- File Size: 1161 KB
- Print Length: 241 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary (August 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 21, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074DYMPLM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Spring Secrets (Pine Point Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Sienna has something of a chip on her shoulder. Not in an obvious way, but her childhood has definitely shaped the way she views the world, and small towns in particular. She has no intention of sticking around in Pine Point, nor of making friends while she’s there, she just wants to pick apart people’s secrets and use it for her dissertation. Which isn’t the nicest of goals, but I liked how her views slowly start to change as the town and its people sneak through her guard and leave her with more questions than she ever expected.
Mike is a good guy – looks after his mother, runs two successful businesses, can be relied on in times of trouble, is great with kids, and also has massive trust issues around women, thanks to the behavior of his ex-wife. He has several secrets that he plans to keep hidden, which is one of the reasons why he’s so hot and cold with Sienna. Considering neither he nor she want anything long term, their both strangely reluctant to enter into a temporary fling, and Mike’s flip-flopping behavior could have been a bit annoying. Except that’s he’s really kind of sweet and I mostly forgave him.
Then there are those kids. I love Sienna’s class, with their distinct personalities. I think they, even more than Mike, give Sienna the best reason to want to stay. Sienna has an awful lot to learn throughout, and I have to admit I would have liked to have known a bit more about her life with her father and how she ended up doing two degrees. I would also have liked to have known more about how Mike started up his two businesses, and made such a success of himself. I liked them both, but outside of their lives in Pine Point, the details are hazy at best.
At its heart, though, this book is about community, friendship and the ties that bind people together, and whether people’s secrets are all bad or whether sometimes they come from a good place. (Or, you know, sometimes they’re kept because it is no one else’s business.) It’s a tale about people and the many differences that make us all unique, often in unexpected ways. The characters are interesting, the plot is steady and the romance enjoyable. In all I liked my second trip to Pine Point, and would happily read more about the place.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Sienna left Pine Point years ago when her mother died. She’s back now and has gotten a job teaching special needs kids. And she has another agenda. An agenda that will reveal more than she is prepared to learn. Mike also left years ago but it didn’t work out well. He has come back home to start over, and seems to have settled in to a good life as the owner of the local gym. Mike has no special agenda, but he has no good memories from his time away from Pine Point and wants to keep the past private. Revealing secrets could ruin everything he has worked so hard to accomplish since he has come home.
Sienna and Mike hit it off as soon as they meet. It starts out as just friendly workouts at his gym, but there are sparks and their relationship soon develops into more. Neither of them knows if they are ready for more than friends with benefits, but they enjoy their time together and become close. But the longer Sienna is in Pine Point and works on her special project, the more old hurts and heartaches come back, and the more she jeopardizes what she feels developing with Mike.
I love to read Allie Boniface’s stories because they take you on a roller coaster ride of happiness and sadness, fun and danger, and always-special relationships with family and friends and much needed healing. Spring Secrets is no exception. Mike and Sienna are just going with the flow, thinking they are learning to know and trust each other. But the secrets may tear them apart. What they think they want or do not want starts to change, but can they handle it?
Sienna’s job as a special needs teacher adds a delightful, sweet element to the story. While not all of the children are exactly adorable, they are all special little people you can’t help but love. Watching Sienna begin to realize just how important her job with them is and how important they are to her, and seeing how Mike is drawn to them and they to him, just tugs at your heart. And bonus: there’s baseball!
If you haven’t been to Pine Point yet, go now – you’ll be happy you did.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mike Springer has returned to Pine Point after being away for 8 years. Choices he made while gone were disastrous and left him with emotional scars. He has opened a gym and because his trust in women is so damaged, he keeps his relationships casual.
The air sizzles between Sienna and Mike and they both decide they can just be friends. Of course, the benefits that accompany being friends is pretty sweet.
As their friendship deepens, Sienna learns Mike has kept a huge secret from her. She also learns there is a huge secret surrounding her mother's death. Can she discover that not all secrets are harmful, that some secrets are meant to protect. Will she have the courage to accept Mike's secret and allow herself to be loved by him.
This is our third journey to Pine Point. Allie Boniface is a wonderful writer who creates rich characters you quickly come to care about. I fell in love with the special needs children Sienna teaches and how their lives touch both Sienna's and Mike's. Your wish is for all these characters to find their happy ever after.
This book was given to me by the author to provide an honest review.
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