REVIEW ~ Malachim (A Secrets and Sins Novel) by Naima Simone


Title: Malachim (A Secrets and Sins Novel)

Author: Naima Simone

Genre:  Suspense/Romance

Release:  September 23, 2013

Availability: Kindle & Nook



Looking like sin and smelling like trouble…
Boston attorney Malachim Jerrod doesn’t trust anyone. His father and his ex-fiancé taught him that hard lesson. So when a beautiful stranger arrives on his doorstep his first reaction is to back away—far away. Danielle Warren wants a job, but his law business is falling apart, and her credentials are bare-bones at best. Still, there’s something about her that, try as he might, he’s unable to resist. The vulnerability in her soft voice? The way she flinches when he gets too close? The yearning he sees mirrored in her eyes when she looks at him?
She’s the last thing he needs…
Two years ago, Danielle barely escaped alive from her powerful and abusive ex-husband.  Now her ex is out of prison, and he’s coming for her. She knows she must leave her new job and run. Disappear—to keep herself and those she loves safe. Including her sexy boss, who has sparked feelings in her heart she never thought she’d feel again. Yet, she can’t help but wonder…should she let down her guard and trust Malachim with the truth?
But the only one he desires.
Working together brings them closer than ever—but reveals secrets and sins best left buried in the past. Their lives and their passionate love at stake, Danielle and Malachim must fight to survive to grasp the future of their dreams.



I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This was the first time I have ever read a book by this author and I will have to say I was definitely impressed. This novel is based around a women’s struggle to get as far away from a now ex husband’s physical and mental abuse, going as far as to completely change her identity, and leaving the friends and love ones behind to keep everyone safe.

Danielle Warren has lived through always having to look behind her to make sure she was safe and ready to leave the life she has taken up for the past two years if need be on the spot. She is living on only what she absolutely needs, especially now that she knows her ex-husband is free from jail and will probably come after her. She is the reason he went after all. She has her paralegal certificate but has never held a job except for at the diner she is currently working at.

Malachim is currently on suspension and may face losing his attorney license and firm for a secret he and his friends covered up more than 20 years ago. But he would do it again if he had to, because you never should turn your back on those that are almost like brothers. However, since this investigation started he has lost paralegals and other employees too; he put an open position out and that still needed to be filled.

When things start happening and those closest to Danielle start having accidents, she suddenly knows who is behind it but can she trust the only one who may be able to help her? Or will he turn his back on her due to a trust issue from his past? Well what do you think happens when an “inexperienced” paralegal who wants a second chance at life and a desperate lawyer who is on the brink of losing his firm (can’t currently even practice) meet?

Naima Simone will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to keep reading until you finish the book. I could not put it down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. The plot was really good and in my opinion I did not see any kinks in the story line. I will have to say that the twist towards the end was definitely something I did not see which made it even better. She not only brings you the story between Danielle and Malachim but also the gut wrenching suspense of what would you do if you were caught in Danielle’s shoes. They both were strong characters who had struggles of their own and needed to mend but needed that extra help.  This book is very highly on my recommend to read list.



I was born the daughter of a sharecropper… Okay, maybe not. But I am the daughter of a pastor from whom I inherited my love of romance. The man can preach a mean Song of Solomon! (There’s that plug, Daddy! You can pay me later!)

Although my first book starred a cucumber named Fred, my first romance came several years later in the seventh grade, when I wrote myself as a heroine opposite Ralph Tresvant from New Edition. Through the power of my pen and imagination, Ralph took one look across a crowded stadium, met my dark, mysterious gaze, fell passionately in love, and serenaded me in front of millions of fans. Out of all the girls in the world, he chose me! And of course, we lived happily ever after–once we had the inevitable fight, aka black moment, and made up with a passionate declaration of love and fidelity. This same story reincarnated itself many times over the years: with Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, and as recently as last night, Vin Diesel.

Though the characters have changed, my love of love has endured. Shaping the lives of unique men and women who experience the first hungry bites of lust, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love–nothing compares to it. Except maybe discovering new material for love scenes with my husband, the head of Research & Development!



Don’t forget Book 1 of  the series Secrets and Sins


Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends…who have all sworn to take that secret to the grave. But a hidden enemy wants those shocking secrets brought to light…even if he has to kill to make it happen.


After experiencing an unimaginable loss two years ago, Gabriel refuses to put himself through the pain of loving someone who could be gone in an instant. But as he thwarts Leah’s investigation at every turn—-both to keep his friends’ pact, and to keep her safe from danger—-the sexy PI makes it impossible for him to protect his secrets. Or his heart…




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Sometimes, being in the wrong place at the wrong time is where you need to be for the good things in life to fall into place.Max Brady is a 25 year old, fresh out of college, ambitious woman that doesn’t take crap from anyone, and often uses men before tiring and disposing of them. She’s landed her dream job at the internet search engine company Fiddle. Unfortunately, she is stuck working as an assistant to the company’s CEO, but she’s hopeful that if she plays nice, one day she’ll be promoted.

Catch is an assassin. He’s been working this job for twelve years and now with his family taken care of he is ready to retire. All he wants to do is complete his last assignment, collect his large sum of cash, and then disappear to a nice, quiet place in another country.

When Max makes the huge mistake of sleeping with her boss, she decides to copy some files from his computer to hold as leverage in the event that he may try to fire her. Little does she know, the files hold secrets that can take down her boss and the entire Fiddle company.

That decision changes the course of both of their lives.

Catch is hired to kidnap and kill Max, but instead he chooses to save her life. They go on the run as he tries to formulate a plan to remove the hit on Max, because he believes that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. As they spend more time together, Catch’s motivation for saving her life changes with his realization that if anything happens to Max he may be unable to live without her.

This book is HEA.

***Due to sexual content and language it’s not suitable for young readers.***

I’m a married woman who lives in southern Louisiana. (No, I do not have alligators in my backyard.)I have the utmost privilege of being the mom to a 5 year old and a 2 year old. They test my sanity on a daily basis. I love to read and write. I also love dogs, cats, flowers, wine, dirty martinis, chocolate, sushi, family, friends, tattooed men, rock music, rock stars, laughing, video games, horror films, and the list could go on and on.I write because I love to create characters and make stuff up. I just hope that the readers enjoy my stories as much I as enjoy writing them.

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Born in Flames
Born in Flames Trilogy Book #1
By-Candace Knoebel
Publication Date-September 6, 2012 
Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.  
Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.  
In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?

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