This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Lie to Me
Tori St. Claire
Date of Review: 07/01/12
Wow! This book starts off with the sexual tension and eroticism between Sasha and Alexei and doesn’t let up until the very last page. I was immediately drawn into the story of these two people running from their pasts and trying to build a future.
Sasha Zablosky first meets Alexei when she takes the name of Irina and hides out in a strip club in Russia. Sasha used to work for the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, but now wants nothing more than to find a quiet place to deal with her guilt and shame for what she has been made to do. Sasha accepts her fate when she learns that Alexei has kidnapped her and, despite the amazing sex they have been enjoying, plans to trade her to a Middle Eastern sheikh as a sex slave.
Alexei Nikanova doesn’t know Irina’s true identity. He only knows that he has been hired to kidnap her and deliver her as part of his undercover role in the human trafficking organization. Alexei works for secret section of the CIA known as the Black Opals. They do whatever needs to be done to achieve their missions and they don’t give up. What Alexei doesn’t expect is to be unable to get Irina out of his mind.
When Alexei and Sasha meet up again, everything explodes. Their intense sexual attraction hasn’t diminished and they must deal not only with the betrayal of Alexei giving Sasha to the sheikh, but also all the other secrets and baggage from their pasts. Whether or not their attraction will be enough to help them move on once all the secrets are revealed is what keeps readers engrossed in this story.
I had to keep reading in order to know how Sasha and Alexei would work things out and what other secrets they were keeping hidden from each other. There are lots of revelations in this story and not knowing when they will arrive or how they will be shown adds to the suspenseful elements. Having Alexei work for a secret branch of the CIA allows a lot of latitude for Ms. St. Claire in what she can have him do and what supports she can give him.
There is a lot of descriptive sex in this book. The sex takes place between Sasha and Alexei as well as in a ménage a trois. The sex scenes are graphic and frequent so if that turns you off, you probably won’t like this book. I thought that the sex scenes were necessary to show the depth and strength of the attraction that Alexei and Sasha feel for each other. Despite the emotional turmoil they are both feeling, they can connect in bed.