As a "favor" to Uncle Joey, Shelby must deliver a letter to his associate in Orlando where she has been vacationing with her family. When things go terribly wrong, Shelby finds herself being pursued by a Florida Kingpin for the information he thinks she stole. On her own and in trouble, Uncle Joey sends Ramos to her rescue. As Shelby and Ramos take care of unfinished business, Shelby uncovers information about Ramos and a secret that could change his life. On a path of revenge and intrigue, Shelby finds that some secrets are meant to be kept...and others? They can kill.
©2013 Colleen Helme (P)2014 Colleen Helme
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"Perfect blend of action mystery and mind reading!"
Who would believe that a family vacation and a simple favor could end up in a life or death battle and a murder? With Shelby Nichols involved? I would!
This, the next installment in the Shelby Nichols adventures from acclaimed author Colleen Helme is another non-stop action roller coaster ride that will keep you coming back for more. I would recommend this book to anyone without hesitation, it is not to be missed. I think Colleen Helme has the potential of being another modern day Agatha Christie.
Usually, I am in real trouble with a Shelby Nichols book (for exceeding my reading budget, and losing sleep!) and this audio book is no exception. As I have been travelling for a living for over four years, normally I need good books to keep me company on long airplane flights. With Secrets That Kill, I was looking for some more long flights, just so I could spend more time listening to the book!
Wendy Tremont King has now established herself as the quintessential Shelby Nichols. In fact, Wendy's voice is SO Shelby at this point that if I heard another actor I would say, "That's not Shelby!" The power and finesse of Ms. King is her understated realism. When she does Ramos's voice, or Uncle Joey's voice, you get the downplayed shift to a deeper more masculine voice, but more importantly you get the menace, the coldness, and the intonations that come with the different personalities. In a narrated audio book, I believe that there must be a symphony between the writer and the narrator. If the voices are not real and believable, the listener's attention could wander. With Wendy King and the Shelby Nichols Adventures, Wendy IS Shelby, and the depth and breadth of Wendy's capabilities makes this audio book incredibly real to the listener. I classify this as "not to be missed".
There is a new element in this 4th book in the Shelby Nichols Adventure series: Romance. When a favor to drop off a letter for Uncle Joey goes murderously wrong, Shelby is stuck in Orlando with Ramos. Well, not exactly stuck, but wanting to help him. The temperature climbs to the boiling point between these two. Can Shelby's love and loyalty for husband Chris win out?
This story delves deep into Ramos's past, and we get a lot of back story for him, but the sizzle between Shelby and Ramos goes off the scale. Yes, the book is still PG rated and this audio story is suitable for tweens and teens as well as mature audiences. You really don't want to miss this one.
In the way that Helme brings out the nuances and details of her characters, in her wonderful chain of consciousness style, in the interaction between Ramos and Shelby, this book is a knock it out of the park slam dunk home run of a novel, without doubt Helme's best to date.
So the good news is, this is a fabulous 5 star addition to the collection, and the bad news is like the chicken and the pig scenario, I find myself committed. Which means that like the ham and eggs, I am very definitely not the involved hen, I am the committed pig - to the series. If Helme pens it, if King narrates it, I'm all in. I'll buy it.
Want something great to listen to on your summer holidays? need a distraction? Need that great new book while driving to keep you focused? Secrets That Kill is the audio book you need.
"Ramos' back story"
A very good addition to the series. Fleshes out Ramos a lot. A little change of scene for this one, keeping the series fresh.
"I loved it!"
Not ever read the print but in my opinion this series is great on audio!
As much as I love Shelby in this novel I think it was Ramos who I loved the most. He is starting to really like Shelby and he shouldn't because..one she is married and two he is a mob bosses bodyguard. This one puts them together a lot and you get to see some of that chemistry between them and Ramos has fun with it.
She is Shelby and does a great job, but she also does a decent job with the male voices as well.
Reading minds can be hazardous to your health.
I thought Lie or Die was great but Secrets that Kill is by far my favorite one of the series and that is really mainly due to Ramos. That man could come and be my body guard any day...lol. You get a little bit more of Ramos back story in this one and that is really one of the main reason I love this one.
I did not read the printed version.
Shelby singing Alejandro and getting caught by Ramos! Funny, LOL!
Ramos kissing Shelby's palm of her hand. So glad Shelby did not cheat on her husband but is real in the fact that she is attracted to Ramos.
Ramos's family story was sad, but no tears.
I drive 2.5 hours from Baltimore Airport to Delaware 2x/week, listening to this series makes the drive fly by....Truly Enjoyable!
"The weakest plot line yet"
This is the fourth of the Shelby Nichols novels and I've listened to them all. let me begin by stating that the writing is good, the characters are quite likable the book moves; not getting bogged down for too long in any situation. Unfortunately the number of implausible situations woven into the narrative came close to ruining the listening experience. In the end the characters were enough to pull out a four rating and a recommendation from me despite professional thugs and criminals not thinking of contingency plans. These are purportedly warriors not common street criminals; come on. Hopefully Ms Helme will tighten up on some of the holes in the plot; this is a very entertaining series and i'd like to continue enjoying the listening experience.
Story was so engaging it was hard to stop listening. Can't wait to hear next Shelby adventure.
"My favorite so far"
I haven't finished the whole series yet, but so far this one is my favorite. We get a whole lot more Ramos, his backstory, and Ramos/Shelby relationship. It all starts when Shelby has to drop off a letter for "uncle Joey" while in Orlando on a family vacation. Things don't go as planned, havoc ensues. In that regard this installment of the series is similar to others. Where it differs is in the fact that Shelby and Ramos are the focus of the book, not Shelby's family and not "uncle Joey". And, while there's still a lot of Shelby's usual air-headed shennanigans, we also get some cool new adventures, like a high-stakes poker game and a hunt for long-lost relative. All-in-all, a worthy addition and I'll keep reading the rest of the books in the series.
"Very good listen, and yummy Ramos."
This book helps to develop Ramos' personality and history. It was entertaining and showed the soft side of the hardened hit man.
"The series keeps getting better!"
I have already recommend this book along with the other 3 in the series I have read. It is a clean and enjoyed read. I loved that I could be thrilled but the story and then turn around and recommend it to my 14 year old niece.
I was so excited about the character development in this book. I can't wait for get a hold of book 5 in the Shelby Nichols Adventures.
"Loved This Book!!!"
Awesome, Suspenseful, Creative
Yes! I had no idea how it would all turn out! I also loved learning more about Ramos! I honestly didn't want to stop listening to this book!
That's a tough one, but I'd have to go with the Big Poker Game.
Yes...but it's a spoiler alert! Ramos has a brother and he finds a way to help him without him knowing it was him. It was very touching!
I love this series! I loved reading these books and listening to them too! It's fun to have a narrator bring these books to life and Wendy does an excellent job! Way to go Colleen and Wendy!!!
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