HelenKay Dimon: Her Other Secret

It was very well paced and had a thrilling conclusion Her Other Secret is the first book in the Whitaker Island series While Tessa and Hansen strive to find the killer other characters are introduced into the story The characters went from the very likable to the the despicable The series continues with The Secret She Keeps due for release this December I have definitely put this book on my radarMany thanks to Avon and to Edelweiss for this ARC to review in xchange for my honest opinion 33 starsI received this book for free in Bark exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Everyone around here really does have a secret don t they Ben s smile came roaring back Welcome to Whitaker A small island off the coast of Washington with only a little over two hundred residents Whitaker has become an unofficial destination for people looking toscape into obscurity Hansen Rye is taking a breather from his high pressured life and turmoil resulting from his sister Alexis death He s strengthened his On Such a Full Sea even usual grumpy personality and tried to becomeven walled off but has still become friends with Ben local head of police and Tessa Jenkins the woman he is currently trying to not fall forTessa is hiding out in Whitaker trying to lay low from her own family drama but can t help teasing the impromptu handyman Hansen His grumpy demeanor gives way to can t help but fix things for local residents and the look in his Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! eyes when he s staring at her draws her back for However after a body turns up on Tessa s lawn secrets are about to get revealed and feelings are about to be confronted Not you He shrugged Even took a step back Generally looked uncomfortable in his skin which never happened You I like She almost spit out a mouthful of coffee Since when Let s say you re growing on me He sighed and crossed his arms Then uncrossed them again Her Other Secret was a mixture of mystery thriller romance andnding suspense When the reader comes into the story Hansen and Tessa already have a friendship Cannibal established and are just trying to not act on sexual feelings I missed seeing their initial draw and spark it feels like we missed out on some great teasing and poking of the bear Hansen by Tessa to break down his walls Their chemistry and back and forth was good the word love was brought up far too uickly for the lack of building blocks I was getting from themmotionally some sex scenes felt a bit out of place and while they had good friendship chemistry they didn t heat up the pages as much as I would have liked The majority of the story focuses on the murder mystery and as such the romance plot suffered some All Hansen knew was that his past had caught up with him in the worst possible way This was mysterythriller than romantic suspense to me the pace of the characters investigating is slower as the reader s mind is supposed to be racing as to who is involved why and for what purposes There is a locked room mystery feel to it with the setting being an island currently Mastered (The Enforcers, experiencing storms that is keeping residents from getting off the island or on The connection of the murder victim to Hansen was intriguing and kept the high stakes feel alive but some of the key players felt removed from the story Hansen s family is discussed and his close relationship with his brother but we never meet them and for the murder victim playing such a key role we never got a pov or scene with them before they died The villains also had a removed feeling to them their wrap up and reveal didn t uite have a big impact or feel like a rewarding payoff The last twenty percent had of the romantic suspense feel but the change of pace gave thending of a rushed feel than crescendo conclusion as characters were found out or clearedThe author has definitely created a place rife with intrigue but I felt a bit lost at times how we re just supposed to go along with how Whitaker is both a known place to disappear on and yet you can disappear on it If this is indeed a start to a series the structure of the island how the island is owned by a mysterious rich person but gives the running of it over to a board and some short but poignant introductions to some characters Man, Son of Man encumbered this story at times but it would make sense as laying groundwork for a seriesThere was some missing character development Hansen and Ben had anjoyable relationship but would have liked to have seen how it started same with Hansen and Tessa s friendship that their chemistry Alter Ego eventually dictated had to be I also thought Tessa s secret that we don t get let in on until around the sixty percent mark felt somewhat tagged on notnough time to gain an motional footing and a resolution that felt partially mpty The word love was used too uickly but Dimon always writes couples that have believable connections and are compelling in any small way to read about I think I caught a hint of something possibly brewing between our local PD Ben and the Uncommon Wisdom extremely mysterious woman named Maddie who answers the department phones remotely Whitaker seems like it has residents with stories to tell and I m curiousnough to show up if there are books to come She didn t believe a woman needed a formal partner to feel whole She d seen her mother thrive and love without ver walking down the aisle But the idea of sharing the burden having someone to help her fight in situations like this The way he kissed her touched her The smile he saved only for her Yeah love. ??s another newcomer to Whitaker He’s no stranger to Hansen And when he’s murdered the crime casts a threatening shadow As suspicion falls on Hansen all his secrets are about to collide with Tessa’s Now the pasts they were determined to outrun are catching up to them So is a killer who’s putting their love and their lives on the line.

To use the word nosy since she s not gossipy or into veryone s business but if something strange happens she wants to know what s going on Like the yacht that s been parked off the island in a weird spot with no signs of life and no lights on for a couple of days Because she doesn t know what to do after all it isn t illegal it s just weird she calls in Hanson Rye He s the town handyman he s super hot and she s got a crush on him Half the island doesHanson doesn t really react He figures it s a boat anchored near an island and it s tourist season What s there to worry about Sure it isn t in a usual spot but it s not that weird And as they re talking a man in a suit walks out of the ocean as if it s the most normal thing in the world and walks into the trees This cements Tessa s fears that something weird is going onThey go to the police officer on the island and have him check it out While he investigates Tessa does some digging of her own which sort of leads into her personality For someone hiding from something she sure doesn t know how to keep uiet or hide I feel like she couldn t let the police take over she had to know and felt like she would Nancy Drew the investigationSmall SpoilersI felt like the fact that people were gossiping about a fight and blood Art everywhere was lost during the investigation They came back to the argument but never mentioned the blood nor the fact that someone was banging on her door and turning the doorknob before Hanson came over and it wasn t him Then there s a dead body on her doorstep and they never tell the police about the person trying to get inI have mixed feelings on this book I read after the fact that the author pitched it as Imagine Jessica Fletcher s Cabot Cove with sex killing and a lot of dysfunction I wish I d read that first because I might have understood Tessa s desire to investigate better In most Romantic Suspenses the ones I prefer anyway usually the hero and heroine are in constant danger and the hero is super protective and in some form lawnforcement or military So I usually can suspend belief since I m not and I feel like they d be braver or better suited for that In this book they re both just normal people So it didn t make sense for her to investigate With Jessica Fletcher she always had some new angle or idea the police didn t see Here I didn t feel Tessa had that going for her Don t get me wrong I liked her and thought she was great I just didn t see the reason she was investigating anythingMaybe I feel that for a Romantic Suspense this was very character driven rather than action driven With as many murders as there were there should have been action Instead it felt like it took a really long time to figure things outI did God Is in the Crowd enjoy the author s voice and I did grab the next book in the series I hope that now I see how she pitched it I m a bit less judgemental over the charactersARC courtesy of Avon I am a sucker for a romantic thriller and I loved the synopsis of this one so I was prettyager to get to it I liked Tessa and Hansen right from the start They re both stubborn and maybe a little or in his case a lot prickly and I was absolutely amused reading these two have a battle of wits at nearly Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard every contact There s a pretty large cast of characters here and we really only get to know a couple so it was reallyffective in keeping me guessing Plot wise it was good The first murder happens almost immediately and the suspense didn t let up There are a few threads and reading it unravel kept me captivated I loved the idea of a small island where you don t really know your neighbors Overall it was a great jump into this genre and any book that has me sneaking chapters at work has to be something I d read again And I definitely will because I m The Matriarchs (The Family eager to see if I can pick up on the breadcrumbs next time Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge I ve always thought a good romance was the perfect antidote to depressing or challenging times a guaranteed happynding goes a long way to lifting my spirits The problem is finding a GOOD romance I must be feeling particularly curmudgeonly because I spent most of my time with this book Notes for the Everlost exclaiming Whaaaat I had hoped to find a new author tonjoy and I m sorry that this one A barely readable novel that is neither suspenseful or romantic All Tessa Jenkins wanted was a new start She suffered a terrible scandal and hope that with a new name she can at least begin anew Hansen Rye is now working on Whitaker Island as a handyman This is a good distraction for him as he has suffered a tragedy in his family He hopes to put his past behind him However others have something lse in mindWhen Tessa sees an apparently unmanned boat then a man coming from the water she wants to go after him Hansen insists she stay put and he chases the man but is unable to find him Shockingly the man turns up dead and circumstances lead Hansen to be the likely killer Fortunately for him his good friend is the local cop and his innocence is being proved although things are uite guardedThe two form a fine pair as their secrets and past begin to collide with their present They begin to work together to try and figure things out While this is happening Tessa and Hansen develop a strong connection and despite the dangers uickly assailing them they begin to fall in loveThe blend of romance suspense action and danger in this book was done uite well I loved this book and read it straight through in a few short hours. Ds of fine he’s also intensely private and the attraction between them soon simmers dangerously out of controlor a private trap for two loversAfter a devastating family tragedy Hansen finds the pebbled shores of the faraway island to be an ideal refuge Letting down his guard for the sexy impulsive Tessa is an unexpected pleasure But there?.

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I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads This is a fun and No Biggy! exciting story and a great summer beach read A murder on an isolated island must be solved before there are victims Together Tessa and Hansen help the island s only policeman wade through island gossip conflicting stories and dark secrets to find the killer On an island where no one is what they seem andveryone seems to have a secret past it is difficult for readers to know characters well Crush It! enough to relate to them or like them Tessa is a likeable character but like most island residents her background is a mystery Similarly Hansen is attractive but we don t get to know him until uite a ways into the story The island residents are colourful and uirky and while we get a few obvious suspects from the start it s almost impossible to trust anyone on the island I liked the setting and Injoyed the colourful charactersThis is one of those difficult reviews where I don t want to spoil anything by mentioning any part of the plot So I won t I will say that the story moves uickly and I had to work to keep up with Tessa and Hayden s investigation It s a story where Attracting Birds to Your Backyard even the main characters feel like potential suspects and I loved that I couldn t be certain about anyone However a few of the surprises are predictable and I guessed some of the characters secrets far too uickly One of my least favourite things about romantic suspense is the implausible sex this time in the middle of a murder investigation during a storm badnough to isolate the island completely from the mainland I get that this is a necessary part of the hybrid genre but it feels a bit odd as does the instalove between two completely secretive guarded characters Tessa Jenkins fled to Whitaker Island armed with a new name and with the hope of Deep Listening escaping her scandal filled past but she s not the only new visitor to arrive in town As soon as she hits town she meets one of it s sexiest residents handyman Hansen Rye and the moment they meet there are some obvious sparks But she is wary of letting him in and not really looking for love at the moment but that doesn t stop him from coming around But as they arexploring their chemistry there is also danger circling around them and it s bound to bring trouble to both of their lives whether they want it or notFrom beginning to Bird-by-Bird Gardening end Her Other Secret held my full attention it s action packed story line came brimming with loads of steam and thrilling mystery to feed my romantic suspense addiction With danger constantly lurking and the heat simmering between Tessa and Hansen there is plenty of action to be found between the pages of this one It also came with a few unexpected twists and turns too just when I thought I knew where things were going Ms Dimon s cleverly crafted words would leave me surprised all over again I reallynjoyed this one and was thrilled to learn that there were plans for visits to Whitaker Island on the horizon I can t wait to see who moves to this charming little island next If you are a romantic suspense fan then I have a feeling this one will be right up your alley as it comes with the perfect makings to be a thrilling little literary The Works of Saint Augustine escape with a tranuil island setting to boot Highly recommendI reuested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion Her Other Secret starts off with a mystery and to be honest I was confused at first We meet our heroine Tessa as she has called for the island handyman Hansen I was confused because she called a handyman to look at a boat that had been sitting in the water unmoving with no signs of life Why would you call a handymanRegardless I kept reading and discovered Tessa is so uirky She insists that the man that walked out of the water was a merman and despite Hansen begging her to stop she continues to call him that Whitaker Island was a bit of a refuge for Tessa so she is a bit unnerved by this mystery man Hansen is also harboring some secrets too These two have chemistry for sure but since they are both hiding things they don t really act on it Hansenspecially feels that he simply cannot get a woman involved in his mess of a lifeOk so Hansen s secrets are literally turning up dead on the island and it all makes him look hella guilty He tells the story of what happene If you can get past the absurd set up you ll probably like this one than I did I couldn t let go of the fact that the heroine called the hero the local handyman she has a surly relationship with about a disabled looking yacht off the coast and not oh I don t know the Coast Guard or the local law Further proof I could never be a romance heroine I think logicallyI also never understood what the hero did to Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone earn such devotional trust among the secondary characters Frankly he looks guilty as hell And yetveryone harps on about how much they trust him Review posted on Got FictionThis book has a grumpy hero and a sunshiney heroine I love that trope And I was in the mood for a good Romantic Suspense so I jumped inEveryone who lives on Whitaker Island has secrets That s the draw It s a small community where My Teacher Is a Robot everyone knowsveryone but their secrets are their ownTessa has moved to Whitaker Island as a temporary hiding place or a fresh start She hasn t decided but since she can work remotely she isn t in any hurry to figure it out So she s Supper Club enjoying the slow paced small town vibe this island has going on But there s one thingshe s curious I hesitate. Is it the perfectscapeWhitaker Island is than a getaway For Tessa Jenkins the remote strip of land in Washington state is a sanctuary Fleeing from a shattering scandal she has a new name a chance at a new beginning and a breathtaking new view Hansen Rye It’s hard not to crush on Whitaker’s hottest handyman At six foot three and all kin.

HelenKay Dimon is a divorce lawyer turned romance author After dedicating years to helping people terminate relationships she now writes romance novels full time Her books have earned praise appeared on bestseller lists won numerous awards and twice been named Red Hot Reads and excerpted in Cosmo She sometimes writes erotic romance sometimes writes romantic suspense and sometimes writes cont