Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lyla Payne - Secrets Don't Make Friends *REVIEW*

Jeyne Dalton has graduated from College, medical school, and has slogged through half of a surgical internship year with flying colors, which she figures HAS to mean she's put past - and her family - behind her for good. If only she hadn't answered a random ad for a roommate, her life would be pretty damn perfect.

Dinah Robbins knows that, no matter what she does, the horror that is her life will never be behind her... unless her controlling threatening, abusive boyfriend finally kills her. She's floating, waiting, and advertised for a roommate as a last ditch, listless effort to save herself a few beatings here and there.

Jeyne and Dinah may have been roommates for months, but they're not anything like friends. In fact, they hardly know each other at all - until the night Jeyne comes home late to find Dinah in a heap of trouble. The two girls then find themselves sharing a secret that brings them together in a way they never expected. And upends their lives in a way they may never be able to set right.

Review and Thoughts 

This was such a great read. Since day one that I picked up my tablet and began reading I was hooked. It even got me out of my reading slump. I loved the characters. I even loved hating Tritt. I will admit that I almost cried for Dinah. I hurt for her. The amount of abuse she went through was horrifying. Especially since basically everyone knew the way Tritt treated her and didn't do anything about it. That's the worst part of it all. But the only good thing that came out of such a horrible event was the bond formed between Jeyne and Dinah. It brought them together and not only with her but also with Eli. I really enjoyed that it was a written in Dinah and Jeyne's point of view with each girl going through different situations but who are keeping the same secret.. It helps for the ones reading to connect with other characters. Personally my favorite guy in the whole book was Nathan. The author did a wonderful job, I was definitely impressed with the writing style. And the book ended on a really good note. It has earned a 5/5 star rating. 

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series and the Lowcountry Ghost stories. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us - past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women, She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish Whiskey.  

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. 

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you're a fan Young Adult Fiction--Science Fiction or otherwise--please check out her work that's published under the name Trisha Leigh...

Purchase Links 

Barnes and Noble
Google Play

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