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After tragedy hits and danger moves in, Pauline Donahue flees London, searching for sanctuary and a way to start over. A job at a small university provides the escape she needs. Keeping recalcitrant professor Edward Bailey on task after a shattered heart renders him broken and destroyed becomes her daily routine. But when the same vicious man from her past sets his malicious sights on Pauline, her safe haven comes crashing down.
Duke of Waltham, Christopher Bailey, never counted on the gentle commoner, Miss Donahue, to save his brother--and himself--from broken pasts and a lifetime of mistakes. But she does just that. As their love blossoms, danger closes in, threatening Pauline and Christopher's lives. Together, they are forced to face their biggest fears, revealing secrets that could ruin them both.
Noble Secrets by Cecilia Dominic is the prequel to her Aether Psychics series and the first book by the author that I have read. I got attracted towards this book because of the cover which is mysterious and intriguing. Add the alluring title and I knew I had to read it.
The plot is attractive and executed well. The author had me intrigued by the heroine right from the start. She is running from her past and from a murderer who is after her. The hero, a Duke, is worried about his brother who is dealing with a recent heartbreak and not himself. Circumstances bring them closer and soon sparks fly along with plenty of danger chasing them, I enjoyed how the author sketched the settings. She had me visualizing the world then easily, feeling as if I was there.
The characters are well developed and I could sympathize with the heroine's plight. Some hints are given like she has some power but nothing concrete is told, maybe the power will be disclosed in the future books. I am guessing that she is a psychic but this hasn't been established as fact in this book by the author.
This is a clean story with no explicit sex scenes and had me engaged throughout. Though at some points I wanted more depth in the story like I would have loved a bit more depth in the romance between the protagonists, also the chase with the murderer looked half cooked at places. However, despite this, the story is plenty entertaining and a quick, light read that has me eager to read the next one in this series. I am definitely looking forward to read more about the Duke's professor brother who is an interesting character.
All in all, Noble Secrets by Cecilia Dominic is a clean, light and quick story with plenty suspense, mystery and romance. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to everyone.
I received the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.
Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she's fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn't stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she's been told, is a good number of each. She also enjoys putting her psychological expertise to good use helping other authors through her Characters on the Couch blog post series.
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