Synopsis from Goodreads
From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules, and playing for keeps.
My name is Ryan Kingston, and I’m a rule follower. I’ve never been in a fistfight. I always obey the speed limit. I don’t get drunk, and I definitely don’t pick up random women at bars.
Except the night I found out that my whole existence has been a lie.
I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.
Her name was Queenie, and she was everything I’m not: reckless, impulsive, and chaotic. We did shots and traded secrets. And ended up naked at my place.
She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.
Six weeks later I’m sitting in the first official team meeting of the season, and there she is. I neglected to mention that I’m the goalie for Seattle’s NHL team.
And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.
Could we get any cuter with characters names King and Queenie 😍
King and Queenie first meet at a bar when they are both reeling from events in their lives. Many drinks later and they end up going home together with Queenie disappearing in the morning. Although King would have liked to see her again he accepts the fact that this event was very out of character for him and isn’t likely to happen again. That is until the new hockey season starts with Queenie employes as the General Managers assistant, who also happens to be her father.
There is so much chemistry between King and Queenie I am surprised all those around them didn’t get singed by the sparks. Despite their insane attraction, King and Queenie agree to be nothing more than friends because of the dynamics at play in their lives.
While the romance is the focal point of the narrative, the plot also deals with verbal and emotional abuse and the long-lasting ramifications it has on the victim. In this case, Queenie, my heart hurt for her and the way in which the negatively impacted her self-esteem creating a vicious cycle of impulsive actions followed by unexpected consequences. Especially when one of those actions from the past comes back to wreak havoc on the present.
I loved the interactions with the previous characters enabling the continuation of their stories in the background of A Secret for a Secret.
Most of all I adored King, he is so adorable and sweet, the quintessential good guy with a touch of alpha in the bedroom – OH MY