Author: Lou Harper
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
One hot ginger. One cool blond. The result is anything but lukewarm.
Out and proud from a tender age, Olly Blackwood is content with life in LA, working at a Hollywood gourmet grocery. There’s only one thing missing—romance. He’s had his fill of casual hook-ups. He wants a man for keeps, and he wants sparks.
He certainly gets them when he meets Rich Willson, who has the stormy temper to go with his fiery hair. But is he keeper material? He might be…if only he’d come out of the closet.
After losing his disapproving father, his job, his girlfriend, and pretty much all his money, Rich packed up his secrets and moved to his actress sister’s house to regroup and help her renovate. He doesn’t like the curmudgeon he’s become, but something about the perpetually cheerful Olly rubs him in a way that should be wrong, yet feels pretty damned right.
Over paint buckets and sanding tools, Rich finds Olly getting deeper under his skin. But when an altercation with a paparazzo comes back to haunt him, he finds that sordid Hollywood secrets can be murder…maybe his own.
Secrets and Charms is book 2 in Lou Harper’s secrets series. It centers around Jem’s friend Olly and takes place roughly 2 years after the events of book 1. I really enjoyed this one. It was written in much the same tone and follows the same theme as book 1, but there is a bit more in this one. Olly is as fun and quirky as ever and I enjoyed reading more about him. Richard on the other hand, is all macho seriousness, but I enjoyed him just as much. Together they worked.
I love the character focus in this one. We get more of Olly, but really Richard stole my heart. Having denied who he is for so long just because of an overbearing father. I liked his coming out and that sex was not the star of the show. That he didn’t instantly turn into a porn star. That he and Olly were not all sunshine and roses, there were fights, and snark, and misunderstandings, and much for them to talk through for a real relationship. I enjoyed watching this unfold.
I also think this was another example of Lou Harper knowing how to keep a reader in the dark until the timing was perfect for all secrets to be revealed. Richard’s past was slowly revealed in a way that made him much more sympathetic and likable. The blackmailer plot made for some fun times and moved the story forward. And the murder mystery added a bit of that hollywood drama to make this tale even more comical and entertaining. This was a fun and easy read and I am looking forward to book 3.
Oh and let’s give a shout out to the cover artist on this one!
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