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Bound by Secrets

Bound by Secrets

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by Tracey Jane Jackson

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Brodie Gunnach has endured a horrific childhood, along with his brothers and sister within the Cauld Ane royal family. When he meets his mate, he is alarmed to learn she is only fourteen and they cannot be bound for another eleven years. He makes a heart-wrenching decision to leave in an effort to save them both from years of pain and frustration.



Brodie Gunnach has endured a horrific childhood, along with his brothers and sister within the Cauld Ane royal family. When he meets his mate, he is alarmed to learn she is only fourteen and they cannot be bound for another eleven years. He makes a heart-wrenching decision to leave in an effort to save them both from years of pain and frustration.

Payton McFadden is infatuated with a young, handsome prince that she's met once. After speaking with him at a party for her father, he disappears, only to return five years later with a declaration and a demand.

As the two are bombarded with secrets that could destroy not only their relationship, but their way of life, will they be able to sort out truth from fiction and overcome the obstacles before them?

Will Payton trust that Brodie is telling the truth?

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Tracey Jackson
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Cauld Ane Series , #3
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Meet the Author

Tracey Jane Jackson was born and raised in New Zealand. With an American father, Scottish grandmother, and Kiwi mother, it's no doubt she has a unique personality.

After pursuing her American roots and disappearing into her time travel series, The Civil War Brides, she thought she'd explore the Scottish side of her family. Tracey says, "I have loved delving into the Cauld Ane's and all their abilities...I hope you do too."

Tracey has been happily married and gooey in love with her husband for nineteen years. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their two sons.

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Bound by Secrets 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Brenda_Rupp More than 1 year ago
Having read book one and two of the series it was like getting back in touch with old friends and catching up on what they had been up to since I last spoke with them. I loved the story of Brodie and Payton, it was very different than the first two books, and had a different hook to it. It was an enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down until I finished it, after I got into the story. You can of course, read this book as a stand alone. The information is there to catch you up to date with the differences of marrying into the Cauld Ane people, and the other characters. I do though, recommend if you haven't read the first two, you must get them!
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 5 Rockin’ ★★★★★ A prince should know love, happiness and belonging! Brodie Gunnach is the third brother in the royal family of the Cauld Ane but he has known none of those feeling from either of his parents. In this third book in the Cauld Ane series by the resourceful and creative author, Tracy Jane Jackson we delve into the royal family’s secrets. Payton and Brodie’s story is filled with drama, angst and eventually a happily ever after as those secrets are unveiled! He found his forever mate, his one and only when she was still a teenager. Cauld Ane cannot recognize their mates until they reach their twenty-fifth year. So even though he knows that she is his, she does not know that he is her mate and will not for eleven years. This is an impossible position for someone that has waited centuries to find the one person that will be his other half. However time does pass, even if it is slowly for an almost immortal prince and he will claim Payton as his princess. The secrets that he holds could destroy not only his family, but also his desire for a future with Payton. Payton crushed on Brodie the first time she laid eyes on him and when he left to serve his country, she felt rejected. Now Brodie is back and he claims that she is his forever mate and wants to claim her. He is keeping secrets from her! How can he be her mate and keep things from her? Can she trust him, especially when those secrets may involve another woman? Believe what he is telling her? Only time will tell if they are really fated mates. This book is an excellent addition to my library and will be added to my must read section. Hero: Brodie Gunnach 5 stars Heroine: Payton McFadden 5 stars Steam: 5 stars Plot: 5 stars Cliffhanger: No ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!! Loved every page! Brodie Gunnach, had a horrible childhood, and still suffers from the scars from that time. He is a member of the royal family; he enjoys his seclusion, and escaping his guards. But when he finds his mate, he is elated, until he learns that she is only fourteen years old and he will have to wait ten years before he will be able to claim her. The bond he feels for her is intense, and decides to withdraw from her, but still keeps in contact. Payton, has been in love with Brodie for years, but she senses that he is keeping secrets from her, and when she feels betrayed, she distances herself from him, but when her life is put in danger, she decides she can’t stop what she feels for him anymore, and they start to build a trust together, anxiously waiting for her birthday so that he can claim her. But there are evil forces at work, determined to tear the royal family apart, and will Brodie and Payton overcome the obstacles both from their enemy and the ones that keeping them apart? Bound by Secrets was given to me by the Author, and I am glad I was given the opportunity to read this. Ever since I discovered this author last year, I have been impressed with this series. With each installment, it wins my heart every time. In the previous books, we see the tension between Brodie and Payton, but not much else, so it was such a joy to be able to read their story. Now what I loved about this book, is that it doesn’t start off from the present day, with only hints of what has happened in the past. The author takes us back to when first they notice each other, and then moves forward and you start to see the development of their relationship, and some of the cliffs they have to climb to start trusting and loving each other. The mate bond is very powerful, but I loved the way that this story weaves in the love story slowly and gently in and merges it in a way that comes out harmonious. I loved the flow of the story. You see the powerful talent of this author in this series, and this installment, is evidence of that. The characters in the story are disarming in the way that they captivate you from the beginning. This story isn’t like the others, it does have some difference. One is that Brodie and Payton have felt a connection for years, and you see that bond grow. In Bound By Secrets, it cultivates the talents and the cons of the characters and seems to merge them in a way that is astounding. They become real to the author, and as you read this story, you feel a bond to them, and they seem so vivid. The heat in the story is very light, but that is what I love about this author. Is that she can create a sensual story without a ton of bedroom scenes…it is very subtle, but the way she portrays feelings and emotions is stunning. Overall a love story to capture, draw your attention, make it impossible to put down, and leave you feeling enthralled….a mind gripping tale that holds you from beginning to end!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Payton and Brodie are featured in the third book of the Cauld Ane series, Bound by Secrets. Payton has known Brodie since she was fourteen. Brodie knows she is his mate but he has to wait eleven years until she reaches the mating age of twenty-five for her to also know. He can be gruff and abrupt and fierce, but with Payton he is a teddy bear. Payton finds him mysterious and knows he is hiding something. Will his secrets keep them apart? You will find this an easy book to read. And one you will not be able to put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the entire Cauld Ane series...Loved it! Highly recommend and worth the cost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book, what a great read for the romance lovers in all of us. Could not put it down , the banter between Brodie and Payton is fantastic..Kim Gill
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preppea More than 1 year ago
For the first third of BOUND BY SECRETS, I was increasingly certain that this would be my favorite of the CAULD ANE series to date. Brodie and Payton&rsquo;s love story has been highly anticipated since the beginning of the series and I had high hopes and expectations for their romance. Tracey Jane Jackson did a stellar job of creating the background story for Brodie and Payton&rsquo;s love story. She started from the moment Brodie and Payton first met ten years ago. Brodie knew instantly that he&rsquo;d met his forever mate (truth be told his body had sensed it the moment she was born), but since Payton had not yet reached 25, she had no idea. She knew only that she had a huge schoolgirl crush on the much older prince, but assumed he&rsquo;d never return the sentiment. In order to make life a little more livable until Payton was of age, Brodie volunteered for a five-year stint with the military.  We then fast-forward three years to see that though Brodie has kept himself away, he makes every effort to ensure Payton&rsquo;s safety and security without her knowledge. Skip ahead two more years: Brodie returns and barrels his way back into Payton&rsquo;s life, declaring her his mate and quickly overwhelming Payton with his overbearing and gruff personality. As much as Payton would like to believe Brodie really is her mate, she has too many doubts and concerns to run into his arms. She spends the next 4 plus years butting heads with Brodie until Red Fang almost kills her.  Here is where I wish the background part of the story had stopped and we&rsquo;d begun in real time. Instead of hearing that Payton decided to stop pushing Brodie away, I wanted to experience it. As a reader, we go from the two fighting each other at every turn to being in love and we don&rsquo;t really get to see the change or the emotions behind it as they allow themselves to trust each other and believe in what they have. I understand it was supposed to be a catching-up of sorts, but the most crucial part of the story to me is where they fall in love and I felt like I missed it. Yes, Payton had always had feelings for Brodie. Yes, Brodie knew from the moment he met Payton that she would be his mate. But in the other two books we got to experience the part where Samantha and Kade and Pepper and Connall fell in love and in this book where I&rsquo;d been waiting so long to see Payton and Brodie do the same, I missed it. It was glossed over and was just a fact of the story.  The rest of the book was basically Payton and Brodie&rsquo;s mating as well as the action and suspense that always follows the Cauld Ane (with people trying to hurt the royal family and their mates). The story was interesting and flowed well (though I&rsquo;ll admit even with the refresher we received at the beginning I still found myself a little confused with so many bad guys from the previous books to remember and keep track of). I enjoyed the story but I was never able to quite embrace the story the way I had the prior two because I wasn&rsquo;t a part of Brodie and Payton&rsquo;s love story. Also, all of the Cauld Ane stories have been very clean sexually, which I can appreciate&mdash;though this one might have gone a tad too far in that direction for my taste. It was VERY behind closed doors and fade to black and I wouldn&rsquo;t have minded a touch more heat to their relationship&mdash; especially since the word mating can&rsquo;t be avoided given their paranormal nature. I need something to bring me back to the steamy mood after a word like mating. *Shudder* I rated BOUND BY SECRETS 3.5 stars for the above reasons and rounded up because I think it was the potential of what I knew Brodie and Payton could have had that led me to demand so much. There are several mentions of Max and Niall (members of the famous band Fallen Crown) and their possible love matches in BOUND BY SECRETS. I&rsquo;m never one to pass up a good rock star romance so I&rsquo;ll be very interested to read their story in the next books in the series. Although I do wonder what will happen since it seems that all the bad guys have been sent off to Pohnpei&mdash;but I&rsquo;m sure Ms. Jackson has a way around that! <i>**Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.</i>
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I_Luv_Books10 More than 1 year ago
A great book for this series, you will lobe the first two books just as much! Plenty of great story line and even better steamy parts!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!! I have loved the whole series so far!! Left some loose ends that make me hope that means the author plans to write another in the series!! I love this group of people &amp; love reading how each of the previous books' people are doing!!! Keep up the good work!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so cutie . I love the stor line