Review: MURDER (Sinful Secrets) by Ella James @uthor_ellaj

Review: MURDER (Sinful Secrets) by Ella James @uthor_ellaj

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Review: MURDER (Sinful Secrets) by Ella James @uthor_ellajMurder by Ella James
Series: Sinful Secrets #2
Published by: Barkley's Books
on May 30, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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You can't choose who you love.
You can't fix fate.
And that's the problem...

Gwenna White's new neighbor is...distracting. He's a beautiful, tattooed, motorcycle-driving enigma. One she can't allow herself to think about. Since the accident that ruined her face and stole her career, Gwen, a former model, lives under the radar, seldom leaving the bear sanctuary she runs in the Tennessee mountains. She's not reclusive, but that doesn't mean she's looking for a lover. Definitely not someone who looks like that.
Barrett Drake could use a friend: a tall order, since most of his are dead. His damaged hand may be the reason he's out of special ops, but it's not his only wound. Not by a long shot. All that's left between Bear and a new life is one last job. If he can hold on, get it done... He won't be here that long. Just long enough to ruin Gwen's life and make a speedy exit. That's the plan.
But things don't always go as planned.
You can't choose who you love.
You can't fix fate.
And that's the problem...

my thoughts

WOW! This was a MONSTER of a book! MURDER was over 500 pages of sexy, intense, mysterious, and mind bending good times. I’ll tell you the truth and say that I was scared to start this. I’m used to reading a book a day, and I know that this one was going to put me up for a while. But Ella James has never steered me wrong, so I said “Fuck it, let’s do this!” and started this dark and intense journey of Gwenna and Barrett.

Now if you aren’t familiar with Ella’s Sinful Secret Series, here is how it works. MURDER is only the second book in the series, following SLOTH (which was a TOP PICK for me). Each book is inspired by a sin and revolves around a HUGE secret. If you’ve read SLOTH, you know what I’m talking about. So, knowing all of this, I knew I was in for quite a ride, and a big mind fuck! I was determined to nail down the secret right away. I found myself re-reading scenes and making notes, trying to figure out things before they happen. It made this book a true journey for me. If you are looking for a fast paced, perfect love story, don’t even think about starting this book. This is a book you will have to savor…a book you have to take your time with…a book that will screw with your mind, and completely obliterate your heart.

I found myself getting so immersed in this story, that everything else disappeared. Pieces of the puzzle started appearing…things were starting to connect and just when you think you have it all figured out…one twist screws it all up, and so the mystery continues.

Ella takes us through a timeline of about 5 years or so, giving us both Gwen’s and Barrett’s POVs. It’s A LOT of information, but it is laid out in a way that it’s easy to follow along. Things happen in the past and present that will break your heart. Tragedy, loss, secrets…all of it swirls around your mind like a never-ending rollercoaster ride. It’s one HELL of a ride! It’s interesting. It’s sometimes dark, but no less beautiful. MURDER is a long journey to absolution…and Ms. James gives us an ending that you won’t see coming. This romantic mystery was enticing, not only to the eyes, but to the heart and the mind. Ella James has a way of driving me crazy with her fairy tales and dark mysteries, but in the end, she takes the genre and makes it her own, and THAT makes her stories even more unique and utterly addicting!

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series recap

Each book can be read as a standalone!

About Ella James

Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella’s obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other weird, crunchy things like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.

Interested in the foreign rights for one of Ella’s books? Contact her agent, Rebecca Friedman, at

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