A truly enticing and captivating romance that’s sexy and thrilling…
**If you haven’t read the previous books in the Bound and Broken series, beware that there may be some mentions of happenings in books 1 & 2…**
Oh. Good. Lord! A few weeks ago when I did the series spotlight on Rebecca Shea’s Bound and Broken series and was hoping for Sam’s story – I did not think for one second that I was going to get it this soon. Rebecca Shea has made me so very happy. OK, I may have been team Alex… look, he and Emilia were just fated, OK? However, Sam was my look but don’t touch guy. So, I may have done high kicking, arm flailing and head banging dance when Betrayed by Lies hit my kindle. It wasn’t pretty, but quite frankly – I just don’t give a poop!
Anyhow, I knew I was going to love this book. In order to get a deeper understanding of Sam you should really read the first 2 books; Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies, even if this reads well as a standalone you don’t want to miss out on Alex and Emilia, and as I said it really helps you get in deeper with Sam. In true Rebecca Shea fashion Betrayed by Lies is exceptionally written. Every single word if this story has life breathed into it, this isn’t a book you simply read to escape reality – once you start you’re a part of the story. Not to mention that it had this compelling and gripping charm that quite honestly made me absolutely ADORE Sam. He’s hot. The problem is that I was so opposed to him in the first 2 books that I was a little apprehensive about how much I was going to empathise with him. My worry was unwarranted and stupid… the deeper I got into this book the more I feel in love with him, the way in which Rebecca Shea managed to take me from fascination and intrigue to genuine affection for him was nothing short of cunning and extraordinary.
Sam and Kate’s story is definitely more of an insta-love kind of affair, not too dissimilar in pacing to that of Alex and Emilia’s – but due to the circumstances it almost felt like it was faster paced. If that makes sense? I am a firm lover of insta-love and to me it doesn’t detract from the authenticity of the story or the feelings themselves. But if you are more of a slow-burner romancer, you may struggle a little. However, the great thing about insta-love is that it gives you the best drama and angst – and believe me, you certainly get it. There were times where Kate peeved me off a little, but that was mostly because I already felt like I was friends with Sam and therefore I had a sense of loyalty to him. So, when Kate had her doubts… well… I wanted to slap her with a wet fish, and had I been able to do so – I would’ve felt so good, but I would then feel guilt wracked because I actually really enjoyed her fiery and feisty sass.
All in all, Betrayed by Lies was IT. It was everything I had hoped Sam’s story would be. I was also so chuffed that we got a little more Alex, but in all honesty, but the time Alex was back in the picture I was really torn about which brother I wanted the most. I’m still debating with myself. Sam or Alex? Alex or Sam? Maybe both? Is that wrong? It doesn’t have to be at once… but I won’t complain either way. I’m going to put a bit of a downer on this, I’m so sad now – I kind of don’t know what to do with myself. I want more of these gorgeous twins… hell, I want more of Kate and Emilia… I just don’t want this to be the end of this series. Can’t we have a book on the brothers reuniting? I know that that is set on its way in this book but… well… I just want more. Please.
Betrayed by Lies is out now!
About the Book
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Unbreakable series, comes a sexy, heart-wrenching novel…Betrayed by Lies.
As an ATF agent, bringing down the Estrada cartel has been my sole mission. I’m a skilled agent, determined and fearless, but a relentless pursuit and a willingness to risk everything almost killed me.
A year later, when an opportunity in Los Angeles presents itself, I jump at the chance to start over and rebuild the career and life I almost lost.
Kate Stevens was not part of my new plan. I never expected she would be the one to save me from my past. She was exactly what I needed—smart, beautiful and independent. I finally have a future I look forward to.
Only nothing in my life ever goes according to plan. Losing Kate is not an option, but fate seems poised to ruin me, and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it.
About the Series
Broken by Lies
I had no idea how much I would love Alex the day he walked into my life.
He changed everything.
The way I breathed.
The way I thought.
The way I loved.
He brought me back to life.
He gave me strength and a safe place to land.
And then he broke me.
Finding Emilia was a chance to do something good for once in my life.
I wanted to change.
She believed I was her savior.
I ached to be.
She found her way into my heart and claimed it as her safe place.
I should be telling her the truth about me…instead I break her with lies.
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Bound by Lies
Torn between two men; one was what I needed, the other was what I wanted.
One man was safe and the other was dangerous.
But both men would lay down their lives to save me.
ATF agent Sam Cortez is fighting to bring down the Estrada family empire, which was built on murder and corruption.
Alex Estrada did what was needed to keep me safe…and paid with his life.
Starting over as I try to rebuild my life, it’s clear that the past is never what it seems.
What no one knew was that we were all bound by lies.
About the Author
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.