Title: Liar, Liar
Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 216 Pages
At a Glance: TA Moore didn’t disappoint with this suspense, espionage thriller. Liar, Liar is a fast-paced page turner.
Reviewed By: Maryann
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.
Review: Jacob Archer has a job to complete—stealing intel from Syntech.
Jacob is pretty much a loner. The only family he has is his sister and her children, but they don’t get along very well. He also has rules about doing any job, one of the main ones being he does not get involved.
Simon Ramsey works for Syntech, as security. His brother-in-law, Dev, has been supportive of Simon through the loss of his sister, a military injury, and alcoholism. Simon struggles, still, with his feelings, and thinks he’s not good enough for anyone.
Simon and Jacob have been involved before. When Simon almost catches Jacob in the act of stealing corporate intel, it makes him see red. He also has a hard time with Jacob being a liar and a thief, and it brings more emotional stress on Simon.
Jacob also feels he’s not good enough for anyone, so being alone is a good choice. But, he can’t resist Simon, and Jason breaks his own rule. When he goes to collect what’s due him for the job, he finds out that the intel is being taken back by its rightful owner. The owner puts the blame on Dev, Simon’s brother-in-law. Then the owner of the intel is kidnapped right before Dev’s eyes, and Jacob right along with him. When Jacob makes an escape, he finds himself in big trouble. And there’s no one to help except for Simon Ramsey. Even though Jacob and Simon struggle to trust one another, they have to team up and wade through a pool of suspicious characters to find the criminal.
TA Moore didn’t disappoint with this suspense, espionage thriller. Liar, Liar is a fast-paced page turner. There is a lot of reference to technology going on, and it will make your head spin, but it will also keep you riveted. With so many suspicious characters and twists in the plot, it took me a while to figure out the guilty party.
Jacob and Simon are a definite odd couple: Jacob is messy and Simon orderly. They both have a similar vulnerability, and in their own ways, they both need each other. All in all, this was an entertaining read.
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