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/ ARC Book Review / Secrets (Portentous Destiny Series, #2) / S.E. Rose /



 Release Date-12th June 2108
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-292 Pages


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 (Portentous Destiny Serices Book 2)

Secrets by S.E. Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date-12/6/18

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 such 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.



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