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Secret Lovers (Urban Soul) (Urban Soul Presents) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Urban Soul
  • Mass Market Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Books (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599830027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599830025
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,215,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Secret Lovers presents three enticing reads. Each story has its own surprising twist."

"In Irresistible Flames, Kelly and Byron are both successful attorneys and engaged. Kelly loves Byron immensely and feels that he loves her just as deeply. However, Byron becomes very obsessive and this causes Kelly to question their relationship. An unexpected man comes into her life as a result of an accident. Byron's hidden secret is revealed, which totally shakes Kelly."

"In Second Chance, Caprianna and Marquise are happily married. So it seems, until Caprianna begins to notice sudden changes in Marquise. Caprianna is determined to resolve the issues in her marriage and also struggling to hold on to her business that appears to be going under. Caprianna becomes a victim in a shooting that nearly kills her. Her husband abandons her, but a wonderful man enters her life, with the hope of bringing a second chance of love and happiness to her life."

"Detoured is centered on family secrets that eventually come to light. Through out Yolanda and Frank's marriage he has been abusive. Their daughters Sonnet and Margaret have dealt with this knowledge and have kept it a secret. Health and self-esteem issues develop among the siblings. Eventually Yolanda gets the strength to leave Frank and returns to her hometown where she comes in contact with the love of her life, which just happens to be Sonnet's biological father. Sonnet and Yolanda have both harbored secret loves that are powerful and leads them back to the one they love."

"The commonality of these intriguing reads is that love can come into or reenter your life when you least expect it."
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The first story in Secret Lovers is titled Irresistible Flames. The story is authored by Patricia Anne Phillips. Of the three stories in the book, Irresistible Flames is the story serious romance readers may enjoy most. It is a story of inner reflection and self-honesty. At the beginning of the story the book's main characters, Kelly and Byron, are engaged to be married. They are a pair of attorneys who are in hot pursuit of success in the business arena. Yet, somehow and perhaps because of this pursuit, they are not taking the time to inspect and strengthen their relationship. They avoid this pertinent introspection despite the fact that they are seriously discussing marriage. Irresistible Flames is written with a style that allows the reader to harness their own judgments about the choices the story's characters make as each works to obtain the fulfillment of their motivations. It is this aspect of the story and the way the author delves into these motivations that readers may well appreciate most. At times, I felt the author was working too hard to disguise the mystery in the story. Overall, Irresistible Flames is a story that provides an honest portrayal of current real-life events that happen to couples in search of lasting intimacy and romance.

The second story in Secret Lovers is titled Second Chances. It is authored by Maxine Thompson, a talented writer who has penned other notables such as The Ebony Tree. Second Chances begins with Marquise, a police officer, and his wife, Caprianna laying in bed one morning. From the outset it is clear that the couple is having marital challenges, but that neither has yet mounted the courage to raise the challenges with the other.
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It's not a secret anymore that Secret Lovers is one of the hottest books on the market today. And now that I've finished reading all three stories, I know why. They're great!

Each of the stories were different yet they shared two common emotions: love and sensitivity. Beginning with Irresistible Flames by Particia Phillips, I was immediately pulled into the book with the story of Kelly and Byron. After an unexpected accident, Kelly begins to have second thoughts about her engagement to Bryon and honestly, she should. This story shows us that "the perfect couple" is usually not perfect at all.

In Second Chances, by Maxine Thompson, I was so touched that I almost cried at the end. I had to take a break before reading the last story to get my emotions in check. Caprianna and her husband, Marquise, were already on shaky ground when they were faced with a tragedy. This storyline, told from first person, was a good mixture of romance and spirituality blended together to make for a smooth read. Not only did this one put you in the center of the action, but it pulled you into the eye of the tornadoe that Capri was struggling to survive with all that she had. Maxine pulled out all the stops for this story.

And the last novella, Detoured, by Michelle McGriff, was right on target. It was a sweet tale of teenage love and mature love, showing how they are different and yet similiar. All I can say is, this was an enjoyable, memorable, and wonderful read with realistic characters for all ages. If you don't know the secret to this best selling book, then pick it up now and start reading today. You won't be disappointed because I'm looking forward to reading more stories from each of these talented authors.

Barbara Joe-Williams, author of "Dancing with Temptation"
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