Lies & Deception (Jia’s review)


Title: Lies & Deception
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 26th 2018
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Detective Mitch O’Neill is the ideal man to infiltrate the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club. His ex-boyfriend, Peter, is pledged with the club, which provides Mitch with the perfect cover. Despite the relationship ending badly, he’s come to terms with Peter’s drug addiction and his inability to help. All Mitch wants now is to bring down the Soldiers and the club president, Rocky Cummings, once and for all.

Finn Cummings hates everything the motorcycle club stands for, but he’s unable to escape his brother’s clutches. When Mitch is assigned as Finn’s driver, they spend countless hours together, and the saying proves true—opposites do attract. Finn agonizes over his feelings for Mitch—the last thing he wants is to involve himself further with criminals, not when he wants to leave that world. Mitch tries to come to terms with falling for a member of the outlaw club he’s determined to destroy.

If they can survive the fallout from Rocky’s violence and the investigation, they might discover it’s not a case of opposites attract after all.


If you like cops under cover-stories, then this is a very good one. As Mitch gets assigned as Finn’s driver he’s not in the midst of all the illegal activities. I like how the story has Mitch more on the side lines at first and not put in the midst with all the angst of having to do things against his nature, like doing drugs or other shit to try and prove himself. Which doesn’t mean Rocky trusts Mitch because he doesn’t.

Mitch is a good cop and the attraction between him and Finn is instant but the romance is more of a slow burn as they get to know each other. I also like how Mitch handles being near his ex, he still cares for him but has managed to work through his feelings since they broke up.
Finn doesn’t want to have anything to do with the business or his brother, but as he said; What Rocky wants, he gets. Finn tries to oppose his brother and his emotions are portrayed well. The only thing we don’t really find out is why Finn has to work for his brother since there’s not anything to hold him back as his parents and brother Carl are dead. Mitch and Finn have to work through the doubts they harbor and decide whether or not to trust each other.

This book is well-written with descriptive language giving more atmosphere to the story. The facts feels solid and the characters are fleshed out. Just the way I like it. The only thing I would have wanted more was to get an insight into Rocky’s behaviour, just like we did with Mitch and Finn, and of the moment Finn found out Mitch was a cop. It doesn’t detract from the reading experience however and I fully enjoyed reading this intriguing novel.

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Galley copy of Lies & Deception provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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Reading, to me, is as close to an addiction as one can come without crossing the line… completely. I read a lot, and many different genres. For me, stories have to be realistic and logical, within the perimeter set up by the author.
I don’t care for unnecessary angst and poorly researched facts or first person perspective in stories as most often I feel like I’m being told the story over a cup of coffee in that case. It’s even worse if the story has multiple first person point of views it changes between.
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4 comments

    • Thank you for commenting! Actually I’m not big on undercover in general but it all depends on the story. In this case I liked the plot very much because of the fact that Mitch was the driver of his brother and not in the middle of the whole gang, next to the leader. And I also liked how the facts seemed logical and real which to me is a huge plus 🙂

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