Published September 30th, 2013
“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”
I knew that giving in to Vincent Sorenson was a risk, but it was one I was willing to take. I had hidden my heart for so long and for the first time in a long time, Vincent was close to breaking down the walls.
When a trip to Vincent’s exclusive private island reveals the real Vincent underneath the layers of suave nonchalance, I thought we were close to the start of something special.
Just when things were looking up for us, I would discover the one secret that Vincent never intended for me to find.
Secrets in Love
“The secret to being a bore . . . is to tell everything” – Voltaire
When I was five years old, I told a boy I liked that my father drove a “fast red car”. I told the boy that he would get to drive it, if only he played with me on the playground. Of course, that was a complete lie. My father drove a station wagon, and he didn’t let me drive his car until I was twenty. The boy played with me for a few days and then he left to play with the other boys because I “had cooties.”
So that wasn’t exactly a secret, more a little white lie (okay it was a blatant falsification, but give me a break, I was five!), but it certainly lent an aura of mystery and excitement to our young relationship. Some people say that secrets ruin relationships, but I’ve always liked a few secrets in relationships.
Now I’m not advocating that you keep deep dark secrets from your partner, but sometimes, telling your lover too much, too soon, takes away the excitement. No one tells the person they’re dating every single thing about themselves on the first date, not because they’re trying to hide anything, but simply because there hasn’t been enough time to get to know one another yet. That’s why the first few dates are so exciting, because you’re finding out so much about this person you’re attracted to.
I think that over time, it’s inevitable that you’ll find out your partner’s secrets and it will bring you closer together, but why rush? Enjoy the journey as it unfolds. I do have a theory for why tall, dark, and mysterious men with secrets are so popular in romance novels: people enjoy the feeling of discovery.
I have a caveat to keeping secrets in a relationship though, and that is: you must trust each other. If secrets are creating a rift between the two of you then the question that should be asked is: why is it still being kept a secret? If it isn’t something that will harm the relationship, then keeping the secret for longer actually makes it worse. Don’t let that happen to you!
What do you think? Secrets in love, yay or nay?
The minute I saw Vincent Sorenson, I knew he was trouble. Billionaire. Bad boy. And dangerously sexy. He was everything I craved, and nothing I needed.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t just avoid him. The higher ups at my company decided they needed his business, and I was on the team to bring him in. Vincent Sorenson didn’t seem as interested in business as he was in me, but I knew that was a door better left unopened. If I got involved with him, it would only unearth the pain I spent years trying to bury.
I thought I had it under control, but I seriously underestimated Vincent’s seductive charm and silver-tongue. I would soon find out how delicious it would feel to let myself fall into this forbidden surrender.
About the author:
Priscilla West is the author of the popular erotic romance series The Sandstone Affair and is currently writing the Surrender series. She likes to write stories with sassy heroines and strong but flawed heroes.
She enjoys: cuddles, men in suits, eskimo kisses, life-sized teddy bears, and eggs over medium.