Wicked Lies: A Men of Summer Novel by Lora Leigh
Overview by Amazon:
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 always love books with rugged, ex-military men. This book features a cadre of them! I am thinking this is the going to be a great series.
Annie has been in town for two years. She is the kindergarten teacher in Loudoun, and probably the only woman who has resisted Jazz. But appearances are deceiving. Annie falls under suspicion by the second-in-command of the Kin. I found it difficult to exactly understand what the Kin are, but mafia, protectors, informants and ex-military ops are all adjectives that came to mind.
Somewhat of a spoiler……………………………………………………………
It turns out that Annie is actually the long lost and presumed dead daughter of the leader of the Kin. We find this out pretty early in the book, but it’s a major revelation. Kenni is her name and she was on the cusp of womanhood when her life was shattered. She was about to embark on a relationship with Jazz when she had to go into hiding. She has returned after being hunted for the past ten years. Not knowing who to trust and bewildered by how her family could turn on her.
The relationship between her and Jazz was electric. I found the love scenes between the two raw and very satisfying. There is more than just a couple getting together, but reconnecting after a devastating separation.
The mystery is well developed and the plot is well paced. While we know Annie/Kenni’s identity, the circumstances and details are fleshed out throughout the book. After being alone for so long, it was rewarding to see Jazz standing by her side.
I found myself pretty wrapped up in the mystery of Annie’s identity and past. I also enjoyed the characters and how they all fit together. While there is a heavy dose of testosterone in the book, I found it appealing and fascinating to read about big men threatening and chasing each other. Overall, this book was a fun and interesting read.