Stephanie Rowe

Secretly Mine

Book 5: Birch Crossing Series

About the Book

She’s back in town with no time for the rebel who stole her heart long ago…but now he’s playing for keeps.

Fifteen years ago, Dash Stratton married the spunky girl next door to protect her, a secret they’ve both kept for a decade and a half. Now, she’s back for the first time since that day, and she needs a divorce. Can Dash convince her that the man of her dreams is the one she’s been hiding all this time? He has thirty days to change her mind, or lose her forever.

When Leila Kerrigan inherits a sprawling lake house, the last thing she wants is to return to her hometown to sort out the will. But when she arrives and learns she must live in the house for thirty days before selling it, she realizes it’s a chance to recover from the freefall her life is in.

But all hopes of a quiet, restorative hideaway are ruined when Leila discovers that her co-heir and roommate for the next month is the town bad boy she married fifteen years ago…and hasn’t seen since. Dash is tall, muscled, moody, and ridiculously attractive. A virtual stranger…who is much too tempting for a woman who has no heart left to share.

Leila has thirty days to sell the house, persuade Dash to set her free, and heal secrets she has held for too long. But the accidental single dad has secrets of his own…and he’s not willing to lose Leila a second time.

Buy the Book

  • Buy on Apple Books
  • Buy for Kindle
  • Buy for Nook
  • Buy on Google Play
  • Buy on Kobo


“All the feels…I was sucked so deeply into this story that I couldn’t (honestly, wouldn’t!) find my way out until the early morning hours.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Jennifer L.)

“Such a great book to cozy up and read.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Jen)

“Stephanie has done it yet again!!!!” Five-star Goodreads Review (Misty Z.)

“Masterful… tugged at my heart.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Elizabeth)

“Definitely tugged at the heartstrings.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Dawnie G.)

“I just couldn’t put it down.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Jill G)

“Such a satisfying ending.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Sara)

“Such a unique and wonderful take on a second chance romance. Leila and Dash immediately grabbed my attention… not to mention all my emotions during their journey. Imagine meeting your husband again after 15 years….all but a stranger- a hunky one, but a stranger none the less…. I loved these characters so much. I absolutely fell in love with the entire town of Birch Crossing!” Five-star Goodreads Review (TXBRITGAL)

“I fell head over heels for Leila and Dash! Their story made me laugh, cry, and swoon!” Five stars, Jessie’s Reading Corner

“I laughed, I cried, I had to stop and compose myself. But I had a hard time putting it down.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Laura C.)

“Exquisitely beautiful!! All the feels. This is a do not pass up book. Perfectly written :).” Five-star Goodreads Review (Jann)

“I couldn’t put it down! It had its grip on me from page one. I don’t know how I haven’t read any from this series, but I need to remedy that.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Vicki R.)

“Phew. This book…just wow….it really packs an emotional punch…all the big feels…. This book is a true standalone in an interconnected series. Despite not having read the other 4 books, I was able to follow the story without feeling like I was missing things. I loved this book so much that I’m now going to go read the other books in the series.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Tammy M.)

“OMG….bring the tissues and get ready for the biggest, bestest, saddest, funniest, happiest, lovingest bawlfest I hope you will read….I TOTALLY LOVED THIS ONE.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Nana X8)

“The story is fun, touching, interesting, compelling. Rowe just keeps writing stories that grip the reader and leave us feeling good about the world.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Riding Reviewer)

“This story has some real zingers and pulls on the ole heart strings. Like all of Ms. Rowe’s books, this book is superb and definitely worth reading.” Five-star Goodreads Review (Anna)

“[Dash] and Leila’s story was raw, real, and healing…it doesn’t take long to know these two were meant for each other. This book was fantastically written, and Stephanie Rowe once again did not disappoint!!!” Five-star Goodreads Review (Christa S.)

The Details

Published: October 17, 2023
Publisher: Authenticity Playground Press
Formats: Ebook
ISBN-13: 978-1-959845-02-7
Genres & Tropes
Contemporary Romance, Small-town Romance, Single Dad, Bad-boy hero, Rebel hero, Match-making Small-town, Romantic Comedy, Heartwarming & Emotional Romance, Steamy Romance.