Unlocking Lies

Kennedy Layne
Unlocking Lies
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Kennedy Layne Publishing
Release Date
May 2018
Book 3 of Keys to Love
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Secrets and lies have a way of weaving a deadly web. Returning home from his last deployment shouldn't have been complicated, but Jace Kendall was immediately drawn into a murder investigation that hits a little too close to home. The last thing he should be doing was reigniting old passions that should have been kept buried, but he's never been a guy who plays by the rules.

Shae has suffered for twelve years without knowing why her sister disappeared. The long-awaited answers are now within reach, and she'll have no choice but to trust the one man who knows more than he's telling.

It isn't long before Jace and Shae are lost in the mystery of solving a case that's long gone cold. When they find the answers they've been looking for, a darkness is unveiled that will leave one of them in the crosshairs of a psychopath.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jun 11, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
52 people found the following review helpful
3 serial-killer stars for UNLOCKING LIES.

When Marine Corps veteran Jace Kendall returns to his family in Blyth Lake, he's ready to pursue his own dreams, especially since he's now got his own home thanks to a bequeath from his mother. He's surprised to see his old friend Shae Irwin back in town, but when he finds out she's looking for clues on her sister's disappearance 12 years ago, he's not surprised. After all, it seems like a serial killer has reemerged from the shadows, so it's only natural that she'd be asking questions about the past, too. Soon, it's clear that Shae's stirred up a hornet's nest, and the protector in Jace wants to keep his old friend, and the beautiful woman she's turned into, safe. But this killer has been successful for so long because they're patient. They just needs to wait for everyone to blink, then they can strike.

UNLOCKING LIES, book 3 in the Keys To Love series, drove me a little crazy in the beginning. It felt like whole sections were missing from the story (despite being familiar with the overall series arc), and I had to deep-dive back several times to see if I missed something or if it was truly just missing. As the book went on, that evened out, but unfortunately, nothing about this story captured my attention, and I found myself really having to focus in order to get through it. The bulk of the book was just conversations between Jace and Shae…her wanting to investigate, him wanting to protect her. Same story, different days. There was very little excitement or suspense other than the obvious underlying threat, until the end when it finally got good. If you're a fan of this series, I'd say this is a must-read, but as a stand-alone, I'd skip this one.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; violence/murder.
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