Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review ~ DON'T LIE TO ME by Amber Bardan

Don’t Lie to Me (Bad for You, #3)
by: Amber Bardan
Series: Bad for You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Source: Carina Press

A fling with her best friend's reclusive business partner should've been harmless.

When Emma meets him, the only way she's looking to be tied down is in the literal sense. But Avner—shady hacker, off-the-books investigator, occasional spy—takes her breath away. He's the first man who doesn't turn to mush under her sexual spell: a fact that makes what's between them very different, and very real.

Beautiful and uninhibited, Emma is everything Avner thought she would be and more. Yet his deadly past and dark duties can never be forgotten…not even as he succumbs to their seductive intimacy. But for the first time he's after something of his own, as well.

And now that he's found Emma, he'll protect her, no matter what. Because anything worth loving is worth fighting for.

But nothing about Avner is remotely harmless.

Soon, Avner has infiltrated Emma's personal life, stalled her career and nearly destroyed everything she's worked for—all in the name of protection. Desperate and heartbroken, drawn into a secret criminal underworld in her quest for understanding, Emma discovers the truth: Avner's secrets are far more devastating than his lies.

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Don’t Lie to Me is the third book in Amber Bardan’s Bad For You series.  While you don’t necessarily have to read the previous two books to enjoy this one, I do believe that you would get a better understanding of the world that Amber Bardan has created by doing so. Since Don’t Lie to Me focuses on the best friend of the heroine from the previous books and the business partner of the hero, I consider it to be more of a spin-off to the the prior books. The central themes of control, overprotectiveness, and strong sexual content are the same throughout all the books.  However, Don’t Lie to Me is mainly just pure and unadulterated porn with no filters.

Avner Malficini is one of the richest people in the world.  He has a reputation of being somewhat of a criminal but it’s not totally clear what types of crimes he commits.  He also runs a technology company that has made world changing applications.  Emma Neeson is an aspiring inventor who has a product that could save countless lives if she can just get the right person to invest in it.  A chance meeting with Avner changes her life forever but this is far from your typical love story.  As with Amber’s other books in this series, there’s a lot of secrets and lies.  These secrets do a lot to shape their relationships.  In this case, the secrets are not even close to being bad enough to keep these two from burning up the sheets but it does cause plenty of drama outside of the bedroom.  Of course, there comes a point where Emma’s life is in danger and it’s a mystery as to where the threat is coming from.  Avner exhausts all resources to keep Emma safe even if she doesn’t want him to.

Don’t Lie to Me is a testament to the idea of protecting the love of your life without any regard of the consequences.  Avner and Emma learn a lot about themselves and each other in the process.  They have both suffered enormous losses in the past and must learn to trust each other and share their demons.  There is a small amount of action and intrigue but it’s clearly overshadowed by their intense sexual encounters.  I’m not saying that’s a bad thing but be prepared to have your mind and your senses blown.

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 5

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After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber Bardan finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fueled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

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