The trilogy is COMPLETE! Welcome to my book review for the third and final book in the Alec Brock series by Larissa Lopes: No More Secrets, Alec Brock!
I told my story of how I got involved with this series launch in my review of the first book, so I won’t repeat it here, but what a journey it’s been!
And then, of course, I read and reviewed the second book in the series, No More Lies, Alec Brock, so be sure to check that out as well!
Once you’re all caught up, come on back and read this review… it’s spoiler-free, I promise!
Oh, and I was an ARC reviewer, so I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for a fair, honest review. All opinions are my own!
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No More Secrets, Alec Brock: Synopsis
“No matter where she was or who she was with, I would keep loving her—until the day I died—with every little piece of my broken heart.”
The truth is out: Linda and Alec now know who Impostor Alec is. They just didn’t expect him to be so…close. Close enough, Alec fears, to win back Linda’s heart.
How do you move on from the love of your life? Not only is Impostor Alec struggling to pretend he doesn’t have feelings for Linda anymore, he’s lost without the trust of one of the most important people in his life: Alec.
He begs for a second chance, but Alec is too hurt to give it to him. And the more Alec holds onto his grudges, the more he pushes Linda away…and into the arms of the guy she came to LA for in the first place.
Will time be enough to heal all three broken hearts?
Find the answer to all your questions in No More Secrets, Alec Brock, the sequel to Linda’s story, told from both Alec and Impostor Alec’s points of view.
My Review: No More Secrets, Alec Brock
I’m just going to be honest right up front: I’m a little biased because I’ve been part of this series’ launch since basically the very beginning. I’m invested. I’m a fan. A Brockie, if you will. But I’m also a reader and a reviewer, so of course I read it through those lenses as well. I’ll do my best to be fair!
As a conclusion to a series, it’s the dessert course after a delicious, wholesome meal. Just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy and cleanse the palette. In other words, exactly the kind of conclusion you need to walk away with a smile on your face!
But the third book gets presented in a really unique way (to me, at least). In the first two books, we followed Linda, our leading lady. But No More Secrets is told from the perspectives of our main men, Alec Brock and Imposter Alec (and no, I still can’t say who he is in case you haven’t read the first two books yet, but you do know who he is by Book 3!)
And of course, Alec’s perspective is great and all, but what the story is really about, who you’re really interested in, is Imposter Alec and his road to redemption. And let me just say, you do end up rooting for him. He knows he made mistakes, he’s sorry for what he did (to an unhealthy degree–that’s most of his arc), and he wants to get better. For most of the book, you want to give him a hug. (For some of it, you want to shake him, but he does get his shit together eventually!)
I was fully invested in his story because as usual, Lopes does an outstanding job with character nuance and emotion. Sometimes I felt like I was reading somebody’s real-life journal. It was fully satisfying to see his emotional arc develop and resolve. You want HEA? You’ve got HEA! That much is not a spoiler. That’s an endorsement!
If I did have one criticism, at least as far as Imposter Alec’s story goes, his attitudes toward Linda and Alec dating did seem to vacillate A LOT through the first half of the book. On one page, he was totally fine with it. On the next, he wasn’t over her at all. I get that emotions are fickle and getting over people is hard, but he’d make these very absolute statements and then very quickly contradict them. It was hard to believe anything he said on the subject until the end, to be honest. Maybe that’s how it was supposed to be, but narratively, it got a little frizzy.
And then the fact that he kept certain pictures of Linda until the end… until adulthood… that’s the only thing in this whole series that truly made me uncomfortable as I was reading. (Which is a huge point in its favor since this series does deal with heavy stuff like catfishing, anxiety, and depression.) Those are not the actions of a man who’s over his first love. Maybe I totally misinterpreted that scene, but it was the only one I wasn’t keen on.
But hey, those are really the only serious criticisms I have of the book. The rest of it was heartfelt, wholesome, emotionally-charged, sensitive, sweet, and optimistic. I love books that take a positive outlook on life and on people, so if you like that warm, fuzzy feeling, you will not be disappointed in this book or its predecessors.
I don’t know what else I can say that won’t give things away! We get a new character and she’s lovely. We get lots of classical music references this time, which made my little orchestra nerd heart happy. We get Alec saying curse words (can’t remember that happening before) which made my little uncensored self happy. And we get next to no relationship drama from our lead couple, just good vibes and relationship growth!
Thank God, because Alec and Linda’s arc is COMPLETE. I liked how they schemed together, though (wholesome schemes only). Very relatable.
If you like teen romance, character-focused stories with small scale conflict and a heavy emphasis on emotional arcs, and a wholesome, heartfelt message, pick up No More Secrets, Alec Brock… after you pick up Book 1 and Book 2, of course!
No More Secrets Playlist
I just couldn’t resist! Music is such a big part of the books and while I did make a mini playlist for book 1, I somehow didn’t for book 2! Well, here’s me making up for it with a slightly-less-mini playlist… some of these songs came out AS we were all gearing up for the launch, and it was seriously like they were written FOR the book!
- I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers
- COMPLETE MESS – 5 Seconds of Summer
- As It Was – Harry Styles
- Symphony – Clean Bandit (feat. Zara Larsson)
- I Like Me Better – Lauv
- Campus – Vampire Weekend
- Swoon – Beach Weather
- Heaven Angel – THE DRIVER ERA
- Cutie – COIN
- Secrets – One Republic
- When You’re Gone – Shawn Mendes
- Drag Me Down – One Direction
- Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heros feat. Adam Levine
- Honestly – Cartel
- Hands Down – The Greeting Committee
a few extras…
Larissa did a guest post for me a while back that holds just as much weight now as it did when the first book launched, so be sure to check that out!