Thursday, May 17, 2018

Secrets of You by Skylar M. Cates

It’s never easy to find redemption.

Carrying scars and regrets, River Darcourt avoids too much intimate contact. Among his friends, he is known as a quiet loner. Forget about love. It’s not something he will consider… until sweet, young, and tempting Morgan Hayes becomes his housemate. River closed his heart long ago, but the attraction is impossible to deny.

Morgan Hayes needs a change. He is moving out of his critical father’s home and in with his friends, including his secret/not-so-secret crush, River. Having feelings for River is a terrible idea. But what is a guy to do when the annoyingly sexy mechanic is just across the hall?

While Morgan has overcome ugliness and is ready for love, he’s just not sure River ever will be. They have both experienced pain in their lives. So Morgan dares River to take a chance, and love will either break their fractured hearts in more pieces or, just possibly, make them whole again.

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Book 4
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The fourth book in the Sunshine and Happiness series belongs to secretive, bad boy mechanic River and his housemate Morgan. It is a darker and more challenging read than earlier books.

At the start, River is a frustrating character. Trapped in a past he won’t talk about or deal with, he is as irritating as he is handsome. It is only when his past is finally revealed that his silent brooding makes sense. It took me most of the book before I even liked River and there were several places where I struggled to understand Morgan’s attraction and his easy forgiveness.

In contrast, Morgan reads like an adorable, injured puppy. Initially, his perky rainbow twink persona is as irritating as River’s brooding but it doesn’t take long to understand the strength of character behind the glitter. I’m still not convinced that Morgan and River work as a couple. Their combined issues are huge – and there isn’t enough time in a single novel to sensitively unpack everything they’ve got going on. The result is a somewhat superficial treatment of life altering issues that didn’t quite work for me.

I really don’t understand why this book is included in a series called Sunshine and Happiness. Between Morgan’s horrific experiences and River’s heartbreaking past, the pain experienced by these two men is overwhelming. Add in River’s inability to communicate effectively and the story was sometimes too angsty for me.

This book does not stand alone. The cast of characters has been huge from the start of the series and the new couples have only added to the numbers. Readers reading the series back to back might be able to navigate through the characters without issue, but it’s been almost two years since I read the last one and I was a bit lost – especially in the beginning.

SKYLAR M. CATES loves a good romance, especially ones that are both steamy and emotionally satisfying. She is quite happy to drink coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Her best-selling novels feature strong, passionate men. Skylar loves to craft stories where realistic men are challenged with emotional situations. Skylar’s character-driven series will often feature close-knit families, animals, and loyal friendships being tested.

Skylar dreams about spending her days writing novels, walking along the beach, and listening to good live music. She also dreams of eating dessert without weight gain and robots cleaning her house. But she knows she can’t have it all… yet. Although lately the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Secrets of You (Sunshine and Happiness #4) by Skylar M. Cates to read and review.

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