Secret Sacrifices by Jannifer Hoffman
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Review by Jessica S.
"… a definite page turner!"
Sensuality Level: [4 hearts]
Rating: [4 hearts]
Jamie LeCore, NASCAR driver extraordinaire, is about to start the ride of her life. She’s been implicated as having caused a pile-up during her last race,
but she just knows she isn’t to blame. The only way she can prove it is to steal the driving tape from her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR driver Clay Riker. Clay burned her bad and
Jamie is in a man-hating mood, but she’s determined to put on a happy face for her best friend’s wedding.
Quinton Douglas is glad to be out of his relationship with TV sensation Cynthia Harman. Unfortunately, the woman doesn’t know how to take no for an answer
is practically stalking Quint. When he leaves town for his cousin’s wedding, he’s relieved to be away from the barracuda. Cynthia has definitely made him swear off
When Quint first meets Jamie he’s under the impression that she’s a high priced call girl. Needless to say, he’s shocked when he finds out she’s NASCAR’s
only female driver. As the two work together to clear Jamie’s name, the sparks fly. They can’t seem to keep their hands off one another, no matter how good their
intentions may be.
Secret Sacrifices is a definite page turner! E-books aren’t always the easiest thing to read if you don’t have an e-reader, but you’ll find yourself glued
to your seat just the same. You can feel the chemistry between Jamie and Quint. With suspense, a mystery, and steamy love scenes, there is plenty to love about this
story! Secret Sacrifices will not disappoint you!
Review from, and Copyright held by,
Grade: 4 out of 5
This is the second book in the Douglas Brothers series by Jannifer Hoffman and it was another pretty good read by Ms. Hoffman. This book follows Hunter's cousin
who's more of a brother to him than anything else, Quint Douglas. Quint is getting ready to head over to Hunter's wedding when he runs into a total hottie on crutches driving a
pink beemer. It's enough to catch his attention and when he gets to the wedding, he's pleasantly surprised to see that the woman from the motel is the singer at the wedding and
at the reception, he gets comfortable with her.
There's a mystery plot that surrounds Jamie and Quint finds himself drawn into the mystery to try to keep Jamie safe and it makes for a really adventurous read. This book
revolves around NASCAR and since I'm not a big fan of NASCAR, I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did but boy was I wrong. It was so easy to fall into this
story and I just really enjoyed getting to know Jamie and Quint and I'm mighty curious about Virgil's book as well. I heart Virgil.
Quint is one of those stand up heroes, the ones that are inately good and I was glad to read more about his family and his hang ups that were mentioned in Secrets of the
Heart. It was just really good to get to know Quint. I enjoyed his character in Secrets of the Heart and it was a real pleasure getting to know him in this book as
well. To see what made Quint the way that he was made for a real pleasure of a reading experience and I'm really glad that I was able to read this book.
Jamie was a great heroine, one that you can totally see as one of your own friends. She was strong and independent and you couldn't help but cheer her on and hope that she
finds the proof that she needs to clear her name. You see, Jamie was in an accident during one of her big profile races for NASCAR and it caused a big pile up which in turn
made people whisper about how she did it on purpose but Jamie knows herself as a driver well enough to know that she had nothing to do with the crash. She knows she didn't do
anything wrong and yet she can't prove it, not without getting a hold of the tape that only one person has.
Who does she know that could help her out with this little project? Quint Douglas of course. Quint's work sometimes calls for him to retrieve information, pieces and anything
else his clients need so he's the perfect guy for this snatch and grab job.
It was really interesting to see these two unlikely people get together. I mean, you've got one person who is deathly afraid of speed (with good reason) and then the other
person who makes their living using a whole lot of speed. The way that Hoffman brought these two together in an adventure of a lifetime made for a definite fast paced read. I
enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I enjoyed the first book (and I enjoyed that one too) so I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a
steamy romance with great characters and a fast paced storyline.
Now....bring on Virgil's book. =)
Review from, and Copyright held by, The Long and the Short
Reviewed by Camellia
Rating: 5 books
Book Two in the Douglas Family Series
Stupendous! Sizzling suspense carries this sassy love story along at super speed. Quinton Douglas, quiet and cautious after a failed relationship, gets himself
mired in a mess of his own making when he propositions Jamie LeCorre, the NASCAR driver. His not knowing who she is but wanting to be with her sends them both on the emotional
ride of their lives. The reader is swept into the action and propelled along vicariously at breathtaking speed through physical and emotional curves and straight-aways.
Jannifer Hoffman creates wonderful characters — so alive. Whether bad or good, they interact to make Secret Sacrifices vibrate with mystery and suspense as each adds a
new facet to the plot that is intricately entwined. Sweet, sensual, and sizzling sex adds another dimension to this suspenseful novel. The subplots of how some of the
characters came to be as they are makes the characters seem so much more real. Smooth writing that doesn’t get in the way of the story lets the reader race along with just
enough mundane happenings to allow a breather before the action and suspense kick in to overdrive again.
Secret Sacrifices is a keeper. GOOD READING!
Review from, and Copyright
held by, Night Owl Romance
Reviewed by Terri
Heart Score: 5/5 — Received Reviewer Top Pick
Investigator and locator of things that people want found, Quint Douglas is in rural MN to attend his cousin’s wedding to a costume designer. He’s being
harassed by what he wants to be his ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to be his ex. An early morning phone call from her doesn’t put him in a great mood as
he leaves the motel room he’s sharing with his cousin, the bride groom’s brother, and sees a curvy blonde attempting to change a tire. After making a smart comment, he
leans back to watch the show.
Jamie has had it with men who think they know everything. She works with men in a field where there are few women. Jamie is a NASCAR driver and she’s good.
A few weeks prior, she was involved in an accident on the track. It wasn’t her fault but to hear the men tell it she lost control of her car. She’d like to get a copy of
a tape that she knows will show what really happened but that’s in her ex-boyfriend’s house! Jamie’s in MN to sing at her former college roommate’s wedding and then it’s
back to get ready to race. Too bad that guy in the next room is such a jerk. In other circumstances, she wouldn’t mind getting to know him a little better.
When his cousin, Virgil, comes out and helps change Jamie’s tire, he finds stickers to Pink Mink, a company known for its sleaze. Then, he remembers where
he’s seen Jamie, as Pink Mink’s centerfold about a year prior. He doesn’t remember her being posed nude and there was something about a race car but with that
information, Quint and Virgil are fairly sure Jamie is a high class hooker.
Though Quint starts out a bit rocky with Jamie, he makes a point of getting to know her at the wedding and reception. Meeting Jamie at the door of her motel
room, he makes a proposition for one night of no strings sex which surprisingly she accepts. To make sure Jamie doesn’t cause any problems, similar to the girlfriend he’s
trying to get rid of, with his good-bye note he attaches $100 thinking that should be a big enough insult for her never to contact him. Within days, he regrets his
actions and wonders how to apologize but when he finds out that instead of being a hooker, Jamie is a race car driver, he starts figuring out how much groveling he’s
going to have to do, if she will even see him.
After a few bumps, Quint is forgiven and is on the case to find the tape Jamie needs. What they find is her ex-boyfriend’s house broken into, a dead body
and more questions than answers. As they try to figure out what is going on, things from Jamie’s past become important clues to her future. More dead bodies appear
against the backdrop of NASCAR and secrets that have been closely guarded become known. What it all comes down to is who can you trust because if you pick the wrong
person, you’re liable to become dead.
This is an extremely well researched book. The descriptions of the NASCAR circuit seem authentic and real. The play by play of each race gives the reader a
taste of the thrills and boredom. Each track is built differently and has its own quirks. Ms Hoffman was able to not only tell you what the track looked like but how it’s
raced and why. For someone with no knowledge of NASCAR, similar to Quint, this book gave me enough details so I could enjoy Jamie’s world but not so many that I would be
caught up in the details and not the story.
Every time I thought I knew what would be happening next, a new twist or turn was thrown in so I had no idea what was going to happen next. That’s not to
say the story was hard to follow. In fact, the opposite is true. All the twists and turns kept the story moving a good pace and kept me wanting to know what next.
The characters were lively and fun. Quint’s not recognizing Jamie as a famous race car driver and later having to grovel made for very interesting reading.
Even more fun was Quint dealing with the fast speeds Jamie is used to when he can’t stand to go fast due to a car crash as a child. Quint’s large loud family interacted
with them throughout the book giving us a look into the love and laughter Quint grew up with versus the race tracks Jamie knows so well.
This is part of a series of books about the Douglas family. It doesn’t have to be read as part of the series as the story stands alone very nicely.
Characters for other books make appearances and you get a bit updated on what they are doing but they don’t take over any of this book. Because it is a series, I look
forward to watching this intriguing family and the women they fall in love with.