Thursday, August 13, 2020

Review - Small Town, Big Secrets

Title:  Small Town, Big Secrets
Author:   Elsie Davis
Series:   Trinity River #2
Publisher:   Entangled:  Bliss
Genre:   Romance
Format:   Kindle ARC
No. of pages:   150
Date of Publication:  June 8, 2020
Rating:  3 Stars


To save her son, shy but determined waitress Becky McAllister would do just about anything. But she never expected “anything” to include the brother of the man who broke her heart.

Steve Parker needs a wife, now, if he has any hopes of winning his local DA election and becoming the advocate for the underserved he’s always dreamed of being. The sweet waitress seems like just the person—if he can get her to agree.

One year of marriage—no strings, no personal attachments. Becky gets the insurance funds she needs for her son’s surgery while Steve’s poll ratings soar. Neither planned on a commitment in their future, so they should have no problem making it through the year without getting emotionally involved, right?

Except Becky’s holding on to a secret from her past—one that would change everything.


Becky McAllister and Steve Parker have needs - no, not the carnal sort - and they strike a deal that will help them both. Becky's young son needs a critical surgery and she needs help providing for his care. Steve is running for DA and his campaign manager insists that he is slipping in the polls due to the fact that he is unmarried. They could marry - if only for a year. Her son could get his surgery paid for and he can present a wholesome image to his constituents.

However, Becky is holding a secret from Steve. Will this very secret be their undoing before they reach their goals? Especially when the health and life of a young child is at stake? There is a lot of give and take in this story and, as a reader, I needed to find validity to Becky's secret. As I become utterly invested in each book I read, her secret had to feel very real to me. Well, the conflict pretty much lasted throughout the story and that sense of realness came through for me. The story brought in a lot of emotion, especially for a couple who agreed to an arranged marriage, one free of romance and the expectation of sex. 

So, the way the conflicts were tied in with the romance was done very well. I love how what happened affected more than Becky and Steve. Watching all of that play out was more than rewarding. Small Town. Big Secrets is the second book in the Trinity River series. So, before reading this I was able to borrow the first book in this series from my library, Back in the Rancher's Arms. Both stories were very good books and I do look forward to continuing the series. 

Many thanks to Entangled: Bliss and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Elsie Davis discovered the world of Happily-Ever-After romance at the age of twelve when she began avidly reading Barbara Cartland, the Queen of Romance, and has been hooked ever since. After building her dream log home on top of a small mountain, she turned her attention to do what she loves most, writing.

A #1 Amazon category list best-selling author, she writes sweet and clean contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes from her heart, hoping to share a little love in a big world.

Three daughters, four grandchildren, and her own hero husband, keep her extremely busy when she’s not glued to the keyboard. She loves birding, kayaking, camping, fishing, wildlife, disc golf and nature walks. Basically, all things outdoors, EXCEPT cold weather. She and her husband are avid Caribbean cruisers, but Elsie’s favorite vacation was their cruise to Alaska. (In spite of the cold!)

Indoors, she enjoys a toasty fire, a glass of red wine, and of course, a happily-ever-romance to read.

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