4 stars for Best Kept Lies (Shadow Play #1) by Helena Maeve #MM #romance #mystery @PridePublishing


Title: Best Kept Lies (Shadow Play #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Helena Maeve (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015 – 102 pages


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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This is a book about opposites attracting whether they want it or not. A book about two people that are a lot alike but also a lot different in so many ways. A book about two people who are both similar in ways of being a spy and work for the same government but on the opposite ends of the spectrum that just cannot stay away from each other no matter that they are supposed to be enemies.

Karim and Grigory are both spies for the government but they work for different agencies and are both supposed to be enemies because of they work for. They are both after the other to eliminate the threat that the other possesses to each other’s agencies but in the end will love for one another win or will their loyalty to whom the work for win in the end.

This book in my opinion is a book about cat and mouse. I never know who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Everything is constantly changing and who you believe is good isn’t and who you think is bad turns out to be good. Karimand Grigory both know they should not get involved with one another because of how dangerous it is to each of them and being deemed a traits if they are caught but no matter how hard they each try to end what they feel for the other they cannot stay away.

This is a book about love being more powerful then the threat of death or jail. This is a book about needing the one person who may end up killing you in the end more then the threat of them turning on you in the end.

It was very well put together book that left you wondering what would happen next and who was going to turn in whom.

Cannot wait to read the next book in the series to see what twist and turns Helena Maeve will come up with.



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Helena Maeve has always been a globe trotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she’s collected in her excursions. When she isn’t writing erotic romance novels, she can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning in her trusty little notebook.


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