Secrets by Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (117 Pages)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Foxglove
Secrets: They have a way of sneaking up on you.
Max Rockwell is the muscle. Give him a good fight and he is ready to go. Sick a sexy reporter on him and he is doomed. The pack secrets are safe with him. He wouldn’t spill them even if his life depended on it. But what if it isn’t his life he has to worry about?
Valerie Thomas wants a story and the smoking hot Max will give her want she wants. What she gets is more than she bargained for. Creatures she couldn’t even begin to imagine are after her all because fate is a bitch.
Secrets can be innocent fun, but there are those secrets that need to be told.
Max Rockwell has been avoiding the pesky reporter who has been dogging his steps for weeks. She wants a scoop on the excitement weeks ago at the pack compound of his pack. Valerie Thomas is as determined to get her story as Max is to avoid her. It doesn’t help that every time she gets near him, his wolf goes crazy, and Max has strange urges he isn’t comfortable with. But when Valerie is attacked by a were-leopard in the parking lot, Max runs to her rescue.
When he returns home, Bella tells him that she had a vision, and Valerie needs to be at the compound to help with whatever is heading their way. Soon, Max realizes Valerie is his mate, something he never expected. He also never expected to meet his sister, a sister he didn’t know he had. Then there is the secret that Zareb, the were-leopard in their pack, has been keeping; one that will change life for everyone in the pack. Can the pack survive the evil trying to destroy it? Can Valerie and Max make a life together? Or will the Secrets tear it all apart?
This is Jambrea Jo Jones’ second book in her Seeds of Dawn series. Having read Dreams, I had been waiting to see where Ms. Jones would take this one. Secrets is filled with surprises, passion, danger, action and evil beings intent on the destruction of all shifters. This is filled with a large cast of marvelous characters, and each is important to the overall story. Make no mistake, however, this is definitely Max and Valerie’s story, with the rest woven through like a finely detailed tapestry.
Valerie Thomas is a smart, independent woman. A reporter, she has an insatiable curiosity about everything, and a determination to get to the true story. When she sets her mind to uncovering the secrets out at Russ Masters’ compound, she doesn’t let a little thing like Max stop her. She is a magic user as well, although she doesn’t abuse her powers like many others do. She is not a forever kind of girl, until Max drops into her life. I enjoyed her sassy mouth as she continually baits Max.
Max Rockwell is a lone wolf, avoiding Valerie and her incessant requests for interviews, until she gets close enough for him to realize that she is his mate. Max is not ready for eternity with one woman, especially one that continually shakes his world and makes him crazy. But when Valerie is in danger, all bets are off, and he claims what is his. I loved watching as Max discovered what was important in his world, and I enjoyed watching Valerie and Max bounce wisecracks off of each other.
There are a couple of subplots here, including the meeting of mates for three other characters. We see Zareb, Russ and Djimon meet their mates, and they are all surprised at who each mate is. There is also the fight against evil, embodied in the person of Dmitri, the bad guy from book one, and the mysterious Vessel that began the whole situation. But things aren’t always what they seem, and soon all the Secrets are revealed and the pack must join together to exorcise the evil that is Dmitri to save Djimon’s life.
There is a hard won happy for now, but I look forward to the next book in this imaginative and passionate series to see where Ms. Jones takes me next. This is a hot one, so be sure to keep the fan on high.