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Deadly Secrets

Kinncaid Brothers, Book 5
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: Kinncaid Brothers, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

Bitter and resigned to a life alone, Quinlan Kinncaid swore he'd never marry-until the eccentric Ella Ferguson barged headlong into his life. But before he can trust his own feelings and build a new life with Ella, she's gone, and he's left with a secret so big he can't even bear to tell his own family.

Ella Ferguson is as independent as she is beautiful, and though she knows rich boys never last in the long run, she doesn't see the harm in a fling with Quinlan. After their amorous weekend threatens to become a lifelong commitment, she runs, figuring it's better to put Quin and her past behind her. Then Ella discovers a secret of her own, and telling Quin may rip both their worlds apart.

What neither of them realizes is that a malevolent man knows Ella's secret, and he'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. Afraid for her life and more alone than ever, Ella must learn to forgive herself before she can beg the forgiveness of the one man who can save her. Now it's up to Quinlan to overcome his stubborn pride in time to save Ella and the only thing that matters.

©2013 Jaycee Clark (P)2014 Tantor Audio

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Deady Secrets needs a need female character!

If I thought that was really the way southern women acted or talk I would have to petition the court to have my southern residence recanted. Ella is the most noxious, repetitive, weakling heroine ever used by Jaycee Clark! I have enjoyed all the other books in the series but this one was not even close to the others. I got the impression that the phrase "my baby, my baby, someone took my baby" was used by Ella simply to annoy and fill in a word count. Trite and obviously not able to think for herself, Ella definitely not the usual strong-willed, but intelligent female character. Strong willed but stupid to the point of "oh my goodness, you didn't see that happening?" . I listened to the end of the book only because I hate to leave a book unfinished and I hoped (futility as it turned out) that the end would somehow make up for the inanity of the rest. Alas, not so.

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A+ rating...

My Review:
Overall.... 5.0
Performance... 5.0
Story.... 5.0
I thought book #4 in this series was going to be the best in the group. I was wrong. This book...wow...this book blew me away. And I completely ignored every single thing I needed to do in my life to read/listen to it because I absolutely could not pull myself away from this story. Wow...it was just so good!!

This book is written completely different from the others as there are events happening in present day and events happening in the past all in conjunction in the story. Every chapter takes place in a different timeframe with something incredibly shocking and shattering happening in that first chapter. Then you spend the next half of the book trying to figure out exactly how Quin and Ella got to where they were at in that first chapter. It's an incredible way to write a book and it literally kept me riveted to the story. I could not walk away. I NEEDED to know what happened and how in the world anything was going to be okay again. As a reader and a writer, it was an incredible lesson in how to create and weave an unforgettable, completely suspenseful story. I cannot stress to you how good this book was.

And I don't know what to say without giving anything away. OMG...because each and every little revelation steals your breath away as you read it. I don't want to do anything to jeopardize that experience for any other reader. These characters, this story...just wow! When I hit a book this good, I have a hard time sticking to just the audiobook, because I can read it so much faster. My hubby kept laughing at me on this one. Johanna Parker's narration was so good and her ability to express the emotion of the story was amazing. I couldn't walk away from the audiobook. So I got where I would listen to the beginning of the chapter with audio, reading along on my kindle. Then I would stop and read the last half of the chapter with just my kindle. That way I was able to move it along faster without completely abandoning the incredible narration.

So, so, so good. This entire series has been incredible, but this book was perfection. I have loved getting to know the Kinncaids and am truly sad to let them go. It's been a great series. Thank you to my friend, Amy, for pushing me to read this. It's taken me a couple of years to get to them, but that way I was able to read them all back-to-back...so it worked.

A phenomenal series!!

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  • Davida
  • BUFFALO, NY, United States
  • 01-15-14

Pretty Good Series!

I enjoyed this book and the entire series. What made this story a little tough was the jumping around. I didn't care for that but the story once you figured what was going on when was pretty good. Each book is completely different and unpredictable which I find great when I read a series.

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  • Coooper
  • Wasilla, AK, United States
  • 01-27-14

OH THE LIVES OF THE KINNCAID FAMILY !!

What made the experience of listening to Deadly Secrets the most enjoyable?

I have enjoyed the entire series, some more than others but all have been great. This one, Deadly Secrets, has been one of my favorites even though I waited and waded through all the others anxiously anticipating Ian's story - my very favorite. One story leads into another so don't start anywhere except with #1.

What other book might you compare Deadly Secrets to and why?

The other Kinncaid Brothers books.

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

Both Quin & Ella.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when Quin finds out Ella's secret and struggles with forgiving.

Any additional comments?

Read 'em all folks, in order. Jaycee Clark is a great story-teller and for me, has all the elements of a really good to really great book.

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Decent story. Too much repetition & introspection.

I enjoyed the premise enough to wonder how in the world would they get the baby back.
That's where most of my interest ended.
Ella's indecisiveness (before she was drugged and couldn't help it) really worked a nerve. At first she seemed so independent and sure of herself, and that's when I really liked her personality. Then it was like her brain went on vacation and she became this indecisive, tstl, woman that was a complete 180 degrees different from who she had been.
Two things I really struggled with in this story was the constant and I mean CONSTANT info dump. To me, there was so much more telling than showing in this story. Plus the ridiculous amount of introspection and second guessing made me get pretty sick of Ella and then Quinn to where I started skipping big chunks of parts and when I stopped skipping, I hadn't missed out on anything. I could pick the story right back up. Lastly, the way Quinn and Ella spoke.
So many times, in conversations throughout the story, it was in half sentences. It was as if they were incapable of completing a difficult line of thought.
"I just...just..." He sighed and raked a hand through his hair.
As much as he did that, I'm surprised he wasn't a stuttering bald man by the end of the book, and Ella was so much worse. "I just...I couldn't..."
Time and time again, she just...or she couldn't...
UGH.
I gave this story a 2 even though I really liked the other stories in this series. I could only moderately connect with this one.

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Last book disappoints

Had a really hard time finishing this audio, final in the Kinncaid series. Clark dropped the ball on the lead female character. She came across as impossibly naive, stupid and had none of the strenght and intelligence of the women in previous novels. If not for this being the conclusion of this series I wouldn't have even finished it. Boring,aggrevating and saved only by supporting cast in book. Definitely not on the same level of quality.

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Wonderful series!

This is a series full of many wonderful, complex characters. I have enjoyed each book so much. Look forward to reading/listening to more from this author!

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  • Nyoka
  • Brownstown, MI, United States
  • 03-30-14

Good, But way too much Ella

I gave the book a 5 star rating, it deserves it, a good plot and interesting, I love the family dedication, the only thing is the narrator focused way too much on Ella and her voice got to me after awhile, but all in all it's well worth getting.

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SADLY NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING

I've only given this 3 stars NOT because it isn't a good book it's because I found the plot-line too sad, depressing, frustrating and emotional, in fact I skimmed lightly through chapters in order to get to the HEA ending. I like romance books because they leave you with that 'feel good' factor but this one left me totally drained.

There were chapters, especially when Ella and Quin's relationship first developed, that were touching but it kept flashing forward and backwards in their heartbreaking love story that, from early on in the book, the bad events just smothered any good ones. It was tense, suspenseful and very sad, there was a lot of inner dialogue scenes which got repetitive and frustrating but overall I must say that this was a well-written book - just not one for me.

Worth a credit? Again, I can only say that this isn't my type of listen... I like ones that whisk you away to a different time, world or place - ones that you can get totally lost in with pleasurable, romantic, sexy, tense and action-packed scenes. Then those mundane jobs of ironing, cleaning, travelling or whatever don't seem that bad, quickly pass and, when the book finishes, they leave you contented, happy and hopefully with a smile on your face.

However, having listened to all the other enjoyable books in the series I had to hear Quin's story (and the Epilogue was good) but for any of you who don't need to hear his story and you're looking for a more upbeat romance than one filled with danger, kidnapping, murder, unborn baby snatching, greed, love denied, heartbreak and torment, then pass on this. So NO, unfortunately this pain filled listen just wasn't for me - not even on Sale.

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Repetitive

What did you like best about Deadly Secrets? What did you like least?

I love how everything is tied all up at the end of this book and series. What got on my nerves was the constant repeating. If I hear Ella saying one more time how she wants her baby in the worse whining voice I think I'll loose my mind.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It's partly the way these books are written and partly the irritating whining sounding narrator with certain characters.

Could you see Deadly Secrets being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This would be good for the "Lifetime Channel" type of movie!

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  • Susan
  • 09-03-14

Disappointing end to a great series of books

This book started really well - and I have loved the others in the series so was really looking forward to it. But it went downhill from there. The Hero was just weak to me. He is rich, successful, good looking and surrounded by a supportive family. And all he can obsess about is his bad leg. Get over it! And the heroine was not much better. She started out sassy and unique. Then makes some really stupid decisions for not very good reasons, and proceeds to whine her way through the rest of the story. Her baby was missing and instead of developing some backbone and helping in the search she just moans and groans "My baby, my baby" so many times I felt like slapping her. In fact Ian (Hero's brother) almost did exactly that, and she acknowledges that she has been useless to everyone trying to find her baby. But then continues in the same way. And the really contrived coincidence that led to Ian conveniently finding the baby was just silly. And then he also conveniently just happens to have access to a pair of twins to compensate the sad couple who had inadvertently adopted a stolen baby??? I mean are we talking babies or puppies here?? A really disappointing end to a really good series of books.