Book Review: A Secret Life by Rachael Brownell

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A Secret Life
by Rachael Brownell
Publication date: December 2nd 2013
Category: New Adult
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Received from author in
exchange for an honest review

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“I think you and I were meant to meet. I think all of this was supposed to happen. You are my destiny.”

She never thought that her life would be this complicated. Or this dangerous. Running from her past, Kat and her mom end up in a small Colorado town when Kat run’s directly into her future. She changes everything about herself to try and blend into the background, to go unnoticed. She pushes everyone away and erects walls around herself and her heart. As hard as she tries, though, Kat can’t seem to escape the pull that Cam has on her.

Cam has never been so intrigued by anyone. Not only is Kat the most gorgeous girl he’s ever seen but also the most mysterious. She’s hiding something and he’s hell-bent on finding out what it is. The only problem is that she’s trying to shut him out which only furthers his determination to get close to her.

When Kat learns that her past is catching up with her again she has to run, leaving Cam, and her broken heart, behind.

~My Thoughts~

Isn’t that book cover beautiful? I was drawn to the book the moment I saw it.

A Secret Life is a romantic suspense tale told from the perspectives of both Katrina and Cam. Katrina and her mother are starting over in a small town in Colorado after being accustomed to the high society life her father provided. Katrina makes slight changes to her appearance, hoping to blend in, to fly under the radar at her new high school. It’s her senior year. She just wants to get it over with and move on to college, leaving behind the new messed up life she’s been dealt. But then she meets Cam who refuses to be dismissed. There’s something about Katrina that makes him want nothing more than to get close to her. That isn’t the only problem, though. When Katrina’s past catches up to her, they are forced to run… and leave Cam in her wake.

The author’s writing style is very different from any I’ve read before. It’s razor sharp and to the point. For readers who dislike a lot of flowery prose, this is the perfect style. There is an air of suspense and urgency woven into the story that pushed me to the next page and the next. The pacing is as quick as a race horse, so be prepared for a quick read.

I had mixed feelings about the relationship between Katrina and Cam. On one hand, I really wanted to see them succeed and was bummed when Katrina’s past forced her to move forward without him. On the other hand, their romance moved like lightening and lacked some of the development that would have made it feel more organic to me. I had to keep reminding myself that they were teenagers and teens seem to ‘fall in love’ quickly. Cam seemed a little too smart to be that foolhardy, but he was determined to get what he wanted and I appreciated that.

I do have to point out that this book needs a good sweep from an editor. There were quite a few grammatical errors, and repetition that could have been avoided.

Overall, I thought this was a good story that had me engaged from the get-go. Brownell has a real talent for storytelling. I will definitely read more by this author, and recommend A Secret Life for fans of romantic suspense!

~About the Author~

rachael brownell

Rachael Brownell was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she currently resides with her boyfriend and son. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she studied Advertising and Public Relations.

When she’s not working, building Lego’s or writing her next book, Rachael enjoys scrapbooking, photography, is learning to golf and is an avid reader.

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