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A Secret for a Secret

All In, Book 3
Written by: Helena Hunting
Narrated by: Stella Bloom, Jason Clarke
Series: All In Series, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules, and playing for keeps.

My name is Ryan Kingston, and I’m a rule follower. I’ve never been in a fistfight. I always obey the speed limit. I don’t get drunk, and I definitely don’t pick up random women at bars.

Except the night I found out that my whole existence has been a lie.

I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.

Her name was Queenie, and she was everything I’m not: reckless, impulsive, and chaotic. We did shots and traded secrets. And ended up naked at my place.

She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.

Six weeks later I’m sitting in the first official team meeting of the season, and there she is. I neglected to mention that I’m the goalie for Seattle’s NHL team.

And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.

©2020 Helena Hunting (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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Loved the story, not so much the female narrator....

I enjoyed the story of Kingston and Queenie, great addition to the series. I struggled with the female narrator (I’m happy to say that it felt like it was narrated more often by the male lead). I felt that her performance was more like a speech, she paused after every sentence and I ended up having to speed up the audio in order to get through her parts. I will say she did a great job at reading the children’s voices.

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  • bookbruin
  • 2020-05-12

The Calm to My Chaos

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I have been in a bit of a reading slump with everything going on in the world, but when the opportunity to read and listen to A Secret for Secret came up, I couldn't resist. I have been waiting to get my hands on Kingston's story from the moment he was introduced in the series, and he was everything I hoped he would be and more! I know that some readers love the bad boys and others can't get enough of the alphaholes, but there is no hero I love more than the all around good guy with the heart of gold. I don't think that there could have been a more perfect hero written for me than Ryan Kingston.

I loved everything about King and each new quirky thing I learned about him, from his geriatric driving skills to the OCD dishwasher loading, just made me love him more. On paper, Queenie couldn't have been more different than King, but I loved how they challenged and also supported each other. I do wish that Queenie would have gained her confidence a little sooner, but given her history, I understand why things played out the way they did. King and Queenie each learned a thing or two from the other and they complemented each other very well. Plus, their chemistry was amazing and scorching hot! I thought that I was going to burst into flames from all of the anticipation and build up. Having King be the opposite of a boy scout in bed was a fantastic bonus ;) What I love best though, is that Helena Hunting can write an insanely sexy scene and follow it with one of the most hilarious and awkward moments ever. Strawberries will never quite be the same for me. LOL

The story was fairly low on angst, but there was a little too much OW/OM drama going on around our characters at times for me. I did appreciate that it was never a question of where King or Queenie stood in that drama though. The series and characters definitely live up to the "All In" name. Catching up with Pucked series favorites, Alex, Violet, and their family was wonderful and I loved getting to see what the future holds for them. I'm excited to see where these Lavender and River story bread crumbs lead and I definitely have my fingers crossed that momster and a certain GM might get their own HEA. A Secret for a Secret was a wonderful book to finish this series!

The audiobook casting was amazing! I have to say that Jason Clarke was a million percent the perfect choice to voice Kingston. He has just the right amount of boyish charm and sexy growl to bring the character to life. Stella Bloom was equally fantastic as Queenie and I was very impressed by their ability to voice numerous characters (male and female) distinctly and believably. This was a truly enjoyable listening experience.

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  • Monique Cashmere
  • 2020-06-09

Hockey Romance 🏒

If you have been following this series, you will know that Ryan Kingston, or just King to his friends and team mates, surfaced in book two as Bishop's best friend. In Bishop's words, Kingston is super straight-laced, the straightest arrow he has ever met, and is extremely literal. Kingston gets along with everyone, is a milk loving, early nighter and a rule follower. Based on this description, I wasn't all that sure that Kingston was going to be my new BBF, but...... I should have trusted HH wholeheartedly as she delivered, and delivered BIG TIME!!

Don't get me wrong, I love a rule follower, I am one of them. It helps keep things organised and also eliminates some surprises. Kingston isn't big on surprises, and he gets a doozy in this novel. I was worried that maybe King wouldn't be as loveable as the other two heroes as he was extraordinary sensitive and heading into the dorky arena, but actually, all these qualities and his dirty bedroom talking makes him my favourite in this series to date. He had manners in spades and was very intuitive to Queenie's needs and wants. He encounters a few twists and turns along the way to achieve his HEA with Queenie but it is the way he handles things that made me want to hug the crap out of him. If I had a daughter, this is the man I would want her to marry.

Queenie meets Ryan in a bar, after another bad day and they seem to be adding up for her. But I feel she finally lucked out that night with Ryan. She had made some humdinger mistakes in her short twenty-four years, but nothing unsolvable. She was raised by her dad, Jake and her mother hasn't been in the picture since the beginning, so she has an amazing relationship with her father. Not having a female influence might cause her some indecisions or missteps but it also builds to her character of trying to do better. I loved her, not as much as I did Kingston but that might be because I was envious!

If you are only going to read one of these book in this series, this is the one I fully recommend but I have loved them all so far. I get a feeling we are going to see Jake finally move on and find his other half, with a certain momster?!! I hope so! If I am not making myself clear, I am loving this series, and this book especially. Go ahead and read them all!

This audio was done really well. I am enjoying each book I get to listen to by Jason Clarke. His voice is rich and deep and his expression is perfection. Stella is still new to me, but all her character voices are great too. It’s definitely well worth the listen.

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  • Rika-Rose Bar
  • 2020-05-24

loved the idea, plot was lacking

The book was very easy to get into. i thought that the sexual tension in the beginning was great, the idea behind the story was interesting, and the romance enticing.
but i really felt the plot was lacking, the height of the story didn't last long enough, nor was it intense as it should've been. some characters sometimes felt a bit flat, while others didn't reach their full potential, which i believe would have been in the plots best intrest.

overall i thought it was very nice, but didn't live up to it's true potential.

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  • S. Lopez
  • 2020-05-20

So far I hate Queenie

I'm only at ch10. I totally adore Kingston but I can honestly say I can't stand queenie. Shes a major cocktease and poor Kingston is caught in her crosshairs. And I really dont like Stella Blooms voice. Maybe reading the book would have me feeling different about queenie but I'll never know now. So many times in 10 short chapters I've thought, what a b*tch. Maybe it'll get better? Here's hoping.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-12

Amazing, yet again!

Every time I think her books can’t get any better, they do! I loved this book and the narration was amazing!!! Can’t wait for more!

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  • Digna Lara
  • 2020-07-02

So exciting

I enjoyed the story so much and the scenes felt to real. I truly enjoyed the story.

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  • Skylabelle
  • 2020-06-29

3rd good book in this hockey family

I was eager to continue hearing the progression of the families in this book. It was a rollercoaster of emotions and a wonderful book!

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  • Oldbbcoach
  • 2020-06-21

Not a good mix of story, performers, and characters not that likable

I had not read this author before and was going to try but not a good mix for my likes. The script/book and characters not that likable to me. I doubt I will be listening or reading subsequent books by this author but may try one more just to see if this book was a fluke. It seemed lifeless. I am a weeper but most of this book was just irritating and never came close to eliciting emotion other than aggravation.

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  • Amy21
  • 2020-06-19

Opposites attract with a mature-acting hero

After listening to the first two books in this series, I was curious to find out more about Kingston. He portrays a "good guy" kind of hero and behaves in a very responsible way with a lot of maturity for his age. He has secrets in his past that he is learning to deal with and meets Queenie who had secrets that I did not see coming. They are an opposites attract pairing with a lot of heat. I believe this author does a great job of writing steamy scenes. The narration was spot on and I enjoyed both narrators a lot. I have enjoyed listening to this entire series and would recommend audio as an excellent way to experience All In.

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  • Maria Idris
  • 2020-06-18

Not worth it... I got bored of this book-fast

Story is so predictable; the sexual chemistry is cheesy and “overplayed”...not worth my time or money.