Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams (3.5 stars)

About Forgiving Lies

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 29, 2013)

The fabulous New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author returns with a sizzling, funny, and deeply emotional tale of passion and secrets, deception and forgiveness.

A matter of secrets . . .

Undercover cop Logan “Kash” Ryan can’t afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him.
A matter of lies . . .

Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel’s willpower to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love . . .

As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel’s heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies . . . or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?


Rachel has been in love with the same guy since she was a little girl, but he turns out not to be the guy she thought he was. Then she meets Kash, a sexy new neighbor with plenty of secrets. They are drawn to each other, but both are holding back for their own reasons.

As things heat up, dangerous elements swirl around both of them. Can they find love? If they do, will it be too late?

I'll be honest, this book left me torn. It was part romance, part thriller/suspense. But at times I didn't know which was the focus, and I was left frustrated. Although there are some hot scenes between Kash and Rachel, there are also some intense (and disturbing) scenes with a creepy bad guy. I wanted more romance and less intensity at first. But, I was drawn in and intrigued, wondering where the story would lead.

What I loved...
* The alternating viewpoints, the story is told by both Kash and Rachel.
* How well integrated the best friends were -- sometimes they made me mad, but they definitely elevated the story. I want a Mason/Candace story, even though Candace disappointed me several times.
* Rachel -- she was broken but strong.
* Bantering -- Rachel and Kash had some great dialogue.

Then came the ending. Don't worry, no spoilers here. But I was left with my jaw hanging and searching for what had to be missing pages to my book. Was I frustrated with it? Yes. Am I completely obsessed with finding out what happens? Yes. There had better be another book is all I'm saying.

Overall, I cared about these characters and what happened to them, and I liked that it wasn't a light, shallow romance. I'd recommend it to fans of the New Adult genre, especially those who are looking for some grit and suspense to go along with their romance.

Rating: 3.5 stars

About Molly McAdams

Molly McAdamsMolly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry, four-legged daughter. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom—surrounded by her laptop, cell phone, and Kindle—and fighting over the TV remote. She loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornadoes. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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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 you came to care about these characters so much!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.