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Secret Love

The 4Ever Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Stefanie Kay, Duane Dale
Series: The 4Ever Series, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
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Guarding a secret and playing with fire has never been a good combination.

Four years ago, Holly Scallenger embarked on the most difficult journey of her life. As if being a single parent isn't already stressful enough, Holly also attended med-school, in hopes of helping other pregnant women in a way she wasn't helped. But things don't look so good as she has to embark on a new journey - a journey that would take her back to Boston, back to the man who broke her heart and discarded her and her babies.

Sworn to never fall for him again, Holy is put to the test once more when a chance encounter reunites them.

Secret Love is the second novel in the 4Ever series by Isabella White

©2017 Isabella White (P)2019 Fire Quill Publishing

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GRRRRRR......

I'm just getting more and more annoyed, the longer I listen to this book. Holly behaves like an idiot, almost 9 hours into the book and despite the fact that they jump to bed as soon as they can, they do not have a single discussion of what happened in the past. I am angry and can't manage any of the characters I liked in the first book. I just don't know if I can hear the rest of this farce

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Just amazing

I can't put in to words what this book does to me.I am in love with this series and can reed it a 100 over
Well done to the Author ; Stephanie and Duane u are amazing u bring this book to lufe .

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Poor male narrator unable to listen

Could not tolerate male narrator horrible voices...voices that sound like they are from a troll book. Just really bad ...jumped to end of book to finish with female narrator.

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Can Jake and Holly get a second chance at love?

I read the first book in this trilogy, IMPERFECT LOVE, back in May of 2016 which is quite a while ago you would think I'd forget about most of it considering the amount of books I read each year but that isn't the case at all. I remembered everything! That right there should tell you something, not only about the story but about the writing as well. When I had the opportunity to review this audiobook I jumped on it, I was not only curious as to how the story was going to continue but also how it would play out in audio, would it add an extra dimension to it and pull me into the story line more than just reading it would have.

The story was fabulous, I cannot stress enough that the first book must be read before you dive into this one otherwise you will loose a lot of the emotion and heart of the story. I enjoyed the narration of the book as well and thought both of the narrators did a wonderful job with their parts.

Holly is a single mother raising her cute-as-a-button 5 year old daughter Jamie Bernice, with the help of her own mother she is heading to Boston for an internship at a hospital close enough but she's hoping far enough away from Jake, the father of her daughters and the man that broke her heart.

Jake has moved on with his life since Holly left Boston and he is getting married! I didn't like this part I have to be honest here I didn't begrudge him happiness since he really didn't know a LOT of what was happening in Holly's life but I didn't like that he was getting married and he starts an affair with Holly when he finally sees her. UGGHH I hated the cheating part of it, I really wish she held out until he broke off the wedding or something but I totally get why the author let it play out the way she did. The chemistry was to strong to fight, they needed one another like you need air to breathe, I get it I do, I just didn't like that he didn't feel one ounce of remorse about it. He was totally fine with cheating on his fiance and it makes you wonder if he's done it before.

This book had me crying, no surprise there, but I didn't need an entire box of tissues as I had with the first book. I am looking forward to seeing how things play out now that Holly is going to Zurich for a year in ENDLESS LOVE. I have also added the WHAT IF SERIES to my TBR list, this series changes the outcome of different parts of this series by adding the "What if" factor, what if Holly called Jake after she gave birth and different scenarios like that.

This book is filled with passion so please readers be over 17 when purchasing. Happy Reading!!!

**I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Isabella White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.**

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My Thoughts on Secret Love

This book had me constantly pulled in two different directions. One side saying, keep listening, this is too interesting to put down. The other saying, I don't know how to feel about this and maybe I should stop. I listened to the book all the way through so it was definitely one worth finishing. But I struggled. And I felt for this review I kind of had to break my thoughts down.

First I'll talk about the story. This one picks up years after Jake and Holly split. Years after she became a single mother. And it takes us through all the things you'd expect. Jake and Holly seeing each other again. The tension over the past but hesitancy to talk about it. Lots of confusion, misunderstanding and ultimately secrets revealed. This story was lots of drama and I could appreciate that. I do think it could have moved faster though. There were some details and screens that didn't seem crucial and I honestly didn't think this story needed to be 14 plus hours long. But, it did hold my interest to the end.

Next I'll talk about the narration. This story was told in my second favorite style which is dual. Stefanie Kay read the sections from Holly's POV, and Duane Dale read the sections from Jake's. I was good with Stefanie Kay the whole story. She gave an enjoyable performance in my opinion, but in all honesty, I wasn't a big fan of Duane Dale. His kid voice was a bit too gruff for my liking, especially for a little girl, and when things got really heated and emotional in the story, his performance almost felt a little over the top for me. Things started ok, but by the end I was just not a big fan.

There were certain things in the storyline that I really liked. And then there were some I disliked. I respected Holly's hard work even after the devastation she'd been through. But then some of the things she did with Jake had me losing some respect for her. I'm all for putting yourself first and trying to make yourself happy, but it sometimes just didn't make sense to me. To feel so strongly that someone wronged you in such a horrific way, but to still give yourself to them. I found her less relatable the more it happened. But then again I also felt the same about Jake. If he really thought she'd done something so heinous, how do you let yourself do the things they did before talking and clearing the air at least. I found myself loving some of the secondary characters like Rodney and Jane and a few others, but I really didn't like Jake's mother or a lot of his family members.

So again, I was torn with this story. I am glad to have had the chance to listen, but there were moments that were off putting and I'm not even really sure I like the main characters. I just know the author is very good at weaving stories the keep you listening for what's coming next.

“I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review”

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Great Story

This is the second book in the 4Ever Series. This is another great addition to the Series. Holly and Jake's story continue, and their story is emotional, well written, and filled with twists and turns. I love to have the Dual POV. The ending is breathtaking. Now, I want more about Holly and Jack's story, but no more twists and turns! I just want their happiness! Stefanie Kay and Duane Dale did a great job with the narration. They both have a great voice, easy to understand. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook — at my request — and have voluntarily left this review.

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second chance at pain, sorrow, disgrace

At the end of book one in this series, I was all over the fact that Holly made the right decision to move on with her life and keep her babies. Then the unthinkable happened. Then that was when I was ready for her to be more than what she was and make a stand. That decision made by her gave me hope to see more from her, to she her be more, do more.

Now, book two of the series and I almost wanted to knock some sense in to her and make her remember the things that happened to her the last quarter of the first installment. Then I got deeper in to the recording and was falling more over whether to jump in and shake her or kick her in to action.

I don't want to give up the goods of whats in this audio, while at the same time I want you to pick up this audio. The listen was complementary of book one. It gave and took from you. The added bonus of seeing things a bit from his side was what helped it move to something more. The heartache, sadness, sorrow, lies/secret was just so much. The chance to have a second chance with the one love you thought lost to you was appealing, but the hurdles jumped were too much and then not enough.

Audio narration from both POVs was the tipping point for the story. Stefanie Kay and Dauane Dale did a really good job with the narration of voice, the diction distinctions, the pitch changes, along with pacing and tone.

If you have not gotten a chance, get book one then jump right in to book two. The emotions. The pain. The tears. The disbelief. There was so much the series sets you on a real life journey down love. A love that was hard set against. The characters all have dynamics that suck you in. The story itself had you moving forward.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Isabella White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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this book was given to me at my request for review

have loved listening to this book and can't wait to hear the rest of them. It saddened me that Jake's mother could be so cruel. proof that love provales.

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GREAT READ!

I absolutely loved it! This book is full of so many emotions. The narration is superb and gives the story that extra flair! It will keep you entertained. This author does an excellent job with the character builds and plot. I look forward to reading more books in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.