Secret Hearts by RadclyffeI absolutely adore Secret Hearts by Radclyffe. It has everything that makes Radclyffe a master of the dramatic romance: angst; tortured characters; and chemistry that feels like it is going to set your pages on fire.

Oh I do love this audiobook.

The story is about Kip and Jordan. Kip Kensington get’s caught in a vehicle that her younger brother seems to have ‘borrowed from a friend’ (stole). She keeps his secret and is sentenced to do 400 hours of community service, assigned to a community garden project in the middle of town.

Kip has always been her brother’s protector, ever since the night when she was a child and a terrible accident happened.

Jordan Rice has a settled life. She has finally managed to get her community garden project running and is working on a plan to create a garden that will be the heart of the city. She longs for more funds and more hands to help but is determined to make the most of her situation.

When Kip and Jordan meet it is explosive and even though they sort out the initial misunderstanding, the chemistry between them is undeniable. However, Kip is a lot younger than Jordan and that can only mean trouble, especially when big men in dark suits show up to take Kip for a chat.

Can the women find a way to sort through the secrets and the past that haunts Kip? Is attraction really enough?

The Characters

Kip is brooding, sexy and oh soooo dreamy.

Jordan is older and settled and can’t help falling for this young, wild woman.

If you loved Tomorrow’s Promise then you will love this one.

The Writing Style

It’s Radclyffe, of course it’s excellent. It’s filled with gorgeous prose and angsty moments and brooding lust and I just want to curl up in the audiobook and wrap it around me like a blanket of yummy.

The Narration

AJ Ferraro’s narration was awesome. She transported me away and I was drawn into Radclyffe’s all consuming story.

(ah, happy sigh)

The Pros

This was a gorgeous audiobook. I would recommend that first and foremost. However, if you are disinclined to listen to a book then get the ebook because the writing was glorious and the story was a delight. So you will love it in either form.

The Cons

Not a thing. I am a very happy listener.

sheena's favouriteThe Conclusion

Get it. Get it right now.

The story is wonderful. The characters are well done and the dynamic between them is beautiful and sexy and wonderful and all the other good words that I can’t think of right now.

Seriously, if you loved Tomorrow’s Promise then this is an absolute MUST for you.

Or if you love good angsty romance that makes you want to put the book down because you are having a moment of tortured bliss, then this is your very next read or listen.

Excerpt from Secret Hearts by Radclyffe

A woman swung around and jumped back from the coop with both hands out in front of her, eyes wide. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Friend. Friend!”

Jordan jerked to a stop, the hoe still angled over her right shoulder for a strike. “Who the hell are you?”

“Ah…” Kip couldn’t come up with anything intelligible while her stomach occupied her throat. The woman brandishing the hoe looked like an avenging angel, her long, dusty-blond hair swirling around a narrow, sculpted face, her wide green eyes piercing, her pose fierce and fearless. If she hadn’t been about to brain her, Kip would’ve found her incredibly beautiful. Another time, another lifetime, sexy even. But not any longer. “I work here.”

“You most certainly do not. What were you trying to steal? Fertilizer for meth or something?”

Kip couldn’t help it, she laughed. “Right. Do I look like a meth head to you?”

Jordan narrowed her eyes, starting to feel just a little bit foolish. The stranger was just about her height, with clear blue eyes, collar-length dark hair that was a little shaggy but professionally styled in the recent past, a slightly wrinkled white shirt tucked into black trousers, and loafers that were definitely not meant for hard labor. No jewelry, but the end of an iPhone peeked out of her pants pocket. No vagrant, and likely no thief. Jordan lowered the hoe but kept it in both hands, just in case. “Why did you break in here?”

“I didn’t,” Kip said. “The gate was open and I thought I heard someone, something, screaming. I came in to take a look around.”

“The padlock has been jimmied off the gate,” Jordan said. “You’re inside where you don’t belong. Ergo, you’re the most likely person to have broken in.”

“Logical, but incorrect.” Kip’s insides dropped. “Please, please tell me you didn’t call the police.”

“Why not?”

Kip swallowed. “Did you?”

Her fear was palpable and Jordan didn’t truly think she was dangerous. “No.”

“I wasn’t kidding,” Kip said quickly, relief making her light-headed. “I work here. Or I’m supposed to, starting tomorrow.”

“Since this is my place and I didn’t hire you, that’s a really bad lie.”

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Bits and Bobs

  • ISBN number: 9781626399327
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Audiobook Publisher:  Bold Strokes Books Inc
  • Narrator: AJ Ferraro

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Note: I received a free review copy of Secret Hearts by Radclyffe. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

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Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Review.

She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from to her home in South Africa.

Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born