Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Secret of a Kiss (A Return to Snow Valley Romance) by Kimberley Montpetit {Review}

The Secret of a Kiss (A Return to Snow Valley Romance) by Kimberley Montpetit
Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published February 5th 2018 by Spellbound Books
A lonely stretch of highway, a handsome stranger, and a long-kept secret that could wreck everything.

Linden Adair is a talented makeup artist on the New York Broadway show, Phantom of the Opera, creating the hideous scar for the actor who plays the phantom every night. But nobody knows the deep scars Linden carries after the divorce from her husband, Mark Denly—the famous director of Phantom. Why didn’t somebody ever tell her that marrying your director was a bad idea, especially when he has a wandering eye?

Desperate to get away after enduring several years of heartache and scars, Linden takes a cross-country trip to visit her best friend in Seattle. While driving on a deserted stretch of highway late at night, she hits a deer and crashes the rental car into a gully outside of Snow Valley, Montana. A devastatingly handsome stranger with a tow truck rescues Linden and her smashed vehicle, but when she catches sight of him in the light, she’s shocked. Anton Baldwin possess a terrible scar on his face—just like the phantom she created every night for the theater.

But Anton is hiding more than the truth behind his scar, and during a whirlwind week while being recruited for a television show being filmed in Snow Valley, the secrets of this enigmatic man turn her world upside down.

When Anton helps Linden open up to the world around her, Linden wonders if the small town of Snow Valley might hold the magic she needs to heal the scars on her broken heart. 

My Review: 5 Stars
I love The Phantom of the Opera and not only does Linden work as a makeup artist on Broadway, specially for the phantom, but she also finds her own real-life phantom on her road trip out West. Very clever adaptation.

Linden needs a break from the hectic world of show biz and drives across the country to visit her friend. Thanks to a deer, she ends up in Snow Valley. How can I end up there? Seriously, the small town charm and quirky, yet lovable, characters gives me an itch to move there every time I read one of these books. Anton grudgingly comes to her rescue and tends to hide himself behind his scar. 

The chemistry and secrets captivated me right from the start. There are emotional scars hidden deep in each of their souls, but their connection is what saves them. I loved their relationship and the way they made each other better. I loved the way these two very different worlds collided and although things move very quickly, it's totally believable and works. 

I was swept off my feet and completely away to this fictional world and loved every minute of it, especially with the hauntingly beautiful and familiar music drifting through my mind as I read this fantastic story.

Content: mild, swoony romance; very mild violence; vague talk of an affair and death of a child.


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