Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

From #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh comes Wicked Lies, a sizzling novel of the Men of Summer-their ways and means, and the women they desire...


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...


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?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆
Finally, the second installment of the Men of Summer series. While there was a lot I liked about it, there were some aspects that just didn't grab me.

I really should have re-read Loving Lies before delving into this book just to refresh the characters in my mind. That being said, this is a solid read.

What worked/what didn't:

What didn't work for me is that the only thing that Annie changed about herself was contact lenses and her hair color before returning to the hometown that she believed betrayed her. Living in the town where her family lives -- including cousins out the kudzu -- seems a little dangerous when there are people out to kill you and the only thing different is your hair color.

What did work for me was the sense of protectiveness that her family and friends afforded to her once the secret was out. Yes, the men folk are over the top a$$hats but you can see how devastated they were after they were told of her death years ago.

I hope that the next installment in this series isn't too far down the line.

Heat Level: off the charts

I give this one 3 stars because I felt that it was okay, but a bit confusing for me. As a fan of Lora Leigh, I wasn't disappointed in her deliciously steamy sex scenes, but the rest of the storyline seemed like I was missing something or had missed something even though it is supposed to be able to be read as a standalone.

Jazz lives in a small woodsy town where he was raised with his foster family and remains close with his foster brothers. He, and the whole town still mourns the loss of their leader's wife and daughter, Jazz's first love.

Annie is hiding in small town Loudoun, trying to stay under the radar where she's been safe. Her world has been torn apart for years and she spends her time trying to seek out help while looking over her shoulder. She's always prepared to run, but longs to rebuild her roots where they belong.

The whole town is run by a mafia like organization called the Kin. They are either the protectors or the nightmare depending upon who you are to them. Jazz and his foster brothers have grown up under their tutelage and they know just how useful, and deadly they can be.

When Annie's true identity is revealed, she and Jazz find out who they really are to each other, but have no idea if they can keep her safe, let alone get past the deception, and new ways of life they have developed to even go forward with their relationship.

I didn't find this hard to read, and quite enjoyed all of the badass alpha males mixed in with their feisty female counterparts. I would recommend this to Lora Leigh fans and general romance fans looking for a steamy alpha male read.

Another great read from Ms. Leigh. She gets right to the heart of a story and draws in the reader until suddenly it is getting light again; a night spent turning the pages ignorant of time passing! The plot is complex, the characters so vivid and the romantic leads just have to work it out, as they are clearly so right together. I had not read the first in the series, but I shall be going back to remedy that soon.

I really enjoyed the drama, which although quite significant, never was too frightening (on my wuss scale!) and an interest idea. The romance, which had a very brief, innocent background, was explored well, and the legacy he had built was definitely swoonworthy. And although definitely Alpha male, Jazz actually had some empathy which made it work far better than can often be the case.

I loved the ending, which leads clearly onto another story ... but about whom? I hope Ms. Leigh is busy getting it ready, so that we know soon.

#1 New York Times bestseller, LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.
"Lora Leigh writes compelling, red-hot romance." – Sacramento Book Review

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wicked Lies (Men of Summer #2) by Lora Leigh to read and review.

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