Lie for Meby Karen Young
Lauren Holloway's ex-fiance, Tucker Kane, is without an alibi when his ex-wife is murdered. Tucker claims to have been alone at a job site at the time, but he needs Lauren to lie for him so that he won't become a suspect in the murder. She refuses; now as a prime suspect, Tucker disappears without a trace. Years later, she sees him at an antique fair, and worried
Lauren Holloway's ex-fiance, Tucker Kane, is without an alibi when his ex-wife is murdered. Tucker claims to have been alone at a job site at the time, but he needs Lauren to lie for him so that he won't become a suspect in the murder. She refuses; now as a prime suspect, Tucker disappears without a trace. Years later, she sees him at an antique fair, and worried that Lauren will reveal his carefully constructed life, he forces his into her hotel room and tells her that he's trying to find evidence to clear his name. As Lauren tries to help Tucker, she questions her ability to judge character as she uncovers a labyrinth of deceit, putting her very life in danger.
"Karen Young has written an exciting thriller with the second chance romantic subplot enhancing the suspense. Readers will root for the embattled lead protagonists caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless diabolical killer. . . . Lie For Me is a gripping one sitting read."
Harriet Klausner (5 stars)
"Karen Young's stories take my breath away and make me sit up and take notice. In Lie for Me she presents a heroine with an ethical decision that left me biting my fingernails. I wonder if I'd have the strength of character to do what I know was right even if it meant sending the man I loved to prison for the rest of his life. Fast paced, heart-stopping action are Karen's trademarks. She's one of my favorites."
"RITA Award winner Young (Missing Max) brings us a faith-based romantic suspense/thriller, with a great plot full of peril, explosive action, and the nastiest of villains."
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Karen Young is the international bestselling author of thirty-eight novels.
She has more than ten million books in print and is the recipient of the coveted RITA award from Romance Writers of America and the Career Achievement and Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times magazine. She is known as “a spellbinding storyteller who writes with sensitivity about issues facing contemporary women.” Karen's career in writing fiction for women has run the gamut from traditional romance to mystery thrillers to inspirational fiction. In her relationship-driven plots, she creates characters that could easily be her readers, and then places them in extraordinary circumstances while adding suspense to the mix.
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Review by Lisa: Lauren Holloway and Tucker Kane are building their life together when tragedy strikes. Tucker stumbles upon his ex-wife's body at a job site and he becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Lauren continues to support Tucker even though the evidence points to Tucker as being guilty. Long held secrets and lies from the past, rise to the surface to haunt Tucker. Can Lauren trust the man she thought she knew so well? As Tucker fights to clear his name, Lauren's life quickly begins to unravel one piece at a time. Lie for Me is one part romance and one part suspense with Christian undertones mixed throughout. This is a fast paced story that will keep the reader on their toes for most of the book. I enjoyed the tension that built between Lauren and Tucker as well as the supporting characters in the book. Lie for Me kept me intrigued due to the masterfully crafted twists and turns. The importance of honesty, compassion and faith are delicately woven into elements of suspense and mystery. Lie for Me is a perfect blend of everything I enjoy in a great book. I am looking forward to reading more from Karen Young.
Lie for Me fell a bit flat for me. The writing style didn't draw me in to keep me reading. I couldn't feel the romance between Lauren and Tucker at all. The mystery storyline was pretty good. I suspected, but didn't totally figure out who the "bad guy" was before the end. There were some interesting twists and turns that kept me guessing. Although, I did feel the book was longer than it needed to be. I found myself hoping at times that it would hurry and end. Since there are some redeeming qualities in the storyline and I see that a lot of other reviewers enjoyed this book far more than I, I'm giving it a tad higher rating than I originally decided upon and leaving the decision up to you readers. Give it a try and let me know how you liked it. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher, I was not required to write a positive review.
Bad things happening to good people just doesn't seem right. How much faith does it take to overcome unjust adversity and come out stronger and a better person? Mature, with successful careers, and so-very-much in love, Lauren Holloway and Tucker Kane are soon to be wed and the plans are drawn for their dream home to be started as soon as they marry, but the world seems to cave in on them. Bad things begin to happen and just keep getting worse until Tucker disappears without saying goodbye in an effort to keep Lauren and his toddler daughter Kristy safe. Devastated because Tucker didn't trust her enough to tell her his plan, Lauren calls off the wedding as her life comes unraveled. Badgered and watched by the despicable Detective Sherman, discriminated against by the powers-that-be in the school where she is principal, She finds herself questioning her own self-worth and her values. Even though she feels cast adrift, she continues to be a part of Kristy's life and also stays friends with Evelyn and Martin, Kristy's maternal grandmother and grandfather. The hatred Evelyn has for Tucker and Martin's secretive connection with Tucker have her in a quandary until Kristy is abducted then Lauren meets all adversaries head on with determination. Dark threads woven into the story are secondary characters like Juliana, Kristy's godmother and her politically ambitious D. A. husband; Jordan Raines, Juliana's ambitious journalist nephew; as well as the Armstrongs who are associated with Lauren's school trauma. All of them are major players in Tucker and Lauren's heartbreaking situation. Even Margot, Tucker's dead ex-wife, continues to wreck havoc on Tucker's life. Conversely, bright, shining threads are characters like Eric Grantham and Sheriff Benton Fox (WOW!). Karen Young weaves a plot that slowly unfolds with some surprising revelations. She builds in emotions that cause the characters to question their faith and their values. How she finally resolves the troubling issues they wrestle with makes compelling reading and also causes the reader to think about his or her own strengths and weakness both spiritual and emotional. Ms. Young's descriptions of the Texas Hill Country make the setting seem real and her subtle foreshadowing of major events entices the reader to keep turning pages. Tucker and Lauren's love story is full of "unfair" doings of mean-spirited people who send both Tucker and Lauren to the depths of misery before they can unravel deceits and come to realize their love and faith withstood a fiery test and came through refined, strong, and true. Their happy-ever-after had a high price, but shines with so much promise for the future. Good reading! Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
LIE FOR ME by Karen Young is an exciting romantic thriller set in present day.It is a powerful story with complex emotions,passion,mystery,and suspense. It will take your breathe away at times. The characters are not only believable,engaging but also challenging and will capture your heart. This is the story of Lauren Holloway,a elementary school teacher and her fiance,Tucker Kane,an accused murderer/suspect of his ex-wife. When Tucker finds he needs an alibi for the next of his ex's murder,Lauren refuses to give him the alibi,so Tucker must disappears without a trace leaving his small daughter with his in laws. Tucker and Lauren together must find a murder,and evidence to clear his name. This story is has suspense,murder,romance,family,passion,complex emotions,policitians,secrets,deception and danger. This story of a young woman who makes the decision to help her ex-fiance,his daughter and find a killer. It will reveal secrets that has caused a murder and could ruin others lives. This is a great read that will keep you turning pages and guessing who the killer really is and why. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher.Details can be found at Howard Books,a division of Simon & Schuster and My Book Addiction Reviews/My Book Addiction and More.
Tucker Kane, a successful builder, is about to get the shock of his wife. Approaching his house in order to collect some rare wood before the house is demolished, Tucker notices his dog is very excited in a nervous, upset way. Entering the home, he has his first shock, that a woman is lying on the floor murdered, and his second, that it's his ex-wife, Margot. Immediately after calling the police, he calls his fiancé, Lauren, and is interrogated by the local police. We then discover the real killer waiting near the home and allowing us into his or her thoughts, that evidence is going to be planted to make sure that Tucker takes all the blame! As the plot continues, we learn that Tucker has some secrets he's kept from Lauren that indicate he just might have violent tendencies. It seems a family member might have been hurt by Tucker, Margot may have lost a fetus because of him, and the murder weapon finally found links him to the killing. Margot's mother is sure he is the murderer but her father believes Tucker is innocent. Lauren won't lie to protect Tucker and the fact she is asked to provides a huge leap into doubt about his innocence, as well as other hints that are slowly revealed. Lauren's job may be in jeopardy because of her association with Tucker and Tucker can't prove the threatening phone call he's received! Eventually, Tucker runs away for quite some time, and Lauren as well as the entire town now believes his fugitive status proves his guilt. But the plot is far from over and there are no spoilers here. Lauren begins to take a more active role, despite her doubts, in finding information that would lead to discovering who really murdered Margot, and the rest of this novel moves like lightning until the reader finally learns the astonishing identity of the killer and the motives behind this death as well as another shooting before it's all over! Fast-paced, well-plotted, and tense, Lie For Me is a great story sure to engage every reader who loves a riveting crime thriller/mystery! Superb!
Martin Houseman and Tucker Kane are the co-owners of H&K Contractors. They were also related at one time when the latter was married to the former's daughter Margot. Tucker and Lauren Holloway are madly in love and making plans to marry when their lives change dramatically forever. Tucker entered the home where the mahogany wood he took down in an abandoned house to use in his business is at; he found the body of Margot but the wood and his hammer are gone. Detective Sherman suspects Tucker killed his former wife. Tucker returns to the murder scene where he finds his bloody hammer. The Sheriff catches him holding the tool and arrests him. A desperate Tucker is out on bail and pleads with his fiancée to give him an alibi, but a heartbroken disillusioned Lauren refuses to lie. Almost immediately afterward he vanishes leaving behind Lauren, his daughter and his business. Months later Lauren runs into Tucker while flea marketing and when she sees him at his former partner's ranch, she begins to think Tucker is innocent especially when someone starts shooting at them. Tucker refuses to run any longer as the killer threatens the two females who he cherishes more than his own life. He and Lauren begin sleuthing. Karen Young has written an exciting thriller with the second chance romantic subplot enhancing the suspense. Readers will root for the embattled lead protagonists caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless diabolical killer who framed Tucker and plans to murder Lauren. Lie For Me is a gripping one sitting read. Harriet Klausner