Series: White Lies Duet #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Mystery, Revenge, Romance
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There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.
The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.
Okay biggest downside to duets, waiting for the second one to come out. I picked up this book with every intention not to read it until the second book came out (I am seriously not a person with any kind of patience), but the cover was so pretty and it kept staring at me from my kindle, so I broke and I read it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read it, but I’m so bummed I have to wait to find out what happens next. I want to say I have read a book by Lisa Renee Jones in the past, but it’s been a long time, but remember enjoying the book I read by her in the past, and since this is a duet, I figured this would be a good place to jump in and try out her writing again. I think if you are unfamiliar with her, this would be a good choice to jump in a try out her writing.
There are a lot of things about this book I liked, some of them are small and nuanced, others are big themes, but needless to say there are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. So honestly, when you first meet Nick (a.k.a. Tiger) he’s at a function at Faith’s family winery. I honestly didn’t pick up on the fact that Nick knew who Faith was until after their first meeting, so either it was good writing or Nick is just that good of an actor. I’m not always a fan of the whole woman in trouble man swoops in and saves the day plot line, and I was worried that’s where we were going. Faith’s family legacy is in trouble. Her mother died with massive debts and it looks like Faith may lose her family winery to the bank, something she is fighting as much as she can, but the legal roadblocks are many. Of course Nick is a lawyer, so he was just step in and work out the problem. I was so happy to see Faith push back. She is not a wilting flower. Sure she is damaged, without a doubt, and she fully admits it, but she is not without a backbone and she does not need saving.
I liked that Faith is an artist, and a lot of book deals with the art scene, I liked that the art scene was incorporated into the book, and Faith being a painter wasn’t just like a characteristic that gets mentioned once or twice, it really is who she is. In the same way, Nick is a lawyer, and he lives and breathes his profession, they both have lives and professions and which are both big parts of the book. Nick also rocks that super hot mysterious vibe, long hair and tattoos included, and that totally worked for me. This book does seem to have a BDSM element to it, but it’s super tame, so if that’s not your thing, don’t let it turn you off to this book. Oh and just because the BDSM is tame, doesn’t mean that Nick doesn’t leave scorch marks on the page when he gets in the same room as Faith. Nick get himself into a tough spot during this book, I mean you can’t strategically engineer a meeting with someone in the hopes of secretly gathering information about them to prove they did something and at the same time build any kind of lasting foundation for a relationship. You know at some point she is going to find out and all is going to come crashing down.
I like books with a mystery element to them. I liked trying to figure out along with Nick the full picture of what is going on. By the end of this book I was wondering if I was right about Faith or maybe Nick’s original assumption is right, or maybe I’m just totally off mark and there’s some sort of third option that I just don’t see yet. The book ends not on like a super cliff hanger, but it left me asking question and wanted to know the answers as soon as I possibly could. I think this is a really good first book in a duet, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.