Philip is a gay man working for a conservative corporation. After his recent promotion, he needs a date for a company function and asks his sister’s new roommate, Emily.
Emily is an actress, waiting tables while starring in local plays and hoping for her big break. She agrees to be Philip’s date for the party, and soon they are attending one event after another together.
Philip and Emily click on many levels. Lines blur as the people they pretend to be start feeling like the people they are, causing a rift with Philip’s boyfriend Jason.
When Philip no longer works for the company, he doesn’t need Emily to play the role of his girlfriend anymore, but to his surprise, he can’t let her go.
“A powerful story that reveals the complexity of the human heart.” ~ NYT Bestselling author Russell Blake
“His Secret Life proves love defies labels. It can transcend age, race, and gender.” ~ Amazon Bestselling author Deborah Brown
“An unconventional romance. Our book club enjoyed discussing their complicated relationship.” ~ reader J. Nelson
“Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive.”
This quote was fitting for this story.
‘His Secret Life’ by Kim Cano is a thought provoking story about finding love in the most unexpected place. It touches on the very sensitive topic of homosexuality. It is not your typical love story. It highlights the struggles, discrimination, and temptations that homosexuals face on a day to day basis.
This is a story about a young and upcoming professional whose main focus is establishing his career as an investment advisor. Phillip knows without a doubt that he is gay, however, he not comfortable letting others know about his sexual orientation, as he is afraid of the backlash that is likely to occur as a result of persons knowing. Added to this, he is a disappointment to his father because he is gay and as such their relationship is on rocky ground. Phillip deceived his employer, coworkers, and clients into believing that he was heterosexual, which did not go down too well with his current boyfriend. He carried out this deception by hiring call girls to act as his date for major black tie events hosted by his employer. When an unexpected event came up and he found himself without a date, his sister’s roommate Emily agreed to help him out. What follows is a series of intriguing events.
The story, which was well written, was based on characters that were well developed and relatable. Phillip had difficulty reconciling his feelings for Emily with that of his attraction to men. How could he be gay and be in love with a woman? Is that even remotely possible? It was these issues that he had to face. His greatest fear in all of this was losing Emily. Added to that he had to deal with the issue of deceiving his employer which had far-reaching consequences. Emily had her own struggles to contend with. Falling in love with a homosexual for one and there was the fear that he may feel that he made a mistake and leave her for another man. She feels she has to go the extra mile to keep him interested in her.
‘His Secret Life’ demonstrates what can happen when we pretend to be what we are not. Phillip was not honest with his colleagues and it backfired. He was of the belief that they would not have treated him with respect, but there is no way he would have known that for sure. The story further shows that honesty goes a long way.
Another thing that this story highlighted was the power of love. Phillip is gay, but he never met a man who made him feel the way Emily did. What he felt for her went deeper than mere attraction. They connected on so many levels. In all honesty, I thought they were perfect for each other and at every page turn, I was hoping that he would not go back on his promise to her.
I loved everything about this book except for the ending, which I thought was quite abrupt. It makes me wonder if there will be a part two. It is evident what his secret was but I would have loved to know if his love for Emily was strong enough for him to keep up the façade or did he give in to the temptations facing him every day.
This is my first time reading this author’s work and it was worth every moment. I can’t wait to see what next she has in store for her readers.
About the Author
Kim Cano is the author of four women’s fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, On The Inside, Eighty and Out, and His Secret Life. Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.
Visit Kim’s website and get a FREE copy of The Rescue. A novelette about a dog that cheated death and transformed a woman’s life: http://kimcano.com
Nadene's addiction to reading began at an early age, when a family friend gifted her a copy of Wuthering Heights. From that moment she was never without a book.She will read anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She gained many experiences through the pages of the books she had the opportunity to read.She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals hopes that in sharing reviews of the books read visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When not reading, Nadene enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.
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