Deadly Secrets by Savannah Hartley
Series: Dark Kings of Eternity 01
Author: Savannah Hartley
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Alternate World, Shape-Shifter, Vampires, Werewolves
Length: Super Novel (354pgs)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (21st January 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty year old boy–with one exception. He passes himself off as a girl. His ruse is necessary. Deadly secrets put him in danger, and life is about to get even more complicated.
Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty year old boy–with one exception. He’s been passing himself off as a girl for four years.
Fleeing from a dangerous situation, the ruse is necessary. Jamie and his mother have been on the run, but when Jamie’s disguise becomes more trouble than it’s worth, he has to decide if leaving it behind will free him from the arms of a predator seeking to make Jamie his.
From a life of deciding which heels to wear with what outfit, Jamie falls into a world of dragons, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. And he discovers he’s one of them… but doesn’t know which one.
CONTENT ADVISORIES: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape and a “to be continued” ending.
Review: I sit here as I write this trying desperately not to run off to a corner and sulk. Why, you ask? Well, it’s simple really… it’s all the ending’s fault; I have to wait for the next book, Deadly Skies, to get answers, that I want now. So, here I am desolate, needing to read the next book and I’ve got zip about when it will be out because Savannah Hartley is still writing it. (*pout*)
Jamie is a boy pretending to be a girl, because his mum asked him to because they were in danger. So for the last four years he’s been a girl; he has had to act like a girl, talk like a girl, and walk like a girl and essentially be a girl. Now though his secret has been discovered by Asa, a quite boy from one of his classes. As he and Asa become friends secrets come out on both sides. To make matters worse, Jamie discovers the truth about why he’s in hiding. Jamie gets an admirer in the shape of Aidan the most popular and sexy boy in college and although Jamie puts him off because he’s not really a girl it doesn’t stop the attraction he feels for him.
This has got to be one of the most complex and utterly deceptive books that I have ever read. The details are introduced slowly and slotted in here and there. There are some things that sneak up on you and you end up having ‘oh duh’ moments. The story is mainly about Jamie and his everyday life living as a girl. The author drops hints about why he’s in disguise slowly, teasing us and making us want more. Then we discover other secrets and I will now never be able to look at tomato soup in the same light ever again. We get Jamie’s diary entries here and there which add a bit of insight into Jamie the boy and there is no sex but some scorching kisses. Even getting to the end of the book I don’t think we have discovered all the secrets and surprises that involve Jamie.
As other characters are introduced and as we find out the truth about them, the story becomes more complex. You try to figure out just what is going on and who is behind what. Is everything as it seems or is Jamie being lied to again? What exactly is the truth? And just what the hell is Jamie? Now I know what you’re going to say, what about the ‘rape’ aspect… well that’s something that is referred to and then the rapist gets what he deserves… twice!! So although it is a disturbing aspect just remember payback is a bitch called Jamie.
My recommendation is this… you have got to read this book if you like the paranormal even a little bit. because you have different shifter types, magic, other dimensions, a mystery of who and what Jamie is, it’s humorous and you know there will be a fantastic sequel… Oh, and in case you were wondering, Asa and Ethan get a story of their own, as well. *squee* So a quick note to Savannah Hartley… write faster!!