SAVANNAH'S SECRETS - Reese Ryan
REVIEWER: Alicia Aaron| RATING: A
REVIEW: SAVANNAH’S SECRETS is Reese Ryan’s first novel under the Harlequin Desire line. It tells the love story of Blake Abbott and Savannah Carlisle. I received an advanced reader copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this story and hope to see more stories from involving this family.
Blake Abbott is an executive in his family’s bourbon distillery, King’s Finest. Savannah Carlisle is an event planner who also operates as a double agent. Her grandfather and Blake’s grandfather were once friends and business partners; but now, years later, Blake’s grandfather is rich and Savannah’s grandfather is barely making ends meet. Savannah’s mission was to find evidence to support her grandfather’s claim that Blake’s grandfather, Joseph Abbott, all but stole the business from him.
While Savannah is doing double duty, she is also fighting her attraction to Blake and Blake is trying to fight his attraction to Savannah; but as is the norm, when you fight and deny your attraction it only blazes brighter. Inevitably, Savannah and Blake give into their passion. Everything seems to go well, until the truth about Savannah’s motives for gaining employment at King’s Finest comes out. Will Savannah and Blake be able to overcome her deceit or will all be lost?
What I liked about this book is that the characters are strong and very family oriented. I mean Savannah is willing to risk jail time just so that her grandfather can get what she thinks is rightfully his and so that her sister and niece can stop struggling to get by. Blake is convinced that his grandfather could not possibly be guilty of what Savannah is accusing. Both characters are fiercely loyal to those they love even to the detriment of themselves.
The story flowed well and the plot was believable. I mean who wouldn’t want to go to bat and defend their beloved family? The passion between the two was evident not just in the love scenes, but in the interactions between Savannah and Blake. Reese Ryan did a very good job creating imagery with her words that allowed you to picture what you read and that definitely translated in the affection between the two characters. It may have started out as lust, but it quickly evolved into love and you could sense that by the way Ryan wrote their story.
The only issue I really had with the story was the utter stubbornness between the two characters; and oddly, enough that stubbornness also is what I liked. The stubbornness came from defending and believing in their grandfathers. I felt that at a certain point they were too stubborn and at many times, I just wanted to yell “talk to each other already!”. Savannah held on to her secret for too long. When she started to catch feelings for Blake, she should have come clean or at least tested the waters. By hiding the truth for so long, it hurt her credibility. For Blake, his stubbornness came in after the truth came out because he still wasn’t trying to hear or understand Savannah.
SAVANNAH'S SECRETS a good read and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in African American romance. It releases on March 1st, so be sure to check it out.
1st March 2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org