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Peek Inside Secrets and Sins: Gabriel

Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have

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Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends…who have all sworn to take that secret to the grave. But a hidden enemy wants those shocking secrets brought to light…even if he has to kill to make it happen.

After experiencing an unimaginable loss two years ago, Gabriel refuses to put himself through the pain of loving someone who could be gone in an instant. But as he thwarts Leah’s investigation at every turn—-both to keep his friends’ pact, and to keep her safe from danger—-the sexy PI makes it impossible for him to protect his secrets. Or his heart…

Praise

"I CANNOT wait to read the next book in this series. Simone has created characters that I want to know more about. I am hoping there is a little Gabriel & Leah follow-up in Mal's story too!" - Cocktails and Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660834
Series: Secrets and Sins, Book 1
Release Date: Jun 24, 2013
Page Count: 254
Imprint: ignite
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: forced proximity, friends to lovers

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By Mei June 24, 2013

What a delightful surprise!



I’m soooo happy and honored that Entangled Publishing has given me this book to review!
This was a new author for me and, oh, boy, did I enjoy this book!

I’d given it more than 5 stars if I could!!!

The story, the characters, the narrative, everything about this book was... ...more

By ♥Rachel♥ July 19, 2013

3.5 Stars

Secrets and Sins: Gabriel was a combination of all the things I love in a story, mystery, suspense and romance. The theme of this romance is one that usually breaks my heart a bit: unrequited love.

Leah has been in love with Gabriel since she was a teenager. She has it bad for him, and a... ...more

By Philisha June 12, 2013

Addictive from beginning to end! From the start of this book, I was pulled in with my heart-strings at the devastation to Gabriel’s emotions. So when the book took off and I saw him at his lowest point, I wanted to wrap my arms around him and help him any way I could. I was rooting for him the wh... ...more

By Anne June 10, 2013

I have just got and read this book, and as usual Naima Simone has written another ' Hook You' classic. From start to finish ( in one complete read) I could not put the book down. I had to know what happened in the end. It is extremely well written, the characters are addictive and so is the story... ...more

By *Book-Lover* June 16, 2013

What makes this worthy of a 5-star rating? The Writing!!!!! Seriously, there is only one other book that stands out as being exceptionally written, and that's When Ravens Fall. Each page just blew me away! Right from the get go, each situation, each character, each internal dialogue is so impres... ...more

By Linda December 14, 2013

Elena Rainier, an Alabama attorney, feared for her life and her wealthy and reknown attorney from old money beat her for the last time ans she slipped out and called two local newspapers to meet her at the hospital to see her injuries. Normally, he hit her where it didn't show but she was tired o... ...more

By Marta June 24, 2013

As a fan of Naima Simone's novels, I thought I knew what to expect when reading Gabriel. Well, I was only half surprised. It didn't surprise me that I couldn't put it down and somehow managed to read it in one sitting. Nor did it surprise me that the characters were likeable and real, since they... ...more

By Kame June 17, 2013


4 Stars

Gabriel had a perfect life, he was a successful author, had a loving marriage and a great son. Then it all crashed and tore to pieces, all he could do was sit in his car and watch as a tragic accident took his wife and son’s lives. Now two years later he exists; staying in his writing cav... ...more

By Darcell July 04, 2013

I am a fan of Naima Simone’s writing so I knew that when I picked up her latest ‘Gabriel: Secrets and Sins’ I would be in for a very enjoyable afternoon. From the opening paragraph to the end of the book I was glued to the page, soaking up every word. This was a complex story with many variables... ...more

By Margreet June 20, 2013

3 1/2 STARS

When Leah lost her mother at the age of five, it was her uncle Richard who took her under his wing. Then six years later, he disappeared without a trace, leaving everything he owned behind.
Now twenty years later, Leah, a private investigator, receives a letter claiming Richard was murd... ...more

By Monica June 18, 2013

Leah Bannon is an ex-cop turned PI investigating the unsolved murder of her beloved Uncle Richard Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends, who... ...more

By Tammy July 05, 2013

This book was an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was my first Naima Simone book and it won’t be my last. This novel had me on the edge of my seat from page one, the steamy tension between Leah and Gabriel is VERY hot and the mystery and suspense keep you up all night. Leah Bannon is a... ...more

By Wanda June 24, 2013

Secrets always have a way of coming out, even 20 years later. Gabe was a man hurting because of a devastating loss. He wanted to continue wallowing in self pity, knowing that this would not bring back his loved ones. Leah checks on him, the man she has loved for a long time. If only he could see... ...more

By Nanettez June 28, 2013


I received an advance copy, thank you!
This story is like A dark "Richard Castle" tv series meets a Filipina Dick Tracy. I liked it a lot... Although I pity both characters with their "heart wrenching guilt" to love each other, I sometimes am annoyed on some point that they dont just get it on! Ye... ...more

By Shronda June 17, 2013

Having read several other Naima Simone books I was totally excited to be taken away from my life. As I entered the world of Gabriel I found myself between wanting to root for him and wanting to shake him. At times I found myself loving the heroine but at the same time being like "girl please". I... ...more

By Tammy June 21, 2013

Leah is a private investigator who used to be a cop. She receives a note one day relating to the disappearance of her uncle Richard 20 years ago. She's inspired to go poking around in the past to discover the truth of what really happened but she may just become the next target. Gabriel and his c... ...more

By Melissa June 13, 2013

This is well-written romantic suspense.
Gabriel lost his wife and children in a car accident two years before. Now he holes up in his house writing his best-selling novels with his friend Leah encouraging him to live.
Leah works for a PI and when she gets a mysterious message about the 20-year old... ...more

By Caroline June 24, 2013

I loved this book! It was well written, steamy, and addicting. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in only two sittings. The characters are well drawn and realistic. This book is also unique. It isn't your run of the mill, predictable mystery. It kept me on the edge of my seat, guessin... ...more

By Mary June 20, 2013

I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. This is one of those stories that is hard to put down. It will take you on an emotional ride and in the end love will win. I am not sure if I would call it a love story with suspense from 20 years of secrets or a suspense sto... ...more

By Alpha Possessive Heroes June 27, 2013

Good read! I felt really bad for Gabriel.. he's a tortured soul and you can really feel his emotions. Leah is a refreshing read, she's witty and sweet and half way through the story I was already rooting for her. The suspense was a good addition to the story.

Even though I'm not in love with the s... ...more

By Moira July 13, 2013

Naima Simone’s Secrets and Sins: Gabriel left me breathless. The guilt ridden, brooding, sexy hero and the strong heroine make this well-written book addicting. The unique mystery isn’t predictable and will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the last page. The characters are realist... ...more

By Rogue June 13, 2013

Absolutely FANTASTIC book. The character development of the H/H and supporting characters was great. You felt what the characters felt, from their lowest to happiest moments. Can't wait to see if there will be additional books to follow. Definitely want to know about Gabriel's 3 male best friends... ...more

By Becca June 17, 2013

Goodreads book description:

Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only f... ...more

By Cocktails and Books July 18, 2013

I loved this book! It's been a long time since I've read a good mystery & a good cop story--this book was both. Yes, there was romance, but the parts I really enjoyed were the ones that kept me in suspense. Naima Simone does a great job of throwing us readers some hints along the way--just en... ...more

By Cheryl September 01, 2014

Gabriel's wife and son died in a car accident 2 years ago. The only reason he's still alive after losing them is his best friend, Leah. She was there to pull him out of the bottle, to make sure he ate, she cleaned his house, and made him start living again...a little.

Mal, Rafe, Chay, and Gabriel... ...more

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Naima Simone

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Naima Simone

USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love. She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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