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Lies, a steamy, fast paced standalone filled with the perfect blend of heat and humor from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, is available now!

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Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.

Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.

Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.

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My Review

Lies destroy lives. They break trust. They paint a picture that isn’t reality.

And, unknowingly, this is Betty Dawsey’s life in Kylie Scott’s newest release, LIES, and while after hearing the truth of who her fiancé truly is, she might reconsider wanting the truth because her life literally explodes and she’s left figuring out how to stay alive while also dealing with all the lies that are revealed about the man she thought she knew.

The fact that Betty’s once boring and average Thom turns out to be someone else entirely does a number on her head and her heart is completely understandable, and the maelstrom of feelings that she has to sort through when everything is revealed can’t be an easy feat, especially when her life continues to be threatened and the one person she’s supposed to trust has just been found to be a liar. I would be just as upset with not only the lies but also with the reason Thom chose her as part of his cover story. I credit her for wanting to change the dynamics of her life at the beginning of the story because she doesn’t seem to be a priority to Thom, and I also like the fact that she was strong and came through when it mattered most.

I have to be honest…I couldn’t get a read on Thom for most of the story. I understand the need to live a double life, but I didn’t like how he made Betty feel like she didn’t matter. It’s clear that he has a certain skillset that makes him an excellent covert operative, but it’s his personal life that needs some work, but if Thom can keep himself and Betty alive, they just might stand a chance because as the saying goes, there is always some truth in lies, and when it comes to how he sees Betty and wants to protect her just might win her back.

Amidst trying to work through Betty’s feelings of betrayal as well as her truly learning who her fiancé is and why he’s been living a lie, professionally, Thom is in even more danger than his fiancee’s wrath because there’s a double-agent among his team and if he can’t stop this person from picking off his team one by one, he may not have a chance to make amends.

There is  suspense and action involved in every part of the story line, which keeps the plot moving forward as a steady pace. Betty and Thom’s relationship is quite a slow burn, but it makes sense given the circumstances and what he’s willing to do to keep his fiancee safe.

I enjoyed Kylie Scott’s romantic suspense; it’s not the author’s typical type of story, but I love authors who step outside their usual writing bubble and show just how multifaceted they are as writers.

4 Poison Apples

About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.


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