Title: The Billionaire’s Secret
Author: J.S. Scott
Publisher/Year: Amazon Publishing 11/7/17
Length: 272 Pages
Series: The Sinclairs #6
Former rock star Xander Sinclair may be out of rehab, but he’s not out of the woods. Still haunted by his parents’ murders, he has secluded himself in his Amesport mansion and dodges any attempted contact from his two brothers. Struggling not to fall into relapse, he believes he’s battling his demons alone.
That is, until Samantha arrives to work as his live-in housekeeper. Effortlessly charming and cheerful and wickedly sexy, she challenges Xander to abandon his isolation. The two embark on a fiery relationship—one that could change them both forever.
Just when Xander is on the verge of reclaiming his life, he discovers that Samantha has been hiding things from him…things that could shatter the fragile future they’ve begun to build together. For Xander, escaping the past is no longer an option. It’s time to face it—even when some secrets seem too heavy for the heart to bear.
I’m so thankful for what we get in this sixth book since the last one felt a little flat to me. In this sixth story, we get to see all of Xander’s demons and we get to see them slowly seep away from him. Sam on the other hand also has her own demons, probably comparable to Xanders, but the way that this story is written, we don’t actually learn about what any of those are. Until it’s too late maybe.
Throughout the series with this side of the Sinclair family tree, we’ve known Xander through various lenses. We saw him ages ago when he met Tessa before Micah even did. He was her savior that one night. We knew from stories that he was the kindest and most supportive brother even though he was the youngest. We also saw him trying to fight for Julian to come home for their parent’s anniversary years ago as well….the night they were murdered. So with all that, we all really want to root for him and we want to see him come out of his darkness whole, it’s just a matter of knowing what it will take to get there.
Samantha appears to be everything that he needs and nothing that he thought he wanted. She’s girl next door attractive and we’ve learned that he’s not found any woman attractive since the murders. She’s smart and stubborn and clearly has a thick skin. We don’t know truly what brought her away from New York City yet, aside from a story about loving her past in Maine where her grandmother lived. She has her secrets too but we’ll surely find them out later. What we get instead, is the way that she’s able to get Xander to slowly open up to her about what he’s feeling and what his dispair is all about. We get to see that their mutual chemistry gets them a far away and it opens them up to a friendship of sorts after they mess up the sexual part.
Xander on the other hand is still fairly closed off. We see bits and pieces of the old Xander where he wants to be a part of his family but how he’s afraid to be rejected since he seems to think that they all think he’s fragile. He’s out to prove them wrong and it’s a petite blonde who’s able to help him show it.
In true form, we see the Beatrice’s foretelling of who’s a match to be correct and see the beginning of something wonderful before even they do. There are many roller coasters throughout this one too, as we see Xander learn one of Sam’s secrets and berate her as a result. She leaves and it’s no surprise the way that it affects him. Later we hear Sam overhear a part of a conversation that Xander is having with his brothers which again causes her to run, this time ending up in personal harm. So….as you can imagine, if the story wasn’t compelling enough just on Xander’s story, then the added bonuses of Sam make it even more intense. Definitely a good way to end this part of the family tree.
As we’ve seen in the prior books, we get glimpses into the next installment, which I believe to be the final. We get to see Liam and Brooke dance around each other, and admit attraction, but at the same time throw up all the road blocks that are there. I’m really curious to see how things play out since we know that Brooke is hiding a lot and we also know that Liam assumes things that aren’t necessarily correct. So i’m off to the final book and you should all enjoy!