Lie To Me
Black Opals #2
by Tori St. Claire
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 2012 by Berkley heat
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After helping to break up a Russian human trafficking ring as part of the CIA’s elite Black Opal team, Alexei Nikanova’s newest assignment is to rescue one of the stolen women and return her to her father. When he arrives in Dubai, he discovers his target is Sasha Zablosky—a woman he knows all too well, and who has haunted him ever since their one unforgettable night together. But he finds Sasha reluctant to leave her Sheik, the only true friend she’s ever known. Only Alexei can’t give her a choice.Goodreads
With their yearning roused by intrigue, Alexei and Sasha can no longer resist and spend night after night in forbidden pleasure. Soon Alexei finds himself falling for her even as he battles a shadowy menace to protect her. But Sasha is no innocent. She has a past darker than she could ever admit or that Alexei could ever forgive. And it is about to explode into her life once more. Now, as the lies they tell themselves—and each other—pull them deeper into a perilous desire, what began as simple passion becomes a love certain to destroy them and end the lives of countless innocents.
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Tori St. Claire has fast become a must-read author for me! Her dark and seductive, Black Opal series continues with the eagerly anticipated second installment, Lie To Me.
As part of the CIA’s elite Black Opal team, Alexei Nikanova, has seen his fair share from the corrupt side of humanity and has first-hand experience participating in that gritty life for the greater good. But one memory has stuck with him throughout all of the darkness he has had to sift through in his career, and that is the memory of one woman who had the ability to get beneath his skin. To continue his cover though, Alexei had to sell her to a Sheik in Dubai. And despite trying to find her after breaking up the human trafficking ring, Alexei knows, even if he found her she would never be able to understand or forgive him for his treachery.
Years later, Alexei is unexpectedly reunited with Sasha Zablosky, the girl he betrayed but can’t stop thinking about, on a recovery mission for one of the women who fell victim to the human trafficking ring. Assigned with the task to return Sasha to her father, Alexei masquerades as a mysterious business partner to get closer to her and past her protective Sheik. But more than their passion is ignited when Alexei and Sasha come together again; untold emotions, hidden secrets and unimaginable danger take them to terrifying heights as they flee across several countries. How is Alexei to protect Sasha though when he doesn’t know who he can trust, even on his own team, and she cannot trust him enough not to run?
Tori St. Claire knows how to start a story off with a bang! With delicious, dark and sensual writing, St. Claire hooks readers from the first page.
I loved Alexei and Sasha! They had a combustible chemistry from the start but they were each pretending to be someone else. As the story progresses a little bit of their true identity is revealed along with hidden secrets, some they would rather stay hidden. These little tidbits kept me engrossed in the story. But that’s not all, Alexei and Sasha don’t know who they can trust so trying to figure out who’s really a bad guy and who’s a good guy along with the characters is just another allure on top of the sizzling romance. And boy does that romance sizzle! With various positions, styles and yes, partners (delectable ménages), St. Claire will keep you squirming in anticipation the entire ride.
Lie To Me delivers steamy, sexy romance with just the right touch of gripping suspense to keep readers coming back for more. I can't wait to get my hands on the intriguing and oh-so-appetizing, Misha’s story now. If you haven’t started this series yet, you are missing out, go get it today!
Book #1: Stripped (Our Review)
Book #2: Lie To Me
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses