ROMANCE

Never Keeping Secrets: A Friends & Sins Novel

Dafina: Kensington Jun. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780758265319. pap. $15: ebk. ISBN 9780758289209. F
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OrangeReviewStarKeesha Lands, Danielle Johnson, Monica Winters, and Latoya James have been tight friends since their Newark, NJ, high school days. They're all grown up, but each of them guards outlandish secrets threatening to destroy their careers and personal relationships. However, an opening scene lets us know that one of them is dead. Could it be the woman addicted to Oxycontin, the one who hires a gigolo, or the sexpot sleeping with her husband's cousin? Adding to the drama are mysterious emails stating, "I know your secrets." Wild sex scenes add naughty flair to the narratives. One of our girls second-guesses a hot tryst, realizing she "left behind her torn panties and a broken heart."
VERDICT Four alternating stories make for juicy drama in Bryant's (Mistress, Inc.) latest tale of wickedness. Tension mounts during the climactic last 20 pages as readers are slammed with tantalizing cliffhangers. The author's skillful mix of hot sex, betrayal, heartbreak, and realistic characters is sure to please both soap opera and street lit fans. This one's a winner.

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