Book Reviews

Liar, Liar by TA Moore at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-May-2017

Book Blurb

Just another day at the office.

 

For some people that means spreadsheets, and for others it’s stitching endless hems. For Jacob Archer a day at the office is stealing proprietary information from a bioengineering firm for a paranoid software billionaire. He’s a liar and a thief, parlaying a glib tongue and a facile conscience into a lucrative career. He just has one rule—never get involved with a mark.

 

Well, had one rule. To be fair, though, Simon Ramsey is dark, dangerous, and has shoulders like a Greek statue. Besides, it’s not as though Jacob’s even really stealing from Simon… just his boss and his brother-in-law. Simon didn’t buy that excuse either after he caught Jacob breaking into the company’s computer network.

 

That would have been that—one messy breakup, one ticket to Bali booked—but it turns out that the stolen information is worth more than Jacob thought. With his life—and his ribs—threatened, Jacob needs Simon to help him out. Or maybe he just needs Simon.

 

Book Review

The first (and only other) book I've read by T.A. Moore was positively stunning and the instant I read the blurb for 'Liar, Liar', I knew I would feel the same way when I finished. Jacob and Simon are complex characters, the suspense had me on the edge - constantly! - and their relationship was definitely not easy. A perfect recipe for reader satisfaction.

“Thinking about where it all went wrong,” Jacob said.
“When you took up a life of crime, maybe?”
“Nah, I think it was Friday.”
Simon bit his lower lip, folded it tight between his teeth, and looked up at the ceiling. He didn’t want to laugh, but Jacob’s deadpan refusal to be anyone else but himself was… Jacob.

I didn't expect to like Jacob, much less be crazy about him, but I have to respect someone who makes no bones, absolutely none, about his character traits. He has no shame, lying comes naturally to him, and his moral code is somewhat skewed. Simon is a whole different entity, enveloped in a white knight syndrome. Former Marine who spent a lot of years killing a lot of people for Uncle Sam until someone screwed up, he got injured, and booted back to civilian life. Simon is the head of security for Syntech, brother-in-law to the CEO, and reluctantly faced with working with Jacob to figure out why some third party is willing to kill for the information Jacob got from Syntech's system.

I was seriously glued to my reader as this story unfolded. The author has a true knack for suspenseful and I had a blast running around with Jacob and Simon, trying to figure out what in the heck was going on. I'm not going to get into details about that because huge spoilers, but I can say that Jacob steals some data, the guy who hired him ends up killed, and Jacob and Simon have to unravel a whole lot of small clues to put together to discover the whole motive and find the traitor. Needless to say, it was Hollywood exciting - think Simon as Jason Bourne and Jacob as Danny Ocean!

I can't say that 'Liar, Liar' was stunning because I already used that adjective to describe the only other book of T.A. Moore's I have read. Riveting. Incredible. Suspenseful. Sexy. Action-packed. Yes, those words all work. Oh, and I loved every single minute!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 216 pages/75195 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-May-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/liar-liar-by-ta-moore-8460-b