Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review: A Secret Gamble by Jen Cousineau

Publication Date: 12/20/2014
Series: Summers #2
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

Secrets. Betrayal. Lust. Love. Obsession. Hate. 

A thin line separates reality from illusions. 

If secrets are revealed, bonds could be destroyed. Lives turned upside down. When truths are revealed, hearts could be crushed. Realities could snap. Family members could fall. 

Can one person be strong enough to hold an entire family together in their greatest time of need? Can one person be capable of healing wounds that are cut so deep, hope has long been lost? Can one person save everyone they care about, even if they can’t save themselves?

When life is at stake, all bets are off. How much is too much to gamble? 

This is the very first book by author Jen Cousineau for me and I can say now after I have finished the last chapter I am not disappointed. Jen has delivered a gut wrenching story about healing love. Trey is in the pit of darkness in his mourning for Landon. It’s in those unguarded moments of grief that you can truly let someone in that will shatter your world for the rest of your life even when you’re not remotely looking for a person of that caliber. Trey’s moment comes when a familiar face from his past comes back home running from a dangerous situation.

Desiree is much like Trey. She is not looking for any kind of romance in her life. She just wants to escape some a threat to her life and rekindle some semblance of a friendship with some childhood friends. V needs her help. Desiree knows that something is wrong within her former circle of friends and she’s going to find out what exactly that they are hiding.  Who would have thought that something old from her past could ignite a new kind of passion on her life?

A Secret Gamble is a literary breath of fresh air for me. After being stuck in a genre rut the last few months, it is invigorating to find something that encompasses the bits and pieces of my favorite genres and rolls them into one nice, well plotted package. The romance is five alarm hot and the sweet love perfectly balanced. As a woman who married her high school sweetheart after spending 6 years apart, I appreciate a well written story about finding love again with a former flame. You never know just who will steal your heart, but it is a very rare thing indeed to find the same person stealing your heart more than once. It makes appreciate the hard times in the past because the new and happy times will mark the beginning of your new forever. Thank you so much Jen for not only providing me with a review copy of A Secret Gamble, but giving me a great literary journey that allowed me escape reality even if just for a little while. 

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