by Magnolia Smith
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Samhain Publishing
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While hunting down his target in Jamaica, Kael Bradford fell hard for a beautiful, unsuspecting tourist. He thought the only thing he needed to protect her from was him. Until the line between personal and professional blurred in a cloud of deadly danger.
Rain Howard thought she'd met the perfect guy. But after two romantic weeks in Jamaica, he disappeared. Two years of trying to forget him, and she's finally found the courage to quit her job and open a beignets and coffee cafe. Then he appears out of the blue, wanting to pick up where they left off.
Kael never wanted to leave her, but it wasn't safe for him to stay. He had to put space between them before the bad guys figured out there was someone he loved. Besides, if she discovered all his secrets...she wouldn't want to be with him anyway.
Now, the coast is clear. And he's returned, finally, to reclaim what's his.
About The Author:
Magnolia Smith: With a father who was a former member of the Vietnam-era 82nd Airborne, a cousin who was a Green Beret in the eighties and nineties and a brother who is currently in law enforcement, is it any wonder that Magnolia grew up to marry a US Marine and write romantic suspense? With a great respect for the U.S. Armed Forces and American law enforcement, Magnolia finds they make awesome characters for her stories.
But she also loves romance! Delving into the love lives of alpha heroes while they save the world is what Magnolia loves the most! Old school romance authors like Jackie Collins, Pat Booth and E. Lynn Harris taught her much more about love and the glamorous life than she should’ve known as a high schooler stealing into the adult section of her local library to find more interesting reads.
In another life Magnolia… perhaps should have been a spy, but for now she is content to live vicariously through the characters in her book. Born and raised in North Carolina, she loves to travel and has visited most of Europe and some of East Asia, however her travel bucket list continues to grow.
You will find her blogging here, Tweeting here and Facebooking here… With so many ways to connect with her, how can you choose just one? Lucky for you, you don’t have too.
Magnolia is a member of International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is represented by Holloway Literary. Follow Magnolia on Twitter and Facebook!
Tell Me No Lies was a quick read. I'd have to say it was more suspense than romance. Not a bad thing, but if you were expecting more romance, you'll be disappointed. I usually prefer an equal amount of both romance and suspense, so this one doesn't make the 50-50 calculation. Although, there were lots of twists, turns and dangers mixed in with the odd romantic moments. The story starts slowly, but some chemistry develops between Kael and Rain - love their names - in Jamaica for a two-week vacation (strangers at first, but eventually they become more), until things happen to ruin their happy-ever-after. He's an assassin that has to lie to protect people. He has a seven-year contract and can't tell her about it. For Rain, she has a dream she passionately wants to make happen, but she feels she can't follow it due to family pressure and expectations, and therefore continues to be a boring accountant. When Kael finally returns AFTER TWO YEARS, Rain makes him work for the possible second chance with her. As a person, Rain seems naive and weak and lacks the strong female character attributes that I usually like to see in a protagonist. However, she comes a long way as the story draws to a close. As I say, if you are looking for a suspenseful read with some danger and a dash of romance, you should definitely read this book.
(because I love swooning over sexy badass assassins, and I love all the danger lurking in the shadows).