Review: Brutal Secret by Laurelin Paige

Brutal Billionaires #2
Author: Laurelin Paige
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2023

It was supposed to be one night. Now he’s obsessed.

When my one-night-stand turns into an all-time-fail, I vow not to tell anyone about the much older hottie who walked out on me mid-deed. (On my twenty-first birthday, no less.)

Too bad I bump into my almost lover at my mother’s wedding a few months later.

That’s when I discover he’s none other than Reid Sebastian—my new step cousin and the billionaire son of my step-dad’s rival. Which means he’s my rival, too, obviously.

While I thought he was cruel before, he’s become obsessed with torturing me. And because we’re family, he’s always around.

Now we’re playing a brutal game that neither of us can possibly win.

But I have a secret—the more we play the more I want him. Even if it means we both lose everything.

Brutal Secret is a complete standalone forbidden, age-gap, forced proximity romance set in an intriguing world of billionaires, power, and scandal. While it is recommended to read Brutal Billionaire first for best reading experience, it isn’t necessary to thoroughly enjoy the story.



I need to know now, Emmalina, if any of this is going to be a problem or if you’re going to stop teasing me and let me peel you out of this skirt so I can drive these curves with my tongue.”

Well then! This was nothing what I expected and everything I didn’t know I needed.

Confession time, I am not a big fan of virgin heroines. And stop looking at me like that, ok, I’m just not. Mainly because most of the time they’re naive, sheltered, pushovers and I am not here for it. But it took all of one chapter to make a liar out of me because I absolutely loved the h3ll out of Lina. This girl is sass personified. She goes to the bar with her friend determined to finally punch her v-card and get it over it. When a sexy bartender catches her eye, opportunity awaits. But when they get to his hotel and halfway close to the deed, he realizes she’s a virgin and sends her packing. Only to learn the next time that he sees her that she’s his new step-cousin. Plot twist!

Reid Sebastian is the definition of a manwhore. Commitment issues? He’s got them. But when the man lays his eyes on Lina again, he’s obsession personified. He wants her desperately but is also determined to stay away from her considering their family feud with his father and Lina’s new step father. Reid’s reputation also precedes him. But forced proximity is also working against him and when he’s forced to be near Lina, there’s only so much fight a man can have.

This was a different vibe then I’m used to from Laurelin. It was more lighthearted, sexy and sassy. Lina is quirkiness personified and I loved how she gave as good as she got with Reid. I also love that there’s none of the typical third act breakup and no unnecessary drama. I’m seriously obsessed with this series and can’t get enough. If you’re looking for a fun and sexy read with an obsessed hero and a quirky, sassy, curvy heroine, look no further!

With millions of books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. 

When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Killing Eve or Letterkenny, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. 

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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