Book Review: The Essien Trilogy by Kiru Taye

Kiru Taye has been an author I have had my eyes on for several reasons and I had gathered a good number of her books, waiting for the right time and mood to get into read them. Last week was that time and boy, it was a ride!

I decided to review these books all together even if they are three books that can be read as standalone novels because separate reviews would have been a bit repetitive.

The Essien Series is made up of the three books below:

keeping secrets

‘The Essien Trilogy’ is a series of three books titled ‘Keeping Secrets’ , ‘Making Scandal’ and ‘Riding Rebel’. The stories are centered around Felix Essien, Mark Essien and Tony Essien, the three sons of multi billionaire and owner of Apex Group, Chief Aloysius Essien. These three books follow how each of the brothers find love in three spectacular women, Ebony, Faith and Rita.

Although these are classified as romance, they are not your typical romance novels as they carry elements of crime and mystery which made for more exciting reading. I found these books quick and enjoyable reads to pass the time. They are my perfect examples of books for escapism and they really made my weekend. My favorite of the three was ‘Making Scandal’ probably because I liked the characters of both Mark and Faith and my least favorite was ‘Keeping Secrets‘ because I didn’t relate much to Ebony’s character in many ways.

Nevertheless, they were all good reads which I recommend to all romance lovers. I have also gone ahead to read two more spin-off novels from these series and I am currently reading the last two books in this series. Watch out for my reviews coming up soonest.

Rating: 3 Stars – 4 Stars – 4 Stars

Published: May 5th 2014, August 28th 2014, January 28th 2015 by KT Books

Pages: 292, 262, 360

Genre: Romance 

BuyAmazon – Keeping Secrets   Amazon – Riding Rebel Amazon – Making Scandal


The Author:

Kiru Taye (Author of Keeping Secrets)

As a lover of romance novels, Kiru wanted to read stories about Africans falling in love. When she couldn’t find those books, she decided to write the stories she wanted to read.

Kiru writes sensual stories featuring African characters whether on the continent or in the Diaspora. When she’s not writing you can find her either immersed in a good book or catching up with friends and family. She currently lives in the South of England with her husband and three children.

Kiru is a founding member of Romance Writers of West Africa. In 2011, her debut romance novella, His Treasure, won the Book of the Year at the Love Romances Café Awards. She is the 2015 Romance Writer of the Year at the Nigerian Writers Awards and 2017 Author of the Year at the Ufere Awards. 


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