Riley's Secret by Christina Smith

Megan Banks is rich, popular, beautiful and smart. She basically has everything a girl could want… except a home. Yes she has a humungous mansion on a huge estate with a dozen servants but she’s never had what she’s always really wanted. Someone to love her and cherish her the way her parents should have. No! They’re not dead… They’re just…never around… She has her cook Mona…But it’s not the same.
When her so-called friends leave her to take the blame and community service for their mischief, she gets assigned to help at the famous Riley House under the charge of Nate Green, the elusive ‘hotty’ from the high school’s halls. Now, Nate Green is no ordinary 18 year old boy. In fact, he isn’t 18 at all! He’s a one hundred and thirty year old werewolf whose been searching for his mate his whole life. Now he’s found her, and he’s not letting go!
While learning the moral that one doesn’t need to have money to be happy, Megan needs to decide whether she’s ready to face the truth about the love of her life. Nate’s age-old enemy Rowan is now after her head. Will Nate’s love be strong enough to protect his love bound from the seams of Mother Nature? Can Megan forgive him for being different? Will she love him when he’s man one moment then beast howling at the moon the next?
Title: Riley’s Secret
Author: Christina Smith
Published: 19th September 2012
Pages: 436
Genre: Fantasy
Okay, I have to be honest and say that what attracted me to read this book was the cover! I mean come on! It’s pretty appealing, what with the glistening wolf and… I’m sorry what? You’d like to know about the story? Oh yeah right that’s what I’m supposed to do!
So I know, I know, the theme is something that we’ve all read in many other books and it’s not something really new but this is the first book in the series so it thought well, why not give it a go?
The plot itself I have to say did not have as much ‘awesomness’ as I would have wanted it. What I mean is that I found that in some places there was way too much unnecessary detail and in other places there should have been more detail. The author explained too many ideas that could easily just have been inferred by the reader and the story would have been the same. The action scenes I thought were not as emotional as they could have been and the general atmosphere of the story sometimes dragged a little. From the blurb however its clear what type of story the author was trying to bring out, but I don’t think it was as successful as it could have been.
The characters on the other hand were very versatile! You have the rich girl Megan who is different from the rest and has a very determined yet loving air about her. Then you have Nate who is nothing but loving and caring and selfless. I have to say though that my favorite character was Joe, the Irish werewolf with the accent (yeah maybe that’s because I have a thing for accents but who doesn’t?)! He brought forth a much needed aspect of humor and originality to the group of characters.
I would actually recommend this book to pre-teens out there interested in the sexy werewolves of the literary world but for those looking for something a bit more action packed this may not be for you.
So based on what I was actually expecting from the book and what I ended up reading, I’m going to give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Not quite sure if I will read the next book but we’ll see!
I’ll keep you all posted!


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