Title: Spring Secrets
Be careful where you dig for secrets…
Pine Point, Book 3
Sienna Cruz left Pine Point at age fifteen after her mother’s untimely death. Eleven years later, a job teaching special needs kids has brought her back. At least, that’s what she wants everyone to believe.
Raised in a poverty-stricken, single-parent household, Sienna is earning her PhD with a dissertation proving even too-perfect-to-be-real Pine Point is a hotbed of small-town secrets and scandal.
Leaving Pine Point turned out to be the biggest mistake of Mike Springer’s life. After eight years on the West Coast, coming home to open a local gym is the first step toward a fresh start, this time with the support of friends and family.
Sparks fly the moment Sienna walks into Mike’s gym, and it isn’t long before they’re workout partners with benefits. Then her research not only hits too close to Mike’s fiercely guarded past, it exposes a sordid truth about skeletons Sienna didn’t know she had in her own closet.
Warning: Contains a class of cute kiddoes that will melt your heart and a sexy tattooed gym owner who can pump more than just iron...
Author: Allie Boniface
Series: Pine Point #3
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Everyone has a secret, what is yours? It is under that assumption that Sienna decides to go back to Pine Point. Working on her Ph.D., she decides to go back to Pine point trying to prove that there are as many skeletons in the closet of small city people than those living is a big city. She had no ideas what was in store for her. How far is she willing to do to complete her project? This is the question that I asked myself as soon as I started this great adventure.
I have not read the first 2 books in the series and it did not matter at all. It is a standalone novel that is awesome! It is one of these stories that I was hooked on from the beginning. There is no big scandal involved, it is simply our everyday struggles and how we are so ashamed of them. This is also a story of redemption and that is showing us that we might have a plan that seems perfect, but it turns out that the universe has something else in store for us.
It is always tricky when you are getting into a new location with a hidden agenda and then Boom! You meet someone that rocks your world. Emotions are not supposed to be part of the equation and once it is there, we have to deal with it to the best of our capacities. It is not that Sienna’s agenda was mean or geared toward hurting an individual, at least not consciously. In the end, that is just what might happen, though. We always have to keep in mind that risk factor and sometimes when we become conscious of it; it is already too late.
Sienna decided to take a job teaching kids with special needs. Slowly she became attached to them, doing all she can to make sure that those kids have the best learning experience possible. She is also dealing with flashbacks of her mother death when she was just a teenager and living there in Pine Point. From the moment she moved away, she put all of her energy in her study to prove to the world that she is not that poor girl that she once been. That same drive that is proving to be successful in her academic path is the thing that is backfiring at her in her relationships now. She had to get real with herself and the others that became the closest to her. It’s all except a walk in the park.
Mike had a rough time when he was younger. His ex-wife hurt him and he was sent to jail. Since he is back in Pine Point, he opened a Gym and his life is turning around. He found his calling and he is proud of what he is doing. His mother is very important to him and he is living in an apartment next to her place. The family is a very important value to him. Trust, on the other hand, does not come easily for him and he decided that he will not commit again into a relationship. That is until he met Sienna, she turned his world upside down. He had to take a step back and asked himself what he really wanted going forward in his life.
This story is also a great illustration of who we are as a society/culture. If we would know right away each other secrets, we would judge the other person and never get to know them for who they truly are. Is it absolutely necessary to know everything about someone to develop a deeper relationship with them? I don’t think so. We will never know someone 100% and this story is showing us that when we are taking the time to build trust with somebody else, we are able to accept the other for what they are. Each secret needs to be revealed in its own time and we can grow with it.
I absolutely love this book and I recommend it! It is a great story with great characters!