Monday, February 25, 2013

The Secret Vol 1-5 by H.M. Ward: Review/Excerpt/Giveaway




Today I am delighted to share H.M. Ward's Secret serial for the Fiery Hot Reads for Icy Cold Nights Blog Hop. Check out my mini- reviews, read a scene between Anna and Cole from Volume One and enter to win the series, then go visit the other hop stops today!



Secrets
by H.M. Ward
Serial: Secrets #1
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press
Publication date: August 18, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


Sex is supposed to be sexy, tantalizing, and completely erotic, but Anna never seems to find the right guy. This one seems to be a germ-a-phobe, and the previous boyfriend wasn’t much better. Anna just wants to be wanted. Is that too much to ask?  As she tries to wiggle out of one relationship, a new one surfaces, but it’s forbidden. Cole Stevens is twice her age, arrogant, rich, sexy as hell, and her boss. When Anna’s internship plans derail, she ends up interning at Cole’s elite New York City studio. Close proximity leads Anna to discover that the billionaire bachelor is emotionally scarred. Everyone has secrets, but Cole’s run deeper, cutting him to his core. Cole is trouble in a sexy shell. He’s nothing Anna needs and everything she wants.
In the first novel we meet Anna an ambitious college photographer interviewing for her internship all while dealing with her strange but sweet boyfriend; Edward. This was fun, evenly paced and filled with twists that made me laugh. I loved the interaction between Cole and Anna from the onset, and really felt their chemistry. 


Secrets 2
by H.M. Ward
Serial: Secrets #2
Published: August 25, 2012
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


Sexy thoughts about Cole fill Anna's dreams. Every detail burns brightly in her mind; the way his hands feel on her bare skin, the soft brush of his lips against hers, and the way their bodies fit perfectly together. Anna awakes breathless, tingling as if it really happened. What caused her to think about Cole like that? It was completely forbidden. And Anna didn't feel that way about him, at least she didn't think she did. Cole was fun to flirt with, that's all, and the sexual tension between them was normal, right? Everyone has that from time to time with some super-hot guy. It made sense. Her mind was just telling her that she needs a boyfriend. But what if Cole's the right guy? What if he's right there and Anna lets him slip through her fingers? Cole's more than she bargained for, with enough sex appeal to make Anna realize everything she's been missing. 
In the second book of Secrets Anna begins to make decisions and step out of her comfort zone as she embraces the photography style Cole uses. Cole drove me batty with his cold/hot moods and I so want to know what is driving him. Anna needs to decide what she wants from Cole and go after it. The sexual tension between these two literally oozes from the pages. I am hoping more is revealed in the next volume. 


Secrets 3
by H.M. Ward
Serial: Secrets #3
Publication date: September 8, 2012
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


When Anna admits she's falling for Cole she can't believe his response. He pushes her away with an excuse that seems too flimsy to be real. Crushed, Anna continues working at Cole's Long Island studio, but she can't stop thinking about him. It isn't until Anna is called into the dean's office that the real trouble starts. To make matters worse, Edward keeps popping up at the worst times reminding her of everything she wants to forget.
Holy cow..so much happens in the third installment of Secrets. Cole is obviously tormented and we discover why. Poor Anna; everything is upside down for her in this one, and Edward is really starting to creep me out. Oh and there is a certain hoity-toity bitch I want to whack over the head with my heel. *too violent?*  We get some hotness and a whole lot of reason to quickly grab book four..LOL 

Secrets 4
by H.M. Ward
Serial: Secrets #4
Publication date: November 20, 2012
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At night, when Anna closes her eyes, everything comes rushing back; the sensuous sound of Cole’s voice, his scalding touch, and the way his eyes roved over her body like he could never get enough. Flirtation, promises of passionate sex, and nights filled with Cole’s sexy smile are gone. Anna worries that her crush on Cole was something more, because her life is total agony without him.  Anna realizes she’s at a turning point. Someone burned her. This isn’t a little blister that would go away on its own, it’s an inferno that destroyed everything it touched. In a matter of minutes, Anna lost her future and the man who holds her heart. Anna has to decide how and when to get even with the person who destroyed her life—Sophia Sottero
We get some answers in Secrets 4, but things get complicated for Anna. Anna decides to put Cole behind her, but then as she uncovers the truth things get complicated. I found myself completely captivated. Who is trying to hurt Anna or are they trying to hurt Cole...so many questions eep! Upon finishing this one, I immediately began reading book 5 because I need answers and some resolution..please! 


Secrets 5
by H. M. Ward
Serial: Secrets #5
Publication date: December 21,2012
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


The pounding in Anna's heart rings in her ears as she sits naked in the tub. The bath water sloshes around her bare hips, even though she tries to stand without making a sound. All this time, Anna thought someone was following her, but every time she turned around no one was there. The chills that climbed up her spine those few times seemed silly, but not now. Now, they seem horrific. Cole is gone, Emma is at work, and Anna is completely alone. A shadow darkens the space under the door. The metallic clink of a hand touching the knob sends Anna out of her mind. Pulse pounding in her ears, Anna has no other option, but to open the bathroom door and come face to face with her stalker.
Secrets 5 the last book is very climatic and a lot is revealed. I love the way Ward threaded all of the piece together in this action packed and intense conclusion. Anna and Cole's romance was a whirlwind but I enjoyed every delicious moment. I am so glad I read this series.

I really enjoyed these serials. I think I would have just preferred one novel, but I am very glad I read them and certainly got caught up in Cole and Anna's story.

Three and half Irish creme coffees out of five for the series
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Excerpt from vol 1

"I feel restless, like I won’t ever be satisfied. Cole’s hands are warm. His smooth skin slides over my bare waist as he kisses me harder. My lips burn, they throb as I pull him closer to me. His thick hair is tangled in my fingers, his strong arms around my waist, pulling us closer—tighter together. Heat fills me. A burning desire to feel him inside consumes every thought I have.
There is nothing but him and me.
My nails claw his back as his kisses leave a hot trail down my neck. Our clothes are gone. It’s just his slick body against mine, but he won’t take me. He won’t push inside of me. I cry out, saying his name, begging him to take me. The third time I plead, he answers me. Without a word, he flips me over. I land on the sheets, and look up at him. My legs are splayed before him, completely exposed.
Cole doesn’t hesitate. His hard body meets mine and he pushes into me, rapidly, over and over again. I can’t stop calling his name. I want him, I want him to fill me with come.
I want things I shouldn’t want. I feel things I shouldn’t feel.
There is no hesitation, no holding back. We move together like we were made for each other.
“Cole,” I say softly.
A hand shakes my shoulder. The dream shatters, and fades, but the emotions are still flooding my body. The spot between my legs is pulsating like he was really there, even though he wasn’t. Slowly, I realize I was dreaming and open my eyes.
Horrified, I’m looking up into Cole’s face, “Anna, you okay?” His eyes are concerned, searching my face for answers that I can’t say.
Pushing up, I shake the sleep from my eyes, “I’m fine.” My voice catches in my throat.
Cole nods and sits on the coffee table across from the couch. He’s still watching me. I feel his sapphire eyes on the side of my face, though I don’t look at him.
After that dream, I don’t think I can ever look at him again. Heat sears my cheeks and I wish I could hide, but there is nowhere to go."

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The author is giving one luck US winner (or ebooks for International and those who prefer them) signed copies of all the books in the Secrets serial!!!! 

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61 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM , Anonymous Meghan Stith said...

Thanks for the giveaway! These books look steamy and I love me some steamy books!


mestith at gmail dot com

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

I'm not sure what her question is. lol I don't really like serials. I tried the one Beth Kery did and it drove me crazy. I have a NA one called The Heiresses, but I was able to get them all bundled up from her publicist. This is one I wouldn't ever have started until they all were out, just because they sound insanely angsty. Now that they're all out, I'd give them a try though. They sound like a wild ride!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous sarah said...

These books sounds like they would be really good!! I was reading the book the book descripitions as i scrolled down and the books seemed to get better and leaving a question from me about whats going to happen next.. thanks for the giveaway!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Erin F said...

This series sounds awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM , Anonymous readingdiva said...

Hot excerpt...sounds naughty I want to read it lol.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

it was a fun serial!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome, this was my first serial, and maybe you will win them:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

I don't think I've ever read a serial before. Such a cool idea! From the sound of your reviews, this would be a good serial to start with. Thanks for sharing these!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this was my first, it's clever.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous Candace Robinson said...

I'm not really sure if this is a series I would like or not. But I have discovered I like the whole serial thing and getting short stories. But I prefer when there's not a cliffhanger of any sort. It is nice when you can just read them back to back, plus it gives you this sense of accomplishment for getting SO much read (even though it's not really).

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

they range from 100 to 200 pages and yeah I am glad I read them back to back ..the waiting would have killed and annoyed me!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous bn100 said...

Nice review. Didn't know these were serials.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe...me either till I started them!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Gosh! It has been forever since I read a serial. It does look like this one worked for you and I like how each one was more intense than the last one!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

that is exactly what happen!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous Mary Preston said...

This series is going to be amazing!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Mary, good luck :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Darlene and good luck, this was a fun serial and each book got more intense.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yeah each installment gets more intense.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Giselle Cormier said...

Oh wow this sounds like a very good series! I also really like the covers--though the first cover image is one I've been seeing a lot lately for some reason. Like on other books. But yeah it sounds great and I love how it sounds like it ends so awesomely. So often series kind of loses its spark after the first couple of books.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yeah I think I've seen it around as well.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Angela C. said...

This sounds like a great series! I haven't read any yet though. I love the covers! Thank you!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Welcome :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Steamy and full of tension....good luck

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Leslie Miner said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win copies. lcminer at windstream dot net

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Good luck Leslie

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Karen said...

This sounds like a pretty intense series. I like how you reviewed the whole thing at once.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Karen and good luck

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

Cole sounds very hot and sexy-I like the sound of their whirlwind romance. Still trying to figure out how Edward exactly fits into everything though :)

Great reviews, I haven't heard of them before, but glad to hear that they all tie together nicely.

Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous A Belle's Tales said...

It sounds like these get even better as they go! Great mini-reviews and thanks so much for sharing the excerpt!! That was one yummy dream! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yes they do once the story is set and then you cannot put them down.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I was wondering how you managed to read and review five books, but I am guessing after reading all your reviews that these are more like short novellas. I think I would definitely like to have them all bundled into one, but still the serials is a fun idea.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I would say each is between 150 -200 pages

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Eva . said...

This series sounds awesome! I have read other HM Ward books and they are steamy! Thanks for the great giveaway and excerpts from all books!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I loved her Holiday Kisses and wish you luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Becky Cornell Webb said...

looks like such an amazing series. great giveaway also.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Becky and good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Marlena Fein said...

I actually just saw the first book somewhere yesterday and added it to my wish list. I think this is fate! Either way, this is going on my Must be read pile. It sounds right up my alley. I am into the New Adult genre so much right now. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I think I would pass out if I were to win this one.

Best wishes,
Marlena
charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

no passing out, and I am really loving this genre too :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

It was a dream?! How cruel. ;) That excerpt and your reviews have me eager to give these books a try now! Also, that guy on the cover? Mmmm. ;)


Thanks for sharing, K!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah he is yum <3

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

it was Erin and good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Rin Johnson said...

DANG, after that excerpt I can tell that there will be one word to describe this series: TENSION. I love tension.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed Rin and yeah..i like the tension and build up!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Nick said...

I like that the covers are matching! It's New Adult so I'm definitely checking it out.
It seems like you had a lot of fun while reading it!
The characters all seem really likable! Thanks for sharing, Kim!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I did Nick and if you read my last Caffeinated confession I am sure you can imagine how I was when reading these!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

was a guest post originally, sorry cupcake.Yeah, I think I would have waited for the bundle addition as well, I grabbed these when they were on sale, and really thought it was a series at first.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Jenny Zemanek said...

HELLO SEXY COVERS!!!! Look at those bad boys! I need to read this series immediately:) I can't even fully express my love for the new adult genre in a simple comment, it's just awesome. Thanks for putting these on my radar Kimba!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I am enjoying the genre too, although its been around forever as adult novels. I love that they have classified this age group.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

OMG, this series looks so good! I actually really like serials, except the whole waiting between installments parts. ;-)

Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are very welcome Andrea :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Yeah NA is not for me

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I am still not sure how I feel about authors doing serials again (I remember King doing on with Green Mile when it was first released). I guess it is a fun idea but I too think I would much rather have it all in one volume. I have enough to keep in track of now as it is on my Kindle LOL!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah I agree but I did love Cole and Anna's story.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are so welcome and good luck!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

exactly ..good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks and good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM , Anonymous godan2 said...

liked the excerpt sounds hot!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM , Anonymous Naomi Hop said...

Great mini reviews, you have got me intrigued about the series thats for sure!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

AHHH, I really love the sound of this series. I love having all the books so I can read them in a row and not have to wait. i am totally adding these to my TBR

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

these get more intense as you go..and if i was waiting for the next release i think I would have gone crazy.

 

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