Book Review: Secret Confessions: Down and Dusty – Brooke

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Author: Eden Summers
ISBN: 9780857992956
RRP: $1.19

Escape Publishing have brought together eight talented Aussie authors for a collaborative series of short stories set in the small Queensland town of Milpinyani Springs.

Brooke is an interesting character and hers a confession that was a little different to those that came before. Brooke has two very protective older brothers who have scared off any male who ever dared show an interest in her, a duty they inherited from her equally protective father. They never managed to scare off her first love, because theirs was a secret teen relationship they ensured no-one knew about.

It hasn’t been too difficult for Connor and Rowan to scare off prospective suitors because none have really interested Brooke, her heart has always belonged to their best friend Heath – the boy who broke her heart when he went away to uni.


Heath is home and when he comes by for Friday night drinks with Connor and Rowan Brooke finds out he’s been home a month and this is the first she’s seen him. Her heart may still belong to him but the casual way he returns to her life tells her that he’s just another guy not willing to stand up to her brothers and fight for her. That doesn’t stop her remembering the times they shared before he went away to uni.

Brooke’s is another tale of intense frustration that spans more than a week and culminates in a public showdown in the local hotel, where we see Lucky and off duty policeman Dare Cornish.

This is a sweet story with some steamy scenes but at it’s heart is a beautiful love story of first love reunited.

I realise Milpinyani Springs is a tiny town and many of the people in this series live out of town on farms so the roads are relatively quiet but open air roadside intercourse still makes me wonder about whether or not it would actually ever happen.

The Secret Confessions: Down & Dusty series can be found at Escape Publishing.
Down & Dusty – Brooke is available February 2016.

Secret Confessions: Down and Dusty – Brooke was book #79 for #AWW2015

Secret Confessions: Down & Dusty
Casey – Rachael Johns
Lucky – Cate Ellink
Kelly – Fiona Lowe
Brooke – Eden Summers
Clarissa – Mel Teshco
Skye – Rhyll Biest
Maree – Elizabeth Dunk
Frankie – Jackie Ashenden

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