R*BY Review Challenge: Secrets of Whitewater Creek by Sarah Barrie

July 27, 2015 Reviews 2 ★★★★½

R*BY Review Challenge: Secrets of Whitewater Creek by Sarah BarrieSecrets of Whitewater Creek by Sarah Barrie
Published by Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Rural Romance
Pages: 285
Format: eBook
Source: My own copy
Whoever said small towns have no secrets didn't know about this one...

Born and bred on the land, Jordan Windcroft is tough. She's had to be. Her life revolves around running her property almost single-handedly on next to no money, and waiting out her four years of probation - a rap that she took for one of her closest friends.

But there's an end to her problems in sight. Jordan’s probation period is almost up, and if she can just make the cattle sale, there’s a chance she can pull herself out of more than ten years of serious debt and keep her precious farm. The last thing she needs is for Reid Easton to walk into town.

Detective Senior Sergeant Reid Easton drives into Whitewater Creek on a mission to wrap up a three-year drug investigation; his only lead, Jordan Windcroft. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Reid is undercover and Jordan has a secret she can’t risk him discovering. Neither will jeopardise their cause, not for something as transitory as love.

R*BY Review Challenge 2015

You can check out this year’s nominees here, and if you want to check out the schedule for the review challenge, click here.

As the reviews are made live, the schedule page will be updated, so you, the lovely reader, can find them all in one spot!

The fifth title in this year’s R*BY Review Challenge is Secrets of Whitewater Creek by Sarah Barrie. Originally released as Deadly Secrets in June 2014, this edition is brought to you by Escape Publishing.

OK, now what did I think of Secrets of Whitewater Creek?

When I was looking for this online, I wasn’t aware of the title change – so it took me a while to find. However, I have to tell you, the journey was more than worth it – because I really enjoyed Secrets of Whitewater Creek.

This kept me enthralled from start to finish, with its twists and turns, dark secrets, and the ever-present suspense.

One of the strongest points of Secrets of Whitewater Creek is the incredible mix of characters that inhabit its pages. And, in particular, the heroine, Jordan. There aren’t a hell of a lot of people who would do what she did for her friend, and she did it without reservation or question. I really loved that she wasn’t all about “I did this for you, now you owe me” – she is just the kind of person you want in your corner in a scrap. Jordan’s toughness and strength are beautifully balanced against her caring nature and loyalty to friends. Reid has a deep-seated need to wrap up this drug investigation that brings him into contact with Jordan, and when it is revealed why his need to do so is so strong, his actions throughout the course of the story are that much clearer. His need to avenge his loss wars with the growing attraction to Jordan. The connection between Jordan and Reid is incredibly hot, and I wanted them to find a way through all the secrets and lies to a much-deserved HEA.

Oh, Creepy Villain is creepy! This character lends a real sense of unease and menace to the story, and it never felt as if his pursuit of Jordan was unbelievable or cartoonish. How he twists and manipulates the situation to cast suspicion on Jordan – it was hard to see her friends start to doubt her, but it was done in a really believable way and that, I appreciated!

Secrets of Whitewater Creek combines two of my favourite genres: rural romance and romantic suspense, and I really loved it.

Secrets of Whitewater Creek is nominated in the Long Romance category at the R*BYs, and I wish you, Sarah, the very best of luck!

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