Locklen Roane is an Olympic downhill skier with world records to his name ... until the night he blacks out after a public argument with his model-gorgeous heiress girlfriend Tiffany and wakes up with her blood on his hands. She's been brutally murdered, and he's the only suspect. A technicality lets him out of prison, and he flees town and holes up with his estranged twin brother Leo in the Colorado mountains for the ten months until trial. If he shows his face to the media during those ten months, he's off the Olympic team.
And then he's out skiing in blizzard conditions when he witnesses a car accident and rescues a beautiful young woman from the wreckage. At first, she has amnesia, but then, as her memory slowly returns, he finds it harder and harder to believe she's who she says she is. What's she really doing there?
Jordan Sinclair, freelance journalist, desperately needed to find Lock Roane. There's a quarter of a million dollars in payment for anyone who turns in a picture and an interview with him, and she needs the money to keep her and her mom safe and hidden. Now she's even landed with Lock and his secretive brother: the perfect opportunity.
But not only is Lock distrustful of the media and all her questions and thoroughly against lying, which she's doing a lot of ... he also doesn't strike her as the kind of person who would kill his girlfriend. Now Jordan's stuck. Saving her mom relies on proving Lock guilty, but she can't stop thinking he might actually be innocent.
Entangled Publishing's Select Suspense imprint presents the newly released romantic suspense/thriller Locked, Loaded, and Lying by gifted author Sarah Andre.
When spinning a suspense/thriller novel and doing it well, the story can't be a quick read. There are just too many elements to juggle, introduce, balance, and reveal. There's too much suspense to be drawn out, too much mystery for which to lay groundwork. As such, Andre's novel is not a quick, easy read. It's an involved, complex story, something for which you'll need some time and a while to process.
But its excellence makes it well worth that time and effort.
Andre takes two impossible situations and seamlessly weaves them together until readers are frantically turning pages, trying to find out (a) what happens next in the suspense part of the novel and in the romance part of the novel, and (b) whether those situations will be reconciled at the end of the book. (You'll have to pick it up for yourself to see what I mean.)
Jordan is a beautifully crafted character, a young woman whose complexities include fearlessness and naivete, innocence and worldliness, certainty and hesitation, deep love and deeper hatred, self-sufficiency and weakness. Her past is so checkered it could be a gingham picnic tablecloth, and yet everything that has happened to her has made her into the steadfast, stubborn, determined woman she is in the present ... someone worth cheering for.
Lock, for his part, would be slightly less dimensional a character if not for his intriguing and dysfunctional relationship with his twin brother, and the guilt Lock carries with him in that regard. Otherwise, Lock would come across as just another professional athlete, a carousing ladies' man when he isn't tearing up the slopes. Still, his obsession with honesty from others makes for a fascinating juxtaposition with his own ability to withhold information when it suits him to do so.
For an unpredictable, unforgettable, edge-of-your-seat page-turner, I highly recommend Locked, Loaded, and Lying ... gold medalist in its category!
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Author: Sarah Andre
Title: Locked, Loaded, and Lying
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Select Suspense)
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1GnphWu
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.