Review: Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas

Posted April 2, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 30 Comments

Review: Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas
Deadly Secret

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Series: Sons of Broad #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on March 27, 2018
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

The villain known as the Gentleman is making his move, seeking revenge against the powerful Benedict family for his own reason, and now his sights are firmly set on Knox, the middle, saintly brother and his secret wife.  Charleston is a dark and dangerous place for anyone on the shadowy villain’s list.


Deadly Secret is the second book in the Sons of Broad series.  It definitely needs to be read in order.

In the last book, things got dire for the youngest Benedict brother, Keaton and his longtime love Tillie, but it was no picnic for middle brother Knox who’s secret wife, Bea, ended up in the crosshairs of a killer to stop her from discovering clues to a long buried secret involving Tillie’s dad and the Benedict family.

As most who read my reviews are aware, I have been less than impressed with the prequels and the first book in the series.  I did wish to continue because the overall suspense plot- this big buried secret has me intrigued and I also was curious about the situation of the quiet Knox being secretly married and also see Kipling, the oldest square off against Alyssa in their duel of wits.

I wouldn’t say Deadly Secret was a vast improvement as far as overall enjoyment, but I did feel it was developed better.  Maybe this is because it doesn’t have first book in a series syndrome and could just jump right into the story and maybe its because the players are already married and so jumping into the middle of a story when I didn’t get their meet up and relationship progression worked better.  Again, there wasn’t much character and relationship development, but it wasn’t devoid of it, either.

And, argh, Bea was one of those heroines who impressed me for all the wrong reasons.  She’s not a kid and she’s a lawyer, but she made the dumbest decisions that put her and others in danger.   She spends the whole book pushing Knox away to ‘protect’ him whch did put him in danger scrambling to protect her, anyway.  She makes decision after decision that don’t make a lick of sense (to be fair Knox wasn’t exactly brilliant, either, at times, though he and his brothers were better equipped to deal with the danger).  I thought I was going to lose my mind when she got warned about a certain person as a threat and she just leaves the protection of others, dosen’t tell anyone where she’s going, and gets in the car with the one she was warned against.  I didn’t hate her, but I sure got tired of wrong-headedness.  She and Knox were good together when they were working on stuff and working on being together.

I did learn that I was right about Jade, at least, and I’ve got a strong suspicion about The Gentleman now.  I do plan to continue on with Kipling and Alyssa’s book which I suspect will be the best one in the series the way those two spark in each other’s presence.

So, it was mildly engaging, and I found it improved over book one.  A few spicy romance scenes, a complex revenge plot, and it never hurts to have three attractive brothers together.  Give it a try if you like.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I already do nit like the sound of Bea! I enjoyed reading you review but sorry that you are not too impressed. Thanks for sharing and happy Monday 🙂

    • Yeah, her hearts in the right place, but her head sure wasn’t.

      Glad you could stop by, Cindy! 🙂

  • Maybe. I confess that I didn’t know about this one

    • Yeah, probably keep it a maybe. This is a series that I hesitate to recommend because its only a little to my liking right now.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Sophia Rose this series is not climbing to the top of my pile but i’m still interested enough to try them

    • That’s probably exactly what I was hoping to convey with my review. Read, but don’t push other books aside or get high expectations over them is the best I can suggest.

  • Sorry this one wasn’t great. But, seems like you have a good handle on it being that way from the first. Let us hope that the last one with Kipling is better for you as I do like witty banter from characters. I do read romantic suspense but haven’t recently. I have been more on a thriller kick. Great review on letting us know about this series.

    • Thanks, Mary! Yes, I’m definitely reading on with eyes wide open for the series. It’s one of those that will balance out as average I think with strong pros and cons for readers. I’ve read a series once before that I both enjoyed and disliked at the same time. Odd sensation, but it can work for once in a while.

      Oooh, thrillers! I love those, too.

  • Bea sounds like a loose cannon. It is a pity the story was not all that great. Thankfully it had some juice to hold your attention. I hope the next book lives up to your expectations. Great review.

    • Yes, she was. She meant well, but she made things worse. But yes, there were some other elements that were great like Kipling and Alyssa’s ongoing story and the mystery. 🙂

  • It does sound like a good read maybe just not my kind of story though.

    • No vampires for Mary. 😉 Though… yes, there are just some books that aren’t our thing, I know.

  • I think Bea would frustrate

    • I loved her in the prequels and liked her in the first book, but I got pretty grumbly with her, here, in her own story. LOL Please, for the love of chocolate stop making yourself a target, lady. Haha!

  • hummm not sure this would work for me ;/

    • I can understand that thought, Lily. 😉

  • I am really happy with my decision to pass on this series. Sorry this one wasn’t better for you, Sophia Rose.

    • Yeah, if I had hindsight, I wouldn’t have started them so I wouldn’t be curious about certain things which made me keep going. 😉

  • Oh oop. Yeah, that’s when I start going maybe I’m okay if the heroine (or hero if he’s the tstl one) gets knocked off. lol

    • By the time she got in that car, I was just ‘fine, now you’re going to see what everyone was trying to tell you and you’ll be sorry, missy’. Yeah, Bea drove me nuts. She really didn’t get that Knox wasn’t the target, but she was and she was making it easy on Knox’s enemies.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m glad this one was developed better, but that’s a bummer you still didn’t really ENJOY it that much more than the first. Thanks for your thoughts. 🙂


    • It is sad and frustrating to see the potential for a much better romance and suspense story. There is enough to it for me to be curious and want to see it all untwisted and see the couples together, but not enough to have me excited and singing its praises.

  • A supposed to be adult heroine suddenly finds herself in danger because of her stupidity, dang! That always pisses me off. Minus that part, I think it was a pretty decent read. Thanks for your review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Yeah, at first, it wasn’t her fault, but then she did deliberately stupid stuff that didn’t make sense to me. Frustrating!

      You’re welcome, Vanessa!

  • I hate it when a heroine is supposed to be smart and ends up acting stupid and making all the wrong decisions. It’s infuriating. Sounds like you’re not a total fan of the series.

    • LOL, no, not a fan of the series, but I’m hooked in to discover who the bad guy is and why he really has it in for this family. I think the last book might be pretty good the way the sparks have been flying for Kipling and Alyssa. We shall see. 🙂

  • Sounds intriguing and I always like to guess who the villain is in these kinds of books.

    • Learning who the Gentleman is will be the biggest part of the last book. He’s been such a great villain. 🙂

  • Heehee, you should definitely continue with the series, Alyssa heroines are the best. ;D Happy reading, Sophia!

    Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Buahaha! Yes, I can see that. She sure is a sassy gal in the series. 😉