Review: The Secret Affair
THE SECRET AFFAIR - Brenda Jackson
Harlequin Desire
December 2014
Beverly Jackson |  RATING: B+ 
SYNOPSIS: It has been a year since Jillian Novak ended their affair-a year that left Dr. Aidan Westmoreland determined to win back his lover. He knows they shouldn't have to keep their relationship a secret and he'll follow her around the world to prove it. Fourteen days on a cruise ship-just Aidan, Jillian and the deep blue sea…and a passion that won't be denied.

It has been a year since Jillian Novak has broken off her secret affair with Aidan Westmoreland and she is still obsessed with thoughts of their tantalizing relationship. Hoping for some relaxation and to put her relationship memories to rest before starting a grueling residency program, Jillian departs solo for a fourteen-day cruise. Aidan is not sure why Jillian broke off their relationship but he certainly intends to court and win back her heart permanently on the romantic European cruise. Aidan is so happy when Jillian’s sister approached him with a plan for him and Jillian to be together on the cruise. Does love have a “second chance” or will uncertainties once again challenge this passionate couple?

Ms. Jackson is the mistress of creating sizzling sexual tension and fiery passionate chemistry between a couples, so have your fan and cold drink handy when beginning this book. Jillian had a “crush” on Aidan from the time she first laid eyes on him at seventeen, so at her twenty-first birthday party, the teasing banter between them eludes to their inner feelings, and with a career in common, allowing for future connections away from inquisitive family eyes. Jillian wants their relationship kept a secret for personal reasons, some she expresses to Aidan and some she keeps to herself. Maturity and going for her gusto is the journey Jillian will need to learn. Aidan is surprised at his deep attraction to Jillian and is cautious in his approach in initiating their relationship but does jump into it with both feet once he values his true feelings. Like his Westmoreland brothers and cousins, who should come with a warning, Aidan has swagger and the alpha male attitude to do what is necessary to get his woman.

I enjoyed how the author relates the beginning and the breakup of the relationship between Jillian and Aidan before delving into the shipboard courtship. The complexities of a long-distance relationship are well-done and realistic. The love scenes steam up the pages with nothing more than a glance or a kiss on the hand.

THE SECRET AFFAIR is an enchanting feel-good story of the magic of love that will make you want to fall in love again. While at times the books in the Westmoreland series may seem a little formulaic, they are charming and delightful happily-ever-after scenarios that are a delightful joy.

25th December 2014 |