Cherished Secrets

C.B. Clark
Cherished Secrets
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
October 2016
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Twelve years ago, sixteen-year old Carrie Ann Hetherington, pregnant with the child of a murder suspect, fled the small town of Cooper's Ridge for the anonymity of Seattle. Now, faced with a family dilemma, she must risk her carefully reinvented life and return to her childhood home.

Eighteen-year-old Declan McAllister's prom date is found beaten and strangled to death, and he becomes the prime suspect accused of the grisly crime. Now this successful Dallas businessman returns to Cooper's Ridge to find the true murderer and finally lift the cloak of suspicion he's faced all these years. In his quest to prove his innocence, he must join forces with the woman who shattered his heart to find a devious killer who will stop at nothing to protect a shocking truth.

Caught up in a menacing web of secrets, deception and danger, Carrie Ann and Declan struggle to overcome past betrayals and present danger. Can they tear down the barriers they've erected around their hearts and rediscover true love?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 10, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
106 people found the following review helpful
I'm starting to wonder if all small towns are hotbeds of crime and coverups? You never read about this stuff happening in a city!!

Twelve years ago, Carrie Ann Hetherington left Cooper's Ridge and never looked back. Now she's returned to collect her mother's belongings and runs straight into the man who made her leave all those years ago. Declan McAllister was skewered in the court of public opinion when his prom date died and Carrie Ann left suddenly. Now he's back in town to try and clear his name, and the one person who can help him do that is Carrie Ann. Threats and lies are still alive and well in Cooper's Ridge, but when "accidents" start happening to both Carrie Ann and Declan, they know they're closer to the truth. Can the two of them figure out exactly who wants them silenced even after all these years?

Oooh, this is a good one ya'll! The feel right away is dark and dangerous, and Ms. Clark immediately sucks you into Carrie Ann and Declan's story as they try to find out what really happened to the young woman who was brutally murdered 12 years ago. The tension was high in the town and between the former lovers, though I will say that my disappointment was high that Ms. Clark completely left out any sex scenes! The build up was great, the rough kisses and lingering stares built up to explosive sex…aaaaaannnnnd fade to black. Sigh.

Even so, the mystery was well written and intriguing, and I couldn't stop flipping furiously to find out what would happen next. I'm only bummed that this is a one-off instead of a series!

Bottom Line: No OW/OM or sharing; maybe condom use (the sex scenes were only implied, dammit!); no BDSM/kink; implied sexual assault; murder (past)/violence (past and present).
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