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Monday, April 13, 2015

Shadows & Lies by Eden Butler Blog Tour Review









Title: Shadows & Lies (Shadows, #1)
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Romantic Suspense | Mystery
Release Date: March 26, 2015





Synopsis

One lie can change your life.

A web of lies can destroy it.

Neil Ryan was a good Navy SEAL. He was an even better detective, but when an unmarked envelope lands on his desk, long-buried secrets are resurrected and Ryan questions everything he thought he knew about justice, including who killed his mother.

Alex Black is a distraction Ryan doesn’t need—she’s loud, obnoxious and a common thief, but her eyes are haunting, her lips irresistible and Ryan happens to love her filthy mouth.

Alex is also the only one able to help Ryan find the leads he's missing. She's the only one who can lead him to the one person who has the answers he seeks, but following her could cost Ryan everything.

Secrets get told, lives get wrecked and in every shadow, the truth is hiding.


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“I’ve never seen you cruel before. Didn’t know you had it in you, Boy Scout.”

“You know, lady,” there was a hum in my voice I didn’t recognize. Alex had put it there with just the low dip of her gaze, “you got all these ideas that you know me. You don’t.”

“Ditto.”

Her eyes moved with the shake of my head, following the slow nod, the moment becoming something tactile, obvious as the heating air between our bodies that dampened our skin. Two looks, two held breaths and something had shifted. Hell, who was I kidding? It had started, brewing, way back, the second I grabbed her arm, stopping her from taking that wallet. It simmered when she snuck onto my balcony asking for my help. Now it crackled—that attraction, the symmetry in the breath that mingled between her mouth and mine.

“Alex?” It was only her name falling from my mouth that moved her gaze off my lips, a small glance that was all the answer she’d give me. “I’m not a fucking Boy Scout.”

There are times when you can’t think. Those are the clustered moments when the energy, the zing of the moment you’re in breaks apart any awareness you have. There is no logic in the swell of sensation or the liquid heat that drives one body closer to another. It’s the feel of warmth, the hope of touch that pulls you in no matter what your brain tries to make you understand about right and wrong, friend or foe. I wasn’t supposed to touch Alex Black. I wasn’t supposed to see her as anything but a mission. I was supposed to find her stalker and keep her safe.

But I had always done what was expected. Seems she had to, as well. The difference was that my expectations fell on the side of justice. Hers ran along the tracks of corruption. Both meant we survived however we could.

I didn’t think about the case or what had brought her to me in the first place, and what kept her coming back to me. I reached for her because I knew that’s what we both wanted. I touched her because she let me and once I had her against my chest, felt the smooth brush of her fingers on my neck, sensation shattered judgment.

The last sound I heard before I kissed her was the strangle of laughter falling into a moan. Hers, not mine. Alex was a woman—beautiful, sensual, parts that went in and out just like they’re supposed to, but she did not kiss me like any other hesitant, docile woman I’d ever touched.

She touched me like she was still hungry, like the meal we had just shared had not filled her. Like nothing would.



Eden Butler is an editor and writer of New Adult Romance and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.

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REVIEW




Shadows and Lies (Shadows, #1)


Shadows & Lies is different from a lot of the romances that I read because it's more of action/mystery. Instead of the thrill of the chase of the opposite sex, the leads are looking to solve cold case murders connected to them.

Ryan is an ex SEAL and ex cop. Now he works for a security company with his friends who are also ex military. He has been searching for clues to his mother's death for years. His one connection was a jewelry box which was stolen. Alex grew up hard as an orphan. She knows all the scamming tricks. Years back, she stole the jewelry box from Ryan. Now they come across each other's paths again. They both need the other's help whether willing to admit it or not. The more they talk, the more they begin to recognize the many links between them. They also realize that they cannot fight the attraction they feel.

I would like to have seen the author take the story further into suspense. Even though, it is more this direction than romance, it still feels a little too safe, and things work out quite easily. In the beginning, the clues come slowly without certainty of where it's going, and near the end, it has more action with outcome and no lead in.

I like both leads. He seems like a great guy, sweet & sexy. She a very tough girl, always depending on herself only. It's a cool twist seeing Alex not play the damsel in distress throughout. Also, I like how kind and concerned Ryan is.

From the ending, it's definite there will be more to come with these characters and his teammates. I enjoyed reading this book, and I'm intrigued to find out who is the mastermind.





***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


toni






2 comments:

  1. I think the cover is beautiful! Thank you for the post, review, and the giveaway!

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    1. I agree and thank you for stopping by! :)

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