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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Series: Wild Rose Ranch #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 18th, 2018
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Dirty Little Secret is book 1 in the Wild Rose Ranch series. This is a great start to a series and quite unique in the contemporary romance genre. I can't say I've had a character come from this type of environment before and I was intrigued to say the least. It's worth a read if you're looking for something a bit different.

Noah Cordero is in for a shock when his father John Cordero passes away suddenly and before he passes asks him to take care of "her". Noah originally thinks he was referring to his sister Annabelle, but there were a few dirty little secrets sprinkled in the novel. Enter Roxy Cordero, John's only legitimate child that no one knew about. We find out rather fast that while Noah is his son, John wasn't actually the birth dad, and the same thing with Annabelle. Noah grew up thinking the ranch would be all his after his father passed, but John left it shared between Noah and Roxy. Roxy is left with a decision, help raise Annabelle with Noah and everyone gets what is left to them in the will or stay in the toxic environment with her mother. Her mother Candy has not made life easy on Roxy, she grew up with an addict of a mother that turned to prostitution as a career to make ends meet. So Roxy leaves the Wild Rose Ranch brothel and heads to her father's ranch. While it starts out a bit uneasy between Noah and Roxy, they started getting to know one another and feelings started blossoming. There's just the nasty habit of people assuming since she lived at a brothel that she's a prostitute too. Gossip is flying and it's affecting all of their lives. I was wondering how they'd handle it, and if Noah would stick up for Roxy.

You know it's a good book when the author manages to make you feel emotions so strongly you want to shake sense into some of the characters. Quite a few of the townspeople were nasty towards Roxy and I just wanted to smack them. I loved Roxy's character, she hasn't had an easy life and has trouble trusting/relying on others so it was nice to see her letting Noah in. All in all, this was a great read and I'd recommend it to Contemporary Romance lovers out there that want an intriguing plot.

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