rich widow interested in starting her own safehouse. Shay explains that she’s not a prostitute, but B
Mar 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: advisory
Bryan is a bounty hunter with an identical twin called Bruce, who's a preacher. Bryan is switching with Bruce to catch a guy who's trying to hurt Bruce and along the way Bryan saves a "hooker", who he ends up falling in love with though both have a lot of secrets from each other. In the end they find the people whoa re trying to hurt Bruce and help 3 or 4 ex-prostitutes to get a new life. It's interesting that twins could be so different since one is a preacher and one is a bounty hunter but i g ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was great ,there were some really funny parts and i really liked the characters.

Bryan is so funny i just love him ,he was great when he was pretending to be his brother , and he sounds pretty hot .

Shay was pretty great too ,i loved that she was mistaken for a hooker it was so funny , i loved how she met Bryan it was so great and i really liked how their relationship came about .

The one thing about this book was that i pretty much knew who was the one trying to hurt them ,it was pretty easy to
Robert Scott
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a story of false identities. A very rich lady is caught in a downpour in a poor section of town and is confronted by a man known as Preacher. He takes her to a safe house where there several prostitutes in residence already. The lady tells him she is not a hooker, which he takes with a grain of salt, especially since she says she wants to stay at the shelter. He is standing in for his twin brother who has been attacked & injured and is trying to track down the attacker. Bryan is in f ...more
I really, really want to like Lori Foster's books. They are hugely popular with most contemporary romance fans and are widely available since she writes five to six books a year. I can't, though, a this book was a perfect example of why. A bounty hunter switched places with his twin brother who happened to be a preacher and no one noticed the difference? A socialite is mistaken for a prostitute and decided to move into the safe house (apparently she had nothing better to do and no one missed her ...more
Laura DeSimone
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lori-foster
I loved this story. This is Bryan and Shay's story. Bryan is posing as his preacher brother Bruce too find out who jumped him. While possing as his brother he is also watching out for the women living in the safe house. Shay is a very rich socialite who has taken upon herself to get the ladies off the streets and find them jobs and better places to live. When Bryan meets Shay he thinks she is a hooker, and takes her to the safe house where she will be safe. Althought they are lying to each other ...more
Bryan Kelly is a former bounty hunter who is now posing as his priest brother who has been beat up by unknown assailants. He meets Shay Sommers in a bar and assumes that she's a prostitute and offers to help her. Shay is really a wealthy woman who helps try to get prostitutes on track to a better life. She is amused that Bryan ("Bruce") thinks that she is in need of help but is willing to go along with it in order to try and help others. The two are, of course (this is a romance novel), attracte ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
The Visitation Series books are fun, sexy, with a touch of humor and suspense. I really like them. Bounty hunter Bryan has taken the place of his preacher brother Bruce after Bruce is beaten for helping prostitutes leave the streets. Bryan thinks he has found another one to save when he finds Shay during a downpour in a dress that leaves nothing to the imagination. He grabs her and takes her to the safe house and she turns to operation upside down. Shay is really a wealthy widow who has had very ...more
Nicole Jade
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This took me a little while to really get into. I was iffy on the storyline of preacher/prostitute/twins but it worked out well.

Bounty hunter Bryan playing pretend as his twin Bruce. Bruce is a preacher trying to save the ladies of the night. In comes Shay, who much like the preacher is trying to save them too. Cut to her bring mistaken as a prostitute herself and agreeing to it!

Now Bryan and Shay are playing pretend, each trying to avoid their past and stay in their roles while someone is tryin
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
A rather strange book. I love the setup and the characters at the beginning. A preacher and a trollop? But nobody is what they seem. But then as the story progresses it just sort of starts to fall apart. Some parts are four stars and some parts are two. But overall it is a general light fun romance. I'm certainly glad that I read Say No To Joe? before this as characters and situations were so influential to the resolution. I'm sure I'll continue the series and with Lori Foster.
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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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