Saturday, June 29, 2013

REVIEW ~ No Perfect Secret by Jackie Weger

Anna Nesmith has it all—enchanting looks, a great job, an exquisite home, a husband she should adore. Then Frank Caburn arrives at her door in the midst of a winter storm. He was hatless, dripping wet, and exuding testosterone so thick it could’ve been churned into butter. An internal investigator for the State Department, Caburn insists the questions he has for Anna about her husband, her finances, and her personal life are merely routine.
Anna suspects differently. What she learns over the coming hours, days, and weeks shatters every facet of her well-ordered life. Her confidence plunges, her husband doesn’t come home, her dream job has to be put on hold, and her mother-in-law comes unhinged. All she wants to do is indulge in her misery, but Frank Caburn won’t have it. He has a droll and infuriating sense of humor. He forces laughter from her lips when all she wants is to indulge her misery. Man to the bone, Caburn’s smile could take him from a cocktail hour to a bedroom, but he finds Anna enduring, unassailable, and far too intelligent to be swayed by mere charisma. He wants off the investigation. But his boss is a rock, and his colleague is a hard place, and both have their own agendas. Caburn is on his honor to do the right thing. He knows the secret and is forbidden to reveal it. Yet, he’s promised Anna he will always tell her the truth. He realizes he will have to tread very carefully to gain her trust—and her bed. Coping with one disaster after another, Anna longs to lean on Caburn, absorb his strength, and yes, she wants to release her pent-up passion. She feels like some mad god is urging her to go to bed with the man, enjoy it, and then get on with her life. But that isn’t what the Fates have in mind …


This book was ok.  Not spectacular but not boring either.  I liked the story of the government helping their rat of an employee's wife especially when it seems the government never likes to help anyone.  Helen was quite the character. I would love to have a co-worker like her.  She's on the ball and gives her boss hell.  Frank sounds like a good guy and I totally got into his "hero" role.  Lila, the elderly neighbor, was a delight. It was truly wonderful how she befriended Helen's tenants and all their eccentricities.  Anna was smart and that really came out in how she figured things out with them trying to soften her up with her husband, Kevin's, wrongdoings.  I thought Kevin's problems were going to be more related to treason or something & not personal like many wives.  I'm surprised Anna didn't figure things out sooner because she was definitely very intelligent.  She needed to deal with her mother-in-law a lot sooner.
The only real negativity I had towards this book was the language.  What I mean is the words.  The book was written with words that the average person doesn't say.  Whether in the character's speaking or the author's description of a situation or person, the words were "big" and not used in normal conversation.  I felt like the book made me feel less than intelligent on occasion as I had to actually get out the dictionary to look up words I've never seen before.  
The story and characters were good and colorful and artfully told but not an exciting, over the top read.
Rating: 2
Release Date: July 2, 2012
Book Length: 229 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Julie
Reading Format: Available in only in eBook

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