4 wheels on a rusty truck * 2 gray eyes * 1 secret that could ruin everything…
All Hannah wanted was a summer break from being “perfect Hannah Cohen” and a chance to forget about the devastating family secret that could ruin her seemingly perfect life. So when she takes off for her eccentric aunt’s house in the mountains of North Carolina and everyone makes one big (wrong) assumption about her past, Hannah figures that it’s easier to live a lie than have to face the truth.
She never expected to make any real friends, like the hilarious and spontaneous Kate and Ashton, who drag her to late night bonfires and ice cream marathons. And she especially never counted on meeting Jude Westmore, the brooding bad boy next door with gray eyes and permanent oil smudges on his fingers, or that he would ever take an interest in her.
Between moonlit movie nights in the bed of Jude’s truck and nearly romantic Ferris Wheel rides, Hannah’s old life seems father away then ever, but can she keep her secret, or is the truth worth the risk of losing everything, including Jude?
The Secrets Between You and Me is a companion novel to The Boyfriend Thief and the second book in Shana Norris’s Stolen Kiss series.
That was bittersweet!! I didn’t want the story to end! This novel was so much more than a romance. It was about becoming your own person and dealing with things that you want to run away from. This story was set in the little country town of Asheville, North Carolina and left you feeling like you were a part of the family in the end.
Hannah Cohen is taking a cue from her mom and hiding away. After a big bomb is dropped on her family, Hannah doesn’t know what to do or how to act anymore. This summer at her Aunt Lydia’s will make her walk the path of confronting her fears, becoming her own person, and facing reality. But she could have never imagined that someone would help her do all those things. Someone so vastly different but at the same time completely the same.
Jude Westmore is stuck. Unable to move on from the tragedy that struck his family a year ago, he pulled away from any and every one. Only to realize that being alone is worse than getting the pitying looks and stares. Then Hannah drives into his life. The first person that doesn’t judge him or know anything about his life. The person that is going to turn his world on its head and help him move on.
This story had a romantic element but it took a backseat to the struggles of growing up and being your own person. I loved that Hannah and Jude were friends for the majority of the story. They helped pick each other up and patch up the holes in each other’s hearts. They understood each other in a way that nobody else could understand. It was just sweet. 🙂 But that’s not to say there wasn’t some type of drama/tension. There was drama but that was more to do with Hannah’s family than frivolous catty girl drama.
Some of the issues that were presented were a little heavy but it just made the story that much better. It showed that the rich façade that Hannah’s family had built was hiding a family that was just like of the world: not perfect. The story showed that even if you have less than perfect circumstances you don’t have to let them keep you down or make you into someone you’re not.
I only had a couple of issues with the novel. I really wanted Jude and Hannah to have more time together as a couple. I wanted them to really develop their relationship and show what they were going to be like in the future. And it didn’t have an epilogue so I was kind of frustrated with that. I felt like that would’ve been the perfect opportunity to show their deserved happily ever after years down the road. Also I would have loved to have had Jude’s point of view. It was all from Hannah’s first person point of view and having Jude’s could have really helped me connect with him. All in all if you want a sweet light romance with young adults growing up and finding their way I’d say come and find out their secrets! 🙂
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.
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