Publisher: Grand Central
My Copy: Publisher sent for review
She wants to hide the past
FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn’t fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.
He needs to uncover the truth
One night isn’t enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable-until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn’t who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of bloodthirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.
Haunted by her attack, Samantha Kennedy is still on the mend. A hot one night stand with Max Ridgeway is just what she needs to make her forget. He makes her feel alive, wanted and with him she isn’t frightened anymore.
Samantha can’t hide forever, she needs to get back to her work. The case she’s been put on with her elite FBI team is slightly closer than home then she would have liked. Kidnappers are taking rich frat boys from bars around town. If their demands aren’t met they find their sons flayed to the bone. Laid out for gawkers like the trash that kidnappers perceive them as.
When Max’s younger brother, Quinlan, is taken Samantha has to tell Max the truth about who she is, and go undercover in his house as his girlfriend. Being close to Max isn’t a hardship but Sam is walking a fine line of being in control. As the case becomes more complicated and bodies start piling up, Sam has to call on her last thread of sanity in order to bag the bad guys. It’s time for Samantha to put the past behind her and focus on what’s right in front of her. This case. And Max.
Deadly Lies is the last of Cynthia’s FBI trilogy. I enjoyed this book immensely (just like every Cynthia Eden book) overall though I did have a few issues connecting with Sam. I’m not sure why I never fully connected with Samantha, because I really loved her character in the previous two books. I think I just never saw her as a tough as nails FBI agent. I think instead I saw her as a typical woman who just happened to own a gun and work with the FBI. Which some people may not like…but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. It gave her a more “human” feel for me. Samantha, while finding a backbone and standing up against kidnappers in this book, still retained a fragile quality that I really enjoyed.
Max and Sam together was an awesome match. Max made Sam realize what she really wanted out of life. Made her stand up to the nightmares and fight back when they came calling. I thought Max’s protective side warring with his angry side was very well done. That tight line he walked between pissed and lust kept me on edge for the majority of the book. The loyalty he felt between his family and Sam was well-played. If there is one thing I love, it’s an alpha man…and boy Cynthia doesn’t let me down with Max.
The twists and turns in Deadly Lies certainly kept me guessing until nearly the very end. I honestly didn’t know what was going on. At one point I thought it was just one person. Then a group. Then a female. Then a female working with a group. *sigh* I was on the edge the entire book. The chapters through the eyes of the kidnapper gave nothing away as to the identity while making me shudder at the coldness and crazy thought processes of a killer set on getting what he wants. Attention. Money. Retribution.
Deadly Lies is a novel not to be missed. Danger and lust are two temptations that will bring you back again and again. Cynthia Eden has cornered the market on making you shudder with fear and then shake with attraction. Deadly Lies is a must have!
I give Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden 4 stars