Tuesday, September 22, 2015

S.E.X. Review~ Best Kept Lies~ Helena Maeve

What becomes of the Russian spy who lands himself in the crosshairs of a rogue British agent?

Grigory Antipov’s work within the intelligence community is exemplary, but attracting too much attention is against his interests as a spy—a lesson painfully learned the night he is abducted off the streets of Rome. Captivity is a dangerous thing and Grigory already operates under a cloud of suspicion, given his predilection for male company. Luckily, his stint in British custody is short-lived, a mere flex of muscle from Agent Karim Awad.

Karim’s objective is obvious. Lure Grigory into Section’s clutches and turn him against his own people—expose him to the wrath of Moscow if he refuses. His mission brief may not specify the methods to be used, but Grigory soon discovers that Karim is a man of many talents. With powerful interests at play and the threat of deadly force in the air, Grigory faces an impossible choice—surrender to his fate or sacrifice the only man whose touch makes him feel alive after so many years.

While I enjoyed Helena Maeve’s Best Kept Lies, it was definitely a book that needed to be read in one sitting, lest you come back and confuse yourself with the characters. Espionage and intrigue were the rules of the game as Grigory and Karim, opposite sides of the spy world, want each other in bed and dead at the same time.

The fast-paced story held my interest and frustrated me at the same time. As a lover of spy novels; the cat & mouse, casualty at every corner thrilled me, but as a lover of an HEA, my frustration level raised a notch or two. But, Ms. Maeve left the temporary HFN ending open for subsequent journeys in her new series Shadow Play.

Each character in the book was an important facet in drawing Grigory to the other side, away from Mother Russia, amongst secrets and lies, and not knowing who you can truly trust.

My hope is that Ms. Maeve will reveal more about Grigory and Karim in subsequent books, as I didn’t get a complete sense of who they were, neither physically nor emotionally. I look forward to the next book.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review

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