Can they do what’s right…without betraying their hearts?
Senatorial candidate Byron Robidoux always does the right thing. And, after years of focus and dedication, his life and campaign are going exactly to plan—until a blackmailer jeopardizes everything. No one is supposed to know that thirteen years ago, Byron told a lie to protect a college friend. And now that lie could destroy his career…and threaten the woman he never stopped loving.
Zoe Hammond hardly recognizes the refined and handsome politician Byron has become. The last time she saw him, he was the friend who saved her life by claiming to be the father of her unborn baby. For that, she’d do anything for him. Except Byron’s world of wealth, reputation and deceit isn’t a place where Zoe or her daughter belong. But when a menace from the past comes calling again, staying with Byron is best for them all. And, as the searing attraction between them builds, they soon realize some things are worth fighting for…especially love.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating POVs by chapter.
This is book 2 in Synithia Williams’ Jackson Falls series. There are storylines that run throughout the series, so I recommend experiencing them all and in order – starting with the novella, The Promise of a Kiss.
Scandalous Secrets is another delightfully over-the-top soap opera-esque story filled with political scandal, blackmail, secret baby/paternity, stalkers, and a kidnapping. The only thing this was missing was a certain conniving someone being pushed down a grand staircase.
I also love that Williams takes the time to describe details about the characters’ appearance, clothing, and hair styles as it helps me feel like I really know what they look like. She also has a wicked sense of humor that had me laughing out loud numerous times.
Because Byron & Zoe never made it beyond close friends in college, this isn’t exactly a second-chance romance but definitely had a lot of those “feels” going for it. Zoe thinks she’ll be keeping her daughter safe by being brought into the Robidoux fold – but little does she know that it’s a whole new jungle to survive. Byron’s trying to prove himself to Zoe as a protector without taking over her entire life while simultaneously managing a fiancé, political campaign, and sudden fatherhood to a teenager. While there are bumps in the road to finding their HEA, they definitely don’t have any issues when it comes to chemistry. Two words: hot tub.
I also enjoyed getting to know Elaina better and I’m looking forward to her book, Careless Whisper.
I continue to love Adenrele Ojo’s narration. She does a good job with all the characters and their various emotions. She captures the southern accent perfectly without it feeling caricature.
About the author:
Synithia has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural she would begin penning her own soon after. It wasn’t until 2010 that she began to actively pursue her dream of becoming a published author. Synithia has also written two books under the pseudonym Nita Brooks. When she isn’t writing, she works on water quality issues for local government while balancing the needs of her husband and two sons.
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About the narrator:
Adenrele Ojo is a native Philadelphian who currently resides in Los Angeles by way of New York. She is a wearer of many creative hats: actress, voice-over artist, producer and photographer.
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My Favorite Quotes
He didn’t want to think about Zoe being the first and only woman to work her way into his heart. The first and only woman to break it. – Scandalous Secrets by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #Politics #SingleMomTweet
She hadn’t been in a room with a furious man in over thirteen years. Her stomach quaked and her palms sweated. – Scandalous Secrets by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #Politics #SingleMomTweet
You can stand by and say absolutely nothing about me, my life, or anything I plan to do. Your advice is not wanted or needed. – Scandalous Secrets by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #Politics #SingleMomTweet
Why not? Two words that carried so much temptation. – Scandalous Secrets by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #Politics #SingleMomTweet
Happiness, pleasure and affection squeezed her heart so tight she knew he was forever imprinted there. – Scandalous Secrets by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #Politics #SingleMomTweet