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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristen Proby comes a forbidden romance. The Secret is the first in the Single in Seattle series!

Vaughn is everything I’m supposed to stay away from. Sexy. Cocky. And famous.

Ultra-famous.

I grew up in a family full of wealthy celebrities. My father, Luke Williams, is the celebrity of all celebrities. A superstar actor and producer, my father knows the downside of living in the spotlight. And because of that, he sheltered my siblings and me from everything Hollywood entailed. We didn’t attend premieres. We weren’t photographed. There were no friendships with other celebrities’ children.

The limelight couldn’t touch us.

But now, at 25, I’m ready to start my life, working for my father’s production company in downtown Seattle - until Vaughn Barrymore walks through the door.

He can’t keep his hands off me. He’s completely forbidden, but I can’t help falling for the sweet, complicated man.

When - and it’s when, not if - my family finds out that I’ve been keeping this secret, will I have to choose between the man I love and those who mean the most to me? Or, by some miracle, can I have both?

©2022 Kristen Proby (P)2022 Kristen Proby

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Next generation

This series about the grown children of the couples in the "With Me in Seattle" series. Olivia is the first . She's the daughter of Luke and Natalie. Luke has tried to keep his children away from the fame of Hollywood. Now 25, Olivia is a costume designer at Luke's studio but uses her mother's maiden name so most people will understand that she got the job on her own talents. Vaughn is descended from Hollywood royalty and is used to publicity. When Olivia and Vaughn meet, the sparks fly. As they begin their relationship, the paparazzi find out who Olivia is and start trying to get stories about her. I like how everything is handled and Vaughn's caring about Olivia's feelings. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. Erin Mallon and Tim Paige really brought the book to life.

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Great cast of Characters

This was a quick, fun and sexy story. A great start to a spin of of the With Me in Seattle series. I loved it. I loved visiting with old characters and meeting new ones. There isn't too much angst, and no over the top misunderstandings. I found it fast paced and looking forward to this second generation of Single in Seattle. I listened to the audio and it was nicely done.

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didn't like voices so couldn't get into the book

I really didn't like the voices woman or man's voice. So I couldn't get into the book. I'm going to try to get my money back

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Loved this Book!!!!

This absolutely was a grate read, the ending overall was expected yet all the same amazing. So glad I read it.

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Well, hot d@mn… Tantalizingly romantic, passionate and heartwarming, The Secret brought me back to my very first Kristen Proby love, Come Away With Me, and it had nothing – okay, maybe a little, lol – to do with Liv’s parents per se, though we see plenty of them *happy sigh*, and all with to do with The Secret’s vibe of the original and classic KP brand of sweet and sexy romance.

All that warm fuzzies I felt while discovering Ms. Proby’s brilliant writing, many years ago, I felt in this one, with the added embellishment of an even more refined and expressive story telling. Olivia and Vaughn’s tale is their own, 100%, but I loved the parallel set between theirs, and her parents’ romance, and its hardships, so that her parents could advice and show their wisdom. And talking about wisdom, wow, Vaughn surprised and went straight up there to the top book boyfriends, with his words and actions. Swoon fest all the way! Of course adored, not only all of that, but my beloved ever present family dynamic, Montgomery staple of friendship and support. How can you not love this gang?!

The Secret truly surpassed all my expectation, and I couldn’t be happier about it, as it set the perfect tone for this Spin off series. Single In Seattle, with Liv and Vaughn’s fantastic and captivating love story, went straight to my all time favorites, so much so I’m already dying to see which Montgomery will fall next! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Loved the original in Seattle books

This book is the first of the children of the original couples and it just seems to repeat parts of the original stories. And the amazing coincidences of so many famous people being in the family and everyone is always the best of the best in their own fields gets sort of tired.

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Phenomenal

Kristen Proby is back in Seattle with the next generation. I was so excited for this one to come out, especially after reading Seth’s book (a next gen for Big Sky).

The Secret is Olivia’s story (Luke and Natalie’s first from Come Away With Me). I am absolutely obsessed with this book. I love how so much tied in to how she was raised and what we saw in the original series.
Vaughn is everything that Liv needs to stay away from….Heartthrob movie star. But who has so many layers.

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Seeing the original family and couples
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I've read the ebook twice now and the audio just adds a whole other element. I am obsessed!

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Absolutely perfect

Olivia and Vaughn are absolutely perfect together. Undeniable chemistry that is off the charts from their first fitting and every encounter is absolutely perfect. Sometimes secrets are to protect the ones we live and other times they can nearly rip your world apart.

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Kristen proby does it again

I love this book. my only issue it's a tad shorter than the other series. I like that we see life with the kids being grown. it's ingenious.

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How fun to finally get their kids stories and it’s not a disappointment! I loved Olivia and Vaughn’s story and can’t wait for the others!

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  • 03-29-22

Loved it

I love the with me In Seattle series and this is the first book from the spin off series featuring the kids. Was it going to live up to my expectations. I can honestly say, yes it did. Olivia is working as a costume designer for her dad’s production company and Vaughn is an actor working with her dad. They instantly dislike each other but it’s not long before those feelings change. Olivia has been sheltered from the downside of fame all her life, and has a massive reality check when it hits home exactly what life has in store if they pursue their relationship. I enjoyed reading this book, the narration took it to the next level. It brought the characters to life. I loved how their relationship evolved and how they dealt with fame and the downside of it. My only regret about this book is the ending. It’s not a cliffhanger but I want to know what happened next! Don’t leave these things to my imagination I want everything tied up with a happy ever after bow. I received this book from the Author. I’m voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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  • 03-27-22

Great

Great to catch up with all the characters from some of the past books. More then that it was great to meet their children and find out what they are doing now. Luke and Natalie’s eldest Olivia is a costume designer in her dad’s production company and at 25 her career is flying high. This book is about her and a film star Vaughn Barrymore.