Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wooing Wednesday: Repressed

(Deadly Secrets: #1)
Written by Elisabeth Naughton
JULY 26, 2016; 318 Pages
Montlake Romance
Genre: romance, suspense, mystery

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

Samantha is back in town trying to settle her mother's estate and takes a job as a chemistry teacher.  She cannot wait to sell her mother's home and get back to her life, and it seems like someone else wants her gone too.  Enter Dr. Ethan McClane - therapist for a troubled student - and soon Ethan has fallen in love with Samantha.  Samantha is attracted to Ethan but something from her past keeps her from fully committed to anyone.  Throw in some cold murder cases and new fresh bodies and the small town of Hidden Falls seems to be the place to avoid!

First - this is more of a romance story with mystery and suspense thrown in.  Second - the characters aren't exactly realistic and are a bit cliched.  Third - too many things are happening at once then it is all tied up with just enough left unsaid for you to pick up the second book.

YET...the mysteries in this book kept me reading even thought I had kind of figured out where it was going.  I still wanted to read and see how it came out.  I didn't find Ethan and Samantha that great of a couple as the romance was a bit clumsy but I still rooted for them.  In my opinion, it was Thomas Adler that seemed liked the more intriguing character of the bunch.  It is his journey that will probably get me to read book two.  The next book will probably be Alec McClane as they kept hinting to his "past".  A good beach read for something light and entertaining.


ELISABETH NAUGHTON: I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.

Happy reading,


k (My Novelesque Life)

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