Audiobook Review: Wicked as Lies (Wicked & Devoted, #3). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wicked as Lies by Shayla Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He’s reckless. She’s forbidden.
And he’s done caring that she’s the enemy.

Chase “Zyron” Garrett left a bloody stint with Uncle Sam for the personal security business. His employment agreement forbids hookups with co-workers, which isn’t a problem—until Tessa Lawrence, the office secretary and single mom, is harassed by her vengeful ex-boyfriend. Zy is assigned to protect her, but the moment he meets the gorgeous blonde, those contractual restrictions tighten around him like a noose.

Tessa Lawrence is alone in the world…except for her newborn baby, and she’s determined to survive without anyone’s help. Then Zy walks through her door. Fiercely protective yet tender, he’s everything she wants in a man, lover, and father for her daughter. But he’s totally off-limits. If she falls for him, she’ll be fired.

When a teammate is captured and the enemy predicts their every move, it’s clear they’ve got a mole. The bosses task Zy with discovering their traitor, and all clues point to the woman he’s losing his heart to. With danger lurking, he’s caught in a tangle of unquenched need and searing betrayal. Will their love be the greatest casualty of all? 

Wicked as Lies

Action, Suspense and Romance!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤❤️
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Hero: Chase “Zyron” Garrett – he was a demolitions expert in the military and he just returned from the middle east and is going into private security. He got his nickname Zyron because some of his buddies in the military thought he looked like Zac Efron. He got the job because of his buddy Trees, who was already working there.

The heroine: Tessa Lawrence – she returns to work after returning from maternity leave a few weeks after Zy started at the firm. Tessa is a single mother of a baby girl named Hallie, and has been hurt before by her ex who left her alone and pregnant. She is determined to be independent and take care of things on his own.

The Story: There is a prologue that takes place a year before chapter one begins, in the prologue the two main characters are talking about the fact that they just signed new contracts at the firm which no longer have the no fraternization rule that has been keeping them apart. Though it also lets us know that Zy was tasked with seducing Tessa in order to find out if she is selling company secrets.

Before Tessa is due to return to work, her ex boyfriend Cash shows up at her house, he is drunk and wanting to see his baby, despite the fact that he wasn’t around for Tessa during her pregnancy or the birth. She calls the police but due to the fact that Cash is related to a councilman, the police said they wouldn’t be able to hold him. Since Cash is living in a hotel and was injured during his first mission, their Boss (The Colonel), says they can help each other out if Zy stays with Tessa.

The book is told in dual points of view via solo narration. It was narrated by Troy Duran, my all time favorite narrator and he does a great job. His voice is deep, sexy and expressive and I could listen to him all the time. The story was interesting, there was action, mystery, suspense, romance and more.

The storyline about the security company was really good. The company changed hands from the Colonel to his three sons who all had extensive experience in the military and one in the NSA. There were problems at the company and a suspicion of a mole who had been informing their enemies of their actions. This was part one of two and I plan to start on the next book right away.


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