Monday, April 16, 2018

Review 'Lies That Bind' by Shirley Wine biggest challenge of his life, and only she can help...

Luke Calloway has spent his entire life steering clear of emotional entanglements, but when his sister and her husband are killed and he becomes sole guardian to his niece and nephew, he can no longer remain aloof.

Out of his depth, Luke turns to Brooke Galbraith to assist the badly injured and traumatized adolescents with their physical therapy. With the children’s grandparents contesting custody, Luke persuades Brooke to move into his house on Whitby Downs to provide stability and support.

Brooke is fighting her own demons, scandals from her past that she can’t leave behind. She needs the money, but she can’t grow attached. Not to the children, and definitely not to their enigmatic uncle..

The Facts:

Publication Date:
April 12th, 2018
Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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My Review:

When I saw this book on the list of Escape Publishing’s new April books, I found myself interested in this read. I love romance novels, apparently especially since I’m pregnant, but I also love romance novels to have a little suspense. And this book sounded like it had plenty of both. So obviously I had to read this one. 

Brooke Galbraith is a physiotherapist who came back to the small town she ran away from years ago, to take care of her father. Being back in her old home town is hard for her. And when the handsome but rude Luke Calloway offers her a job she can’t refuse Brooke is determined to keep things strictly business. 
Luke has had a view hard months. His beloved sister and her husband died in a car accident and left him as sole guardian to his young niece and nephew. The last thing he wants is to ask help from the gorgeous Brooke.

To be honest, it took me a little while to really get into this story. When I read the first view pages I felt like I was missing stuff. Like I missed a previous book. Thankfully, things got easier to follow the further I read. But the two main characters Luke Calloway and Brooke Galbraith weren’t as easy for me to connect too. I just didn’t really like them at the beginning.

Thankfully I slowly began to enjoy this story a little more. I was glad to find there was definitely some suspense in this book. And I loved the way Luke was with his young niece and nephew. But the romance between Luke and Brooke wasn’t really what I hoped it would be. I just couldn’t really feel the chemistry there. 

The writing in ‘Lies That Bind’ was very descriptive, which made it easy to follow. Although I liked the ending of the book, I still feel like there are some loose ends I would have liked to be more tied up at the end. But overall it was a nice read.

My Rating:

About the Author:

After a lifetime of living in rural New Zealand this has provided a rich base for my stories.

I have always written and for many years freelanced for metropolitan and regional newspapers.

I write romance because I love delving into human relationships. It is these relationships in all their diversity that make the human race so fascinating.

I've been asked why Romance and my answer is always: I write romance because to me first and last, family matters.

For more information about Shirley please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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