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Were you surprised to learn about the secret Reid had been keeping from Meg? Why or why not?
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Maya
Maya
25 days ago

I sort of felt a little embarrassed and I also felt a little bit happy

Ravenclaw
Ravenclaw
24 days ago
Reply to  Maya

Same!

A.V.
A.V.
25 days ago

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.

Ravenclaw
Ravenclaw
24 days ago
Reply to  A.V.

My thoughts exactly!

Maya
Maya
24 days ago
Reply to  A.V.

Sort of same for me

CC
CC
21 days ago
Reply to  A.V.

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.

Cheryl Taylor
Cheryl Taylor
16 days ago
Reply to  A.V.

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.

Jackie
Jackie
15 days ago
Reply to  A.V.

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!

Tamara I Koermer
Tamara I Koermer
14 days ago
Reply to  A.V.

Definitely surprised! I loved the plot twist. I thought of Bernie Maydolf (sp?)

Mackenzie
Mackenzie
12 days ago
Reply to  A.V.

Yes, I get the same!

Marie
Marie
25 days ago

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.

Maya
Maya
23 days ago
Reply to  Marie

I sort of felt like that too

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
19 days ago
Reply to  Marie

I agree. I was expecting something to do with hos work, but not to the extent of what it was.

Michelle
Michelle
11 days ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

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!

Denise
Denise
24 days ago

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!

Adaora Oku
Adaora Oku
18 days ago
Reply to  Denise

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

Keary
Keary
17 days ago
Reply to  Adaora Oku

Me too! I was surprised as well. Interesting twist.

Rachel
Rachel
24 days ago

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.

Paula
Paula
21 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

I agree with how you knew something was up. Well put!

Last edited 21 days ago by Paula
Sally
Sally
14 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Totally agree

Krobinson
Krobinson
24 days ago

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.

Donna
Donna
20 days ago
Reply to  Krobinson

This is my thought too!

Ravenclaw
Ravenclaw
24 days ago

I am loving this!!! 🙂

Rosetail
Rosetail
24 days ago

Were you surprised to learn about the secret Reid had been keeping from Meg? Why or why not?

Judy
Judy
14 days ago
Reply to  Rosetail

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.

Karen
Karen
24 days ago

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.

Mary
Mary
21 days ago
Reply to  Karen

Karen, I too, thought it was a work project.

Sonia
Sonia
24 days ago

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

JanH
JanH
18 days ago
Reply to  Sonia

Agree with Sonia on this. I thought he might have been trying to get back into college-level teaching.

Debbie
Debbie
14 days ago
Reply to  Sonia

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.

Michelle
Michelle
11 days ago
Reply to  Sonia

I thought he was hiding that HE was the one doing something illegal! I definitely didn’t see what actually was going on coming.

Mana
Mana
24 days ago

I was surprised, but not fully. It made better sense of his stress and reluctance to talk about his wok.

Gigi Bull
Gigi Bull
23 days ago

No, I figured he had something going on he couldn’t discuss.

Esther Arriola
Esther Arriola
23 days ago

I was completely surprised by his secret! Of course it all made sense once it was revealed, but wow!

Pamela Williams
Pamela Williams
23 days ago

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.

D.Warren
D.Warren
23 days ago

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.

Lori
Lori
23 days ago

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.

Mary Alice Wojciechowski
Mary Alice Wojciechowski
23 days ago

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 »

InfirmBookworm
InfirmBookworm
15 days ago

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.

Mary Alice Wojciechowski
Mary Alice Wojciechowski
13 days ago
Reply to  InfirmBookworm

Dittos. A good writer is a treasure!

Kranti Kaur
Kranti Kaur
15 days ago

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.

Mary Alice Wojciechowski
Mary Alice Wojciechowski
13 days ago
Reply to  Kranti Kaur

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.

GLB
GLB
23 days ago

No he it was very expected. He had been keeping secrets and I think it was inferred.

Kim
Kim
23 days ago

Yes and no .Surprised by the reason but not surprised he had a secret.

Cokat
Cokat
22 days ago

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 »

Pat Ingersoll
Pat Ingersoll
22 days ago

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.

Lisa C
Lisa C
22 days ago

It was a good surprise. I kept hoping he wasn’t going to break her heart, and he didn’t! A man of integrity.

Lynze
Lynze
22 days ago

I was surprised. The story was so down to earth and then that happened and it caught me off guard.

Donna
Donna
22 days ago

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.

Nikki
Nikki
22 days ago

I was surprised. I thought he’d reveal that he was on the autism spectrum.

Wendy
Wendy
15 days ago
Reply to  Nikki

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.

Judy
Judy
14 days ago
Reply to  Nikki

Me too.

Angelica
Angelica
14 days ago
Reply to  Nikki

I also thought that was going to be his secret.

Karen
Karen
21 days ago

I didn’t see it coming at all!

Esotowvu
Esotowvu
21 days ago

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.

Kari
Kari
21 days ago

Suspected Reid was doing something undercover but hadn’t realized the extent of it or how it tied in to Meg’s business.

Scarey
Scarey
21 days ago

I was surprised, it was a nice plot twist that I didnt expect

Mary
Mary
21 days ago

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.

Sara
Sara
21 days ago

It was a shock. I knew he was keeping something but wasn’t sure what. Glad he was a good guy though.

Kimmy
Kimmy
21 days ago

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.

Barbara
Barbara
21 days ago

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.

Paula
Paula
21 days ago

I kind of saw it coming since Reid was so uptight about the job and I knew his abilities were excellent.

Kris A Godden
Kris A Godden
20 days ago

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.

Vicki
Vicki
20 days ago

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.

Jennifer
Jennifer
20 days ago

I was surprised! I wondered why he would not talk about what was going on at work.

Mae Beth
Mae Beth
20 days ago

I was surprised. It came out of nowhere

D Douglas
D Douglas
20 days ago

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.

K.P.
K.P.
20 days ago

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.

Beezus
Beezus
20 days ago

I had guessed Reid had discovered something fraudulent at the firm but not connected it with his becoming a whistleblower.

Debra Oliver
Debra Oliver
20 days ago

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 »

Christie
Christie
20 days ago

I didn’t see this plot twist coming so it did take me by surprise.

Mels
Mels
20 days ago

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…

Maddy
Maddy
20 days ago

Great plot twist. Did not see it coming, which I enjoyed. And I usually catch the hints right away.

Kim
Kim
19 days ago

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.

Kayla
Kayla
19 days ago

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.

Kyle
Kyle
19 days ago

I wasn’t surprised in a foreshadowing sense but definitely was in terms of specifics. It certainly explained Reid being Reid.

Carolyn Godbey
Carolyn Godbey
19 days ago

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.

JoAnn
JoAnn
19 days ago

Yes I was surprised but that made the book and story line interesting and kept reading to find out more about him

Kat
Kat
12 days ago
Reply to  JoAnn

haha i agree