Audiobook Review: Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh

Posted March 19, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 10 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh
Secrets Never Die
Narrated by Cris Dukehart

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Series: Morgan Dane #5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on March 19, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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A teen boy comes home to a nightmare and is now on the run as a murder suspect.  Intrepid Morgan and stalwart Lance believe in his innocence and go on the hunt for the true killer.  The blend of pulse-pounding suspense, family, and romance are as addicting as ever in this latest Morgan Dane read by lights out series narrated, Cris Dukehart.


Secrets Never Die is book five in in a series of thrilling romantic suspenses that work best read in order for the series long relationship development between Morgan and Lance though each book gives the reader/listener a new murder case each time.

Evan is a teenager caught as a pawn in his birth dad’s malicious power play against his ex which causes Evan to turn that anger on the one person who doesn’t deserve it, his step-dad.  Now, that kind, patient man is dead and Evan saw his killer.  Evan is on the run for his life, gunshot wound, and the knowledge that someone with a badge shot his step dad.

Lance is Evan’s ice hockey coach and he knows Evan could never do this crime.  Morgan believes in Lance’s instincts as does Sharp so they work together to solve the murder.  They know time is not on their side and the killer has crossed the path of their investigation more than once while they discover there are more secrets from Evan’s family that might have a bearing on the situation.

Meanwhile, Morgan won’t set a date for the wedding and knows she is disappointing Lance by refusing to even make any wedding plans.  She didn’t realize that she even had these hangups, but knows she better get herself sorted before she loses the best thing in her life by pushing him away.

This story starts off with a heart-pounding first scene and then plunges steadily into the case.  It never really lets up though there are slices of family life with Lance, Morgan and the girls along with introspective moments with their relationship.  The suspense grew with the scenes from Evan’s point of view sprinkled in with the others.  As with all these books, the killer is smart and motivated with no hesitation to strike out with torture or murder.

This was one of those suspenses that had some twists that had to be revealed before there was even a chance at getting to the solution.  The viable suspects never felt right to me.  I only grasped a small bit of the true answer even in the end.  The big scene came fast and furious which I thought was a genius stroke.

As always, Cris Dukehart, was sensational as narrator and brought the book to vivid life.  I love how she voices Morgan and the others.  Dramatic scenes are given their due without overacting with her voice.  She brings out all the feels from the ahhhs when Lance is with those little girls to Morgan and Lance in danger when facing down a person wielding a gun.

In summary, it was fabulous and over too soon.  Thank goodness, the next release is not a whole year away.  I am utterly addicted to Morgan Dane and Cris Dukehart.  Those who enjoy thrilling romantic suspense are the target group.

My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #30
Literary Pickers #65 whiteboard
Reading Assignment #7 Professor Mix Up
Audio #39

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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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2 years ago

Ooh this sounds like a good one. Good to know it’s best to read in order for the overarching romance, but I like that each book has its own mystery.


Sophia Rose
2 years ago

You’re in for a treat when you get the chance to try them, Lauren. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Her books sounds really good and I’ve been seeing them all over the blogs recently. I’ll have to check this out at some point.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yeah, totally worth all the excitement that they are generating, Mary. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Excellent review! Definitely a favorite of mine also.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

We’re review twinsies today. 🙂 Yes! This series is one of the highlights of my year when the releases come out.

2 years ago

Another great book in the series. Glad you are enjoying the books

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Oh, yeah, the good stuff just keeps on coming with each new book. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I have this on my list of series to read. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

You are in for a treat, Kimberly! 🙂