Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: Her Secret Protector (Secrets of Cherry Lake #3) by Roxanne Snopek

Book Blurb:

Cherry Lake’s official photographer has a problem. The boudoir photos Carrie Logan used to do, long ago and far away, have come back to haunt her. So she turns to Ethan Nash, the mysteriously gorgeous guy with big dogs and a bad attitude, for help containing this secret and the scandal it will cause. 

Ethan takes one look at the photo of young Carrie and his harsh cyber-security specialist exterior begins to melt. For some reason, he feels the need to help this beautiful photographer. He’s pretty sure she’s stuck– once something’s on the internet, it’s there forever- but he offers her his assistance anyway. There's something about her he finds irresistible... 

What Ethan doesn't realize is that he might need Carrie's help far more than she needs his... Will she prove to be the one he needs? 

My Review:

Her Secret Protector by Roxanne Snopek proves secrets never stay secret and love can be found at the most unexpected time!

Small town judgment and dysfunction play a big role in Her Secret Protector...Harmless boudoir photos are suddenly causing way too many problems!  For me this was a big part of the big as the romantic journey of Ethan and Carrie.  Roxanne made Cherry Lake and the people there feel very real, but not a place I'd like to be.  I didn't really care for the judgmental, non-forgiving attitude of a lot of the residents there.  The made Her Secret Protector good because I felt like I was right there in the midst of things a lot of the time!  It also made me feel like a big deal was being made out of nothing though, and that was frustrating.

Ethan and Carrie are unique main characters, each with their own secrets they are both trying to run from and trying to hide.  Ethan is very much a mystery man for much of the story, and it was much more difficult to get to know him.  There were parts of Carrie's background I felt I would have liked to understand better so that I could better understand where she is today.  Carrie was easier to get to know.  The attraction that Ethan and Carrie have for each other is immediately obvious, even when Carrie is a little nervous when she first meets him.  I liked the way their relationship grew and the little bumps along the way.  I enjoyed watching these two characters grow and become more accepting of themselves through out the book.  

Carrie's family dynamics add a very interesting thread to the plot, and I liked how this family carries over from book to book in this series, but all in their separate ways.  We learn a little bit more about them each time.

Although a lot of Cherry Lake irritated me as I read, Roxanne did a good job of bringing the hidden gems and goodness to light of a small town also.

Her Secret Protector is part of the Secrets of Cherry Lake series.  Roxanne ties it in nicely with the previous books without making you feel like you're missing something if you haven't read those.  Well paced and easy to fall into the story of Carrie and Ethan, I'd recommend Her Secret Protector to any romance reader looking for a quick, quirky read!

3/5 stars

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