3 Stars for Best Kept Lies (Shadow Play #1) by Helena Maeve #MM #Romance


Title: Best Kept Lies (Shadow Play #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Helena Maeve (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: September 22, 2015 – 123 pgs


What becomes of the Russian spy who lands himself in the crosshairs of a rogue British agent?

Grigory Antipov’s work within the intelligence community is exemplary, but attracting too much attention is against his interests as a spy—a lesson painfully learned the night he is abducted off the streets of Rome. Captivity is a dangerous thing and Grigory already operates under a cloud of suspicion given his predilection for male company. Luckily, his stint in British custody is short-lived, a mere flex of muscle from Agent Karim Awad.

Karim’s objective is obvious. Lure Grigory into Section’s clutches and turn him against his own people. Expose him to the wrath of Moscow if he refuses. His mission brief may not specify the methods to be used, but Grigory soon discovers that Karim is a man of many talents. With powerful interests at play and the threat of deadly force in the air, Grigory faces an impossible choice—surrender to his fate or sacrifice the only man whose touch makes him feel alive after so many years.

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Normally I love Helena Maeve’s books, but this one just didn’t work for me.

There was so much going on, I could keep up or connect with any of the characters. Maybe it was that everyone had an ulterior motive. Maybe it was that it was based in Europe where the spy groups had different labels than the ones we have in the US.
I will say that the book was fast paced and well written, that was the only thing that kept me reading when I was so confused and lost at times.


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