Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Release Blitz & Review: The Secrets We Held - E.K. Blair

The Secrets We Held (Secrets & Truths Duet #1)
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2020

Born and raised in West Palm Beach, it’s time for Kate to move to
Miami, spread her wings, and have the time of her life.
her world. Lies spin into a web, trapping her in a nightmare she believes to be
a fairy tale.
scared to face, so she runs.

Wings are easily broken.

Deception masks itself as love while it slowly consumes every inch of

Fairy tales only live in fables.

Soon, her body will be painted in a truth she can’t deny but is too

A person can only run so far.


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Review
4.5 Stars

She's back, she's angsty, she made me cry, she's E.K. Blair. Okay, cheesiness aside, I am so excited we have something new from E.K. Blair and that it is as stunning as, well, everything she's ever published. The Secrets We Held, just part one of the Secret and Truths Duet, is a long, emotionally-fraught novel that had me laughing, crying, and falling in love. It is classic E.K. Blair and I am one happy one-click fan. I know, you're over here wondering if emotionally-fraught is a good thing, but I promise it is. There is no other author out there, I'm serious, that can cover such difficult topics, taking their characters to the absolute lowest depths, and come out with such a beautiful story of independence, growth, life lessons, and love. They're realistic, so if you're feeling emotional while reading it's a good thing. I'm not looking for rainbows and butterflies, I'm looking for a story I relate to and E.K. Blair once again gives us that with The Secrets We Held.

Binge-worthy, new adult aged, and a complete roller coaster, The Secrets We Held follows Kate as she experiences her first real relationship, finds friendship in college classmates, and discovers the strength of herself, her family, and her friendships. Kate is your typical middle-class surfer girl from Florida; she thrives in the water, has closer friendships with the males in her life, and has absolutely no interest in the sorority world her best friend is thriving in at college. She wants to be in the water, she wants to be hanging with her friends, and she wants her inconvenient crush on Trent to go away. Trent is all surfing, college, party time, he has enough serious in his life and isn't looking for more than fun. He has an inconvenient crush on Kate too, but more than that he cares about her like a true friend. When Kate starts dating a newbie surfer with affluent connections in Chicago things should be all rosy, but Caleb gives off some seriously bad vibes to her friends and when the truth comes out her friends will have to help Kate even when she won't admit she needs it.

"But nothing is okay. Everything is all wrong."

Not a typical love triangle, The Secrets We Held sees the college-aged characters as they go through family drama, classes, dating, and facing the secrets they hold inside. It's a book about bringing the walls down, learning to trust, and climbing out of the dark even when it seems so impossible. I admit it took me time to connect with Kate and Trent, their alternating perspectives are very different, but ultimately that worked for me. Their voices were distinct, their impression of the same events are unique, and the friendship that's so back and forth ends up being vitally important in the end. I can't expand a lot further on the plot, there are a couple difficult topics covered, but I think E.K. Blair did a fantastic job. It's detailed, that may be hard for some readers, but the way the characters tackle, grow, and overcome is just incredible. I ended this book feeling so good about the characters, really desperate for the next novel, and yes, like E.K. Blair is back with a total winner.
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Releasing March 12
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Author Bio







E.K. Blair is a New York Times best-selling author. Her books range from thrillers to romance to YA, all of which shine a light on the inner workings of relationships through adversity. She resides in Oklahoma with her husband and two beautiful children.
When not writing, you will most likely will find her sipping on a mug of overly-sweet coffee while watching reality television or the latest true crime documentary.

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