Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Blog Tour: Lies (Phoenix Undercover, #1) by C.A. Harms

Title: Lies
Series: Phoenix Undercover #1
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense
Released: November 24, 2015

FBI Agent Joshua Phoenix goes undercover…Deep. 

Thrust into a world of drugs and criminal activity, integrating himself into the Russian Mafia turned out to be much more than Josh bargained for. 
It’s dark and it’s dangerous. 
The lives they destroy along the way will never be the same. 
The things he is forced to do will haunt him forever. 
Even more importantly, he never planned on meeting her… 
A chance encounter with Real Estate Agent Gabriella Shannon, has Josh questioning his ability to complete his mission. 
And now the dark world may consume them both. 
He’s in too deep. 
Leaving now would only risk the safety of those around him. 
But when his cover’s blown Josh is forced to make a decision that will reroute his future. 
One decision. 
The hardest decision he will ever have to make in his life. 
And those he meant to protect will be the ones who suffer the most…

I have some mixed feelings about this story. I mostly like it and found it really enjoyable, exciting even, but there was one thing that rubbed me the wrong way. I'll get to that later. Lies (Phoenix Undercover #1) is the first book in the series and it is not a series of standalones. I don't know how many books that the author has planned, but there will definitely be a book 2, as there is not conclusion to the characters' story.

This story is centered around Josh and Gabby. Josh is an undercover FBI agent. He meets Gabby at a bar while trying to hide from a disastrous double date. After they meet and start getting to know each other, Josh is called to duty. The couple decide to try to make it work, even though there will be hardships due to his undercover status. I enjoyed Gabby and Josh together. The dialogue between them flowed really well. They are a well rounded, fun couple. Gabby is very relatable. She's just a normal girl trying to navigate through life and a new relationship. Josh was great: sweet, attentive, hot. He was the complete package.

This book is packed with enough action to give the reader an idea of what Josh goes through while undercover and on duty. On the flip side, we see how life is for Gabby while waiting to hear from Josh while he is under. There are times when he is suddenly gone for weeks at a time and unable to get word to Gabby. This is where I got annoyed with Gabby. Not just once, but, I thought, several times her reaction to him being gone were irrational. She knew the score when they decided to pursue the relationship, so she just plain annoyed me.

Even though I didn't agree with some of her reactions, this was a really great story. The pace of the story was steady, so I didn't lose interest at any point. I call the end of this book a semi-cliffy. Josh and Gabby's story is far from over, but it ends in a way that it isn't totally tragic and leaving you on the edge of your seat. The author just simply paved the way for book 2.

“There are a few twists that were cleverly placed that even I didn't see coming and the ending WOW that ending will make you want to stalk the authors ass it's a whammy!!”~ ✨✨✨✨ 4 Star Review Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
“This is a great story and one I will continue to anxiously await the next releases. I love some mafia and murder … for sure love me some hot ass FBI agents. I cant wait to read on. There is much more suffering to be dealt out.” ~✨✨✨✨✨ Ramblings From Beneath the Sheets 5 Star Review
“OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!! This was the best book I have ever read in my life!!! CA went out of her comfort zone with this book. And she made a home run, Detective Joshua Phoenix is my frigging hero.”~ ✨✨✨✨✨ Goodreads Reviewer 5 Star Review

“I like the red ones,” Josh said before turning back toward the display of lingerie. “Oh, and this color. Is that teal?” He lifted up the pair of panties and held them out before him. 
I smiled as a younger guy three feet away ducked his head in embarrassment.
“Now these would look fucking amazing on you. Damn, baby.” Josh’s eyes gleamed in excitement as he looked up at me. “I may go broke if you keep bringing me to places like these.”
I giggled as I grabbed the pink, lacy, and completely see-through nightie he held in his other hand.
“We’ll take one of these in every color you have,” he hollered to the clerk. 
I hid my head against his chest and tickled his sides.
“What?” he grunted and tried to pull back from my assault. “You can’t blame me for trying, sweetheart.
Forget about getting dressed daily. I think you should live in these nighties.”
I tilted my head and looked up at him. “You are insatiable.” I rose up on my tiptoes, bringing my lips close to his. “And extremely adorable.”
He closed the distance and kissed me, wrapping his arm around my waist securely. His tongue rolled with mine, and for a moment I forgot we were standing in the center of a department store. Someone cleared their throat, and I broke the kiss to look over my shoulder. An older salesperson was giving us a disapproving glare. 
“Sorry,” I offered. When I turned back to face Josh, he was grinning from ear to ear. 
“So—” He waggled his eyebrows suggestively. “—we are getting some of these. Right?”
I lifted up the light pink nightie and shook it in front of his face. “We’ll get this one and the red one,” I assured him as I walked toward the sales clerk at the checkout counter. When I looked back over my shoulder, Josh was smiling brightly and following close behind. 
“Now that’s my girl. Looks like tonight we’re staying in.” 
I rolled my eyes and turned forward again as he chuckled.

C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.


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