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- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publication Date: May 5, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K5D7IAC
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- Lending: Enabled
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Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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On the night of his marriage to Ebony, Felix Essien is critically injured and lies in a coma for months. When he awakens, he has no memory of how he came to be hospitalized, and no memory of his wedding or his wife...or the conditions of their marriage. He can recall something about a marriage and his board giving him an ultimatum, but little else. Ebony is immediately on edge. Once she and his family members assure Felix that he is indeed married to Ebony, and his father intimates that Felix has "something to atone for", he seems bound and determined to get close to his wife. He can tell she's hiding something, but giving him too much information can hinder his recovery, so most choose to instead to let his memory return on its own gradually.
His memory does slowly return...with good and bad consequences. As they do, secrets are revealed, and good lord! Everyone has them! The reader is blindsided more than once...and there's nothing you can do about it! LOL!
My favorite part of the story is that even though Felix and Ebony are on shaky ground, even though there are secrets and unspoken words; even though there is hesitancy, they do not turn away from each other. Despite the pain and anger, there is still communication. And, when you have that, you have hope.
Kudos to Kiru Taye for including a glimpse of book 2 at the end of the story. While it opens up another door, the scene itself is very satisfying! (D@mn Dele!)
Anxiously awaiting "Making Scandal".
The Essiens are the kings of African finance. A close-knit family, their father is the patriarch of a finance dynasty that ranges from retail to investment banking spanning the African continent. Yet all is not as it seems.
The story of Ebony and Felix, one of the Essien sons, is so gripping and fast paced, unfolding as you read along in flashback, thus the suspense and intrigue very well maintained till the end. As we all know, keeping secrets in any relationship especially marriage might be a big recipe for disaster and both Felix and Ebony have secrets that threaten their new marriage. Felix’ memory loss works to Ebony’s advantage but she is never at ease for fear that her husband would regain his memory. Nevertheless, she takes advantage of his obvious concern and passion for her.
The characters are flawed, but naturally and humanely so and therein lies the beauty of the characterization. I love them for the passion and love they show towards each other. The chemistry between them is so palpable, even with Felix’ memory loss. Perhaps, because of his deep love for her, he is able to see that things just do not seem to add up. Both characters are strong and stubborn; Felix, hot, masterful and always in control; Ebony sexy, elegant and independent. In the end, secrets, betrayals and manipulations gave way to love and forgiveness.
I don’t think I have really done justice to this book, honestly. You need to read it and see what I mean. :-) Kiru Taye is an expert storyteller in the romance genre; throwing in Igbo words here and there with doses of of Igbo culture and tradition to give the novel an authentic but contemporary African feel.
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
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