ARC Review: Strict Confidence (Rochester Trilogy, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Strict Confidence by Skye Warren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

Forbidden. Commanding. Mysterious. Beau Rochester has an entire house full of secrets. And those secrets are putting Jane Mendoza in danger.

She fell in love with the one man she can’t have. She should leave Maine to protect her heart, but the thread refuses to be severed. The brooding Mr. Rochester and his grieving niece are more than her job. They’re her new family.

She races against time to find answers and protect the people she loves. The cliffside grows dark with the misdeeds of the past. Her heart and her sanity fight a battle, but they are both at risk.

Will Mr. Rochester learn to trust Jane? And will that trust destroy her? 

Strict Confidence

Jane and Rochester are back!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻‍♀‍🧔🏻

The heroine: Jane Mendoza – Nanny to Mr. Rochester’s niece, Paige. Jane is recovering from the events at the end of the first book. She is in love with Mr. Rochester but he is keeping her at a distance.

The Hero(es): Beau Rochester – his brother Rhys and his sister-in-law died and he was left to raise his niece, Page. After the events at the end of the last book, Paige has had a setback and has returned to the sullen grieving girl she was after her parents died. Beau is determined to keep both Paige and Jane safe.

The Story: There is possibly someone out there that has it in for Rochester and isn’t afraid to hurt others to get what he/she wants.

This book strays a bit farther from Jane Eyre than the first book, which had a lot of storyline correlations. Though there are still some similarities in this book to the original. I really like how Skye Warren took certain scenes or storylines and changed them into something totally different but based on the main themes of Jane Eyre. I won’t go into specifics, but if you have read both books you know what they are.

I also really liked the relationship between Jane and Rochester. There was plenty of chemistry between them and some scorchingly hot intimate scenes while keeping Rochester as gruff and brooding as ever. Jane Mendoza’s foster care background and her submissiveness keeps her well and truly apart from the wealth and abundance of the way Rochester lives and in turn makes her eerily similar to Jane Eyre.

The story itself was good and I liked the mystery and suspense of it all. Though like the first book, it seemed too short. I just wish more authors would write one longer book instead of a trilogy. I know it probably makes them more money to do it this way, but c’mon. When did this become the standard? I know most authors now do it this way, but seriously! Seriously! —can you tell I have been re-binging Grey’s Anatomy???

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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