Secrets and Sins
September 23, 2013
When Danielle Warren shows up on Boston attorney Malachim Jerrod’s doorstep looking for a job, his first thought is trouble. Well, actually his first thought is how does a woman with the face of a saint have the voice of a sex phone operator? But sexy trouble or not, he’s desperate for a paralegal to help keep his struggling law office afloat. Can the boss keep his distance from the silk of his employee’s skin, the siren lure of her body…or ignore the haunting vulnerability in her eyes.
Danielle can’t remember her own name, because it belongs to someone else. The new identity has afforded a fresh start and a new job. She’s taking control, making her own decisions, and refuses to allow anything to distract her—even her unwanted desire for her boss. Because distraction is dangerous and letting her guard down is not an option. Especially with a shadowy figure stalking her every move.
Danger is on the hunt, threatening the boss she’s falling in love with. Should she fight for the future of her dreams or flee to save Malachim’s life? Danielle must make a decision. Because her lies are unraveling. And some secrets can kill…
Naima Simone's Favorite Romantic Suspense Novels
I loved romantic suspense before I knew what the phrase was or meant. It was the “romantic” part that drew me to a book, not the “suspense”. And when I was younger there were certain authors guaranteed to deliver in the love area. Nora Roberts. Linda Howard. Sandra Brown. But soon I came to realize their stories always had another twist. Their stories were…more. Subplots that kept me as spellbound as the romance between the hero and heroine. Secrets I couldn’t wait to unravel. Fear that set my heart-pounding even as I flipped to the next page to continue the wild ride. Evil that sometimes made terrifying sense. In other words—suspense. I soon came to realize their stories always had the best suspense.
These authors created the most intricate puzzles using the characters, their motivations, and stories as the pieces. It inspired a desire in me to assemble my own enigma, to somehow grab the sometimes seemingly random bits of information and revelations and form them into a complete picture that would reveal a decades’ long secret, unearth a startling, heartbreaking truth, and also offer closure and peace.
I’ve read hundreds—probably thousands—of books that took me on a thrill ride. And many of them—their authors—have inspired me to write, to weave a story of intrigue, surprise, and twists. Still do. Here are just some of them.
1. Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard – Roanna Davenport was in love with her cousin Webb Tallant (by marriage, don’t worry!) since she was a child. When he marries their beautiful cousin Jessie, Roanna is hurt but not surprised. But she—and the entire family and small Alabama town—is stunned when Jessie is killed. Angered by his family’s lack of support when he is initially considered a suspect, Webb leaves town and doesn’t return for ten years. Roanna fetches him home, bargaining her body for one night in exchange. She isn’t the same impulsive, innocent, carefree girl, and Webb yearns to see that girl in the woman. But when he returns home it’s to a killer who wants to finish what he started ten years earlier. LOVED this book! Webb affirmed Roanna, loved her unconditionally; she didn’t have to be anyone but herself for him. And at the roughest moment of his life, she was his only stalwart support, even though he couldn’t see it at the time. And then let’s not forget the fantastic, totally unforeseeable twist in the end when the murderer was uncovered…and why!
In Secrets and Sins: Malachim, my newest release from Entangled Publishing’s Ignite line, Malachim Jerrod encounters a mystery in the form of his new hire, paralegal Danielle Warren. He isn’t unfamiliar with secrets—it’s because of a twenty-year pact he now faces the possible loss of his law firm—but as he falls for Danielle, her shadowy past is coming back to stalk her and those she cares about…including him. They have to uncover the identity of the threat before they lose their lives. Because some secrets can kill…
I can only hope I did half the job Linda Howard, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown have done and continue to do!
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Naima Simone is a multi-published author in contemporary and erotic romance. She’s a member of RWA’s Southern Magic chapter, mother of the Dynamic Duo, lover of everything Vin Diesel and wife to the fabulous husband who tolerates this affair.
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