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Secret (Secret Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nia Forrester
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Shayla has a secret. She’s a very different woman than the person she used to be three short years ago; that woman she finally feels like she’s left behind and she never wants to be again. And she’s been doing fine so far with her plan to reinvent herself. Trey Denison wasn’t going to put even a dent in those plans. All she needed from him was an extremely short, extremely hot, purely sexual affair and she had no reason to believe he wouldn’t provide it. After all, that was his specialty. But after one crazy weekend, Trey decides that a ‘short affair’ with Shayla is the last thing he wants . . .

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"This is a novel that makes you think long after you finish reading it." - Books Rock
"I love Nia Forrester, her fluid writing will grab you from the beginning until the end of this book." - Dheart
"One word three times...EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT!" - TG

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Trey watched as Shayla strolled the aisle just ahead of the cart at a leisurely pace, pausing every once in awhile to check items on the shelves, turning to grab something else. The ritual of shopping together had taken on more significance lately. Living in the same house, sleeping together, shopping together. It made them seem more like a couple. This was where the panic was supposed to set in.

But he didn't feel it.

Maybe it was because despite spending the countless hours with him in bed, Shayla was the same out of bed. She joked with and made fun of him and was seemingly unaffected by this new, and to his mind fairly dramatic turn of events.

Which was precisely what he wanted, wasn't it?

Trey's fear had been that once they got back from San Diego she would start thinking crazy shit, like that he would hold her hand or something. But it was weeks later and she hadn't. Apart from the fact that they wound up in each other's beds more than a few times a week, surprisingly little else had changed. No awkwardness, no clinging, nothing. None of his fears had come to fruition. Instead, Shayla was even more comfortable in his company than before.

And the way he felt around her now . . . it wasn't 'comfortable' that was for damn sure. She was exactly as she'd always been.

So why the hell was he so damn jumpy lately?

"I think we should try these," Shayla said to him now, holding up a trio of Indian simmer sauces. "If we use chicken breast it would be really easy to make. You like Indian food, don't you?"

Trey nodded distractedly, almost impatiently and Shayla's eyes narrowed as she detected his mood.

"What's the matter?" she asked, resuming her stroll, her back turned to him once again.
He made a vague, non-committal noise and kept walking.

 "Nothing," he said.

"You sure?" Shayla asked, glancing at him again.


They finished up the shopping with very little other conversation. Shayla added several new items to their standard shopping list, to which he had no comment. Except for when she grabbed one of those huge cartons of strawberries. When Trey told her that he wouldn't eat any of them and that she couldn't possibly eat them all before they started to go bad, she'd still insisted on getting it. And that had led to some bickering for a couple minutes during which Trey realized he was being unnecessarily difficult, but was still powerless to stop himself.

It was her calm that was getting to him. She was completely serene while he was in turmoil for reasons he couldn't even begin to identify. He felt like he was teetering on the edge of something huge and nameless and unfamiliar while she skipped around without a care in the world.

Finally, they were heading back at the house and unloading the boxes, putting everything away. Shayla moved about the kitchen, clearing away the debris of their shopping trip, breaking down cardboard boxes, bending, stretching reaching.

And Trey couldn't keep his eyes off her.

It was as though they'd unleashed some kind of untamed beast and all he could think about was being inside her. But that was to be expected, because the sex was phenomenal. What was much more difficult to accept was that sometimes, on the rare occasions when he didn't want to have sex, he just wanted to be with her.
"Hey," he said as Shayla righted herself from tucking some plastic bags under the kitchen sink.

She turned to look at him, her eyes questioning. She'd been a little quieter since he'd picked on her in Costco about the damn strawberries. Shayla smiled and Trey smiled back. Those eyes . . .

"Get over here," he said, his voice hoarse.

She smiled, coming toward him slowly.

Trey put his hands on her hips, pressing his fingers into them, sliding his hands inside the waistband of her jeans to make contact with bare skin. Shayla's eyes never left his. He pulled her closer, so their chests were just touching, the very tips of her soft breasts brushing against him.

When she was around, everything was better. And that scared the crap out of him.

"What's gotten into you?" she asked softly. She tilted her head to one side, amusement dancing in her eyes.

"You," he said. "You have."

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What We Have Here... February 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In all good works of fiction what keeps the reader turning the pages is conflict, those things that prevent the story's protagonist from getting what they want and thereby creating drama and interest for the reader. I think that in the Romance genre, it's more about the author preventing the reader from getting what THEY want: that anticipated happily ever after ending. The romance novel teases and torments as the reader wonders how the protagonists are ever going to get it together and finally get together.

In "Secret" author Nia Forrester has the teasing and tormenting down to a science. Like water boarding. Like car battery-powered electrodes attached to body parts you don't want electrodes attached to. And it's all because the protagonists Shayla and Trey won't open their mouths and talk to each other. If I were going to subtitle "Secret," I'd used the famous line from the classic movie "Cool Hand Luke:" "What we have here is a failure to communicate."

There are reasons that Shayla and Trey, who though they live in the same house (Trey is the landlord and Shayla is his basement apartment tenant) can't open up to each other. They are each in their own way damaged people. And because of that damage they are both frustrating characters - frustrating to the point that if you're like me, you often wanted to yell at Shayla, "What are you doing?" and punch Trey in his head. And then keep reading to find out what happens next.

I have to give the Shayla character a pass for her failure to speak up. She's the one with the secret, a damaging (in more ways than one) event from her past that she's still struggling to deal with.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good story December 25, 2012
By str8Kim
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story. It had a certain realness to it where I felt like I was reading about real life people. Shay could have been me, my best friend, sister, whomever. She was just such a relateable character as was Trey, Darren, and Tessa too. They felt like real people with real issues, not the usual buppies that are found in so many books.

I liked the relationship between Trey and Shay. It started out pretty hot and heavy but developed into something substantial which shocked the both of them. Shay's issue was major, and it was great to see Trey stand by her and be completely supportive of her circumstance. I loved how their story was complete. We got the full story from their first meeting, and all details of their relationship. Nothing was left out and I am loving that about Nia Forrester's writing style. It's reads like a movie and not just words on a page.

I hope there is a follow up to this story because I am very curious to know how Trey's situation will pan out, and if Trey and Shay will actually make it as a couple.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book, Well Balanced, Enjoyable November 10, 2013
By Bea
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading "Secret" and "The Art of Endings", back-to-back, and am pleased with both of the books. The characters Shayla & Trey are developed well; they're human, successful, flawed and real. The story takes you through the building of their relationship, how they struggle to cast-off old demons and rebalance themselves in monogamous relationships. The relationship between Trey and his sister, Tessa, was equally challenging as she was head-strong and determined to forge her own path in life. The men and women in this book are powerful but vulnerable, and the setting in Washington DC gives these urban characters depth & dimension.

"Secret" ended well and the story, for all intents and purposes, ended there; but the continuation with "The Art of Endings" gave comfortable finality to both stories. It highlighted a new set of characters and their relationships, and linked both books beautifully.

I've read most all from this author and only one book ("Maybe Never"), was a disappointment. Her characters are real people dealing with real relationship issues in real world situations.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite,but still a fan April 22, 2013
By Al Rice
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This is a story of unexpected love and healing. The main characters, Shayla and Trey both have complicated pasts, and they try to overcome them as they find something special in each other. I have become a huge fan of Ms. Forrester's fiction. As such, I purchased this book without a second thought. While it's an "okay" read, it is certainly not of the caliber of the other books I've read by her. The character development is lacking, particularly with Trey. The focus is on Shayla, and it leaves things feeling imbalanced. As a result, the relationship development between the main characters is lacking as well. The best part of stories for me is going on the journey with the characters, getting to know them, and being caught up in their world. I did not find this to be the case with Secret. All those things being said, it's an okay read. My review is probably a little more critical because I'm comparing it to the author's really great work. I probably would still recommend it, particularly if you like the author. There will be a sequel to this couple's story, and I do plan on reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
I fell in love with the characters and each brought dynamics that are relevant in today. The author gave just enough to keep you wanting to continue to see what is going to... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Londra Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
One of the best
Published 1 month ago by The Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I love the way Nia writes. This story was great and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. Hopefully Darren's story is just as interesting
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story...
Shay and Trey's story was beautiful and special. I can't wait to read the continuation of their story and what lies in store in TheArt of Endings.

Published 3 months ago by Dst4T
4.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I really enjoyed this book. Nia Forrester is becoming one of my favorite authors. I truly enjoy the way she puts stories together. She covers every detail so vividly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tawanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Some secrets need to be revealed
I wasn't sure what to expect with Secret-what starts out as a very sexy story becomes something much deeper as it dissects the idea of secrets, the lengths we go to keep them... Read more
Published 5 months ago by KimGM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Nia brings it in every books she writes. It's hard for me to put her books down! I find myself not sleep because I'm trying to finish the books.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Awesome story! Great writer! I enjoyed the plot and always liked a great love story!!!!! Nia Forrester is on my list to read!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I like Nia Forrester and she did not disappoint in this book. Good love story. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book.
Published 5 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars She Hasn't Disappointed Me Yet
This is the fourth book I’ve read by Nia Forrester and she still hasn’t disappointed me.
Between trying to find out what Shayla’s secret was and wondering if Trey could end... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melissa
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Nia Forrester lives and writes in Washington DC where, by day, she is an attorney working on public policy and by night, she crafts woman-centered fiction that examines the complexities of life, love and the human condition.

She welcomes feedback and email from her readers at or tweets to niaforrester.

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