Lora Leigh’s Men of Summer series is back after a nine-year gap between books, and it was worth the wait. Wicked Lies is the second book in the series and centers around Jazz and Annie. Unlike the first book in the series, we see the action play out as it’s happening and I love a great suspense story. There were a few things that bothered me about the book and nagged at me as I was reading, but I was still able to focus on the story.
Jazz Lancing is known as a party boy who is popular among the ladies. Those who know him know that this reputation he has built for himself covers up a pain that he has been carrying around for years. He’s determined to seduce the sexy school teacher that arrived in town two years ago and has captured his attention ever since. There is something about her that he just cannot resist.
Annie Mayes is hiding a huge secret and doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s in town for a reason and slowly the truth about who she really is comes to light. That truth puts her and those she loves in great danger, but ten years on the run has her determined to make a stand.
The first thing that bothered me about the book was that there were several references to things that had happened back when Slade was undercover with the FBI. It felt like I was missing something. Jazz references asking the Maddox brothers for help when Slade was in trouble and this is brought up on more than one occasion, but we don’t get any details.
The second, bigger issue, revolves around Annie’s true identity. The question of who she really is, is known to the reader all along and I’m struggling with how much to reveal because I don’t want to ruin the story for everyone. I will say that she was known to all of the primary people and yet somehow different hair color and colored contacts made her unrecognizable. That was frustrating.
Two very interesting characters pop up in the story – sisters Kate and Lara Blanchard, and I was looking forward to hearing more about them. They were supposed to be out fact-finding and suddenly they just drop out of the book and are not mentioned again. I really hope these two get their own story because Ms. Leigh has me dying to read their books.
Overall I loved this book, despite my few frustrations. I felt the connection between Jazz and Annie and there were elements of their story that were really sweet. Very steamy sex scenes and for once we see a scene where the virgin actually experiences pain while having sex for the first time. Of course that doesn’t last, but at least it was mentioned! The plot moved fast and developed at a speed that had me reading the book in one sitting. I cannot wait to get Zack’s story and I’m hoping this series will be expanded for some of the other secondary characters we met in the story.
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by Lora Leigh
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s