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.
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5 Starting Over Brings Love Stars!!!
The minute I finished Bound By Lies I NEEDED to have Sam's story. I just knew there was so much more to him than what we got in the first two books...more so in book two. Boy was I right!
Because of who he became, a top agent in law enforcement, this man's life was derailed and almost ended by the person that is supposed to protect and love you unconditionally. As we all learned that man wasn't capable of those emotions. Thank goodness Sam grew up in a household that was overflowing with love so that he knew what it felt like and what it looked like. He thought maybe he'd found it with Emilia but we all know that wasn't meant to be for a variety of reasons.
When this book opens, Sam has moved to LA and is starting over to get fresh perspective on life and his career. He's got a stellar reputation in the department and his boss knows he's lucky to have him. What started out as doing him a favor by finding him someplace to live, ended up bringing Sam his HEA that I so desperately wanted for him to find.
Enter Kate Stevens a tall extremely intelligent and beautiful woman, also his boss' sister that Sam felt this instant connection for. I LOVED these two together. There was a little cat and mouse at the beginning, but I knew that was just so they could protect their hearts. They've both lived quite the life and were cautious as to who they let in their heart and soul.
But, when you reach a certain age in your life, and you feel that "certain something" for another person, there's absolutely no reason not to grab onto it, hold tight and hit go! That's what Same and Kate did and it was sexy, and dirty and funny and emotional and all the things in between.
I literally devoured this book in one sitting reading it through the night because I HAD to see how their desire for their happily ever after came to be. There's no shortage of some angst and drama either. Given Sam's line of work, he has to keep some secrets from Kate and let me tell you, when she was listening to what others were telling her I wanted to just slap her upside the head. I mean REALLY??? Her brother is in the same department as Sam. She KNOWS things aren't always as they seem!!!
Along with finding his forever person, Sam and Alex begin the healing process to once again become the brothers they were when they were little and life was altered for them not by their choosing. Watching this happen gave me the biggest smile on my face and I even got a little misty eyed. Being twins they once had that connection that only twins have let along being brothers.
Overall, this book was EVERYTHING I wanted for Sam...he truly gets to have it all...not easily mind you, but isn't that what life is all about? Working hard for what you want to make your dreams come true? In this case, Sam Cortez did exactly what he needed to do not caring who he had to climb over to ultimately get the girl...his girl!!!
Absolutely loved Sam's story!
Betrayed by Lies is the third book in the Bound and Broken series. While I think it is possible to read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies first. There are some background elements that will make more sense to a reader if they're familiar with the story.
Betrayed by Lies is Sam's story. Sam, an ATF agent, is new to LA, CA after moving from Phoenix. He meets Kate, who is the sister of his boss.
The bosses sister should be off-limits, but Sam and Kate can't deny their attraction to each other.
The story is told perfectly in dual POV. From Sam's POV, we learn about his work, a major case that he's working on, and his insecurities. From Kate's POV, we learn about her work, her BFF, and her relationship insecurities.
The story is face-paced, which I loved. I loved seeing Alex and Emilia again (oh Alex...). It's a sweet story with a few twisty turns. Another fantastic read from Rebecca Shea.
*ARC kindly given for an honest review*
Another fabulous read by Rebecca Shea
A fantastic quick read. Sam finally gets an HEA. Sexy, sweet with low angst. Highly recommend reading Broken and Bound by Lies first.