December 6, 2014

REVIEW: Dirty Secret (The Burke Brothers #1) By, Emma Hart

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Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.

Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B. is home on a tour break.

Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her hometown. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.

Conner has questions, and when his broken heart and her guilty one collide, Sofie has to start answering them. Their present is rocky, their future unknown. Only one thing is certain: Sofie’s daughter will change everything.

I was pretty desperate to read this when I got a hold of the synopsis. I am in love with second chance romances just like this story with unknown children. Or romances with single parents in general. It seems to bring something more than your normal romance. It brings emotions that are not always rational or sane. It shows you just how deep love can be. This book wasn’t any different.

“Two and a half years have passed, secrets have broken hearts, and emotions have been twisted into complete messes, but nothing has changed. Not really. And I don’t have a damn clue what to do about that.”

Two and a half years ago Sofie Callahan ran from her home town, her father, and the love of her life. When she left she had a secret that she wasn’t ready to share. Now that her father is gone and she has to come back home it is time she dealt with her problems. All of the heartache and deception along with it. The drama and he emotion starts right away. We don’t have to wait to find out to details of the secrets. I actually really like Sofie’s character. While I never agree with keeping a baby a secret I kind of understand Sofie’s reasoning. Her non-selfish one anyway. I get not wanting the love of your life to come to regret you or your baby. Sofie goes through so many emotions and there really isn’t anyone to help her. At times I really felt bad for her character.

“She can fight it. She can deny it. She can scream at me. She can walk away from me. It won’t change that Sofie Callahan is irrevocably fucking mine.”

For the past two and a half years Conner Burke has been living his dream with his three brothers. Their music blew up and now Dirty B. is one of the biggest bands out there. If only he could forget Sofie and stop wondering why she disappeared. When he comes home for a tour break he never expects to see her again. And he definitely doesn’t expect the baby she brought home that looks just like him. Connor was someone I didn’t really care for. He went through so much anger and heartache that I kind of felt bad for him. But some of his actions drove me nuts. Granted what Sofie did wasn’t ok but he didn’t take it well either. He was just not a character that I could connect with.

“You’re right,” He whispers huskily in my ear. “I do care about perfect- but not your idea of perfect. I care about my perfect, and you’re it. You always have been.”

There was so much to this book. The writing was amazing. It was written beautifully. The way the author wrote this book was like its own song. At times the wording was almost lyrical. The pace of the story was where I had a problem. There wasn’t enough time in this book to work through their emotions and be believable. I guess I don’t understand how you can say you love someone if can’t forgive them yet. You can’t build a forever with someone you can’t really and truly trust or forgive. If this book lasted more than four weeks it could have been more believable.

“You can’t give a shit about someone when your heart is living in another chest.”

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I don’t know how I feel about any of the other brothers except for Kye. I will read his story and I can’t wait. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a beautiful, heartbreaking, and downright emotional read.

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