The Secrets of Bell River by Kathleen O’Brien

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

The Secrets of Bell River by Kathleen O’BrienThe Secrets of Bell River by Kathleen O'Brien
Series: The Secrets of Bell River Ranch #4
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
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Always an outsider…

Armed with only her suitcases and secrets, Tess Spencer arrives at Bell River Ranch. She'll work temporarily at their spa and never tell the Wright sisters her true connection to them. Meeting gorgeous carpenter Jude Calhoun challenges those plans, however. Strong and capable, Jude makes Tess want to share the burden of what she knows….

That confession may come sooner than she wants when her past intrudes at the ranch. But if she reveals the reasons she's here, she will definitely be the outsider—unwelcomed and alone. And leaving Bell River could cost her the one man she wants….

This is the fourth book in the Bell River series, although it’s my first book in the series. While this book is for sure a romance, it also reads a lot like a mystery which is something that I liked.

So this book starts with Tess, who I suppose is one of the sisters of the Wright family, only they don’t seem to know who she is. Tess takes a job at the ranch working in the spa there, she wants a chance to get to know the people she is related to without having to out herself as being a relative. Tess is coming out of a bad marriage, so she definitely has her own set of baggage that she is carrying around. But as in any romance Tess finds herself attracted to the ranch handyman, Jude.

So first things first, the romance. I actually really enjoyed the romantic elements in this book. I didn’t feel like anything was too quite (really not a fan of the whole insta-love thing). I thought things evolved at a good pace and there was a decent dose of build-up and tension. I love the build up in romances, it makes everything sweeter when the two people are finally able to come together. Both characters in this book have a past (well lets face it most people do) and exes that they have to kind of deal with. But all in all I enjoyed the romance.

As I said earlier this book had a bit of a mystery elements to it. It’s hard to really talk about it in a review because I don’t want to ruin anything. The mystery plot like was okay for me, it wasn’t fantastic but it wasn’t bad either. There are these series of notes that appear throughout the books that I thought was a bit over done, which kind of detracted me, but other than that it was good.

Overall, it was a good read. I think if you have read the other books in the series you should try out this book, I think you would probably have more of an appreciation for the book if you have the backstories of everyone else from prior books. Even without you can try it out as well.

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About Kathleen O’Brien

Since the day Harlequin bought her first novel, Kathleen has published more than 30 titles with them- everything from hot, sexy contemporaries to dark, brooding suspense. Read in more than 30 countries and 29 languages, she’s a five-time finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, a winner of the Maggie Award, and a three-time finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice.

Kathleen comes from a family of writers, poets, and journalists- though she may be the one shameless romantic in the bunch. A true Cancer, she values home and family above everything and wouldn’t dream of ditching a single friend, memory, gift, or love letter. Consequently, her office is a mess, full of books, colored cut glass, photo albums, Madame Alexander dolls, and a cockatiel who whistles the theme from “The X Files.” She is addicted to Mozart and Elvis, Dancing With the Stars, Dorothy Dunnett novels, and sugar-free Popsicles.

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