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I Belong

Review: Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams

Forgiving LiesTitleForgiving Lies

Author: Molly McAdams

Genre: New Adult Mystery/Romance

Series: Forgiving Lies (Book 1)

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-100062267744 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13978-0062267740 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget


A matter of secrets…
Undercover cop Logan “Kash” Ryan can’t afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies…
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel’s will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love…
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel’s heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies … or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?

Quick & DirtyFantastic new adult romance with the perfect blend of humor, creepy moments, and steam. I pretty much devoured this book from beginning to end and now I am dying to read the sequel.

Opening Sentence: Candice, you need to focus.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Rachel Masters was born and raised in California but her parents died in a horrible accident when she was in high school. Her best friend’s family took her in and helped her to move on. When it came time for college she followed her BF Candice to the lovely state of Texas. It is now the end of their junior year and instead of going home for the summer Rachel and Candice have decided to stick around and rent an off campus apartment. Rachel’s dating history is pretty minimal and what little experience she does have hasn’t been good. So when she meets her hot new neighbor she is very hesitant to start anything with him, but she can only resist for so long.

Logan Kash Ryan is an undercover cop from Tampa Bay, FL. He works in the narcotics department, but when a drug bust goes wrong him and his partner end up with a hit out for them. To stay safe they are reassigned to a new undercover case in the Texas, where they are trying to catch a serial killer. They can’t afford any kind of distractions, so when Kash meets Rachel he knows he should steer clear, but she is just too tempting. As sparks start to fly between them Kash knows he needs to come clean about who he really is, but dragging Rachel into his dangerous life style is not something he wants to do. Little lies are easy to forgive, but Kash’s secrets are life changing and not so easy to forgive and forget.

Rachel is such a wonderful protagonist. Her life has been anything but easy and when it comes to boys she has had some seriously bad luck. Because of that she has put up walls around her heart to protect herself and she vows to never take them down — then she meets Kash. He gets under her skin and no matter what she does she just can’t seem to stay away from him. Even though she has been through a lot she doesn’t let it destroy her and I really admired that. I connected with her instantly and my fondness for her just continued to grow throughout the pages of her story.

Kash is a very yummy man and I fell head over heels for him. He is hot, sensitive, protective and an undercover cop so pretty much he was totally swoon worthy. He had a cute sense of humor that was very entertaining and fun. But he was no where near perfect and his flaws made him feel more realistic. There really aren’t words to describe how much I loved this man, he really was a wonderful book boy.

Even though Kash and Rachel’s relationship developed rather quickly, something about it just felt completely natural and right. There was hot chemistry right off the bat, but instead of acting on it immediately they held off, which made the book full of great sexual tension. There was also so many wonderful sweet moments and some really funny ones as well. I really enjoyed reading their love story and I am excited to see what happens next for them.

Forgiving Lies was a fantastic read with the perfect blend of romance, humor, mystery, and danger. There was a creepy feel to it as well that really helped add intensity to the story. But I also found lots of moments that had me laughing out loud that helped balance everything. I completely feel in love with all the characters, they were engaging and interesting. The plot was a little predictable but I was so entertained by everything else, I didn’t even care. The ending was a crazy cliffhanger, so I am dying to get my hand on the sequel and luckily it comes out in a few months. Overall, this was a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a great new adult read with plenty of steam and mystery.

Notable Scene:

The door burst open and we jolted away from each other as much as our positions allowed as Mason ran into the apartment, a loud war cry following him into my room, where it abruptly cut off.

Kash’s chest moved roughly as we both came back to reality, and after a heavy silence he turned his head and called out, “Mase?”

I blew out the breath I’d been holding and refused to look back up at Kash as I silently berated myself for my actions over the last few minutes. That wasn’t supposed to have happened, and it couldn’t happen again. We both knew that.

My inner scolding stopped abruptly when Mason slowly walked over to the kitchen with a Nerf gun in hand. In a black wife-beater and cargo pants, with a bandanna around his forehead…he almost looked like Rambo.

“What the hell are you wearing?” Kash asked as he cautiously lifted himself off me.

Mase looked down at himself, then back up. “I saw you coming in here on my way back from my run with your gun. I thought we were gonna have a Nerf Fight.”

Oh. Dear. God.

Even with the tension coming from Kash and me, I couldn’t help it. I burst into laughter until I was crying and snorting uncontrollably.

Forgiving Lies Series:

1. Forgiving Lies

2. Deceiving Lies (March 4, 2014)


FTC Advisory: William Morrow Paperbacks/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Forgiving Lies. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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