Series: Portentous Destiny Series #2
Author: S.E. Rose
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 12, 2018
On a quest to find her biological family, one woman discovers secrets more sinister than anything she could have imagined.
Adopted at three years old and raised in the United States, Lily Stevenson is taking the summer to research her past. She settles into a small Colombian village focused on uncovering her biological roots. What she doesn’t anticipate is losing her carefully guarded heart to sexy media mogul, Lance Cunningham. As the two embark on a journey to unveil the mystery of Lily’s origins, they unravel a dark past that bleeds into the present. What Lily thought was over is just beginning.
Can Lance break through a trust barrier she put up years before, or will the secrets being revealed pull them apart?
Secrets by S.E. Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC BOOK REVIEW
This second fabulous addition in the Portentous Destiny Series “Secrets” was an action-packed adventure from start to finish.
This time bringing Lauras daughter Lily to centre stage to be the star in her own well-deserved story.
So if you’ve read book one you will already be well acquainted with Lily and her twin brother Nick.
The circumstances surrounding there upbringing and the challenges Lily faces daily due to her background and later adoption.
Here we get to focus On Lily as she heads off after college with her older cousin Zoe; for some much-needed rest and relaxation and then later onto volunteer on her lonesome at an orphanage in South America.
Here, Lily plans to kill two birds with one stone as she seeks answers to the questions shes had all her life in regards to her birth family.
When the cousins initially encounter twin brothers; Lily finds herself outmanoeuvred into close proximity with twin Lance; as Zoe and his brother Cody run hot and heavy together.
And as these two initially connect, it quickly becomes apparent that they have so much in common and a deep bond between the pair begins to develop.
Initially, at the beginning here, I did feel that Lily came across as a trifle immature, spitting out her dummy at the slightest provocation; I felt that this was maybe due to her young age after all twenty-three is practically a baby in terms of life experience; thankfully she did seem to adapt as events progressed; still getting annoyed over trivialities but not reacting was a much healthier way to handle her inner turmoil and I did feel this was mostly down to Lances older calming influence.
He was almost like her mood ring; stabilising her irrational emotions.
I warmed to Lance almost straight away; he was such a genuine man, completely without any artifice.
I found this to be such a valuable character trait within him; it’s not often in fiction you get to behold so transparency in an individual as Lance.
One of his greatest character strengths was his compulsion to protect and nurture Lily; really beautiful to perceive in all its entirety.
When this pair reconnects at a later date while Lily is volunteering; not only does there relationship understandably deepen; it also opens up new pathways to Lilys Past and as the pair venture further down the rabbit hole events eventually start to spiral out of control arriving and culminating in a shocking finale.
So this was so fast paced with so much going on; also surprisingly although this is told from Lilys POV we do still get an enormous sense of Lance and where he’s at; more so than you would expect considering we never really get to play inside his actual head.
I also greatly appreciated how the first book was interwoven here; the author managing very nicely to meld the two storylines; connecting the actual dots between the two, and it was done ever so nicely indeed; very impressed.
Getting to reassemble and catch up with the original gang from “Island” was also a major plus point for this book; I really enjoyed the roles Laura and Jack played here minor though they actually were.
This had everything going for it suspense, intrigue, romance and some seriously juicy chemistry between our two mains.
It was ever so emotive and at times actually hurt my heart with its pure emotion and overall sentiment.
A great read that I’m ever so happy to recommend to you.
I believe the next volume here will be Zoe and Cody’s actual love journey cant wait.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Secrets (Portentous Destiny Series, #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
“Penny for your thoughts?” Lance says, looking at the list.
“I want to see if I can find Lorena and my grandparents. I can’t figure out why my grandparents wouldn’t have come looking for my mom at the hospital. She was only fifteen. It seems strange. I understand they were likely poor, I mean it’s not a great neighborhood. But still, something doesn’t seem right.”
“Maybe they couldn’t, or they weren’t alive or maybe they were sick or moved? There could be a whole litany of reasons why. Maybe she ran away?” he brainstorms.
“Well, we’re going to find out,” I say, feeling rather determined.
He smiles and takes my hand in his. “I have no doubt you will. But regrettably, I will need to take you back soon,” he says as he looks at the clock on the wall.
I nod and head upstairs to pack my things and shower. As I turn the faucet on and wait for the hot water, I feel Lance’s arms wrap around my waist and he pulls me against him. I can feel his hardness pressed against my back. I turn around and look up at him. He seems so much taller now as I stand naked in his arms. He grins, as though reading my mind, and in a true testament to his strength he very slowly pulls me up his body until our faces meet. I grin.
“Better,” he murmurs against my lips.
“Yes, much,” I whisper back as I wrap my legs around his waist.
He walks us into the shower and holds me under the hot water, kissing me slowly.
“I’m not sure I want to take you back this morning,” he murmurs in between kisses.
“Me either,” I sigh as I press my forehead against his.
“Do you think you could get more days off?”
“Not right now. They don’t have any other volunteers,” I explain as he lowers me until my feet hit the warmed tiles. I talk about the staff or lack thereof as he washes my hair and body. I return the favor all while continuing to talk about the kids and my time volunteering.
“You really love the kids, don’t you?” he asks with a smile.
I laugh. “Most of the time. I guess I just understand them.”
“I think I’m beginning to understand you,” he says, smiling as he brings his lips to mine. As he deepens our kiss, I feel my need for him blossom. I push myself against his hard frame, wrapping my arms around his neck and pulling him closer to me.
“Lily, we aren’t going to finish here if you keep doing that,” he says against my lips.
“I’m not on a schedule this morning,” I say, smiling back at him.
I jump up and wrap my legs around him as his arms come around me tightly. I feel protected by him, safe in our embrace. He turns and leans us against the tile shower wall. I can feel his erection against my entrance and I thrust my hips against him. He smiles at me again.
“I think I created a monster,” he says.
I smirk at him. “I want what I want. What can I say?”
“Oh really,” he says. “Greedy, are you?”
“For you,” I whisper, feeling brave at the moment.
He lifts me slightly and guides me down onto him. He makes love to me slowly, his lips never leaving mine. I get lost in our movements. I can feel his strength as his muscles strain and move against me.
S.E. Rose lives in the DMV. And if you know what that means, then you know where she lives. She currently resides with her husband, two children, and always at least two cats and usually other random creatures her children decide they need. While she works at a desk during the day, her evenings and weekends are devoted to writing and editing her romance novels. She loves all things wine, coffee, tea and dark chocolate; that’s right, dark chocolate. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, going to concerts, and reading.