Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on March 27, 2018
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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