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Dangerous Secret by Jessica Lauryn

Warning: Contains mature content

Dangerous Secret by Jessica Lauryn is a romantic suspense about a college-age girl, Abigail MacKenzie, who is trying to get over her father’s death.  Until Ryan Newberry enters her life and unintentionally gives her a clue about her father’s death. Desperate to find her father’s murderer and uncover Ryan’s secrets, Abigail finds herself in a dangerous situation and falling in love with a man that’s bound to be bad for her.

What worked:

The whodunit.  I honestly didn’t figure out all of the big players until 75% of the way through the book, although I had my guesses.  I still didn’t see one of them coming, so good job!

The setting.  The author’s descriptions of the setting and surrounding area were vivid and I could see the place clearly in my mind.

What didn’t work:

Unfortunately, I found a lot more things that didn’t work or pulled me out of the story than I would have liked.  The writing was convoluted, and the author used a lot of words and phrases incorrectly.  There were also a lot of misspelled words.  A lot of these problems would have been caught and fixed with an editor, or even a proofreader.

The characters.  I didn’t like Ryan as a person.  He was a jerk that had unnecessary secrets and purposely hurt Abigail.  Also, a lot of the story could have been cut out if he had only explained himself to Abigail.

Abigail.  This girl went from one extreme to the other in a matter of minutes.  She spent the beginning of the story not liking Ryan because he won’t answer her questions and she knows he’s lying to her, but she’s attracted to him and falls in bed with him.  Suddenly, she trusts him and loves him… until he blows her off and hurts her feelings again.  Their relationship frustrated me and didn’t make any logical sense. Abigail didn’t respect herself at all.  She should have left him and would have been better off for it.

Also, there wasn’t much of a thrill factor to this mystery.  It was just Abigail doing dangerous snooping and Ryan yelling at her.

My rating: 2/5

Plot: 2/5

Characters: 2/5

Dialogue: 2/5

Writing: 1/5

Entertainment: 2/5

Intrigue: 3/5

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