When Olivia Connor Williams starts dating superstar Vaughn Barrymore she is unprepared to deal with the shenanigans of the paparazzi because her Hollywood celebrity father took great pains to keep his children out of the limelight. But now Livvie makes her living as a costume designer in Seattle and being seen with Vaughn unleashes the vultures that are out for a story, even if they have to make it up.
Vaughn is bewitched by Liv and he can’t get enough of her. He doesn’t want anything upsetting her but he can’t control the paps, so he doesn’t waste his time or energy on them. His calm acceptance of their intrusiveness irritates Liv and she’s not sure she can live with all that his celebrity entails. But can she live without Vaughn? He’s so much more than a pretty face and a talented actor. She loves being with him and wants to spend as much time with him as possible. What are her choices? Is there room for compromise?
“The Secret” is Book One in Kristen Proby’s ‘Single in Seattle’ series. I loved the two protagonists, although Liv comes across as somewhat spoiled despite the fact she’s a hard worker and talented in her own right. The chemistry between her and Vaughn is off-the-charts hot and steamy and even though the plot is thin, it’s a cute romantic romp.
But the family bugs me. How believable is a family that large with not a single miscreant in the bunch? No funny uncle or weirdo auntie? Not a reform school dropout or wayward niece in sight. The whole “fam-damily” is too nice and too perfect to be real. Sure we all want a big, loving family where everyone gets along and no one gets angry. But how many families do you know that fit that description? Yeah, I don’t know any either. Still, it’s a fun beach read and I Iove the way Proby tells a story. Four stars.
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