Wicked LiesSeries: Men of Summer #2
by Lora Leigh
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks, Macmillan on September 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
I’ve always wanted to read a novel by Lora Leigh. Ever since I started working at the library, I would be shelving the paperbacks and the sheer amount of Lora Leigh books would astound me (and pretty much get in my way). Why had I never heard of her before? She wrote paranormal romance for goodness sake! The sheer volume of books in her multiple series had me a bit intimidated, though.
Then I saw Wicked Lies coming out; a book two in a series! Not so far ahead that I can’t catch up. I’ll try it!
I am so glad I did. I think everyone should break out of their comfort zone and try a new author now and again. I really enjoyed reading this steamy hot romance by Ms. Leigh. And I think I got a fairly good idea of her writing style.
Although, it took me a bit to get into this story and figure out what the heck was going on. I don’t know if it was because I was reading an ARC but the story starts out with Jazz tracking Annie in the trees on the outskirts of a field party, I think? I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what Jazz was talking about. After Jazz did the inner monologue about tracking Annie down and her being his little teacher (paraphrased!), we switched POVs and I could finally picture what was going on.
The other thing that threw me was that I had seen that the series was titled Men of Summer. Vague, yes, but I wasn’t expecting an underground mountain militia group to be the common denominator between everyone. Well, that came out of left field!
Eventually I got a grasp on the story and everything went hot, sizzling, and intense action from there on out.
Annie is the new school teacher in the small town but she’s on the periphery. She seems to be watching people but she’s pretty much keeping to herself. But the local ladies’ man notices her. Once he gets in her presence, there’s no denying there’s chemistry between the two of them. But Annie is trying her darnedest to stay away from Jazz. She has a very compelling reason why.
The plot is pretty twisted and intense. It made this book a quick read for me because I wanted to know how it was all going to resolve to the inevitable HEA. I also enjoyed many of the side characters. They added depth to the story with their personalities, both good and bad.
I did take issue with the execution of some of the details of the plot. But then a “romantic” scene would come along and I would forget all about those details I was hung up (pish… colored contacts…). Ms. Leigh can write some good sex scenes. Granted, she’s a new author to me but I liked her style; different, but not bad! Annie and Jazz definitely had a great love story to go along with the “fun” they were having. I really liked Jazz all along. But then, I love my alpha men.
So, to sum up, I was all over the place with my review (HA!). Seriously though, I know when I go to read another Lora Leigh novel, I’ll just have to be careful when picking. I can perhaps preview the first few chapters before I commit. Isn’t that called dating or something?