WOOHOO!! I just found this AWESOME "10+ STAR" review of KEEPING SECRETS II on Goodreads!! I LOVE this review because she mentions the humor, the unpredictability, & the crazy, yet REAL feeling of the story!!
By Pearl (But edited for FB!)
10+ JAW DROPPING, HEART RACING, CRAZY MIND [SCREW] STARS
Oh man, this book took me on one [heck] of a roller coaster ride. I spent so much of this book conflicted. I didn't know how to feel or what to expect and I was so emotionally [screwed] the last 50% of this book. So much drama and action make for a non stop page turner. I felt like I couldn't read fast enough. I wanted more and more and Kitten Jackson was giving it to me, oh so good. I actually felt like a junkie just sucking it all up. (sounds weird lol) My point is, this book was WILD and I LOVED EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF ITS CRAZINESS!!!!!!
"I don't have a choice, Abbie. You do, but I don't." "I do? So I can go? Would you let me go?" "I can't. If you go, I have nothing to live for."
So, Greg is back in this second book. Of course, how could he ever leave Abbie, the object of his affection, or should I say obsession, alone? He is determined to have her and make her want to be with him. I don't want to give anything away and spoil it for anyone who has not read this book, so I will keep it simple. Greg abducts Abbie and Taylor. He loves her in his own way and wants Abbie to love him back. As things start to unfold and the police are closing in on him, more secrets are revealed and bad things are happening all around. What happens in the end will leave you jaw dropped and heart broken.
Though this is such a wild book, I have to say there were a few funny, light hearted moments. Which is why I was able to love Greg and understand why Abbie loved him even through all his craziness. I actually laughed out loud a couple times. These are a couple of my favorite quotes:
"I know. It drives me crazy! Honey freaking Tutu! Makes me sick to my stomach." Greg laughed. "Is that the name of the reality show?" "I don't know. Something like that."
(Abbie thinking re: shower with Greg)
"This is just for the sake of saving time. It's not sexual. I don't even want it to be sexual. I don't want to see him naked. I'm not getting turned on. Oh, Lord, help me."
This book was written so well. The plot is so thick, fast, scary, heart pounding, jaw dropping, hair pulling, can't read fast enough, GOOD. I never knew what was coming or what Greg was going to do next. I felt everything that Abbie felt. I loved Greg and felt sympathy for him. Even after everything that he does, I still felt the goodness in him. That is why I sobbed at the end of this book. It was not expected and left me totally mind [screwed]. I'm still shocked at how it all played out. What gets me, is that, so much of this book if freaking crazy, yet things like this happen in this world, and that is what makes this story so much more real.
WOW! Thank you, Pearl! : )
Keeping Secrets (book one) link:
http://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Secrets-ebook/dp/B00AQ6Z6KC/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1Keeping Secrets II link:
Have to say both books were great and I am not a reader. In fact, I hate to read but really enjoyed both books. Just finished it on my kindle. Wish I had it in paper back. The second one did make cry and sob. lol Ready for the next one now. Thank you for writing the books. Great writing!
THIS IS THE EDITED, PG-13 VERSION OF KIMMI'S (LipSmackin GoodBooks) REVIEW, SO ALL CAN ENJOY HER WILD & CRAZY, YET PERFECT, TAKE ON KEEPING SECRETS (Book One)!
Holy [Crap]! What in the [HECK] just happened!?!? I........, I don't even know what to say right now, [crap]! Just give me a second, I need to pick my [butt] up off the ground and pull my heart out of Kitten Jackson's fist real quick and figure out what the [heck] I just witnessed! What in the [heck] was THAT?!?
Alright, now. I guess I should tell you a bit about the story, yeah, we'll start there. Maybe once we get the ball rolling I'll shake off some of the fear that's frozen me stupid. Sheesus, I swear!
This is a seriously psychotic and [screwed,] [SCREWED] up love story. This story made me question my morals (which, [heck] they already were pretty few and far between) and my self beliefs! And, I'm pretty [dang] sure I'm going to hell for even calling it a love story, but I really don't give a [crap,] 'cause that's what it is. It's wrong, so [dang] wrong. I can't even tell you how wrong, and I loved it! I tore through this [crap] like a fiend and loved every second of it!!!
This bat [crap] crazy, masochistic, and totally [messed] up love story belongs to Abbie and Greg, it isn't a love story that I envy, or one that I'd wish on anyone, however, it is theirs and theirs alone.
Their story isn't for the faint at heart, btw, if you hadn't gathered that from all the rambling that occurred up there. ^
We begin the story with Greg, he has been on a hamster wheel, just going through the motions over the last 15 years. And he is getting sick and [dang] tired of it.
Greg's character is absolutely fascinating to me. His character has the ability to simultaneously make you cringe, twist your face in disgust, and, yes I'm actually fixin' to [freakin] saying this, warm your heart and feel sympathy and compassion for him. You want to fix him so bad. You know he wants to be fixed, he doesn't like what he is, [heck] has tried to, no he DID, run from it before. He has more issues than half the psych ward down town. However his main issues begin with Sex. In order for him to become aroused, he has for the last 15 years, had to simulate rape.
Society tells us that this is wrong, and if you need to hurt, or rape to reach orgasm, then you should probably see the nearest available psychiatrist. However! Yes, I'm defending him! In some circles, he would be called a Sadist, and if he were to stay in said circles, he'd probably be a bad a*s. Anywho, back to the point. As the story continues, we find out that the only woman he ever loved Abbie, was his first, first victim, and his "first" first.
He recently found her again through Facebook and he has contacted her. He sees she isn't in a relationship, and decides he is ready to go back home. Johnny Moretti ran away from home 15 years ago after he drunkenly lost his [crap] and raped the love of his life and best friend. Yep, he knew he had totally [messed] up, so he took off, gathered as much cash as he could, some clothes, and just took off. Johnny Moretti was supposed to have died that night, died, dead......gone. Greg Parker is a new man, in a new town. And he is ready to make something of himself.
Now, 15 yrs later, Greg wants to go home, he wants back in Abbie's life. He looks NOTHING like he did the last time Abbie saw him, he knows she'll never recognize him. And he knows that she is the only woman for him, and with Abbie he can have the life he always wanted, he would never hurt her again. He loves her, how could he? He knows he can make it right this time! So he throws out the bait, sends Abbie a few messages thru Facebook, letting her know he's gonna be in town on business and that he may stop by her coffee shop. Plane tickets bought, he packs, he is so excited to be with Abbie again.......
Abbie has lived in Pensacola her whole life. After her grandmother passed away a few years back she inherits her home and coffee shop. She renovates both, and directs the coffee shop in a new and up to date direction. She has great friends, and life may have just gotten a little better. The hottie from FB, he said they'd met before, but she doesn't recall it, and with him being as fine as he is, she finds that odd. He would've definitely stuck out in her memory, anyway, he just sent her a message, he'll be in town on business and will probably stop by the shop!
When Abbie and Greg come together the chemistry is off the charts! She has never felt this way about any man! Abbie has a hard time keeping her head on straight half the time. And Greg knows he isn't leaving, he and Abbie are too right for each other, she soothes the beast in him, and for the first time in his life, he is able to bring himself relief without violent thoughts. Finally, he can have the life he was supposed to have.
Then things begin to get tricky, Greg's best friend Mark and his girlfriend turn up murdered. While Greg is in New York helping the family and grieving his best friend, Abbie's ex boyfriend attacks her, beating the [crap] out of her and tries to rape her. Greg gets both business and personal affairs settled in New York and heads back to help Abbie out after the attack. Besides a bruised and battered Abbie, their relationship begins to grow pretty quickly, he has told her he plans to move to Pensacola and she is out of this world excited!
How can a woman heal a broken man over night? Fix all of his issues, 15 yr old issues, just by being with him, around him, and loving him. We know he's Keeping Secrets, and Abbie has a few of her own, so when the [crap] hits the fan, when the lid is ripped off of Pandora's box, is it even possible for Abbie to listen, much less forgive Greg? How long will Greg keep his beast on a leash, it's getting harder and harder to hold it back. Is everything as it seems? Has the light been shed on all things and shown to the reader?
Ha, well [heck] I'm not telling ya! I will say, only because I love you, that when you are on Amazon/Smashwords or at your neighborhood book store, do yourself a favor and pick up BOTH Keeping Secrets I & II, because the only thing that got me through writing this review is that I know if I hurry this [crap] up, I can go diving off into Keeping Secrets II: No More Skeletons! Because the cliffhanger in book one left me screaming, raving, and ranting like, well, like I did up there at the beginning of my review. Yep, just like that, lmao.
Keeping Secrets gets 5 -The most ugly, masochist, [messed] up love story of all time-- Kimmi stars! Those are always the best, 'cause those type of stars make ya know that you may have finished this story, but it's not finished with you.................
AND THAT'S KEEPING SECRETS KIMMI-STYLE! LOL! Thank you, Kimmi! : )
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ANOTHER 5-STAR REVIEW FOR KEEPING SECRETS ON GOODREADS!
Gena Lutz's review of KEEPING SECRETS
5 of 5 stars
Read in May, 2013
I usually don't write reviews...but I will (sorta try) for this book. Kitten Jackson is an incredible writer. I was shocked that I liked this book considering I usually only read PNR books. The story-line is unique with a well thought out plot that takes itself careening WAY outside of the proverbial box. Great job Author Kitten Jackson. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Thank you, Gena! : )
4-STAR REVIEW BY SANDIE ON BOOK BOYFRIENDS REVIEWS!
(Edited for FB!) : )
Keeping Secrets I and II by Kitten K. Jackson
Ok let me start all this off by saying that I want to marry Kitten K. Jackson! I did not get another perfect love story with Keeping Secrets. In fact I got a [messed] up....what the [heck] am I reading, but can't put down, edge of my seat read!!! Yeah, like that. I am soooo thankful. I needed that, seems that even though I love my HEA's, that's all I get now. So this mind [screw] of a thriller is GRRRREAT!!!
So this is typically not how I start my reviews, but well, I am Sandie and I love keepin' you all on your toes.
Back to the review....Greg is a pretty effed up guy. I know what you're probably thinking... WTF is wrong with you? I know, I know, but don't get all judgey on me now. Alright, so yes Greg or Johnny, as he was known in the past, raped Abbie. A beautiful woman back in college. She never really gave him the time of day, and he was a shy and well, by description, not all that good looking. After he does this and she recognizes him and he flees, he becomes a whole new person, Greg.
This where I tell you that you will need to hold on because I think several times I was like, ooooh, I see where this is headed and then nope, that wasn't what I was expecting. Greg (Johnny) now 14 years older, decides to look up Abbie. OK I will admit that is kind of creepy and weird but I went with it, because now I was all in, and needed to see how this all played out.
I am so glad I kept reading, lets see if I can get a good rundown without giving too much away ready....
Abbie and Greg begin to date, saw that coming but what I did not anticipate was the way I would feel for Greg. Several times I was like, awww, maybe he's not so bad, then I'd be like what the h**l, back to ok this is weird, and then finally WTH was that!!!
My concern was for Abbie, because it was like lie, upon lie, upon lie...but then I would be like wait was he lying? Is something else happening that I can't see coming? WTH?....and I couldn't stop spinning.
Then dead bodies began to appear and I was like, oh h**l nooooo. It just got crazier and crazier. I think Kitty seriously had me like this [insert funny clips of people looking shocked]
By the end, I was just OMG seriously? Seriously!!!! I didn't know if I wanted to hug Kitty or smack her for making me go through all of that. LOL
Needless to say, I enjoyed the ride. NOT a HEA, if that's what you are hoping for. This is a suspense filled book. With craziness, seat gripping suspense. I loved every d**n minute of it!!! For that I gave this book 4/5 hearts!!!!
I just had to share this review, because it's such a hoot to read. Sandie's a blast! Thank you, Sandie!! : )
EXCERPTS FROM A FEW REVIEWS OF KEEPING SECRETS (Book One)
"Kitten Jackson is an exceptional writer who really builds the characters of this book and tells the story exceptionally well. I am an avid reader and have read books from many authors and would put her skills as an author up there with any of the others."
"The depth of feeling that these characters evoked from me was surprising even to myself. I really felt drawn into how each of them was feeling and my stomach was in knots most of the time. (This is a good thing!) I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it."
"ONE OF THE VERY FIRST THINGS I LOOK FOR WHILE READING A NEW BOOK IS HOW WELL I CONNECT WITH THE CHARACTERS. THE WAY KITTEN MADE ABBIE COME ALIVE WAS REMARKABLE. I FELT LIKE I KNEW HER. THE WAY THE STORY TWISTED AND TURNED BUT ALWAYS MADE SENSE KEPT ME GLUED TO THIS BOOK. I READ IT IN TWO DAYS. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. THIS STORY DEFINITELY KEPT ME WANTING MORE. I ALSO LOVED HOW UNIQUE IT IS. I'VE NEVER CAME ACROSS A STORY LINE QUITE LIKE THIS ONE. WHICH MADE IT THAT MUCH BETTER."