Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Secrets of Betrayal by L.K. Shaw ~ Review

Title: Secrets of Betrayal (Secrets #4)
Author: L.K. Shaw
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense
Length: 348 pages
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Source: Purchased
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

*this book contains dark elements that may be difficult for some readers*

Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery

Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all. 

Heal (verb): to make sound or whole

Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.

Holy cow. L.K. Shaw takes her Secrets series to a new level in Secrets of Betrayal. When Phebe is rescued from sex traffickers, it isn't the beginning of everything being OK. It's the beginning of an incredibly difficult journey back to something that might eventually resemble normal. She's withdrawn and doesn't really think much of life anymore. Even though she is free, she keeps herself locked away in her mind, in a house, in a garden.

Donovan wants to see Phebe shine again, to see her come out of her withdrawal and rejoin the living. He doesn't expect her to work her way into her heart and soul. As the two of them connect and begin to heal we see something really special happening. A relationship. This book is so character-driven it gave me tingles. I really became a part of their lives and wanted to anything to help them figure out that they needed to be together.

This book does contain some dark parts, but I hope you don't let that stop you from reading this amazing series. 

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