Mills And Boon- Gilded Secrets

by Maureen Child

4.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

4.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


Defending His Legacy…At Any Cost When scandal threatens the luxury auction house that bears his family’s name, Vance Waverly suspects the media feeding frenzy is an inside job. Could his gorgeous assistant, Charlotte Potter, be plotting Waverly’s downfall? There’s one way to find out: seduce the truth out of her! Charlie is between a rock and a hard place. She can reveal Waverly’s secrets to her unidentified blackmailer or lose custody of her child. Whatever she does, she’ll lose the career she loves. But losing the man she’s come to love-her big, bad boss-could put her over the edge….

Genre, Romance

About The Author

Maureen Child is the author of more than 100 romance novels and novellas. Her books routinely appear on bestseller lists and have won numerous awards, including the Colorado Award of Excellence and the Prism. A six time nominee for the prestigous RITA award from Romance Writers of America, One of her books was made into a CBS-TV movie called THE SOUL COLLECTER. Maureen loves to travel and lives in Southern California with her family

Average Reader Rating

4.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings

Reader Reviews

5 reviews for Mills And Boon- Gilded Secrets

  1. 4 out of 5

    “Amazing Reading”

  2. 4 out of 5

    This story started off well, especially as we were being fed with quite a bit of information and characters to set up the series. Ms Child did an excellent job of building up the tension by not revealing to us the information that Charlie was so desperately trying to cover up. My mind was working overtime trying to work out what it could be. After all the blackmailer was threatening that she would be classed as an unfit mother and lose her son if it got out and Charlie was terrified so I was virtually sitting on the edge of my seat trying to work out what it could be. Had she been a stripper (as reference was made to her Barbie appearance), had she been a high class escort or…. Dare I ask it, a murderer? Finally we got our answer, I was left shocked and shouting is that it?…. it that the reason?….. You’re kidding me, right?….To say I was disappointed at this really stupid/laughable and unrealistic reason would be an understatement! I know we do get some really silly things/reasons in Harlequin-land but honestly that had to be the worst I have read for quite some time! As I said the story started well but it all just seemed to lose steam from the middle right through to the end, which is a shame because ignoring that really stupid reason for blackmail, I do think this had the potential to be good but felt like the story was massively edited and cut/shortened to fit to the amount of designated pages/word count.My initial reaction was to award it 2 stars as I was so miffed about the reason Charlie had her knickers in a twist over, but because it did have a good start and Ms Child did do a good job laying the foundation for the series

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Highest Bidder is a continuity with six different authors. Gilded Secrets is the first book. It is a Harlequin Desire so thier are love scenes. The story was good and I look forward to next in the series to see where it goes. Gilded Secrets takes place in the auction house Waverly’s. On the day news about the CEO Ann Richardson hits the paper that she had an affair with their competer Dalton Rothschild. Vance Waverly the senior board member and one of the last Waverly still at the auction house, secatary is being blackmailed. Charlotte Potter had only been Vance’s assistant for a week now. She has been at Waverly’s since she came to New York. She wants to move up and provide for her baby boy. She loves how they have daycare in the building. She feels that Vance is waiting to fire her. She knows that he gave her this position when the board member she was working for retired. She gets an email that says he wants her to get him files from the company or he will tell all about her history before she came to New York and get her son taken away from her. Charlotte has no family left. She does not want to steal from the company but feels if her past comes to light she will be fired. How can she pay for a lawyer to protect her son. She does not even know who the father is. He lied to her even his name is a lie. She tries to stall as long as she can till she can figure out what to do. Vance regrets hiring Charlotte because she is beautiful and young and she draws his attention away from work. With all of the media attention he wonders if some one is spying on them. He notices Charlotte is acting guilty always jumping when he comes into her office. His half brother suggests he romances her to find out quickly if she is spying on them. It does not take him long to go along with the idea. It does not answer all the questions the book asks we will have to read the others to know them. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gilded Secrets is a quick read that started off great but lost some steam towards the end. Charlotte is Vance’s new assistant. She’s anxious to prove herself because she really needs her job. Vance isn’t so sure that Charlotte is assistant material and thinks that she’s too young, perky and good looking. When a rival auction house starts making waves and implying that an executive at Waverly’s is selling out, Vance must get to the bottom of it. He’s not beyond using his new assistant to find out who’s behind the leaks.For the most part, I enjoyed Gilded Secrets. It’s your typical Harlequin trope. Super rich guy falls in love with a girl who he doesn’t normally go for – the unsophisticated kind who doesn’t know anything about playing in his league. What bothered me was the blackmail plot. I found it an unnecessary way to make Charlotte look potentially guilty. The information being used to blackmail her wasn’t anything scandalous and though she feared losing her son, I found it ridiculous that she believed that she could lose her child over something so minor. And the story behind her pregnancy was SO over-the-top I just rolled my eyes when I read it.Other than those few issues, I thought Gilded Secrets was an okay read. It’s a Harlequin so it follows the typical trope. Nothing about Vance stood out though I didn’t expect it to. It was a nice way to spend a couple of hours knowing that you will get the HEA in the end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vance Waverly is the last living Waverly on the board of Waverly’s auction house, and he is fighting off people trying to take down his family company. He thinks he may have a spy in his company. He will do what ever it takes to find out who it is, even if he has to seduce his own sexy new assistant to get those answers. But will he get more than he bargained for from her?Charlotte “Charlie” Potter is happy with her new position as assistant to the boss Mr. Waverly, but she doesn’t trust that it will last. Someone tries to play on her biggest fears by threatening her young son. The blackmailer wants her to get all the information on the company from the last five years. Should she go to Vance with this, and will he believe her?Gilded Secrets is a wonderful heartwarming story!! I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. It is one of those quick reads that grab you and don’t let go till you are finished. The chemistry between these two is undeniable, but neither of them believes in forever. I absolutely adore the way Vance opened up his heart to Jake, Charlie’s little boy. This powerful business man stole my heart when sits on the floor and plays ball with a thirteen month old. I hope y’all love this one as much as I have!

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