Release Date: August 18, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from B&N
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Sex is supposed to be sexy, tantalizing, and completely erotic, but Anna never seems to find the right guy. This one seems to be a germ-a-phobe, and the previous boyfriend wasn't much better. Anna just wants to be wanted. Is that too much to ask?
As Anna tries to wiggle out of one relationship, a new one surfaces, but it's forbidden. Cole Stevens is twice her age, arrogant, rich, sexy as hell, and her boss. When Anna's internship plans derail, she ends up interning at Cole's elite New York City studio. Close proximity leads Anna to discover that the billionaire bachelor is emotionally scarred. Everyone has secrets, but Cole's run deeper, cutting him to his core. Cole is trouble in a sexy shell. He's nothing Anna needs and everything she wants.
I'd been anxious to read Secrets since I read the teaser chapters at the end of The Arrangement (1 or 2). I was not disappointed. Secrets Volume 1 delivered all that it promised in those teaser chapters. I would like to point out that I think the synopsis is maybe more for the overall story line.
Anna has basically pulled herself up by her bootstraps and is about to graduate with her Masters degree. She just needs an internship. She thinks she knows exactly what she wants out of that internship and Cole Stevens is not it. He comes from a moneyed family, has had everything handed to him and objectifies women in his photography. But is that the true story?
Cole is successful and definitely good at what he does. He seemingly comes from privilege but has he really had it all that easy? He does have a lot to offer Anna towards her education though and he's willing to personally teach her.
The banter between Anna and Cole was fantastic fun. It was one thing I was most excited about. The sexual tension between them is so thick you could cut it. And - Cole is ~15 years Anna's senior. I don't see this much in romance and I liked it.
Secrets Volume 1 is all about setting the state and Ward has done an excellent job. Anna is fierce and fun. She knows what she wants - personally and professionally - and she's driven to achieve her goals. Cole is just the person to help her get there. We see a few clues as to the real Cole but I'm really excited to get better acquainted with the man who'd hire an intern who shows up to her interview in a tutu and hot pink sneakers. I'm also anxious to see how the sparks fly between these two - because they're gonna fly!