Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Tour Giveaway and Review: Secrets by Dawn Kirby

Title: Secrets

Author: Dawn Kirby

Series: Serenity Series (#1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Twisted Core Press L.L.C

Release Date:
April 2013

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

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Blurb/Synopsis: Leah has locked away secrets her entire life; secrets from her friends, secrets from her mother. To Leah they were simply quirks. Little things she couldn't explain...phenomenal senses, light sensitivity, the ability to read people using their unique scents.

The darkest secret of all was hidden inside Leah. A secret her mother, Mia was determined to keep silent. Trusting an old friend with her daughter's safety, Mia kept Leah's secret well-guarded. A vow made long ago never to let the monster that took Leah's father step foot in their daughter's life again.

In a fit of revenge fueled by years of jealousy, Mia's secret is revealed, throwing Leah's life into a free fall. A trail of blood and bodies soon follow Leah wherever she goes.

Leah is suddenly thrust into a world she never knew existed; A world as fascinating as it is deadly. Beings foreign to her step in to protect her. As Raine takes his place beside her, he is forced to face a few secrets of his own.

Will they uncover the secrets that bind them? Will they succumb to the devil himself?

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

As soon as I was inside and the doors locked, I opened up the thick piece of paper. Whoever wrote it had beautiful hand writing. It looked like a type of ancient calligraphy. The beautifully written message scared me more than JD’s temper ever could.
                                        “I have only recently learned of the extraordinary circumstances that led to your birth. There is very little doubt the others will soon find out. Rest assured I will have you first.”

            Several minutes passed before I could think straight. My heart pounded. Every single part of my body quaked. It was the first time in my life I ever felt real danger. JD was mean. Whoever wrote this was more.        
            I never thought words written on a piece of paper could be so effective. I was used to seeing and smelling people. That’s what I relied on. Against words, all my senses were useless. This short, seemingly harmless note held more danger in it than any haze or smell ever has.      
            Before I could completely regain my bearings my phone rang again.          
            “Hello?” I said, barely recognizing my own voice.   
            “Good evening, dearest,” a cold unfamiliar voice said politely. “I hope I have found you well?”  
            New chills ran up and down my spine. His deep voice made my blood run cold. I wanted to hang up the phone, but couldn’t. It wasn’t curiosity keeping on the phone; I didn’t care what the man had to say. It was the paralyzing fear I felt the second he opened his mouth.   
            “I’m fine, thank you,” I said dryly.
            “May I assume you have received my letter?” His voice stayed cool and polite, as if he was conducting a business transaction.
            “You may,” I answered.
            “Very good,” he said pleased. “Dearest, I must ask you, what is your given name?”
Again with the name! I decided it would be best to stick with the one I’d given Deana. If the two compared notes at least their information would be consistent.     
            “Leah Stone,” I answered.    
            “Please do not lie to me. I fear you will only make things far more difficult for yourself,” he warned coldly. “I know who you are. Perhaps I should remind you?”
“I haven’t forgotten,” I told him. 
            “Then, Miss Phillips, we are on the same page,” he said. Dread filled me to the core of my body. “I know who your father is. I know you live in Mia’s home; work in her store. You also hold a degree in business. And if my source is correct, you hold one in accounting also. Tell me, dearest, how much did your parents pay for your car?” He began to chuckle, knowing with my silence, he had the truth. Satisfaction dripped off of every word. “I see I now have your attention.”
            “What do you want with me?”
            “I simply want you,” he replied.
            “Because, my dear, thanks to your father you are one of a kind.”
            “My father? How—”
            “Do you not know who the man is?” he asked, genuinely surprised.          
            “How could I? He was killed before I was born,” I said incredulously. He hit a nerve I never knew was ever there. I could talk to Mom and Drew about him, but not this man. “Your source should have told you that, too.”          
            “Forgive me, dearest. I was under the impression that you knew why your life is in such a precarious state.” Surprisingly his apology sounded genuinely sincere. “I will allow you one more night to learn the truth. You will arrive home safely tonight, but I cannot predict what will happen after that.”          
            A response from me wasn’t necessary. He hung up. I checked the caller ID hoping for a name, but it only showed a blocked call. The man knew my name but hadn’t given me his. He knew so much more than my name. He knew who I was and where to find me.


My Rant: Secret’s was an interesting story.  The author did a great job at character building. The plot was unpredictable because it contained the essential elements to keep you focused on the story. Unlike most vampire and werewolf stories, the plot was different, intriguing and excitingly invigorating. Leah always know she was different from others, she could feel it. Being kept in the shadows of who and what she is could be frustrating at times especially when the people the closes to you are keeping secrets. Just when you think you are figuring out the story in walks Raine, and what a welcoming addition he was. The book really got interesting with Raine. He was hot and mysterious. The plot had a lot of action and suspense, which I completely enjoyed. Although there were many grammar errors in the story, they did not take away from the plot or characters. While reading this story you feel drawn to the characters, you get emotional and excited that before you know it the book has ended. OMG the book has ended and now I am frustrated because I want to dive right into the next installment.

My Recommendation: 

I rated this book 4 out of 5 Purple Rant Hearts and would recommend this book to Paranormal Romance readers. 


Serenity Series

Dawn Kirby lives in Odessa, Texas, with her husband, and three children. When she is not busy being a mom, Dawn draws her inspiration from the night to create memorable characters in wonderful worlds. Secrets is her first novel in the Serenity Series. Her short stories have been published in several 7DS Anthologies and 13 Tales of the Paranormal. For more information on Dawn Kirby, please visit her website http://www.dawnmkirby.com/

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