BLOG TOUR: Don’t Lie To Me by Stacey Lynn – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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A standalone erotica/adult romance fiction.

What do you do when the man you love leaves, and the only man you’ve wanted since is the one you can’t have?

When Emma’s first love walked away after learning she was pregnant, she was forced to pick up the pieces, re-evaluate her priorities, and change the course of her dreams all for the sake of her son, who became the only one who mattered.

It also meant taking a job with Jack McMillan; powerful, sexy, controlled, and CEO of McMillan Holdings. Emma has spent the last several years keeping her dreams and fantasies of Jack to herself, but one night, and one encounter, changed everything.

Once the walls between them are dropped and the truth is laid bare, will Jack and Emma’s new relationship be able to survive? When they are forced to confront their pasts, will they learn to finally put their trust in someone else, or will the lies that are told destroy them both?

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My Review

Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the kind of book where my rating for it changed as I gave myself more time to digest it. When I finished the book I was thinking that this book was a solid 4 stars. But, as I sit here now writing this review and thinking about the story I realize that I love the story much more than that, so I give it 4.5 stars.

Emma has been working for Jack McMillan for over five years. She has a great job and it allows her flexibility and financial freedom to be able to support her son. It really is the perfect job except for one small detail. She has feelings for her aloof, controlled, emotionally unavailable boss.

Jack has never shown even the slightest hint of interest beyond professional courtesy in her whole time working for him so to her, it is all just one big fantasy that she will never admit to. Until Jack starts blurring the professional lines and starts acting like more than just her boss.

“I want to know what it is about you that suddenly makes me feel completely out of control.” ~Jack

One of the best things about this book for me was that as soon as the book started, the story started moving along. There was no big introduction scenes or character background. The author allowed us to jump right into the meat of the story. It grabbed my interest and kept it until I finished the book. That’s right – finished this book in a day. I just couldn’t put it down.

Jack McMillan. I had a love-hate relationship with him throughout this book, but it usually always ended on the side of loving him. He is a demanding man, who seems to have a three-date rule – three dates and woman is gone. He guards his emotions better than a poker player guards his winning hand, which makes it hard for Emma to know where she really stands with him. Is she just another three-dater? Will he grow tired of her as he does every other woman? Will she lose her job if things don’t work out?

But Jack surprised the crap out of me, and in hindsight I shouldn’t have expected anything less. Jack just seems like an all or nothing type of guy – when he wants something, he goes after it. Did he go about his feelings and relationship with Emma in the best possible way? Absolutely not, hence the times when I wanted to smack him upside the head.

Emma, like Jack, also kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had her figured out, she went and did something that either annoyed me or had me wanting to give her a high-five. I liked that her reactions were unpredictable, but not in an all-over the place type of way. To me, this made her more realistic and more similar to Jack in a way that I don’t think she even knew. She didn’t fall victim to what the typical female character in her scenario would do and I loved her for that.

The story was well developed and kept me on my toes. Just when I think things were going to settle down and there was going to be smooth sailing – bam something else crept up. I loved that about this book – although I may have seen where the author was going with the story, I never knew 100% what the characters were up to. I did wish that the ending events were explained a bit more and more time was spent going over exactly what happened, but I’ll live.

On a final note, I need to mention my favorite quote of this book. When Emma starts getting panicked about a situation, Jack senses it and all he needs to say to her is to “tap it down” and she instantly calms. Honestly, this is probably my favorite line that I’ve read in a book in a while.

I most definitely recommend you read this book. It is a stand alone and I doubt you will be disappointed. In Jack’s words…

“I need you to tap your shit down and trust me.”

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He held out one of his white dress shirts, staying an arms-length away from me. Frustration etched in every one of his facial features.

“No.” I crossed my arms against my stomach. It only served to push my full, aching breasts up further and I watched Jack’s gaze settle on them, before drifting lower to my bare skin that I knew he wanted to get his hands on. He couldn’t hide his desire from me.

Even if it pissed him off that he wanted me.

“Put the shirt on.” He closed his eyes and shook his head. “I can’t talk to you when you’re dressed like this. Put the damn shirt on and I’ll talk to you.”

I took it from him reluctantly and pushed my arms through my sleeves. “It’s on.”
I smiled when he cursed at me again. “Button. It.”

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About Stacey Lynn

Stacey Lynn

I am a wife, a mom, and a writer. I can often be found curled up on the couch with a good book, or obsessively eating Skittles in a very complicated and organized manner. No joke.

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The Giveaway

Stacey is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and two (2) eBook copies of DON’T LIE TO ME

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