Series: Hidden Truths #1
Published by Self Published on September 15, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Event planner Kate Adams has never found it difficult to keep a professional relationship with her clients . . . but then she’s never had a client like Michael Maddox. From the moment she arrives in Charlotte, Kate is tongue-tied by the devastatingly gorgeous former Marine and intelligence genius turned multi-millionaire entrepreneur. Michael seems at first glance to be the perfect catch, except for one problem. He doesn’t do relationships. And Kate doesn’t do one-night stands.
But as the tension mounts between them, Kate discovers she has larger problems—an untraceable stalker . . . and a dangerous past. When Michael offers his protection, Kate is grateful, and yet afraid. For as they grow closer, she realizes that Michael has his own secret past. And while he might save her life, he will surely break her heart.
Silenced Memories is a stand-alone romance suspense novel in the Hidden Truths series. Hidden Truths: Each stand-alone novel is riddled with mystery and romance, as lies and corruption are unraveled to reveal the truth.
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Overall rating 4.18 with 108 ratings and 40 reviews
Romance, suspense, and mystery are all here. The beginning was problematic. I’m not sure if it was because it is one of the author’s early works or related to the romance focus. The characters were all over the place emotionally. It felt inconsistent or uneven. Maybe it was too dramatic or insta-lust for me. I’m more likely to start with an intellectual connection. Both main characters were considered wildly attractive by others which was a bit too much.
Once Silenced Memories moved on to focus more on the mystery and aspects other than the romance, it was much better. Even the romance improved as the book developed. The main characters were strong, successful people. Michael knew his issues from the past, whether he was willing to address them or not. Kate had some real surprises from her past come forth. She did do a version of TSTL; was it brave or stupid?
The mystery suspense was engaging and the characters grew. Each book in the Hidden Truths series contains romance and mystery, which is a favorite combination of mine. The third book looks to focus on a character introduced in Silenced Memories, but each one can be read as a stand-alone. I look forward to trying more of this author’s work in the future.