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Publisher's Summary

Retired Army Staff Sergeant Lee Winters is trying hard to adjust to civilian life. She was released from duty after a bomb in Ramadi injured her and killed her troops, the only people she ever considered her family. Living day-to-day with the knowledge that she was the only one left alive, she hits rock bottom, and an old army buddy persuades her into taking a bodyguard job. Jolene West is injured in an attack meant to get her famous sister’s attention. She resents her sister Tory’s life and plans to move away once she’s healed. In the meantime, Tory has hired a bodyguard to protect Jolene from further attacks, which is just one more thing she resents. What she hadn’t planned on was an undeniable attraction to the woman protecting her body. Both women will try to fight their growing attraction for each other until one of them gives in or dies.
©2013 L.T. Marie (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By zenabuff on 04-16-14

PTSD, Getting over war, A Rock Band needs guarding

Would you listen to Secrets and Shadows again? Why?

This is and existing book with lots of twist and turns leading up to one great love story. I don't which is richer the story of a vet getting over her PTDS and war scars or the love story between the vet and the sister of the lead sister of the band. It is a rich and many layered story. Showing the scars left over after the war and the just tender love between two woman when a professional arrangement keeps them apart and honor keeps them at bay.

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction between Joe and Lee (Both woman) I liked how they carefully constructed the love story, in slow tender little touches and almost invisible ways.

What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?

She had Joe's voice down perfect and really brought her to life. Lee to, showing her moments of PTSD perfectly and making it real for the listener.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was on the edge of my sit for of the story. Between the stalker and the war time scars, and the love story it keep pinned to my sit.

Any additional comments?

This is a lovely story with a mystery, scars of war and a out and out love story. It is well crafted and I loved it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By steph on 02-23-14

Good story

Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets and Shadows to be better than the print version?

Yes but I have a long drive each day.

What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?

I listen to a lot of audio books and by far I like her voice she is easy to listen too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All an all this is a good story in which I enjoyed very much. It will be a story I will listen to again to share with friends on a long trip.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alice on 05-22-14

it was ... okay

I did not want to write to harsh a headline, I guess I should be bolder, but Im not a successful author so its not my place. Its simple to say the story, the characters and the writing was okay. There are better stories out there, and I would recommend anyone of Radclyffe's work over this work first. But it does not mean its bad, just that Radclyffe was there first and does it better. The narrator Erin Bennett is very good, one voice that dont fit the lead guitarist (a secondary character) briefly in the story, but she is a great actor/narrator, the sort I would purchase an audiobook. On this story, its 'okay'. The things I did like about it was the observations on ptsd, and the behavior around that (although simplified and condensed), the characters are okay, and the general plot is okay (yes I am using 'okay' a lot), but perhaps overly predictable. The romance is okay as well. But its not special or original, and lacks depth to make up for that. Sure romances follow a pattern, but so does life, its what happens on the way that counts. Here there is so much I have read or heard in other novels, it was hard for me to identify with anything new or unique in this novel. The characters are not deep enough or developed enough, to make up for that. There were cases where dramatic events I felt where rushed when the needed more detail. I was 'okay' with it, but I had the sublime feeling that some wool was being pulled over my eyes, that this someones careful crafting of a romance from what they have read, rather then from their heart.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Crackdown on 05-06-14

Not quite sure how to rate this. Lacking somehow.

I was really looking forward to hearing this story. And I was slightly disappointed. I was looking forward to an author bring the realities of PTSD into the story and how it can effect relationships and a persons feelings and emotions. While it did touch on the subject, it didn't really sink its teeth into the aftermath of serious trauma.

Instead it seemed to revolve a lot around the two main characters just giving us constant reasons as to why a relationship wouldn't work. This meant the the aftermath of trauma that can lead onto PTSD tended to be rehashed the whole time, rather than focusing on the overall problems that PTSD can cause.

It also didn't really deal with how PTSD can be treated, and that was a lost opportunity.

Considering that PTSD was a big part of the blurb for the book, overall it was a letdown.

The narrator was not bad, and did a reasonable job.

I'll keep this book as part of my audio library, but I expect it will be one that won't be listened to much in the future.

There are other books out there with far better prose to do with PTSD .. Appalachian Justice: Cedar Hollow, Book 1 by Melinda Clayton is one book that really has a good grasp on how you can include PTSD into the story. This one seemed to lack in comparison.

It was a shame because I could see where the author wanted to go with this, and it almost works, but, for me at least, somehow it just isn't quite there. It's not bad, but it's not quite as good as it could have been.

I'm not too sure exactly why I feel it's lacking because the few times when it did sink into the darkness caused by PTSD it was good, but for whatever reason, personally I found it was not quite what I was expecting to hear.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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