Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Release Day Review ~ Lies & Deception by Nic Starr

Release Day Review ~ Lies & Deception by Nic Starr

Title: Lies & Deception
Author: Nic Starr
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Category: Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 192

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.

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by DreamSpinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

The synopsis of this book is pretty accurate to what the book is about. I’ve read this author before and this was definitely, in my opinion, a change from her previous books. But, what all her books do have in common, are great characters and world building. Some of the characters are likable and flawed, others are not likable and still flawed.

I didn’t feel like I got to know as much about Finn as I did Mitch and the only reason we got more of Mitch was because of his interactions with his ex. We did not get a typical relationship building between Finn and Mitch, as their interactions were typically superficial since they were both hiding who they were. For the parts regarding the police, it did seem that Mitch was hired into the gang a little too easily, based on how paranoic the leader supposedly was. Otherwise, it seemed like typical gang/police procedures as portrayed on tv. I have no experience with police and gangs in real life, so I have no idea if this is all typical.

I typically don’t read books about motorcycle clubs/gangs but because this was supposed to be a suspense novel, I thought I could overlook my dislike. For me, the suspense part of this book was pretty non-existent and the focus was really on the motorcycle gang and bringing them down. For some events, I expected more. Like when a person involved with a gang finds out the man he’s interested in is an undercover cop. But, it seemed to just happen and time to move on to the next scene.

For those that worry about the relationship in the book, that’s definitely not a focus. There is one scene between the two MC’s but otherwise, they’re not together. The book does seem to have a HEA, where regardless of what happened during the book, the two MC’s end up together. But know before going into this, that the focus is on an undercover police officer bringing down a motorcycle gang.

Rating:4 stars

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