Thursday, June 28, 2018

Release Blitz: Lies & Deception by Nic Starr (Review)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 67,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Tiferet Design

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Detective Mitch O’Neill is the ideal man to infiltrate the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club. His ex-boyfriend, Peter, is pledged with the club, which provides Mitch with the perfect cover. Despite the relationship ending badly, he’s come to terms with Peter’s drug addiction and his inability to help. All Mitch wants now is to bring down the Soldiers and the club president, Rocky Cummings, once and for all.

Finn Cummings hates everything the motorcycle club stands for, but he’s unable to escape his brother’s clutches. When Mitch is assigned as Finn’s driver, they spend countless hours together, and the saying proves true—opposites do attract. Finn agonizes over his feelings for Mitch—the last thing he wants is to involve himself further with criminals, not when he wants to leave that world. Mitch tries to come to terms with falling for a member of the outlaw club he’s determined to destroy.

If they can survive the fallout from Rocky’s violence and the investigation, they might discover it’s not a case of opposites attract after all.

4 Stars!

Mitch is a police detective who is assigned to work undercover with the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club in the hopes of bringing down their leader, Rocky Cummings and his Soldiers. What he didn't expect was to be assigned to drive Rocky's brother around, or that he'd be so attracted to Finn.

Finn has been trying to find a way to get out from his brother's clutches for a long time, but now that he's been forcibly moved back to Sidney, that looks more difficult than ever. Especially when he meets the MC's newest prospect and can't stop thinking about him. Not that he has any chances with the obviously straight man, or does he?

This book was quite a departure from Nic Starr's usual style, which doesn't mean that it was bad, just that it was different from what she has us used to.

It's a bit of a darker, edgier read, more focused on the MC/undercover police aspect of it than the romance. Don't get me wrong, there's still some romance there, it's just not the main focus of the story. Because of the whole undercover deal, and Mitch's interactions with both his partner and his ex, we get to know Mitch a bit better, which is more obvious near the end when we learn some things about Finn. I felt bad for Mitch, it was difficult for him to stay in character and play the part of the big bad MC prospect when he was so worried for his ex and for Finn, which in turn made him vulnerable and prone to some mistakes. I liked Finn, but there were a few times where his misplaced need for independence (as in when he would lash out at Mitch, when he was just trying to help) made me want to strangle him. But overall, I liked them together, they seemed to complement the other well and had similar interests.

Overall, I think Lies & Deception was an entertaining read, as I said before, it's different from other Nic Starr's books. As other MC books I've read, there are some darker themes and violence, but it still was a riveting read. Recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!

When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.

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