USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Shea brings you her
thrilling and sexy romantic suspense Bound & Broken Series. Be sure to grab your copies of BROKEN BY LIES and BOUND BY LIES today and fall into the deliciously dark world where the line between good and evil becomes blurred.
4 KINK Review | Reader Copy kindly gifted by author/Inkslinger PR
The Estrada crime family may be a family you want join…maybe! If only to get close to the sexy and sensitive Alex Estrada. Swimming with the fish is an acceptable consequence for his love and protection. I’m just saying!!! And who doesn’t like a bad guy with a gun vowing to love and protect you with his life.
< Raises hand immediately>
Broken by Lies is a surprising romance which exceeded my expectations. As family secrets are written in blood, it leaves a body count in its wake. If binge watching The Sopranos has you jonesing to be a mafia Don, Broken by Lies will be your jam. The personal narrative will draw you in from page one! It’s short and to the point.
But what I love about the book is the dialogue. It’s fill with great dialogue. You don’t have to constantly turn pages and pages of descriptive narrative. Her characters don’t just talk – they sing together very eloquently.
The suspense is fast paced as an easy read adventure. Its addresses complex themes of: family , friendship and loyalty.
You will love Alejandro, aka Alex, Estrada. He is the brains of the crime organization albeit reluctantly. Alex doesn’t want any part of the family business – drugs, guns and human trafficking. He is caught in a tug of war with his father- head of the crime family, Antonio Estrada.
Emilia Adams is innocence personified. Left with no family, she makes her way to visit her estrange father in Phoenix, AR – a man she has never seen. Stuck with his easy dismissal, she is left close to penniless with nowhere to go.
When she crosses path with Alex, he sees a woman who is in need to be taken care of. That needs creates a desire to help her if only to make himself feel like a better man. While falling for Alex, Emilia becomes friendly with the nice guy who frequents the coffee shop where she works. – Sam. Love triangle maybe?
Alex feels complete while helping her and his heart ends up paying the price. He loves her; willing to betray his father and give up his family to have a future with her.
Alex is sympathetic, sensitive and a whole lot of sexy! He is one of the ultimate bad boys I can really get in bed with, no seriously literally in bed. Even if you are supposed to hate him – you love him.
The ending is jaw-dropping. It provides an unexpected and unique twist to an old theme. Don’t rob yourself of something new to enjoy. It’s a mafia romance series you can’t refuse. Get it?
The author and PR firm gifted a copy for an honest review. The next book in the series, book 2 – Bound by Lies is available now. Boy I am so happy for this because I need to read it now.
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About BROKEN BY LIES:
I had no idea how much I would love Alex the day he walked into my life.
He changed everything.
The way I breathed.
The way I thought.
The way I loved.
He brought me back to life.
He gave me strength and a safe place to land.
And then he broke me.
Finding Emilia was a chance to do something good for once in my life.
I wanted to change.
She believed I was her savior.
I ached to be.
She found her way into my heart and claimed it as her safe place.
I should be telling her the truth about me…instead I break her with lies.
Chancing a quick glance over my shoulder, I hear the squeaky hinges of a door opening just as I run square into the person exiting. I startle and try to step back as I begin apologizing profusely, but firm hands grip my shoulders, not allowing me to move.
“I’m so sorry,” I gasp. The keycard falls from my hand and lands at the feet of the man I nearly ran over. Looking down, my eyes take in his expensive black shoes, the keycard resting on the ground just in front of him.
His hands release my shoulders, and I lunge for the keycard, but he’s too quick, reaching down and picking it up before I can get to it. His tan fingers wrap around the cheap plastic as he stands up. In shock for a moment, I finally pull myself up and meet his amber eyes.
“Are you okay?” He narrows his honey-colored eyes on me, and I take in his gray dress pants, black shirt, no tie. His hair is short, but slightly wispy on top—a little messy, not perfectly in place. His skin is golden brown, as if he’s been on a tropical vacation. His tan skin makes those amber eyes pop against his dark eyelashes. His square jaw is sprinkled with just enough hair to show he hasn’t shaved today, but it’s his dimples that take my breath away. He’s so well put together I’d guess he was in his thirties. He may be the most beautiful man I’ve ever laid eyes on, but he screams money, power—danger.
“Are you okay?” he asks again, tilting his head at me as I drink him in.
“Oh, um…yes, sorry…just nervous.” I look away from him and down to my fidgeting hands.
He glances behind me at the men on the sidewalk and then back to me as if piecing things together. “Are they harassing you?” He gestures with his head.
“No.” I shake my head. “I’m just tired. It’s been a really long day. I’m sorry I bumped into you,” I say timidly. I extend my hand, palm up in an unspoken gesture for him to return my keycard. My hand shakes as he looks between the card in his hand and me. His thumb flicks at the little yellow sticky note before he turns around and walks toward the door marked one hundred forty-three. He inserts the keycard and pushes the door open, holding it for me.
My heart stammers in my chest as I approach cautiously. I notice the expensive watch on his wrist, which peeks out from his dress shirt, and the light, luxurious smell of what can only be designer cologne. The scent paralyzes me—so intoxicating that I want to press my face to his neck and breathe him in.
Everything inside me—my good sense, my gut—screams at me not to walk toward that door, but I go against my better judgment. In three quick strides, I’m standing at the open door to my motel room as his amber eyes follow me. Brushing against him, I slide by and reach for the lights on the wall just inside the door. Only a small bedside lamp illuminates the room. I notice the musty smell as I glance around at the old furniture.
“Close this door and lock it,” he says, pulling the keycard from the door. He steps just over the threshold and into the room, reaching out to me with the keycard. “Don’t open this door for anybody. Understand?”
I swallow hard and nod. His fingers are warm against my palm as he places the keycard in my hand. My fingers instinctively close and trap his hand in mine. Rooted in place, he scans the room as if searching for something or someone. With no other words of warning or even a goodbye, he pulls his hand free and steps back through the door, closing it behind him with a loud bang.
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About BOUND BY LIES:
Torn between two men; one was what I needed, the other was what I wanted.
One man was safe and the other was dangerous.
But both men would lay down their lives to save me.
ATF agent Sam Cortez is fighting to bring down the Estrada family empire, which was built on murder and corruption.
Alex Estrada did what was needed to keep me safe…and paid with his life.
Starting over as I try to rebuild my life, it’s clear that the past is never what it seems.
What no one knew was that we were all bound by lies.
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ABOUT REBECCA SHEA:
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.