NEEDED: HER MR. RIGHT
By Barbara Hannay
romance, tender with a young emotional heroine.
Barbara Hannay's Needed: Her Mr. Right is the
second book in the Secrets We Keep
trilogy. Simone's secret is dark and emotional, adding another layer to
the series and the friendship between the women. The emotions are
intense as the characters are young and less experienced in life as the
characters in the first romance.
Simone discovered friendship during her cycling charity ride for street
kids in the Himalayas and the courage to deal with her past secrets.
During her trip, she kept a diary where she wrote about the her past
and her dreams---and the secrets her two friends, Belle and Claire, and
confided in her. Once home, she discovers that her diary is missing.
Ryan Tanner, the black sheep son of a mining business magnate, catches
a glimpse of Simone in the airport and in the taxi line. When a book
falls out in the gutter, he grabs it to protect the leather from the
rain. When he finally discovers her identity, can the two trust each
other? Both Simone and Ryan have family secrets. Will their secrets
come between these two lone individuals or will they somehow find a way
to trust one another, heal their past and maybe find that special once
in a lifetime love?
Needed: Her Mr. Right is a short romance with a couple of
tender and classic fantasies juxtaposed with some dark secrets. Barbara
Hannay did not hesitate to make Simone an individual with her own
personality. The couple had a younger feel than the characters in the
first book of the series. Simone and Ryan, young and somewhat loners at
least deep in their heart, have troubled pasts. Consequently they see
and feel with a heightened sensitivity and exuberance that comes from
finally discovering that person who unlocks their hearts and opens the
door to sharing.
The ending of this romance tied a few too many
threads together by creating adjacent scenes to resolve them. This
created an ending that felt diffuse compared to the compact, dynamic
way Barbara Hannay wrote the scenes between the hero and heroine. If
perhaps she had told these scenes through dialogue (even indirect
dialogue as they relate the events to one another) shared between the
hero and heroine, the ending would have maintained the tightness and
dynamic feel maintained through most of the book. Barbara Hannay has a
gift for writing tight, powerful scenes between the hero and heroine as
well as writing dialogue that would stand out more if she tried to
cover less ground in the ending.
The Secrets We Keep trilogy
Reading the first two books together, makes
the reader wonder how Liz Fielding and Barbara Hannay planned and
organized. Secrets We Keep is
one of the first multi-author series I have read that truly felt like a
series beyond just a mere construct. One book flows to the next and I
felt a sense of continuity between the two books. Barbara Hannay did
not waste time repeating the construct like I have seen in some.
Instead, this romance takes an image prepared carefully by Liz Fielding
and created a dynamic start that immediately drew me in as a reader. I
find it takes a lot of skill to make a series have such flow from one
book to the next and still maintain a sense of individuality in the
characters as well.
Secrets We Keep
Book 1: Reunited: Marriage In a
Million by Liz Fielding
Book 2: Needed: Her Mr. Right by Barbara Hannay
Book 3: Found: Her
Long Lost Husband by Jackie Braun
From the back
from a charity cycle ride through
the Himalayas, Simone is determined to finally deal with the dreadful
secret she's kept and move on with her life. Until the diary into which
she poured her troubled heart is lost…and found by billionaire
journalist Ryan Tanner.
been able to open up, to get close, and she's immediately suspicious of
Ryan. But there's something about him that invites trust. Maybe this
beautiful, loving man can help her find the real her. He just might be
her Mr. Right in a million.…