by Katie Reus
Published January 2nd 2012
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Six years ago, Alexis Baptiste’s world was turned upside down when Hunter Cassidy disappeared without a trace, leaving her alone and pregnant. She’s finally moving on with her life when he resurfaces, just in time to rescue her from a would-be assassin. Forced to join him on the run to protect herself and her young son, Alexis is now in even more danger: danger of falling for Hunter all over again.GoodReads
Betrayed by rogue CIA agents after infiltrating an infamous drug cartel, former DEA agent Hunter Cassidy has spent years trying to clear his name. He’s not proud of the things he’s done, and knows he doesn’t deserve a future with Alexis, or the son he never knew he had, but he’s determined to protect them from the men who ruined his life. Convincing Alexis to trust him—and denying his feelings for her—is going to be the hardest mission he’s ever faced.
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His Secret Past is a fast paced, action-packed romantic suspense with a heartwarming story about second chances!
I loved just about everything in this novel but especially the strong and compelling characters. The hero and heroine of the story have a past which always helps the relationship gain believability and the story flow in these shorter novels (about 175 pages).
Hunter left Alexis six years ago to protect her from the dangers of his job as an undercover DEA agent when a few dirty CIA agents set him up. Now he’s back with evidence to clear his name, turn the traitors in and get on with his life; but in doing so he has put Alexis and the son he never knew about in even greater danger. To protect her and their son from assassins, they go on the run with the help of Alexis’ new fiancé. Hunter has never stopped loving Alexis and finds it hard to keep his hands off of her, though he knows that he’s no good for her and could never be the kind of father his son needs. With a tortured upbringing, Hunter has insecurities about his worth but he would lay down his life to protect his family.
Alexis resents Hunter coming back into her life when she is finally moving on but can’t deny the feelings he still stirs in her, she knows that being in such close quarters with Hunter is a bad idea but to protect her son Alexis goes along with his plans. How can she marry another man though when every minute with Hunter brings forth a passion she has never experienced with anyone else? Danger and intrigue surround the threesome and lead readers on a thrilling journey as Hunter and Alexis have to figure out who they can trust with their lives, and that of their sons, when a betrayer could be anywhere, while also learning forgiveness and acceptance if they ever hope to find a future together.
Full of suspense, surprising twists and sensual romance, His Secret Past has everything I love and have come to expect from author Katie Reus!
Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses!
Sexual Content: Recommended for adult readers; contains several smexy scenes that turn up the heat and are graphic but well-written. Smutty romance fans won't be disappointed!