Cherry Lake’s official photographer has a problem. The boudoir photos Carrie Logan used to do, long ago and far away, have come back to haunt her. So she turns to Ethan Nash, the mysteriously gorgeous guy with big dogs and a bad attitude, for help containing this secret and the scandal it will cause.
Ethan takes one look at the photo of young Carrie and his harsh cyber-security specialist exterior begins to melt. For some reason, he feels the need to help this beautiful photographer. He’s pretty sure she’s stuck– once something’s on the internet, it’s there forever- but he offers her his assistance anyway. There's something about her he finds irresistible...
What Ethan doesn't realize is that he might need Carrie's help far more than she needs his... Will she prove to be the one he needs?
Secrets of Cherry Lake series
Book 1: Small Town Secrets by Roxanne Snopek
Book 2: The Secret Son by Joan Kilby
Book 3: Her Secret Love by Paula Altenberg
Book 4: Her Secret Protector by Roxanne Snopek
Book 5: The Secret Bride by Jeannie Watt
When things get tough, you surely find out who your friends are. This is also the case of Carrie and Ethan. Both of them are facing some resistance and hostility with the Cherry Lake community.
Ethan mainly because the mayor is out for him out of envy and jealousy of the property he bought four years ago, right under his nose.
Carrie, well, her secret is out for all to see on the internet, with the boudoir pictures she took ten years ago. And now her business is in danger, because people don't want to be associated with her because of the pictures.
The judgmental attitude of some of the people in the community really rubbed me the wrong way, and made me root for Carrie and Ethan. How they stood up for each other was adorable, and Carrie, she is so empowering, finding her place, standing up for her art, and claiming her talent. When she says she was tired of being "overlooked, ignored, forgotten, underestimated, misjudged or judged, and found wanting" I know we all have felt that way at one time or another, whether we admit it or not.
And talking about finding their feet, the first kiss between Ethan and Carrie - and HIS knees are about to buckle - talk about swoon!
Ethan and Carrie are so sweet together. I love how they truly see each other, who they are, and embrace it, admire it, and encourage it. They have a special connection, attraction, and chemistry. There are no sexy scenes in the story, but the heat is obvious between those two, and the promise of forever after.
Special mention to Ethan's dogs, they stole my heart away, and were a great addition to the story. I loved how he worked with the community at large to teach them about dog safety.
Another heartwarming story of the Cherry Lake, I am loving this series, the stories are wholesome and solid, aunt Pansy and grandpa Nate are guiding the young folks, as they fall in love, and find their place in the community.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me