Carla Patterson is hiding something. After a violent attack in her youth, Carla was determined to move on with her life. Running a successful, local eatery and taking care of all kinds of strays (human and animal) was only one facet of her life. One night, her life takes a turn as she stumbles across someone who reminds her of everything she’s lost and the one thing she wants.
Enter wish granters, Joe and Alanna. They are under orders from their boss, Morgan, to grant Carla’s wish, if they can figure it out. Along the way, though, they have to deal with their own pasts and current situation, suspended between life and not-life – in Transition.
Detective Lou Matthews is not looking for love, but there’s something about Carla Patterson that calls to him. She’s open, trusting, dependable… a good person. But there’s something behind her eyes. Something that makes him want to protect her.
Wow! Carla is one character that I completely adored. I was rooting for her from the beginning. There was just something about her I loved. She was a woman who was running from her past and closing herself off to love. She’d never let a man near her until Detective Matthews breezed into her life.
Ms. Gschwandtner did an awesome job of propelling me into Carla’s world. The characters seem to come alive on the page. Not only was I invested in Carla, but the author did a great job of weaving the Joe and Alanna’s stories in as well. Ultimately, this is a story about the choice between the past and a possible future. Will Carla make the right choice? Will Alanna and Joe choose to remain wish granters? Will Joe choose to let his partner’s death go?
All in all, it was a great read. This was book 2 in a series. At times, I felt lost because I had not read book 1 and knew nothing about how Joe and Alanna came to be wish granters. There was one loose end that frustrated me, but I have a feeling that it will be addressed as the series continues. But Carla’s Secret was a definite page turner with a satisfying ending. I can’t wait to see where my favorite wish granters end up next.
-Reviewed by Leslie
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Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”