I sort of felt a little embarrassed and I also felt a little bit happy
I was SO surprised! It came out of nowhere. What a great twist that totally makes sense based on his field. It also is definitely something you might keep from someone you just started to date so I liked the realism there.
My thoughts exactly!
Sort of same for me
Yes, I kept wondering why so TENSE “all” the time. I felt the Reid character was written realistically. Fear, anxiety, repercussions; Clayborn used them all skillfully.
I was surprised too even though I had just listened to a book in which one of the characters had been accused of insider trading.
I totally agree! I was wondering how I had so many pages left and things were going so well! LOL I knew something was coming, but really didn’t know what! I thought this was such an interesting twist!
Definitely surprised! I loved the plot twist. I thought of Bernie Maydolf (sp?)
Yes, I get the same!
In every book there has to be that climax and aha moment, some sort of issue to be hammered out. Reid was very secretive about his work and under a lot of stress. I wasn’t expecting the magnitude of it, but secrets always have a way of coming out.
I sort of felt like that too
I agree. I was expecting something to do with hos work, but not to the extent of what it was.
Me too. I definitely didn’t see insider trading coming but I definitely got the feeling that his job had something illegal going on. I actually thought maybe he was the one doing the illegal activities so I was surprised that he was actually the good guy!
I was surprised I hadn’t figured out what project he was trying to finish before he left the firm. No wonder he was stressed!
Me too, i was so shocked 😲 😳. I thought he need to close an account or something like that but not a conspiracy. This novel is well written, and full of surprises
Me too! I was surprised as well. Interesting twist.
I was absolutely not expecting it, but after the concept sunk in I could pick up on little hints—signs—that were presented previously and it all connected. I could tell something was up, mainly because people tend to outwardly express their discontent with jobs, even more closed off people like Reid, but he was just not giving anything away to Meg besides the stress and frustration in his posture and mannerisms. I really enjoyed how the puzzle pieces all came together from this secret being shared.
I agree with how you knew something was up. Well put!
Not really, because he repeated that whatever was happening would be over soon. Also, he was not able to discuss what was happening at work.
This is my thought too!
I am loving this!!! 🙂
Were you surprised to learn about the secret Reid had been keeping from Meg? Why or why not?
I was surprised, but once it came out I wondered why I hadn’t suspected it. Given what seemed to me that he was so quirky I thought it might have been that he was some sort of savant with personality issues.
I was very surprised. I thought he was trying to finish a project so he could leave. Finding out what he had been doing reinforced the belief that he is a good person.
Karen, I too, thought it was a work project.
I definitely knew he was hiding something but was surprised when it was revealed. I enjoyed solving all the hints/signs at the end of the book
Agree with Sonia on this. I thought he might have been trying to get back into college-level teaching.
I kind of worried that it was something that would totally ruin Meg’s business that she was working so hard to get into. Then I was really happy that it wasn’t something that would make him a bad guy.
I thought he was hiding that HE was the one doing something illegal! I definitely didn’t see what actually was going on coming.
I was surprised, but not fully. It made better sense of his stress and reluctance to talk about his wok.
No, I figured he had something going on he couldn’t discuss.
I was completely surprised by his secret! Of course it all made sense once it was revealed, but wow!
I initially knew that there would be a surprise, but I did not really see what the surprise would be, yet Reid being a whistleblower makes perfect sense. His sense of right and wrong would never have allowed him to let what he knew to go unchallenged.
Absolutely did not see that secret of Reid’s coming. I figured there was going to be something weird about his job, but not that. Good plot twist.
I knew something was going on with him but didn’t know it would involve the FBI. It’s was a twist I didn’t see coming.
I think the author did a wonderful job of distracting us with the red herring of Reid”s reaction to the appearance of his ex. His silence about and tension with his job were easily explained by the job being with his “almost father in law,” unless you choose to believe he really is the man Meg reacts to so strongly. Then you have to decide if the author is going to be a hack who doesn’t pay attention to her characters development, or if something else is going on. Her writing was too good up to that point for me… Read more »
I completely agree! I hadn’t read anything by Clayborn before this, so I wasn’t real sure how she would handle this but after finishing this one and seeing how well-written this was, I’m anxious to check out more of her work now.
Dittos. A good writer is a treasure!
Very well put! I would definitely have felt disappointed had the author not connected all the dots with the plot twist! I also really like that the whole reaction to his ex was explained by Reid so we as readers learned what was really going on there because I honestly thought he was still hung up on her.
Exactly! I kept wavering between “That is the reaction of someone still hung up on his ex,” and “but that doesn’t fit his previous behavior.” I would have felt betrayed by the author if that had been the reason for his reaction.
No he it was very expected. He had been keeping secrets and I think it was inferred.
Yes and no .Surprised by the reason but not surprised he had a secret.
When they ran into his ex and he was so upset I figured there was something going on with her dad’s company. He clearly was not still in love with her so there had to be another reason for him to freak out about seeing her. He was so strongly characterized as someone very direct and not dissembling it made me guess that he was going to do be honest about something that was going to hurt her (the ex) and crime at her fathers company seemed obvious. But up until then I had no clue I just thought he… Read more »
Reid was doubtlessly under strict instructions not to share any information about the investigation. Because he was normally such a direct and honest person, keeping silent caused a high degree of stress. That created a tension within the story that helped to sustain interest as events unfolded.
It was a good surprise. I kept hoping he wasn’t going to break her heart, and he didn’t! A man of integrity.
I was surprised. The story was so down to earth and then that happened and it caught me off guard.
I actually was surprised. Of course I knew he was more stressed than a normal project ,but his future up in the air, could explain that.
I was surprised. I thought he’d reveal that he was on the autism spectrum.
So I’m not the only one who thought that! There were moments where he didn’t pick up on sarcasm or jokes and his need to have things just so initially made me think this too.
I also thought that was going to be his secret.
I didn’t see it coming at all!
I kept thinking it was so odd how his job seemed to affect him but I was still surprised! I was also surprised I didn’t think of it as well. It sort of seemed obvious once revealed so I think it was great writing sneaking it in.
Suspected Reid was doing something undercover but hadn’t realized the extent of it or how it tied in to Meg’s business.
I was surprised, it was a nice plot twist that I didnt expect
I felt Reid had a secret because he was always working late and yet there did not seem to be another woman! When I found out he was part of an FBI case, it made sense, and was appropriate. I did not connect the effect on Meg, from his involvement with a case, until it played out. But, Reid did.
It was a shock. I knew he was keeping something but wasn’t sure what. Glad he was a good guy though.
Honestly, no I wasn’t. I was surprised by the depth of how much he had been lying to her. But I had a feeling that he was hiding something. It is crazy to think that he was helping the FBI with it. That was the most shocking that he was helping the FBI uncover a scandal where he worked.
I wasn’t surprised, per say. It was more of a, “oh, that makes sense.”, kind of moment. It tied into the story very well.
I kind of saw it coming since Reid was so uptight about the job and I knew his abilities were excellent.
While I felt Reid was a private person and I knew he was keeping something from Meg, I had no idea it was that. I thought, like so many other stories there would be a troubled past like Meg.
Yes & no. As it felt like he was falling in love. But secretly something big at work. I couldn’t put this audio down. Soooo real of the going’s on.
I was surprised! I wondered why he would not talk about what was going on at work.
I was surprised. It came out of nowhere
Yes and no…imlmew there was some kind of conflict from his work and ex fiancee that was bound to happen but I was still surprised…I enjoyed the twist the author implemented.
I was surprised. I feared his secret had to do with illegal activity, but I had not expected him to be a whistle blower. It was a good twist for someone with his professional skills.
I had guessed Reid had discovered something fraudulent at the firm but not connected it with his becoming a whistleblower.
When I first read this question ( no answers) and then I read the book I thought the secret was the rash, my mind associate eczema. I could understand that secret bc I have eczema. And for people who have it it can be embarrassing bc others look at and treat you “differently” when they see the outbreak. Then I finished the book and yes I could understand that Reid was keeping the secret and planning on telling Meg, but like in true life, life is what happyns while we make plans. His secret unfolded quicker than he thought it… Read more »
I didn’t see this plot twist coming so it did take me by surprise.
I read a BUNCH of romance and not many plots surprise me. This one def did. She played this one really well. I didn’t hate Meg either as her moment of jealousy played out just before the twist. Usually, I’m pretty ticked at the jealous party at that point…
Great plot twist. Did not see it coming, which I enjoyed. And I usually catch the hints right away.
I was surprised that he was keeping a secret because so much of the intentional growth in their relationship was connected to be honest with each other. additionally, not wanting to talk about the details of his work could have been just a way to separate from the stress of it. However, finding out that this was the secret he was keeping, I was not surprised because right and protecting people is such a part of him.
I loved it, but also want to know what Reid is like without that hanging over his head. It had been going on their whole relationship, and really kind of changed his personality. I want to know the real Reid.
I wasn’t surprised in a foreshadowing sense but definitely was in terms of specifics. It certainly explained Reid being Reid.
I was surprised that he was helping the FBI. I knew he was up to something but thought he might be getting certified to teach.
Yes I was surprised but that made the book and story line interesting and kept reading to find out more about him
haha i agree