Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Secrets and Charms by Lou Harper

Title: Secrets and Charms
Author: Lou Harper 
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Secrets #2
Main Characters: Olly and Rich
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
One hot ginger. One cool blond. The result is anything but lukewarm.

Out and proud from a tender age, Olly Blackwood is content with life in LA, working at a Hollywood gourmet grocery. There's only one thing missing: romance. He's had his fill of casual hook-ups. He wants a man for keeps, and he wants sparks.

He certainly gets them when he meets Rich Willson, who has the stormy temper to go with his fiery hair. But is he keeper material? He might be if only he'd come out of the closet.

After losing his disapproving father, his job, his girlfriend, and pretty much all his money, Rich packed up his secrets and moved to his actress sister s house to regroup and help her renovate. He doesn't like the curmudgeon he s become, but something about the perpetually cheerful Olly rubs him in a way that should be wrong, yet feels pretty damned right.

Over paint buckets and sanding tools, Rich finds Olly getting deeper under his skin. But when an altercation with a paparazzo comes back to haunt him, he finds that sordid Hollywood secrets can be murder maybe his own.

Warning: Contains a hot-tempered ginger, a cool-headed blond, redecorating shenanigans, and sordid Hollywood secrets. Happy ending guaranteed or your ticket price refunded.

My Review:
I sat down to do some work, but my laptop was in the process of updating so decided to start reading this book while I waited for the update to download. An hour later, my update was FINALLY done and I was too far into this story to get any work done the rest of the day...LOL. Yes, it was really that good in just an entertaining, sweet kind of way.

We met Olly in book #1 in this series. He's just one of those guys...friendly, open, gay, and fun...everyone's friend. He's young...22 and works in a gourmet grocery store in LA. Rich is the opposite of all this. He's jaded, unhappy, never explored his curious sexuality and starting over in his sister's house. But for Rich, pretty much all his angst can be traced back to his father...something his sister understands all too well, so she's willing to cut him some slack. Although I loved how she called him on his crap throughout the book, especially the way that he treats Olly. 

See, Olly is a threat to Rich. Olly's attractive, sweet, and so very gay. Rich doesn't want to be drawn to him, but he can't help it except to push Olly away. But when a mystery falls into their laps which threatens his sister, they have to work together to try to fix things for her. 

Like I said, I totally enjoyed the book. I liked the mystery. I liked the fortune teller's influence on it all. I really enjoyed the hollywood setting. The romance worked for me, especially with Rich's history. And it was fun to see Nick and Jem from the first book in this one...as well as a character from Lou's other series...yippee. I love little treats like that. 

I may not have gotten any work done this afternoon, but the several hours spent reading this book instead were well worth it! (this is a second book in the series, but totally works as a stand-alone read)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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