Review: Deceiving Lies By Molly McAdams

The irresistible, blazing-hot sequel to New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams’s Forgiving Lies.

Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they’ve had, she’s ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there’s something else waiting—something threatening to tear them apart.

Kash is ready for it all with Rach. Especially if all includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. With his line of work, he knows how short life can be, and doesn’t want to waste another minute of theirs. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him … and it’s the girl he loves who’s caught in the middle.

Trent Cruz’s orders are clear: take the girl. But there’s something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel’s protector runs out, he will turn his back on the only life he’s known, and risk everything, if it means getting her out alive.

Deceiving Liespicks up where we are left hanging at the end of Forgiving Lies.  I may not have mentioned the cliff hanger in my other review and I didn’t because while I know I at times am vocal about hating cliffhangers so much but that’s because we have to wait for the next book, well Deceiving Lies is available so we will call it one of those forgivable lies I was talking about.
Kash’s past has caught up with him and Rachel is the one who is paying for it.  Not knowing what is going on or why she was targeted makes it so much harder on her.  Even though she is not alone, has someone to watch out for her, she knows that things may never again be the same.  I was honestly surprised at how well she handled herself during this time, I would have been a million times worse but it shows growth on her part and that made me love her character even more.  Were there times that I rolled my eyes at her, yes there was but let’s be honest when don’t we as readers have our own opinions on the characters and how we would do something different. 
Kash had me very very disappointed in him at a couple of points.  He couldn’t open his eyes and see what his actions or inactions were doing to Rachel and I didn’t think he would ever realize just how much Rachel does love him.  I wanted to smack him upside the back of the head and scream don’t be an idiot!
One thing I hated is that the best friend is back in the picture, but luckily for me at least she isn’t in it like the first book.  I am sorry Ms. McAdams but I just can’t stand her, never will.  She needs to fall from the top of a cheer pyramid…

Anyways I am moving on.  I think for me Deceiving Lieswas overall more emotional than Forgiving Lies was.  I will also admit that I loved it more than Forgiving Lies.  I know that Kash and Rachel’s story is wrapped up here but I do hope that we see more of them in the future in other books.

Review: Forgiving Lies By Molly McAdams

A matter of secrets…
Undercover cop Logan “Kash” Ryan can’t afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies…
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel’s will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love…
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel’s heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies … or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?

I am going to be straight up truthful and say prior to reading Forgiving Lies I had never read anything by Molly McAdams.  I have had her books on my kindle for a while now but always kind of kept pushing them off to read something else.  When I signed up to review Changing Everything( my review will post tomorrow so make sure you check back for it)  I knew I had to take the time and do what I always try to do when reading a book that is a part of a series, that being reading the previous books.  So I picked up my kindle and scrolled until I found Forgiving Lies and began to read. And I read and read and read until I finished it and I asked myself why did I wait so long to read this.  Now before I continue, I have heard other people say that this series is a little different than Ms. McAdams’ other books (which I will be reading as soon as I can) so if for some reason this one doesn’t work for you, check out her other books and give it another shot.  Okay now on to my review.
I loved the banter and back and forth bickering between Kash and Rachel.  I think I laughed out loud so many times that people around me thought maybe I was a little crazy.  Kash knew that he needed to keep his focus on the job at hand but Rachel not just knocks him on his ass, nope she runs his ass down like a mac truck and he doesn’t see it coming until bam!  Now he did wrong I won’t disagree with that but I understand why and for me it is a forgiving lie. 
Rachel had been going through hell and she didn’t need Kash to add to it.  I felt so bad for her, I just wanted to say why, why, why would you put up with this shit.  I think that was my only issue with Rachel, she allowed herself to be used as a doormat at times.  I loved how her true personality would come to the forefront when she would bicker with Kash. 
Now I am going to digress very quickly and mention my feelings on the best friend.  Bitch needed a baseball bat to the back of the head, a punch to the throat and a kick to the vagina for ever, ever accusing Rachel of not telling the truth and treating her the way she did.  If I had been Rachel bitch would have no longer been my best friend and I sure as hell wouldn’t have forgiven her.  Seriously can you feel my rage for this twat?

Okay now that I let that out of my system I can move on.  I really enjoyed Forgiving Lies from beginning to end even with my little rant in the paragraph above.  It opened my eyes and had me ask myself what lies would I be able to forgive and what ones would be unforgivable.  You may think you know the answer to that but do you really?  And in case you are wondering why I keep calling them forgivable lies, read the book, you will get your explanation.  Molly McAdams, you have opened my eyes, not just to your writing but to the understanding that sometimes not all lies are bad.

Blog Tour: Kick By Carmen Jenner

When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.
A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.
When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.
I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.
My name is Daniel Johnson.  I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.
And I’ll betray her too.
This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.
Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

I am going to expand on the warning the author gives above.  This is book has some really dark scenes and if you have rape triggers or abuse triggers you may want to proceed with caution.  I love a good dark read but there were some scenes in here that had me putting my kindle down for a few minutes and walking away before I could go further.  With all that being said, I must be sick and twisted in my head but I just kept going back for more.
I don’t want to go to deep into the book because I don’t want to give anything away, but the things that Kick has done, things that he witnessed, things that not just affected him, but someone close to him as well.  He has a way with crazy.  That sentence won’t make sense until you read the book, but trust me he is like the crazy whisperer.  His story isn’t pretty, it’s not even a diamond in the rough, it is raw, gritty, dark and disturbing.  Now I am not saying all those things only pertain to Kick.  Nope, but again you will have to read the book to see who and/or what I am talking about.

Please though, if dark reads aren’t for you, then don’t read the book.  If rape situations or drug use are triggers or hard limits, then please don’t read the book because while this is dark and disturbing at times it is a damn good book, one that still has me thinking about it days later.
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“You gotta let go now, Princess. I gotta hand you over.”
Her panicked gaze meets mine. “He’ll shoot you.”
“No, he won’t.”
“Yes, he will.”
I smile down at her. “What are we just gonna stand here forever, you in my arms, your dad holding a gun to my head? If he shoots me, he shoots me. Ain’t nothing I can do about that, Princess. At least I’ll know I did one thing right.”
She takes a deep, shaky breath. “I’d be dead if it weren’t for you.”
I nod, because it’s true. If Slayer hadn’t come at a deal, Prez would’ve eventually killed her, and he’d have tortured her some more first. “Promise me somethin’?”
“Get on your feet and then get the hell outta here. Prez will come looking for you again. He’s not a guy who likes to lose. Take as much money as you can, and get the fuck away from this life, otherwise you’re gonna wind up filling a body bag way too young.”
Lauren is wrenched away from me then. She screams as the Italian carts her off toward the clubhouse, flailing and slapping at him despite her injuries.
“Daniel!” she screams, reaching out toward me as he struggles to get her inside. Without thinking I take a step forward, but I’m attacked from behind. My knees go out from under me and I’m shoved face-first into the ground. Some heavy motherfucker sits down on my back. I buck, trying to unseat him, but I’m whacked in the back of the head until I stop.
“Well, isn’t that fuckin’ touching? The Angel scum, in love with my daughter? Didn’t I warn you away from her once before?” Slayer asks, circling me like a predator circles prey. The biker using me for a chair shoves his gun against the back of my skull.
“Yeah, I did,” Slayer continues, and he motions for the guy on top of me to force me to stand. I’m dragged up by the hair and presented to Slayer. “At the rally, where she fuckin’ went missin’!” His red, blotchy face almost touches mine. He’s so close I can see the blood vessels snaking out from the corners of his eyes. He’s fucking high. His daughter’s been locked up, raped, beaten, treated like a fuckin’ animal over some shit that she shouldn’t even have to know about, and the arsehole’s gettin’ high as a fuckin’ kite instead of findin’ her? He makes me sick. He’s everything I hate about the life. And he’s more than likely exactly where I’ll end up, because this is what we are—this is what livin’ in the club gets you: bitterness, enemies, and a shit-tonne of bad blood.
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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAYBest Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent.  She’s also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.
While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn’t have an Elijah Cade, though.
If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.


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Review: Naughty in Norway by Christine Edwards

While studying abroad in Norway for a semester, Vail witnesses a murder. Alreck whisks her away, without her consent, and takes her to his cabin in Northern Norway. She’s strangely attracted to him even though he holds her against her will. He’s mysterious, he dangerous, and he’s HOT!
Vail has no clue why Alreck has kidnapped her. He won’t tell her. He just keeps her captive. Vail tries to escape. It almost takes her life when she fails. After Alreck catches her, he saves her life and keeps her captive.
I enjoyed this story immensely. Christine Edwards writes characters you love. You may want to smack them sometimes for doing stupid stuff, but you still love them. I mean afterall, we all want to smack the ones we love from time to time!
Vail frustrated me a bit. I figured out early on why Alreck took her. I couldn’t see why she didn’t figure it out. But then, I’ve never been in her situation, so I may not have figured it out either. It’s easier when you’re on the outside looking in.
Alreck is the original bad boy. He’s hot, mysterious and while he gives off the bad boy vibe, he’s really quite nice. Just don’t tell him I said so! Alreck would do anything for Vail and he does!
One of the things I really liked about this story was the HEA. It wasn’t an automatic HEA. There was some time and space between Vail and Alreck before they got their HEA. I also like that Vail wasn’t the one that had to give things up to get Alreck. He came after her. A bad boy knight in tarnished armor!

I’m really liking this series. I’m actually not sure it is a series, but it seems like it. None of the stories are related to each other. They just have a central theme running through them! Christine Edwars has managed to make kidnapping HOT!

Review: The Heart has Reasons by Martine Marchand

**Be warned – there are spoilers in this review. BIG ONES!**
Well, this one just puts me in a conundrum. How can you end up hating both of the main characters and loving the story? HOW?
Martine Marchand has managed to write a story where I ended up hating both the Hero and Heroine, yet loved the story. I’m still not exactly sure how exactly that happened, but it did.
Let me explain…..
Larissa had a stalker two years ago. He broke in, she shot him, he got away. Now, she’s buffed up on marital arts, a gun, and defense techniques.
Chase has been hired by her stalker to bring her from Charleston, SC to California. Chase thinks she’s an errant wife that needs to be returned to her husband.
OK. First off, even if she is an errant wife, Chase has NO RIGHT to kidnap her and return her to California. Plus, he just took the stalker’s word. No research, nothing. Butt head! You would think Special Forces would be smarter than that. Guess no in his case!
Larissa I started out liking but ended up screaming at her through my Kindle. I came close to throwing it through the window on numerous occasions. I’ve now dubbed her TSTL (Too Stupid To Live.) We’ll get to why in a few minutes.
I started out really liking Larissa. She was a bit overly cautious, but I get why. However, she wasn’t a victim. She fought, she cajoled, she argued, she pleaded. She did everything she should to try to get free. She even had sex with him in order to try and get free. I get that. I would do it. I would do anything to get free. I don’t blame her, I applaud her. Do whatever it takes.
Chase is slimy at this point. One, he’s dating someone, yet he has sex with Larissa. Plus, he thinks she’s married and he has sex with her. Total slimeball material there.
Chase was stupid too. Beyond stupid. When she tells her story to Chase, he doesn’t check it out. He just decided her husband/stalker is telling the truth. Dude, check out the Internet sometime. It’s amazing what you can find.
One of the things that really irked me was the description of the path they took from SC to CA. I couldn’t figure out how they hit the states they hit. I travel that path often and still can’t figure it out. Once I got past the geography lesson I got back to the story.
Larissa gets delivered to her stalker. Chase leaves. Larissa fights to the bitter end. She knows she’s gonna die a horrible death, so she plans to fight all she can. Good for her! Go for it!
Chase comes back, rescues her. Here is the TSTL moment. She LETS him get away. Then she LIES about her kidnapper, Chase. OMG! REALLY? She lies repeatedly. All to keep him out of jail
So, then we decided it’s Stockholm Syndrome. She says no, I still say maybe. If not, she’s TSTL. If it is, I feel for her, she needs help.
Now, at this point the story took a turn I was not expecting. In fact it was an amazing turn and I was quite impressed with it. I fully expected that since Larissa never saw Chase’s face on the trip or the rescue by Chase, he would just show up in Charleston later on, get to know her and then she’d figure it out. But Nope! Didn’t happen that way.
We got to see the investigation and the FBI agents trying to convince Larissa to turn Chase in. She remained steadfast and continued to lie for him. Chase was steadfast too. He didn’t want to go to jail. Although he did consider confessing when he thought Larissa had been arrested. That earned him a brownie point. But he’s so far in the hole, he’ll never see the light of day in my eyes.
So, with all of this how come I liked the story?
It’s different. I’ve read captive stories where the captive falls for her captor. All the ones I’ve read before were situations where the captive was conditioned to fall for the captor. A true Stockholm Syndrome or conditioning environment.
This story was not that. It was different. I can’t completely rule out Stockholm Syndrome, but it just doesn’t feel that way. Martine didn’t take the easy route with the resolution. In fact, we took the brutal path. It made the story better.

So, even though I ended up hating both Chase and Larissa, I liked the story. Well played Martine…well played.
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Review: Steal My Heart by Lisa Eugene

*There is dubious consent and a little non-con in this book*
Steal My Heart is the story of a germaphobe nurse who gets kidnapped and taken on a wild ride by a hot ex-navy SEAL. Along the way, they’re thrown into danger, deceit, murder, mayhem and betrayal.
So, this review is a little hard for me to write. I have mixed feelings about it. I love military heroes, whether active or retired. I love the idea of falling for someone you wouldn’t normally. I loved the action, the intrigue, the mystery and was totally caught off-guard by the guilty party.
The idea of a germaphobe nurse travelling and wearing the same clothes over and over made me chuckle. Watching how Gabe dealt with her was even better.
The romance between Gabe and Maggie was hot. Gabe learning to let others in and learning to love was great. I also love that Maggie was a full figured woman. And the descriptions matched that. It was just lip service. This hot SEAL falling for a full figure woman was awesome.
So, where was my problem with the story? There quite a few words I had to stop and look up. I have a pretty decent vocabulary and I rarely have to look up words when reading romance novels. However, I found myself being pulled from the story and forced to look up words. It tended to disrupt the flow for me.
The first half of the story dragged a bit for me. This may have been because I kept getting pulled from the story. However, the last half really picked up the pace.
The last 25% was rolling fast and furious and I couldn’t read fast enough. It was full of action and passion.
The best part? The conclusion! Nope, not gonna tell. You’ll have to read it. But, let’s just say, the ultimate guilty party was a surprise to me. Plus, how it all ended up being resolved was AWESOME! I liked that ending!
Now, what did the vagina say to the rabbi? (read the book, you’ll understand the question!)