Review: The Secret Thief by Nina Lane

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Like all the best stories, this one will start with a boy and a girl. There will be good and evil. A forest that might or might not be enchanted. Magical helpers. Unexplained phenomena. Courage. Love. Fear. Beauty. 
She will be the center of it all, a girl shape-shifting into a bird of fire with multicolored feathers and a power beyond measure. 
For the first time in three years, he has an idea.

My introduction to Nina Lane's writing came by way of her Spiral of Bliss series in February of 2016, and I've been hooked ever since. She went in a more lighthearted direction with her Sugar Rush series, which I also fell in love with. However, it is her latest standalone, The Secret Thief, which dare I say, is Lane's best work to date. She's created an enthralling love story between a disgraced art historian and a lighthouse keeper who have come to the seaside community of Castille to seek solace and instead find love and each other. Of course, nothing can be as simple as two people who meet and then fall in love. In the case of Eve Perrin and Flynn Alverton, she's drawn to him but her curiosity is balanced out by cautiousness, and he feels a connection to her but it is one that he is determined to not explore. And then there are the secrets each one keeps while seeking to uncover those of the other. In a town as picturesque as Castille, how will the woman whose personal and professional nightmare have become common knowledge and the man no one knows much about paint a better future for themselves? Can Eve and Flynn stop their dark pasts from colliding with their brighter present?

Should I list down each thing that I loved about this book or simply go with something as simple as saying "everything"? From the author's clear-cut gift for writing to two enigmatic main characters surrounded by several equally intriguing peripheral and supporting ones, this standalone checks off the usual things that I demand in the books I read. Add to that the mystery involving the lighthouse and Flynn himself plus the artwork and fairy tales that Eve tries to make sense of. I appreciated the fact that the author, through Eve, pointed out that some of the beloved fairy tales we know actually had unhappily-ever-afters, carrying precautions and warnings to its readers instead. I don't want to give any additional information or revealing details about the story because The Secret Thief is a novel that needs to be personally experienced by the reader. Trust me, it'll be worth the time you put into reading it. If you've never read anything by Nina Lane before, it's time to right that wrong, and what better way than to dive into this book and discover all the secrets it's just waiting for you to find. This standalone is one of my top reads for 2018 and easily gets five-plus stars. ♥

Date Read: 06 April 2018

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