Three Little Secrets

Three Little Secrets

by Liz Carlyle
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Three Little Secrets 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Crazy about a tall, dark, brooding man. . .with a mysterious scar . . .such as Merrick MacLachan. And it seems Madeleine likes one too. Merrick is just as big a womanizer as was his brother Alasdair (One Little Secret) but in a different and page turning way. What was going on with 12 year old Geoff was interesting also. I have to say, reading this story got me interested in meeting and know more about Helene Bessett and Camden so I read their story also but they got me interested in knowing more about Cam's brother, Hell-bent Bentley, so I plan to read his also. You have to give it to Liz Carlyle, she keeps you reading.
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FANBASE FOR RPERS WHO LOV THREE LITTLE SECRETS!! :D
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Who_meee More than 1 year ago
i stay most of the night read this book i could go to sleep until i find the whole story
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streetmouse More than 1 year ago
Loved Merrick! But then, I always like the dark, grouchy heroes. Great story, with lots of drama, and one of the sweetest endings I've read in a long time.
juliette_XO More than 1 year ago
Once again, Carlyle writes one of her wonderful, hot angst-filled stories. Merrick, the hero of the book, is a dark, jaded and ruthless man, so, heads up, he does dark, jaded, ruthless things. But, (and I love this about Carlyle's writing) he's not too far gone, but close. He has a conscience somewhere in there. He's not a nice guy, but he's not all bad, either. And, of course, that little bit of light inside him is laying in wait for first love, Maddie, to pull him towards it/her. Heroine of Three Little Lies, Lady Madeline, is in a bad place herself. She's a widow with a young son who has problems, odd visions, or "spells" that she doesn't understand, and is desperate to find help for. The last thing she feels she needs is to get re-involved with Merrick MacLachlan, right? Rrriiiiight. There's drama and secrets and sexual tension, a wonderfully written story and believable characters, even the secondary ones, entertaining dialogue, all wrapped up in a elegant package with an attractive cover.
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StephanieD More than 1 year ago
Three Little Secrets was probably my 2nd favorite of the series. This is Merrick's story. He and Madeline were married 13 years ago. Madeline's father, Jessup, who was politically ambious found them in Gretna Green, Scotland. He convinced Madeline that Merrick had marrried her for her money and did not love her. In fact, Merrick had agreed to an annulment for the sum of 30,000 pounds. Madeline believed him and left Merrick to head home for England. Meanwhile, Jessup's thugs were beating Merrick nearly to his death. It took him 5 weeks to recover from his physical injuries; however, he carries his emotional injuries with him for the rest of his life.

Madeline and Merrrick meet again 13 years later. Time has not changed their passion for one another. There are so many hurtles to get through: pride, secrets, distrust, and love. It is a wonderful story about two people who shouldn't be able to get past their own history together, but love conquers all. The book also has a slightly paranormal element.
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Carlyle brilliantly caps off her latest connected series with THREE LITTLE SECRETS-- a lively and gripping tale featuring Merrick MacLachlan, the dour `black¿ Scot brother of Alasdair MacLachlan, hero of the initial book in this series, ONE LITTLE SIN. -------- Thirteen years ago, Merrick MacLachlan eloped to Gretna Green with seventeen year old Lady Madeline Jessup. Tracked down by her ruthless father, Merrick was set-up, brutally beaten, and left for dead. Lady Madeline was led to believe Merrick was a grasping rotter, whose sole purpose in marrying her was to, ruin her, blackmail her father into financing his architectural dreams, and then annul the marriage. -------- By the time Merrick was able to travel to reclaim his wife, he discovered he was weeks too late. She¿d been married off to a man twice her age and shipped off to parts unknown. Despising her for having so little faith in him and with additional lies told to him about her, any visage he had of a heart was torn to shreds. In the intervening years, Merrick became an embittered, ruthless but overwhelmingly successful and prosperous businessman. ------- Now, coming face to face, their secrets would be revealed with a finality that both had dreamed of, but never dared hoped for. Guilty of pride, they believed the worst of each other, yet, in their innermost hearts, Madeline and Merrick still harbored the deepest passion they once felt for one another. In order to save their son, they would come to an accord, which would finally let them sort through the secrets in order to reclaim a passion that never fully died.****** *** As always, Carlyle weaves magic into her sensual laden prose, giving the reader a bonanza of a treat and completely mesmerizing the reader from the very beginning. Since her very first novel, I have been hooked by this author! Her writing is sensual, passionate, and will hook you from the very first pages to a most satisfying and heartwarming end. This is definitely another book for my `keeper¿ shelf and one I most HIGHLY recommend!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Merrick ¿Black¿ MacLachlan is a self-made wealthy individual who is cold and uncaring except when it comes to attaining more money and with his brother and granny. He shows one of the new houses he designs to a customer, but inside is a woman whom a stunned Merrick introduces as his wife Madeleine who has purchased the house. Madeleine and Merrick argue as he insists she is still his wife and she claims her father annulled their marriage.------- Merrick formally meets her twelve years old son Geoffrey, who has Madeleine very worried as he seems more depressed each day. They had met earlier at Merrick¿s construction site where the kid saved several lives. He also knows what ¿ails¿ the lad, which means Geoffrey is his offspring as he has the ¿Gift¿ of sight and not the late Besset whom Madeleine married when she dumped him. He persuades Madeleine to take their son to his granny for her to teach him how to control his Gift. They both begin to learn what really happened in Gretna Green, but will the truth set each one free to grasp the love that still exists between them?------- The fine lead couple's past led to tragedy and bitterness and now makes for a wonderful historical romance with a touch of the paranormal as the ¿Gift of Sight¿ is deftly interwoven to enhance the tale. The return of characters especially the male leads from previous tales (see TWO LITTLE LIES and ONE LITTLE SIN) add to the overall understanding of Merrick. Though Madeleine¿s late father was a cold hearted villain whose actions including attempted murder seem over the top for preventing a marriage, romance readers will appreciate this delightful second chance at love romance.------ Harriet Klausner
Genevieve54 More than 1 year ago
This review will have lots of SPOILERS so beware.. This story seriously had potential-- the plot was quite original. Merrick and Madeline eloped to Gretna Green to get married due to the fact that her father, a popular politician, had some other plans for her. The pair successfully got married but the day after their wedding night, Madeline's father catches the pair-- his daughter in their hotel room and Merrick at the stables. Jessup, Madeline's father hired people to give his new son-in-law a slow painful death but of course was only half unsuccessful. Merrick was close to death's door after all the beatings, whippings and and stabbing he received from the hired men. Of course, the m*rons did not even check if he's dead or no. They just left him lying there. Then next visit is the daughter's. The naive daughter believes that Merrick has readily filed an annulment after getting paid 30,000 pounds by Jessup. Her father presented her a annulment paper with Merrick's signature [which she doesn't remember how it looks like by the way; she vaguely remembers his signature when they got married but she assumes that the document was for real]. Also, she does not know what the word 'annulment' means. But the document points out their separation. Also,she didn't even have the gall to investigate about annulment etc. means due to 'embarrassment'. 13 years later they meet again--with her as a widow. She was recommended to live in London because of the help of the doctors there can provide for her son, Geoffrey. They meet again but this time, with the feelings of betrayal and disdain but of course the lust for each other still conveniently remains to both Merrick and Madeline. After a lot of arguments, little by little, this couple figures out that her father has lied to her about Merricks feelings towards her. But of course, they do not tell each other what really happened due to 'pride', as told by his grandma. But i really don't get what pride has to do with it considering they had sex in a pantry despite still hating each other. This and that happened and Madeline finally learns the truth about the documents presented to her--about the lies. But she vents his anger on him anyway by splashing him tea. When he heard the version of her story he countered it with hard facts; she learns the truth and he was incredulous and did not get as to why she even fell for it in the first place. He said, 'what kind of crackbrained gudgeon..' then he was splashed with tea. By this time, her blames to him was reduced to half although i do not get why he gets to have half of the blame still since it was her st*pudity in the first place that got them separated for 13 years. Did she think he could file an annulment in few hours? [they get married at night---> have sex probably till midmorning--->she sleeps---> he magically gets the documents for the annulment whilst she sleeps---> wakes up to find her father in their hotel room] wow, she sounds smart--i'll give her credit for not thinking that he filed the annulment before they even were married though. So the next day after their big fight, she finds out that Merrick was found almost dead 13 years ago and it took him months to even recover. She now knows it was her father's doing and her maid was part of the scheme and ohhh now she knows that THAT is the reason he wasn't able to come get her. She sees him but he did not acknowledge her so she did the same.