Blog Tour: Secrets Unveiled (Secrets #2) by Jill Patten (@jill_patten)~ Stacy's Review, Excerpt, Teasers & #Giveaway
OK… So I kind of went on a marathon read with this one. I hadn’t read book one Toxic Secrets. But I have now. And holy crap what a ride! I really had no clue what I was getting into with this series. Like seriously, I didn’t even read the blurb before I started and that’s almost unheard of by my standards. And to be completely honest, the synopsis won’t help you at all… These Characters are so complex and infuriating and loving, all at the same time. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, and I also kind of wanted to choke the Author out a bit too! In a total loving way of course.
Book one left me with a major cliffy that had me pining for the rest of the story almost immediately, and I was so glad that I had it on hand. Jaxon had my heart hurting from the very beginning to the very end. He is such a dynamic character, not only during his pain, but also during his growth. It was really hard to not feel for him in a loving manor. I found myself reaching towards him through the whole book. I just wanted him to be okay, and to make Courtney ok. I think I pretty much had the same expectations for him as a character that he did for himself. Like as if he were real. The Author does an AMAZING job of portraying the ugly and the pretty that IS this book. It’s crazy.
Courtney and Jaxon’s story is not a traditional one AT ALL. So don’t go into this book thinking you’re going to get a typical rainbows and unicorn romance because you won’t. Is it hot? Yes, the sexual chemistry is through the roof hot! Is there romance? Duh, of course. BUT-- it’s different I’ll just leave it at that. I really can’t say much without spoiling the book, but I will say this. I cried. Like I really cried with actual tears. And I found myself talking to the BOOK!! Who does that?
In the end I brought myself to completely understand this story for what it was. Which is GREAT. Such a unique little gem in the midst of this book world! And I’m so glad I had the pleasure of reading it. Jill Patten did something that most Authors do not do. She surprised me into a book that I had no clue I would love. LIKE NO CLUE. I actually like the story more now that it’s over. I love when I feel that way. This series is a definite must read. So uniquely bittersweet and special.
My nerve endings buzzed with agitation. I needed a release. I needed an out. I needed to swim, but I was too fucked up to get in the pool. The fucking cocaine had me on edge, and I needed a downer. My eyes jumped back over to the glove box again.
Making a spontaneous decision, I turned the key in the ignition, bringing my truck to life. She hummed loudly, which only intensified my edginess even more. Troy was going to be pissed I was bailing on him, but I was pretty sure Val had already filled him in on the state she found me in the parking lot. I couldn’t take a chance on going in there feeling wired up like a live electrical current. One little remark would be all it would take to set me off. Fighting with Troy wasn’t something I wanted to add to my plate right now.
Somehow I made it home without killing myself or someone else. Leaning across the bench seat, I opened my glove box and made the irrational decision to take the ludicrous contents with me.
Fuck, I needed a dog or some kind of pet who would greet me with unconditional love when I returned home. My loneliness was swallowing me into the depths of perdition. Hell fed on all the black and grey that crept throughout my being.
Jill Patten was born a Yankee, but raised a southerner. She lives in the small town of Mayberry, North Carolina which was made famous by a popular TV show back in the sixties. (Maybe there will one day be a statue of her at the end of Main Street. Ha! A girl can dream, right?)
Jill has always loved to read, even during reading labs in middle school for reading comprehension. Judy Blume was her first author she hero-worshipped, maturing to revere the works of Stephen King. With all the fantastic authors today, she simply cannot choose a favorite. Her taste is very eclectic and she loves almost all genres. When she's not captivated by her fictional characters, she spends time with her sweet husband and two beautiful children.
Music is her muse. Jill also loves elephants, sarcasm, and anything made with sugar, especially sweet tea. She enjoys all things rude and crude and laughs at stuff she probably shouldn't. She has been accused of being bossy a time or two, but doesn't really see it herself.
All in all, Jill is just a small town girl in this great big world trying to enable your book addiction.
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