Review: FORGIVING LIES by Molly McAdams

Forgiving Lies (Forgiving Lies, #1)A matter of secrets...
Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan can't afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies...
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel's will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love...
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel's heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies ... or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?

ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.


Rachel Masters lost her parents in high school due to a plane crash. After graduating, she follows her best friend Candice to college; staying close to the only "family” she has left. When Rachel starting dating Candice's cousin Blake, she never expected that it would end badly and in turn threaten the relationship she had with her best friend. 

Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan and his partner Mason are fresh off a case that earned them a price on their heads, and their newest assignment has sent them across the country to track down a serial killer. They never anticipated finding Rachel and Candice, right next door. 

Rachel has a hard time trusting people after the loss of her parents and her bad relationships in the past. A few scenes from the beginning of the book had me just cringing and crying for Rachel. She didn't deserve the injustices she suffered - no woman does. Needless to say, she doesn't exactly welcome Kash with open arms. Kash was reserved as well. He felt guilty not being honest with Rachel about his identity...but he had her safety to worry about. He still had a hit on him from his last assignment and a serial killer on the prowl. While Mason and Candice engage in their own "friends with benefits" relationship, Rachel is literally locked out of her apartment and thrust right into spending a lot of time with Kash.

Nonetheless, the attraction between Rachel and Kash gave off sparks right away. Their constant sparring had me laughing and smiling right from the start. They had an easy friendship laced with an underlying desire that could not be denied. I loved watching them have movie nights and pancake breakfasts. It was nice to see that although their attraction was evident from the start, they took their time getting to know each other before becoming involved. Of course, Rachel's history with Blake as well as Kash's undercover case, were always lurking in the background to keep you guessing as to what would happen next.

Forgiving Lies was a pleasant deviation from Molly McAdam's prior books, Taking Chances and From Ashes, which were primarily love triangle romances. In this book, we find a romance, but with heart pounding suspense. It lures you in, and makes you feel warm and cozy right before a bomb detonates. Molly does a good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat towards the end...and just when you think you might get a happily ever after, you get a cliffhanger! Not a nice, quiet cliffhanger that you can live with...a WHAT THE HECK?, bubble wrap your kindle kind of cliffhanger! It's worth the bubble wrap buckle down and read it, and then wait impatiently for part two...Deceiving Lies!

4 stars for this great romantic suspense!

"No one has ever made me feel like my heart is flying away but still holding me to this earth. No one has ever made me feel so at peace and crazy with one look. No one has ever made me feel so in love and terrified at the same time. No one until you."


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