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Summary

In this steamy third book in New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello’s Corisi Billionaires series, a trip to Italy could jump-start a lasting relationship - but only if all that’s hidden comes to light.

When Christof meets a beautiful mechanic on the side of the road, he knows they’re meant to be. His family, however, needs him and his mediation skills in Italy, where decades of secrets and betrayal could cost them everything. His mother is convinced a fiancée would help smooth things over. But he’d be nuts to ask a woman he just met to participate in such a farce.

Men always find something about McKenna they want to change - her independence, her success, the grease that clings to her after a satisfying day in the garage. So when she starts falling for a handsome billionaire, she doesn’t believe it will last. Their engagement is fake, but the sparks that fly when they’re together are too real to resist.

If Christof and McKenna trust themselves and each other, Italy will jump-start a love as intimate as it is intense. If not...their relationship isn’t the only one on the line.

©2020 Ruth Cardello (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Needlewoman
  • 20-05-21

Lovely Story

This love story is filled with twists and turn, family drama and an everlasting love.

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  • Christine Stalker
  • 30-04-21

Fantastic

Love how open and honest Christof is. Love that McKenna is not afraid to go after what she wants. Love the way they meet. They have an amazing chemistry and connection.

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  • HBrady
  • 16-01-21

The Secret One ~ Review

The Secret One is the third book in the Corisi Billionaires series. This book is told from dual points of view from Christof and McKenna.

Christof and McKenna met 7 years ago at random at a bar. Christof doesn't remember much from the night as he was drunk. 7 years later and there is chance meeting when Christof's car breaks down and McKenna sees him on the side of the road and offers to help with his car since she owns a car repair shop. McKenna isn't sure what to think of their new friendship and keeps her business a secret at first as men always wants to change what she does.

As their friendship grows Christof has some family issues and his parents asked him to go to Italy and try to resolve it. They suggest Christof take McKenna as his fake fiancée to try to help ease some of the drama in the family. McKenna agrees and as they are in Italy they both start to have feelings for each other.

Will their fake relationship turn into more? Will Kristoff resolve his family issues? Will Kristoff want McKenna to change who she is?

I really enjoyed this story as well as the other books in this series.

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  • P1965
  • 30-05-21

Confused plot

This was my first to listen from this author and this series. I was confused with the back story since I didn’t listen to the other one. I did enjoy the performance and the way they read. If you decide to give this a try, you may want to listen to the first book first.

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  • Sandra R. Merrill
  • 06-05-21

Family is all that matters.

Family secrets are about to be revealed, hopefully when the dust is cleared, the deviled is redeemed and the family circles, all will be healed. One more secret awaits.

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  • Dog lover
  • 29-12-20

The Secret One

I have always loved Ruth Cardello's books. The Secret One is one of my favorites. Christof is my favorite brother. I think he is the one to keep the family sain. Ava is the sweetest child, so far. I love all of the characters in this book and Judy is still on her quest. I loved her last question to her father!

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  • Joseph Smith
  • 04-12-20

Execellent

I was very impressed with how much these books are like listen things in my past, and are so much like my big crazy family. Ruth does an amazing job of making it flow so beautifully. I would recommend these and her to many people.

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  • Bookie McJingles.
  • 30-11-20

My favorite book in the series

I have difficulty committing to series, but I have enjoyed this one. Each brothers' story is different but has its own complexities. McKenna is strong but slightly broken. Christof is not an Alpha or Beta but something marvelously in between. Though I've listened to Lidia Dornet narrate before, I thoroughly enjoyed her in this. Teddy Hamilton was amazing.
Ruth Cardello weaves two stories into one and its so good. A definite re read.

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  • Pennie Morgan
  • 11-11-20

The Secret One

This one is the third in this series and it was great! Christof and McKenna first met at a bar as a random meeting when Chris was almost too drunk to remember her but they both made quite the impression on each other. He didn't remember much of that night except Mac was the love of his life and he named his car after her. For her, he helped her realize she did have dreams and just needed a plan to fulfill them. Years later it was a chance meeting when he was broken down on the side of the road and she stops to see if he needed help and, at first, they didn't recognize each other but were sure there was something about each other. A phone date later and especially after talking with his dad, Christof remembered who she was. When a scheme is put in place for him to have to travel to Italy for the family and needs a fiance to accompany him, he asks McKenna to join him. A ring, a fake engagement, and lots of family wine and with Nonna and her wooden spoon who could not fall in love! This is one big family with so many secrets but Christof has a calming way about him and he is just the man to set things on the way to being resolved. Will things work out for his love life too?

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  • Rosita
  • 07-11-20

Awesome story!

I was a little confused at first. This is the third book in the series and the first one I started with but I was able to catch on soon enough. Ruth Cardello weaves a story full of family love that withstands the hardships that happens in life. Teddy Hamilton and Lidia Dornet bring the story to life. I am now compelled to listen to all of her books.