Her Secret Past

Victoria Blisse
Her Secret Past
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Totally Bound Publishing
Release Date
June 2014
Book 1 of What's Her Secret
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance

A past she wants to forget, a secret that will change everything and a hunky guy who should have known better.

It's no secret that Katrina Quinn has been caught having an affair with her hunky co-star. Hounded by the press she has escaped to Yorkshire, England and the remote seclusion of Copse Cottage. It's a house packed full of junk and memories—far too much for one woman to handle.

For odd job man Ryan Taylor, being hired to clear clutter while ogling one of Hollywood's hottest stars seems like easy money. A good way to escape his jealous, drunken girlfriend, Eve, who seems intent on making his life a misery. But Copse Cottage is haunted with his happy past, stirring anew his longing for the girl he used to call the best in the world.

A stolen beat-up suitcase is going to change everything—secrets will be revealed, hearts will be broken all over again and the biggest mystery of all will finally be answered.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence and bullying.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 24, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
59 people found the following review helpful
HER SECRET PAST wins the award for least likeable characters ever.

A-list Hollywood actress Katrina Quinn has royally fucked up. Sleeping with her married co-star has caused a huge scandal, enough that she's fled Tinseltown when the movie wraps and headed to Yorkshire, England. Back to her Gram's old home, Copse Cottage.

Handyman Ryan Taylor is stunned when movie star Katrina Quinn shows up in his small town, but he's even more floored when she asks him to help get Copse Cottage cleaned up. He has no clue that Katrina is really his oldest friend Janet Davey, the girl he adored but tortured as he got older at the prompting of his vicious and cruel girlfriend Eve. Ryan finds himself falling for Katrina, but will he feel the same way when he finds out her true identity?

HER SECRET PAST is a novel in the What's Her Secret collection of books authored by various writers under the theme of secrets that women keep. First, I'll say that I absolutely LOATHE cheating storylines, so the fact that Janet/Katrina seduced her married co-star right at the beginning of the book immediately left a bad taste in my mouth. And then there's Ryan. The whipped loser who had let his girlfriend shit all over him since high school…from making Janet/Katrina's life hell to supporting her lazy ass while she sits on the couch eating bon bons was off-putting, to say the least. Obviously not every dude is an Alpha male, but Ryan was a cowed, morally bankrupt dick in the worst kind of way. I can say with certainty that he's one of the most loathsome characters I've read. Janet/Katrina wasn't much better, sleeping with taken men whether they were happy in their relationships or not and pining after/constantly forgiving Ryan even though he bullied and belittled her for half her life.

The story was ridiculous, that Ryan supposedly wouldn't recognize his lifelong frenemy or simply put 2 and 2 together made zero sense. And when he does find out Janet/Katrina's true identity, his reaction and their subsequent reconnection was the most ridiculous banal tripe I've had the misfortune of reading (and I'd like to know about the check...seriously????). The ONLY compliment I have for HER SECRET PAST is that the writing is clean and free from errors.

Bottom Line: Skip this one. If the home-wrecking storyline doesn't turn you off, Ryan's pussy-whipped demeanor and sheer stupidity will.
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