Sunday, March 6, 2016

Secrets Don't Make Friends by Lyla Payne WITH Review

Date Published: 11/17/2015

Jeyne Dalton has graduated from college, medical school, and has slogged through half of a surgical internship year with flying colors, which she figures HAS to mean she’s put her past – and her family – behind her for good. If only she hadn’t answered that random ad for a roommate, her life would be pretty damn perfect.

Dinah Robbins knows that, no matter what she does, the horror that is her life will never be behind her…unless her controlling, threatening, abusive boyfriend finally kills her. She’s floating, waiting, and advertised for a roommate as a last ditch, listless effort to save herself a few beatings here and there.

Jeyne and Dinah may have been roommates for months, but they’re not anything like friends. In fact, they hardly know each other at all – until the night Jeyne comes home late to find Dinah in a heap of trouble. The two girls then find themselves sharing a secret that brings them together in a way they never expected. And upends their lives in a way they may never be able to set right.


4 Stars

I was given a book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

I enjoyed this book very much as it took me on a very emotional journey through Dinah's life. 

TRIGGER WARNING: Violent abuse involved in this story. My heartstrings were definitely pulled and I felt scared, angry, sad, concerned, and surprised throughout this book.

Dinah is being abused by her boyfriend Tritt and it's very bad. She needs to get out but how? As a desperate move she puts out an ad in the paper for a roommate and finds one. But there's one problem....Jeyne is so very different from Dinah and they instantly clash. Until their secret comes to be......

This is the first book I've read by this author. I enjoyed the drama, fast paced action and suspense. The twists were well done and unpredictable and the writing was smooth flowing.

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Author Bio:
Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series and the Lowcountry Ghost stories. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us - past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. 
Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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If you're a fan of Young Adult fiction--science fiction or otherwise--please check out her work that's published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing!! (Lyla Payne)