REVIEW: The Secret by Max Monroe


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Dear Fellow Bookworms,

I need your help.

I, Rachel Rose, am in quite the pickle with a hot-as-sin English Lit professor by the name of Ty Winslow, and I don’t know how to get out of it.

Let me break it down for you:

Girl meets Guy.

Girl gives Guy her underwear on a dare but nothing else identifying (like her name or number) because she plans to never see Guy again.

But Girl does see Guy again, in a very professional setting, where she is to be the Teaching Assistant to his Professor for an entire semester.

Girl would like to ignore all events of the past, but Guy is a whole list of tempting things that are hard to resist. (See below:)

 #1: Insanely attractive.

#2: The most fun a girl could ever have.

#3: Successful and intelligent.

#4: He can quote Walt Whitman at the drop of a hat—which I’m sure you know is a dangerous thing for a literature-lover.

#5: Smooth with a capital S. He could charm the panties off a woman WITHOUT the help of a dare.

And now, Mr. Hot Professor, the man I’m determined to resist, is challenging me to a competition—a playful, secret game, so to speak—where the winner takes all.

My plan? Play the game long enough to win—long enough to walk away with the upper hand—without doing something stupid like falling in love.

It’s possible . . . right?

If you have any advice, please reach out to me soon—before it’s too late.



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When I need a good laugh, a story I can smile through, something light and fun to read, I reach for a book from Max Monroe. The reigning queens of comedy, this talented author duo’s stories are the reading equivalent of the dream birthday gift, the winning lottery ticket, the spontaneous upgrade to first class on a long flight. Heavy on the heat and humor, there’s plenty of heart in their romances without a lot of weighty angst or unnecessary drama. I’m really enjoying the Winslow Brothers series, and The Secret, the third book in this series of standalones, has been my favorite so far.

The Secret is Ty Winslow’s story. Ty was an easy-to-love hero, and I feel hard for him and his antics. A self-proclaimed avowed bachelor, he’s the carefree, happy-go-lucky, kind of goofy Winslow brother, but his easy charm, magnetic charisma and those devilish good looks combine to create some seriously weak-kneed swooning. Rachel is a struggling writer/grad student who’s just returned to New York City from Los Angeles to take a job at NYU as a teaching assistant while she finishes her master’s degree. She was fierce, she gave as good as she got, and she was whip-smart, independent and determined—I loved her. From their first meeting, the chemistry between them was off the charts, and even the horror of their second meeting didn’t douse that flame. There begins a sexy little game of cat-and-mouse that was the kind of next-level humorous entertainment that I can consistently count on from Max Monroe.

A forbidden, hot-for-teacher, age-gap, workplace romance, The Secret was full of wonderfully witty banter, titillating sexual tension and side-splitting hilarity. An amusing mix of heart-tugging emotion and high-intensity heat fueled the slow build-up of their relationship and made this one heck of an unputdownable, page-turner. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! Five smooches from me for The Secret by Max Monroe!

~Danielle Palumbo




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