Friday, May 12, 2017

Liar, Liar by TA Moore

Just another day at the office.

For some people that means spreadsheets, and for others it’s stitching endless hems. For Jacob Archer a day at the office is stealing proprietary information from a bioengineering firm for a paranoid software billionaire. He’s a liar and a thief, parlaying a glib tongue and a facile conscience into a lucrative career. He just has one rule—never get involved with a mark.

Well, had one rule. To be fair, though, Simon Ramsey is dark, dangerous, and has shoulders like a Greek statue. Besides, it’s not as though Jacob’s even really stealing from Simon… just his boss and his brother-in-law. Simon didn’t buy that excuse either after he caught Jacob breaking into the company’s computer network.

That would have been that—one messy breakup, one ticket to Bali booked—but it turns out that the stolen information is worth more than Jacob thought. With his life—and his ribs—threatened, Jacob needs Simon to help him out. Or maybe he just needs Simon.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a story of corporate espionage that quickly goes very wrong. Jacob thought the job would be a simple one. But he didn’t expect to fall in love with his target and he didn’t expect the person who hired him to be murdered for the information.

I found the science and technology in this story slightly baffling, but I enjoyed the exciting cat and mouse game as Jacob and Simon attempt to understand who is actually behind the information theft and the escalating violence.

This is advertised as a romance but it is definitely more of an action adventure. As a career criminal, Jake is a difficult man to like or to trust. After Jacob betrays him, Simon is guarded and wary when circumstances force the two together. The chemistry is hot between these two but I don’t think we ever get romance. I love an anti-hero and Jacob is a charming rogue.

Some of the action here is possibly slightly over the top and there were moments where I struggled to keep track of the characters – but this is an exciting read and it took me some time to figure out the mastermind behind the stolen information. This is blockbuster style excitement and I was quickly caught up in the intrigue. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to action and espionage readers.

TA MOORE genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing). She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out.

She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Liar, Liar by TA Moore to read and review.

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