THE LOVER’S SECRET (No Exceptions #1) by JC REED


Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

Uncertainty rules in this book which keeps you on edge throughout this brilliantly written novel. And I’m still not sure whether or not the author intended this book to be a follow up to the Surrender, Conquer Your Love and Treasure Your Love, but if you haven’t read them, don’t worry! J C Reed has used her magic.

Brooke Stewart walks into one of the most luxurious hotel foyers in New York City dressed up to the nines, but she’s at sixes and sevens with her nerves! This is it. A rendezvous with Mr. Sex-on-Legs. She wants more from this enigmatic man with his sexy voice and horrendously good looks. Nevertheless, she’s yet to find out what his game is and even though it appears that he going out of his way to make her happy, he alludes to her wishes well knowing her condition.

Brooke and Jetts’ relationship is solid, passionate and for the first time in her life full of complications, she has learnt to trust someone, or at least that’s what she thought. When she starts to discover tell-tail signs of things that don’t exactly add up, she realises that apart from her best friend, Sylvie, the only one person who can help her, is herself! An inheritance which is causing problems and penniless won’t dampen her spirits. Now she has the opportunity to do something about her affairs. Perhaps she’ll make that phone call that could get her out of a situation she’d never dreamed of being in, perhaps she won’t. The end of a book left me hanging on the precipice of which I can only say caused consternation.

There was no point in the story that gave me a clue as to what Jett’s intentions are; however, I do get the impression that he’s up to no good. I sincerely hope I’m wrong. Will this absolutely gorgeous man play his cards right, or will he let me down again? Yes, he’s not a saint! Therefore I’ll just have to wait for The Lover’s Game in the No Exceptions series coming in September.

In spite of leaving the quintessential sexy details to the last, the amorous scenes must be mentioned as they are hotter than a Vindaloo curry! To say descriptive would be an understatement and you’ll definitely be fanning yourselves. And this is what I’m leading up to; the storyline is so well-plotted and so full of mystery that for me, the hot scenes were an added bonus. Two words to Ms Reed‒simply bravo!




Reviewed by Claire Rose for Kindle Friends Forever

Wow! What can I say about this novel because it certainly had my emotions on a roller coaster? One minute I was crying! The next, laughing out loud and getting some strange looks from my family while reading on my kindle! Then came the anger which made me want to shake someone and shout why. At times I got so frustrated with the main character and had to stop reading. What I will say to you is if you are looking for a romance novel that involves a young woman who needs saving, a bad boy who is the hero, or you want a quick holiday read, this recommended read is for you.

Breakdown is a romance novel that describes a young woman suffering from a deep depression who struggles with day to day tasks and life itself. Until one late evening she meets her future. Let me explain! Charlotte is a beautiful young Italian woman studying business as her major. She lives with her parents who don’t take an interest in each other, and go out of their way to avoid each other as much as possible, too. Although her mother’s only interest is in her education, she still manages to dampen any dreams and hopes Charlotte has. For the past three years she has been struggling with a deep depression and believes the only way out is death.

The story starts with Charlotte leaving her parents’ home to travel to Elizabeth Port Street Bridge where she intends to do the unthinkable. Say no more but this is where she’ll meet our bad Irish boy, William O’ Riley. Twentyish, gorgeous eyes with messy blonde hair and of course, tattoos, spots Charlotte on the bridge and it reminds him of an event that happened in his past. So he decides to talk to her, but when he looks into her cold and lifeless eyes, he realises something is dreadfully wrong and wants to help. So what does this bad-ass do? He invites her to hang out with him and his friends in his world.

Unbeknown to Charlotte, William doesn’t live by the law. In fact, he’s very good at breaking it! Well knowing that the life he leads is no good for her doesn’t stop him from having strong feeling for her either. The more they hang out together, the more she refuses to talk about her life and continues to talk about the unspeakable. Will he be able to bring life back into Charlotte’s eyes? He’ll most certainly try. And what big issue is behind them too? Throughout this novel, you’ll learn to understand why William lives the life he does and if you want to find out more, One-Click!

I would like to say is that even though there are many forms of this illness which at one point or another, some of us have suffered; with good support and most importantly, love from your family and friends, one can accomplish anything. I have to applaud Amanda on how well she has described Charlotte’s depression and her extraordinarily detailed portrayal of the depressed mind. Will this beautiful woman be able to fight her dark unwanted feelings head on and not shatter her hopes and dreams?

The story line is fantastic! The two main characters even more so; however, I have rated this book FOUR STARS because I wanted to know more about secondary characters who Charlotte formed friendships with. I also found that in some parts of the story, I was adding, taking away or rearranging sentences to make sense. But l got past that and read a wonderful heart breaking all emotional story. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.