Narrator: Stella Bloom, Jason Clarke
Series: All In #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 12, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 8 hours, 37 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
My name is Ryan Kingston, and I’m a rule follower. I’ve never been in a fistfight. I always obey the speed limit. I don’t get drunk, and I definitely don’t pick up random women at bars.
Except the night I found out that my whole existence has been a lie.
I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.
Her name was Queenie, and she was everything I’m not: reckless, impulsive, and chaotic. We did shots and traded secrets. And ended up naked at my place.
She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.
Six weeks later I’m sitting in the first official team meeting of the season, and there she is. I neglected to mention that I’m the goalie for Seattle’s NHL team.
And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.
A Secret for a Secret finishes off the All In trilogy and it was a more than satisfactory ending. The fact that the narrators, Stella Bloom and Jason Clarke, were able to keep the story perfectly paced while breathing life into these characters only enhanced the experience.
Ryan “King” Kingston is a character I’ve been eager to get to know better if only because I knew there was more to him than met the eye. 😉 King’s a good guy. Always there for his friends, a rule-following, milk-drinking, adorable guy. He’s taken some hard hits lately, though, and not on the ice. So the one night he decides to loosen up and have a little fun would naturally be life-changing.
Queenie is the daughter of Seattle’s general manager. She’s a graduate of the school of hard knocks, letting other people’s opinions of her factor heavily into her decision making. Her dad is and has always been there for her but she can’t help feeling inadequate for relying on him when she needs help. Like now. He’s given her a job with the team and laid down the law about no fraternizing with the team…and then she sees the one-night-stand she can’t forget…King.
A Secret for a Secret is probably the sweetest of this trilogy. I loved how King courted and wooed Queenie. He also gave her the confidence she was lacking – or helped her find it – which helped her make some big decisions about her life. I appreciated seeing the dynamics between King, his family and teammates, as well as with Queenie and her dad. I also liked seeing the emotional growth Queenie exhibited.
The only things that would have made this story 5-star would be if 1) the climax of the situation between Queenie and her past had been more powerful and 2) if King had experienced a bit more growth.
SBloom did a superb job with her narration, really embodying Queenie and conveying every facet of her personality. She also did well with the male voice, which is impressive. JClarke, a new-to-me narrator, also did well with bringing King to life. He struggled a bit keeping voices straight with other characters but I enjoyed his delivery and will listen to him again.
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