Here is the story…. (according to Goodreads..)
Carrying out the goals on someone else’s Bucket List might seem like an odd thing to do, but for Genie it’s the perfect way to honor her best friend, Ciara, who died in the bomb blast that blew up the Army truck carrying them both across Afghanistan. Genie’s come home to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand to rest her injured knee, and she hopes that by fulfilling Ciara’s list of wishes she can also heal the grief and guilt that goes deeper than her physical wound. Spending some time with Ciara’s gorgeous big brother just happens to be an added bonus.
Niall Brennan has always been attracted to Genie, but when he offers to join in with the Bucket List idea, he tells himself it’s purely out of a desire to pay homage to his sister. That’s fine when the first goal they pick at random is taking cooking lessons. It becomes less easy to hide his desire when they spend an afternoon on a nudist beach, and by the time they take part in the body painting event, Niall has no chance of keeping his desire a secret. Luckily, Genie reciprocates his feelings—a hundred and ten percent, and soon it’s not only the weather that turns hot and sultry.
Conscious that Niall’s mother, Sinead, blames Genie for her daughter’s death, they decide to keep their sizzling but brief fling just a secret between friends. But although Genie’s knee is on the mend, her emotional wounds refuse to heal. Sinead continues to refuse to forgive her, and even Ciara reaches out from beyond the grave to warn Genie against dating her big brother.
The final wish on Ciara’s Bucket List brings everything to a head. Genie knows she has to end the fling. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and besides, Niall has other ideas…
A Secret Between Friends caught my attention from the beginning. I have been on a Kindle binge, seeking out books on Amazon that are listed as free in an attempt ..to what? Gather them? Not sure, but I think it’s a sickness. I can say that it started with my grandfather’s obsession with rolling pins and my cousin’s obsession with Fiats. But in all honesty, this is my own illness, and I take it upon myself to roll with it, embrace it and try to use it to my advantage, because in a year, or six months, or even next week , sadly, I could say okay, that’s enough! ..then I take a deep breath and I move on to something else. I suppose there is therapy or medication for this hunter gatherer thing I have, but I would rather just enjoy it and own it. Apparently i need this to make my life more entertaining, even if I am only entertaining myself. Wouldn’t it be nice, if it was a sign of an extremely intelligent person? Do I think it is true? Not on your life or mine.
So I picked this book up free with the others, The cover did it first. I saw it, and wanted it. The story hooked me from the start, and the sexual tension between Genie and Niall was excellent. I especially liked it when he dared her to unzip his pants. That was very well written. The story was sweet. I loved that both Genie and Naill decided to take His sisters bucket list and complete it together. The story was so good, I fail to understand why it was put out there for free. If you get a chance, pick this one up.