Published by Snow Queen Publishing on April 3rd, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Behind his beautiful eyes
Lay a thousand secrets and lies.
But my own secrets are all laid bare
The twisted reality of a disgraceful affair.
I once deciphered the mysteries hidden in art
Then mistakes and desire tore me apart.
Now I'm shipwrecked at the end of the earth
Desperate again to prove my worth.
The lighthouse keeper is a stranger to me
Yet one night with him sets me free.
We find ourselves united by the stars above
Both of us needing the salvation of love.
Until our secrets and shame continue to build
And what was flourishing will soon be killed.
Nina Lane is already in my hall of fame list of all time favorite Authors. I love everything I’ve read by her so it’s no surprise that The Secret Thief would fall in to that same group. This love story has mystery, action, the hint of a love triangle, and the promise for a happily ever after.
The story is so perfectly plotted. The reader is immediately pulled into the story by the scandalous circumstances that takes Eve Perrin to the picturesque town of Castille, Maine. Escaping the Bay area with her life in tatters she finds herself moving to this remote town to regroup. The dynamics of this small New England town are built on the myriad of characters, but there are only a few who insert themselves into Eve’s life. It seems her past has followed her. From the poetic blurb, the story line hints at what Eve needs to overcome and a key contributor to that, the uber sexy lighthouse keeper Flynn.
Flynn’s story is a mystery that slowly unfolds. As the attraction between them develops, their secrets are shared and they find something that is so unique to them that they truly seems fated.
“Like all the best stories, this one will start with a boy and a girl. There will be good and evil. A forest that might or might not be enchanted. Magical helpers. Unexplained phenomena. Courage. Love. Fear. Beauty. She will be the center of it all, a girl shape-shifting into a bird of fire with multicolored feathers and a power beyond measure.”
Lane’s love for fairytales is evident in this story. She inserts an “easter egg” or two that long time fans will recognize, and intrigue new readers. I have my own fascination with the Russian “Firebird” that Lane refers to. Mine brought about by one of my all time favorite love stores that began with Slains series books The Winter Sea and The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. It’s really wonderful see folklore like this shared in contemporary reads. I could go on and on about how much I loved the storytelling in this. The language and imagery used is captivating and manifests that feeling of magic in Eve’s and Flynn’s connection. Readers of Contemporary Romance should not miss this book!!
~Review by Cyndi