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Welcome to the carnal world of...His Secret

Young and innocent, Julia Ellis has no idea what awaits her at the manor, where she is to become the nanny for Mr. Jonas Fairbanks, a ruthless, yet devastatingly handsome entrepreneur. Julia's only plan is to earn enough money to fund her studies of French cuisine in Paris.

Julia falls in love with little Sidney, the 10-year-old daughter of Jonas, but can't help noticing the peculiar way the towns people talk of the little girl. An omen. The devil's spawn.

Sidney is not the only young girl who will be groomed at the home of Mr. Fairbanks. What was taught as sinful, now, clouds her moral judgment of right and wrong. Julia fights with her innocence, giving into lust and a world all new to her. She loses all control, when she can no longer deny her attraction to Jonas. But no matter how much she feels love for this man, hidden deep in the house, tell a different story of his past...and what he's capable of.

©2017 Gina A Jones (P)2017 Gina A Jones

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Perfect in every devious way

Tracy is flawless. I'm pretty sure she wakes up in the morning feeling like a total voice vixen ready to slay the day. She narrates with such authority and passion. It really doesn't get any better than this.

Tracy has this magical way of dancing over words especially with dialogue. When she flows through dialogue, she's unparalleled. She can be raspy, she can be sweet. Her vocal range is out of this world. She truly is captivating in the way she embodies characters and emotions. I can't get enough of this woman!

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I haven't related to a female protagonist in a long time, friends. So long, in fact, that I can't even remember the last time I read a book and said, "Oh dang, I would have done that!"

Until Julia came along.

Julia is so sweet and innocent. My goodness, it's refreshing to read a book with this kind of life. Watching Julia meander through life under this veil of purity makes me anxious! It's unlike anything I've read before!

Julia’s dream is to go to culinary school in Paris, but in order to do this, she needs to get a job, and—I dunno—actually move forward with her life. She’s static and these dreams are boiling inside her.

She makes a bold move to take a nanny job. Our sweet Julia was orphaned at a young age, so it’s no surprise she feels this desire to nurture children. Agg. My heart. There are so many layers to this woman.

Speaking of layers…the man she works for is quite…complicated. Jonas and his daughter, Sidney, live in the same house (obviously), but he’s not often present. Sidney is practically on her own emotionally and physically. Thanks, pops.

But Julia sees more to Jonas than he sees in himself. The beauty of her character is that she’s so kind and forgiving, but golly, Jonas Fairbanks is a man unworthy of love! Even his daughter calls him by his first name!

What is a woman supposed to do with an unlovable man? Love him.

Slowly, Julia eats away the walls around Jonas.

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"The bike is now ascending closer, and the memory of his chest against my cheek triggers a response somewhere deep inside me."
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Whoop! Julia fights her desire, but she's not going to be able to keep this up for more longer.

Jonas is a mystery from start to finish. There are things that happen in his household that Julia can't quite put together. He's devilishly swoony, complex, and Julia can't help but see potential in him that doesn't quite exist yet. Light, dark. Pure, tainted. How can two people so far apart on the spectrum of right and wrong be perfect for each other?

And ri-i-ight when I'm drooling and getting that juju I crave, the audiobook ends. Stop. It. Right. NOW. I'm lucky I didn't have a heart attack!

Thank the sweet mother of this Earth that I've got Book #2 plugged in and ready to go. Let's do this.

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Twists and Turns abound!

Where does His Secret: The Secret Series rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the top audiobooks I have listened too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Julia because of her innocence, but I also liked the growth of Jonas

Have you listened to any of Tracy Marks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have. Tracy does a wonderful job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When the tangled web of Secrets are undone, no one will be untouched!!

Any additional comments?

I waited to write this review until I listened to the second book in the series, Her Secret. I felt the first book left several unanswered questions and I wasn't sure how I felt about that. But all is revealed in book 2. The author Gina Jones has told an intricately woven tale with may of the lines twisting and turning together. As the secret starts to unravel, the reader is left with questions and wanting answers. The book ends with a cliffhanger that will take your breath away. But don't worry! Gina has a plan and your questions will be answered!!!!

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Wow!!! This book is fan-freaking-tastic! It is the perfect mix of romance, suspense and mystery. It leaves you guessing the whole time on the edge of your seat. Gina has given us sweet romance, great characters, and a plot straight out of the movies! I have loved every second of it!

Tracy Marks does a fantastic job of narrating this one. Her performance brings these characters to life and keeps you emersed in this wonderful mystery. Great job!

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Secrets Are Meant To Be Told

Julia is Jonas nanny and she enters into a relationship that she is not fully sure about but puts her trust effortlessly in others. Jonas is determined to keep his secrets no matter the cost. This story will make you mad but always guessing until the end.

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Give the story a minute to build... it's worth it

Fun book, great world building and action. Loved listening to the audiobook on a road trip.

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It could have been a contender. . .

I really wanted to like this book. I tried so hard, in fact I started and stopped several times. I'm baffled by all of the stellar reviews. I was really disappointed.

The story line had potential. However, I had a hard time with the narrator. Her tempo/cadence was wrong. It didn't flow well at all. It felt forced, not natural. Kind of breathy at times. It reminded me of a breathy female Christopher Walken.

I also felt like the character development was flat. The main character made these random assumptions without any real proof. An example was when she assumed the woman responding to her mid-west nanny ad was Irish because her last name was O'Shea. Then she started assuming the job was in Ireland. Seriously? Why would you think that? People have all types of last names in the U.S. That's not unusual. . . Another forced and ridiculous moment is when she buys the little girl a horse after one day! She knows nothing about horses and decides to purchase one (for $500 mind you) sight unseen. Ugh, it goes on and on.

Like I said before, it could have been good, If the story was developed better and with a different narrator.

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boring & slow

the narrator sounded winded or something hard to listen to. I only got thru the 4th chapter..seemed like a high school story, but with less excitement.

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I recommend!

Don’t let the low stars fool you, this is definitely worth a read. There are just a few things I think potential readers need to know. Firstly, I hate the dialogue in this book. It’s so unnatural and really just took me out of the story. I rolled my eyes so much.

Secondly, Julia is such an annoying character. For one thing, she’s so dumb. I guess it’s just part of her character to be the type of girl who would fall for this kind of thing, but it was very frustrating to sit through. Like so many red flags and she just turns a blind eye because he whips out his manhood and throws money at her. Like, it’s excruciating. I had to listen at 2.5x speed or I wouldn’t have been able to endure to the end. I just really wanted to finish because I wanted answers. Be warned, you will get almost no answers which is fine with me, because I can just read the next book, but I know a lot of people hate that.

Another thing I had trouble with was how much Julia is built up to be this religious person who values modesty and Christian principles. But she then does a complete 180 pretty much over night with no internal conflict over it. With no thought at all really. That is the most unrealistic thing about this story and the thing that took me out of the story the most.

The whole premise of this story is another thing I hate. Nanny starts banging the dad like a week after they meet and the child is totally okay with it. The dad is like just flaunting his half-chub and getting physical with this virtual stranger right in front of his daughter?! What the heck?! Totally inappropriate and weird and really just unrealistic. I mean I know he was supposed to be a bad father, but Julia is supposed to be a great nanny, and she had no qualms with it either.

But, for all the faults I find with this story, I have to say I really liked it and will be downloading the next one as soon as I finish this review. Gina did an excellent job creating this mystery and capturing my interest. I just had to finish the book. The anticipation was driving me up the wall! The story is well paced and all the little clues were given with excellent timing to keep me listening. I definitely recommend this! I just hope the next book gives me the answers I’m dying for.

Tracy Marks was not great. She’s not terrible, but I know a different narrator would have made me liked the book more. She has an odd way of speaking and her male voice is just...not good. Listening at a higher speed helped a lot.

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I couldn't put it down. I love a good romantic suspense and this book didn't disappoint. Felt like I was watching a movie without missing anything. I spend almost the entire book in knots trying to figure out what was going on. Just when I think yes! this is it, that happens, then it ends. Not cool Gina, so not cool. Tracy what can I say, you were exceptional as usual. Now on to book 2. I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to listen to this series.

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Ok

This book was very slow to into it. The narrator just didn’t make me believe in the story at all . I gave it my all just couldn’t finish.

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  • 03-03-19

A delightfully suspenseful and erotic beginning!

This book will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat the whole way through! A twisted tale of deceit, betrayal and a budding romance between two people that couldn't be more different!

The narrator does a wonderful job bringing this story to life. Giving each character their own voice and personality until you are lost in the story. I can't wait to see what the next book holds!

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 10-30-18

loved it!

This book had it all, Love, Intrigue and Sex. it kept me guessing with its twists and turns and left me dangling from its cliffhanger ending gagging for book 2! Tracey Marks narrated beautifully and brought the characters alive ... I loved this book!

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  • JEYCEE
  • 09-26-18

Book 1

His Secret by Gina A. Jones is the First book in "The Secret" Series. This is the story of Julia Ellis and Jonas Fairbanks. Just an FYI -This book does end with a cliffhanger.

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  • Tasha Barefield
  • 09-17-18

Great beginning, full of intrigue

This was a great story full of intrigue and secrets that you know are going to come out but you aren't quite sure what they are! I felt the story started a little slow but it made you fall in love with Julia and some of the side characters so I think the gradual build was necessary to keep you invested. I will say that you don't get the answers to any of your questions in this book so you will definitely need to listen on to the next story in this series otherwise it will drive you mad! There was just enough balance to the romance and sexy bits for me in relation to the story. Tracy Marks did a fantastic job of bringing all the characters voices to life with a bit of drama in all the right places! Can't wait to listen to the next one now.

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  • 09-08-18

WOW this is absolutely amazing!!

This is the first book that I have had from this author so I didnt know what to expect but the WOW in the title pretty much covers it!!!
ITS TOTALLY CAPTIVATING!!!
I stayed up till the early hours of the morning to finish it!!!!
Stunning story which grabs you from the very first word and doesnt let you go until the last, and you will still be begging for more.
Wonderful characters and a storyline which has you mystified and intrigued!!
Seriously treat yourself to this book - you wont regret it!! Warning it is a cliff hanger!!
Brilliantly narrated!!!

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  • Delia Chavez
  • 08-15-20

His Secret!

I liked this book it had a little bit of everything there was suspense, mystery, and romance. Some things didn't make sense to me but all in all, I enjoyed this book. 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 05-24-20

wow

what a brilliant audiobook, with some explicit sex scenes, I am left on a cliffhanger desperate for the next book in the series. Such a well written piece by Gina A Jones and narrated by Tracy Marks xxxxxx

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  • Nat (🎧AudiobookObsession)
  • 04-10-20

His Secret

This book was equal parts suspense, twisted secrets, and Sexy Intrigue. My feelings about the story kind of yo-yo'd until the end. An amazing listen, the performance by Tracy Marks gave the characters so much more depth, can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • R. Simons
  • 03-25-20

Not for me

So am I giving this an overall 3-star rating, I just disliked the storyline (sorry), I did go in blind as I usually do, not reading the blurb.
Julia was very religious being brought up in a religious household, her father is a pastor, she was also very naive, to the point where I was thinking “really?” and then we have Jonas, He is the type that parent’s hope their children will never end up with, he was secretive, and an emotional abuser. Nah I didn’t like him much at all.
I feel this just wasn’t for me.

That said, the narration was brilliant, Tracy did a fantastic job!

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  • Dektolia
  • 02-18-20

Cliffhanger

This story started off slow with a lot of description, but also a lot of unanswered questions which have kept me interested. I got a little hung up on my dislike for pretty much every character over 18 and waiting for the very very predictable cliffhanger ending, but I still want to know what happens next.

Julia is extremely immature and comes across as foolish. Who agrees to be a child's nanny without asking to meet the child? And who purchases a horse without considering how you might feed it? I was hoping she would mature over time, but she jumps to conclusions throughout the entire book. I also felt like other characters were taking advantage of that immaturity which made them less likable too.

The narrator's voice was good, though it didn't stand out from other audiobooks I've listened to recently.

I would recommend this book to listeners who have the 2nd (and likely 3rd) books available to complete the story, especially those who like stories that move at a descriptive pace.

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