This was the hotly anticipated sequel of Forgiving Lies and I am just not getting to it. I'm glad I didn't rush it.
Deceiving Lies - Molly McAdams
The irresistible, blazing-hot sequel to New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams's Forgiving Lies.
Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they've had, she's ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there's something else waiting—something threatening to tear them apart.
Kash is ready for it all with Rach. Especially if all includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. With his line of work, he knows how short life can be, and doesn't want to waste another minute of theirs. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him ... and it's the girl he loves who's caught in the middle.
Trent Cruz's orders are clear: take the girl. But there's something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel's protector runs out, he will turn his back on the only life he's known, and risk everything, if it means getting her out alive.
See, the shit thing about this is that book one leaves us with SUCH a cliffhanger- Rachel gets kidnapped by gang members her fiance busted as an undercover cop, and you're like- what in the mother hell? What is even happening in my life, I need my blood pressure medication immediately, and maybe an ice pack to calm my head, and it's just... it's too much.
Then this book comes out and obviously, I'm like ripping through it. Only to be... disappointed. Let down. Morose. I feel sad, people. I'm sad.
Because the whole beginning of the book is rehashing the end of the first book. Which, fine. The author is doing this for the folks that didn't read the first book and trying to make this a stand alone, and it's playing out just like Days of Our Lives, where you can not watch the show for five years but can get totally caught up in the first half of the show and not be confused at all. Got it. But then, she gets kidnapped. It doesn't feel as exciting as it should. And then, of course her kidnapper loves her and thinks that SOMEHOW she's going to dump her fiance for his gang busted ass and no. The whole thing, no.
She gets rescued and she's all, sad, and basically treats her fiance like total shit. And here is my issue with New Adult books. I'm a fan but the one thing that is just standing out as a trend is your characters? They talk terribly to each other. Although it's done in jest, and I get it, I sometimes call my husband an asshole when he won't go get me ice cream at midnight because I'm too lazy to go to the kitchen to get it and he's clearly tired because he works at 4am. I get it. I've been there. But to me, if I read a romance- I want it to not mimic my life. I want it to be a better version of my life so I can live vicariously through the character and then be a little bitter that my husband is not this character. Another trend I'm seeing is that the couples are never totally sure that relationship is what it should be. You always have one person far more committed and 100% than the other and it feels like that character is just dragging the other to the altra. Because if you're sure you're marrying the right person, you just don't have the doubts and sad that Rachel does. You won't get any of that with a Molly McAdams book. And... I'm left feeling a little bit cheated.
I feel like in this book the author built up so much and it just all kind of came down like a bounce house at a party. And then the plot twist at the end with Trent coming to see her? What the fuck is that? No. That feels all sorts of wrong and honestly, makes me not like Rachel. I don't like her, Kash can do so much better and god let this couple be done. Unless it involves Kash kicking whiny and bratty Rachel to the curb.
Honestly? Kind of a let down. It's not nearly as good as the first one and I just... I just wanted more.