Wendy reviews ‘Secret Simon’ (Haven Hart #8) by Davidson King. Published May 24, 2021, 200 pages.
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Being the nephew of one of the most infamous mob bosses in the world isn’t easy. Our family has enemies everywhere, and no one is safe without protection. Here I am at college with a fresh start, a new last name, and secrets hidden from those around me—life is going according to plan. Then one day on campus, I see him…and I want him to strip me bare…in more ways than one.
Abernathy is more than just the university I attend. It’s my destiny, my namesake. Singing and entertaining are who I am, but my father wants me to major in something more appropriate for the name I carry. I’ve resigned myself to being who my father wants, doing what he wants. Then Simon comes into my life…and turns everything upside down. Now I have a reason to fight for what I want.
Who knew our love story would lead to secrets revealed, murderous plots, and finding our forever buried under so many lies? Hopefully we’ll live long enough to see it.
*Trigger: Violence and mention of suicide
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Like many readers, I’ve followed Davidson King’s Haven Hart series from the beginning. I remember the debut novel Snow where we first meet Simon aka eight. He took up residence in my heart right then and there and I know he will continue to do so forever.
I was super excited to see that he took center stage with his own romance in this book. It’s funny, that I only recall reading a few series that follow a character as they grow up until they get their chance for a HEA. I wish more authors would do that because it means a lot to me as a reader, who gets invested in a character and their family to see that happen.
So much in this book makes sense for the way Simon lives his life compared to someone who doesn’t have a Mob boss for a parent, like being able to read people in a way that most are blissfully ignorant of. I also had to give some slack for the fast-paced romance. This is certainly something that I can see happening when you face more than average danger on a daily basis and don’t know how many tomorrows you might get. So, when Simon fell fast and hard for the beautiful and talented Rush, I completely got it. Simon did give me a couple of surprises though. I wasn’t expecting him to be quite the bad ass that he was (so awesome). I guess that shouldn’t have surprised me because it wasn’t like he was hidden from his Pop’s lifestyle. Of course, Snow also had a huge influence on him and that’s totally noticeable in the best way.
Rush was like a breath of sunshine. He made me happy just to read him and I love it when a character does that. He has some surprises of his own and it was great to watch him put together the things that were happening around him. He has just the right amount of angst happening to pull on the heart strings and just the right amount of determination to fight for something when that something finally comes along. It was like he was content to be led until he met Simon and decided he would like a chance to forge his own path.
That path though, is full of potholes and pit falls. Shady secondary characters that you’ll love to hate and many surprises and mysterious happenings. King does weave together a good mystery jam packed with tons of action and suspense.
This book ticked all the buttons and I encourage you to read the series from the beginning because it’s one of the best out there.
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.