The Secret She Keeps (Whitaker Island, #2)
No matter where you run to… Connor Rye seeks solace on remote Whitaker Island. When his first quiet evening ends with a blow to the head, it’s clear that nothing—and no one—is as it seems. Still haunted by his sister’s murder, he’s buried himself in work while trying to hold his family together. Now, when he has a minute to breathe, he knows better than to get involved with a stranger, but it might be too late to keep his distance. Desire will find you... For years she’s pretended to be someone else, but Maddie Rhine is done living in the shadows. Old habits are hard to kick however, and when her past follows her to Whitaker she’s forced to hide once more. Except with Connor. Effortlessly sexy Connor makes it difficult to ignore him. He sees right through her…and senses her fear.Someone is watching her. And waiting for the right moment to strike. This time Connor vows to be ready. 

The Secret She Keeps (Whitaker Island, #2) Details

TitleThe Secret She Keeps (Whitaker Island, #2)
Author
ReleaseDec 30th, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062892799
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Suspense

The Secret She Keeps (Whitaker Island, #2) Review

  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had really enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I was absolutely getting to this one. I loved Maddie and Connor. They’re both dealing with some things and I love how strong they stayed. She’s tenacious and he’s charming and together they have banter and loads of chemistry. I loved seeing Ben and Sylvia again and the other people who love on the island. Plot wise, it was good. I loved that the action started right away and the tension didn’t let up. I did figure out the twist about half I had really enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I was absolutely getting to this one. I loved Maddie and Connor. They’re both dealing with some things and I love how strong they stayed. She’s tenacious and he’s charming and together they have banter and loads of chemistry. I loved seeing Ben and Sylvia again and the other people who love on the island. Plot wise, it was good. I loved that the action started right away and the tension didn’t let up. I did figure out the twist about half way through the book, but it didn’t take anything away from the story. I would have liked a little more from the ending, but I think I’m just being greedy. Overall, it was a quick and captivating read. I hope there are more books on this island. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 30, 2019 No matter where you run to… Connor Rye seeks solace on remote Whitaker Island. When his first quiet evening ends with a blow to the head, it’s clear that nothing—and no one—is as it seems. Still haunted by his sister’s murder, he’s buried himself in work while trying to hold his family together. Now, when he has a minute to breathe, he knows better than to get involved with a stranger, but it might be too late to keep his distance.Desire will 4 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 30, 2019 No matter where you run to… Connor Rye seeks solace on remote Whitaker Island. When his first quiet evening ends with a blow to the head, it’s clear that nothing—and no one—is as it seems. Still haunted by his sister’s murder, he’s buried himself in work while trying to hold his family together. Now, when he has a minute to breathe, he knows better than to get involved with a stranger, but it might be too late to keep his distance.Desire will find you... For years she’s pretended to be someone else, but Maddie Rhine is done living in the shadows. Old habits are hard to kick however, and when her past follows her to Whitaker she’s forced to hide once more. Except with Connor. Effortlessly sexy Connor makes it difficult to ignore him. He sees right through her…and senses her fear.Someone is watching her. And waiting for the right moment to strike. This time Connor vows to be ready.••••••••••••••REVIEW: THE SECRET SHE KEEPS is the second instalment in HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary, adult WHITAKER ISLAND romantic, suspense series. This is businessman Connor Rye, and Maddie Rhine’s story line. THE SECRET SHE KEEPS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary.Told from three third person perspectives including Connor and Maddie, THE SECRET SHE KEEPS follows businessman Connor Rye as he escapes to Whitaker Island for some mandatory R&R, the same island where his brother Hansen (Her Other Secret #1) fell in love with his future wife. But from the outset Connor finds himself targeted by a woman who believes she is being stalked for sins of the past, sins that are about to be exposed on Whitaker Island. Enter Maddie Rhine, the woman with whom Connor will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Maddie and Connor, and the potential fall-out as Maddie’s secrets are about to be revealed.Maddie Rhine is in hiding but someone has found our story line heroine, sending letters that are now threatening the man with whom Maddie is falling in love. An unidentified body, and an assault against an elderly neighbor find Maddie face to face with a man who was once responsible for Maddie’s life. Connor Rye has struggled since the death of his sister months before, a struggle that forced his family to intervene for Connor’s mental health but Whitaker Island, for all of its’ quietude, has found itself on the receiving end of too many murders and questionable happenings.The relationship between Maggie and Connor begins as a case of mistaken identity when Maggie believes Connor is someone from her past. Connor finds himself attracted to a woman whose secrets are dark, secrets that are about to pull Connor into a web of murder and obsession.The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.We are reintroduced to Whitaker Island’s colorful and eccentric residents including the head of the Whitaker Board and lodge owner Sylvia Sussex, old man Paul, Whitaker’s self-appointed guardian Dom, Jenna Hughland, law enforcement officer Ben Clifford, and Maddie’s former handler Evan Williams.THE SECRET SHE KEEPS is a story of secrets and lies; obsession and betrayal. The premise is intriguing and captivating; the romance is seductive; the characters are energetic and spirited. Copy supplied by Netgalleywww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow at AAR.
  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret She Keeps by Helenkay Dimon is fast-paced romantic suspense. I found myself lured deeper into the plot. Page by page, I was intrigued. The suspense built into an intense atmosphere. I was not sure what the outcome would be. The outcome I knew would be deadly. But for who? And why? This novel was packed full of action, mystery, and romance. The danger was kept unknown. The reasons for the said danger was not fully given but just enough to keep you wondering why and who was behind this The Secret She Keeps by Helenkay Dimon is fast-paced romantic suspense. I found myself lured deeper into the plot. Page by page, I was intrigued. The suspense built into an intense atmosphere. I was not sure what the outcome would be. The outcome I knew would be deadly. But for who? And why? This novel was packed full of action, mystery, and romance. The danger was kept unknown. The reasons for the said danger was not fully given but just enough to keep you wondering why and who was behind this danger.A woman came to live on an island after her original danger passed. But now, her agent that once kept her safe is warning her of the danger she be in if she doesn't go into WITSEC with him. He's cocky, tough, and is a fully trained agent. That makes him a dangerous man to be around. The main protagonist dislikes him for his alpha male handling and sneer comments. But she still respects him. Then, there's another man. This other man is just as demanding but for other reasons. Something about him lures the heroine to him. She feels attracted to him. He too, feels it. There's the connection bursting between them. They have to explore it before it drives them crazy. With danger around them, both need to keep their attention sharp. Connor is just as tough as the male agent that tries to keep Maddie safe. Connor lost his sister and blames himself. He's recuperating on Whittaker island. Yet there, he finds a woman like Maddie. Maddie intrigues him. She's not like other women. She's gorgeous and irritating. Maddie is reclusive and hiding something. She's being threatened by an unknown person. It gets to where Maddie needs to confide and she doesn't know how. All she knows is that she needs to survive. Overall, this novel was amazing! I loved it. Helenkay Dimon writes well. Her characters are three-dimensional. The plot was exciting and dark. I was kept in the dark on who and why as to the threats and danger for Maddie. The rest of the minor character added humor and mystery. I recommend giving this book a try!I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Jessica (the naptime writer)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own.Helenkay Dimon’s The Secret She Keeps offers a passionate romance between a protective beta hero with a compelling back-story and a frightened woman who, mistaking him for someone else, attacks him, but it ultimately falls flat for me. Connor Rye’s sister was recently murdered and he escapes to Whitaker Island hoping that some solitude will give him the peace he needs. But very soon after arriving, I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own.Helenkay Dimon’s The Secret She Keeps offers a passionate romance between a protective beta hero with a compelling back-story and a frightened woman who, mistaking him for someone else, attacks him, but it ultimately falls flat for me. Connor Rye’s sister was recently murdered and he escapes to Whitaker Island hoping that some solitude will give him the peace he needs. But very soon after arriving, he’s attacked in his brother’s cabin and the perpetrator turns out to be Maddie Rhine, an attractive young woman who’s seeking refuge on Whitaker Island for her own reasons. Dimon intriguingly sets up Whitaker Island as a space that can offer safe haven—but that’s also used by nefarious people for more nefarious reasons—and it lends great atmosphere to this romantic suspense story. When someone’s murdered on the island the book turns into a whodunnit, and the suspense stakes are ratcheted up in exciting ways.Connor rises to the occasion. He tries to keep Maddie safe, despite the fact that she attacked him in a way that stretched credulity for me. (It doesn’t make sense to me why she chose to attack him and when, especially given how her history of making impulsive actions has played out.) Connor’s patient and understanding, even when my own empathy for the heroine was strained. The dynamics between them might work for some people, but they didn’t quite work for me—though I do want to give big props to Dimon for how she handles talk of consent. Overall, I enjoyed The Secret She Keeps, but I was somewhat ambivalent about the heroine and I wasn’t supremely invested in the story. I am a fan of Dimon's work, though, so I'll look forward to reading the next book in the series and hoping it's more to my liking.
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  • Lynn Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 STARS!In THE SECRET SHE KEEPS danger is lurking from the very start yet the dialogue that is woven with humorous banter keeps a lightheartedness alive for the reader. HelenKay Dimon's second book in her Whitaker Island series is sure to please fans of romantic suspense!As we go into the story, we know that Connor is still suffering an overwhelming grief over his sister's murder and carries a load of emotions with him. He's seeking to get away from the daily grind to comfort his soul, but 4 1/2 STARS!In THE SECRET SHE KEEPS danger is lurking from the very start yet the dialogue that is woven with humorous banter keeps a lightheartedness alive for the reader. HelenKay Dimon's second book in her Whitaker Island series is sure to please fans of romantic suspense!As we go into the story, we know that Connor is still suffering an overwhelming grief over his sister's murder and carries a load of emotions with him. He's seeking to get away from the daily grind to comfort his soul, but finds himself smack dab in the middle of a mystery.Maddie makes a huge impact on Connor from day one, and as he learns tidbits of her story, he's more and more intrigued. Can she find a way to let people into the inner sanctuary she's built around herself when her life just might depend on it again?I recommend this story to fans of suspense with a generous amount of sexual chemistry, romance and happily ever afters. The story was fast paced, endearing and ultimately satisfying!
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  • Donna Was A Scandal
    January 1, 1970
    Romantic suspense with a big mystery influence - I enjoyed this book very much and found the characters resonated with me more than those in book 1. Connor's emotional baggage and inability to grieve runs head-first into Maddie's deep, dark, deadly secrets - I'm not spoiling a damn thing! I found the pacing of the mystery very well done, I enjoyed the chemistry and really hot sex scenes but most of all, the gut-wrenching emotional journey or journeys but especially Connor's as it revolves around Romantic suspense with a big mystery influence - I enjoyed this book very much and found the characters resonated with me more than those in book 1. Connor's emotional baggage and inability to grieve runs head-first into Maddie's deep, dark, deadly secrets - I'm not spoiling a damn thing! I found the pacing of the mystery very well done, I enjoyed the chemistry and really hot sex scenes but most of all, the gut-wrenching emotional journey or journeys but especially Connor's as it revolves around unattended to grief, was the real star of the show - very well written. Fabulous character development and growth.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    I am LOVING Whitaker Island so much! I was intrigued by book one, and now I'm completely obsessed! And these Rye brothers are just wow! Maddie is an awesome character, and while I wanted to shake her sometimes, I totally loved her! Connor is just the absolute best too! I figured out the mystery early on (lifelong mystery reader here), but that didn't diminish my love of the story or how it played out! I cannot wait for more, because there are people I need more info about, like now!
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  • Michelle Cable
    January 1, 1970
    Received digital ARC from Edelweiss.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the first book in this series so I was really excited to read this book. This is the story of Conner Rye and Maddie Rhine.He has buried himself in work since his sisters murder and trying to hold his family together. He comes to Whitaker Island to take a break and find peace. His first evening there he is hit in the head. Maddie has pretended to be someone else for years. Something from her past is coming back to haunt her. Someone is watching her and waiting for a chance to get her. I enjoyed the first book in this series so I was really excited to read this book. This is the story of Conner Rye and Maddie Rhine.He has buried himself in work since his sisters murder and trying to hold his family together. He comes to Whitaker Island to take a break  and find peace. His first evening there he is hit in the head. Maddie  has pretended to be someone else for years. Something from her past is coming back to haunt her. Someone is watching her and waiting for a chance to get her. Connor sees the real her even though she tries to hide it. He knows he shouldn't get involved with a stranger but he can't ignore his attraction to Maddie. Can they figure out who is watching her? Can they get past both of their problems and be together? Read to find out. I loved this book it was a great unique story. I liked the plot and the characters. I enjoyed getting to know them and seeing how their story ended up. This is a great series and this is a great book. I highly reccomend it. I recieved a free copy of this book from Eldeweiss and here is my honest reveiw. I would buy this book for myself or a friend. The author knows how to write a story that you have to finish and you get invested in the characters
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