The Secret (Billionaire's Beach Book 6)

The Secret (Billionaire's Beach Book 6)

by Christie Ridgway

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"A sizzling combination of heat and heart." Barbara Freethy, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

With her secret, falling in love would be all kinds of bad...

Being butler to widower and single father Ethan Archer is a dream for Charlotte "Charlie" Emerson. She keeps the businessman's household running hitch-free and enjoys every minute she has with his six-year-old son. But as time passes, the situation feels alarmingly intimate and when her heart starts beating faster each time Ethan steps through the door, Charlie must exert rigid control over her feelings.

Ethan Archer values the woman who keeps his life in order and cares so much for his motherless boy. He and Charlie act in perfect harmony and it's not hard to picture them as a little fact, it's so easy, one reckless night he proposes a marriage of convenience.

What will he do if Charlie says yes? And worse, what if she tells him no?

USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway serves up six sexy, sun-drenched romances with a decided emotional kick in the Billionaire's Beach series. Enjoy them all!

Take Me Tender (Book 1)

Take Me Forever (Book 2)

Take Me Home (Book 3)

The Scandal (Book 4)

The Seduction (Book 5)

The Secret (Book 6)

Praise for Christie Ridgway:

"Emotional and powerful...everything a romance reader could hope for." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Ridgway's feel-good read, with its perfectly integrated, extremely hot, and well-crafted love scenes, is contemporary romance at its best." --Booklist (starred review)

"Sexy, sassy, funny, and cool, this effervescent sizzler nicely launches Ridgway's new series." Library Journal

"Ridgway rocks romance!" --Bella Andre, New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157456580
Publisher: Christie Ridgway
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Series: Billionaire's Beach , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 219,643
File size: 903 KB

About the Author

Christie Ridgway is the author of over 50 novels of contemporary romance. All her books are both sexy and emotional and tell about heroes and heroines who learn to believe in the power of love. A USA Today bestseller, Christie is a six-time RITA finalist and has won best contemporary romance of the year and career achievement awards from Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A native of California, Christie now resides in the southern part of the state with her family. Inspired by the beaches, mountains, and cities that surround her, she writes tales of sunny days and steamy nights.

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The Secret (Billionaire's Beach Book 6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KJKW More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the female butler stories, but I feel a little all over the place with this one. Maybe because the characters are kinda all over the place with their reactions and emotions. Ethan's yoyo-ing made me dizzy and sometimes just didn't make sense to me. The actual secret requires a bit of suspended reality, but if you're OK with that you can see the theme of forgiveness and letting go of the past. ARC provided by the author, opinions are mine.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: “Wednesdays is when that pair of drill sergeants come in from Beverly Hills for the mid-week boot camp at the park. Nobody wants to miss that.” The blonde seemed to think for a minute. “Well, everybody wants to miss that, but no one dares admit to it, so we all show up and out-Jones each other until we crawl home, whimpering for our mothers.” Maybe I have disaster in my DNA. “Lucas says she’s quite a catch for us.” Wells giggled. “Like we were fishing for her. But she’s been in our house the whole time.” I’ve come to realize that crying and laughing and loving are all important. Necessary. No more hiding anything away. Let’s feel all the feels. My Review: I was unfamiliar with Christie Ridgway, despite her large body of work (109 according to Goodreads), and will admit I flinched and grimaced when I noticed the title contained the word “Billionaire,” ack… however, I was pleasantly surprised and then outright delighted by the interesting and well-plotted storyline, quality of writing, and endearing characters. Sign me up for more as Ms. Ridgway has a magic pen. I enjoyed the overall premise as well as the nibbles and bits served up with hits of humor, amusing and observant details, clever heart-tugs, the precious little boy, predatory single-moms, and intimate scenes that sizzled and snapped, oh my! For a man who had been out of commission with grief for four years, Ethan had a head full of salacious creativity and a mouth full of bawdy talk. For your uninterrupted reading pleasure, I suggest the preemptive plan of ceiling fans on high and cool drinks within reach. You can thank me later.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, sweet book. Charlotte "Charlie" works as a butler for a single dad, Ethan, and his son. It starts to feel like home to both of them, and one day Ethan suggests a marriage of convenience. But there are sparks between them, and Charlie has a secret that Ethan doesn't know. I really enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put down and didn't want it to come to an end. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is the sixth in the Billionaire's Beach series, with related characters. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading others by this author.
JT1969 More than 1 year ago
This is the 6th book in the Billionaire's Beach series and the 3rd book featuring a female butler. It's been a year since Charlie Emerson was hired by Ethan Archer to help run his home and take care of his 6 year old son, Wells. Charlie's organized reserved life becomes messy as she becomes emotionally closer to the Archer family and eventually reveals her biggest secret. This was a fun summer beach read! (I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.)
cgarr More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the latest installment in the series. With the hints from previous books, it wasn't a surprise to learn Charlie was Wells mom. The story is fast moving and enjoyable. Charlie and Ethan have been hiding their feelings, both denying that they wanted to fall in love. It came as a surprise to them when they got a lot more serious! It was fun to catch up on the other characters from this series too. I received an advance copy in return for an honest review.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
Charlotte “Charlie” Emerson is one of three friends who graduated from a school for butlers and she has been employed, for almost a year, as a butler for Ethan Archer and his six-year old son, Wells. Ethan’s wife died several years ago and Charlie has also filled in as a nanny for Wells. Charlie begins to have feelings for Ethan and already loves Wells. Ethan begins to have feelings for Charlie as well, but after losing his wife he does not believe he will fall in love again. I find the butler storyline intriguing and loved this book as much as I did the previous two. It is so enjoyable to read stories about continuing characters and Ms. Ridgway is a master at characters that begin to feel like your friends as they deal with their everyday issues. Her writing is deeply enjoyable and sensual and there is usually a surprise or two along the way. Emmaline and Sara from the two previous books, along with their families, make appearances and that makes this book all the more special. Charlie has a “secret” and will sharing this secret with Ethan bring an end to their relationship – you’ll have to read the book to find out. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming! Heartwarming! I felt this was a great read, totally enjoyable with a nice amount of detail pulling you in. I really liked the storyline and thought it had good flow overall. Also really liked that this was a different spin, than I had ever read before and was a original storyline. The ending was endearing though I did think the major conflict, “The Secret” was over rather easily. This is the first story that I have read by Christie Ridgway and I look forward to reading more by this author.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I cried, I loved, and I couldn’t put down The Secret by Christie Ridgway, book 6 in the Billionaire’s Beach series. In this story we meet Charlotte, “Charlie”, Emerson who worked as butler and nanny for widower Ethan Archer and his son Wells. Ethan has taken over his dad’s real estate business where he kept busy in order to forget about the lost of his wife, his one love. Charlie loves working near her butler friends and taking caring of the men in the Archer family. Ethan starts to worry about who would take care of Wells if anything should happen to him and realizes that he needs Charlie as a practical partner, not love, in marriage. There is a definite attraction between the two but a huge secret from Charlie’s past could destroy what these two have forged. Two things I loved about this story was the inclusion of the other two butlers and their men from the last two books in this series. I also loved having Skye Alexander from Beach House No. 9 be a part of this wonderful story. Ms. Ridgway is a wonderful story teller and wove a wonderful tale in this book. Her characters are relatable, her writing is descriptive and this story was downright sexy. Every time I pick up her newest book thinking she can’t improve on the last one, yet she does, again and again. Christie's books tend to grab me, not let go until I turn the last page, and then wanting more. I really enjoyed reading this book, had trouble putting this book down and highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
mholden More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the Billionaire’s Beach books and this one is no exception. The concept of the female butlers is certainly a unique one. This is Charlie’s story. She is butler to Ethan Archer, a widower and single father to an adopted son. Charlie takes to Wells, the little boy, immediately and inevitably develops feelings for Ethan. As with all good romances there are obstacles to overcome and secrets to be discovered. In due time all is made clear and Charlie and Ethan find their happy ever after. Like all Christie Ridgway books, this one is well written and the characters are compelling. It was a very enjoyable book and we get a hint at the next series.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for Charlie's story. I knew she had a secret, but didn't know how it would come out. Good story and good series. Liked all 3 of the butlers and glad they found their HEA.
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my first time reading anything in this series. It is book #6 in the Billionaire's Beach Series and #3 in the series about three female butlers but having read none of the other books I did not feel lost at all, so this story easily can stand alone. Charlie/Charlotte is the main character in this story. She has been a butler to our hero Ethan, and his son Wells. Wells is the adopted son of Ethan and his wife who passed away about 4 years before. Charlie has worked for Ethan about 11 months at the start of this book. Ethan travels alot for work so Charlie is sorta a butler/nanny and PA for Ethan and she helps care for Wells. That means she is very involved at Wells school. Ethan at the start of this book is still loving, missing and mourning his wife even though its been awhile. However his boss suggests he start dating and that is what starts to open his eyes up to Charlie as a woman and prospective marriage candidate. But Charlie has a BIG secret. One that needs to be confronted before she can move into any kind of romantic entanglement with Ethan. Her secret to be honest I guessed by chapter 2. But this book is not so much about her secret but rather about letting the past go and moving on. Forgiving yourself and moving forward with your life. It is about realising that you can have a love of your life but also starting a new life with a new partner and opening your heart. Both Charlie and Ethan have to learn how to open their hearts and love and trust and its not always as easy you would think. This book was beyond romantic. It was sweet and serious and really beautiful. Charlie was a wonderful heroine and Ethan was a very honest and caring character. Wells is a sweetheart and I loved getting to know the Archer family.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The Secret is a sweet tale of heated moments and undying love. Charlie and Ethan's romance is the type that sneaks up and steals away with the heart. With all the pain endured by each, I wanted them to find some happiness. Ms. Ridgway can get inside the head and capture hold of the heart easily and The Secret is evidence of that talent. Another winning story.