The Secret By Max Monroe

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Book/Novel Author: Max Monroe

Book/Novel Title: The Secret

 

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Dear Fellow Bookworms,I need your help.I, Rachel Rose, am in quite the pickle with a hot-as-sin English Lit professor by the name of Ty Winslow, and I don’t know how to get out of it.Let me break it down for you:Girl meets Guy.Girl gives Guy her underwear on a dare but nothing else identifying (like her name or number) because she plans to never see Guy again.But Girl does see Guy again, in a very professional setting, where she is to be the Teaching Assistant to his Professor for an entire semester.Girl would like to ignore all events of the past, but Guy is a whole list of tempting things that are hard to resist. (See below:)#1: Insanely attractive.#2: The most fun a girl could ever have.#3: Successful and intelligent.#4: He can quote Walt Whitman at the drop of a hat—which I’m sure you know is a dangerous thing for a literature-lover.#5: Smooth with a capital S. He could charm the panties off a woman WITHOUT the help of a dare.And now, Mr. Hot Professor, the man I’m determined to resist, is challenging me to a competition—a playful, secret game, so to speak—where the winner takes all.My plan? Play the game long enough to win—long enough to walk away with the upper hand—without doing something stupid like falling in love.It’s possible…right?If you have any advice, please reach out to me soon—before it’s too late.XOXO,Rachel
Usually, I enjoy Max Monroe books but this one just didn’t work for me.Written in dual first person POV. Lots of sexy times (probably too many) and some humor. Can be read as a standalone but does have characters from the previous Winslow Brothers books (no surprise appearances by Kline, Thatcher or their girls, which I’m more than okay with). Has a HFN but the last chapter does set up Remy’s book. This book had some random scenes, that while funny, didn’t contribute to or progress the storyline.My biggest issue was with the character of Rachel and the boss/employee relationship. Let me preface this by saying that I don’t believe in double standards. I don’t think that it’s okay for Ty to be a man-child but in the same breath state that Rachel needs to grow up. Ty is a perpetual bachelor and enjoys short “relationships” with women, but he’s almost 40, is established in his career (tenured professor) and while it appears that he doesn’t take his job seriously, he just uses his “mad-child” personality to relate to his students.Rachel (26 years old) completed her undergrad at Stanford and then stayed in California for the next 4 years not using her degree and generally appearing aimless. She waitresses and was an “influencer” to support herself. There’s nothing wrong with getting a degree and not using it, or not settling on a career right out of college. My issue with Rachel is that she seems to make decisions based on what will annoy her father the most. She never has a conversation with him about what she wants in her life and then gets mad when he makes decisions for her. Yet she goes along with his decisions but does it in a bratty, petulant way. You don’t need a master’s degree in order to be a writer and getting one takes more effort than a bachelor’s degree. Why even show up for class (her own or as a TA) if she doesn’t want the degree?(It should also be noted that Rachel’s mother died at least 13 years prior, and while I would not put a time limit on grief, I don’t think it makes sense that her post-college life can be attributed to the loss of her mother.)My other issue is with the boss/employee relationship. When Rachel meets Ty (and does something risqué), he’s just a hot guy in a bar and she’s just an interested party. The next time they meet, he’s a professor and she’s his new TA. She denies that they met before and Ty tries to call her bluff. He treats it as a game and she escalates. I’d like to believe that if either of them said “This is inappropriate workplace behavior and it’s making me uncomfortable” that the other would accept that and the “game” would end. The game they play is stupid and fairly harmless but her escalation was unacceptable. His response was not okay. I wasn’t happy with either of them but kept reading just because it takes a lot for me not to finish a book. Unfortunately, there isn’t really any character development and nothing happens in the book besides a lot of sex in public places.
A typical Rom-com that hits on all the right places and leaves you with a smile. Sweet and sincere characters. A lovely read
This book does not disappoint. I love the Winslows they are a lot of fun. I recommend the series. I’ve reread them several times. Enjoy!
First book I’ve read by this author(s)! It was great! Just what I needed ! Something fun and hot and a great story! Will definitely read more!
Omg the Author’s Note in the beginning! I was dying of laughter and crying tears. After reading that, I knew I was in for a wild, fun, and crazy ride!Max Monroe has done it again! These ladies bring romcom to a whole other level and those spicy scenes! Whew forget about it!Rachel goes out with her sister and her wife to club Orchid for a launch party for The Secret Club. To make the night interesting Rachel decides to pull a challenge card and follow through on the task. She sets her sights on the hottest guy in the room and gives him her pink lace panties as a way to make sure he remembers her for the rest of his life. And oh boy did he!Rachel is thrown for a loop when said guy from the club winds up being English Professor Ty Winslow, who she T.A.’s for at NYU at her father’s insistence. The banter these two shared from the beginning was so fun to watch and when their feelings towards each other began to transform it was magnificent.There were definitely emotional parts to the story that made your heart break for Rachel and Ty but in the end you get your HEA.Can’t wait to read Remy’s story next in this series! Now where can I find Winnie because I want to attend those family dinners?!
This is a very enjoyable romance.Acting off a dare, Rachel Rose finds her life changed in the steamiest yet happiest of ways. The man she singles out becomes so much more than her mentor. He becomes the man she can’t see her life without. But her relationship with her father is one of the obstacles she has to surmount to be truly happy.Ty is still haunted by the prediction from the fortune teller over a decade ago. When he meets Rachel, fate is far from his mind, but his seeming obsession with their push and pull is not. Will the bending of the rules this time work against him?I enjoyed Ty & Rachel. She is a heroine that, while struggling to find and understand herself, she still manages to make you like her. We see Ty portrayed as a great teacher, making every effort to engage his students so they could love literature. Their antics as they navigated from awkwardness to #relationshipgoals were amusing. I recommend this read.I loved catching up with the entire Winslow clan, and desperately look forward to Remy getting his HEA.

 

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