Splitting Lies (Ana’s Review)


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Title: Splitting Lies
Author: Emma Jaye
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 14th 2019
Genre(s): Dark, psychological/thriller
Page Count: 81,000 words
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

I’m drowning in myself, ripping apart.

Torn from my life, I’m in a world I don’t understand. There are no masters, no kneeling, and no loving punishments to keep me grounded.
Despite the smiles and care Jiao provides, I’m not his priority. I believe his concern is genuine, but his interest is professional. Casting my world into history is his aim, and for that I can’t trust him.
The voices are getting louder; I’m losing time. I need to hold on; need to stay loyal. Master will come for me soon, and blood will wash my sins clean. I refuse to imagine what they will do to the man who stole me.

Kaspar’s mental health is shot to pieces; he’s flipping between personalities. I wish I could give him what the psychiatrist says he needs… time. But lives depend on the information locked inside that gorgeous head. How can I crack his loyalty to the centuries-old slaver organization that has already tried to kill both of us, without breaking him completely?

My boss says it’s a price she’s willing to pay.
I’m not so sure.

Themes: Slavery. Mental Health Issues. Abduction. Witness Protection. Assassination. Work vs personal life conflict.
Genre: Dark, psychological/thriller M/M romance.
Warnings: Violence. High angst and explicit steamin’ hot sexual scenes.
Length: 81K. HEA. 2nd in a series.

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each of the other novels can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance. This book follows on from Sweating Lies.
Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.


I felt like the wait for this one was eternal. I wanted to read it the moment I finish the first book if the series. The waiting paid off well. I had a great time reading more of Kaspar’s story. This is the book two of a series and it won’t work as a standalone.

The book was very interesting. I loved the plot. It took me to places I wasn’t expecting and I loved it. The more I keep reading about this characters, the more in love with them I fall. This time it was Luciano who take the spotlight. He might not be a charming character, but his attitude and protectiveness towards a particular character, regardless his reasons, make me love him even more than I already did.

Even though I loved the book, I felt it had less mystery than the previous one, maybe because the whole world was so new in that one and we already know most of what’s going on in this book. It is also a bit lighter than the previous book. It still have some of the angst that I love, but at a lower level. It is also a lot more romantic and more emotional in some aspects, which is always a positive thing. Jiao isn’t one of my favorite characters, never has been, but I think it is only a personal thing. I have no doubts everyone else will like him. Kaspar keeps being the magnificent character I fell in love with, there are a lot of changes with him, but the core of why I love him remains.

Something that I enjoyed was the character development. All of the have some interesting changes. I was particularly interested on Azur, whose development make me wish there was more in the series to get to know him better. Overall I had a fantastic time with the book and the characters. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending the book and series.


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I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject.

Here are some of my favorite books

 

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