Review of Keeping Secrets by Kitten K. Jackson

Shows definite promise in the talent of the author…

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RATING: B

Sparks fly when Greg returns to Pensacola to be with Abbie. When she realizes who he is, she must decide whether to take a chance with the now attractive and charming man who raped her years ago, or to trust her instincts…and the police. Has he changed, or is he guilty of a double murder? Abbie’s heart says, “Go for it,” but her gut says, “Run!”

A tormented man, Greg Parker, is obsessed with a woman he raped 16 years ago, but hasn’t seen since then. Over the years, he transforms himself from Johnny Moretti, the skinny geek and rapist, into a very attractive and manipulative man, not even recognizable to himself.

The woman, Abbie Kolbeck, is haunted by the memory of her rapist, someone she trusted. When he contacts her after all those years, she is passionately drawn to him, believing the familiar feeling between them means their union is fate. She has no idea she’s falling for her rapist.

After a whirlwind romance, Abbie finds that Greg is being investigated for the murder of his best friend and the friend’s girlfriend. And after a not-so-gentle session in bed, she realizes that he’s the man she forgave for raping her so long ago.

Abbie desperately wants to believe his denials, but she’s torn between her feelings for him, and her desire to protect her daughter and herself from a man the police are telling her is a murderer.

This book intrigued me more than I thought it would as I started reading. Honestly, I was having conflicting feelings about Greg being the way he is (won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it), but in the end I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. The author shows great potential with her talent to spin a tale, but there are always areas for improvement. That being said, if I can’t put a book down until it is finished, you know I am enjoying it. There is something to be said for the daring subjects and emotions that the author conveyed in this book. A lot of people might turn up their nose and scoff at this book because of the graphic undertones, but- to me- that’s what made it different from all of the other mystery books in publication today.

~Genevieve~

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