Deadly Secrets by Sarah Barrie

21843330Title: Deadly Secrets

Author: Sarah Barrie

Summary: Born and bred on the land, Jordan Windcroft is tough. She’s had to be. Her life revolves around running her property almost single-handedly on next to no money, and waiting out her four years of probation — a rap that she took for one of her closest friends.

But there’s an end to her problems in sight. Jordan’s probation period is almost up, and if she can just make the cattle sale, there’s a chance she can pull herself out of more than ten years of serious debt and keep her precious farm. The last thing she needs is for Reid Easton to walk into town.

Detective Senior Sergeant Reid Easton drives into Whitewater Creek on a mission to wrap up a three-year drug investigation; his only lead, Jordan Windcroft. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Reid is undercover and Jordan has a secret she can’t risk him discovering. Neither will jeopardise their cause, not for something as transitory as love. – Goodreads

My Thoughts: I was given a copy of this in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but somehow during the end I was left wanting more and a bit confused by the out of characterization.

The story starts of explaining how Jordan ends up on probation and that part alone confused me endlessly. There were 3 people giving their thoughts but it was done with Joel giving some of his and then jumping to Madi’s and then to Jordan’s, Jordan’s again and then Joel. Due to no separation it was really baffling how it jumped around. I was so thankful that it only lasted this way for 1 chapter. After that it was not jumping around like that. You got Reid and Jordan’s point of view and therefore not confusing.

Jordan was a great character for me; she is strong, fiery and sassy and straight up determined with a laser focus. I loved reading her journey and how she found Reid attractive but also annoyed her at almost every turn. Their chemistry was strong and I loved how much they bothered each other.

The problem I had with this book was during the ending. Weird circumstances happened and I felt like  everyone’s reaction was so out of character that I felt as though I was reading a whole other book. I am ok with creating separation between lead characters but this could have been written much better and it would not have ruined what we already knew about our cast. Even when the mistake was realized I found Jordan’s forgiveness was ridiculously. In fact the whole situation was ridiculous and I wish that Barr had written it differently. None of it felt in character and it seemed rushed and random. In a way it sorta ruined this story I had really enjoyed.

However, even with this random twist I did stay up until 3:30 am finishing this book. So while I wish things were done differently near the end I did enjoy this book.

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