Title: Shadows & Lies (Shadows, #1)
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Romantic Suspense | Mystery
Release Date: March 26, 2015
One lie can change your life.
A web of lies can destroy it.
Neil Ryan was a good Navy SEAL. He was an even better detective, but when an unmarked envelope lands on his desk, long-buried secrets are resurrected and Ryan questions everything he thought he knew about justice, including who killed his mother.
Alex Black is a distraction Ryan doesn’t need—she’s loud, obnoxious and a common thief, but her eyes are haunting, her lips irresistible and Ryan happens to love her filthy mouth.
Alex is also the only one able to help Ryan find the leads he’s missing. She’s the only one who can lead him to the one person who has the answers he seeks, but following her could cost Ryan everything.
Secrets get told, lives get wrecked and in every shadow, the truth is hiding.
“I’ve never seen you cruel before. Didn’t know you had it in you, Boy Scout.”
“You know, lady,” there was a hum in my voice I didn’t recognize. Alex had put it there with just the low dip of her gaze, “you got all these ideas that you know me. You don’t.”
Her eyes moved with the shake of my head, following the slow nod, the moment becoming something tactile, obvious as the heating air between our bodies that dampened our skin. Two looks, two held breaths and something had shifted. Hell, who was I kidding? It had started, brewing, way back, the second I grabbed her arm, stopping her from taking that wallet. It simmered when she snuck onto my balcony asking for my help. Now it crackled—that attraction, the symmetry in the breath that mingled between her mouth and mine.
“Alex?” It was only her name falling from my mouth that moved her gaze off my lips, a small glance that was all the answer she’d give me. “I’m not a fucking Boy Scout.”
There are times when you can’t think. Those are the clustered moments when the energy, the zing of the moment you’re in breaks apart any awareness you have. There is no logic in the swell of sensation or the liquid heat that drives one body closer to another. It’s the feel of warmth, the hope of touch that pulls you in no matter what your brain tries to make you understand about right and wrong, friend or foe. I wasn’t supposed to touch Alex Black. I wasn’t supposed to see her as anything but a mission. I was supposed to find her stalker and keep her safe.
But I had always done what was expected. Seems she had to, as well. The difference was that my expectations fell on the side of justice. Hers ran along the tracks of corruption.
Both meant we survived however we could.
I didn’t think about the case or what had brought her to me in the first place, and what kept her coming back to me. I reached for her because I knew that’s what we both wanted. I touched her because she let me and once I had her against my chest, felt the smooth brush of her fingers on my neck, sensation shattered judgment.
The last sound I heard before I kissed her was the strangle of laughter falling into a moan. Hers, not mine. Alex was a woman—beautiful, sensual, parts that went in and out just like they’re supposed to, but she did not kiss me like any other hesitant, docile woman I’d ever touched.
She touched me like she was still hungry, like the meal we had just shared had not filled her. Like nothing would.
This is my first time reading Eden Butler and it will not be my last. I had heard a lot of great things about Thin Love, but it was just another one of those books that I never got around to – too many books, too little time. But EB was officially on my radar, and had me jumping at the chance to read and review this book.
I love that Alex is an atypical book heroine. She has led a tough life and had to deal with things when she was younger that no child ever should. She doesn’t let her history define her, though, and she doesn’t want anyone’s pity or sympathy for the road she has had to travel. Nor does she make any apologies for the way she lives her life. Despite their rocky history and even though everything in his gut tells him that she is bad news, Ryan can’t help but be drawn to Alex and want to be there for her in a way he never has with any other woman.
I am all about the characters when I read. If I am invested in a book’s characters, I will keep reading no matter what. Alex and Ryan grabbed my attention from the get-go; having them appear in this mystery/suspense storyline drew me in even further. I love me some romantic suspense and this did not disappoint. I can’t wait to find out how the deaths of Alex’s sister and Ryan’s mom are related, and how the rest of this plot will unfold – even though I’ll have to wait for a few more books to get the answers (I am the queen of impatient, after all!). Truth be told, I’ve got myself a crush on Frank, and am so glad to know that the other boys of NOLA Elite Security will be getting their stories told through the course of unraveling this tangled web. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Frank will be next. 😉
This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. Please send help.