First, I have to say that it was like a gift to read Elle and Sarina together again. Him/Us was my first MM and one I read 6 times and listened to the audio 4 times; definitely my most reread MM. So needless to say I was really excited about this book. But I was also anxious because its hard when something was so epic and you just hope that this new work will meet your expectations.
And it definitely did. Nothing will surpasse my love for Him because it was special for me, in some way. But I can say with no hesitation that Top Secret was an incredible read. Original. Different. Page flipper with a chemistry that perspires from the page. Two characters with different backgrounds and from different worlds. But both are NOT what you expect them to be. I was surprised more than once and I definitely like the way they get closer, different ways.
I also kinda like that there’s a strong emotional vibe throughout the entire book. I think its fair to say that Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen complete each other perfectly well to deliver an incredible read that will contain all the ingredients to make us fall for these characters and their story. Again, its original in its own way. Sure, texting connection and award coincidence has been done before but I absolutely loved the twists and turn Elle and Sarina gives us, making this book original and unique. And honestly, for me to call a book unique after the 535 books Ive read in the past two years (only), it’s because it definitely has something special. They truly own these voices, Luke and Keaton, although unexpectedly wired with traits that surprise you, they are consistent in their voice, no OOC in this book, the characters are distinctive and faithfully on point.
So here’d how I can resume this book; unique, steamy (its a slow burn, but done in a perfect pace and chemistry), funny, intriguing, emotional, page flipper with amazing characters you cant help but fall for, even if one of them sometimes makes us want to shake him). Its, again, a 10/10 for me. A five stars that would earn one more star if I could do it. What a great team these two are.