Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Deceiving Lies by Molly McAdams (4 stars)

About Deceiving Lies
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 4, 2014)

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 Rachel, especially if “all” includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. In his line of work, Kash knows how short life can be and doesn’t want to waste another minute of their life together. 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, Trent will turn his back on the only life he’s known—and risk everything if it means getting her out alive.


Rachel and Kash have not had the typical road to happily ever after. Kash's job is intense and dangerous, but they were both hoping they'd already faced their demons. Then, someone from Kash's past comes back to haunt them. Rachel's plans for their upcoming wedding are derailed when she's kidnapped.

Captive and scared, Rachel finds herself in a nightmare. Hope comes in the form of one of her captors. Trent starts to fall for Rachel, but can he keep her from harm. Meanwhile, Kash is going crazy trying to find her. Will she make it out alive? If she does, will she ever be the same?

I definitely recommend reading Forgiving Lies (the prequel to this book) first. Otherwise, I think readers will be confused and less engaged. Kash and Rachel are tough characters, but it's because of the intensity of their backgrounds. There's no light, fluffy romance here. Actually, there's little romance in this follow-up. But for those who enjoy a fast-paced thrill ride with characters they already know, it's a real score.

Still, I wanted more romance to balance the intensity, and I wasn't thrilled with the events surrounding Rachel and Trent. Fear is an amazing motivator, though, so I did understand the bond. But I was put off by both Rachel and Kash's reactions after. Not everyone reacts the same to a traumatic event, and the author definitely had me emotionally invested in the outcome. Another win.

Overall, I'd recommend Deceiving Lies to fans of Molly McAdams and especially to those who were already invested in Kash and Rachel from the first book. Plus, the ending really scored with me!

Rating: 4 stars 

If you would like to read my review of Forgiving Lies, please find it here.

About the Author

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach . . . which roughly translates to being a homebody and dishing out movie quotes with her hubby, or hiding in her writing cave trying to get her characters’ stories out.

Visit Molly at her website, read her blog, connect with her onFacebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Thanks to TLC for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

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Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you really enjoyed the ending, especially after everything the characters went through in this book!

Thanks for being on the tour.