Review: Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies by Cynthia Cooke

Filed in 4 Stars , Cynthia Cooke , featured , The Rocket Lover Posted on June 6, 2012 @ 11:00 am 3 comments

Format Read: ebook from NetGalley
Number of Pages: 169 p.
Release Date: May 13, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Formats Available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Author’s Website, Publisher’s Website

Book Blurb:

Family secrets must be kept, and painful wounds must be ignored.
After an all-out assault by a vicious terrorist bent on destroying her entire family, a former government agent must break the strict rules she has always lived by when she emerges from hiding to reluctantly accept the help of her all-too-sexy ex-lover. Running a deadly race against time, they rush to rescue her kidnapped sister, find her missing father, and bring the notorious villain to justice. But nothing ever goes as planned. Bullets fly, danger abounds, and their
passion reignites even faster than the lies are flowing. But their stubbornly held secrets just might spell the end of their rekindled love and hopes for the future…as well as their very lives.

My Thoughts:

Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies starts out with a bang.

No, not that kind of bang, the other kind. The one that involves guns–and explosives. Not many women get a package from their dad and immediately call the head of a national security agency, then retreat to a crow’s nest with a high-powered sniper rifle.

But then, not many women are fully-functioning empaths, either. Or former secret agents themselves. Or the daughters of retired heads of said national security agency. Let alone all of the above.

For a very small package, it brought a lot of baggage with it to Genie Marsters’ hiding place out in the desert.

It kicks off one heck of a story, though. And from that point, the action never stops.

The security agency wants Genie to come in from the cold. (It’s the National Counter Terrorism Agency, NCTA for short). There are bad guys out to get her and her father. Really get them, as in kill or capture. One of her dad’s old ops seems to have come home to roost, and its personal.

The NCTA sent her former partner, and former lover, Kyle Montgomery, to fetch her. Problem number one, they still love each other. Problem number two, they don’t trust each other anymore. That’s because of problem number three. Genie never told Kyle that she has two sisters, one of whom was involved with a “person of interest” in their last op. The Agency thinks that Genie might be compromised.

All of the above is just backstory for the beginning of the suspense. And you might have noticed I skipped over the bit about Genie being an empath. That almost tips this into the paranormal, but doesn’t quite.

Still, this story barrels on at the kind of breakneck pace that makes you think of summer movie blockbusters. There’s always another chase scene, and someone is always getting shot at. The tempo never lets up.

Every single thing that could be involved, got thrown into this mix, and it all holds together. There are government experiments, along with a conspiracy theory. There’s a megalomaniac who wants to take over the world. There’s someone who has some deep-seated father/son issues to work out.

And those sisters have some serious sibling rivalry problems. Enough to make me glad I’m an only child.

And secrets, are there ever secrets! Genie keeps everything secret. Her dad kept everything secret from her. And it turns out that there are even more secrets than either of them knew about, enough to keep you guessing about who the villain, or villains are until the end.

If you like your romantic suspense on the wild, crazy and explosive side, you’ll enjoy Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies.

I enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars. They might be shooting stars.

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About Marlene

Marlene is a librarian, ebook advocate, science fiction fan, and RPG fan who lives in the Atlanta suburbs. She and her husband are owned by four cats, just ask them. She's a geek and a nerd and proud of it. She's also an avid reader of everything, including the back of the cereal box, and has been blogging since April 2011 at Reading Reality and is a reviewer at Library Journal as well as active on Goodreads. She is also the publisher of Ebook Review Central.

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  • aurian June 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Awesome review Marlene, I will keep this one in mind.

    • Marlene June 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      This one was fun. It was amazing how many “plot balls” the author kept up in the air at the same time.

  • Cynthia Cooke June 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Thanks Marlene for a great review!! ;D

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