Lie with Me: A Shadow Force Novel (Shadow Force Novels (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Oct 2010
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"Fast, furious, and sexy . . . I couldn't put it down."--"New York Times" bestselling author Brenda Novak
Fast, furious, and sexy . . . I couldn t put it down. "New York Times" bestselling author Brenda Novak"
About the Author
Stephanie Tyler is the author of the Navy SEAL trilogy: " Hard to Hold, Too Hot to Hold, " and "Hold On Tight." She lives in New York with her husband, her daughter, and a crazy Weimaraner named Gus.
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As always with Stephanie Tyler's books, we have a central romance and also a side-character romance. As always, also, the romance progresses almost instantly into the bedroom, then the characters actually begin to find out about each other and mesh. There isn't any great characterisation in these books particularly, it's about the plot and action and variety of situations in which our heroes and heroines find themselves.
Skylar Slavin, our heroine, was very appealing. She's recently had a kidney transplant and so isn't at full health and she's not heard from her father in months (having spent two months with him after he donated her kidney). When Cameron Moore comes to take her away, saying her father has sent him to keep her safe, she doesn't realise she's actually being kidnapped.
Cameron hates Skylar's father Gabriel for many reasons and knows that he can get back at Gabriel through his daughter. But Cameron didn't realise the effect that Skylar would have on him, and that he might find himself protecting her at all costs, including possibly failing in his vengeance mission.
This was a good read with shoot-outs and action interspersed with calm moments of discussion. The side plot between Riley and Dylan I found less interesting, and there's a hint about the next book (between Olivia and Zane) in this story. Although part of a series, the books seem to work OK on their own. It's not brilliant writing by any means but this book was more enjoyable than some of her others and is worth a read.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2011
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The good work Cameron does on his missions with Delta Force are what keep a man such as himself with pride and a soul, honorable. It was during one of these missions that he saved a wounded Dylan Scott who eventually became his close friend and confidant. After a near death experience, when Cameron is forced to take out one of Gabriel's `people' Dylan reveals some valuable Intel regarding the man who has had a noose around his friend's neck for a decade. Dylan has discovered that Gabriel has a daughter, Skyler Slavin and he convinces Cameron that he must use his military background to ingratiate himself, kidnap her and do whatever is necessary to finally rid himself of Gabriel Creighton.
Skyler Slavin has come back from the dead, literally. After her kidneys failed she required extensive dialysis treatment, a donor was located and she underwent a transplant. Following a dicey recovery where she hovered between life and death, Skyler continues a long road to regain her health and strength but is back on her feet. Needing a break, she takes a working/vacation in the mountains of the Adirondacks. Skyler is an author and she lost her muse following her recovery and she needs to start writing again. When a knock comes to the door and Cameron Moore flashes his military ID indicating he has been sent by her father to protect her, she is naturally suspicious. However, Skyler has been receiving threatening notes and tried without success to reach her father, she therefore accepts the handsome military officer's story.
In the meantime Dylan uses his numerous contacts, inside and outside the military to try and unravel the mystery surrounding Cameron being framed for the murders. As well, he looks for a now missing Gabriel. One of the people he approaches is Riley, a woman who is ex-military, a deadly killer turned black ops for hire, and she has a major grudge against Gabriel. Dylan and Riley have had an explosive on again off again affair and Ms. Tyler weaves a very hot romantic subplot into the narrative concerning these two people.
Skyler is very attracted to Cameron and the last thing he plans or expects happens, he wants the daughter of the man he hates most in the world. As I've mentioned here before, one of the reasons I love romantic suspense so much is that I think danger amplifies the sexual tension and sensuality of the interaction between the hero and heroine exponentially. Skyler and Cameron's story is no exception. Cameron Moore is Alpha, sexy as hell, a trained killer, but he is also written to possess an innate sensitivity and kindness that comes rocketing to the surface during intimate encounters with Skyler. Trouble does arrive in spades, and Cameron is forced to protect and save a still recovering Skyler from hired guns, intent on kidnapping her. As they fight and flee these aggressors their feelings for one another intensify, but can they forge a relationship founded on lies and betrayal?
Ms. Tyler also introduces the sociopathic and elusive Elijah, leader of Dead Man's Hand (DMH), a home grown terrorist organization that began by funding terror camps, and then branched out to black market weapons and organ trafficking. This is one scary group and Elijah is in the background, pulling the levers of what is an extraordinarily fasted paced, action packed plot that takes a number of surprising and exciting twists and turns.
If you read this review, you may think there is a lot going on in "Lie With Me", and you would be right. However, Ms. Tyler deftly ties the subplots together, making for a conclusion that is not only exciting but hosts a number revelations. If you enjoy a heart wrenching, thrilling, gritty and action packed military romantic suspense, you may like to give,"Lie With Me," a try. Ms. Tyler sets the foundation for the next story in her "Shadow Force," series "Promises In the Dark," which is Navy Seal, Zane Scott (I love this guy) and Dr. Olivia Strohm's story. I'm SO primed to read this one!
What is the Shadow Force? Read "Lie With Me," and you will get an idea as to how it begins.
On the plus side, since I had already read the second book, I still got the first book. It was very good. And while the second book could stand alone, the first book connects very well and is a great first book to a trilogy. And unlike other authors (i.e. Lora Leigh), the characters are not the same but with different names. Ms. Tyler gives each character their own personality. If Amazon could fix the spoiler reviews, then the purchasing process would be way better.
Fast paced plot, alpha with issues who could turn mean but instead turns into a hero. Heroine who is strong, dealing with her own mortality, gets mad at appropriate times but gets over it and herself quickly enough. Villain(s) who are not exaclty one dimensional, who are a bit more fleshed out and human. Very good secondary romance and characters.
The story starts off with lots of questions and mysteries and doesn't reveal them too fast or too simply. By the end of the book, the questions are answered, but the opening scenes/first chapter do grab you and hold you! And it sets the tone for the remainder of the story.
Nits? The sex does happen kinda fast, but as others have said elswhere, ya only have 300 pages so you gotta make hay while the sun shines or run out of time and story.
Pros-- it's a 'can't put it down' kind of book.... you want to see what happens next, if they get out of it alive etc. And the romance/sex is pretty damn good too ;)