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Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"A real page turner"
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"My new favourite author"
"I want to be like Felix Essien when I grow up!"
About the Author
- File Size : 886 KB
- Publication Date : May 5, 2014
- Print Length : 294 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00K5D7IAC
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,102 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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It frustrated me to no end that Ebony didn't talk to Felix early on. What was her plan? It made no sense for her to try to hide anything. I can't remember reading a book where I rolled my eyes at the female lead's bad decisions so often.
The impossible coma recovery did not make for a good start. This would have been a much better book for me if Felix had gone through a "normal" recovery period. It would have made sense that Ebony couldn't tell Felix any potentially upsetting news until a certain point in his recovery. Felix could have fallen believably in love with Ebony over a period of time as their devotion to each other grew. If the author would write that book, I can see myself giving it 3.5 or even 4 stars.
Two stars because the writing is pretty fluid. She makes the flashback style work.
On the one hand, I really liked Ebony. Every time she got upset I felt really bad for her, and her desire to have a real relationship (and her confusion over whether her relationship with Felix even could be real) is completely sympathetic. It's wish fulfillment seeing the way Feli cherishes her (...most of the time), which is very fun. Her attraction to Felix is visceral and real and pretty hot, and her softer side (wanting a baby, loving her mother and friend) balances her out and gives her depth.
On the other hand, while I wanted to like Felix, certain things about him skeeve me out. He's very controlling of Ebony, very dominating in an alpha-male way that I know appeals to some readers but has never so much appealed to me. He also seems to change his position on her very quickly, one minute saying of course he loves her and will protect her and the next hating her and being unwilling to listen to her explanations of simple misunderstandings.
So, as much as I wanted to ship it, Felix makes me...a little squeamish. I liked his protectiveness and charisma at first but his controlling side is not so appealing. However, again, a lot of this is my aversion to alpha male characters.
As for the plot, what could be more fun than a combination of marriage of convenience and amnesia? It's quite trope-heavy and melodramatic! Makes for light reading, sometimes hard to take seriously but always fun. The author's tone is just very readable. I will probably try another Kiru Taye in the future. As I said, my feelings are currently kind of mixed.
I really couldn’t understand why add the amnesia if now Ebony wants to be close to Flex, and didn’t tell him the truth about the marriage even if she had also agreed to do this just to help him out. This book was painful to read., Ebony is tortured by the secrets she hides from Felix, which he will find out from his close staff or if his amnesia kick in. Flex hates secrets and lies, but the author would have done better if Flex was trying to find out who and why did they got married instead of having a lot of sex.
It pains me to see that Ebony didn't talk to Felix about their little setup, unless she really did want to be with him in the first place. What was her plan? It made no sense for her to try to hide anything.
I wanted to love this book if the author would have played more into the amnesia.
I will probably try another Kiru Taye in the future, but this book didn’t do it for me.
The cultural differences were less to my liking (the story takes place in Nigeria), as I favor more outgoing, unreserved characters and prefer sassier heroines.
• 292 Pages • Contemporary • Standalone • Happily Ever After • In A Series • Third-Person Narrative • Her POV • His POV
The romantic theme:
• Second Chances
• Good Pace • Touching • Twists & Turns • Sexy • Dramatic
• 2 / 5 (Includes sex scenes, but not overly explicit) • MF scenes • Vanilla Sex
• Relationship Agreement • Amnesia • Big Secret • Mystery & Suspense • Cheating
• Alpha Male • Hot • Fit • Wealthy
• Stunning • Curvy Figure • Had Few Bed Partners • Troubled Past
Top reviews from other countries
The reasons for the ‘pretend’ marriage seem rather vacuous for two intelligent and confident people. There are several plot threads that don’t seem to fit, i.e. they don’t remember that they knew each other as children which isn't explained until nearly at the end of the book. The threatening phone calls where the caller’s voice isn't recognised. Some of the chapters are better written than others, some feel rushed and almost as though they are page fillers.
Having mentioned those negatives now on to the positive aspects of the book. This is a much sexier book than I would normally read, so way out of my comfort zone but these aspects were well written and didn't make me cringe as some others I've read have.
As this is Book 1 in a family trilogy (although there are four books in the series!) there will be stories about characters we have already met, the brothers of Felix, to come.
Very good book
Author on point