Title: Secret Love
Series: Love Stings Book 2
Author: Evan Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Competition is healthy. Except Carrington Carter can’t ever seem to win…
Carrington has never been good enough, between competing with the ghost of a sister she never met and a brother who can do no wrong in their parents’ eyes. She’s convinced finishing nursing school will finally make her parents proud, until she finds out she didn’t pass her boards. Now she needs money, more than she’d make working as a nurse’s aide.
A secret life of late nights and fast cash may be the only way to keep the news of her most recent failure from her parents…
While driving to the hospital, she spots a gentlemen’s club, the Thirsty Beaver, and decides to apply for a job as a dancer. She’s danced her whole life—how hard could it be? The only problem is it’ll have to be a secret because if her parents found out, it’d be one more thing for them to be disappointed with her about.
David “Damien” Michaels loves his job with the DEA. Posing as a bouncer at a strip club is just another assignment…
Damien lives the single life, scratching his itch one woman at a time, while jumping his career up the ladder. The fact-finding case at the Thirsty Beaver goes perfectly until one gorgeous redhead complicates everything. She doesn’t belong there, and he knows it.
One look leaves him mesmerized, and he realizes she’s gotten under his skin. He knows he should stay away from her. It could jeopardize her safety and his case, but when he can’t convince her to leave the club…rules no longer apply.
Will the truth set them free, or will Carrington and Damien finally be consumed by their…
“Well, she did it again! I shouldn’t be surprised, really. I mean, I have yet to read an Evan Grace book I didn’t like. Secret Love is no exception and in fact it’s now in the running for my favorite book of 2016!!” ~Reviews From The Heart
Secret Love by Evan Grace
This should go without having to be said but I’m gonna do it anyways lol … Well done, Evan Grace, WELL DONE!
This was a really exciting story for me. However, not because of the plot. Because quite frankly, that was a little cliche ~~ girl needs money, turns to dancing and the club she turns to is being investigated .. **le sigh** lol But you know what, that didn’t even phase me because it was the people that made this book exciting for me. It was their story that made me turn the page.
Both Damien and Carrington carry the weight of untruths and secrets in their own lives and in each others lives. For Damien, secrets were out of his control. They weren’t his to divulge. Makes thing s a little trickier…For Carrington, her secrets are different. They come from self-preservation.
It’s obvious this story is going to have a lot of twist and turns with a little angst twisted in there sprinkled with a little suspense. But obvious or not, it will keep you on your toes because #secrets are running amok! #TRUTH
The build-up of Damien and Carrington was seriously well written. It could have easily gone wrong with the environment Evan Grace chose for (book). But it didn’t. It was OH SO RIGHT. It was a slow burn you couldn’t get enough of. These two were ridiculously sexy together. **fans self**
Don’t be fooled into thinking this story is predictable in any way … it’s quite the opposite AND it’s not just the story of two people to HEA. It’s a story of growth and self-worth and being proud of who you are, of necessary secrets and trust. And it is written perfectly 🙂
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“I can start in two weeks. I just need to give my current job notice.”
“Okay, let’s have you come in two weeks from Thursday. You’ll work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. You get paid weekly, and of course you get to keep your tips. Any questions?”
“Um, no, I don’t think so. I appreciate you giving me the job. I promise I’ll do great.”
She smiles, and again the way she looks at me makes me feel uncomfortable. Maybe she’s a lesbian, and that’s cool if she is, but I’m not into girls. Oh sure, I’ve kissed one once or twice, but it’s just not my thing.
Before I leave, she takes me into the dressing room, where a couple of girls are sitting in front of mirrors that line the wall. They turn and look at me and then quickly dismiss me.
Bridgette shows me my locker and hands me the padlock with the combination. I hang my uniform, if the two little scraps of material could be called that, inside and shut and lock it. With a wave, I head out into the parking lot and climb into my car. Now I just need to go to work and tell them that I am dropping down to prn status, which means as needed and if I’m available, and I’ll still keep my seniority.
As I make my way toward Charleston, I hope that the extra money I’ll make will be enough. If not, hopefully a spot will open up for a dancer sooner rather than later.
I shove everything I’ll need for the club into my bag: some makeup, makeup remover, toothbrush, and deodorant. On top of that, I throw in two pair of heels and my hair products. In preparation for my new job, I spent this past week getting my hair done and a mani and pedi. I even got spray tanned and waxed. Hopefully, the tips will be good. Otherwise I may not have enough to cover my portion of the bills for the apartment.
Bridgette called me yesterday to confirm I was still coming. Then she told me that I should get there early enough to get ready and be on the floor by eight. Thirsty Beaver can’t possibly be busy that early, but maybe Bridgette wants me to come so early so they can show me the ropes. There’s a knock at the door while I zip up my bag. I hear the door open and close.
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.