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Posted May 11, 2014
Tough as nails and the supposed scary one of the four best friends, Rafael has a lot of issues from the past. After meeting and later spending quality time with Greer Addison, Rafael gets a surprise from Greer and those old issues come flooding back with a vengeance. Can he trust her or will she leave him just like the last one?
Loved it! Raphael is definitely in the lead for book boyfriend of the year. He's the bad ass of the group but underneath he's a big teddy bear. Greer went to the right person when she needed help. The chemistry between them was so amazing that the pages were smoking. Naima Simone has written a fantastic series with sexy alpha men and the women that are meant to be theirs. I can't wait to read more from the Secrets and Sins series!
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 10, 2014
Greer Addison has lost her way. She is accused of killing her unfaithful ex-fiancée. She knows she didn't do it but she can't remember what happened when she found his body. Her parents have turned their back on her. Her one-night stand with a stranger left her pregnant. Now she's the target of a stalker. She needs help. She goes to Raphael Marcel, her lover for one night. He's part owner of Liberty Security Services. He'll be able to help her, but first she must tell him about the baby. What happens now? Raphael's story is the third book in the Secrets and Sins series. It's a wild ride filled with passion, danger and death. I loved Greer and Raphael. These characters are well-written and complex. Their sexual chemistry is immediate and off the charts. Both have secrets that they keep deeply buried. I loved seeing them learn to trust and give their hearts. The secondary characters, some old and some new, add to the depth of the story. The suspense keeps building and the identity of the culprit is well-concealed. I was blown away by the ending. This series keeps getting better. I'm looking forward to reading Chayot Grey's story this summer. Naima Simone writes a sensual and moving novel that will leave you breathless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2014
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
Greer just can’t catch a break. First, she discovers her fiancé cheating on her, literally. Second, her parents’ reaction to her breaking off their engagement was not what she was hoping for. Third, she discovers her ex-fiancé’s body in her apartment after having the best sex of her life with the hottest man she ever met. Fourth, she gets pinned with her ex-fiancé’s murder. Fifth, she receives creepy notes. Sixth, she finds out she pregnant with hot guy’s baby.
My heart ached for Greer, not because everything was going wrong but because of how she was treated by her parents. She was a socialite princess with the world at her feet and everything literally at her command. But the one thing she needed and could never have was her parents’ approval. Her father was a selfish, ruthless bastard without an ounce of compassion for his heartbroken daughter. His concern was image, not her. How pathetic. And her mother? She might as well be absent for all she was worth. She wasn’t strong enough to speak out against her husband, to stand up for her daughter. Silence in the face of cruelty is no better than inaction.
Raphael. He was Greer’s best sex partner, her baby’s daddy, and partner and half owner of a successful security firm. Oh, and he’s got that bad boy thing–tattoos, piercings, long hair–going on despite all the success and money he has. He’s the opposite of Greer’s ex-fiancé but he’s perfect for her. Too bad he’s got a hangup about being her baby’s daddy, thanks to a woman who played him wrong.
I loved the fast-pace of this story, love that I wasn’t given the chance to become bored with any part of this story at all. The highs and lows of their relationship, of the investigation, of who each character is and their respective pasts, were fascinating to read about. There was a terrific blend of suspense, attraction, romance, disappointment, hope, revelation, and love that just…really spoke to me and had me really, really wanting them to have the HEA they both deserved.
Posted May 4, 2014
Posted May 1, 2014
For some reason I fully expected this to have paranormal aspects. Probably the who "sin" and "Raphael" thing, angels and all. Well, there's a tie-in to angels (he and his friends all have angelic names, though they're far from actually angels). However, there was no paranormal, just a lot of wondering "who did it".
Greer - can't say I blame her, running and looking for a hot one-night stand after she dumps her fiancé for sleeping with another woman. I loved the encounter between her and Raphael in the parking lot. I'm not an exhibitionist at all, nor do I like books where it takes place, but this just teases the possibility of getting caught, and that was great. Her parents are jerks, and I honestly don't understand why anyone would have children if they're not willing to accept them for who they are and what mistakes they might/might not make.
Raphael - He has good reason to distrust women who claim to be pregnant with his baby, and I thought this aspect was surprisingly well done, the way he gradually came to see Greer in a different light after he started helping her track down who was trying to torment her with the murder of her ex-fiancé.
The only reason I didn't fully love (in other words, give it five stars) was the predictability of who the real murderer was AND I was just speechless at how clueless Raphael was. I mean, once one little detail is revealed, how the HECK didn't they put two and two together? As soon as a name comes out in a background check, it became crystal clear, and neither Raphael (a security expert) nor Greer (who knew the individual) connected the dots. I was practically screaming at the book about this issue and in fact flipped back a couple pages to see if maybe the name hadn't been said out loud, so Greer wouldn't have heard it, but no...
Anyway, I liked this book a lot and recommend it for anyone who wants a great romance between two strong characters, and a nice secondary cast to round things out.
Four stars for this!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 30, 2014
This is the 3rd book in the Secrets and Sins novels and I admit I have not read the first two but was still able to follow the story easily. After having read this wonderful story I do plan to read the other as well, you may want to just do that right away as there are some spoilers from the other books. Greer walks in on her fiancé in bed with another woman. After canceling her wedding she ends up in bed with a sexy security specialist Raphael Marcel. When Greer comes home from her one night stand with Raphael, she find her fiancé dead, she is left unconscious and no memory of what happened. The only person she can turn to is Raphael, does he trust her enough to help? Action packed and sexy. A wonderful read I couldn’t put it down and am looking forward to reading more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2014
This is the fist book I've read by Naima Simone, but I will definitely be going back to read the rest of this series because this book is fantastic! It was a great combination of suspense and romance. The chemistry between Raphael and Greer was HOT.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2014
Secrets and Sins: Raphael, Naima Simone
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I missed the first in this series, but loved the second, Malachim, so was pleased to get book three for review. I love the way the four men are so close, their childhoods were all different, and yet they each had problems that brought them together, cemented by an incident in which they all helped cover up a man's death. Awful you think – but it was self defence, and when it finally came out many years later they were cleared of murder.
Raphael is determined not to get caught a second time in a pregnancy trap – last time he thought he was the father, then a DNA test proved the woman he thought he loved had been lying to him all along. He's not going to get fooled a second time, so when Greer comes to him after their one hot night and says she's pregnant and its his child he isn't convinced, though she says she hadn't been having sex with her fiancé. He's been murdered, and for a while she was the main suspect, now someone is targeting her with threats and she's concerned for herself and the baby. She's hurt that he doesn't believe her, but not surprised. She knows nothing of his history but can see from his look that he isn't convinced. Still, he is in the business of security and takes her into his home for protection. The threats escalate from letters to car vandalising to attempts to kidnap her...and all the while she and Raphael are fighting a sizzling, sensual attraction. Greer doesn't want to rely on yet another person who will let her down, the only ones so far not to have done are her brother and her best friend Noah. She low on self esteem, and thinks Raphael will get tired of her, bored with her and let her go. She knows that will leave her broken hearted, already she has deep feelings for him, so she's trying to keep herself detached. Its tough though with a sensual, hot man helping her, especially when she sees a kinder, softer side to him. I loved Greer, she was tough – she'd had to be with parents like hers, and strongly independent and yet she accepted help for the sake of the baby. Sensible balance between relying on someone for everything and being so stubborn she's risking danger.
Raphael, wow – hot or what! That one night in the back-seat of his truck was far hotter and meant more to Greer than anything she'd experienced before. She knew she didn't love her fiancé, nor he her, but thought they had enough respect and closeness to make a successful marriage, plus she'd finally done something her domineering father was proud of. She didn't want to be like her mother, so obsessed with love she ignored her children and let their dad emotionally abuse them. Raphael is protecting her as best he can while his friends help him untangle the mystery of who and why Greer's life is being threatened. He lets Greer help where she can without getting into danger, and respects her as an intelligent person. He's getting to know her too, and finding she's not the shallow socialite he thought she was, like the lady who let him down before, but still he's trying to keep himself from getting attached.
Its a great read, sensual and seductive with elements of danger that need to be solved. I didn't guess “who dunnit” - got that very wrong....and that's great as it shows how well the mystery was covered up. Sometimes its obvious who the perpetrator is and I'd much rather be kept in suspense til the end.
Stars: Five, its a great read, one for the keeper files for re reading. I look forward to the next story.
ARC supplied via Netgalley
Posted April 29, 2014
Love, loss and mystery
This was a great story, very original and well written. You have a little of everything from love
and betrayal, friends and enemies, an unexpected pregnancy and a murder to solve. Along
with someone trying to tie up loose ends. Even though this is the 3rd book of a series, it’s
also a self contained book. Though reading the first two would have given more background
on some of the main player, it did not distract from this story and the enjoyment of reading it.
Very good plot and characters interaction along with surprises at the end of the story.
Great job to the author. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an
honest review and was not compensated.
Posted April 29, 2014
When the past and the present collide, doubts and old insecurities surface; gear is a demon that feeds on such emotions. When Raphael and Greer are forced to face their separate pasts, will they find the strength to overcome, or will the danger that's looming drive them apart for good?
Raphael is an intense and irresistible mixture of power and sensuality. His long hair, piercings and intricate tattoos accentuate the lethal energy his toned body exudes. Raised by a single mom on the rough side of town, he built walls around his heart at an early age, designed to protect him from the pain of betrayal. He does not give his trust easily, but will defend those he considers family to the death.
Greer came from a wealthy background, nothing was more important than protecting her family's social status and perfect image. The vivacious beauty is determined always be honest with herself, and has no desire to lose her identity to the twisted example of love her parents set for her as a child.
When Raphael and Greer meet for the first time, the physical attraction each feels for the other ignites a sensual chemistry that neither has experienced before. It quickly becomes clear that one night isn't going to be enough to burn through their passion, but a series of devastating events keeps them apart.
When Greer turns to Raphael and his security firm for protection, they quickly realise that neither has forgotten their previous encounter. Even the most amazing sexual experiences don't always lead to balanced relationships, and the emotional cost of their previous experiences causes them to hesitate to reach for more. Greer feels cared for and protected by Rafael, and he admires her strength and determination. Will they be able to overcome the past and open their hearts to each other?
Secrets and Sins: Raphael, is a fast paced and well written romance that packs a punch. The complexity of the main story line was expertly developed. A host of supporting characters added additional layers of depth to an already memorable storyline. I was invested in this story from the very first sentence. Third in the series, it can be read as a stand alone story, but well loved characters from previous books do make brief appearances that fans will enjoy. A sensual and breathtaking adventure, this is an example of Naima Simone's story telling is at it's best!
A copy of Secrets and Sins: Raphael was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 28, 2014
This book is a great read. Greer and Rafe story is having one night with someone you barely know, can lead to many possibilities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2014
Greer is engaged to a man whom she finds in bed with another woman. Funny thing is she is upset because she thought she was making the right decision to spend her life with this man, but she really didn't find any passion.
Then she meets Raphael...tattooed and hunky. A one night stand ends up with her fiance dead, she is a suspect, and someone is stalking her.
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. This is a series book, but I didn't feel like reading it out of order made that big of a deal. I could pick up the book, latch right into it, and enjoy the characters.
Posted April 28, 2014
Sometimes when you read a book you just instantly click with the characters, and for me this was one of those books. Greer was everything I look for in a heroine – she was strong, determined, resilient, honest, and kind. What I most loved though, was that no matter what life was dealing her – and she often was given the short straw - she dealt with it head on, never backing down, and usually with a great sense of humor.
And Raphael…well let me just tell you that he is definitely in my top three when it comes to fictional characters that I would want guarding me! He is honest, real, and a sexy as sin bad boy who has done good for himself. And did I mention the tattoos? From his first interaction with her at the bar, to him going all uber-protective alpha-male on Greer when she comes to him for help, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Even though Raphael has some trust issues and has been scarred by a previous relationship, he couldn’t help but do whatever he could to help Greer. It was fun to watch the two of them together try to fight the attraction (which doesn’t even begin to describe the sparks jumping between these two!) that they had going on, and it was wonderful to see them finally give in and begin to trust one another.
The story itself was great – I loved the mystery surrounding who was setting Greer up and the why behind it. Just when I thought I had it all figured out there was another twist or turn that kept me guessing or adding another piece to the puzzle. The relationships of the characters were great – Raphael and his friends were so tight and I loved how Greer and her brother were so close despite growing up in household that didn’t contain much love. Even the bad guys had personality – which sometimes doesn’t get well developed in books.
Naima Simone has written a fabulous book that had me from the first page. Her writing sucked me and had me living the book with the characters. Her dialogue was spot on and I just loved being able to read the emotions of her characters on the page…
“In the past four months,” she said, suddenly very tired, “I’ve discovered a man I respected and trusted – a man who was not just my fiancé but a good friend – betrayed me. A woman I also called a friend was screwing that fiancé behind my back. And when I was accused of his murder, my parents abandoned me. They were never affectionate, but still…they were my mother and father. I expected them to at least stand by me even if it was to maintain the image of a loving family. Instead they threw me to the wolves. People I knew, loved, relied on…believed in. And they deceived me, hurt me, threw me away. Raphael, if one more person I trust turns out to be…” She didn’t finish the thought, but inhaled a shuddering breath, shaking her head. “I think it would break me. So yes, I was happy when I didn’t recognize the man on the video. Because it means one more person I love doesn’t resent or despise me.”
I can’t wait to go back and read the first two books in this series and then get my hands on the next book when it comes out.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.
Posted April 28, 2014
When Greer Addison finds her future husband in bed with another woman, she runs…right into the arms of dark and dangerous Raphael Marcel. Angry and hurt, she throws caution to the wind
and spends a hot night with the sexy security specialist. But when her fiancé is found dead, Greer becomes the main suspect of a crime she can’t remember.
Raphael is stunned and suspicious when Greer shows up on his doorstep claiming she’s carrying his baby. Worse, she’s the target of a stalker bent on making her pay for a murder she doesn’t recall. As Raphael begins to trust Greer, they must race against the clock to uncover a killer.
Because Greer’s memory is returning...
Always a sucker for unexpected pregnancy story, I was very happy to read this book and really liked it.
I found out this is the third book in the series, but I was totally not lost. I think the Author did a great job building the story so we understood Raphael's friends and his past.
I really liked the mystery surrounding Greer and her dead ex-fiance. The Author did a great job of keeping the mystery going/keep me guessing until the very end. But I felt so sorry for one of the supporting characters who got caught in the the crossfire (not telling who to keep the mystery going for those who have not read the story yet).
Rafe and Greer have great chemistry, but they both have pasts that get in their way of trusting and loving each other. The Author makes the story more believable in that Rafe does not immediately go all instant family when he finds out the news. I also liked the whole from the opposite side of the tracks love aspect to the story too.
Great Book! will definitely pick up more of Ms. Simone's work
Posted April 28, 2014
Raphael and Greer's story is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Raphael is book 3 in the Secrets and Sins series, but it reads as a stand alone novel. If you read this one first, you will definitely interested in checking out the first two books! Naima Simone is a wonderful author and I look forward to more of her stories!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2014
This is more than a case of a one night stand between an uptown girl and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks made good. Someone is stalking her and they are escalating. Greer runs to Rafe and whether he believes her or not about the baby he will protect her.
This is always a fun trope. Add in the wonderful mystery and super sexy hero and I’m all in. I really enjoyed watching Greer grow. She loses some of her naiveté but gains self-assurance.
Although this is the third in the series it can be read stand alone. The author gives you what you need to know from the past books and just enough tease to make you want to run out and buy them (Secrets and Sins: Gabriel and Secrets and Sins: Malachim).
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review
Posted April 28, 2014
The third Secrets and Sins book is a riveting romantic suspense that captures the heart. After spending a hot night with a security specialist, Greer finds her fiancé dead and she becomes the main suspect in his murder, but she has no memory of what happened. When Greer shows up on his doorstep pregnant, Raphael is stunned and suspicious, worse she’s the target of a stalker bent on making her pay for a murder she doesn’t recall.
The fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on their toes and the adrenaline pumping with lots of suspense, action, drama and romance. The author paints vivid images of the events and scenes with well written words and details that capture the imagination and makes the reader feel as if they are right in the middle of the action. The strong compelling characters are easily related to and draw the reader deeper into the story. Spine tingling tension builds throughout the story keeping the reader on the edge of their seat as the danger escalates especially when Greer starts to remember.
The attraction and chemistry between burns hot enough to singe the reader and the sex scenes are scorching hot, but the relationship is a little slow to catch up to the passion because of their emotional issues. The reader can’t help but get emotionally caught up in both characters stories as they have both been emotionally betrayed by loved ones and the author brought tears to my eyes in a couple of places, and Greer courage and strength captures the heart and had me wanting to beat her parents upside the head with a baseball bat (she’s better off without them).
I was totally engrossed in the story from beginning to end and I found it enjoyable and entertaining with some twists that I sure didn’t see coming and captivating characters that have me wanting to know more. I haven’t read the first two books in this series but I am definitely curious about Gabe and Mal stories now and of course I can’t wait for Chay’s.
Posted April 29, 2014
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