Friday, February 27, 2015

Hidden Secrets (The Pub Series #1) by Nicole De La Cruz Review

After a night of fun and drinking, Scarlett Collins' past comes rushing back into her life. Instead of facing it, she runs away like she always does, this time straight into a broom closet. Not sure how she is going to get out of this one, the gorgeous British bartender rescues her from the locked room. Little does she know her life might have changed in ways she would have never dreamed.

Kyle Harrington has had one hell of a night, it isn’t until he lets out a beautiful green eyed woman from his broom closet that his night might be looking up. That is until he lets her go without a number or a way of ever finding her again. When a second chance is put in front of Kyle, he knows he won’t let her get away that easy again.

Both have a past they wish they could change, but now they can have a possible future together. As long as hidden secrets don’t keep them apart...

I rated Hidden Secrets by Nicole De La Cruz Four and One Half Leaves!

Hidden Secrets is one of those books that grabs you right from the beginning and never lets up. Everything around you simply slips away. I am absolutely astonished and amazed this is a debut novel. The storyline made me experience every emotion possible and I connected with the characters instantly!

Scarlett Collins needs a new beginning. She had her heart broken and decides to start over and move on from her cheating ex-boyfriend of nine years.  Scarlett and her best friend, Amy open a beauty salon together which she loves dearly.  Everything is about to change when Scarlett meets one hot Brit, Kyle Harrington.

Kyle and Scarlett paths cross just when they were suppose to come together.  They discover an attraction, instant chemistry, and so much sexual tension.  However, Scarlett holds a lot of insecurities and issues that prevent her jumping in head first; but with Kyle everything changes.  I loved that we were able to read both of the Scarlett's and Kyle's point of views.

There are a couple of factors that I  REALLY liked about this book.  I liked that the storyline was not rushed between Kyle and Scarlett and we were able to connect to them interdependently and learn about their families and issues. The character growth happens at a steady pace which makes for a great book. In some stories I get kind of annoyed when the authors make the characters act like they are thirteen and silly  when they start their relationship. In this book the author kept the characters with their heads straight and their relationship progressing. 

To wrap it all up, I loved how simple the story felt to me. I absolutely loved the secondary characters and was excited to learn about each of them. The characters were all friends and they all enjoyed spending time together. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author and see what happens next in The Pub Series! ALSO, there's a little twist at the end in which I did not see coming and I must say it was kind of brilliant.

Nicole is a new author that has recently decided to pursue her passion of writing. Something she has been wanting to do since she was a little girl, and thanks to the push of her husband she is now living her dream.
Almost every single day you can either find her reading or listening to music. She got into reading when she picked up her first Sarah Dessen book and hasn’t stopped since.
She is an easy going person that likes to spend time with her husband and their three cats, drink wine, listen to Breaking Benjamin, and try out new recipes.


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Finding Haven by T.A. Foster Review


Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?


Finding Haven was a great read for me. I really enjoyed the characters and seeing them interact and grow as the story progressed. Haven Owen was just a young woman trying to follow her dream while being stuck in her hometown on an island. Working for her parents in their supply store was not where she wanted to be but because she was able to leave the island and attend school, this was her way of paying her family back. But the minute she had paid them off, Haven planned to leave the small island and head off to write her songs. Dealing with the secret affair of her dad makes this time at the store with him seem endless. When a new problems arise and Haven is told she needs to find someone to cover some shifts, she gets lucky when Jay Grady steps up to take the offer. Evan Carlson or right now Jay Grady, needed an escape from the life of Hollywood and after his latest girlfriend was caught cheating, he knew he had to get away. Meeting Haven and working at the store was not what he had in mind but after seeing Haven cry, he couldn’t find a reason not to offer. Just being there this summer was supposed to be a time for him regroup and figure out his life but fate had other things in store and while these two start a summer fling, feelings grow and so do secrets. Will Evan be able to tell Haven who he really is or will the secrets he has turn out to be too much for her to handle?  Like I said this was a really enjoyable read and I would recommend it!


T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos. 

Her long love affair with books started at an early age and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.


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