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Review: Just A Little Secret by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

Georgia Brooks had no intention of bidding on a bachelor at the charity auction, but her sister has other ideas and gifts her with a man for her birthday weekend. But not just any man… Drew Daniels. A hot, gorgeous lawyer who makes her want to shed her good-girl image and learn all sorts of new and risqué things.

Attorney Drew Daniels is more than willing to introduce the beautiful Georgia to her naughtier side. Their weekend together is steamy and romantic … and it doesn’t hurt that a rival of Drew’s has his eye on Georgia, too. Stirring the other man’s jealousy is a fun side benefit.

Their tryst should have been just about pleasure, but Drew finds he’s attracted to more than Georgia’s outer beauty and he wants to keep her as his own. When Drew suggests they continue their affair, Georgia is too smitten to say no. Even if her parents expect her to marry her lawyer father’s right-hand man.

Georgia finds herself falling for Drew harder and faster than she could have imagined. Until she discovers he’s keeping a secret that has the potential to break her heart.

Title:Just A Little Secret
Author:Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
Series:Dare Crossover (Book 2)
Trope(s):Temporary Relationship
One Night (ish) Stand
Point of View:Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H&h)
Location:New York, US
Release Date:25th July, 2023
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Sweet, sexy and satisfying

5 stars

This is the second in a series of Dare Crossovers – standalone books featuring minor characters from Carly Phillips’ Dare family. You don’t need to have read any other book to read and enjoy this one despite some characters from other books popping up – this is all about Georgia and Drew.

I love Carly Phillips but when she teams up with Erika Wilde, it gives me all the Mills & Boon / Harlequin Blaze feels and it makes me giddy! Blaze was all about sizzling stories with strong heroines and irresistible heroes playing the game of modern love and lust – and this is exactly what we get with this story.

Drew and Georgia have an instant connection at a prestigious event but after one delicious dance, Drew leaves Georgia high and dry. Despite that, the connection between our couple is instant and I loved their banter, their conversation and how sweet they were as a couple. And when it gets to it, the sex is wonderfully hot – it’s divine. As their relationship progresses, I also loved how our pair just couldn’t stay away from each other. It was sweet and cemented their friendship as well as their love.

“…it gives me all the Mills & Boon / Harlequin Blaze feels and it makes me giddy!”

Georgia is from a high society background but she’s a very normal, down-to-earth sort of girl and I was happy to root for her. She is always the good girl so it was definitely fun to watch her come out of her shell with Drew and show her more naughty side. He brought out the best in her without changing her – but by the end of the book you’ll definitely be cheering her on as she stands up for herself and goes after what she wants.

Equally, Drew is the perfect kind of hero. He’s sexy, good-looking, sweet and driven. He knows what he wants and goes out and gets it. He’s an honest guy and it was nice that he was trying desperately not to lead Georgia on – but when he gets told some home truths, it was equally refreshing for him to realise that yes – he was totally wrong!

Nobody in this book changed to get their happily ever after. Nobody compromised on their dreams or goals (not that I’m saying compromise is wrong, of course!) to get the girl / guy. It was lovely to see two people obviously perfect for each other – and with chemistry up the wazoo – to make it work together. And the little epilogue was the cherry on the top – it was so cute!

This was a quick read – both because it’s only 184 pages and because I just stormed through it. It’s sweet, sexy, satisfying and brings out the best of both our authors. I loved it. 5 stars. But I admit I’m still not sure what the ‘secret’ actually was…

5 stars

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

Erika Wilde
Carly Phillips gives her readers alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller.Erika Wilde is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is best known for her super sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series, and has also co-written the Dirty Sexy Series and the Book Boyfriend Series with Carly Phillips, her best friend and writing buddy for the past twenty years. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit her website at and sign up for her mailing list for updates and news!
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