Those that truly know August Greenfield, will tell you that I live my life to the fullest. Work hard as part of the team at Jameson Force Security but play just as hard at The Wicked Horse Vegas. I have no regrets about my life.
Well, maybe just one.
Leighton Hale was my first love and the woman I wanted to spend my life with, but one day she was just gone. Vanished without a trace. Even my extensive contacts as part of the team at Jameson left me empty-handed in my search for answers. My single remorse is never being able to find out what happened to her, because no matter how difficult the truth may be, it can’t be as bad as never knowing at all.
Ten years later, a knock on my front door brings me face-to-face with the woman I thought I’d never see again and nothing in my life could have prepared me for the secrets she holds.
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4.25stars-secrets, lies, vengeance and betrayal
4.25 stars--WICKED SECRET is the seventh instalment in Sawyer Bennett’s contemporary, adult WICKED HORSE VEGAS erotic, BDSM, romance series focusing on the members of an exclusive Las Vegas $ex club known as the Wicked Horse. This is Jameson Force security specialist August Greenfield, and Leighton Hale’s story line. WICKED SECRET can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalment is revealed where necessary. WICKED SECRET crosses over with the author's Jameson Force Security Series.
NOTE: WICKED SECRET contains scenes of MFM ménage , and light BDSM sexual situations that may not be suitable for all readers.
Told from dual first person perspectives (August and Leighton) WICKED SECRET focuses on the second chance romance and relationship between Jameson Force security specialist August Greenfield, and Leighton Hale. Approximately ten years earlier, high school sweethearts August Greenfield and Tracey Glendale had their whole lives ahead of them but one day, Tracey and her father Rich disappeared leaving everything behind they owned. Fast forward to present day wherein Tracey, now known as Leighton Hale, arrives in Las Vegas, looking for something only August is able to provide. With more than one secret about to be exposed, August struggles with the revelations and the ten years lost of a life he knew nothing about. What ensues is the acrimonious rekindling relationship between August and Leighton, and the potential fall-out as life is about to change for everyone involved.
Seventeen year old Tracey Glendale had no choice but to run with her father, leaving behind the young man she would always love. As Leighton Hale, our heroine had new responsibilities including the protection of the people she loved. Having never stopped loving August Greenfield, Leighton struggled to ask August for the biggest favor of his life, a favor that was about to place her in the direct line of fire. August Greenfield battled between head and heart with the return of the woman he knew as Tracey Glendale, but ten years of secrets and lies brewed fury, anger and deep seated animosity that August was willing to take his vengeance out at the Wicked Horse Vegas, vengeance directed at and about our story line heroine. With all secrets revealed, August and Leighton set down a path for a new adventure both together and potentially, apart.
The relationship between Leighton and August is a second chance romance that struggles in the face of betrayal, secrets, lies and heart break. Leighton never stopped loving our story line hero but August made sure to seek his pleasure every where possible including a membership at the exclusive Wicked Horse Vegas. August struggles with Leighton's reappearance and the secrets she is about to reveal, a struggle that manifests and is directed at Leighton with bitterness and contempt. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic, and intense including a M/F/M sexual situation August was using to prove he was still in control.
The secondary and supporting characters include August’s friend and billionaire Declan Blackwood; Jameson Force Security owner and August’s boss Kynan McGrath and his wife Joslyn Meyers; Leighton's father Mike, and his grandson Sam.
WICKED SECRET is a story of secrets, lies, vengeance and betrayal; love and friendship; life altering situations, and a family on the run. The premise is captivating; the characters are charismatic and energetic; the romance struggles in the face of hostility, deception, accusations and lost love.
What is the secret
Okay maybe I am expecting too much because it is Sawyer writing the story. While the plot was intriguing and kept you reading the characters had some flaws I could not get past. She shows up on his doorstep as Leighton to save her son. A son she has kept hidden from August because her father had been a mob informant. While I understand the mistrust her hiding has on August...he sees her, takes her to the Wicked Horse where the experience is blasé at best because of the speed it happens without any significant depth and August makes her seem like a memory he trying to purge. It feels like an injustice to the whole meaning of “The wicked horse”. People go there to have hot, panty melting sex so give us some. Maybe a longer story could have also allowed more drama with Sam and his recovery, it was flat. More drama and heat between August and Leighton. Its like one day she is his roommate, casual sex buddy and the next he sells his house and runs with them for safety...after the mob spot her father in Vegas. August kept telling them they were safe! Its was underwhelming when they were actually spotted. Plus if you are in Witsic hiding from the mob would you really be walking around a casino in vegas...a place they would most likely be. So they all relocate and they start a family life which is a great ending but it just feels like we missed the story.
A must read second chance romance!
Wicked Secret was another phenomenal instalment in the Wicked Horse, Vegas Series. This is a second chance, romantic suspense that I devoured in one sitting. August Greenfield is an ex-cop now working for Jameson Force Security. He frequents the Wicked Horse in his down time. He is content with his life. Leighton is on the run and has been in witness protection program and is hiding a secret that will rock August’s world. The moment Leighton shows up on August’s doorstep their chemistry was evident but due to their past there was a lot of intense emotion between these two as well! August tries very hard to keep Leighton at arms length and keeps up his anger, and defenses for a short time but soon he gives in as he will do anything for her. Leighton has had a tough life and is strong and resilient. I loved the suspense in this one. I adored the way August protects Leighton at all costs. The connection between these two was steamy, and explosive. I couldn't get enough. I love the world that Sawyer Bennett has created with the Wicked Horse Vegas and Jameson Force Security and loved seeing the characters cross over. I also loved getting to know more about August’s billionaire friend, Declan! Can’t wait for his book next.
Thank you to the author for an advanced reader copy in exchange of an honest review.