Apr 8, 2011

Book Review: The Third Secret

He did the crime. He’s done the time. 

Rick Thomas stole drug-cartel evidence from a government facility. And spent three years in a federal prison.

Attorney Erin Morgan has a rule: never defend the bad guys. But Rick Thomas, quiet and self-assured, doesn’t seem bad. That’s why she agrees to defend him against what he swears is a trumped-up murder charge. She’s ignoring her experience and listening to her instincts instead. 

But psychologist and expert witness Kelly Chapman is listening to her instincts, too. And they’re saying that Rick Thomas is lying to Erin. That he’s keeping secrets. That he’s a dangerous man. And that, despite everything, maybe he’s one of the good guys… 

Let me tell you a secret.  I am old enough to remember when Harlequin meant romance.  And a very narrow view of romance at that.  I used to have a subscription where I would get six books a month and I would eagerly read them.  Then I outgrew them.  There was so much else out there to explore.  Things have come a full circle.  Nowadays when you pick up a Harlequin book or one of their imprints, you are ensured that the writing and editing is first class and the genres can really vary.  No more cookie cutter romances.  This is definitely a sidebar but you have to love a company that grows up and changes as the reader does,

Now onto my review.  THE THIRD SECRET is actually the third part in a series, The Chapman File.  And as my readers know, I am usually almost anal about reading a series in order.  I demand that each book stands alone yet I can't handle feeling like I have missed anything.  I didn't get that feeling at all from THE THIRD SECRET.  It is a very nicely done romantic suspense.  Ms. Quin shows a deft touch with both the pacing and the characters.  Deft enough that I am planning on picking up the rest of the series. 

I rate this book a 4.3 and recommend it to anyone that enjoys a first class romance with enough tension to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

I did receive this book from NetGallery in exchange for the review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.


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