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Family Secrets (A Cop in the Family Book 1) by [Hill, Jamie]
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"Be sure to add Family Secrets by Jamie Hill to your reading list, you'll be glad you did." ~5 Hearts ~ Anita, The Romance Studio

From the Author

Thanks for checking out my work. If you like romantic suspense please consider my latest series, Witness Security. Pieces of the Past, Time to Kill, and Cover of Darkness are available now. Book four, Darkest Before Dawn, is coming in 2016. These titles stand alone but can be read as part of a series. As are the books in my A Cop in the Family series: Family Secrets, Family Ties and Family Honor. I also have a short novella available in Kindle format only called On the Edge.

If you like straight romance, may I suggest my series, The Blame Game. The books in order are: Blame it on the Stars, Blame it on the Moon, Blame it on the Sun, and  Blame it on the Rain. Also look for romance titles Secrets and Lies, and Playing For Keeps.

My collection of romantic short stories is pulled together into one book called Impulsive, and each story is available separately as an Amazon short.

I hope you enjoy!

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  • File Size: 3348 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love (September 21, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004478IN6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love this series and the way she writes but I really hated the way that Crystal smoked constantly. I kept thinking "why would he want to kiss her, cuddle with her when she had to stink of smoke and taste like an ashtray?" Why have her be a smoker and to top it off - a chain smoker? To what purpose? Kind of tainted the romantic parts.
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Adorable boys!! Likable hero and heroine. Engrossed me for about the first third of the book. Would have given it a 5 star except for.....

Heroine is s smoker, okay, fine she was not a mother when she acquired two little boys, but smoking in front of them, with them in the same room? not cool.

Hero is driving to negotiate kidnappers for return of loved one's and yet he's JOKING????? with a fellow cop and LAUGHING???? REALLLYYYY????

Hero is negotiating with madmen to bring home the woman he loves and a little boy he love's but he is sarcastic, mocking almost instigating the kidnappers who hold your loved one's fate??? not ccol.

I think too many people who read books on Amazon are to quick to give an enjoyable read a 5 star rating. I reserve that high a praise for someone who has truly moved me, not just entertained me.

I would reccomend this book, because it has alot of good aspects to it, BUT NOT a 5 star read for me.
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This book was interesting, and the plot held my attention to the end. The writing was not bad either. What a shame it was all ruined by profanity, crude language, and heavy, much too explicit sex. If you took out these, Crystal's smoking, her intentions to have sex, and Jack's erections, half the book would be gone. This is even more disappointing, because I think Jamie Hill has talent as a writer.
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I originally didn't plan to get this but since I am hard core romance reader with no mystery/murder's under my belt but it was free I thought what the heck. This book I would have paid going rate for a paperback, I am so glad I read it. I would describe this as mainly a murder mystery with a really good romance in the making . Even though I figured out who the villian was there were still some twists that kept me interested and surprised. The children were adorable and the h was so endearing I felt for her. The H sounded like a real sweetheart you just wanted to coddle him. Anyway, read it and weep....I did. Enjoy
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Other than BTK, Wichita KS isn't thought of as a high crime town like Chicago or New York, but it has its share. The story begins with Crystal arriving home to a dead homeless man on her front stairs. She "knows" him. The homeless are frequently seen in her neighborhood. She lives in a 20 unit apartment building next door to a former boyfriend. When he disappears it complicates her life. Living paycheck to (almost the next) paycheck she takes responsibility for his two boys. The detective investigating the death (with a story in his past too) becomes romantically involved with her. Throw in some burglary, vandalism, etc and you have a fast paced, interesting book. I read it over the weekend - couldn't put it down.
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First of all, I couldn't put Family Secrets down. Jack, Crystal and the external story line all grabbed my attention and held it until I had turned the last page. This will not be the last book I read from this author.

The characters felt real with a few exceptions, and both Crystal and Jack are basically likeable. The kids are incredibly well-adjusted considering the trauma they've gone through, incredible being the operative word. Several things about this book strained credibility, including Jack moving a witness and the kids into his house, lying about the kids' parentage to his coworkers, and The implication that Crystal is more or less sexually inexperienced considering that she came on to Jack very hard before they become lovers and admittedly had casual sex with the kids' father. Several loose ends were dismissed with one-liners or not at all, which made me wish the author had taken the additional words to take the story full circle.

The plot was well-thought out and, with the exceptions mentioned above, is believable. My guess is that the book was written some years ago, before it became politically incorrect to have romance characters smoking and drinking to excess during real time in a story. Still, I agree with another reviewer who found the overly frequent mention of smoking distracting. Overall, Family Secrets was an enjoyable read, with the problems I've mentioned preventing it from hitting my virtual keeper shelf.
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Family Secrets (A Cop in the Family)

Crystal Cartwright nudged the two little boys away from the dead body that blocked their entrance inside the decrepit apartment building and sat them on the bus stop bench that was on the side. Crystal lit a cigarette and as she blew smoke from her mouth, a man in a leather jacket and worn jeans hurried to her and started asking questions. Crystal blew smoke and then and asked him who he was. Poor Manny! Who would want to kill a sweet and homeless person like him? Crystal worked at Moe's diner as a waitress and she had always given him food to eat and now he was dead--just what two little boys needed to see!

Detective Jack Dunlevy talked to the gorgeous redhead with the two little boys, and as he talked, he said the wrong thing about the victim because the woman knew that the body had been a person and although he was homeless that he deserved some respect. Jack was two years away from retirement and in the eighteen years he had been on the Wichita, Kansas police department he had seen in all. Twice divorced, Jack had no intention to marry again but the redhead stirred something in his heart that he never felt before, and seeing that she wore no wedding ring, Jack chased fantasies of her being in his bed.

Janie Hill writes a suspense filled book that leaves you on the edge of your seat in her first novel: Family Secrets, the book was very well written, full of twists and uncertainty that it would make an excellent movie! Crystal springs from a drunk mother and an endless line of step fathers, she thinks of herself as unworthy of Jack's love because she is white trash while Jack is a harden detective who just wants to catch bad guys. This is my first novel by Ms. Hill and it will certainly not be my last. A must read for all suspense lovers and definitely a keeper!
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