Best Kept Lies by Helena Maeve ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

bestkeptlies_exlarge_PNG-180x288Title: Best Kept Lies

Author: Helena Maeve

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/22/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

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.

General Release Date: 22nd September 2015

My View:

Best Kept Lies by Helena Maeve is not an easy book for me to review. There is nothing that I can point to in the plot or execution that I found necessarily wrong or in need of improvement. However, there is nothing I can point to in order to say that it caused me to like the story.

At its core, Best Kept Lies is an enemies-to-lovers tale set in the covert and mysterious world of international intelligence and spies. From the best I can tell, this book’s main purpose was to set up the rest of the series. There were many twists and turns and a fairly sizable cast of characters for as short as the story was. I never figured out the purpose for some of those characters.

As for the main characters in this installment, Grigory and Karim, I never connected with either one of them. Granted Karim was at a disadvantage since the story was told entirely from Grigory’s third person perspective. I often got the impression things were left out of the story. Given the setting, it was probably done purposefully to increase the “covert” feel of the story. However, I found it just distracted from the story Maeve was trying to tell.

I am unsure if I will be continuing this series or not. I guess time, and maybe a re-read, will tell.

Links

Best Kept Lies on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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2 thoughts on “Best Kept Lies by Helena Maeve ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

  1. I agree. After reading and enjoying Maeves “In the presence of mine ennemy” I did look forward to this, but I was disappointed with it. The sense of location was there, I liked the characters well enough, but it lacked the focus, the intensity and a decent plot line. Also some annoying, platitudes sneaked in, which did nothing to help the story along. Not a promising start for a series.

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