Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Release Blitz & Review - The Sounds of Secrets - Whitney Barbetti




Title: The Sounds of Secrets
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 6, 2017




Blurb


I've been in love
with him forever.

But to him, I've always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally
opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his
parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles
away, in a country I didn't know, surrounded by people who only made me miss
him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In
exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

The more he let me into his heart, the more I loved him, but I’m afraid that
some secrets may be too big to overcome.









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Excerpt

I was going
to throw up from the nerves.
No, I told myself. No throwing up. Not
when you’re expecting Sam to come into your room any second.
But the
feeling was so strong. I popped a mint from my bedside table in my mouth, rolled
it around my tongue a few times, but the urge was still there.
Oh, shit.
Was this a mistake? Was inviting Sam into my room a big fat problem? I was
leaving for America tomorrow.
The printed
itinerary, neatly stacked on my chest of drawers laughed at me. What was I
going to do? I couldn’t let Sam come up here.
My hands
fisted in my hair as I berated myself for telling him to come. What was I
thinking? I wasn’t some sexual nymph, skilled in the way Sam surely was. I
wasn’t a virgin, but I hadn’t actually messed around with a bunch of guys.
I didn’t
know what to do. 
I walked to
the door, pressed my palm flat to it. I’d lock it. Then he couldn’t come in.
He’d walk away, and we’d forget this ever happened.
Look how well that happened the last time you
kissed him,
my
memory taunted me. Three years later, and
you’re still wondering ‘what if.’
There was
no reasonable escape from this situation. And, if there was, there was no
escape that would make me not obsess over the ‘what if.’
It’d be
okay, I told myself. Of course it would. Sex was nothing, right?
But I
didn’t even believe my own thoughts. My nerves battled with my own desire. I
couldn’t process a single thing.
I ran my
fingers over my eyebrows or, what was left of them that wasn’t colored in, at
least. I’d pulled so many out in the days leading up to the trip, needing some
control over this impending trip.
I trailed
my fingers to the sides of my face, tugging on my earlobes to ground me, and
then, in tandem, I pulled out a hair with each hand. The immediate relief was
nearly as intoxicating as the alcohol I’d consume in how it numbed my fears.
It would be
okay.
I took in a
cleansing breath, looking around my room for anything potentially embarrassing.
The blinds
were open, so I closed them, leaving my room in soft, muted grays aside from
the yellow lamp that lit up my dressing table.
My hand was
on the back of the lamp to turn it off when my door creaked open.
Sam stood
in the threshold, nearly taking up the entire space.
I switched
the light off.
It was only
a few loud heartbeats before he said, “Turn it back on.”
I
hesitated.
I couldn’t
see him, but I heard the creak on the floor by the door. “Turn it on, Lotte.”
Swallowing
hard, I did.
The room
was illuminated again in soft light, casting shadows into the angles of Sam’s
face—making him look exactly as he was: dangerous.





OUR REVIEW:

“Secrets can confine us, 4 stars”

Everyone has secrets, some big, some small. Some of us accumulate secrets, we are the secret keepers, and that’s exactly what Lotte is. When people look at Lotte they see a sweet na├»ve girl.  But there is so much more to her than what meets the eye. The Sounds of Secrets is a story of Lotte really becoming a woman, accepting herself, and really falling in love.

Sam is Lotte’s brother-in-law’s best friend. He’s always liked Lotte but never felt like he’s good enough for her. See Sam has secrets of his own that bind him. But what will happen if he’s good enough? If his best friend would accept him with his little sister? Is Lotte worth the risk? Before any of that he has to share his secrets and that alone is scary.

I really enjoyed Lotte and Sam. Watching them accept who they are and the changes they need to make was refreshing. I enjoyed getting glimpses of Ame’s and his life as well. My only complaint is I wanted more at the end. The Sound of Secrets is more about them as individuals and finding themselves vs. them as a couple, so I wanted to see at the end the changes they made. 

If you want a easy read about ones who have their own struggles and find strength in each other than The Sounds of Secrets is definitely a read for you.

Star Ratings:
Plot - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Heat - 4/5 
Writing style - 5/5
Overall - 4/5


Author Bio


I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos - especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.



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