Monday, July 28, 2008

Book Review: Dangerous Secrets


Dangerous Secrets (Harbor Intrigue) by Lyn Cote - Love Inspired Suspense #62 - Jul 07

This book was very suspenseful. I thought I knew who the ‘bad guy' was and what the motive was, but there were enough red herrings in my way to keep me from being positive. I like that, because it keeps the suspense up and yet I felt justified when the end revealed I'd been right.

Sylvie Patterson, owner of a small book store, is right where she wants to be. She suffers daily pain from an old injury but she's still mobile so she can live with the inconvenience of a limp. Guilt stemming from the accident that caused her injury was something she'd battled and won. With her father close by, she has everything she needs in the town of Winfield.

Then her old crush, Ridge Matthews comes back to town and Sylvie realizes that her life isn't quite complete yet as she still has feelings for Ridge. And those feelings are getting stronger the more time she spends with him. But why would a handsome, successful man like Ridge look twice at someone like her?

Ridge has been running from everyone and everything that has to do with Winfield since he was a teenager. Although his parents still live in his hometown, something so depressing happened years ago that they're alive but not really living. When Ridge ends up with a young boy as a ward, he leaves him with his parents but the atmosphere isn't conducive to a growing boy. Ridge doesn't want to take the boy home with him b/c his job as a county investigator keeps him busy.

Ridge shows up in Winfield the same time Sylvie's cousin in murdered. Ridge's boss wants him to stay in Winfield and help with the investigation which he reluctantly does. While there, he reacquaints himself with Sylvie who used to be his younger brother's best friend. Limp or not, Ridge considers her one of the classiest people in Winfield. But of course he's not staying to get to know her better, attraction or not.

Dangerous Secrets is the final book in the Harbor Intrigue Trilogy. As I noted on my previous book review for book 2 - Dangerous Game, the fact that I didn't know the setting distracted me enough to keep this book from hitting my top ten list.

With writing and scenarios this great, I'll be sure to buy Lyn's next book.

Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Great! - 4 ½ stars (a keeper)

Books in the Harbor Intrigue series:

1 - Apr 07 - Dangerous Season LIS 47

2 - May 07 - Dangerous Game LIS 53

3 - July 07 - Dangerous Secrets LIS 62

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2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 77 Harlequin Imprint: 73 Others: 4


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