Review: Repressed

Title:  Repressed  ,  Deadly Secrets #1
Author:  Elisabeth Naughton
Published:  July 26th 2016 by Montlake Romance
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it—small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother’s murder, but she’s still the talk of the town. Until a handsome child psychologist with haunting memories of his own arrives.

Dr. Ethan McClane isn’t exactly a newcomer. If it weren’t for his latest case, he’d never set foot back in Hidden Falls. Thankfully, no one seems to recognize him as the troubled teen from years past. Not even Sam, the delightfully sharp and sexy high school chemistry teacher he can’t stop thinking about.

When Sam and Ethan work together to help one of her students, sparks ignite. But Sam’s hazy memories of a long-ago night concern Ethan, and unlocking the repressed images reveals a dark connection between them. As the horrors of the past finally come to light, their relationship isn’t the only thing in danger. A killer will strike again to keep an ugly secret hidden, and this time no one will be safe.

4 hearts
I really love everything that this author writes.  That said, Suspense is not my go to genre at all.  So take my review with that grain of salt.

This book tells the story of Hidden Falls, the Pacific Northwest.  Strange things have been happening in this small town for the last 17 or so years.  Samantha Parker and Ethan McClane never thought to find themselves back in the town that almost destroyed them emotionally.

As you would expect with a suspense book, there are some shady characters.  Any or all of whom could play a part in the the current and historic events. The story unfolds and keeps the reader guessing as to the actual secret truth to Sam and Ethan's past.

There is romance in this book as well.  Ethan and Sam have some dynamite chemistry.  Neither will admit to wanting a relationship but end up falling for each other anyway.  Things get pretty steamy between the two.  There is some tension around their ability to trust but eventually, they help each other heal.

I won't give many more details, so that you can enjoy the book as written.  I am very intrigued about the rest of Ethan's family.  I would love to read more about his siblings. So peeking out from behind my fingers, in my strongest non-wimpy voice, I'm recommending this book.  Go forth you lovers of romantic suspense and ENJOY!

*ARC received for an honest review.

Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Visit her website at to learn more about her books. 


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