Concealed

Concealed

by Victoria Michaels

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Overview

Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins.

Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton.

Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148843399
Publisher: Crazy-Bee Press LLC
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Victoria Michaels is a wife, and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kinds' sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband. She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life.

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robbielea More than 1 year ago
From time to time I read a book that starts out so dramatically I wonder if the author will ever be able to live up to that beginning. With her novel Concealed, author Victoria Michaels has written a book that definitely lives up to its dramatic beginning. What is your response as a reader and what would your response as a teenaged girl be if a bleeding woman thrusts a newborn into your arms? A simple request from an apparently dying woman will direct the course of Sydney Ross’s life and immediately sucks readers into the vortex. Be prepared to be unable to put this book down! I have to say that Victoria Michaels knows how to weave a complex story! After the dramatic prologue the story jumps forward to find Sydney living in a town the author has populated with endearing characters anyone would love to have for friends. Sydney longs to put down roots but she has lived in secrecy too long to take chances. Her involvement with the town sheriff, Wade Jenkins, is a joy and a curse at the same time. Although their attraction is mutual, Sydney can’t really trust anyone with her secrets and Wade can’t really trust Sydney. As Sydney’s past begins to catch up with her, she is forced to confront it head on if she hopes to retain her daughter….. and her life. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book and actually couldn’t put it down for very long. It’s one of those where you can’t wait to turn the page, but you turn it slowly with one eye closed because you just know something bad is going to happen. The author very effectively utilizes a misunderstood personality disorder in her plot as a unique twist. I think readers will find it both intriguing and educational since Ms. Michaels obviously did her research before taking this route in her story line. I take a great deal of pride in being able to figure out who did what and when they did it before the end of a mystery, but I never saw this one coming. Talk about “things that go bump in the night”…..this was a huge “bump in the night”! Readers who enjoy thrills and suspense with a touch of romance need to get a copy of this book and be prepared for one heck of a ride!
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Concealed is the first book in author Victoria Michaels’ Hidden series and a title I actually stumbled upon after a blog tour invite and it is truly a hidden gem and am SO glad I found it.  I absolutely loved this book.  Loved, loved, LOVED! Sydney Ross has been on the run and looking over her shoulder for six years now and hasn’t ever had a moment to felt at home.  That was until she cam here, to Elton Missouri.  She has finally found somewhere where she can picture herself staying for the long term.  People who treat her like family and that have embraced her.  Her job at the local diner has given her friends she knows she would be able to count on when the chips are down.  Her job has also given her the treat of seeing the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins, each and every day.  Man, what Sydney wouldn’t do for a chance with a guy like him.  She knows it’s safer for both of them to stay away from him but when the whole town points out that he has been coming to the diner for her, not just her pie, she starts to wonder if it could possibly work between them.  Maybe she could finally leave her past in the past and get a chance to enjoy Wade and all he has to offer.  After making her decision and just when things really heat up between them, her past comes slamming into her present with a murder and a clear message that she was in serious trouble.  Would she ask the town of Elton, Wade, and her friends to risk everything to help her or would she pack up and run?  Never has the decision been harder and never had so much been at stake. Ok, so there’s a big giant piece of this story that I cannot give away in this review and one that the whole story hinges upon….one that makes this story so freaking amazingly good.  Sydney left home at a young age and hasn’t looked back since.  She hasn’t been able to.  She’s a determined and strong willed gal with a smart head on her shoulders and a huge heart.  I admired the steps she has taken to keep herself safe and somewhat happy.  I was a nervous wreck for this poor gal for almost the entire book and felt as if I was right there next to her, looking over my shoulder as well.  Luckily, she has sheriff Wade.  Delicious, sexy, brooding, loyal sheriff Wade.  I’ve read a whole lot of book guys and he ranks up there with my favorite.  There is just something about him that had me swooning from the very beginning.  He ends up being even more amazing than I could have imagined and the very end of this book had my crying happy tears. The rest of the cast of characters is just as fantastic.  The kind and caring diner owners, the feisty neighbor, Sydney’s best friend….all of them played an important role and I so wish this was a town I wish I could go and visit. The mystery surrounding Sydney is quite a doozy and I haven’t read anything like it before.  It made this story intense, emotional and nerve wracking and when I got to the end, oh so satisfying.  Concealed is a story that will be staying with me for quite some time, it was that good. Thank you, Ms. Michaels, for an amazing story.  I will be eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this series!
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ Sydney has had to transition from teen into adult at a moment's notice, and has managed pretty well, considering she has had no one to turn to or lean on. But she is living in a constant state of fear, always poised to run at the slightest sign of danger. That's why she is slow to make connections, it's a miracle she has lasted as long as she has in Elton. But she loves it there, loves working at the diner for the couple that has taken her in without too many questions. She also has no objection to the almost daily visits from the town's favorite eye-candy - Sheriff Wade Jenkins - even though he turns her into a rambling fool. No, she really doesn't want to have to pack up and go again this time.....it wouldn't just break her heart, but her daughter's as well. Wade has been observing Sydney's movements around the diner for quite a while now and it isn't just her looks that draw him in. She seems open and happy, easily socializing with the customers while carrying out her job, making everyone feel welcome. He can tell she has a story though, she is jumpy at times and is obsessively protective of her daughter. After having been burned some years back, Wade has made it a point to keep any dating to a minimum, and even then to take it outside the reach of the town's grapevine. The insistent matchmaking of a mutual friend finally disolve Wade's hesitance to approach Sydney, but just as he is making some headway getting to know her a little better, his full attention is needed on his job. The small town of Elton is reeling with the news of the violent murder that took place, but no one is as terrified as Sydney. When the investigation turns up some evidence that may well link back to her, she is convinced that somehow her past has caught up with her and she is primed to run once again. But Wade catches on and before she has a chance to take off, he needs her to come clean about her past. It is the only way he can keep her safe and bring the killer to justice. It is up to Sydney to either put her faith in Wade for whom she has developed feelings, or whether to spend the rest of her life on the run...... ***** I'm excited!! A new romantic suspense series with some steamy heat?? Hell yeah...I'm all in! Not necessarily Victoria Michaels' regular fare, she does a fabulous job on this genre. The Prologue immediately sucks you completely in... It's quite a jump from there to Chapter one, about five years, but an understandable leap when you take in the entire story. From the rather shocking prologue, we move into a much slower pace, slowly getting to know the two main characters and their supporting 'cast' while also getting a feel for some underlying unease that is slowly bubbling to the surface. The story builds toward an action-filled climax with an interesting and unexpected twist at the end. Paranoia rules Sydney's life and although understandable, it is also not something she can keep up forever. Still, it is a little frustrating to see how difficult it is for her to open up to people who have done nothing but show their support without asking her for any explanations, trusting HER at face value. For someone so young, she has been very resilient, dealing with what she has been through all these years. A strong character. Sadness clings to Wade, and he has allowed it to become a bit of a wall for him. His feelings for Sydney seem to be the one thing that has prompted him to stand up for himself a bit in terms of his past. A rather private man who doesn't seem to share much of himself, stays primarily in his professional role. Sydney seems to be able to bring him out of his shell.  The entire middle 'courtship' phase of the story could have moved a little more. It seemed to drag a bit in comparison to the beginning and the end of the story, and it felt a bit like shifting from high to low, straight back into high gear, skipping middle all the way through.  Nonetheless, a book I would recommend as a good, solid and compelling read, with suspense, action, romance and some steamy moments, later in the story. ¿A stirring, clever and sultry tale with a chilling twist.¿ **ARC provided in return for an honest review.**
DAR69 More than 1 year ago
Watch out world! Victoria Michaels has just written a gripping new thriller laced with a sizzling sweet romance worthy of a bestseller.   She has dipped her pen into an ink bowl swimming in this dual genre, and she has clearly made her mark.  I really am hoping that she continues this path in her writing career because I firmly believe that this is where her true strength lies.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adored her past works.  But the way she weaves a suspenseful thriller is unlike any of her past achievements. The author instantly slams you into Sydney’s world.  She is running away from what the reader deduces to be a traumatic past, although the reader knows nothing about it at this point.  Within the cornstalks that hails along the sides of the road there emerges a grizzly scene. Sydney steps out of her car to help a woman drenched in blood; her life, forever changed by the bundle the woman offers her as she lays on the ground bleeding.  Inside the bundle is an infant.  The woman appears almost crazed and insistent that Sydney leave with her child, because  danger is close behind.  Off in the distance a man is screaming, and Sydney realizes what she needs to do. And this is just in the prologue! Fast forward, several years later, and she is in a perfect little town. She dreams of finally taking root and never having to run away again.  She aches for long lasting friendships, and perhaps even finding love. She wants to believe it all can happen in the small town of Elton. But her sole priority is protecting her child, even at the cost of her own happiness. I highly recommend this book. Aside from the intriguing plot there lies secondary characters that are warm,  yet full of mettle. Friends who have come to know Sydney have, within a few months, come to see her and her daughter as family.  The story will twist and turn, and just when you think you know what’s going to happen, the author slaps you with a killer ending. I would be remiss if I did not mention the beautiful cover. It is both chaotic and curious, and out of the ordinary.  Much like Sydney’s life. I love the fact that the cover does not follow the trend of current covers. It shows how art can be displayed quite nicely in front of a novel. Make sure to follow this new venture by Victoria Michaels.  It’s a wild ride you won’t want to miss.
GraceDZ More than 1 year ago
Keeps your heart racing from beginning to end! WOW!!! I have enjoyed Victoria Michaels' contemporary romances. I've been waiting for her to release something new, and I was ecstatic to find out Concealed is a romantic-suspense/thriller, which is one of my favorite genres. Concealed absolutely gripped me! I was pulled in immediately in the prologue, and my heart kept racing until the very end! I love how the romance in Concealed is slow, simmering, and butterfly-producing. Sydney finds herself smitten with the small town of Elton with its handsome sheriff smitten with her! The connection between Sydney and Wade is written with charm and ease. Just thinking of their first kiss makes me all giddy! I love it when an author makes me feel that way, don't you? Concealed has everything that I want in a mystery thriller. There's a good reason why Sydney has been on the run, and the suspense kept my rapt attention page after page. The characters are all so likeable and well developed. The people Sydney works with are sincere and fun. Her neighbor is just full of awesome. Sydney's daughter is the cutest little thing. I ended up caring about them all! Plus, the pacing of the story is perfect and there were twists that I didn't see coming...goodness! If you're looking for a nail-biting, romantic thriller, I highly recommend Concealed. I consider this Victoria Michaels' BEST work thus far! Reviewed by Grace at Sweet Spot Book Blog.
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JoeyBrit More than 1 year ago
I have read Victoria's other books 'Boycotts & Barflies' and 'Trust in Advertising.' And although I loved them, I knew about their origins, and have been desperately waiting for an original story from Victoria for a couple of years. A part of me did wonder if she may have faded into the background with the labels of her other 2 books. My thoughts were wrong. She came out swinging with 'Concealed,' letting everyone know she is a talented writer who can stand on her own merits. 'Concealed' is so very different than her other 2. Grittier and meatier with a lot more substance than the other 2 fluffy stories. What I love about Victoria's writing is how she develops such witty and loveable characters. Her secondary characters are always so colorful and when the story turns harsh and cruel, it's not long before readers are laughing at some antics carried out by one of those carefully crafted characters. There is a very good balance of romance, mystery, thrills and laughter. This genre is a departure from Victoria's other 2 books, but I dearly hope she continues down this path. She masterfully spins a very good web of intrigue and suspense, while still maintaining the light-hearted nature of the lives of her characters. If I had to pick apart one thing in this book it would be the lack of Luke and a substantial storyline for him. I loved that man and felt he was underused. I'm hoping at some point Victoria will consider coming back to him and give him a story he deserves. 'Concealed' is a great genre debut from Victoria, and if you like a little fluff & romance with your thrillers, then this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had my attention from the first page. It's tragic, sad, funny, romantic and full of suspense. I thought I had it all figured out and then WHAM, the twist hits you right in the face! I am a fan of Ms. Michaels. I love her other books and if you are looking for a fun, light read, this isn't it. But if you are looking for a great book that will grab your attention and hold it until the very end, then I recommend you read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was bad. It was all surface and a huge waste of time. I didn't connect to any of the characters and the build up was so agonizingly slow that I felt like the "suspense" was an afterthought. There were parts I feel like was repetitive. Sentences that had just a few words that were different but basically the same sentence as a few paragraphs previous. Just bad.