Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction

Review: The Best Kept Secret | Smokejumper Series by Tawna Fenske

Nurse Nyla Franklin knows three things to be true. Taking care of others brings more joy than a basket full of kittens. A triple-fudge sundae can cure just about anything. And no good ever comes from keeping a secret… So when her best friend spills his biggest one ever, Nyla knows she’s not just holding a secret. She’s holding a ticking time bomb.

Mr. Always Does the Right Thing Leo Sayre knows three things to be true. Piloting smokejumpers over burning forests is the best job in the world. His best friend Nyla is the smartest, funniest, and okay, sexiest woman ever. And pain meds are apparently his truth serum. Now his post-surgery confession has everything flipped upside down and turned inside out… including his relationship with Nyla.

Secrets have a way of piling up, and it’s just a matter of time before someone lights a match. Because while the truth can set you free, it can also burn completely out of control…

4 Stars

Contemporary | Women’s Fiction | Romance

***Received an free copy through TLCBookTour in exchange for an honest review***

Did I sign up for a tour just because the cover looked incredibly adorable? Yes. Did I request to read books one and two in the series because getting to The Best Kept Secret? Yes. Did I devour these three books in two days? Yes, yes I did. Can you blame me? Swoon me more please. But in all seriousness, I was really excited for this read. The synopsis sounded super fun, though the best friends to lover trope mixed with single-dad is not one of my favorites but I still jumped at a chance to indulge in a delicious romance.

The characters were a bit of push and pull for me personally, the family drama mixed with the different complicated situations that was not just the main characters but the others involved. It was interesting. Nonetheless Leo and Nyla had great chemistry. They made a really great couple especially considering their build up. There was just a definite bond but also a sexual attraction that didn’t make the romance feel forced. Nyla was actually really easy to like, I know, insane that I say this so willingly but I honestly felt I could relate to her personality. She was awkward, fun and witty, charming, she was just someone I could see a believable person. Leo was sweet and kind, definitely a feel good hero type which is always a swoon worthy interest.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the family drama or some of the more awkward, complicated dynamics of the plot because it would honestly be a semi-spoiler, but it was interesting as it was also weird. It was probably one of these most wham-bam twist, not so much uncommon in the romance world but it honestly wasn’t what I was expected just given the synopsis. But it was good. I cringed a bit, laughed, swooned and went back to the ‘ah…. no’ factor. And yet I was glued. GLUED I tell you to the book I could not stop reading it.

Overall, I enjoyed The Best Kept Secret, not only this, but the entire series, it was such an easy flowing sweet romance that I did not know I needed. Between the laughs, sniffles and cringe-cute moments I can honestly say that I will have to keep some Fenske in my life more often!

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