Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Scandalous Secrets by Synithia Williams

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.

Don’t miss book one in the Jackson Falls series, Forbidden Promises. For reviews & more info, click HERE.

Book 2
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M/F Second-chance romance, friends-to-lovers
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Byron has always been a protector. When he sets his sights on running for office, he knows that it'll be a battle. He has the right political connections, the right family members, and he is on his way. However, a secret from his past is coming back full force and he has to decide how he wants to handle it.

Zoe Hammond is a strong, confident woman and mother. She has figured out that she doesn't need a man to save her, nor does she need her mom's bad advice. When she sees Byron again after a decade, she has to readjust her expectations for her quiet, safe life. Zoe has been receiving threatening emails and has just felt uneasy for a while. When she sees Byron again, she can't help but feel safe when he offers her protection.

Zoe and Byron will have to figure out if their past should stay there or if they should forge ahead and see if their past will help shape their future. This is a well-developed story, but it felt almost too drawn out. There was a lot of history to sort through, so I can appreciate that, but I wish that we would have seen more of the future aspect. Trust is hard for both main characters and while their lives were moving along just fine before they reunited, what if they were to sail along even smoother once they see each other again?

Overall, this is a good story. It is well developed, and you really get to know the characters. It's the second book in the series and while it's not absolutely necessary to read book one, I do suggest it, as the relationships will make more sense. The romance and mystery didn't wow me, but it was a fast read. I do hope I get to see Elaina's story next. She, for me, is by far the most intriguing character.

SYNITHIA WILLIAMS has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would one day write her own romance. When she isn’t writing, Synithia works on water quality issues in the Midlands of South Carolina while taking care of her supportive husband and two sons. You can learn more about Synithia by visiting her website,

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Scandalous Secrets (Jackson Falls #2) by Synithia Williams to read and review.

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