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The Secret One (Corisi Billionaires #3) Seven years ago Christof and McKenna met in a bar both coming to terms with the loss of special people in their lives Sharing wisdom and hope as well as a kiss they went their separate ways Fast forward to the present day and they have each made a name for themselves in their own way However, they are both still missing that one person in their life.A chance breakdown on the side of the road sees them meeting again, not that either one of them realises at the time After swapping numbers, purely for car issue reasons, they start messaging and having phone call dates That is until Christof's family need him to sort out a problem from the past and head to Italy His mum wants him to take McKenna as his fakefiancée but he can't ask that of her can he?The underlying storyline that has been running through the Corisi Billionaires series now comes to light and it is down to Christof to help smooth things over between the families McKenna lends a helping hand but it's just an arrangement right? Christof and McKenna are meant to be but there are many twists and turns that have to happen before they come together for their happy ever after The Secret One is muchthan just a falling in love of our hero and heroine romance The Corisi family has suffered much pain, loss and hurt and McKenna has had her own share of pain There are family secrets that are exposed that can tear the Corisi family apart or unite it, as it should have been years ago I have to be careful where I read a Ruth Cardello book because at any moment I can burst into tears or laugh out loud so hard I can’t control my volume Her stories are such a mixture of tears, laughs and whatever else she deems to throw into the mix There is such love between her characters, not only regarding the journey of the hero and heroine falling in love but the closeness between every family member and anyone else who might come along These people are there for each other no matter what the circumstances This author writes beautiful stories surrounding family love, loyalty and strength as well as such joy and plenty of laughter as well as telling it like it is – no holds barred There is such depth to this plot with so many ups and downs and a few twists the reader may have to pause just to catch their breath before continuing The Secret One is such a lovely story of second chances not only for our H and H but also for several other characters I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to Christof and McKenna’s happy every after as well as getting a glimpse of my favorite Ruth Cardello’s character, Dominic Corisi! The Secret One is a steamy contemporary romance with a billionaire hero and an independent heroine I haven't read Ruth Cardello before but I already wantThis is book 3 in the Corisi Billionaires series and it can be read as a standalone The book starts off with readers meeting Christof as he is in his late teens He is lost because he is dealing with the loss of his sisterinlaw When he is out with friends, he meets a girl named McKenna He is drunk but even his beer goggles know that she is a beauty They are both dealing with loss and grief and that one night is so impactful.The story picks up years later Christof is a billionaire working for his family and McKenna is working at her garage called Decker Park When Christof has car problems, McKenna pulls over to help They don't realize that they met years before but their chemistry is still there Both are single and haven't been in a serious relationship in what feels like forever But they can't help but feel attracted to one another.Christof and McKenna begin talking on the phone and having virtual dates Once they put it all together and realize that they met when they were younger, their feelings for one another begin to make sense Yes, it is fast but they are meant for each other.They want to take things slowly but that goes out the window when they agree to a fake engagement Christof needs to visit Italy to handle some family business and his parents think the news of an engagement will make it easier to find peace McKenna agrees which is shocking to both of them.Their time in Italy makes their connection stronger and their love for one another grow with each minute they spend together Falling in love wasn't part of the plan, but love does that for you I give The Secret One 5 stars I am not always a fan of 'instant love' but Ruth wrote such a beautiful and believable romance I couldn't put this book down as I was captivated by Christof and McKenna's beautiful connection I loved every moment of their love story and I can't wait to readfrom Ruth Cardello If you like a romance with passion, wit, and drama, then you need to read this book. How do you say, Hi, I'm Earth, have we met? in Italian? There were just so many things that did not ring true of how things work on our planet And sooooo many Italian stereotypes And toughgirlwhoworksoncarsbutis secretlyvulnerable tropes (Watts, is that you?) All of which I might forgive if it delivered on being really funny or suspenseful or steamy, but it falls short on all of those.I hadn't realized the author has written many, many books and some of the characters and series overlap So I was quite confused when some random queen knew all about the family and love lives of some businesspeople she's never met, but maybe there's a psychic meddling queen book I need to read Actually, yes, I do need to read that Will someone please write it if this author hasn't?I don't quite understand how the sons turned the parents' one convenience store into a Walmartlike chain in 7 years or whatever, but again, that might be in a different book The hero of this story met a girl in a bar when both were 20 and connected with a bit of instalove, then they went their separate ways, but they reconnect years later They jump from phone dates to fakeengaged in maybe a week, with remarkably little conflict between them along the way The heroine has a couple of fairly tame nervous freakouts, and they fight about whether she'd take his name if they got married for real, but there's pretty much never a question where this is going The sex scenes feel rushed, both in terms of their relationship and the way they are written And the number of women who announce their pregnancies seems a little high, statistically who's next, Grandma Nona?Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review. I have enjoyed every book in this series but this one, especially, was one of my favorites because it really helps to answer the question of why a character from a prior series, Dominic, is constantly in the books of this series The romance aspects of this book follows Christof, the peacemaker of the family and McKenna, a smart and strong female character They met years ago when Christof was drunk because he was sad about how his brother Sebastian was handling his wife's death They had a connection then but didn't exchange information to keep in contact Years later, they meet when McKenna, who is a racecar mechanic and owner of a racing track (I might be simplifying her actual success but it's awesome to see a woman who is as successful as her), stops to help Christof with his car, which broke down They realize afterwards that they met before and sparks fly One Dominic's role is clear, Christof is sent to help smooth things over and they go to Italy together (She's helping him) There are surprises, there are secrets uncovered and overall, it was well done novel that really emphasizes the importance of family Thanks to NetGalley for the early read and I look forward to revisiting this book through the audiobook. Although this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone It's about fate and a second chance Two strangers meet in a bar for a short encounter and seven years later they cross paths again.Christof is one of the four Cordello brothers Together, they run the family business Christof hasn't met the one yet.McKenna aka Mack has finally realised her dream with the help of her friends The only family that she has Due to past experience, she won't allow any man to try and change her and she likes and independence.When Christof and Mack meet again after all this time, there is an instant connection, but they fail to understand why They keep in touch and just when they are starting to get to know each other, there is a family emergency that Christof has to attend to His parents are desperate and they make a suggestion which might make his mission a little easier Considering that they are just getting started, will Mack go along with the suggestion?Christof is the kind and thoughtful person who puts family above all else He has a way with people and tackles the challenge with common sense and compassion Mack is insecure, but she plays a big part in the accomplishment of the family reunion There are all kinds of unexpected family secrets which are artfully unravelled The romance is casual to begin with, but once they realise that it means so much , it's rather beautiful I like the tight family ethics and how they achieve the problem solving A very pleasant read. Obsessed with this series! As the books continue I getinvested in this series – and with everything coming to a head in this book I was so anxious to see how it all ended up! In a story of fate, Christof meets McKenna while in college during a moment of weakness for both of them – Christof dealing with the death of his sisterinlaw and McKenna the death of her father A pivotal conversation for both of them, they part ways and don’t exchange contact information Years later McKenna has followed her dreams based on that conversation, and Christof is doing everything he can to please his family When they end up meeting again on the side of the road and realize they recognize each other, they take it as a second chance to explore what could have been so many years ago I loved their story – between McKenna afraid to let anyone into her close bubble and Christof speaking up for himself and going after what he truly wants in life versus the family business – it was a great read! In addition, wrapping up the story of Judy and how the series had begun where this family was able to resolve some of their issues was the best ending! I can’t wait to see if this series will continue!I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. In this steamy third book in New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello’s Corisi Billionaires series, a trip to Italy could jumpstart a lasting relationship—but only if all that’s hidden comes to lightWhen 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 farceMen 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 resistIf Christof and McKenna trust themselves and each other, Italy will jumpstart a love as intimate as it is intense If not…their relationship isn’t the only one on the line Loved this! The Romano brothers are simply the sexiest, sweetest guys and I love reading about their close family ties and love for mama and nonna!McKenna and Christof are amazing together They hit it off while commiserating in a bar in college and fate brings them back together in the sweetest ways I love that these two don't instantly remember one another, but instantly are attracted to one another The depth of this story is muchthan the attraction between McKenna and Christof are delves further into the Corisi mystery I highly recommend the Legacy series especially book 1 Dominic Corisi's story simply because it will bring the entire story together I love the weaving Cardello has done with these two series and cannot wait to see what she gives us with Gian's story.This story is fun, fast (hehe read to see why) and fantastic Thanks NetGalley and Montlake for this ARC. This is another steamy story in the Corisi Billionaire series This is the love story of Christof and McKenna The chance meeting on the side of the road, McKenna a beautiful mechanic stops to offer him help They begin a slow moving relationship, until his family gets involved Christof is needed in Italy to address family issues, his mom thinks if he had a fiancé it would help the situation Christof is not a fan of his moms plan but does mention it to McKenna She is up for the adventure and to see Italy with Christof But McKenna is not prepared for how much her heart will be involved Will Mckenna and Christof’s fake engagement survive Italy? Will Christof be able to be the voice of reason in Italy to solve the family problems?I enjoyed this story A chance meeting between two people can inspire each other to reach for their dreams.Thank you Netgalley for the complimentary copy Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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