Behind the Lies (Montgomery Justice Series)by Robin Perini, Nick Podehl
Of the six Montgomery brothers, Zach has always walked on the wild side. He rocketed to fame playing a hero in a movie, but off screen he’s living in the shadows. Zach’s dark secret: he leads a double life as a CIA operative. When a mission to stalk a terrorist goes horribly wrong, Zach’s cover is blown. He’s on the run and fighting to stay alive long enough to discover whom he can trust and who betrayed him.
Jenna Walters thought she’d married the perfect man until she unearthed his terrible secret. Now, desperate to escape his crosshairs, she and her son take refuge in Zach’s secret hideaway. Sparks fly between Zach and Jenna even as danger explodes around them.
From Afghanistan to Turkey to the mountains of Colorado, assassins track them and are closing in. Not only is Zach’s life at stake, but now Jenna and her son are targets in this high-stakes game.
“Perini refreshes romantic suspense...with high-tech armament and high-heat passion.” - Publishers Weekly on In Her Sights
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Behind the Lies is Zach's story; Zach, the third oldest Montgomery brother: a man of honor who doesn't always do what he wants... just the thing that's right. He happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when Jenna Walters finally decides to make a run from her perilous life—young son in tow; Zach's strange desire to help the beautiful, troubled woman out, brings the two lost—and nearly hopeless—characters together, which just may change both of their lives forever. The characters are so well portrayed and complex—definitely one of the highlights of this novel. Readers will fall in love with Zach as they discover that as solitary as he is, he deserves greater care and more love than he will accept. He doesn't show it, but he feels deeply; this gift—or curse—makes him a good actor but brings him hurt even he cannot recognize and that most do not even begin to understand. Jenna has never been exposed to this kind of honorable male figure before. In the midst of escaping her past, her abusive marriage, and herself, she is both shell-shocked, and completely disoriented, that such a kind, honest, person would be willing to help save her and her son's lives. But her surprisingly strong instincts tell her Zach is more than a renown actor, more than a pretty face—he's hiding something from her, too. Could he just be another liar? Perini's grasp of the pen is intelligent, articulate, and forms a great story but I don't think it's particularly affecting. I love how her fiction always has confidential government and military aspects, though. She expertly captures the deadliness of lies and the helplessness of someone forced to be acquainted with crime when there's nowhere left to run. Behind the Lies connects characters from the first book into its story seamlessly, but still makes for a great stand-alone novel. I got a warm, tingly feeling revisiting the cast I was familiar with from In Her Sights. The loyalty and strength between the Montgomery brothers especially made my heart soar. I was also pleasantly surprised by how the book picks up on lingering family mystery, which isn't revealed, but heavily hinted on. Definitely something to look forward for in the next book. One thing I wasn't fond of is the unrealistic scenario; I just can't grasp how such an emotionally detached and legally coveted character like Zach would suddenly risk all to help a random woman especially when he's got more pressing matters at hand. I really liked everything else, though, from the sizzling chemistry to the heartbreaking personal development. Pros: Fabulous characterization // The Montgomery brothers........ // Pitch-perfect suspense and emotion // Super sexy romance! Cons: Stylistically plain // Starts off slow // Unrealistic situation holistically... the individual scenes are so real and raw, but the entire way Zach and Jenna meet and stay together seems a little forced Love: Jenna stepped to the stove, peering into the simmering pot. "So, a man who can cook, too? Are there any more surprises?" Zach gave her a wicked wink. "None with a G rating." Verdict: I enjoyed Behind the Lies, the second installment in the Montgomery Justice series much more than I did the first. The emotional turmoil and the hot attraction between Jenna and Zach definitely hit home. Robin Perini knows what she's doing, spinning a roller coaster ride of a romantic suspense about two fallen souls finding each other. I'm looking forward to trying the next book, for sure. Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): An engaging read; highly recommended. Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Book Monster Promotions, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, as part of the Behind the Lies virtual book tour.
Zach is one of six boys in the Montgomery family and he has always been labeled the wild child of the bunch, moving away from the family he became an actor. Making movies allows him to travel extensively and provides cover for his other job - that of a CIA operative. On location for his latest movie he becomes aware that his cover is blown and it's a challenge to get home in one piece. There's a hit on him and he does not know where to turn. Jenna Walters has had enough of her abusive husband and is making plans to run away taking her son with her, unfortunately her husband returns early before she can finish her escape. Climbing over her garden wall and hiding in her neighbors pool house seems like a good idea at the time. Jenna and Zach are both on the run can they help each other or will they be a danger to each other? Both have secrets, both have people after them and they have lots of chemistry, fortunately or unfortunately they also have Jenna's son Sam with them, he's too young to understand just how much danger they are in and why which may just put them in more danger! I thoroughly enjoyed this installment, it was full of tension and angst and although I did see a lot of the plot twists coming Robin did a fabulous job of interweaving them all connecting all the dots. I loved getting to the bottom of Zach's secrets, I really enjoyed the rest of the Montgomery's finally opening their eyes and seeing him for who he truly is. Lots f secrets came to light in this one and I'm looking forward to seeing the fallout in the next one! *Review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Book Monster's Reviewer - Michelle M.
Zach is one of six boys in the Montgomery family and he has always been labelled the wild child of the bunch, he moved away from the family to became an actor. Making movies allows him to travel extensively and provides cover for his other job - that of a CIA operative. On location for his latest movie he becomes aware that his cover is blown and it's a challenge to get home in one piece. There's a hit on him and he does not know where to turn. Jenna Walters has had enough of her abusive husband and is making plans to run away taking her son with her, unfortunately her husband returns early before she can finish her escape. Climbing over her garden wall and hiding in her neighbours pool house seems like a good idea at the time. Jenna and Zach are both end up on the run: can they help each other or will they put each other into more danger? Both have secrets, both have people after them and they have lots of chemistry, fortunately or unfortunately they also have Jenna's son Sam with them, he's too young to understand just how much danger they are in and why, which may just put them in more danger! I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment, it was full of tension and angst and although I did see a lot of the plot twists coming Robin did a fabulous job of interweaving them all and connecting all the dots. I loved getting to the bottom of Zach's secrets, I really enjoyed the rest of the Montgomery's finally opening their eyes and seeing him for who he truly is. Lots of secrets came to light in this one and I'm looking forward to seeing the fallout in the next one!
To the world, Zach Montgomery is a handsome, B-movie actor who lives on the wild side. In reality, Zach uses the exotic locales of his movies, to perform undercover work as the infamous CIA operative, Zane Morgan. Zach learns from the Company that his cover is blown and his life is in danger. He rushes home to California to retrieve the equipment that he will need to disappear to safety at his hideaway home in Colorado. Jenna Walters also is living a lie. She appears to be a happy wife as well as mother of her five year old son, Sam. Her husband, Brad, is an abusive one. Jenna believes that Brad is a computer salesman until she discovers information that Brad is a professional assassin. Once Jenna realizes that Brad has found one of the bugs planted in their home by the FBI, she knows that Brad will kill her. Preparing to leave, Jenna hears Brad returning home. Jenna and Sam hide in Zach's backyard next door. When she sees Zach get into his truck, they hide in the back. Once in Colorado, Zach discovers Jenna and Sam. Without letting Sam know, Jenna explains to Zach the reason that they are on the run. When Jenna uses Brad's code name,Chameleon, Zach tells her that Brad is a world renowned assassin wanted by every governmental agency including Interpol. Zach wants Jenna and Sam safe, and that means away from him. Based on his genuine relationship with Sam and his concern for them, Jenna knows that there is more to Zach than appears. Sam learns that all men do not hurt women, and later the truth about his father. Before Jenna and Sam can leave with the plan Zach has devised, his house blows up. So, Zach tells Jenna everything including his certainty that the Company blew up his house. She is convinced that Brad did it to kill her since his signature in his assassinations is explosives. Zach knows that he has to go home. He is estranged from his family because he blames himself for his father's death. He is reluctant to bring Jenna and Sam with him without knowing if he is the sole target of the blast, but he has no choice. His brothers know nothing about his double life. When he comes clean to his family, Zach's brothers, and Luke's wife, Jazz, stand with Jenna and him. The attraction between Zach and Jenna is palpable from the start. They are very likable and the growing relationship is believable. But, Zach and Jenna have to come to terms with their own demons, as well the real ones threatening their lives, before they can have a real chance for love. Once home, the action is riveting and none stop. The manner in which Ms. Perini resolves the intricate, interwoven plots in the last quarter of the book is nothing short of amazing. There is sufficient deceit, betrayal, unknown killers and twists to keep the reader captivated. Luke and Jazz Montgomery's story is told in In Her Sights, Montgomery Justice Novel #1, the beginning of a compelling series. I prefer to read books in a series in order but it is not necessary. Behind The Lies is a stand-alone read. I highly recommend Behind The Lies to any reader who genuinely enjoys Romantic Suspense. I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.