Lie By Night (Out of Darkness)
Author: Cathy Marlowe
Date of Publication: March 24, 2014
When Emma Bailey’s brother disappears, leaving her in possession of dangerous information, there’s no one she can turn to for help. Her desperate search for her brother leads her to a remote island where she discovers the one man who can help her is a man she can’t trust.
Cole Stevens is on a mission to bring down the drug mastermind who threatens to destroy the lives of his family. His plans take an unexpected turn when Emma runs head first into his investigation. Not only is she a danger to his heart, but her brother is one of his key suspects.
Cole and Emma reluctantly join forces to unravel a web of deceit that reaches deeper into their lives than either had imagined. As the lies unravel they will be forced to choose between fear of betrayal and their willingness to put their emotions on the line in order to save the people they love.
This was a rockin’ fast-paced ride from the get-go. I really enjoyed the suspense and trying to figure out how they were going to catch the bad guy. I found the sexual tension between Cole and Emma to be great and can understand why she might not trust him (she thought she’d found him with another woman some months earlier, just hours after he had hit on her).
I enjoyed the bad guys and their plotting, along with some of the tricks they used to hopefully stop the heroes from catching them (it ultimately fails – and I don’t consider that a spoiler simply because, well, it’s fiction…the good guys almost always win). Interesting use of chemistry and perfume that I wouldn’t have ever considered. I did figure out that point before the characters did, but that’s only ’cause I was outside of their heads and could see the bigger picture.
Emma – truly devoted to her brother and who can blame her? They’re all each other have. I hope my girls one day will go as far as she did if big brother ever needed their help.
Cole – totally get where he’s coming from, though I wanted to smack him for a while with some of his distrust of Emma (then again, under the circumstances, that distrust was understandable – she was keeping secrets from him).
A great secondary cast and I’m looking forward to seeing more books in this series.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.