Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review: The Secret Son (Secrets of Cherry Lake Book 1) by Joan Kilby

Book Blurb:

A birthday card out of the blue from his estranged father sends successful Seattle marketing man Alex Chernoff on a detour to Cherry Lake in search of answers about his past. A day, maybe two, to tie up loose strings and he’ll be out of there, heading for Mexico, margaritas and blondes in bikinis.

Emma Stanhope is all too familiar with hot, rich, entitled guys like Alex. They never hang around for long, especially not for a Plain Jane like herself. No problem. She’s smart and logical, like any good scientist, and knows better than to lose her heart. 

What Emma doesn’t count on is chemistry—of the romantic kind. What Alex doesn’t count on is meeting the girl who’ll make him want to change his ways. But when he learns that he’s a secret from his father’s real family, he can’t stay in Cherry Lake… even if he wants to. 

Will love be enough to convince Alex to stay… for good? 

My Review:

I loved how Emma and Alex fist lay eyes on each other in The Secret Son by Joan Kilby, and the sassiness Emma exhibits from the start!  But underneath that sassiness is a caring, smart, loyal lady.  This is well demonstrated as Alex and Emma run into each other again and again in small town Cherry Lake.  I loved how their relationship unfolded, and Joan managed to make it seem like a natural thing in short time.  Neither of them expect to find romance in Cherry Lake...but romance finds them anyway.  It is a difficult one to move forward with, because the future is so uncertain.  They just seem so right together that I hoped with everything else happening something positive would come of Alex's time in Cherry Lake!

I really liked both of these characters and how they were together.  Emma cares, and she just seems to get Alex.  When she figures out the secret Alex is hiding she felt for him just as much as I did.  The main plot of Alex finding his father after many years is woven nicely with the romance of Alex and Emma, and I felt that these two things gave the book a lot of strength.  I really felt for Alex, he stole a piece of my heart - little boy Alex and grown up Alex.  The feelings are whirling in him and he's not sure why what happened happened, or what really happened.  I did like how he dealt with meeting his father and his father's family, even though it made his heart ache a little more at times.  I found both of the main characters to be mature, fun, and despite some issues, full of love and hope.  This is what made me like them, connect to them, and feel with them!

The secondary characters in this book are mostly Alex's father's other family, and they too were amazing!  They added a lot of depth and counter balance to some of what Alex was feeling. 

An emotional, well paced read that drew me in as quickly as I could turn the pages, I'd recommend The Secret Son to any romance reader.  Although part of the Secrets of Cherry Lake series, The Secret Son can be read as a stand alone.

5/5 Cherry Stars!

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