Secret Life of Bryan [NOOK Book]

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Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is head-over-hormones in lust with a woman. . .and what she does to his senses is criminal.
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Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a luscious Shay Sommers. Which brings him to Rule #3: If you can't ...

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Overview

Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is head-over-hormones in lust with a woman. . .and what she does to his senses is criminal.
Double Trouble

Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a luscious Shay Sommers. Which brings him to Rule #3: If you can't avoid temptation, succumb with abandon...

Society pages icon Shay Sommers has made her name in charity work. And she'll go to any length to help these girls from the inside out. It certainly won't be hard to act the street siren with the gorgeous man who runs the place, even if he does seem less like a shepherd and much more like a wolf...one with a hungry look that's making Shay feel she might be his next dinner...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420112887
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 40,893
  • File size: 359 KB

Meet the Author

Lori Foster is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many contemporary romances.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF BRYAN


By Lori Foster

Kensington Brava

ISBN: 0-7582-0338-1


Chapter One

"Tell me your name."

Impatience rose up, nearly making his dark blond hair stand on end. "This is no time for games."

Oh boy. And here she'd always thought preachers were supposed to be full of endless, unwavering forbearance. Such a contradiction. But Shay didn't scare easily. "I'll go with you. When I know your name." And then, to soften her insistence: "You can't expect me to just go traipsing off with a stranger."

"And hearing my name is all the reassurance you need?"

His disbelief and suspicion made Shay grin. "Yeah."

Rankled, he rubbed his jaw, dragged a hand over his damp hair. Then he stuck out his hand. "Bryan Kelly." No sooner did he say it than he looked poleaxed, like he wanted to turn around and walk away from her, or curse, or punch the brick wall.

Instead, he just stood there, frozen, his hand extended.

"Bryan." She tasted the name, watched him watching her, and closed her fingers around his. "I like it."

"I meant to say Bruce."

Shay blinked twice. "What?"

With her hand still held in his, he repeated, "I meant to say Bruce. Bryan's ... my middle name."

"Bruce Bryan Kelly?" And she thought her own name was unique.

His scowl was back, blacker and meaner than ever. "I prefer you call me Preacher."

"Why?"

He appeared to be grinding his teeth. "Because that's what everyone calls me."

"So?"

"I can't show favoritism." He seemed satisfied with that explanation, enough to expound on it. "You can imagine how that'd look, all things considered."

It was difficult not to laugh. "Things being that I'm a prostitute and you're offering to protect me?"

If looks could hurt ... "Exactly."

"I'll call you Bryan - but only when we're alone."

Seconds passed while he stared at her, probably trying to intimidate her. "Will you now?"

She met him stare for stare. "Yes."

His eyes narrowed more, his lip curled, and he turned away. "Good thing we won't be alone much, then." He still had her hand caught in his, practically dragging her along, keeping close to the buildings and as far from the blowing rain as they could get.

Pulling the tiger's tail, Shay asked sweetly, "Don't you want to know my name?"

They walked another ten feet before he said in distraction, "What the hell? Go ahead and tell me."

His absent tone was tempered by the protective way he led her down the deserted street. For a preacher, he had incredible instincts, staying alert, constantly scanning the area. Had he maybe served in the service before choosing this vocation? Or was his edgy, suspicious nature just a basic part of the man?

Whatever the reasons for his unique attitudes, Shay liked them. She liked him.

It was the first time, since her husband, that a man had bothered to show interest in her for any reason other than her money. She was well used to men fawning over her, trying to ingratiate themselves into her life. She had connections and wealth, which meant she had power. The combination served as quite an inducement to most guys.

But Bryan Kelly was unaware of her assets; for heaven's sake, the man thought she was a common hooker in a dirty little neighborhood, desperate enough to be selling her wares on a night like this. It wasn't the most complimentary assumption ever made.

But it was better than being wanted for her money.

And for the moment, she preferred he go on thinking it. Which meant she couldn't give him her full name. "You can call me Shay."

"Shea what?"

No way would she give him her last name. After recent events, she'd suffered some truly awful publicity and he'd probably read most of it. It wouldn't be a stretch to think he'd leave her standing in the street alone if he realized her identity. "Just Shay."

After a furtive glance, he asked, "Just Shea, like the stadium?" Amusement lightened his eyes. "Or just Shea, like Cher, important enough that you only need one name?"

Was he laughing at her? It didn't matter. Laughter was better than disdain any day. "Just Shay, as in short for Shaina." She spelled out her name for him. No one in the papers had known her full name. No one had called her Shaina since she'd been adopted.

He nodded, then said, "No last name, huh?"

"I like to protect my privacy."

After a look that could cut, he let it go, and for once, Shay was glad. If he didn't ask any other questions, she wouldn't have to outright lie to him.

He led her along until they came to a fully lighted section, leaving the blackout behind. The buildings were close together, some rundown, some tidy, all of them showing signs of poverty.

He released her hand and pointed ahead. "See that tall, skinny building at the end of the street? That's the safe-house. You're welcome there any time."

"Thank you, Bryan."

His piercing gaze locked on hers, while one side of his mouth curled. It wasn't humor that put that half smile on his hard face. "You're a pushy broad, aren't you?"

Since Shay couldn't deny that, she only shrugged an apology. It was a rhetorical question anyway, given how he turned his attention away.

She liked holding his hand and walking beside him in the rain, feeling his attentiveness to his surroundings and listening to his deep voice and breathing his scent.

She'd like to get to know him better too, to maybe work with him, maybe be ... intimate with him.

Okay, so she'd jumped ahead with giant leaps on that one. The timing couldn't be more wrong, and considering that he was a preacher, her thoughts were even inappropriate. But these things really didn't wait for perfect timing, she supposed.

It had been a long time in coming, and now that desire was finally hitting her again, it did so in full force. She felt it everywhere, such wonderful feelings. And they were intensifying with each second they spent together.

Watching Bryan's long-legged stride excited her. Hearing his deep-toned, rough voice made her insides swirl. Even his ears seemed sexy, and if that wasn't lust, she didn't know what to call it.

With his palm at the small of her back, he ushered her ahead of him. He was easily 6 feet tall, which left them nearly the same height. Bryan didn't seem intimidated by that. In fact, he didn't appear to notice. His inattention to her as woman might be a problem, she decided.

He wrestled a set of keys out of a tight, damp, jeans pocket and unlocked the door, then held it open for her. Lights were on inside.

As she slipped out of his now soaked jacket, she watched him.

He ran his hands through his wet hair to push it out of his face, and turned toward her. Shay held out his jacket - and he froze.

With his hands still in his hair, his gaze zeroed in on her body. Slowly, very slowly, he lowered his arms. His attention was nearly tactile, heating her, making her heart beat fast.

Belatedly, Shay remembered what he'd told her, that the rain had made her tailored, white silk dress transparent. Oh no. With dread, she looked down, and almost collapsed with embarrassment.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Secret Life of Bryan

    As part of a series book this is a great book and series i enjoyed the book. i have re read this book and the others in the series twice already and i grantee i will be reading it again. Lori Foster is a great writer and you will love this book and any other that has her name as the author i know i do.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    What I Liked: From the start I liked the writing and dialog. The

    What I Liked: From the start I liked the writing and dialog. There were a few times, especially in the middle, where it felt like there was a lot of author intrusion going on. But thankfully, the last 25% most of that was done. I also liked most of the side characters as well as the epilogue (if a bit drawn out to reach a word count).

    What I Didn't Like: Bryan and Shay were my least enjoyable components of this book. To say I didn't like them would be putting it mildly. Shay is way too clingy/needy, calculating and manipulative. Bryan is a self-righteous, holier-than-thou prick. The fact that they're both deceiving each other and neither being aware of the deception of the other makes them even less appealing. They're both fools, and play the part exceptionally well.

    I also didn't like that, outside of the bedroom, they had no chemistry. I just can't buy into them being a couple. And even the bedroom action started off cold and clinical at first. But that could be just how I perceived all the lies and deception between the two. A few minor issues I had were with the repetition that caused me to lose interest and get bored a few times, and the slow pace because of said repetition. Although pacing did pick up at the end preventing a lower rating.

    Final Analysis: I wanted to like this book. But it was such a pain in the butt for the most part. I was set to give a lower rating at the 30% mark, but the ending was decent. Maybe because I finally saw the end in sight and was happy just to be finishing it… I don't know, but because of that I raised the score a little bit. Also, this book can be read as a stand-alone, but I think I might have enjoyed it a touch more had I read the first in the series. Despite the somewhat negative review, I am still interested in reading the other books in this series

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    Lori Foster has long been known for great romances, hot sex, and delicious storylines. She delivers another scorcher with TSLOB. <BR/><BR/>For Foster fans, it's another look into the clan we were introduced to in SAY NO TO JOE? For newcomers, it's a fast, fun read into what happens when two people both pretend to be something they're not. <BR/><BR/>I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next installment in this interrelated series, WHEN BRUCE MET CYN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    The Secret Life of 'Yummy'

    Lori Foster has long been known for great romances, hot sex, and delicious storylines. She delivers another scorcher with TSLOB. For Foster fans, it's another look into the clan we were introduced to in SAY NO TO JOE? For newcomers, it's a fast, fun read into what happens when two people both pretend to be something they're not. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next installment in this interrelated series, WHEN BRUCE MET CYN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2007

    A Great Book as always by Lori Foster

    This time she did it again a book that is a must read book.Very entertainig and romantic, makes yu feel like your right there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    A real 'fairy tale'...

    Call me crazy but I like the type of chick lit that also seems somewhat believable. This is not it. I rolled my eye more than anything while reading this. Although it is well written and somewhat entertaining (really only near the end.) I may pick up this author again as others have said this is not quite like her normal work. If you are looking for something that is fun... romantic yet funny and entertaining (and maybe even believable), check out Janet Evanovich, Whitney Gaskell, or Beth Kendrick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2005

    A Great Book in the Visitation Series

    The second book in the Visitation series, Secret Life of Bryan is great! Both hero and heroine are likable, believable characters whose chemistry leaps off the pages. The story is well developed with Ms. Foster obviously doing the necessary research to present the prostitutes in a realistic manner. The romance is vintage Foster - hot, adventuresome, and loving. Secret Life of Bryan works well as a stand alone book but read it as part of the entire Visitation series to get the most enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2005

    Another great book in the Visitation Series

    Secret Life of Bryan is the second book in the Visitation Series and it works well on its own but should be read as part of the whole series to fully appreciate all the characters. Ms. Foster does an excellent job in presenting two believable and lovable main characters. She obviously did the research necessary to portray the secondary prostitute characters in a realistic manner. The romance scenes are vintage Foster - hot, adventuresome, and loving. All around a great book and an excellent addition to the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    Not so good

    This was my first Lori Foster book and I must say I was very disappointed. I thought it was slow and boring. I couldn't get into it - it took me a long time to finish. I'll try another of her books and I am hoping I'll enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    Awesome

    Lori has written this book perfectly. She has maintained the plot well and the character intro was amazing. Bruce and Bryan mix-up was good. Shea's character was pictured well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    Secret Life of Bryan

    I really loved SECRET LIFE OF BRYAN. Bryan Kelly is impersonating his twin brother Bruce to find out who is tried to hurt him and also keep an eye on the safe house that Bruce created for former ladies of the night. Shay is hoping to open up her own safe house and when she is mistaken by Bryan as a hooker she takes the opportunity to learn as much as she can. Shay and Bryan are attracted from the start but for reasons they have are reluctant to act on it. I really loved the three hookers too, Patti, Morgana and Barb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    One of the Best

    Lori Foster does it again. Lori has a way of putting the reader right in the story. Bryan is one of the hottest Charaters around. I think it is really neat how Lori puts Bryan in a situation where he had to use restraint. I must say that if I was in Shay's shoes I would have a hard time keeping my hands off the pretend preacher, but maybe not for long. Keep up the great work Lori and I can't wait to read 'When Bruce Meets Cyn.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    HOT STUFF

    This book drew me in from the beginning. Read it in 2 days. There were several love scenes, and they were crazy hot! If you like steamy sex scenes, this is the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    Fantastic characters, excellent story!

    Bryan Kelly is a bounty hunter who is pretending to be his brother Bruce, a preacher who gets prostitutes off the streets and into safe houses. He meets Shay Sommers on the street at night in a bad neighborhood. The dress she¿s wearing is nearly transparent in the rain and Bryan assumes she is a hooker who needs help. But Shay isn¿t a prostitute at all; she¿s trying to help working girls get off the streets. She¿s instantly attracted to Bryan, who doesn¿t act like any preacher she¿s ever met. Bryan is equally attracted but he can¿t get involved with Shay, he¿s trying to help her reform! Since Bryan thinks Shay is a prostitute, she decides to stay at the safe house and see how she can help the other girls. Bryan and Shay can¿t avoid each other and they can¿t deny the chemistry between them. What will happen when their true identities are revealed? THE SECRET LIFE OF BRYAN is filled with wonderful characters, including the prickly yet warm and funny working girls at the safe house. There¿s plenty of steam, too! I loved revisiting Joe and Luna and the others from Say No to Joe? And I¿ve been waiting a long time to read about Shay, the older sister of Brandi Sommers in Fantasy! This is definitely a book for my keeper shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    It's a keeper!!!

    What would you do if you were mistaken as a prostitute, and on top of that, you felt a very strange attraction to a preacher? Well, that's exactly the mess Shay's life had turned into. And said preacher, Bryan, wasn't far behind. There was nothing he wouldn't do for his twin brother, even if it meant passing as a preacher; even if it meant having the hots for a woman ¿ a prostitute, no less. If to find out who was trying to hurt his brother he had to stand his attraction ¿ plus taking care of a bunch of prostitutes ¿ he would do it. As the continuing part of ¿Say not to Joe¿, ¿The Secret Life of Bryan¿ will keep you stuck to the seat, bed, or any place you may be reading the book on. You won't be able to take your eyes off it till you finish. It is all a mix of suspense, intrigue, friendship, love and steamy-hot scenes that will melt you down to your bones. What are you waiting for? Buy this book now! You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    A Must Read!

    Bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is trying to catch the person who beat up his brother. The only way to do that is to switch places with his twin brother Bruce, who is known as the 'Preacher' to the ex-prostitutes that he helps. Before long, Bryan finds himself getting more involved than he wanted to with the women who live in his brother's shelter. One woman in particular is making his heart pound and his senses heat up. Shay Sommers is only trying to help the same women that Bryan is when Bryan mistakes her for a hooker! She goes along with this mysterious and sexy 'Preacher' hoping they can start working together, but decides to keep her real identity a secret until Bryan can get to know her and like her for herself, not her public reputation. With both of them keeping secrets from eachother, will they be able to resist the attraction that they feel for one another while they find out who is threatening Bryan's brother? This is another fabulous story by Lori Foster! Ms. Foster does a wonderful job of building the suspense and sexual tension in this book. I was kept guessing as to who the bad guy was until the end. The chemistry between Bryan and Shay was so hot I had to make sure there was a cold drink nearby to cool down with! The cast of secondary characters added to the fun and I got to revisit with a few of the author's past characters as well, which I always enjoy. Go out and buy this book! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a sensual read that warms your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Definitely A Keeper!

    BE prepared to make room on your keeper shelf,you'll need it for The Secret Life Of Bryan. Bryan Kelly intrigued me from the first in Say No To Joe?,I couldn't wait to read more.Lori Foster more than comes through,I couldn't put this book down.You'll get to revisit Joe,Luna,and yes that unexplainable but yummy sounding Jamie Creed. Add to that Bruce Kelly(Bryan's twin),3 hilarious 'ladies' of the night and it all equals another amazing read by Lori Foster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    The Secret Life of Bryan

    The Secret Life Of Bryan totally rocks!! I wish I could rate it higher then 5 stars. Bryan Kelly has assumed his twin brother Bruce's identity to find out who tried to kill him. Living like Bruce certainly isnt easy. For one thing Bruce is a preacher and Bryan is a bounty hunter, Bruce tries to save people and Bruce hunts them down and throws their butts in jail. While impersonating Bruce, Bryan oversees the safe house Bruce has set up for ex-hookers who are trying to get out of the life, only someone wants the girls to keep working the streets. Shay Sommers is known as the Crown Princess, when she meets Bryan she doesn't realize he isnt Bruce and she doesn't tell him who she really is, since he seems to have a grudge against wealthy people. Shay moves in to the safe house to find out first hand how to run one, and before she knows it, she is giving fashion lessons and setting up jobs for the women in the house. Bryan and Shay set fires whenever they are in a room. Will the fire be put out when they realize who the other one really is? All I have to say is GET THIS BOOK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    Another scorcher from Foster!

    Lori Foster always gets my attention with her books. Secret Life of Bryan is no exception. Once again Lori manages to let the reader be inside the head of her characters and experience their feelings. Lori is a master at allowing us inside the mind of a man and his thought process. In Secret, we are treated to the story of a man who struggles with what he is 'supposed' to be as compared to what he truly is. He's out to help protect his brother and in doing so must become his brother. This is extremely difficult for Bryan as his brother is a preacher! How does a carnal man like Bryan pretend to be a more moral man like his brother? And on top of that, he meets Shay, the woman who can truly push all his buttons. I highly recommend this book for a rollicking good time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    Another Foster winner

    Lori Foster brings back a memorable character from Say No To Joe?, bounty hunter Bryan Kelly. Bryan has agreed to switch places with his twin brother Preacher Bruce Kelly. Bruce runs a charity organization for former prostitutes, when Bruce gets attacked Bryan takes his place to find out who wants to hurt his family. Pretending to be the ¿Preacher¿ Bryan meets Shay Sommers and assumes she is one of the local working girls. He takes her back to a safe house but doesn¿t realize at first that Shay isn¿t what she appears to be and he is greatly disturbed by his strong attraction to this woman. Shay Sommers has never met a preacher like Bryan Kelly. He is full of contradictions and is sexy as all get out. While Bryan at first thinks she is a hooker, Shay decides this is a golden opportunity to see those she helps in her charity work up close. While trying to get to the bottom of the growing attacks on the safe house, Bryan and Shay act on the intense attraction for each other. The Secret Life of Bryan is a funny, sexy and intriguing book. Bryan and Shay¿s connection will make you fan yourself. The three hookers will touch your heart and make you laugh yourself silly. Lori Foster has written another keeper.

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