Secretly Yours

Avon. Feb. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063238985. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Hallie Welch fell for Julian Vos when she was a teenager. They almost kissed once, but then Julian graduated and moved away. Now Julian is back in their small town, and it’s all Hallie can think about since she’s revamping the gardens on the Vos estate. When she turns up at the guesthouse where Julian is staying, he doesn’t remember her—at all. Julian is on a sabbatical writing a book, but ever since the gardener showed up, he can’t concentrate on anything else. He has kept his life strictly organized and scheduled for years, but this curvy, dirty, complete mess of a woman is demolishing his perfect planning. And he finds that he doesn’t mind so much. This sexy opposites-attract romantic comedy features witty banter, steamy dialogue, and well-developed characters. Backstories of anxiety, family drama, emotional abuse, and grief flesh out the novel, creating depth and character motivation.
VERDICT Readers will devour Bailey’s latest (after Hook, Line, and Sinker) in one sitting, then go back to again and again to pick up on its intricate subtleties. Highly recommended.
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