Deadly Little Lies
I don’t usually trust the longevity of relationships based entirely on the shared experience of a kidnapping, hostage situation, or other high-tension life-or-death situation. Thankfully, Deadly Little Lies manages to balance that with a prior affection; however, it still could have been developed a bit more.
Billionaire Davros Gianakopulos has been enamored with art gallery owner Carrie McCray for nearly a decade, ever since he first met her. However, she was married at the time, so he admired from afar. Since then, though, her unfaithful husband has died, so Davros finally has a chance with Carrie, and is pinning his hopes on a lunch date between them. However, during that lunch, they are kidnapped in an expertly planned and executed attack, and they wind up in a cell underground in Belize. It’s up to them to find a way out before they are killed.
This is a sequel to Deadly Little Secrets, and a fair amount of plot and character development rely on prior knowledge. There is some background information given, but not enough to really explain what happened in the previous novel. However, the bulk of the suspense plot stands alone, and it was a good set up. There were a lot of players in this deadly game, and it mostly manages to come together.
I really liked Dav and Carrie’s relationship; it felt authentic to me, and the history between them made their HEA that much more believable. They had really good chemistry (perhaps too much– I can’t think of how much precious energy was used up in their frequent lovemaking when they really should have been physically and emotionally exhausted). However, there were some inconsistencies in their relationship arc, and it could have been developed more fully. I wasn’t sure why Dav, after so many pages of talking about how he had cared for Carrie for years, suddenly had an issue with the idea of being in love with her (the horror!), and some other aspects of their relationship could have been more fully explained.
Individually, they are both well-drawn characters. Dav has a more tortured past than Carrie, one that directly affects the plot of the story. It keeps him from being a larger-than-life character; it could be easy to make the Greek billionaire more of a caricature than a character, but the author managed to keep that from happening. The billionaire part didn’t really feel necessary, though; it made things easier for him to have money (both within the story and for the author), but wasn’t essential to his character, in my opinion.
This was an exciting book, and difficult to put down. The author keeps you hooked with frequent POV changes, which is frustrating (in a good way) when I’m tired and need to go to bed, but just can’t stop there. It may not have been as fully developed as it could have been, but it was still a fun and exciting read.