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Secret Reflection

Secret Reflection [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Brassel

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A modern gothic romance about skepticism, secrets, and seeing what’s in front of your eyes.

Kelly Reid doesn't believe in ghosts, even when one appears in front of her. She’s sure the man in her bedroom mirror is a hoax, all she has to do is prove it. But it’s hard to concentrate on hidden cameras and tiny microphones when he seems so real, so engaging, so sad.

Accused of a heinous crime, John Tarrant has been trapped in the mirror for 140 years, neither living nor dead. His only chance at escape is convincing the skeptical woman in front of him that he’s real and desperately needs her help.

Working together to solve a centuries-old crime, Kelly and John race to find the key to his release – and fear what will happen if they succeed. Will their unlikely relationship finally have a chance, or will John’s spirit vanish forever?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Deliver ... 1 May 2013
By *JenB* - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The cover&blurb drew me to this book initially. The characters are older ... it isn't presented as a YA book, which is good as there was explicit sexual content. I'll admit to enjoying the occasional romance novel, but the sex here came across as quite crude (much of the focus being on the villain of the story. Anything but romantic there!)

Sex aside, the story was just ok. A little draggy and confusing. Shifting perspectives, dreams and old journal entries...the transitions were often quite abrupt. It was also repetitious (the tingle in her belly as she saw him, EVERY time. The focus on her belief it was a hoax brought up again and again). I also didn't really believe the romance ... the characters only had a few basic conversations before they were both "in love".

... I got it for free (Netgalley) in exchange for a review. It's not one I would recommend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended! 25 May 2013
By Harlequin Junkie Blog - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Do you believe in ghosts? Kelly doesn't...

In Secret Reflection by Jennifer Brassel Kelly has escaped to England to visit her friends in the manor they now lease and are turning into a hotel. A journalist, Kelly is still getting over a recent divorce and is hoping to start working on a gothic screenplay she wants to write. The old English setting seems like it will be the perfect place for her! Upon arrival at Nancy and Tom's manor, they talk to her about a job they hope she can do for them. Rumor has it the manor is haunted...they want Kelly to determine if the ghost does indeed exist and the story behind it. They hope that an article Kelly might write about it will draw more business to their new hotel.

Right from the start Kelly is skeptical, she is sure the 'ghost' is an elaborate hoax...maybe to distract her. Then Kelly meets John...the man in the mirror. She is sure there is a lot of trickery going on, even when John tells her he has been stuck in the house, behind the mirrors, for the last 140 years. He was condemned by his cousin, and cursed into the mirrors - neither dead nor alive. Only every 20 years does he have the chance to leave his own personal hell and so far he has not found anyone who has been able to help him. He only has 20 days every 20 years, and is so hopeful that Kelly will at last save him and allow him to move on. He doesn't know what he'll move on to, but anything will be better than this prison. He tells Kelly most of his story after she recovers from her initial fright...but naturally she does not believe a word of it. Still, "Against her will she became so enthralled by the quiet desperation in his voice that her fingers slid from the gold knob and she stepped toward him, a tiny thrill racing through her abdomen."

John desperately tries to convince Kelly he is 'real' and Kelly desperately tries to find proof that it's all a hoax. Somewhere along the way though she starts believing "...she realised that in a matter of a week, she had gone from total disbelief to allowing the possibility that he did, indeed, speak the truth....she so wanted to believe him, believe in him."

Both Kelly and John start to feel very drawn to each other. John reminds Kelly of a sexy pirate and he is just intrigued by this modern day woman and her conveniences...but what will happen if she does manage to 'free' John? What will happen to him? They are running out of time, there is mystery and suspense happening around them - can Kelly find what John needs in time? If she frees him, what will happen to her heart that is starting to love him?

There are some great secondary characters in this book. Nancy and Tom are incredible friends for Kelly, two really good people. Richard is a distant relation of John's who is really the devil in disguise and he wants Kelly for himself. I really, really found myself hoping she'd see through him! We also met, through his journals read throughout Secret Reflection, Edward, John's cousin. These journals gave us a great insight into the past and some of what had happened. These people fit in really well with the story that Jennifer wove for us, their characters were just as necessary as John and Kelly's (and I loved both of them!). Kelly was easy to relate too, looking for explanations, wanting only to believe what she knew to be true. John, even who or what he is, is someone I'd want for myself!

Even with the paranormal aspect of Secret Reflection, I found myself really hoping that something good could come of John and Kelly's relationship. I really wanted Kelly to heal from her divorce and feel what real love is. I really wanted John to finally be free of his cursed imprisonment.

I LOVED Secret Reflections! In the beginning, Kelly thinks about how the landscape of England and the manor seemed to wrap the past around her. Well, Jennifer manages to wrap this book and these characters around you so that you won't want to put Secret Reflections down. She wove a tale of paranormal romance that really intrigued me and made me feel like I was right there in the book with John and Kelly. Jennifer's descriptions of England were fantastic, I felt like I was right back there (I've been there), and made me want to go there again! Both main characters are strong and complement each other very well. Jennifer manages to effortlessly make sexuality part of Secret Reflections - even though John and Kelly can look at each other but not touch.

I'd highly recommend this book to any romance reader who likes some paranormal and mystery with some steamy, hot scenes!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original love story 8 April 2013
By ShaninSanFran - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 Stars (rounded up to 4)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am generally wary of the Time Traveling romances, but Secret Reflection had a hot and sweet love story, a murder mystery, and a race against time to free John from his own purgatory.The seemingly far reaching paranormal story was engaging, suspenseful, romantic, with some humor, too. Brassel wrote a compelling and original love story, and I enjoyed it very much.

I was hooked after reading the prologue that set tone for the rest of the story. I like when authors give the readers a taste at the complexities that are to come later, like in Hopeless. We wanted to hear why John murdered his dear friend, who was also his cousin's wife. I enjoyed the how it jumped around to multiple POV in Secret Reflection - we got to see how John and Kelly began to trust and care about each other. It helped keep the story moving along, and we found out more clues as to whodunnit and how to save John. We also got to hear from the town's dirt bag, who happens to be related to the man responsible for imprisoning John. The readers also got excerpts from the journal of the man who arranged for John to be imprisoned. Brassel's descriptions of the hotel and the setting were wonderful, and it was easy to pain the picture of the surroundings.

Brassel made a believable MC in Kelly. Newly divorced from a wretched man, Kelly escaped LA to stay with friends in a town outside of London in their new hotel. Her friends wanted to give Kelly something to occupy her time and they wanted to get extra publicity for their new hotel... so they hired Kelly to write about the ghost haunting their hotel. After being manipulated by her ex-husband, she had a guard up to avoid being duped again. Kelly's pain seemed real and her reservations of the ghost story were valid. (I mean.... I would be calling BS if she believed it right away!) John was a hot, perfect gentleman. He also brought the laughs in the book, when he was out of his element in the year 2000. It reminded me of the movie Enchanted - I loved when Prince Edward (James Mardsen) and Giselle (Amy Adams) were fish out of water in NYC.

The love story was cute. It built up throughout the whole story, so this wasn't the insta-love kind of romance novel. There was enough of the initial skepticism and distrust, and even though the story takes place over just two weeks, the two lonely souls started to trust each other more each day. As their trust built, the desire to be with each other increased as well... The two lonely souls complimented each other well, and it was easy to get lost in their story.

Richard Ditchley made my skin crawl. He was a despicable character, who was a womanizing pedophile with a serious gambling problem. Brassel did a fine job creating such an unlikable man, who had charmed his way through life. He was vile and disgusting, but I think he was immature and spoiled. He charmed his way through life with his good looks and likable personality - we were all waiting for this disgusting character to get what was coming to him!
This book might not be for everyone, because it isn't a sexytimes love story by chapter 3 kind of book, but if you are OK with that, I recommend this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story 30 May 2013
By Mrs. Helen Sibbritt - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I so loved this book it is sensual heartwarming and a real page turner. John has been trapped in mirrors in an English manor for 140 years put there by his cousin and when the new owners are getting ready to open the manor as a hotel they ask their journalist friend Kelly to do a story on the ghost of the manor, Kelly is determined to show he is a hoax but along they way through ups and downs they fall in love what a great story I highly recommend this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Ghost Story! 2 May 2013
By Kathie @First Page to the Last Book Reviews - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A GHOST story! This was fun, mysterious, and a real page turner.

Kelly has come to England to hide. She's just gotten through a nasty divorce from a fortune hunter and she wants to spend time with her friends, Nancy and Tom. They are working to open a hotel in a huge manor house they are leasing. To help distract Kelly from her heartache, they ask her to prove that the legendary ghost of the house is real. Or not, as the case may be. They also think the owner of the house might be a good diversion. Richard is quite pretty.

Kelly is skeptical about the reality of ghosts and works to prove that John Tarrant (the gorgeous man in the mirror) is an actor, and a perpetrator of the hoax. She's pretty sure her friends are in on it, because having a ghost, real or otherwise, would make their hotel a raging success. They admit that it would give their hotel a certain cachet and tell her to do her best.

John is quite sexy and Kelly tries to forget about that as she goes about proving him false.

One of the devices in this book is that we, the reader, get to read the journal kept by John's cousin and heir (Edward), written over a century ago. Reading his words gave me shivers. What a horrible person...and nuts, too. And his descendant isn't quite all there either.

There is a lot of sexual content in this one, and considering John is locked in a mirror, that was interesting.

Richard, the current Viscount and John's descendant, enjoys his sexual partners young, very young, and those scenes were hard to read, so be aware. I could have used just a bit less detail on Richard's conquests.

Ms. Brassel certainly takes us on an adventure as Kelly works out how to free John. Can it be done? And if so, how can this end up with an HEA? Quite the journey with some great side characters and a lovely setting. I'd love to spend a few nights in this hotel.

This was a FOUR BOOKMARK for me.

I loved that the end gave me ENOUGH information. That will make sense when you read it...!

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