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While a fast read, it was a fun read. The characters were intriguing and there wasn't time wasted on the romance portion where the reader gets frustrate. The mystery kept you guessing and was nicely resolved at the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2014
Unfortunately, the secrets have gotten several people killed anb /or injured. Fear, terror and abuse can affect a person's decisions and that's the gist of this srory. A terrific read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. This is the first of the series that I read and it was OK to read it first. I enjoyed how she delved into the characters' personalities and how they got that way. They were believable. Maybe all the bad luck Danielle had was a little over the top.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 3, 2013
Loved it! What a great story. I couldn't put it down. Sexy attorney, Malachim Jerrod and his new paralegal, Danielle Warren start out as employer and employee but quickly turn in to so much more. Looks can be deceiving because Danielle is a little more than a paralegal, she is actually attorney, Elena Rainier. Circumstances have forced her to change her identity but the past catches up to her eventually. This story is full of mystery, intrigue, deception, lies, friendship, love, and loyalty. There are some unexpected plot twists. This was just an all-around great story from beginning to end. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author. Naima Simone has a certain style of writing that draws you into the story and doesn't let you go until the last page and leaves you wanting more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2013
Elena Rainier has had enough of her abusive husband. She does what's necessary to save her life. She disappears and starts a new life. Now she is Danielle Warren. Two year later she finds a job as a paralegal. Her employer is Malachim Jerrod. He is the exact opposite of Alex, her ex-husband. He is kind, patient and trust worthy even though he has known pain and rejection. Danielle can't find the peace and safety she craves. She is being stalked. Is it Alex? Has he found her? No one is safe from this stalker. First her friend and former employer is killed and then her sister. Mal immediately comes to her aid and she turns to him. Both acknowledge their deepest desire. They find comfort in each other's arms. Their attraction is strong but what will happen once he learns her secrets. Will they survive the ever present danger? This book is a wonderful sequel to Gabriel's story. The plot is filled with suspense and deadly surprises. The characters are strong people who have been hurt and betrayed by those close to them but have survived. Danielle and Malachim are a perfect couple and their romance is white hot. They protect and sustain each other. The suspense is non stop with many unexpected surprises. The ending shocked me. I never saw that final twist coming. Naima Simone has written a dynamite story. This book is a keeper. The series just keeps getting better!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 25, 2013
I really enjoyed this book and I think it was the main characters that did it for me. I really liked how both of the main characters were
so broken and had such tragic histories, but the author didn't rush the two getting together. They fought their attraction, especially
Danielle since her attraction to Malachim terrified her for a variety of reasons, and that made when they got together that much better.
I wasn't sure how the author would deal with Danielle's past. Sometimes writing the character of a severely abused and terrified
woman doesn't translate well on the page. It's a sensitive subject (obviously) and for me, deeply personal, but I'm happy to say that
the situation was handled well.
The only issue I did have was with Malachim's 'father' and when he approached Danielle. I didn't understand why she kept it to herself.
Given how terrified she was, I expected her to either tell Malachim or run of the hills. Instead she just left things unsaid for a bit and that
bothered. I get she was scared of Christopher (and her ex) but when Malachim came to the hospital at a piviotal point in the book,
I thought she'd let her guard drop then and there. (Can you tell I'm sometimes impatient?! LOL)
Anyways, I really liked this author's writing style and the way she wove the pieces of the plot together. She definitely can write a
suspense plot really well! The only other issue I have is that I had no idea this was part of a series. Had I known, I'd have read book 1.
It's not required to get the gist of what is going on but for me it did bug me knowing there was a book 1 out there with an apparent epic
plot to it. (And I noticed here on GR that the books don't have listed #1, #2, etc. Not sure how to go about fixing that, but the author or
pub might want to do that so readers don't get ticked when reading out of order. You'd be surprised how many readers are OCD
about that!) Looking forward to going to back to read the first and then, hopefully, subsequent, books!
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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Posted September 25, 2013
This is my first read by Naima Simone and definitely will not be my last! Her writing easily drew me in and I got caught up in the story!This seemed like a typical domestic abuse with ex-wife running but it wasn't. There were unexpected happenings along the way. Good suspense and romance. Looking forward to my next read by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2013
I loved Mal and Danielle's story! When they first meet both characters are wounded and struggling to overcome the hard knocks life has thrown them. Together they are able to defeat their personal demons and come out the other side stronger for the experience. This was the first time I have read one of Naima Simone's books and before I even finished Malachim's story I purchased Secrets and Sins: Gabriel. I look forward to reading about all of the friends as they find the love of their lives that will strengthen and heal their spirits.
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 24, 2013
PLEASE NOTE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. It was a pleasure to do it....
I am new to this author, so this series are a surprise for me.
There were a lot of things I liked about it. Naima describes pretty well the internal struggle of an abused person. and I say "person"because abuse is done to all genders and ages, unfortunately.
It was nice to see how she goes through her journey of fears and decides to regain her inner power and confidence by taking it away from her ex.
There is a lot of suspense in it, which was nice in a romantic novel.
I liked the friendship relations that Malachim has with his friends, his own "support" system.
On the hero side.... I think he was OK. He did not strike me as super alpha or super hero as in other series or novellas. He was pretty normal. Although, he ended doing a lot for her in a very short period of time, which I could not buy it. She got attacked at her first day of work and he decides to take her home afterwork every day...(??) that is super nice for any boss.
As always there is an internal struggle with the hero.. the unwanted child, that only she could understand. Yes, there are a few items which I found predictable, but overall, the whole plot of the story was well done, so I did not mind much.
I guess It all comes down to this... did I like it? Yes
Do I want to read the other books of the series? Yes.. I got intrigued by the other characters.
So that is why I rated it with 3.5 ***
Posted September 23, 2013
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Naima grabs the readers attention right away by showing how cruel some men can be to their wives. But we need to remember that we don’t have to take that kind of abuse anymore. This is a story of empowerment and it is also inspirational. I know Danielle is a fictional character but she shows the reader that you can be strong and overcome adversity – love is a great incentive to make that happen.
Just like with book one, my only disappointment is that I didn’t want to put it down when it was time to go to bed or to work. This is already a fast read so you don’t need to speed-read. But you’ll be happy to know that Raphael’s story is next. The bad news is that we have to wait until April 2014 before it comes out. If you’re not good about waiting, the author puts a teaser at the end of this book.
Posted September 23, 2013
In Secrets and Sins: Malachim by Naima Simone, Malachim is in danger of losing not only his law practice, but his license, after a decades old secret is revealed. When Danielle Warren applies for one of the jobs he's had difficulty filling because of his troubles, Malachim senses she is not who she seems to be...he senses secrets and a past he can relate to.
Danielle fled an abusive husband, changing her name, changing who she is. A job at Malachim's law firm as a para legal is just what she wants and needs to start moving forward again. From the moment she sees Malachim though, she feels things she has no business feeling..."The zooming-too-fast-down-a-hill sensation in her belly labeled him a danger - a danger to be avoided at all costs." Danielle doesn't want to trust Malachim, but she will have to trust someone.
When danger lurks and people Danielle care about start being hurt, Danielle feels like the nightmare is starting all over again. Her ex-husband is out of prison and after her, all Danielle can think to do is run and disappear again. But she is tired of running and letting her ex win...and some things and some people just might be worth fighting for. Can Danielle trust in Malachim and their feelings towards each other? Or is it too late as her past creeps closer and closer?
Danielle and Malachim have pasts that can do them and those around them damage. Malachim has come clean about his, and right or wrong he is now suffering the consequences. He also has to deal with the cold, angry man he's called father his whole life who has had nothing but contempt towards Malachim. Malachim can't ignore his feelings for Danielle though, and right or wrong, he wants to be with her and protect her. I found Malachim really easy to like and feel for. While I felt for Danielle - she has had a horrible life experience so far and never felt loved...I could not understand why she continued to keep her secret when they were so obviously affecting those around her. She needs to dig deep and find the strength to fight before it's too late...she can't run forever.
Both Malachim and Danielle were great characters that worked well together. They were similar enough and yet at the same time worlds apart. I think they are two people struggling to find their way in the world, and I found myself really hoping they'd find it together.
Naimi gives us a fast paced, dangerous and thrilling journey of personal growth and romance in Secrets and Sins. I got through Secrets and Sins really fast because I could not put it down! Naimi really made me feel a variety of emotions for the general plot and for the characters, really bringing Secrets and Sins to life. Naimi's descriptions, while graphic at times, were so realistic.
I did not read the first book in this series, but Naimi gave enough background so that I knew what was going on.
Posted September 23, 2013
I absolutely loved the book. There wasn't a single thing that I would change or add. There was lies, danger, suspence, romance, murder and betrayl. What more could you ask for. Between Alex, Walt and Christopher you never knew what was going to happen next.
The relationship between Malachim and Danielle was sweet, intense and passionate. They allowed each one to heal the other. They didn't give up or fall to easily into each other. Malachim respected Danielle and her past, without fully knowing what she went through. He knew she had serious problems that she was trying to overcome and he allowed her space and the time she needed to do it herself. He didn't force her to face something she wasn't ready for, he didn't force her to move faster than she was willing to go. He simply allowed her to be while enforcing the knowledge that he would always be there for her. That he respected her and admired her and would never harm her.
I really liked how Danielle was such a strong character and did what she needed to do to survive. She fought for her survival and her freedom. When she was faced with the choice of running and doing what she felt was the safest option for the people in her life or stying and fighting for the life she had created and the future she could finally see and trust in she chose to stay and fight. She chose love, trust and hope. She didn't run scared from a man that was good. She trusted in him to be there for her and to help her through no matter what. She didn't create unnecessary drama and make Malachim chase her, she simply picked him over her fear.
I cannot wait to read the rest of the Secrets and Sins series.
Posted December 20, 2013
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Posted September 15, 2014
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