Saturday, October 18, 2014

Secrets by Lynn Crandall

Title:  Secrets
Author:  Lynn Crandall
Published:  October 6/14 by Crimson Romance
Length:  223pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

With her penchant for premonitions, Michelle Slade has always had trouble connecting with other people, and a horrific attack five years ago only made her isolation worse. But working to help defenseless animals with her rescue organization, Cats Alive, has given her new purpose and joy in life. When several homeless cats start vanishing into thin air, she’s determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Casey Mitchell has always kept his private identity as a were-lynx secret. But he’s drawn to Michelle, and when he begins to help investigate the odd circumstances surrounding the cats’ disappearance, he uncovers a powerful businessman’s diabolic designs on the unassuming woman.

Now both he and Michelle are in grave danger, and their survival depends on trusting each other with secrets better left unspoken. Will these two lonely souls triumph and find true love … or lose everything?

My Review:

What a fantastically one of a kind read. I devoured it in a single sitting.

This novel is obviously part of a series, referring to previous events and characters, but can easily be read as a standalone. Crandall develops everything so fully, but without slowing down the storyline, that you can’t help but get caught up in the whirlwind of activity. I love how multifaceted this story is. Not only do you get the main storyline, but you get to know what all the characters are doing outside of this as well, and how it all interconnects. Crandall carefully builds the were-lynxes so that readers ton only understand them but can also visualise them. This complexity & clarity adds an extra layer to the story, making it even more unforgettable. The author’s descriptions also make everything vividly real in your mind’s eye.

The characters in this novel were off the charts. I love how each of them were just a little quirky, but in their own way. The uniqueness and understanding that they all possessed made me really want to get to know them. The main couple in this novel were absolutely priceless. Each had a secret that they were keeping from the other for safety’s sake. Their trust and understanding in each other was very heartening. And the individuals that they were on their own were the type of people that I could see myself becoming friends with. Surrounded by this fantastic supporting cast Crandall has created the perfect individuals to carry her story forward.

Crandall brings characters and readers together in this world full of romance, suspense, and a healthy dash of the unknown. It was a fantastic read, and although it was my first novel by this author I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.

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