Secret Sins

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Secret Sins

This erotic contemporary romantic suspense tale is a very tangled mixture of family secrets and steamy scenes. The oddity of the relationships between Anna and her immediate and extended family was irritating to me and the premise behind her family’s estrangements just didn’t jibe with their behavior. I don’t particularly care for heroines who are constantly whining and although I sympathize to some extent with Anna’s pain, she just seems to be heartbroken for much of the time and I kept wanting her to develop more of a backbone.

The author is known for her sensual scenes but I felt that there were too many intimate encounters described with the same phrases and I felt that there should be more story and less sex, especially since that seemed to be Archer’s default solution for Anna’s need to flee. There also is the issue of the lack of adequate attention to birth control or safe sex with someone who instantly transforms from a virgin to a sex kitten. The creepy villains and explanations of their motivations were still pretty murky to me and, although I understand the theory behind wanting to keep the reader anxious for the next installment, I prefer more resolution. Unfortunately, I don’t feel that this was a very satisfying read.

“Secret Sins” by Lora Leigh is part of ‘The Callahans’ series that features the complicated family relations between a group of men known as the ‘Barons’ and murders that plague them and those they care for. Anna Corbin has been inexplicably exiled from her family since childhood, only sporadically allowed to meet with them in locales away from her home town. Anna formed an attachment during her early teens for Sheriff Archer Tobias who has resisted her allure for many years, believing her to be too young and innocent but he is ill-prepared to resist the sexy woman she has become. His heart wars with his need to keep her at a distance but, if a killer has his way, Anna will be out of his life permanently.

Book Blurb for Secret Sins

Sheriff Archer Tobias has watched the Callahan family struggle to find peace and acceptance in the community—despite the murders that continue to haunt them. But his darkest suspicions grow worse when Anna Corbin, a member of one of the country's most influential families, becomes the next target…

Anna knows she’s in danger. She knows she’s on a trail of secrets and lies that could lead to a dead end. But no matter what, she’s determined to learn the identity of the killer—even if it’s someone she loves…

Torn between duty and desire, Sheriff Tobias cannot allow Anna to put herself in the path of a deranged murderer. But as the investigation pulls them closer together—and deeper into the nightmare—he realizes that he cannot save her from this legacy of blood and vengeance…without putting his own life on the line.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 3.00