Lies
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.

Lies Details

TitleLies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2019
PublisherKylie Scott
ISBN-139781072014669
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Contemporary, Adult, Mystery, Action, New Adult, Spy Thriller, Espionage

Lies Review

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    January 1, 1970
    Truth = I am not a big romance suspense reader, but Kylie Scott, you have that talent to suck me in!!Amazingly written, I was pushing through this book just to find out what was coming next!!! These characters are well written. Betty and Thom, oh you guys gotta read these two. From the outs to the ins, the ups and downs, and oh what a fun ride at times, definitely pick this one up. This read is not one I'll forget anytime soon. I hope to see this as a blockbuster on the screens!!
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    ❤4 STARS ❤“Our whole relationship was like a mission to you. You assessed my life, inserted yourself into it, and then only worked within the parameters you were comfortable with.”It was a quick and refreshing read! I liked the characters and the story was interesting , I couldn't put it down.It has action,drama ,humor and a great romance.It's different from her other books but still very good!Betty is hilarious and Thom was interesting.Their romance was slow ,intense and steamy.If you are looki ❤️4 STARS ❤️“Our whole relationship was like a mission to you. You assessed my life, inserted yourself into it, and then only worked within the parameters you were comfortable with.”It was a quick and refreshing read! I liked the characters and the story was interesting , I couldn't put it down.It has action,drama ,humor and a great romance.It's different from her other books but still very good!Betty is hilarious and Thom was interesting.Their romance was slow ,intense and steamy.If you are looking for a fun and lighthearted read this is perfect!     
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I like so many others already, really had a "movie" vibe when reading this book. The fact that the cover model seems to be Keanu Reeve's twin, only amplified that feeling. Of course, I couldn't get the handsome man out of my head once I laid eyes on this cover...which is not a bad thing.., at all !!!This book also reminded me a bit of the movie "True" Lies", which again...was not a bad thing, since I loved it. Betty wants to end her relationship with Thom. He is a good guy but they don't seem to I like so many others already, really had a "movie" vibe when reading this book. The fact that the cover model seems to be Keanu Reeve's twin, only amplified that feeling. Of course, I couldn't get the handsome man out of my head once I laid eyes on this cover...which is not a bad thing.., at all !!!This book also reminded me a bit of the movie "True" Lies", which again...was not a bad thing, since I loved it. Betty wants to end her relationship with Thom. He is a good guy but they don't seem to be having any chemistry and he is quite boring in her eyes. Boy, is she in for a surprise !!I absolutely love some suspense and mystery in my romance and this book delivered on both accounts. I also really enjoyed Betty finding out everything there was to Thom. It is not every day that you find out your boring fiancee is, in fact, a secret operative. Of course, this means that he is also a big fat liar !!!Question is...will she forgive him for lying and embrace this " not so boring" new version of him. Maybe she will...but they will need to make it out alive first :PI had lots of fun reading this one. The action, the mystery and of course the romance were delicious.  Highly recommended for those who love some suspense in their romance novels ;)   An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review  
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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR) Betty Dawsey is a florist in California who has been with her fiance Thom Lange for a little over a year when she decides things just aren’t going to work out. They’ve lost their spark, and everything between them has become predictable and routine. She was tired of feeling like an after thought. He was always busy or away for work, and she was lonely. She wants someone who puts her first and makes her a priority. She needs to end things before the 4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR) Betty Dawsey is a florist in California who has been with her fiance Thom Lange for a little over a year when she decides things just aren’t going to work out. They’ve lost their spark, and everything between them has become predictable and routine. She was tired of feeling like an after thought. He was always busy or away for work, and she was lonely. She wants someone who puts her first and makes her a priority. She needs to end things before they get too complicated, and plans on breaking up with him, but then her whole world is suddenly turned upside down when their condo explodes, and she’s kidnapped. Turns out she doesn’t really know the man she was going to marry as well as she thought she did. Boring Thom who was just your average guy is actually an operative with a secret life. Now she wonders if she ever really knew him at all. This stranger is nothing like her Thom. He’s confident, possessive, overprotective, and intense. She’s angry and feels betrayed, and doesn’t know what’s real anymore. He’s messing with her emotions, and suddenly they have off the charts chemistry as they encounter one disaster after another. She’s been dragged into his drama, and now has to rely on him as they are trying to stay alive while figuring out who wants them dead. While on the run together will they be able to explore their new connection and sort out their complicated relationship, or is it truly over between them? -The man stares at me with the heat of a thousand suns and I am dead. My emotional walls, sense of self-preservation, and various other fortifications erected over the past twenty-six years are nothing but rubble.-"I like your smile. Hell, I like every damn inch of you. And I like who I am when I'm around you. The way I don't have to be on edge all the time. Especially now that I don't need to pretend to be someone else. Now that you know all my secrets."-The look in his eyes as he gazes down at me is everything I could have asked for. Everything I'd given up hoping I'd ever get from this man. And now here he is, giving it to me in spades. Lies by Kylie Scott is a sexy standalone full of mystery, action, danger, secrets, lies, excitement, and humor. I really enjoyed this story as this couple embraces their new reality and truly get to know one another for the first time. I adored Betty and how she shows what she’s made of when it counts. She was absolutely hilarious. This book had plenty of heart, heat, laughs and emotion. Just loved it! ***NOW AVAILABLE***https://amzn.to/2M44k12
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    What a fucking asshole of a hero. I honestly never stumbled upon so many unlikable characters in one book.Review later. Actually a rant later. So this was one of the stupidest books I have ever ever read.!Spoilers!First of all, I knew I wouldn’t like it when in first few pages the supposed best friend of heroine told h to not leave hero. Heroine is telling her how after a year together he treated her poorly, never put her in a first place bla bla bla. Let me tell you if my best friend told me th What a fucking asshole of a hero. I honestly never stumbled upon so many unlikable characters in one book.Review later. Actually a rant later. So this was one of the stupidest books I have ever ever read.!Spoilers!First of all, I knew I wouldn’t like it when in first few pages the supposed best friend of heroine told h to not leave hero. Heroine is telling her how after a year together he treated her poorly, never put her in a first place bla bla bla. Let me tell you if my best friend told me that her boyfriend is treating her badly and she feels like shit I would kick his ass. What this bff said: ‘‘You know he has to drop everything once a job comes up. I realize he’s not the most exciting guy, Betty, but-’’Moving on.Hero was disgusting. D I s g u s t I n g. Did I make that clear?He lied to her, that part I knew going into this book, but oh boy what I didn’t know is that he was deliberately being an asshole to her because it goes with his ‘plain guy’ image. Excuse me???? Excuse me??????????????? What the fuck. Here is the best part, he knowingly didn’t give her orgasms and was bad in bed. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAI am sorry, but thinking that someone is not going to blow your cover because you are bad in bed is THE stupidest thing I have ever ever heard in my life.The hero is supposedly in love with heroine, but he doesn’t show it anywhere in the book. When she talks bad about herself most of the time he is silent, so the whole book I was waiting for revelation that hero has some brain damage or he is a little retarded or have some disease so he can’t express his feeling. But no, no. Everything was right with him. *facepalm* He is telling her that he loves her but never does he show it.I was satisfied how in the beginning heroine didn’t want to forgive him, but of course it didn’t last long. When she sees him naked (because all those times before they were having sex in dark *can you hear me laughing from this stupidity*) she falls for him, then he shows her what a real sex with him is about and of course she forgives him and falls in love with him. Because it’s a well known fact that when a woman sees a big dick, she can’t help but fall in love. Bitch please, big dick is just big dick, good for sex nothing more, it’s not the only thing you look for in a guy. Well I hope at least.Anyway this books was stupid as fuck. Shame because I like the blurb. Also the ending was overdramatic and I got a feeling that hero didn't learn anything how he should treat heroine, he continued to be selfish and untruthful. Safety info:(view spoiler)[ It’s safe, but a little tidbits of ow were thrown in and it didn’t make sense. He slept with some colleague that turned to be the ‘bad guy’, or bad woman in this case. But it wasn’t addressed anymore. To me it was stupid and unnecessary but so was this whole book. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Isabella.R
    January 1, 1970
    3 Duplicitous Stars ⭐ What should have been a relatively painless breakup with her soon to be ex Thom, becomes a series of explosions, kidnappings and a life on the run with a man she barely recognizes.Betty Dawsey is pissed to learn that her comfortable, yet boring fiancé Thom is in fact an undercover operative.  Everything she thought she knew went up in smoke with the condo she previously lived in…Forced to remain together for her own safety, Betty and Thom will need to sort through the lies 3 Duplicitous Stars ⭐️ What should have been a relatively painless breakup with her soon to be ex Thom, becomes a series of explosions, kidnappings and a life on the run with a man she barely recognizes.Betty Dawsey is pissed to learn that her comfortable, yet boring fiancé Thom is in fact an undercover operative.  Everything she thought she knew went up in smoke with the condo she previously lived in…Forced to remain together for her own safety, Betty and Thom will need to sort through the lies and truths which was their fake relationship.  Learning to trust again and discovering the real man that is Thom Lange, will be the one thing to keep them both alive.”Maybe he’s not too far removed from the basically kind and ethically moral person I thought he was. Only, there’re still all the lies and bad sex to be considered. His willingness to waste my life on a fake relationship to keep his cover intact. So yeah, not very deep down, I kind of still hate his guts and want to shoot him."Now at this point I was really enjoying this story.  It was funny, it was original, and both characters were kickass.  And then it turned into an episode of ‘24’.  It became so action packed that I thought I had started reading a different story. Somehow Betty went from florist to assassin and my mind started to wander, and I was no longer enthralled by this story.  Le sigh…… Could be me, could be the story, but I just didn’t like. If you are looking some for some reading inspiration feel free to check out my website www.mypinkfairytales.com
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  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
    January 1, 1970
    1 STAR⭐ DNF, Chapt 6 @47%I can fully admit that I’m the kind of romance reader that will go down for a thirsty cover. Yes, I’m aware the man on the cover isn’t showing any skin but he’s giving me Keanu Reeves/John Wick vibes and this shit is enough to entice me. That’s right, I said that.What made me really fall for it though, is the blurb. I loved the premise of "Lies". It sounded fun, a mix of romantic suspense/adventure—which I love— and comedy. Having very much enjoyed the author’s previous 1 STAR⭐️ DNF, Chapt 6 @47%I can fully admit that I’m the kind of romance reader that will go down for a thirsty cover. Yes, I’m aware the man on the cover isn’t showing any skin but he’s giving me Keanu Reeves/John Wick vibes and this shit is enough to entice me. That’s right, I said that.What made me really fall for it though, is the blurb. I loved the premise of "Lies". It sounded fun, a mix of romantic suspense/adventure—which I love— and comedy. Having very much enjoyed the author’s previous books, I was pretty sure I’ll end up with a feel good book. I was also super curious about Kylie Scott venturing out and dipping into RS. Yes, I had some expectations.But that’s enough about why I decided to read the book. "Roger that." The story literally starts with a boom: Heroine no sooner decides to dump her fiancé because of reasons (among other things: he’s boring/not remarkable/always away/not invested enough) that she learns he’s actually a badass secret agent. To protect her they’ll have to go through forced proximity and hero will have to win back her trust. Like, was it even real or all part of his cover? "We’re recruited from all over the place. It’s not something we can talk about." Ok so, don’t get me wrong.I know this story is told through the heroine’s POV. I assume Betty, the heroine, has most likely no firsthand knowledge about the spy or military world and it wasn’t lost on me how her lack of familiarity with covert operations made her also kinda endearingly clueless. (I’m saying "kinda" because her ingenue act was irritating AF to me) Like how she kept disrupting the hero’s plans to put distance between them and their enemies by questioning his MO for shit and giggles, sure it’s kinda cute the first time, but repetition made it turn ridiculous. Just like her sudden interest for guns and pointy objects... Anti-gun heroine turns over a new leaf under false bravado. For all her many reminders that she wasn’t stupid, Betty acted rather mindlessly. I assume the author probably had in mind comedic relief? I wasn't receptive to it.Nor was I to the heroine's moaning about her big girls struggles. I’m so over the curvy/poor me characterization. I like reading about curvy heroines but I guess I prefer mine not falling in the "big girls are treated poorly" category. Give me some heroines that won't use their curves as a way to bring sympathy. That pity party sailed a while back for me. "That happens with big girls. People tend to think we’ll be happy with the scraps." Oh please!The author’s ineptitude to make it look like the guys were actually part of a secret agency was what ruined any potential interest I had. Remember, I came in expecting some suspense, adventure and probably rom-com. What I got instead was a mix of all spies parodies in mind. I do enjoy Austin Powers, mind you, only… to an extent.Throwing in some random badass military lingo here and there and give the secret agents animal codenames for good measure doesn’t make the military aspect convincing at all. Sorry.Not for one second this whole set-up made me believe these guys were highly trained operative agents. At most, they were regular guys playing with cool guns and pretty cars. A kid with a Nerf Gun set reenacting Rambo would be just as convincing though. Even Totally Spies dare to look more credible. "I watch thrillers and spy movies. I know stuff." The dialogues didn’t help either, the overused "It’s classified, can’t talk about it" as a smoke-screen or the use of their codenames throughout the pages did not not make any of this conceivable in the least. I understand agents using theirs codenames on the field, but within a compound you share with your teammates? Odd. To me it read like a blend of all secret agents movies out there, with all the clichés, overkill but with no coherence. Even the description of the one woman on the team made me laugh/roll my eyes. "She’s wearing a little green dress with a large knife strapped to her thigh." I’ve read my fair share of suspense and thrillers, but also many romantic suspense books, and this was without a doubt the most unrealistic (don’t come at me telling me this is a fiction book—I KNOW) display of a military op I’ve ever read. Did I expect a Clancy/Ludlum level of intel ops knowledge? Well, no, but some realism would have been nice to ground me to the story.One thing I’ll conceide is the hero’s dedication to blend in and act normal, so much so, he admitted giving the heroine mediocre sex so as to not arise suspicion. That’s some covert skillzzzz! And while we’re on the hero’s subject, my John Wick expectations of a graceful, deadly killer fantasies went up in smoke rather quickly. Thom was not fantasy material in the least. I wanted John Wick, all I got was Johnny English. Talk about lowering your expectations.What I expected:What I got:So this is me. I’m seeing so many readers loving this, you could too, I just really couldn’t suspend my disbeliefs enough to stay for the romance. Up until 50% I’ll dare to say there wasn’t much romance to be seen. Some mild lust at most. Both heroes are rather awkwardly throwing lusty looks at each other. The premise was interesting, the execution not so much. Let’s say there was no consistency to what I read. Anyone who read the book entirely, please can you confirm something to me about the 5 carats ring? Thank you. More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞
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  • Jemima
    January 1, 1970
    Title: LiesAuthor: Kylie Scott Normally I won't use the words 'action packed' to describe a contemporary romance written by Kylie Scott but she proved me wrong.Kylie Scott always manages to write amazing books and this was honestly no different. Lies is one hell of a book. It's suspenseful ,edgy and exciting.Gosh I loved Betty and Thom. Once Betty finds out Thom's true identity and his real personality..the chemistry is full on guys! 🔥 “You’re handling this well.” I laugh. “Oh, really?” Because Title: LiesAuthor: Kylie Scott Normally I won't use the words 'action packed' to describe a contemporary romance written by Kylie Scott but she proved me wrong.Kylie Scott always manages to write amazing books and this was honestly no different. Lies is one hell of a book. It's suspenseful ,edgy and exciting.Gosh I loved Betty and Thom. Once Betty finds out Thom's true identity and his real personality..the chemistry is full on guys! 🔥 “You’re handling this well.” I laugh. “Oh, really?” Because inside my head, I’m basically alternating between this freaked-out, endless, high-pitched screaming noise and an all-consuming need to kill you for all the fucking lies.” I loved that Betty wasn't a damsel in distress. Granted that she was freaking out on the inside but this strong independent woman is strong AF. Loved that she wasn't a pushover and I absolutely love that she made Thom work really hard to gain back her trust. “Holy shit. Is there anything you didn’t lie to me about?” The mirth disappears from his face. “I wasn’t’ lying when I said I love you.” Once we get to know Thom's true identity, I fell in love with him. He's the quiet, strong and efficient type of guy. *SWOON*Thom and Betty's romance is ridiculously sizzling.Lies by Kylie Scott is a steamy fast paced standalone that is jammed packed with mystery and suspense, action and adventure, and let's not forget the characters because I loved the characters.Another smashingly good book by Kylie Scott.FOR AN EXCERPT, CLICK LINK BELOW:https://sentrancedjem.wordpress.com/2...
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    3 indifferent shrug stars. The entire conflict the couple faced was just a tad too ridiculous. The hero purposely acts as a shitty boyfriend because he thinks thats what the h wants? Nobody is that dense.And that ending? What a load of crap. Instead of resolving the couples issues, the author just adds more 'action' by having the hero fake his own death because he cares for the heroine too much. Give 👏me 👏a 👏freaking 👏break.
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  • The Glassed And The Furious
    January 1, 1970
    I love Kylie Scott. She is one of my favorite authors. But this book was truly disappointing. First of all, let me say that I get that with millions of books and movies out there, there is bound to be an overlap of themes. I get that. Just because an idea has been used in countless other instances, does not mean a book cannot be original and good. BUT, this time around I truly felt like Kylie Scott just watched Kingsmen and some RomCom and figured, she'd combine the two. Sadly, it does not work. I love Kylie Scott. She is one of my favorite authors. But this book was truly disappointing. First of all, let me say that I get that with millions of books and movies out there, there is bound to be an overlap of themes. I get that. Just because an idea has been used in countless other instances, does not mean a book cannot be original and good. BUT, this time around I truly felt like Kylie Scott just watched Kingsmen and some RomCom and figured, she'd combine the two. Sadly, it does not work. Thom is supposed to be this badass spy, who's super good at everything spy-related but Scott does not manage to convey that. Rather, to me, Thom was nothing but a moody and broody Joe with a few fancy moves with his gun and not much else. Whatever his motivations are, they made no sense to me. I also had to say that (view spoiler)[ this whole business of naming agents after animals felt quite ridiculous to me. Just a personal preference but it felt fairly ridiculous to try to believe that these were highly trained, top-secret agents when they referred to themselves as badger and crow. (hide spoiler)]Betty for me was a bad mixture of former Kylie Scott characters and a Mary Sue and it was all horribly inconsistent and did not work. On the one hand, she's the typical sarcastic, witty goof Scott writes so well. But then she's also in a constant pity party because she's a big girl and the whole world is mean to them. This really bugged me. Scott's constant need to point out her heroine's size is beginning to be nothing more than annoying. It's always the curvy girl with a lack of confidence and self-esteem that is being mistreated by other mean girls. I get it, Scott wants to make a statement about curvy women, that's great! But don't always portray them as the victims and with no self-esteem who need a man to tell them how beautiful they are. There is nothing wrong with writing about shapes of all sizes, but don't fixate on them and don't constantly push one demeaning stereotype on each of those body-shapes. Because in Scott's world, all the curvy girls are poor, innocent victims and all the tall, thin girls are mean girls. That's the variety she portrays in it is driving me crazy. But back to Betty and Thom. Together they have no chemistry. They barely work as individual characters but together they are even worse. I mean, (view spoiler)[ Betty wanted to leave Thom because he was a non.-feeling, robotic, distanced man who put his job over her. Fair enough. She finds out he's a spy and suddenly her life is in danger and what is the thing she is most upset about? That he had bad sex with her on purpose. Seriously? There are a million things she could and should focus on but for some reason, she is stuck up on that. How ridiculous is this? Thom is no better, frankly. Instead of trying to communicate and get at least some of the trust back, all he does is impress her with his fighting skills and his abundant money that buys her nice things. There are a few instances in which they (finally!) address the obvious issues they should be talking about but it always ends in nudity, sex, or talk about sex. Or they are being attacked. And herein is my other main issue with Betty, her Mary Sue character. So she's a florist who leads a normal life. Suddenly she is under attack, has to flee, is kidnapped, injured and whatnot. All of that happens and she's just like "okay, fine. Gimme a gun." That is absolutely unrealistic and ridiculous. No one would react that way but we're supposed to believe it's all fine and dandy and she's just so good at coping that it's the most natural thing. (view spoiler)[ From then on she solves top-secret agent issues with social media, storms into dangerous gunfights and kills a bad guy, soldiers through grenade attacks and serves as a medic on the battlefield all the while falling in love with Thom. (hide spoiler)]I also need a second to rant about something that has been bothering me about Kylie Scott's novels for ages: There is always a mean girl. There is always that one female character that is backstabbing and mean and bullying or in this instance (view spoiler)[ even murdering. And because Scott is not really good at suspicion, she named that character Scorpion. Like, come TF on! Like the scorpion and the frog? Ever heard of that story. Could you be any more obvious? And you're telling me that during an attack, in which the good top-secret spies battle out some power struggle against the bad top-secret guys, she takes time to talk smack about Betty in front of everyone? Really? (hide spoiler)]So, I have been reading in a lot of reviews that Scott stepped out of her comfort and wrote something completely different but I have to disagree. Yes, she changed the setting from rockstar band, dive bar and tattoo shop to dangerous spy work. Yes, now people shoot each other and things explode. But, if you look at her characters, you will find that there is absolutely no variation. A curvy heroine with body issues and insecurities. Brooding, moody hero. Fun best friends. Over protective other friends. Mean girl who's the villain. It's all there and sadly, it does not work at all this time around. This was really just all over the top. The setting was not believable, the characters lacked chemistry, motivation and common sense. The pacing was all over the place, the plot was not coherent and the ending was just too much. I really had hoped that Scott would give the over-done story of a secret spy a new twist, but sadly she didn't. She just used her typical recipe and tried to blend it with some James Bond /Kingsman type of story but the end result was thoroughly disappointing. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    Sure, there was a wee bit of betrayal, but…I’ve decided that I’d be happy if hubby came home and told me that he’s an undercover agent. Yes, there would be a bit of hurt and crankiness because he’d kept a secret from me. Yes, I might also be very interested to know what kind of undercover was involved. Yes, I might have to hurt him with a blunt instrument if he’d been intimate with someone else while undercover. BUT…if he turned around to me after 22 years of marriage and said…"My darling wife, Sure, there was a wee bit of betrayal, but…I’ve decided that I’d be happy if hubby came home and told me that he’s an undercover agent. Yes, there would be a bit of hurt and crankiness because he’d kept a secret from me. Yes, I might also be very interested to know what kind of undercover was involved. Yes, I might have to hurt him with a blunt instrument if he’d been intimate with someone else while undercover. BUT…if he turned around to me after 22 years of marriage and said…"My darling wife, I’m sorry for lying to you but undercover work pays well and I have millions of dollars squirrelled away."Well, that may put a different light on things. Sure, I’d still be a bit peeved and make him pay with a lot of grovelling, but…PARTY!! I’d retire, move to the coast, get the kids set up with little nest eggs, buy lots of clothes and create the most beautiful study/library with one of those sliding ladder thingamajiggies… I could go on about how I'd spend his imagined hard-earned millions. 😉I enjoyed reading Lies but admit to finding it a “slow burn” enjoyment as it took a while for me to get sucked in. First, we must weed through all the betrayal and lies, then we must work out if the relationship between Thom and Betty was all just part of Thom’s job. I honestly couldn’t tell if Thom had actual feelings for Betty or if it was all part of his being undercover. As the story progresses, we learn that the Thom Betty first met and committed to, is not the real Thom. The real Thom was much more appealing.Lies was action-packed, at times humorous and had enough steamy times to see the connection between Thom and betty to leave me satisfied. We get to meet a few of Thom’s work colleagues whom I liked and would read their stories if Kylie Scott writes them.If you’re looking for an entertaining read, can get past a numbskull hero making numbskull decisions, I suggest giving Lies a try. My favourite part of the story was seeing Betty crack through Thom’s stoic façade. With each wrinkled forehead, eye-twitch and verbal exclamation, a grin stole over my face. My least favourite part of the story was towards the end when the additional drama was added that I didn’t think was needed. Sure, I liked that Betty cracked the mystery, but it made me doubt Thom’s commitment a wee bit. Luckily, the Epilogue helped me work through my doubts.I told hubby about my review and how I wouldn’t mind if he announced he was a very rich secret agent. His response… “Why do I have to be the secret agent, why can’t you? Maybe you have millions stashed away somewhere?”My response… “As is I could keep the money a secret? I would be going on unlimited shopping trips and I would NOT have a book budget. I think you would notice…”My hubby is very funny. 😂🤣😀😁
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  • Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    “Our whole relationship was like a mission to you. You assessed my life, inserted yourself into it, and then only worked within the parameters you were comfortable with.” It has been a long time since I’ve read a Kylie Scott book and when I saw she was releasing a new book, I jumped at the chance to yet again devour one of her stories. I have always been a big fan of her writing and she did not disappoint with Lies. I love suspenseful romances and thrive on the anticipation of what’s to come “Our whole relationship was like a mission to you. You assessed my life, inserted yourself into it, and then only worked within the parameters you were comfortable with.” It has been a long time since I’ve read a Kylie Scott book and when I saw she was releasing a new book, I jumped at the chance to yet again devour one of her stories. I have always been a big fan of her writing and she did not disappoint with Lies. I love suspenseful romances and thrive on the anticipation of what’s to come next through the many twists and turns. What would you do if you found out your fiancé was living a double life and was nothing like the person you thought he was? Shocked to say the least, without a doubt. Betty, who has been with her fiancé Thom for about a year, has decided things just aren’t going to work out between them and wants to cut their losses. They have lost any remanence of a spark between them and their whole relationship has become predictable and boring to say the least. Thom’s always so busy with work and life has become a lonely existence for Betty. She wants someone who will make her their number 1 priority and Betty thinks it’s best to leave Thom and end their relationship. When Betty’s life as she knows it turns upside down, she then discovers who the real Thom is; he is nothing like the man she thought she knew. It appears Thom has a whole secret life that Betty knew nothing about and is not the boring and predictable man she thought he was. He’s the complete opposite in fact; he’s protective, he’s overly confident and in no way shape or form boring and predictable. Betty is angry about discovering the real Thom, she feels hurt, betrayed and that their whole relationship was built on lies. Circumstances arise and they are on the run, attempting to find out who wants them dead. This may be the perfect opportunity for Betty to learn the real Thom. Will she love what she discovers and perhaps she prefers the fast-past and action filled life rather than the boring and routine driven existence, or is this betrayal too much for Betty and will it really be over for them once and for all?Lies by Kylie Scott was an entertaining read that pulled me in from the start and kept me invested in this hilarious, action packed romantic suspense right up until the very end. I can’t recommend it enough.
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS Now I find out you’re some weird vigilante assassin ninja super-spy, I don’t even know what exactly.” “Just ‘operative’ is fine. Fits onto a business card easier.” This book was so much fun! It reminded me of the movie Knight & Day, except it was actually good. *smiles sheepishly* What? That movie was ridiculous. But I did love the concept. And Lies delivered on the delicious promise the blurb brought. Full of action, steam, and enough laugh out loud moments that kept you glued to 4 STARS Now I find out you’re some weird vigilante assassin ninja super-spy, I don’t even know what exactly.” “Just ‘operative’ is fine. Fits onto a business card easier.” This book was so much fun! It reminded me of the movie Knight & Day, except it was actually good. *smiles sheepishly* What? That movie was ridiculous. But I did love the concept. And Lies delivered on the delicious promise the blurb brought. Full of action, steam, and enough laugh out loud moments that kept you glued to the pages from beginning to finish!The story is uniquely fun:Girl meets boy.Boy turns out to be a snoozefest.Girl leaves boy because she doesn't want to settle.Her apartment blows up. She gets kidnapped. She gets thrown knee deep into a dangerous game of espionage and betrayal. Girl finds out her safe and boring (ex)boyfriend is a super agent extraordinaire that's been lying to her the entire time they were together. Boy turns out to be not so boring after all.Girl's entire world gets turned upside down.Intrigued yet? You should be! Betty and Thom were so much fun. I loved Thom's intensity when the real him finally appears and his fierce protectiveness of Betty. This is one badass, people. This man kicks some ass and takes name, and barely breaks a sweat doing it. Man but I loved him.Betty was one endearing ball of quirk. I loved her character. She's fierce in her own right and she doesn't exactly take it easy on Thom when she finds out the huge lie he's been keeping from her. Plus, considering the woman is a civilian, she certainly handled the whole kidnapping by secret agents and being thrown into a dangerous game of spy kill spy rather well. I mean, I'd probably be peeing my pants in a corner somewhere. But this chick had some tough skin. She managed to come off both vulnerable and yet like she can handle her own and I loved that. She wasn't perfect and those faults totally worked in her favor and completely endeared me to her.The story is one action packed ride full of bullets, steam, and secrets and I loved it! If you're looking for something different but with plenty of the signature Kylie Scott humor, definitely pick this one up!ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 20%. I couldn’t take it anymore. This was the barest outline of a book - missing details, emotions and reality. Their conversations were utterly bizarre given the circumstances. I’m fleeing back to the safety of historical romances.
  • My_Strange_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    RTC but Meh. Not a great suspenseful/romantic combo. Felt way too forced
  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Well, Kylie Scott got me into trouble again! I've got deadlines fast approaching but I still had to sneak a peak at my Kindle and read this one on the sly. Hard to keep a straight face after reading that shower scene! That will teach me to read a Kylie Scott novel during working hours!!!I was so happy that Kylie Scott once again has a plus-sized heroine who refuses to be uncomfortable about her size. Betty flaunts her voluptuous curves with pride. I boycott fashion magazines and rarely watch tel Well, Kylie Scott got me into trouble again! I've got deadlines fast approaching but I still had to sneak a peak at my Kindle and read this one on the sly. Hard to keep a straight face after reading that shower scene! That will teach me to read a Kylie Scott novel during working hours!!!I was so happy that Kylie Scott once again has a plus-sized heroine who refuses to be uncomfortable about her size. Betty flaunts her voluptuous curves with pride. I boycott fashion magazines and rarely watch television anymore - anorexia and bulimia are rampant and we, as readers, need to send a message that happiness does not depend on your dress size. And now for our misguided hero: I always pictured Thom as looking exactly like Daniel Craig or Jeremy Renner - no hardship there! (I'm Team Nicole Kidman all the way, so I refused to give a certain straying ex of hers even a second's consideration as a potential visual here, despite the similarity in names.) I love that Betty is the one who isn't sure about whether she loves Thom enough to stay with him, and that he has to fight to win her over and convince her to stay with him.What a heart-pounding romp. This reminded me a bit of Trust - another favourite Kylie Scott YA novel - that held nothing back when it came to describing violence. And the twist at the end! Well done! A great read and highly recommended!
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  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    January 1, 1970
    3 ⭐'s I love Kylie Scott's books and it pains me to only give this book three stars....but as much as I enjoyed the romance I was left feeling deprived. Plain and simple, I am not a romantic suspense kind of girl and I knew that going in. Still, I couldn't resist and for the most part I really enjoyed Thom and Betty's relationship. I just thought the "agent" stuff was too much. Or better yet...the balance between the agent stuff and the romance could have been more equal.I thought the premise wa 3 ⭐'s I love Kylie Scott's books and it pains me to only give this book three stars....but as much as I enjoyed the romance I was left feeling deprived. Plain and simple, I am not a romantic suspense kind of girl and I knew that going in. Still, I couldn't resist and for the most part I really enjoyed Thom and Betty's relationship. I just thought the "agent" stuff was too much. Or better yet...the balance between the agent stuff and the romance could have been more equal.I thought the premise was pretty genius...it had a real Mr. and Mrs. Smith feel. Thom and Betty are engaged but Betty thinks Thom is boring and she doesn't want to settle for that. Unfortunately, when she is packing up, the condo explodes and she is kidnapped...that's when she meets Wolf. And I just LOVED Wolf! It was funny reading about how Wolf got his feelings hurt and how he tried to redeem himself. Betty certainly wasn't complaining...too much! There's this big drama with double agents and gun fights...blah, blah, blah but there were some pretty interesting secondary characters that I wouldn't mind a book about. Hello Crow....Overall, a good read. There are a lot of four and five stars so don't let my lower rating sway you.
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    So that was unexpected. Kind of thrilling with some decent intrigue. Not so strong as a romance but it made for a refreshing change from my usual
  • Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
    January 1, 1970
    Betty has been dating Thom for the past year and they have recently become engaged. Betty is just a bit bored with Thom. There is just no spark there, in their day to day life and between the sheets. I guess you could say this is a case of it’s not you, it’s me - kind of. She needs to end things now before life gets any more predictable. She has barely set foot outside their condo, suitcase in hand, when the building explodes. Things are about to get unpredictable.After passing out, Betty awaken Betty has been dating Thom for the past year and they have recently become engaged. Betty is just a bit bored with Thom. There is just no spark there, in their day to day life and between the sheets. I guess you could say this is a case of it’s not you, it’s me - kind of. She needs to end things now before life gets any more predictable. She has barely set foot outside their condo, suitcase in hand, when the building explodes. Things are about to get unpredictable.After passing out, Betty awakens not in a hospital but to find herself captured. Turns out the unpredictable Thom has been living a double life and Betty is gob smacked in the first instance and then angry. She goes through a gamut of emotions as she tries to process what the heck is happening. Once she is reunited with Thom things get even crazier. ‘No wonder he had me fooled for so long. This man is a veritable wolf in sheep’s clothing.’ Thom is not who she thought he was and now she wonders if their whole relationship was even real for him. She could have sworn their were real feelings involved but was he just playing part? She can’t dwell on that now because someone is after them and thus begins a game of cat and mouse with secret hideouts and lots of weaponry.The boring and predictable Thom is morphing into this sexy, hot, bad guy who can take control of any situation and it’s turning Betty on. She has to remind herself that she is mad at him but her hormones are on their own path to Thomville. I loved the development of Betty’s character, she became this feisty, kick arse chick who seemed to have no sense of fear. Life has suddenly become completely unexpected. ‘And he’s totally doing this on purpose, trying to turn me on with his hot looks and hard body. Probably in an attempt to lure me into forgiving him or at least going easier. Either way, I’ll give the man this much, he’s perfected the art of the come-hither stare. Wonder if they gave him training in that too?’ Have you heard the saying - ‘be careful what you wish for.’ This rings true for Betty and Thom in this fast paced, exciting story, interlaced with a romance that pulls it all together. I could not put this story down!
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book a lot. Lies by Kylie Scott was funny, sweet and suspenseful. Betty is fed up with her plain fiancé Thom and decides it’s time for something new. What happens is she is kidnapped and questioned about Thom. Turns out that plain old Thom is secret agent. The banter between them is hilarious even though the a facing danger at every turn. Really hoping that there will be more of these awesome characters that were introduced.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsEvery single thing about this read was unexpected, even taking the unusual synopsis into mind. This was a fast-paced, thrilling romance with bucket loads of story and plenty of twists. It was also consistently amusing with characters I couldn’t help but be pretty enamoured with.What is super interesting about this story and how it starts, is that the ‘going wrong’ part of the relationship happens right at the beginning, in unholy style. So, you could almost call this a second chance kin 4.5 starsEvery single thing about this read was unexpected, even taking the unusual synopsis into mind. This was a fast-paced, thrilling romance with bucket loads of story and plenty of twists. It was also consistently amusing with characters I couldn’t help but be pretty enamoured with.What is super interesting about this story and how it starts, is that the ‘going wrong’ part of the relationship happens right at the beginning, in unholy style. So, you could almost call this a second chance kind of story but at break-neck speed. It was like a cross between a snarky, funny romance and ‘Die Hard’. Interested?The heroine, Betty is unconventional, partly because she starts her journey with taking no more messing from Thom. She was over him, the relationship and she was empowered. Everything spiraled from there and Betty was resilient, strong but with heart. I loved her snark, her refusal to be put in a corner and I read about her with total interest.“There’s a crack in the ceiling high above my head. Fitting, given that there’s an even bigger and even more destructive fault line running smack bam through my life. Move over, San Andreas, Thom Lange has you beat."Thom was definitely the character to be revealed but also I felt pretty distrustful of him, with a slice of ‘why are you so swoony’? It made for addictive reading watching these two connect for the second time. It took me time to believe in him and I understood Betty’s anger towards him.“Thom is basically a machine. Like some killer robot sent from the future to fuck up my love life.”Alongside the great storyline was a tangible chemistry that also made for compelling reading. Everything about this read was addictive and I read it in less than 24 hours. The twists kept coming and from 80% my jaw was dropped and I was suspicious. This story was an unusual and welcome offering from Kylie Scott who has amazed me with her ingenuity on this one.Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Kylie Scott for the early copy.This review is also available on A Take From Two Cities Blog here.
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  • Vashti
    January 1, 1970
    Okay read...something different from this author.
  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI fell in mad instalove with the cover of this book, and the blurb sounded like so much fun. Kylie Scott has delivered a fast-paced action suspense romance that is exciting and unexpected, laugh out-loud funny, and one hell of an entertaining ride!Betty is breaking up with her fiancé. They’ve been together for a year, but their relationship is mundane, as is her fiancé, Thom, who frequently travels away for work, and there is no spark left… if there ever was any. She’s literally packing 3.5 starsI fell in mad instalove with the cover of this book, and the blurb sounded like so much fun. Kylie Scott has delivered a fast-paced action suspense romance that is exciting and unexpected, laugh out-loud funny, and one hell of an entertaining ride!Betty is breaking up with her fiancé. They’ve been together for a year, but their relationship is mundane, as is her fiancé, Thom, who frequently travels away for work, and there is no spark left… if there ever was any. She’s literally packing her bags and walking out the door when her condo explodes and she is thrust into a world of violence, intrigue and undercover operatives… and Thom is right in the middle of it. She learns that her relationship was a lie, set up to provide the perfect cover for Thom, and that a mole in his organisation has put her directly in the firing line. Thom admits he lied, he also admits that his feelings for her were real, but Betty is understandably furious and hurt. But she’ll need to trust in Thom as he takes her on the run in an effort to save both of their lives and figure out who is targeting them… all while getting to the bottom of the mess of their relationship once and for all. This is a really fun set-up, and I was so excited to watch the story unfold. There is a whole lot of action, violence, mystery and suspense, and some really funny moments as we are immersed into Thom’s world. Betty is absolutely fabulous! Funny, feisty and absolutely hilarious, I loved her narration, her inner-monologue, and the way she dealt with the mad situation she was thrown into. “You’re handling this well.”I laugh. “Oh, really?” Because inside my head, I’m basically alternating between this freaked-out, endless, high-pitched screaming noise and an all-consuming need to kill you for all the fucking lies.” And as Betty is introduced to the real Thom, there’s snark and bickering, and a nice amount of sexy time and emotion as them being together in such a highly intense situation forces them to deal with everything between them. “Holy shit. Is there anything you didn’t lie to me about?”The mirth disappears from his face. “I wasn’t lying when I said I love you.” It took me a while to warm to Thom. I guess you have to be suspicious of somebody who lied to their girlfriend/fiancé for 12 months, hiding so much from her – including the depth of his feelings – and pretending to be somebody he obviously isn’t. I’m not a fan of what he did and the way that he treated Betty, and we never really get to know him to fully understand why he did it, but watching him bring her into his world and let her get to know the real him was lovely. My heart beats double time. The look in his eyes as he gazes down at me is everything I could have asked for. Everything I’d given up hoping I’d ever get from this man. And now here he is, giving it to me in spades. There are twists and turns, and a few surprises along the way. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, but it does end in a good place, and it was certainly a wild and entertaining ride.3.5 stars.An Advanced Reader Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! When I first read the blurb to Lies, I was immediately intrigued and knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. It is a delicious blend of humor, heat, action and suspense. Lies takes you on an intense journey that will keep you guessing, and sate your craving for mind-blowing twists. This unconventional romance was superbly written and pulled me in from the very beginning. It is one of those books that you will need to clear your schedule for because once you start, you won't be able to stop. This all-consumi WOW! When I first read the blurb to Lies, I was immediately intrigued and knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. It is a delicious blend of humor, heat, action and suspense. Lies takes you on an intense journey that will keep you guessing, and sate your craving for mind-blowing twists. This unconventional romance was superbly written and pulled me in from the very beginning. It is one of those books that you will need to clear your schedule for because once you start, you won't be able to stop. This all-consuming story takes you on a wild and crazy ride, so hold on to your hats folks.Betty Dawsy has decided that leaving her fiancé is simply for the best. Thom Lange is nice and safe, but boring, and the relationship has run its course. After walking out the front door, their condo suddenly explodes, and she is kidnapped by a couple of goons. Come to find out, Thom is not who he claimed to be. He was simply playing a part, and is really a deep cover operative. With criminals hot on their trail, they set out on a mission to discover who is out to get them. While on the run and fighting for their lives, the spark between them reignites. But will they be able to take down the killers and finally get their happy ending?I wasn't sure what to expect with Lies, but I can tell you that the author blew my expectations out of the water. This story was masterfully crafted and filled to the brim with everything that I love. I was immediately hooked, and felt as if I were part of this dangerous fictional world. If you love romance and suspense, then trust me. YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK. It's sure to be a hit as I know it was with me. So what are you waiting for? Go grab a copy now!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 stars.I'm sorry to say that I didn't really like this one. The only thing I really enjoyed was the h's character. She had her normal hang-ups, but I didn't find her annoying. It's a low bar, I know. Everything else, the OTT plot, lack of relationship development, unsure safety, and ending made me pretty mad. It would've gone a long way if the H managed to apologize for lying to the h for over a year. Or if he'd reassured her that he was always faithful to her whenever he was away for work. B 1.5 stars.I'm sorry to say that I didn't really like this one. The only thing I really enjoyed was the h's character. She had her normal hang-ups, but I didn't find her annoying. It's a low bar, I know. Everything else, the OTT plot, lack of relationship development, unsure safety, and ending made me pretty mad. It would've gone a long way if the H managed to apologize for lying to the h for over a year. Or if he'd reassured her that he was always faithful to her whenever he was away for work. But he didn't do either of those things. The h does ask him point blank if he had other girlfriends or a family somewhere else, but he denied it. That's hardly a denial of cheating, but some might say that he was faithful to the h. I'm not sure. At least he didn't come across as a manho. The fact that his lies and fake persona caused her insecurities about herself to flare up needed an apology. He recognized that's what happened, only after she mentioned it of course, and did a pretty poor job disabusing her of that idea. I know that he had emotional issues. Given his foster child background, I understood his difficulties. However, I suppose I really enjoy emotionally normal and mature characters more than what we got in this book.Overall, the angst that was caused by the H's deception was not sufficiently undone if at all. The ending didn't make up for his terrible behaviour at all. If anything, (view spoiler)[all he did was lie to her again. Instead this time she saw through the lie, which didn't make the fact that he did it any better. And she did suffer through weeks of depression beforehand. So, no. Not ok. (hide spoiler)] I can't recommend this book to anyone who likes a romance story. It wasn't very romantic at all.Trigger (view spoiler)[ On page murder, promise to torture, gunfights/shootouts, attempted murder (hide spoiler)]. Too much swearing and intimate scenes for me to skim.
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 21, 2019 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 t 4.5 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 21, 2019 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.•••••••••REVIEW: 4.5 stars--LIES by Kylie Scott is a contemporary, adult, romantic suspense story line focusing on twenty-six year old floral designer Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Dawsey, and thirty-four year old Thom Lange.Told from first person perspective (Betty Dawsey) LIES focuses on the aftermath of an explosion that destroyed Thom and Betty’s condo. Betty was all packed; ready to walk away from the man she loved, a man who was about to upend her world, and destroy the reality of what was and what will never be. Awakening as a hostage Betty would soon discover that the man she knows as Thom Lange is an undercover operative in a world she knows nothing about. On the run with her ‘former’ fiancé, and the group she comes to call the ‘zoo’, Betty is thrust into a world of assassins, covert missions, and more bloodshed than she could have ever imagined. Betty Dawsey hasn’t been happy with her relationship to Thom Lange. Rarely home and emotionally absent, Thom was nothing like Betty had imagined but her imagination was about to come full circle. Thom Lange targeted Betty from the start: a pawn who was none the wiser as he tried to settle down and enter every day life but things did not go according to plan when his ‘other life’ is discovered, and Betty becomes collateral damage in the process. Our heroine must fight for her life, and become part of the zoo, or die in the crossfire. The banter between characters is fast, furious, frenetic and fun.The relationship between Betty and Thom suffers in the face of secrets of lies; a relationship based upon deceit and dishonesty; a relationship that has deteriorated in the face of dishonesty and distrust. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.We are introduced to Betty’s best friend Jen, as well as Thom’s undercover operatives Betty has nicknamed the ‘zoo’: Bear, Scorpion, Crow, Fox and Hawk, as well as Thom aka Wolf. I would love for the author to revisit the characters adding stories for the rest of the zoo.LIES is a fast paced story of suspense and mystery, secrets and lies. The premise is engaging and intriguing; the characters are energetic, colorful and charismatic; the romance is a rekindling relationship between two people caught in the cross-fire of international espionage, power and control.Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t even read the blurb on this one. Charli was going through the ARC sign up’s and asked if I was interested in the new Kylie Scott and since she’s a favorite of mine, I immediately said yes. And then when the cover was released, I glanced at it, and I thought it was ok, but I still had no idea what I was getting into.And then I started the book, and everything started to make sense. This cover that I just thought was humdrum is absolute PERFECTION, and fits this story to an absolute T. Be I didn’t even read the blurb on this one. Charli was going through the ARC sign up’s and asked if I was interested in the new Kylie Scott and since she’s a favorite of mine, I immediately said yes. And then when the cover was released, I glanced at it, and I thought it was ok, but I still had no idea what I was getting into.And then I started the book, and everything started to make sense. This cover that I just thought was humdrum is absolute PERFECTION, and fits this story to an absolute T. Because the story within this cover is also absolute PERFECTION, and probably my most favorite Kylie Scott book to date.Romantic suspense is not a genre that I read a lot of. It’s not that I don’t like it, it just isn’t normally on my radar. Since starting the blog, I’ve probably read more romantic suspense then I had read in the ten years previous, so it’s really helped me to branch out. The best thing about romantic suspense, for me, is that it combines everything that I love about a romance, with all the good, anxiety laced moments of a thriller. It’s the best of both worlds, and in this case, wrapped up in an awesome package.Betty thinks that her fiance Thom is nothing more than a boring insurance adjustor. They have a mediocre sex life. He’s always away on business. And he seems to care about her just enough to keep her “happy.” After a year of this, Betty is done with the boringness of her life, and she’s ready to leave Thom, and look for something better. What she isn’t planning on, is her and Thom’s condo blowing up, and then being kidnapped. Add to that discovering that her insurance adjustor fiance is really a secret agent spy, and she’s in a whole mess of trouble. However, soon Betty discovers that maybe Thom isn’t as boring as she once thought, and just possibly they can make a life together. First of all, I loved Betty. She’s a plus size girl, with curves, and a real down to earth attitude. She wasn’t going to put up with Thom’s shit, and called him on the carpet left and right. It was so refreshing to read a book with a heroine that wasn’t perfect in every way, but still gained every bit of the hero’s love.As for Thom, I loved this man. He’s so protective of Betty, and it was such a fun ride watching him let down his walls around her, and show her who he really was. There were a few scene’s with him that were just so swoony, and there’s nothing I love more than a good old swoony romance. He’s definitely one of my favorite heroes of the year. He was just so….manly LOL. I really enjoyed getting to know about the organization he worked for, and all the secrets and lies that surrounded it. Plus the side characters in this one were some of my favorites. Like Charli, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get stories of their own!Rating: 5 Stars!
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  • Aaly
    January 1, 1970
    *** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review *** When I started reading Lies by Kylie Scott, I was already hooked by this explosive beginning. A woman who had no idea about how wrong she was about her fiancé, Thom. It needed one break-up to discover many things she never would have thought of. From boring fiancé to operative agent, there was one tiny line. And this time, no more lies.A storyline growing at a rapid tempo that would perfectly fit like a movie, with a strong hint of ro *** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review *** When I started reading Lies by Kylie Scott, I was already hooked by this explosive beginning. A woman who had no idea about how wrong she was about her fiancé, Thom. It needed one break-up to discover many things she never would have thought of. From boring fiancé to operative agent, there was one tiny line. And this time, no more lies.A storyline growing at a rapid tempo that would perfectly fit like a movie, with a strong hint of romance and humor. Betty has never expected to see her planned and boring life to literally implode like that. She wanted to break up with Thom and finally find her confidence back. He was never at home, too busy for business trips and when they were together… no sparks or anything. Damn she was just trying to get her life back on track. I guess that being captured and finding that the life she has built with him was just a cover… disrupting and putting into perspective her feelings for that man. I was very curious about Thom, because of this image she had about him. Being with someone without really knowing him. He was trained to work under pressure, to execute and fighting the bad guys when needed. For a bad-ass guy, he couldn’t hide his feelings when Betty was threatened. Something he didn’t have to worry about until now. Talk about alpha, uber protective man when it came to her. Messing totally with betty’s head, in a very good way. Once his cover was blown, he didn’t hide his feelings at all, and well she was to catch up full speed with this version of Thom, more passionate, intense and so sexy. How is it possible to tell true from false when lying was all their life? I enjoyed reading their journey and seeing finally that love blossom. In spite of all the danger and the risk of being together, Betty managed to adjust quickly and showing that together they could be stronger; Thom was exploiting all the intel he has about her but not in the right way. Since he wasn’t really relationship material before, he did everything wrong from the beginning. She made him work for it. Not being intimidated by him at all. I adored that. It was catchy, punchy and very entertaining! A quick read that I enjoyed from the beginning until the end. 
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  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    January 1, 1970
    *sigh*dnf @ 28% - unfortunately, this one wasn't for me.... I found the narrative and characters to lack dimension and it was hard to actually root for Thom and Betty. The premise of this story had me sold initially because doesn't it just sounds like a hollywood blockbuster??? While I can imagine it on screen, the execution in this book was just... meh.
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  • Beneath The Covers Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Full review can be found HERE --> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
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