Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, March 28, 2014

Week ending March 28, 2014

McAdams, Molly. Deceiving Lies. Morrow. (Forgiving Lies, Bk. 2). Mar. 2014. 305p. ISBN 9780062299314. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062299321. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
deceivinglies032814Kash and Rachel are planning their wedding. Kash has just returned to the Tampa Bay area after a few months of undercover gang-related police work in Texas. All seems well until 22-year-old Rachel admits immediately after the couple exchange vows that she isn’t ready to start a family. Days later, Rachel is kidnapped in retaliation for Kash’s work to put a gang leader behind bars. Rachel’s sympathetic captor Trent protects her from the other gang members and provides her with a journal so she can detail all her angst and wishes. Rachel, also affectionately known as Sour Patch, has anger and emotional issues owing to the death of her parents. While imprisoned in an underground warehouse, she writes to relieve her anxiety.
Verdict The story of Rachel’s monthlong captivity is fascinating. The book stalls, however, with the surrounding story lines. McAdams (Taking Chances) supplies no background information to explain the relationship issues among the secondary characters involved in the wedding plans. Kash is also poorly drawn. He has a strong presence here but comes off as a narcissistic cop instead of a heroic leading man. Readers already invested in the series might want to see it through. Those starting out with this book could be disappointed.—Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL