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California Secrets

(Two Brothers #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Will he still love her every touch…

when he finds out who she really is?

For years, Ethan Michaels has plotted to reclaim the resort his mother founded. His plan never included a lover…or a pregnancy. But his desire-fueled fling with smart, stunning Harper Williams results in just that. Now he’s getting used to the idea of a baby…until he finds out Harper’s father is the ver
ebook, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Harlequin Desire
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was a terrific read.
Ethan Michaels is at the hotel in California that was by rights belonged to his brother and himself, left to them by their mother. But their stepfather took their inheritance from them and they have both vowed to get back this hotel, plus the hotel in Montana.
Little did he know that the woman he was having a fun with a the beach is his step-father's daughter, who he knew nothing about, but when those nights of passion result in a baby, well all the secrets coming p
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
California Secrets is a quick, easy to read, romance. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. It was good for a short book.

In the beginning of this story, Ethan and Harper, who have had a month long casual fling at a resort, are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. They make some plans, and feel like they have everything worked out well, when a secret Ethan is keeping comes between them.

Both of the main characters, Ethan, and Harper, were pretty closed off emotionally. As the book progressed,
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc, kindle
Ethan Michaels has had it in for his Step father for years. He stole the resorts his mom meant to leave to him and his twin brother when she died. He had his twin Dane have been working on getting them back. Dane got his in his book and now it's time for Ethan to claim his. Harper Williams is at the resort working on a project to remodel it and at the same time grieving the passing of her sister. She was always the conservative homebody sister but she's finally decided to let loose a little when ...more
Donna (More Than a Review)
California Secrets by Jules Bennet is the second book in the series. The first book was about his twin brother. This one can be read as a stand alone. I read this book because I am a fan of Jules.

When the book opened you realize that Ethan has been having a fling for the last 30 days with a woman in a red string bikini. I wasn’t sure where that was going until I realized the woman was Harper.

When you understand Harper’s back story you totally get her and understand why she made the decisions s
Lynn Brooks
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

CALIFORNIA SECRETS is the second book in the Two Brothers duet by Jules Bennett. In book one, we met Dane and in this book we meet his twin brother Ethan.

Ethan is a predictable character because we already knew from book one that he was trying to reclaim the resort that was stolen out from underneath him years ago. He thinks he's simply passing time while he waits to make his final move, but the feelings he is starting to have for Harper are starting to blow his mind.

Harper is trying
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan Michaels appears to be the typical bachelor, egotistical and career driven. That is until the curvy Harper Williams and her desire to have an unattached fling at the adults only resort they both stay at. An unexpected soul-tie causes both Ethan and Harper to re-evaluate what is most important to them. This book is so well written and did justice to curvy women everywhere with Harper not being the typical size 6 love interest. What I love most about this book, is that it didn't take long to ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-kindle
Ethan and Harper had an instant attraction. He saw her on the beach in her little red bikini and knew he had to have her. She saw him and was drawn to his passion for life, and love and knew she had to have him. They were never supposed to be forever.

Ethan and his twin brother Dane are out to get what’s owed them. Years before, just after their mother died, their Step-Father took control of the 2 resorts their mother had started years ago. Dane has successfully regained control of one resort and
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
California Secrets is the conclusion of the duet series but can also be a stand alone story. This series is about reclaiming an inheritance and getting revenge for what was stolen at a tragic time in Dane and Ethan's lives. This is Ethan's story. Ethan is finally set to reclaim his Mirage Resort and send his stepfather to prison, but while waiting for him to show up, he enjoys a hot fling with Harper. Harper is at Mirage to redecorate and reconnect with her father whom she only just met at the a ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
California Secrets is the second book in Jules Bennett’s Two Brothers duet series. I absolutely loved this series: Two brothers sought to reclaim the inheritance that was lost to them.

In California Secrets, Ethan Michaels has his eyes set on the property his mother intended for him to have. While biding his time, he falls for the daughter of his nemesis. Of course, Harper Williams has ties to the man who he wants to bring down. Add in an unplanned pregnancy and California Secrets is the perfect
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CAN I GIVE THIS 10!!! OMG...bravo Jules Bennett to a great ending to the series. I LOVED Ethan and Harper’s story so much. Ethan starts a hot affair with Harper while he is waiting for his step-father to arrive at the Mirage. He’s ready to put the nail in the coffin (with Dane) and send him to prison and finally get his late mom’s hotel back. Ethan finds out that Harper is Robert’s daughter AND she also ends up pregnant.

This book has hot chemistry, a sweet/sexy heroine, a hot male, and a few aw
Stella Thompson
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick, enjoyable read!!

This is the second book in Jules Bennett’s Two Brothers series. In this book, Ethan is set on reclaiming the Mirage that he feels has been stolen from his mother by his step-father. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having some fun with a beautiful woman while he’s working out how to reclaim the resort. With an unplanned pregnancy, secrets and betrayal, lies and an eventual HEA, this book has a lot to offer the reader. Albeit a typical Harlequin Romance, it’s a well wr
Amanda Humston-Barton
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
California secrets is the second book in Two brothers duet series. This book was amazing loved it so much I couldn't put the book down. Ethan is out to claim his late mother's resort, wich was taken from him by his mother's husband after she passed away. Ethan has his plan's set ready to take what was his back. While waiting for his moms ex to get back harper catches his eye. They have a fling and while he doesn't plan on anything long lasting she gets pregnant. What he doesn't know is that Harp ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
California Secrets is book two of the Two Brothers Series, is quick, enjoyable read.
Ethan is staying at his stepfather hotel, hotel which should be his and his brother. Ethan has the plan to get the hotel back to him and his brother. While waiting for his stepfather to come he has a fling with Harper, but now he finds out that she is pregnant. He will do everything to be in live of his child, but will this be possible when he finds out who the Harper is and will she be ok when she gets to know t
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fabulous. This is the second book in this series! We get to know Ethan more. It starts off and is so good you have to keep turning the pages. Harper is the woman he has been having a fling with. She comes to him with surprising news, he is stunned but happy. He is still trying to bring down the stepfather. But things start getting complicated. When the stepfather shows up things are even more complicated. Can he get back the resort that belongs to him? A wonderful story that is a m ...more
Traci Westling
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m happy to share my honest review in exchange for having read this story!
Ethan & Harper were both beautiful & powerful characters to read about since they had this powerful undeniable chemistry & then the unexpected pregnancy kind of forced them to think about their future logistically being they didn’t know each other well! This is a beautiful & colorful read with the ocean setting so naturally that makes for a great Story especially when revenge is involved with secrets ! I
Sarah Lehman
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd story in the duet Two Brothers but can be read as a standalone. In this book we have Ethan's story and he seems to be a typical bachelor, but things change when he realizes there has been a consequence in the form of a baby. Ethan is staying at a resort that should be his & his twin brother's and he is working hard to get it back. While there he met Harper and really liked her. However he doesn't know who she is, and it's interesting to see what happens when he finds out her ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: interracial, romance
Harlequin Romances are such a mixed bag. Sometimes you get a great love story with characters that have growth. Other times it's just smut with a thin plot. This was one of those smut with an ultra thin plot lines. I didn't even feel the love between Ethan and Harper. She revealed she was pregnant and suddenly after only knowing each other for a month they were madly in love. Plus this story sounds like a redux of the author's previous story with Ethan's twin brother. Quick read but unmemorable ...more
Marcie Robinson
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“California Secrets” is the last book in the Two Brothers duet by Jules Bennett and features Ethan Michaels and Harper Williams.

Ethan is on Sunset Cove to get back Mirage, one of his mother’s adult-only resorts.
Harper has been tasked by the owner to redesign the hotel.
When Harper’s secret is revealed, Ethan will have to decide between revenge or love.

Ms. Bennett writes a story that is emotional and dramatic.
Nicole Westmoreland
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
California Secrets is book 2 in the Two Brothers series. Ethan is determined to get back the resort his step-father “stole” from him when his mom passed away years ago…but why not pass the time with a fling with a hot woman. This book is a quick read, with an unexpected pregnancy, betrayal, lies, secrets, heat, and a HEA. I enjoyed how the author, Jules Bennett, included Dane and Stella from book one as well!
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Ethan is stunned to learn his fling, Harper, is pregnant and even more stunned to learn her father is his former stepfather he is trying to get the resort they are staying at from. He struggles to find a way to get his rightful inheritance and keep the woman he has fallen for.

Good romance and it was nice to catch up with Dane and Stella from the first book as well. I wish there had been an epilogue to know how they ended up.

Thanks to the author for a review copy.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of the series about the twins. Ethan was at the California resort he wanted to get back that his stepfather stole out from under he and his brother. While waiting for the stepfather to arrive he had a month long affair with Harper, not knowing she was his daughter. When he did find out, he did not tell her right away. As in the first book, secrecy caused all sorts of problems. It was a good second book that I enjoyed
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this continuation of the Michaels brothers saga.

Now that Dean has his Mirage resort, it is up to Ethan to get his Mirage resort that their mother worked so hard on to make a legacy for them.

Enter a fling that turns to more! What a tangled web we weave when we don't tell the truth.

Loved it!
Janeen Phillips
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This second book in the Two Brothers series is even more intense than the first.

A fling that leads to a surprise pregnancy is just the beginning for Ethan and Harper. They will have to navigate through deceit, betrayal, secrets and more in order to find their way to HEA and their "new" family.

Ms. Bennett did an amazing job with this one as usual!

Kelly Johnson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first page. Ethan and Harper's story is one I enjoyed reading very much. These two were meant to meet and find their happily ever after especially considering the circumstances they had to face. Jules is exceptional in creating realistic characters you want to root for and I highly recommend you give this book a read.
Linda Rimer-Como
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Found this to be a quick read that I could not put down. The story line is filled with doubt, lust, quick decisions and revenge. The characters are unique and have great connections and interactions throughout. Enjoyed Ethan and Harpers journey and highly recommend this book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book; all opinions expressed are my own.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a reader I’m finding that I’m becoming more of a fan of romances where an unplanned pregnancy is thrown into the mix. It’s interesting to see how the situation is handled.

Ethan and Harper had a fling at the adults only resort that they were both staying at. There was a surprise unplanned pregnancy.

This was a short read that I read in one day.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ethan and Harper are perfect together. After years of seeking vengeance, the end is near when Ethan receives information that could affect his future plans. Harper and Ethan get their HEA but at a cost. A must read.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so ready for Ethan’s story. Ethan and Harper’s relationship starts as mutual fun to evolve into so much more. The short wrap up to the end of the story was my only complaint. Jules writes a great romance.
Ana Ramirez
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
What started off as a fling soon becomes a lot more complicated. 2nd book in the series and this brother is as determined as the first. Great as a stand alone and I enjoyed reading the banter between Ethan and Harper.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, I was drawn in. I really liked it.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Jules Bennett has written for multiple publishing houses and currently has books with Harlequin and Kensington.

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