Best Kept Secrets

Best Kept Secrets
Evangeline Anderson
Published February 25, 2014 by Loose Id.
ISBN 9781623007775

Cassandra and Josh are xenobiologists. Traveling around the universe searching for new forms of life is exciting and Cass is never lonely because Josh is there. He is sweet, funny, kind and handsome…everything Cass has ever wanted in a man. But he’s also her stepbrother. There’s never been anything but normal affection between the two of them…until they encounter the truth plant of Svortza 6.

The truth plant is said to have strange properties—it forces all who come in contact with it to act on their deepest emotions. Cass is skeptical of the rumors until Josh is sprayed with the plant’s secretions and begins having fugue states where he is a mindless creature bent only on satisfying his sexual hunger.

Now, trapped on an alien world, Cassandra is learning a lesson in submission and forbidden lust. She knows she must keep Josh’s actions secret from him or he will hate himself forever. But some secrets are just too big to keep…

Note: Carrie and Josh have no blood ties and their relationship is fully consensual; however, some readers, particularly those with a history of sexual abuse or incest, may find this story disturbing.

Evangeline Anderson can tell a forbidden, step-sibling love story like no damn other, but the more of them she writes, the less strain there seems to be on the step-sibling part of the matter. First, (Eyes Like A Wolf) they grew up together but were the last of an otherworldly race, so our culture's taboo didn't necessarily apply. Then (Picture Perfect) they'd been a family for a matter of years and it was a little tense there. Now, (Best Kept Secrets) one month is all that they've had as being step-siblings, and both parents are now dead.

Are they even step-siblings anymore?

Without the tension of family ties, we're left with just Cassandra's conflicting thoughts on allowing Josh to be physical with her during his episodes wherein the lust he's long buried for her comes out through the 'Beast'. The drama of that mingles well the smut, but unfortunately it all loses it's sizzle as Cassie just... lies back and let's him have at it.

In end, they basically decide that they're not hurting anyone, and it feels good, so why not just keeping doing it.

Grr. Such a disappointment.

3 out of 5 stars.

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