Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQA+, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Secrets and Lies by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank

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Secrets and Lies 
(A standalone)

Publication Date: November 29, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Age-Gap/Forbidden/MM Romance

Author: Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Ryder and Ash are hot, forbidden and their chemistry is off the charts!!!

From the very beginning the story is fantastic. Secrets and Lies is page turning, electric chemistry with taboo themes, but every page radiates a red hot  energy that burns right off the page!

Ryder and Ash meet at an art workshop and instantly hit it off. There is that instant spark, but also an insight into the personalities of these two men. Ryder at his core is tenacious, tenacious, tenacious. I have a daughter who is just like him, no filter and knows exactly what he wants, of course I loved that he knew there was nothing that was going to stop him from getting what he wanted and that was Ash.

Ash was drawn to Ryder from the moment he stepped into the workshop. Ash hasn’t felt that kind of spark, probably ever in his life. As much as he tries to deny it, he just can’t help the pull to the charismatic Ryder.

Neither could have guessed what would have happened the next day when Ryder started at a new school and Ash was standing at the head of the classroom.

Yes, the story is forbidden and should contain a ton of angst and it does, but Ryder’s lack of filter adds levity to most of the situations. Underlying every moment is the delicious sort of angst between them more than anything. It’s the…will they or won’t they…perfect forbidden kind of reading. Secrets and Lies is a one sit read, I know, I couldn’t put it down once I started.


I wasn’t supposed to want him. The bronzed god lying by my pool in tight shorts that left little to the imagination. But I was only human, and with the temptation constantly within reach, it was only a matter of time before I could no longer resist.

It was wrong. I knew that.

He was my son’s best friend.

But even worse…I was his teacher.

Secrets & Lies is a standalone teacher-student MM romance from USA Today bestselling authors Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

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