Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas

Keeping Her Secret
By: Sarah Nicolas
Release Date: August 22, 2016
Series: Endless Summer Series

Two girls, one kiss, one summer of discovery
All’s fair in love and summertime prank wars
The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.
Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.
Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.

This book was pretty amazing from the very beginning.  I’ve never read an FF book before but this book wasn’t even about that even though it was all about that.  It was about discovery, facing reality and finally letting go and being the person you know you are, not what someone else wants you to be.  It was really quite beautiful.  Sarah Nicholas, perfect.

We meet Riya as she is on her way to summer camp to get away while her parents move and get things settled in a new location.  Four weeks of fun and friendship, getting out there and meeting new people, little did she know her best friends from childhood also go to this camp and so the fairy tale will begin. We meet the twins Colt and Courtney, they’ve known Riya for a while but haven’t seen each other in four years.  A lot has changed since then but best friends they will always be.  It’s so cute watching Colt be so happy about having Riya back in his life, friends that never lost touch are how they act, it’s adorable.  On the other hand Courtney who has moved on to the beautiful almost mean girl and so very different from the person Riya remembers.  Will they rekindle their friendship, or more?

This book was summer camp at its best, exactly how I pictured it with campers constantly doing pranks on one another, its fun.  I loved the pranks they pulled on one another, it was entertaining to read and so clever.  I’ve never been to camp so I’ve never experienced that not that I want to but still it sounded fun.  The friends that both girls made bought out the best in them.  But there are underlying things going on like the kiss Courtney and Riya shared four years ago when they said goodbye to each other.  Riya is very much out and about and free, but Courtney is an entirely different story.  It was fascinating watching her grow from her shell and finally break free.  It was a beautiful story.

Overall this was a story about friendship, letting go, freedom and most importantly being who you are. Sometimes in life you hide underneath a false persona that is expected of you, but really the only person that needs to be happy is yourself, so break free and do what you want to do.  After all, it’s your life not theirs.  I thought Riya and Courtney’s relationship was a great progression into what they ended with.  Life is hard but it’s how you deal with it that matters.  I can’t gush too much about this book because really I think you have to read it and feel all the emotions yourself because you will definitely feel for this book. 

Great quick summer read about camp and coming out.  The cover is adorable, would definitely make me want to pick it up and see what it’s all about.  Again I’ve never read any female and female relationship books, but really that’s not what this is about its about two people who have fallen each other and their beautiful growing relationship who happen to be of the same sex.  Bravo for an amazing read.  

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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