Review: Loving Lies by Lora Leigh (Men of Summer #1)

Twenty-seven-year-old Slade Colter waited for Jessica Benton for five years before they finally did something about the sizzling attraction that had started when she was only sixteen. After only a couple of days and nights together, Slade leaves Jessie and marries another woman, breaking the heart of the only girl he's ever loved. He stays away for five years, but upon his return, he makes it clear that nothing has changed--Jessie was, is, and always will be his. But Jessie isn't the same girl he left behind, and as much as his declarations of love are meant to get through her walls, Jessie refuses to have her heart broken twice.

Loving Lies is the first book in the Men of Summer series from bestselling author Lora Leigh and is my first read from the author. Slade Colter and Jessie Benton were dancing around their attraction for five years, with Slade keeping his distance because of the six-year age difference and his need to wait until Jessie was an adult to actually do anything about his need to be with her. His decision to leave her and marrying someone else was necessary because he was working undercover. Upon his return, Jessie doesn't intend to make it easy for him to win her back, though it's a pretty foregone conclusion for all concerned.

The book has a LOT of sex in it, to the point that I couldn't help but wonder if half the book was purely about Slade and Jessie getting it on. Slade's being in the FBI wasn't as major a component in the story as I would have expected. The story is more about these two having been in love all this time and just when they were finally together, Slade's job takes him away from her. The waiting game commences yet again, and this time, Slade has to deal with a woman whose heart he broke and not just a young girl saving herself for him. The problem is, he already lied to her once before and his lie of omission five years on is still a lie.

The whole Jazz angle wasn't something I was totally against because it's not as if I expected Jessie to be pining away for Slade for five years (and hello, the guy was obviously sleeping with his wife during that span of time), but Jazz's (and Zack's) reasoning left a lot to be desired. Slade and Jazz were not just friends but more of brothers and I felt Jazz crossed the line. The fact that he was in contact with Slade and never mentioned what he and Jessie were doing had me shaking my head in disbelief. Even with all the sex though, Loving Lies did have an actual story to tell and did okay as a second chance romance. Three stars. ♥

Date Read: 03 September 2015

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