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Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is after a woman unlike any he's met - and what she does to his senses is criminal. Double Trouble Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is after a woman unlike any he's met - and what she does to his senses is criminal. Double Trouble Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a luscious Shay Sommers. Which brings him to Rule #3: If you can't avoid temptation, succumb with abandon... Society pages icon Shay Sommers has made her name in charity work. And she'll go to any length to help these girls from the inside out. It certainly won't be hard to act the street siren with the gorgeous man who runs the place, even if he does seem less like a shepherd and much more like a wolf...one with a hungry look that's making Shay feel she might be his next dinner....


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Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is after a woman unlike any he's met - and what she does to his senses is criminal. Double Trouble Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is after a woman unlike any he's met - and what she does to his senses is criminal. Double Trouble Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a luscious Shay Sommers. Which brings him to Rule #3: If you can't avoid temptation, succumb with abandon... Society pages icon Shay Sommers has made her name in charity work. And she'll go to any length to help these girls from the inside out. It certainly won't be hard to act the street siren with the gorgeous man who runs the place, even if he does seem less like a shepherd and much more like a wolf...one with a hungry look that's making Shay feel she might be his next dinner....

30 review for The Secret Life Of Bryan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Ok, but I can't recommend buying it. I loved Shay's personality and her actions. I did not like how the author separated Shay and Bryan after they got together. The plot was ok, but nothing surprised or delighted me. I can't put my finger on what was missing, other than the feeling that the author was just churning out another book, similar to her prior work. Story brief: Shay is a wealthy contributor to charitable causes. She is in a seedy part of town one evening, and the rain makes her clothes Ok, but I can't recommend buying it. I loved Shay's personality and her actions. I did not like how the author separated Shay and Bryan after they got together. The plot was ok, but nothing surprised or delighted me. I can't put my finger on what was missing, other than the feeling that the author was just churning out another book, similar to her prior work. Story brief: Shay is a wealthy contributor to charitable causes. She is in a seedy part of town one evening, and the rain makes her clothes appear see-through. Bryan sees her and thinks she is a prostitute and takes her to a nearby safe house. Bryan is a bounty hunter, pretending to be his twin brother, Bruce, who is a preacher. Bruce had been beaten up, and Bryan is trying to find the bad guy. Bryan lets Shay think he is a preacher. Shay initially lets him think she is a prostitute. Shay wants to stay in the safe house for awhile to see how she can help the other women. CAUTION SPOILERS: I loved Shay's honesty and directness. Initially she lets Bryan think she is a prostitute, but soon after she tells him she is not. When he asks her name she says "I can't tell you." He asks why. She says "Because if I told you the truth, you'd hate me. And you were being so nice to me, I didn't want you to send me away. I wanted to get to know you better." Later, when he asks again, she says she will tell him later. To me, this is honorable. She is not lying. She is simply telling him that she chooses not to tell him for awhile. I loved it. What I did not like was the author's method of separating the couple after they had sex. A reporter called Shay by her name in front of Bryan. Bryan was mad and said "You lied to me." (because she hadn't told him her name.) However, per the previous paragraph, she had been open about not telling him. Besides, he had gotten to know the real person who was different, wonderful and much better than the Shay negatively and incorrectly portrayed by the media. Bryan then left her and stayed away from her which was wrong and illogical. She grieved because of this. I loved Shay's directness. From the very beginning she was the one to initiate the first kiss, and later kisses and to say that she wanted him. Toward the end, she was the first one to say "I love you." She said it matter-of-factly without expecting any words back from him. She was a neat lady. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: four. Setting: current day Ohio and Visitation, N. Carolina. Copyright: 2004. Genre: contemporary romance with a little suspense.

  2. 5 out of 5

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Melyssa Winchester

    Bryan is definitely the kind of preacher I want in my life. Crass talking, alpha type male in the possessiveness he has with Shay early on and throughout the book, but one that also has more of what I like in him, in terms of the heart of gold he displays. The way he wants to help these women who he is now in charge of while keeping secrets from them in order to protect his brother. He was a great hero just as Shay, with her stubbornness, assertiveness, and downright sassiness at times, made for Bryan is definitely the kind of preacher I want in my life. Crass talking, alpha type male in the possessiveness he has with Shay early on and throughout the book, but one that also has more of what I like in him, in terms of the heart of gold he displays. The way he wants to help these women who he is now in charge of while keeping secrets from them in order to protect his brother. He was a great hero just as Shay, with her stubbornness, assertiveness, and downright sassiness at times, made for a great heroine. This story is pretty formulaic of the genre it finds itself in, with romantic suspense, there was nothing in that regard that stood out, but it is also very true to other books this author has written before this one and even after, which honestly makes it work for me. I know what I'm getting with this author. She always delivers, only this time, she delivered on the best "man of God" ever. Also, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the part that the ladies play in this book. The ones Bryan's brother Bruce, along with Shay and Bryan are trying to save and protect. They brought the best elements of humor to an otherwise stressful situation and I enjoyed that almost as much as I did these two stubborn people finding love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    The Visitation, North Carolina series by Lori Foster really isn't turning out at all like I expected. When I picked up this set of books I thought they would be light, humorous reads. Nothing too serious. Just lots of silly, laugh out loud moments. There still are some really funny moments and absurd conversations and situations that get you snickering but the books are much more serious than I would have guessed. With serious subject matters that society tends to push under the run. You really The Visitation, North Carolina series by Lori Foster really isn't turning out at all like I expected. When I picked up this set of books I thought they would be light, humorous reads. Nothing too serious. Just lots of silly, laugh out loud moments. There still are some really funny moments and absurd conversations and situations that get you snickering but the books are much more serious than I would have guessed. With serious subject matters that society tends to push under the run. You really just can't judge a book by it's cover. Even though they've been a bit of a surprise I'm enjoying the series so far. With The Secret Life of Bryan we get a preacher in hiding, a bounty hunter pretending to be a preacher, a fake hooker and a bunch of lusty, flirty, grabby ex prostitutes all thrown in together which ends up in some rather odd conversations and situations. "You look great, too, Morganna." "I know, sugar. I can't help it." She winked. "It's not the digs, but the body underneath." "Exactly," Bryan said, agreeing with her. She gave an evil grin. "I probably shouldn't tell, but it's only the top layer that's spiffed up anyway, because I ain't giving up my sexy undies for no one. I just wouldn't be me without a little leopard print or peekaboo lace or leather." Bryan raised a brow."Leather?" "Yeah, you think that's sexy, doncha?" Patti swatted at her. "He's a preacher, idiot." "He's still a man." She drawled that out, trying to make Bran blush, Shay knew. Instead, he said, "Actually, I'm more partial to cotton. Soft cotton. But every guy is different." The women went mute for a single second before Morganna roared with laughter. "A simple man, huh? Well, as you said, to each her own." "You should wear whatever you want underneath, Morganna." he said in encouragement. "Whatever makes you feel good." Patti giggled in coy, rehearsed delight. "Nothing at all makes me feel good, so I'm bare as a baby underneath." Bryan looked dumbfounded. "Shay said it was okay, long as I remember not to bend over--" "So Bryan," Shay rushed out, interrupting Patti's awesome admission. After his twin brother, Bruce, is attacked Bryan takes over his brother's identity so he can figure who is after both his brother and the charity he runs. His brother, the Preacher, runs a women's safe house for ladies trying to turn their lives around and get themselves off the streets. Bryan has his hands full, to say the least, with these ladies while trying to act the part of the innocent preacher. Not an easy thing for a bad ass, foul mouthed bounty hunter. Bryan and Shay are both great people. She's a natural nurturer and spends her time helping women get their lives back. She becomes friends with all of the women staying at he safe house and uses her own resources to help build their confidence and find good jobs. She looks out for them, greets them when they get back home, gives them hugs and sees that meals become a group affair. Just shows them that someone does care about them and that they're worth it. Even though he doesn't always see it Bryan is just as good with the women. He's the first man who doesn't want anything from the women and is actually there for them when they need help, protection or just a friend. It was touching to see the changes in the women at the safe house. How excited they were about getting the chance for a decent job, going to the library, celebrating birthdays and just experiencing normal every day life experiences they've never really gotten a chance to have. Knowing they were safe and someone cared about them and what happened to them. Relationship-wise things were pretty steamy between Shay and Bryan. I'm really not a fan of the hidden identity storyline and both characters were doing just that even if they were doing so for a good reason. It always blows up in their faces at the worst time and just grates on my nerves a little. When things finally did come out in the open I was pretty disappointed in Bryan and his reaction to the news especially since he had been just as dishonest with Shay. He completely abandoned her to the wolves even though she really needed him. Very hypocritical of him and a let down since he really isn't the type of man to leave a woman in need. Shay definitely handled Bryan's deception much better than he did and I was pretty proud of her for that. The reveal of who the real preacher was and Bryan and Shay's reunion was entertaining. Has me interested in Bruce too. "Don't tease, Bryan." And again she wigled close enough to kiss him. When he tried to pull back, she bit his bottom lip. It was... quite erotic. Who knew? Biting. Hmmm. Suddenly the driver's door opened and Bryan slid in. His brother looked like a thundercloud. "Get off her, Bruce." Bruce almost sputtered. "I'm trying." Shay jereked back but retained her hold on Bruce. With a knowing look, Bryan growled, "Honey, let my brother go before he faints." She looked ready to scream. Or pass out. Or both. The villain behind the attacks on the charity and Bryan's brother was somewhat easy to figure out. There was one little surprise that I didn't see coming right there at the end but for the most part it's easy to see what's coming. I don't read Foster for the great suspense though but instead for the wonderful characters she creates and The Secret Life of Bryan did not disappoint. Originally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Bryan Kelly, bounty hunter from the previous book in the series is pretending to be his twin brother, Bruce, a preacher who runs a safe house for women in need. He's trying to find the person who assaulted his brother by acting as bait while "being" Bruce. Unfortunately, Bryan is no preacher and this shows in his interactions with the prostitutes living in the safe house and with one woman in particular, Shay Sommers (who we met in the introductory novella to this series). Shay also helps women Bryan Kelly, bounty hunter from the previous book in the series is pretending to be his twin brother, Bruce, a preacher who runs a safe house for women in need. He's trying to find the person who assaulted his brother by acting as bait while "being" Bruce. Unfortunately, Bryan is no preacher and this shows in his interactions with the prostitutes living in the safe house and with one woman in particular, Shay Sommers (who we met in the introductory novella to this series). Shay also helps women in need, but she's uber-wealthy and Bryan mistook her for a prostitute before revealing his prejudices against the wealthy and particularly his perspective on her after all her media coverage. So Shay, who is determined to help and equally determined to get to know Bryan in and out of bed, continues to pretend to be a woman in need, so she can stay in the safe house and with Bryan. But her secrets may come back to bite her in the ass. As Bryan becomes closer and closer to Shay, Shay's deceit could have an even greater impact. Not my favorite story ever, but it was engaging for the most part. In a different twist, we have the heroine as the aggressor and poor Bryan trying to do the right thing, remember he's supposed to be a preacher and keep his hands to himself. Shay refuses to take no for an answer and gets pretty assertive about her wants and needs. Likewise Bryan is also on the receiving end of a lot of attention from the prostitutes living in the safe house...which was a bit of a bother for me, mostly because the author portrays these women as either scared and broken or brassy and vulgar. In fact, she pretty much insinuates that prostitutes are sexually needy and are seeking out sex when they're not "working." These women are definitely stereotypes. Which has me wondering how Bryan didn't immediately see the difference with Shay...for such a smart detective like type, he kept himself pretty ignorant about who Shay was. All it would have taken was a little bit of digging and he'd have known all her secrets, but he doesn't do it. Which didn't strike me as in character for him. I also couldn't help but wonder how Shay didn't realize that Bryan wasn't actually a preacher...I mean sure there are preachers who are okay with swearing, but not many men of God would have a box of condoms on their nightstand table and be totally fine with having premarital sex. That would be a dead giveaway I'd think. These little things all added up and made this just an average story for me. I'm curious about Bruce though, and will continue the story. I'm mostly curious about Jamie. That man intrigues me, so well done author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mom

    Bounty hunter Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule # 1: Women are for fun, not commitment. He's been jilted too many times for that. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places in order to find out who wants to sabotage the naive preacher's charity organization. Playing benefactor to a bunch of sassy, flirtatious prostitutes means that Bryan will have to be his brother - in every way that counts. But then, he hadn't counted on Shay Sommers. Keeping his cool around the Bounty hunter Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule # 1: Women are for fun, not commitment. He's been jilted too many times for that. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places in order to find out who wants to sabotage the naive preacher's charity organization. Playing benefactor to a bunch of sassy, flirtatious prostitutes means that Bryan will have to be his brother - in every way that counts. But then, he hadn't counted on Shay Sommers. Keeping his cool around the luscious lady of the night with the big heart is doing nothing to keep his thoughts pure, which brings him to Rule #3: If you can't avoid temptation, succumb with abandon...Being mistaken for a hooker. Well that's certainly a new one for Shay. The society pages icon has made her name in charity work. Still, this could be her chance to help these girls from the inside out, if she can play the part just right. It certainly won't be hard to act the street siren with the gorgeous preacher who runs the place, even if he does seem less like a shepherd and much more like a wolf in a clerical collar...one with a hungry look that's making Shay feel she might be his next dinner.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The second book in the Visitation, North Carolina series by Lori Foster. Bryan Kelly is a bounty hunter we met in the first book of the series, Say No To Joe. Bryan is posing as his preacher brother, Bruce, to catch the person who has attacked his brother. Shay Sommers is a widow who tries to help prostitutes get a better life. Bryan thinks she's a prostitute and she thinks he's a preacher. I enjoy Ms Foster's blend of romance and humor with the suspense element. It works for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    KimKirt

    I really do like Lori Foster's books and this was the first I've read in the "Visitation" series (my library didn't have #1 so I started here). The only problem I had with this one, is that everything about Shay and Bryan's romance was based on lies and deceit, and I got really tired of the "I'm going to tell him, but not yet . . . " scenario. Won't stop me from reading more in the series though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Unlike most Lori Foster books, this one took me a really long time to get into. A really long time. I dont know what it was but I just wasnt connecting to it, the storyline, or the characters. Just something was off for me. I think the big thing for me was that both Bryan and Shay were basically deceiving each other of who they truly were. Bryan by pretending to be his twin brother and Shay pretending to not be a famous socialite that Bryan admitted not being to crazy about based on what he Unlike most Lori Foster books, this one took me a really long time to get into. A really long time. I don’t know what it was but I just wasn’t connecting to it, the storyline, or the characters. Just something was off for me. I think the big thing for me was that both Bryan and Shay were basically deceiving each other of who they truly were. Bryan by pretending to be his twin brother and Shay pretending to not be a famous socialite that Bryan admitted not being to crazy about based on what he heard in the papers about her. I could handled it better if it was just one was doing the deception, but it was both. I understood why they did what they did, but I just felt it was too much, and I thought that Bryan was being way too hypocritical when he found out the truth about Shay. Also I wasn’t too find with the storyline either with the prostitutes either. It wasn’t the subject matter per say, and I liked that Shay wanted to help these women, but the fact was that part of the story took up too much of the first half of the book, and there was less build up in the romance portion of the book. The attraction and connection were there, but it wasn’t overly romantic either. Usually Lori Foster creates a balance between the outside storyline and the romance, but in this case, at least in the beginning, I just felt that took over to much of the story. I wanted more of Bryan and Shay together. The story got much better once the romance came on display, and that started with them coming together in a very passionate love scene. It was very hot and sexy yet at the same time there was meaning between them at that very special moment. This was where I could see them as a couple, and them actually working as a couple. They had insane chemistry that translated into the their first time together. It was worth all that first half of the book, and it was so satisfying. Also that was where the focus became after that point from the last third on. I did like Shay and Bryan, and once they were together as couple I liked them even more, but I have to admit that Shay was a little too over the top in the beginning. She was almost too forward especially with Bryan, even when she thought he was a preacher. Now, I am all for a heroine to know what she wanted and going after it hard, but in this case it was just a little too much. Too in your face. It wasn’t until her vulnerabilities and insecurities were on display that I enjoyed her a whole heck of a lot more. She just felt like a more complete person. I could also understand more about her and appreciate her forwardness in the beginning. But I liked her mostly because of her heart of gold and just how far she was willing to go to help these women. She did things without expecting anything in return just out of the goodness of her heart. She wanted to do more in the world, and she did. So once the complete picture came into display with her then I liked her a lot more. As for Bryan I really liked him, even from the beginning. I loved seeing the interaction between him and his brother Bruce and just that bond they had. Bryan went undercover for his twin because he wanted to know who was going after his brother so he was willing to put himself in danger in order to do so even if that meant being a preacher. Bryan had a gruff and rough and tough side to him, but there was also a sweetness and tenderness to him that I couldn’t help swoon over. He had a Rae ally caring heart, and I liked seeing that side to him as well as his protective side. Even though I was disappointed for a majority of the book, I did enjoy it. The last third of the story, in my opinion was the best part of the story. It was the turning point that really got me there, and all the stuff that had happened previously was almost worth it to get to that point in the story. If that turning point hadn’t happened, then I don’t think I would have liked this book or its story. I was so happy that a stuck it out and made it all the way, which just made it all the more satisfying. Once Bryan and Shay were a couple and building this relationship together was when I finally got it, and it turned my entire prospective around about this book. This may not have been my favorite Lori Foster book, but it was still good. Can’t wait to read Bruce’s book when it comes out in the near future. I’m definitely curious to see how his love story will play out especially since he denied that in his life for quite awhile. It should be an interesting ride.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Romance Is Ageless When I first encountered Shay in Fantasy she was the strong-willed, loving sister of Brandi and I will admit to hoping that Shay would get her own story one day. She is so determined, driven and certain of her path in life that I knew, even then, that shed need a hero who was even stronger than she is. Then Bryan showed up in Joes story and my imagination went hmm, I wonder if. It would be hard to find a more stubborn, stronger, driven hero than Bryan. Together Reviewed at Romance Is Ageless When I first encountered Shay in Fantasy she was the strong-willed, loving sister of Brandi and I will admit to hoping that Shay would get her own story one day. She is so determined, driven and certain of her path in life that I knew, even then, that she’d need a hero who was even stronger than she is. Then Bryan showed up in Joe’s story and my imagination went… hmm, I wonder if. It would be hard to find a more stubborn, stronger, driven hero than Bryan. Together they are explosive — two strong, stubborn people who are not exactly who or what they reveal to each other. Now, to be frank, I’m not a huge fan of the “living a lie for a good reason” romance. Even in fiction, love is a fragile thing and lies upon lies just damage that emotion for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I completely got why Bryan and Shay were pretending to be what they were not naturally. It’s simply at some point those lies are going to come back to bite them on the butt… and it’s gonna hurt, big time. Yet, it truly did work well for this particular couple… it added an edge to an already tense storyline – mainly because the reader is constantly thinking “Tell her or Tell him” knowing what that lie will mean to the relationship. As expected, the truth blows up in their faces at the worst possible moment. I understood Bryan’s reaction, even if I did think it was a bit hypocritical since his lie was just as bad. Shay’s devastation can be felt so clearly, and I hurt for them both in that moment. We get the chance to meet up with Joe and Luna, and others from the earlier stories… and of course, Jamie. As well as some hints for what is to come. I completely enjoyed my time with Bryan and Shay in The Secret Life of Bryan. They are hot, hot-headed, tender and prickly, and exactly what the other needs in their life. There are villains to figure out, some might not be as obvious as others, a really good, believable twin switch situation and lots of steamy moments. I was captured by several elements of this story and I believe you will be, too. I’d recommend The Secret Life of Bryan and the entire Visitation, North Carolina series to any Contemporary Romance reader who loves a good romance, believable characters, a host of secondary characters who bring the story alive and a puzzle to figure out. A romance doesn’t have to be ‘hot off the presses’ to capture my attention or guarantee my enjoyment, and this classic proves that very well. I own a Kindle edition of this story,

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toth Jo-Ann

    I really enjoyed this book. For it gave you a perspective of a twin taking the others place. Talk about a ride to see. Poor Bryan. They say you need to walk a mile in someone's shoes to learn and I think Bryan did. For meeting the "crown princess" as Shay was dubbed tested Bryan. Its a book filled with laughter and in some ways education. Alot of people don't end up were there by choice all the time. Its full of action and definitely suspense. We get to meet the infomase Jamie. Can't wait to I really enjoyed this book. For it gave you a perspective of a twin taking the others place. Talk about a ride to see. Poor Bryan. They say you need to walk a mile in someone's shoes to learn and I think Bryan did. For meeting the "crown princess" as Shay was dubbed tested Bryan. Its a book filled with laughter and in some ways education. Alot of people don't end up were there by choice all the time. Its full of action and definitely suspense. We get to meet the infomase Jamie. Can't wait to read his story. There is alot of surprises in the story. We get to meet his twin Bruce on and off. Can't wait to read his story. I loved Shay. Watching Bryan fall for her was a joy to watch for he was pretending to be his brother. Talk about a challenge. Shay's character was special. For to many times people see the outside not the inside. Its funny how people are. I look forward to finding another

  12. 5 out of 5

    L M

    Whilst I sort of enjoyed this I expected more after meeting Bryan in book 1. The background story was really good but I just didn't click with these two as a couple, they seemed mismatched. I only really liked them after the lies were out in the open but found it silly Bryan didnt twig Shay was not a prostitute and Shay didnt twig Bryan wasn't a preacher. Starting out with lies you know it is going to blow up but how Bryan reacts was very poor. Bruce was a better man in behaviour. Shay was okay, I Whilst I sort of enjoyed this I expected more after meeting Bryan in book 1. The background story was really good but I just didn't click with these two as a couple, they seemed mismatched. I only really liked them after the lies were out in the open but found it silly Bryan didn’t twig Shay was not a prostitute and Shay didn’t twig Bryan wasn't a preacher. Starting out with lies you know it is going to blow up but how Bryan reacts was very poor. Bruce was a better man in behaviour. Shay was okay, I could feel where she was coming from and how she really needed to be understood for who she really is but she just accepted being ignored for two weeks.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Key

    Bryan Kelly is undercover pretending to be his twin brother, the Preacher. Bryan is looking for the guy who beat his brother up but pretending to be a preacher may be a little bit too much for the bounty hunter. Especially when he meets Shay Sommers. Shay has secrets of her own. When they first meet, Bryan thinks she is a prostitute. How does she convince him she's not a prostitute? Will Bryan find the guy who jumped his brother? Is it the same person who is now after Shay? Can Bryan protect Bryan Kelly is undercover pretending to be his twin brother, the Preacher. Bryan is looking for the guy who beat his brother up but pretending to be a preacher may be a little bit too much for the bounty hunter. Especially when he meets Shay Sommers. Shay has secrets of her own. When they first meet, Bryan thinks she is a prostitute. How does she convince him she's not a prostitute? Will Bryan find the guy who jumped his brother? Is it the same person who is now after Shay? Can Bryan protect Shay? The Secret Life of Bryan is a delightful story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin Franks

    Great read Great addition to the series and it was good to catch up with Joe and family. Bryan and Shay make an awesome couple and will be a really good addition to the town of Visitation. The drama and tension is handled very well and the mystery was great. The characters and situations capture and hold your attention throughout the book. Learning more about Jamie is always a plus. I would recommend this story to any adult reader.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbe

    After I started this I see it is number two in a series. Maybe that is why I thought it didn't explain who all the people in the book. Will not be reading the next book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Brooks

    4 stars. Great narration by Tor Thom. Loved the twin element.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seeshel kettler

    Enjoyed the story

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    3+ stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Callie Carmen

    I loved the entire Visitation, North Carolina series. From the mountain & lake setting to the fun, likable, and sexy characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judianne Coster

    A little slow in places but still a great read !!! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a hot romance with some suspense and mystery thrown in for good measure.😉

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Setting: Visitation, North Carolina; bad section of New York; settlement safe house; Theme: protection; mothering; mentoring; love Characters: Shaina Shay Sommers: newspapers dubbed the Crown Princess; abandoned first by mother, than by father; in foster care/orphanage, but adopted by a wonderful couple when 7 years old, and they gave her a little sister to love; middle class; met an older man at a charity event, loved him, though not with passion, and they marry, and spend his money and he dies, Setting: Visitation, North Carolina; bad section of New York; settlement safe house; Theme: protection; mothering; mentoring; love Characters: Shaina Shay Sommers: newspapers dubbed the Crown Princess; abandoned first by mother, than by father; in foster care/orphanage, but adopted by a wonderful couple when 7 years old, and they gave her a little sister to love; middle class; met an older man at a charity event, loved him, though not with passion, and they marry, and spend his money… and he dies, and she is spending his money as he would want… but when one of her shelters turned away a pregnant woman, she is dubbed Crown Princess … Once taken to the safe house, decides she wants to stay incognito, to learn what needs to be done and to be with the Preacher. She looks for the silver lining, and is sunny, and comfortable around people. Dawn: one of the street kids whom she personally helped – grew up to be her assistant and her best friend. Preacher / Bruce Kelly : a twin; runs a safe house for prostitutes; beaten up pretty badly; agrees to let his twin brother impersonate him until culprit tries again and can be stopped. He is a big hearted, positive, hardworking man… who enjoys the disguise, the watching over in secret. Anti rich, snooty people. Bryan Kelly (faking to be Preacher): a bounty hunter; strong; steps into brother’s shoes – and does a good job with the women – supportive, friendly, accepting, protective – a natural; sees Shay one stormy night, and thinks she is a hooker, and when the lights go out, and rowdiness starts, he takes her to the safe house. Morganna / Amy / Patti / Barb: hookers at the safe house… become Shay’s friends, and allow her to shape them – manners, clothes, make up, job interviews. Jamie Creed: from Visitation; has visions of the future; tells Bryan to be careful, a woman will betray him; then tells him he has found the one. Joe and Luna: Bryan’s friends from Visitation (from the first book) – help protect Shay, and take down the bad guy. Freddie Baker / Chili – pimp and muscle; 3 of their ‘girls’ are under the Preacher’s care – why he beat the Preacher and wants to stop him once and for all. Summary: Shay flourishes with the women at the shelter; and for the first time she feels a deep attraction to Bryan, and does what she can to force him to notice her. She doesn’t lie to him, nor does she tell the whole truth… Bryan tries to stay away, but can’t… and finally takes her to bed. But then finds out who she is, feels betrayed… 2 weeks later, his brother tells him to get his head on straight… and Denise tells Shay she just needs to kiss Bryan over and over, not letting him berate her, until he takes her back in his arms. There is a fire at the house she bought (near the kelly’s shelter), Bruce gets to the first, with the intention of telling the truth of himself and Bryan – but she starts kissing him, not letting him say anything… until Bryan catches up, pulls Bruce away, and she sees they are twins… and he kisses her, and she knows which is which… And they talk, and they understand… and they come up with a plan… to go to visitation, letting all the women know – they think Amy is the one who snitches on them… but it ends up to be Barb – older, jealous, and who feels she is losing her place in the house… Barb & Chili / Bryan and Shay / with Joe as backup are in visitation, on Bryan’s land… and when push comes to shove, Barb stops the bad guy, taking the bullet meant for Shay… and they go with her to the hospital, assuring her they understand, and will help her not make that mistake again… hmmm And they marry… and plan to live on his land… and she’s turning over the charities to Denise, and investing in Visitation. Memorable scenes: “Softness touched him everywhere, the softness of her body, her scent, her hair, her breath – and her compassion.”

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    We met Bryan Kelly in Say No to Joe? This time around, the sexy bounty hunter is posing as his identical twin brother, Bruce - who just so happens to be a preacher. This job doesn't require him to deliver sermons, however. No, like his brother, Bruce is more into field work. In this case, that involves running a safe house for prostitutes. Someone has been targeting Bruce, and after a particularly violent attack leaves him in the hospital, Bryan steps in to protect his brother and figure out We met Bryan Kelly in Say No to Joe? This time around, the sexy bounty hunter is posing as his identical twin brother, Bruce - who just so happens to be a preacher. This job doesn't require him to deliver sermons, however. No, like his brother, Bruce is more into field work. In this case, that involves running a safe house for prostitutes. Someone has been targeting Bruce, and after a particularly violent attack leaves him in the hospital, Bryan steps in to protect his brother and figure out just what the hell is going on. Enter Shay Sommers, a society widow who uses her fame and money for charity. She's a very caring women, and determined to help anyone she can. When Bryan mistakes her for hooker one rainy night, she is delighted. She'd been trying to figure out how to help more prostitutes find better lives for themselves, so she goes with him to the safe house, thinking it will be a perfect way to do some research and get ideas. Of course, there's an immediate attraction between Bryan and Shay. But he thinks she's a hooker and he's pretending to be a preacher. She's not really pretending to be a hooker, but she lets him think she is. She also doesn't pretend not to be attracted to him, which makes things very uncomfortable for Bryan. Due to some recent bad press and Bryan's dislike of rich folks, Shay hides her identity from him. And so, with both of them lying to each other, they have a really great foundation to build a relationship on, right? Yeah, it's totally ridiculous, but Bryan is a pretty interesting character. So is Bruce, who spends most of the novel making fun of Bryan's predicament and sneaking around, showing that some of his brother has rubbed off on him, too. The prostitutes who live in the house are entertaining, as are Shay's interactions with them. Conflict arrives in the form of an outside party who is determined to undermine the efforts of the safe house - making things not so safe for Shay or Bryan. And when secrets get revealed, we get the Big Misunderstanding that the book just wouldn't be complete without. Overall, I found that Foster's writing style showed improvement with this book, and the characters were likable. We also got to see more of Visitation, NC and the characters from Say No to Joe? Overall, it was entertaining, if ludicrous.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    What I Liked: From the start I liked the writing and dialog. There were a few times, especially in the middle, where it felt like there was a lot of author intrusion going on. But thankfully, the last 25% most of that was done. I also liked most of the side characters as well as the epilogue (if a bit drawn out to reach a word count). What I Didn't Like: Bryan and Shay were my least enjoyable components of this book. To say I didn't like them would be putting it mildly. Shay is way too What I Liked: From the start I liked the writing and dialog. There were a few times, especially in the middle, where it felt like there was a lot of author intrusion going on. But thankfully, the last 25% most of that was done. I also liked most of the side characters as well as the epilogue (if a bit drawn out to reach a word count). What I Didn't Like: Bryan and Shay were my least enjoyable components of this book. To say I didn't like them would be putting it mildly. Shay is way too clingy/needy, calculating and manipulative. Bryan is a self-righteous, holier-than-thou prick. The fact that they're both deceiving each other and neither being aware of the deception of the other makes them even less appealing. They're both fools, and play the part exceptionally well. I also didn't like that, outside of the bedroom, they had no chemistry. I just can't buy into them being a couple. And even the bedroom action started off cold and clinical at first. But that could be just how I perceived all the lies and deception between the two. A few minor issues I had were with the repetition that caused me to lose interest and get bored a few times, and the slow pace because of said repetition. Although pacing did pick up at the end preventing a lower rating. Final Analysis: I wanted to like this book. But it was such a pain in the butt for the most part. I was set to give a lower rating at the 30% mark, but the ending was decent. Maybe because I finally saw the end in sight and was happy just to be finishing it… I don't know, but because of that I raised the score a little bit. Also, this book can be read as a stand-alone, but I think I might have enjoyed it a touch more had I read the first in the series. Despite the somewhat negative review, I am still interested in reading the other books in this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pattianne

    THE SECRET LIFE OF BRYAN - VISITATION/N.C. SERIES #2 enjoyed book had enough mystery and romance for me Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is head-over-hormones in lust with a woman. . .and what she does to his senses is criminal.Double Trouble Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a luscious Shay THE SECRET LIFE OF BRYAN - VISITATION/N.C. SERIES #2 enjoyed book had enough mystery and romance for me Jaded bounty hunter Bryan Kelly is head-over-hormones in lust with a woman. . .and what she does to his senses is criminal.Double Trouble Bryan Kelly has a few rules. Rule #1: Women are for fun, not commitment. Rule #2: He'll do anything for his twin brother, even switch places with him to find out who's sabotaging his charity. But playing a really good guy isn't easy around a luscious Shay Sommers. Which brings him to Rule #3: If you can't avoid temptation, succumb with abandon. . . Society pages icon Shay Sommers has made her name in charity work. And she'll go to any length to help these girls from the inside out. It certainly won't be hard to act the street siren with the gorgeous man who runs the place, even if he does seem less like a shepherd and much more like a wolf. . .one with a hungry look that's making Shay feel she might be his next dinner. .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gokce ~Muslin Myst~

    A light, nice story. My sister recommended this to me for I was looking for something exactly like this, light. Even though it took me a while to finish it, it wasn't either difficult or boring to read. It was fun, the characters were likeable, the story not too cheesy. There were some character name mix-ups and there was one part in the book where on one page the heroine, not supposed to call the hero with his real name in front of other people, calls him with his real name and the next page A light, nice story. My sister recommended this to me for I was looking for something exactly like this, light. Even though it took me a while to finish it, it wasn't either difficult or boring to read. It was fun, the characters were likeable, the story not too cheesy. There were some character name mix-ups and there was one part in the book where on one page the heroine, not supposed to call the hero with his real name in front of other people, calls him with his real name and the next page she thinks to herself that she's determined to keep that promise even though we've just read her call his name. So the editing might've done better but it doesn't bother that much, it just gets stuck in my head. It did, however, make me wonder about some of the characters' own books, like Bryan's, the hero of this book, preacher brother Bruce and the strange mountain guy Jamie. And I found Joe, the hero of the previous book, very adorable. Overall, it was a nice read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    I liked this book a lot. My one criticism is that I didn't find the preacher to be a believable character. Maybe the preacher is supposed to be a modern day progressive one but it didn't work for me. I love lori foster's books because she one of the few romance novelists who manage to add comic situations to her work. naturally and intentionally. The book itself is a fun and lovely romance of a bounty hunter pretending to be his preacher brother and a high society woman mistaken as a prostitute I liked this book a lot. My one criticism is that I didn't find the preacher to be a believable character. Maybe the preacher is supposed to be a modern day progressive one but it didn't work for me. I love lori foster's books because she one of the few romance novelists who manage to add comic situations to her work. naturally and intentionally. The book itself is a fun and lovely romance of a bounty hunter pretending to be his preacher brother and a high society woman mistaken as a prostitute and how they fall in love. Both of these people are lying to most of the people around them which makes for lots of conflict, misunderstandings and lots of amusing situations. Now I have to read the first book. I'm sure there are references from the first book that i didn't understand but I didn't take away from the story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Ugh. This reads like some kind of Lifetime Network movie. Maybe thats unfair to Lifetime Movie Network? *pencils in a LMN marathon* So, Bryan switches places with his brother, Bruce. Bruce is a preacher that runs a safehouse for prostitutes. Bryan is an ex-bounty hunter that is looking for the man that beat up Bruce. Bryan mistakenly rescues Shay and takes her to the safehouse. Shay is a super rich widow interested in starting her own safehouse. Shay explains that shes not a prostitute, but Bryan Ugh. This reads like some kind of Lifetime Network movie. Maybe that’s unfair to Lifetime Movie Network? *pencils in a LMN marathon* So, Bryan switches places with his brother, Bruce. Bruce is a preacher that runs a safehouse for prostitutes. Bryan is an ex-bounty hunter that is looking for the man that beat up Bruce. Bryan mistakenly “rescues” Shay and takes her to the safehouse. Shay is a super rich widow interested in starting her own safehouse. Shay explains that she’s not a prostitute, but Bryan doesn’t believe her. She keeps her true identity a secret, just like Bryan. See what I mean by LMN? That’s a pretty far fetched premise. Other than the premise, my other issue is with the portrayal of the prostitutes. Basically, every scene with the prostitutes feels very Little Orphan Annie-esque.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Turdlemary

    Bryan is a bounty hunter with an identical twin called Bruce, who's a preacher. Bryan is switching with Bruce to catch a guy who's trying to hurt Bruce and along the way Bryan saves a "hooker", who he ends up falling in love with though both have a lot of secrets from each other. In the end they find the people whoa re trying to hurt Bruce and help 3 or 4 ex-prostitutes to get a new life. It's interesting that twins could be so different since one is a preacher and one is a bounty hunter but i Bryan is a bounty hunter with an identical twin called Bruce, who's a preacher. Bryan is switching with Bruce to catch a guy who's trying to hurt Bruce and along the way Bryan saves a "hooker", who he ends up falling in love with though both have a lot of secrets from each other. In the end they find the people whoa re trying to hurt Bruce and help 3 or 4 ex-prostitutes to get a new life. It's interesting that twins could be so different since one is a preacher and one is a bounty hunter but i guess some of their skills rubbed off onto each other since Bruce was very good at staying hidden. so it's a book on secrets, lies, and later one truths though the lies were only to not give away the person and was without harmful intent.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sammie

    It was great ,there were some really funny parts and i really liked the characters. Bryan is so funny i just love him ,he was great when he was pretending to be his brother , and he sounds pretty hot . Shay was pretty great too ,i loved that she was mistaken for a hooker it was so funny , i loved how she met Bryan it was so great and i really liked how their relationship came about . The one thing about this book was that i pretty much knew who was the one trying to hurt them ,it was pretty easy to It was great ,there were some really funny parts and i really liked the characters. Bryan is so funny i just love him ,he was great when he was pretending to be his brother , and he sounds pretty hot . Shay was pretty great too ,i loved that she was mistaken for a hooker it was so funny , i loved how she met Bryan it was so great and i really liked how their relationship came about . The one thing about this book was that i pretty much knew who was the one trying to hurt them ,it was pretty easy to firgue out who was behind everything ,but i still enjoyed reading this book ,i needed something light and fun . and Bruce was really funny in this book i can not wait to read his story .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert Scott

    This is a story of false identities. A very rich lady is caught in a downpour in a poor section of town and is confronted by a man known as Preacher. He takes her to a safe house where there several prostitutes in residence already. The lady tells him she is not a hooker, which he takes with a grain of salt, especially since she says she wants to stay at the shelter. He is standing in for his twin brother who has been attacked & injured and is trying to track down the attacker. Bryan is in This is a story of false identities. A very rich lady is caught in a downpour in a poor section of town and is confronted by a man known as Preacher. He takes her to a safe house where there several prostitutes in residence already. The lady tells him she is not a hooker, which he takes with a grain of salt, especially since she says she wants to stay at the shelter. He is standing in for his twin brother who has been attacked & injured and is trying to track down the attacker. Bryan is in fact a bounty hunter and a friend of Jamie Winston from Visitation, NC. Several attempts are made to injure someone attached to the shelter and finally it is apparent that there is and inside informant.

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