Dangerous Secrets by Katie Reus
Isabelle Ballantine is tired of being smothered by her wealthy father so she moves to a small beach town in Florida and tries to experience life as an average person. As a bartender Izzy finally has the independence she’s always wanted but it’s all threatened when a serial rapist targets Izzy after she stops him from kidnapping a woman outside the bar. Adam Marcellus never expected Izzy to be anything other than a spoiled rich girl, so he had no problem taking the job offered by her father — watch out for Izzy and convince her to return to Savannah in exchange for a lucrative security contract. But now that Adam is serious about Izzy and protecting her from a stalker he doesn’t know how to tell her who he really is.
Dangerous Secrets is similar to many of Katie Reus’s books in that it’s a quick and easy read with some good suspense and an insta-lust/love romance. While I enjoyed reading this, it doesn’t really stand out from other books. The pace is quick so I had no problem getting through it but I did find myself skimming some of the later sex scenes because I just wasn’t as invested in the story.
I did like Izzy’s character because she’s smart, feisty, and knows what she wants. I also appreciated that Izzy wasn’t a naive and innocent heroine like you often see with the sheltered and rich trope. Instead Izzy knows what life is all about, she’s just never had the chance to be treated like a regular person rather than her wealthy father’s daughter. Adam is your expected tough, protective, and dominant hero who falls for Izzy’s compassion and sweet personality. They had good chemistry but again it all just felt average.
3 out of 5 stars
POV from serial rapist
Isabelle Ballantine has been fighting for independence since she was old enough to walk. Now that she’s finally out from under her father’s shadow, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. It’s tough living on her own, working in a bar and keeping her true identity a secret, but things start to look up when a sexy new stranger walks into her life. After working side by side for weeks, Izzy can’t figure out why he won’t make a move…
To cinch the deal of a lifetime, Adam Marcellus agrees to help Izzy’s eccentric father convince his daughter to move home. He’d assumed Izzy would be another spoiled rich princess, but he’s surprised to discover his feelings for her are stronger than anything he’s ever experienced. When a deranged stalker targets her, Adam finds himself fighting not only an unknown threat — but an unexpected attraction to the one woman he can’t have…
Published by Carina Press on January 21, 2011