Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh
HE’S TEMPTING FATE
Jazz Lancing is the stuff of legends. A mountain-bred ex-Navy SEAL with rugged dark looks, a tall muscled frame, and gorgeous blue eyes, he can have any woman he wants in the state of Tennessee. Except Annie Mayes. The beautiful, innocent teacher refuses to fall for Jazz because she’s hiding a secret more powerful than her own temptation …
SHE’S IN TOO DEEP
Jazz knows that Annie isn’t who she says she is-that she’s lying about her identity, her past, and her motives. But can she be trusted? Little does he know Annie has been craving his kiss for years, dreaming that Jazz would take her in his arms and save her from her demons. But telling Jazz the truth could put both of them in peril. In this deadly game of danger, deceit, and darkness, is desire worth the risk of losing…everything?
Review: I definitely enjoyed reading Wicked Lies. This book quickly pulled you into the story and it was a fast-paced read. The heroine, Annie has a secret background and there was clearly a draw between her and Jazz. Unfortunately, Annie’s identity is a major spoiler and I can’t really go into much of the plot without ruining it. Which, of course, makes reviewing the book, and analyzing the relationship between Jazz and Annie, very difficult. So this will be a short review.
I’m not the biggest fan of romantic suspense and I would have liked a bit more actions scenes before Annie’s identity and reason for hiding were revealed. It seemed like the bad guy was obvious as well. I’ve read other Lora Leigh books and I’m usually guessing about the bad guy until the very end. I also didn’t like the classification of Jazz as a man-whore just because he didn’t have long-term relationship. It’s becoming a pet-peeve of mine and one of my least favorite romance tropes. Romance novels are carefully not to call the heroine a whore, even if she is a courtesan or a mistress, but rather that she was forced into those circumstances. But if the hero doesn’t have long-term relationships, he’s automatically a man-whore.
The relationship between Jazz and Annie was built on their past, which is difficult to talk about without giving everything away. However, when they are together, it is clear they have a deep and lasting connection. Despite anger at each other, and some stupid actions because of it, everything they do is protect one another. I really like books where the heroine is as proactive in protecting the hero as he is her and this is one of those books. Also, wow, Lora Leigh knows how to write steamy books! I’ve read her erotic series before, and am a major fan, but I had stupidly expected this series to be tamer. I’m really glad I was wrong. The sensuality between Jazz and Annie definitely steams up the page!
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.