Published by Harper Impulse on October 24th 2013
Set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous, Secrets of a Chalet Girl is the second book in Lorraine Wilson’s fabulous Ski Season series.
I really enjoyed Lorraine Wilson’s first book set in the hills of Verbier so I was delighted when I heard she was bringing out a second book. Note that “SECRETS” can be read as a standalone.
The temperatures may be chilly on the Verbier Ski Slopes but trust me when I say the searing heat of the exploits indoors would melt the snow caps. SECRETS follows Flora, an employee in Chalet Repos, an exclusive resort owned by Scott and Holly whom we met in CONFESSIONS. Leaving her painful past in England behind her, Flora is determined to make a fresh start. On Holly’s Hen Night Flora is dared to kiss the hottest guy in the bar. Enter Zac! Gorgeous, mysterious and dripping sex appeal, Flora throws caution to the wind and ends up playing a game of Truth or Dare with Zac that not only rocks her night but shakes her to her core.
Lorraine Wilson’s books are never what I expect but in the best possible way. The deceptively clean cut sweet cover hides some seriously steamy antics combined with real emotion that makes you care deeply for the characters despite the brief time you get to spend with them.
I adored Flora as an MC. Sweet and kind belying the steely strength within, she made the painful decision to walk away from a toxic relationship despite being hammered for the ensuing consequences. Always putting her dreams to one side she now has the chance to do what she wants and I really sympathised as she struggled to come to terms with the fact that she was now capable and more importantly allowed to make herself happy. Likewise with Zac, it was a pleasant surprise to meet an MC who was confident without the arrogance that always seems to overpower the initial “meet cute” in other romance books. He too is struggling with a painful past and the connection he formed with Flora when he realised how his past and hers were linked in the most devastating of ways was equally heart-warming and heartbreaking.
Two souls equally as eager to forget their troubles for one night and instead finding that the healing they crave so desperately can be found in each other was wonderful to witness and I devoured the book in pretty much one sitting. This book is decidedly much hotter than its predecessor and there were many, many blush-worthy and entertaining moments to bring a flush to the cheeks to rival the Alpine air!
SECRETS OF A CHALET GIRL is a sweet, satisfying, steamy read with great characters, a depth of emotion unseen in other romance books and very enjoyable! Highly recommend to warm you up on these chilly nights!