The Secret Life of Bryan (Visitation, North Carolina) Paperback – 30 Apr 2004
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The Secret Life of Bryan is a sexy romance with a suspense-filled plot set against a backdrop of gritty city streets. The secondary cast is colourful and readers will enjoy the inclusion of characters from the connected book, Say No to Joe?, in this continuation of the Winston family novels from bestselling author Lori Foster. When bounty hunter Bryan Kelly meets gorgeous philanthropist Shay Sommers he mistakes her for a prostitute. Despite Shay's denials, Bryan remains convinced that she's a hooker. Frustrated, Shay decides to conceal her wealthy lifestyle and moves into the Preacher's safe house to get to know some real "working women". Meanwhile, Bryan has an identity problem of his own, for he's masquerading as his twin brother, Preacher Bruce, in order to discover the identity of the person who assaulted Bruce and continues to threaten the women in his shelter. Bryan will do whatever it takes to find his brother's attacker and ensure the women's safety--especially Shay's. Both Shay and Bryan are keeping secrets that can destroy their growing relationship and neither of them is accustomed to trusting others. If Bryan can keep Shay alive, will he be able to convince her to trust him with her heart? --Lois Faye Dyer, Amazon.com
"When it comes to delivering sexy and sensual romance, author Lori Foster is in a class by herself."See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book, especially Shays interaction with the 'other' hookers. The relationship between Shay and Bryan was hot, and there was an interesting glimpse at Bryan's past. Bruce (Bryans's) brother was a good character, and I think a story should be written for him, although I guess a preacher having a relationship could be a bit difficult to work. Another person who's story I would be interested to read would be Amy's - one of the prostitutes at the Haven. Though again, perhaps that would be a bit tricky as she's been abused in the past.
Although I found one grammatical mistake that left me confused until I ignored it, this was a thorouhly enjoyable book that left me egging on the characters. It had a good conclusion, and the real culprit left me surprised even though I had already decided that who I knew it wasn't. I would recommend this book to romance readers who want a little more out of a book then a soppy kiss and some sentimental murmuring. However, sentimental murmuring is included, as well as kissing. I would descvribe this a Romance book with a bit of a bite as well as some interesting jokes (which in my opinion are actually quite funny). A great read that kept me hooked for a day. If you buy this book - Happy Reading.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
We met Bryan briefly in her story "Say No To Joe" and I was thrilled to find out that this was his story. Bryan is a twin that has decided that it's his job to protect his brother Bruce a preacher and who has just recently been attacked due to the work that he does regarding running a safe-house for ex-ladies of the night. This was a no brainer as far as Bryan was concerned he would step into his brothers shoes, do what he could for the ladies under his brothers care and most importantly find out who wants his brother dead. That is until he made the mistake of trying to "rescue" a damsel in distress by the name of Shay. Now his little world has been turned upside down because he should be acting like a preacher but his thoughts are anything but heavenly. In fact Shay has knocked him right off his feet. This is a big problem for the bounty-hunter that would never trust another woman again.
Shay can't believe her good fortune when Preacher saves her from a bad situation. Shay is a do-gooder but has been labled and branded a princess with too much money on her hands and not enough stength of conviction to really make a difference. Well, she has been given the perfect chance to prove all those that don't believe in her that they are totally wrong. Now she is working on the front line so to speak. She tells Bryan that she's not a hooker but does not want the other women at the safe house to know this. She then goes about the business of drawing everyone under her spell proving that she is serious about helping these women turn their lives around. Her main problem is trying to prove to Bryan that their attraction is not wrong. This is not easy since on top of all that was previously mentioned someone is trying to close down the safe house but who and why?
This was a fast quirky page turning read. Joe, Luna, and Willow and Austin make a return performance as well as Jamie Creed all living in Visitation. The relationship between Bryan and Shay is carefully constructed and as a result although peppered with Ms. Foster trademark sensuality this is not a read that dives right into an intimate relationship between the two main character but instead slowly lead to the admission that their relationship is more then lust. This is really a must read if you are a fan of Ms. Foster. If this is a first time read for you fear not this is a stand alone book and you will not be left scratching your head as to the various relationships that are presented. If anything this will drive you to pick up more of her titles. Always a good thing if you ask me.
Bryan is masquerading as his brother, bruce, a preacher who runs a safe house for prostitutes. Bruce was attacked and Bryan is taking his place to find out why. Bryan meets Shay--a wealthy socialite who is posing as a prostitute so that she can get closer to the girls and help them. Shay and Bryan have instant chemistry but there are many lies that threaten their budding romance. Complicating things, is that someone is indeed after the preacher and now Shay as well. And it is someone they know and trust.
The story is fast paced, the ending is great- you never guess the identity of the stalker or the accomplice. It reintroduces characters from Foster's previous books- like Joe Winston, Luna, Jamie (the strange psychic). It also gives us new people to like and await their stories- like Bryan's brother bruce, Joe's sister etc.
This book has a little bit of everything- mystery, romance, suspence. Its a great summer read.
Bryan has agreed to switch places with his twin brother Preacher Bruce Kelly. Bruce runs a charity organization for former prostitutes, when Bruce gets attacked Bryan takes his place to find out who wants to hurt his family.
Pretending to be the "Preacher" Bryan meets Shay Sommers and assumes she is one of the local working girls. He takes her back to a safe house but doesn't realize at first that Shay isn't what she appears to be and he is greatly disturbed by his strong attraction to this woman.
Shay Sommers has never met a preacher like Bryan Kelly. He is full of contradictions and is sexy as all get out. While Bryan at first thinks she is a hooker, Shay decides this is a golden opportunity to see those she helps in her charity work up close.
While trying to get to the bottom of the growing attacks on the safe house, Bryan and Shay act on the intense attraction for each other.
The Secret Life of Bryan is a funny, sexy and intriguing book. Bryan and Shay's connection will make you fan yourself. The three hookers will touch your heart and make you laugh yourself silly. Lori Foster has written another keeper.