January 26, 2019
Oh, this secret collection is great! I've loved reading these Secret Billionaire stories by a favorite author! Billionaire stories are pretty popular right now and if you're enjoying them and are a fan this is one that I have loved the books in the series! Definitely one I'd highly recommend.
I'm going to post my review for each individual book below. The content is listed at the end of each review. Kimberley Montpetit is a go to author for me. I love, love, love her books!
~The Neighbor's Secret~ 4* ~
March 13-15, 2017 reread. I went back and reread this again to do some editing for the author. I must say that I really liked it even better the second time. Allie, the MC, didn't seem as whiney to me at the beginning. Still loved Ethan just as much the second time around. He's very loving, gentle and patient(and full of surprises). I am going to raise my rating as well because even though I was looking for edits I was just as engrossed in the story or more so the second read through. If you haven't read it or started and maybe paused, the typos/editing will be fixed soon and there are plenty of swoony moments hidden inside that I would say give it a shot.
I loved the synopsis of this book and was so excited when it was included as one of the fifteen novels in the Love and Romance box set. It was the first book I turned to when my box set downloaded. I couldn't wait to figure out how the two MCs were going to connect and how his "secret" would be revealed. What was the whole thing with the Mayor? Lots of questions and thoughts before going into reading this. The title and book cover have been catching my eye for a little while now so I was pretty excited to read it.
After finishing the book I have to say that I loved the storyline. It was a really cute story. I liked Allie and Ethan's interactions. Ethan was just amazing. I despised Sean, and the way his character was written worked great to give a little angst and set up our plot line. I loved the setting in a smaller town and the love that Allie had for her town. I even enjoyed Allie trying to figure out life after her fiasco of being left at the alter. She mourned and wasn't just instantly up again falling in love and saying everything was hunky dory. She even met an amazing man who fell head over heals for her and yet she didn't rush and didn't allow him to push her into a relationship because she was trying to figure out the love she had for her fiance Sean. I thought there were lots of great points in the story. The chemistry between Allie and Ethan was great, even just as friends and "neighbors". Ethan helped her in her healing process as well as her best friend Marla. Some great characters within.
Now after saying everything I enjoyed (there's more too but I'm trying to keep this review from turning into a novel itself) there were several things that I struggled with. I would have loved to given this a higher rating because I really did like the storyline.
First thing that I struggled with was the editing. There were lots of typos throughout the book. Normally I can see a handful slipping past as whoever is writing/reading/editing it over and over again might miss something due to the fact that they have seen it multiple times. But this had so many that needed to be fixed that it was distracting. But like I said I really liked the story so I just ignored those and kept reading.
Second thing that I struggled with was Allie's character. Not all the time but occasionally she was almost written too strongly. Does that make sense? I hope with all my ramblings below I can express myself that you can understand what I'm thinking. At the beginning I wasn't sure what I was going to think about her because she seemed very whiny and needy. But then everything started happening with the wedding and her fiance not showing up, and it started to shed some light on her character. Then there were moments that I just loved her character. She was easy to relate to. Then it would switch back to her being completely overboard in her reactions and sometimes the dialogue didn't quite fit her character. Almost as if a switch would flip and she was a new character. Maybe that's not the right way to describe it but there were some inconsistencies that were frustrating. On the other hand Allie was always there willing to help others, her family, her best friend, her neighbor that I loved her character. I could see the hurt she was feeling and yet she tried to keep going with life and figuring it all out with several other curves being thrown at her. Ahhhhh I just go back and forth with her. I want to look at it as her character had just had a massive shock and so there were little blowups that came as she was dealing with the pain and then she was back to being her normal self. By the second half of the book I didn't see as much back and forth with her character as the beginning, so maybe it was just her struggle and healing that the author was trying to convey.
There is a pretty funny scene at the beginning where Allie and Ethan first meet. Overall if the typos were fixed I'd probably raise my rating half a star to a full star. Will I be reading this again? It might surprise you but yes, I would. I'd be willing to overlook all the stuff I struggled with because I really did like the storyline(I keep saying that but it's true). Some parts of the book might be a little fluff but not overkill. I hope my review makes sense and helps you in your decision to read this book. If you go into reading it realizing there are typos and character development the further you read I think you'd enjoy it, if you can look past what I said.
Content: Characters use the H*** word multiple times, more so at the beginning and then it tapers out. Some innuendos but nothing graphic-more Allie thinking about getting married or that she should have gotten married and been a married woman. Characters talk about waiting for after marriage to have sex. Overall not squeaky clean but I would say clean.
~The Executive's Secret~ 5* ~
What would you give to have a second chance to find that one person you've always loved? What if you had a secret that you were afraid would ruin that second chance if you were ever to find it? As more time passes, is it worth holding onto that dream or should you just let it go? Even with the secret that must be shared? Is a chance at finding your true love worth all the sacrifices?
I loved this story of a second chance romance. Although technically it could be considered a first chance. Did I confuse you there? Caleb has loved Kira since high school. Yet she didn't really know who he was. Years later Caleb is hoping to have a chance at finding Kira, fixing a mistake and finding his happily ever after!
I loved these two characters. Especially Caleb. Talk about a good swoon worthy Hero! If you like sweet clean romance, a little mystery, fun humor, emotions and struggles, character growth, then I highly recommend this book. I've enjoyed the books in this Secret Billionaire series. This is actually my second read through of the Executive's Secret as I helped do editing for the author on it. I loved the story then and I loved rereading the final outcome again. Definitely a book that I will be rereading and recommending to friends.
Kira's life has some major struggles in it, which have caused her to set aside her plans for her future and dreams but little does she know that she's about to have some great surprises coming her way. Life may not always turn out as planned but how we handle the ups and downs and go with the flow of our ever changing lives will bring unexpected joys and blessings that we could have missed if we stuck with our plan.
I loved the music aspects of this story. It was so fun to read about Kira and her piano playing. I'm a pianist and went through the whole auditioning for colleges' music programs. Oh the stress, the emotions, the frustration, the exhaustion, the love of music and playing...and so much more. I connected with this story even more due to that because it is something dear to my heart.
Lots of fun and sweet moments, some upsets, some struggles, family ups and downs, lost things found, friendship and sweet, sweet love.
Content: Clean. Some sweet kisses.
~The Mafia's Secret~ 5* ~
Welcome to Hartland Cove! Home of one of the longest covered bridges (also known as the kissing bridge), the Strickland family fry truck, lighthouses, whale tours, a population of 999, childhood friends, tourists by the droves and the mafia. Well kind of the mafia. Anna's best friend Elise has just called to inform her that her and her fiancee are on the run from his family, who so happen to be the Irish Mafia. Well what better place to lay low than a town full of tourists and out of the way, so welcome two new people to this bustling small town.
This is the second book published by this author which is set in the quaint little town. This book has plenty of mystery, humor, dreams, the boy next door moments, coming of age moments and moments where Anna puts herself into some interesting (embarrassing) situations.
Anna was a fun character, a little naive at some points, healing in some points of the story, striving to reach her dreams in other moments and trying to wrestle with her heart and discover her true feelings. Now if she can juggle all of that, her father's health, her best friend's drama and safety as well as trying to figure out how to protect that best friend Elise, what she should do with the boy next door and also what she should do with the new heartthrob in town who is quiet possibly catching Anna's eye.
There's quite a bit packed into this one and it had me turning the pages trying to discover who the bad guys were, who the good guys in hiding were and who would catch Anna's heart in the process. I won't go into the romance aspect because then I would spoil who she chooses and that would ruin the fun of it all. Can you figure it all out before Anna's time runs out for protecting those she loves? Can she choose the man of her dreams before it's too late and she's pushed him away? Will the secrets that she discovers about her past and future undo her?
This was a fun read. If you've visited Hartland Cove in previous books then I suggest you return and meet another fun group of characters from there. If you haven't visited yet, I recommend grabbing any (or all) of the three books in this series, sit back and enjoy all the fun! And yes, lots of sweet and swoony moments too!
I purchased all the books individually and read them before the boxset.