Discover New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn’s Deadlock, featuring a team of elite military hackers who will do whatever it takes to protect their country and the women who enter their dark and dangerous world.
Ex–Air Force hacker Jace Adams is the best at what he does. There isn’t a system he can’t infiltrate or a country his team can’t topple. But when he finds Lena Morris, the woman he hates most in the world, on his doorstep, the last thing he wants to do is help her. Or is it really Lena?
Lindsey Morris can’t believe her twin sister, Lena, is missing, with only a cryptic text to find the man Lena once betrayed. But as easy as Jace is to look at, getting him to agree to help her find her sister is a lot harder. He refuses to put his team at risk, until they find out the enemy they’re facing may be one they have in common…
As Lindsey and Jace race against the clock to save her sister, their shaky truce begins to morph into a fire they can't control. But their lack of trust might be exactly what gets them killed.
About the Author
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cherrie Lynn has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now that she has come to her senses, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. It's *much* more fun. She's also an unabashed rock music enthusiast and lives in East Texas with her husband and two kids.
You can visit her at http://www.cherrielynn.com She loves hearing from readers!
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I'm going to kill my sister.
Lindsey Morris gritted her teeth into a smile for the photo her jolly aunt Martha snapped, the silent threat in her head becoming more of an inevitable truth with each passing moment. God knows, it wasn't unlike her twin sister, Lena, to flake out on her, but their parents' fortieth anniversary party was something the two of them had been planning for months. All for Lena to leave Lindsey holding the bag. Again.
Relieved from picture duty at last, she left her parents and hustled in her towering heels across the banquet hall to check on the champagne, dodging cousins and uncles and aunts. She hadn't seen some of them in years. If a certain sister hadn't left her running this entire show, she might have had time to stop and catch up with each of them.
All of it had come together nicely, though. Her parents were beaming in front of a life-size poster of one of their wedding pictures, forty years having done nothing to dim their happiness and love for each other. Lindsey snapped a picture of her own before slipping out the door into an echoing hallway to dial Lena. As expected, her sister's voicemail greeting chirped in her ear.
"Hello?" A long pause ensued, during which Lindsey's blood pressure spiked. "Gotcha! Sorry, you don't get to talk to me right now. If you want to talk to me later, better make it good."
Lindsey waited for the tone. "I don't want to talk to you. I want to strangle you. Dammit, Lena, where are you?"
Hours passed before she could get away to the blissful solitude of her apartment, where she hoped a glass of wine and a Simpsons marathon might make her feel a little better. But even Bart and Homer's animated antics weren't enough. Her anger had burned away to sad ashes, and she couldn't get her parents' disappointed faces out of her mind. It would serve Lena right if none of them ever spoke to her again, as drastic as it sounded, but something about Lena made one eager to trust her and believe her when she made the promises she never kept. And the anger Lindsey felt when that inevitably happened could just as easily be turned on herself for enabling her twin, for never enforcing any consequences when Lena flaked out.
But how many times had she tried? How many times had it worked?
Then her glass was empty, and she poured another, sitting alone on her couch and staring at the way the light from the TV played hypnotically through the crimson depths as she swirled the liquid in her glass. Everything she was doing to make herself feel better was having the opposite effect. The fact she had no one to vent her frustrations to made it worse. Bad-mouthing her sister to their parents wasn't an option, especially today — they were probably on the plane for their anniversary trip to Cabo San Lucas.
"I need a vacation, too," Lindsey told her wineglass. It was the only one there to listen. Then, sighing, she set it down on her coffee table and picked up her phone, shooting ramrod straight when she saw that she had somehow missed a text from Lena twenty minutes ago. She'd probably been in the kitchen scavenging.
Sorry. Ran into some trouble. Give Mom and Dad my love. I need a favor. Go to this address and ask him for help. Please. It will all become clear.
An address followed, which Lindsey's eyes scanned without seeing. Her brain had shorted out on the word "favor."
"Are you freaking kidding me?" she asked her phone, gripping it with a force that threatened to shatter it.
Lena in trouble was nothing new. Ever since high school, on through college, and even after, she'd been getting herself or someone else into shit she couldn't always talk her way out of. Thinking Lindsey would simply forget about tonight and rush in to help her was simply par for the course, but Jesus, it had to stop sometime, didn't it?
One thing was for sure. No way was she going to that address, wherever it was. To some strange place to ask someone she didn't know for — what, even? Who was she supposed to be looking for? She wasn't about to let Lena make her look like an idiot on top of everything.
No one else could get her out of her warm cocoon on the couch to face the biting cold. She didn't know what she might find at her sister's apartment; she didn't care, but she was going all the same. Lena probably wouldn't be there, but maybe it wouldn't be too difficult to nose around and find out where she was. Then she would go find her, even if she had to hop on a plane to do it.
There were some things she desperately needed to say to Lena's face, and it was well past time.
She rushed through her apartment, throwing on a coat and shoving her feet into boots, her pulse pounding in her ears. No one else on earth could push her buttons like this. Lindsey hadn't trusted Lena since college, her twin's antics during that particular time of their lives having been the final straw.
Yes, she was her sister. Yes, Lindsey still loved her as such. Gossip sessions, shopping trips, friendship ... those areas had always come easily. But real trust? That ship had sailed years ago, when Lena had pulled what was probably her cruelest stunt of all — at least that Lindsey knew of. The skeletons that could lurk hidden in Lena's closet were enough to give her cold chills. The two of them had the same face, and Lena probably had enough enemies that Lindsey should look over her own shoulder when she walked down the street.
In the back of the Uber she called because wine and rage and driving didn't mix, she white-knuckled her purse straps all the way to her sister's apartment, going over everything she wanted to say in her mind in case Lena was there. Confrontation ordinarily tied her tongue up in knots, and no doubt it would this time.
She had to have her words straight in her head or they would slip right out. But niggling in the back of her mind was the fact that their parents would never get over an irreparable rift between them, no matter the cause. It was enough for her to zero in on a few of the epithets she wished to hurl at Lena's perpetually smug face. But not many.
If Lena was off having a grand adventure with plans to show up next week thinking all was well — she added the epithets back in.
Long ago, Lena had given Lindsey a key to her apartment so she could water her plants while she was away. The plants had died anyway — Lena didn't even take care of them herself after she got home from wherever she'd been. But Lindsey had hung on to the key, and it had come in handy more than once. She stalked directly to her sister's door, lifted her fist to beat on it, thought better of it — she might not even answer — and fit the key into the lock.
The sight that greeted her as she flipped the nearby light switch caused her heart to stutter and her breath to catch, momentarily choking her.
Her sister's apartment was trashed.CHAPTER 2
Only one bulb remained in the overhead light, but it was enough to illuminate the chaos around her. Lindsey brought a shaking hand to her mouth as her mind tried to make sense of the destruction, of Lena's overturned furniture, slashed couch cushions, scattered knickknacks, broken picture frames. Terror froze her thoughts in its icy clutches, and she surged blindly forward. "Lena? Lena. Are you here?"
Only silence greeted her, terrible and absolute, broken by the crunch of glass under her feet.
She bent down to lift the remnants of a picture frame that had once held a photo of the two of them. Lindsey owned the exact same frame and photograph.
Summer Memories, the frame read, along with a cute beach scene in one corner: a chair in the sand, a bucket, an umbrella. But the picture was gone. Lindsey cast a glance around the immediate area and didn't see it. The fine hairs at the nape of her neck prickled. Whoever had come here, whoever had done this — would they be looking for her next?
Don't touch anything. Call the police. Her mind shouted instructions at her, but numb panic kept her rooted in the middle of the destruction.
There was a chance Lena might have collapsed, or been hurt, or — Don't even think it. The picture frame clattered to the floor. Lindsey charged through the apartment, flipping on lights, calling her sister's name — nothing but silence pulsed around her.
Think, think. Lena's mattress was askew in the bedroom. All the drawers had been rummaged through. Her clothes hung half off the hangers, and a jumble of sequins and silks and lace littered the closet floor. But the designer purses were all here. So was all her jewelry, even the most expensive pieces. Someone had been looking for something specific, and this wasn't a robbery.
Lena's not here.
She didn't know whether to be relieved or worried.
What if whoever did this kidnapped her? Ugh. Or she could be partying out of town, the victim of an unfortunate break-in. But why send the weird text with the address?
There was nothing she could do here on her own. Time to call the police.
She lifted her cell phone in shaking hands and had dialed the nine when the sound of footsteps reached her from the living room, and, all enmity forgotten, Lindsey sprinted from the bedroom on reflex, expecting to see her twin in the doorframe, surveying the destruction with the same shocked confusion Lindsey felt.
Then they would figure this out together, and all would be well. Despite all her machinations and flaky behavior, things always had a way of working out in Lena's favor, and nothing could be wrong with her indestructible twin, not really.
But it wasn't Lena standing in the living room. Lindsey's feet stumbled to a halt as she took in the dark-haired man she didn't recognize. The front door stood wide open — damn, she hadn't closed it behind her, had she? This guy had walked right in. All the blood in her veins froze at once.
"Who are you?" she demanded as his gaze jerked up toward her. For a split second, something like shock crossed his features before understanding settled in.
"You must be Lindsey," he said. That he came to that conclusion so quickly unsettled her a bit.
"Who are you?" she asked again.
His eyes were steady on hers when he said, "Your sister is in trouble."
That was such a familiar statement that Lindsey might have scoffed, but the disarray around her was evidence enough that Lena had reached a whole new level of trouble. And he still hadn't answered her question. His jaw tightened beneath its coating of dark stubble. Sickness yawned in Lindsey's stomach, spreading its way up into her chest, and warning bells were going off in her mind.
"What kind of trouble?" she asked, hearing the tremor in her voice.
The man drew a breath and cast a sweeping glance around. Nothing about him was menacing, even if his presence made her want to run. His gaze alighted on a picture of Lena with their parents, its frame knocked sideways on the wall, and something softened around his eyes. "I don't want to talk here," he said. "Someone could be listening."
"Follow me." Ignoring her question and without waiting for her reply, he turned and exited the apartment. Lindsey crossed her arms and rubbed her chilled flesh. All she wanted to do was slam the door behind him and finish her call, but if he might have information, maybe she needed to listen. On unsteady legs, she trailed after him into the hallway, closing the door behind her. He led her to an alcove near the elevator, where silence stretched all around them. It was almost as if everyone else in the building, the entire world, had disappeared.
"When was the last time you talked to her?" he asked, and she shuffled through her memories, fighting to maintain control of her emotions. She thought of the message sitting on her phone right now, sent only an hour ago, if that long. But something made her not want to divulge that information to this man.
"Thursday," she said and hoped the deception didn't show on her face. That was only the last time she had seen her face-to-face.
She's fine. I just heard from her.
What if Lena hadn't sent the message? What if someone else had her phone?
"Thursday," he muttered gruffly to himself, and she could see the calculations going on behind his eyes. Today was Saturday. Whatever conclusion he came to, he didn't let her in on it. Lifting his gaze back to hers, he asked, "Early? Late?"
Lindsey's brows drew together. "Late Thursday. And then I tried to call her Friday night and all day today but couldn't get her." As he began to look more concerned and more contemplative, she had to try to hang on to some shred of optimism, on to everything she knew about Lena and how she operated.
"Look, she's probably only skipped town for the weekend. Right? If I know Lena — and I promise you I do — she's in Vegas or New York right now. She didn't want to help me with my parents' party, and she'll show up around Wednesday acting like everything is normal, wondering why everyone is pissed at her. That's how she is." She gestured toward the apartment. "This? It could be a random break-in. It happens."
He was shaking his head even as she spoke. "You don't know her like you think you do."
Really? She'd shared a womb with the woman. She considered herself the leading expert on all things Lena, ahead of even their parents. "Who are you? Don't ignore me this time."
"Call me Griffin."
"She has never mentioned you. Not once," she informed him icily. "I need to get back in there. Call the police or —"
He stepped in her path as she attempted to go around him, but refrained from touching her. Good thing, because she was ready to start screaming.
"No police. Not yet. Not until we know what we're dealing with."
She swept another cautious glance over him. If anything nefarious was indeed going on, how did she know he wasn't in on it and this wasn't some setup or trap? So many terrible things Lena could have gotten mixed up in, if she wasn't indeed partying it up somewhere.
He seemed to interpret her thoughts. "She wanted to be there for the party. She was looking forward to it. She wouldn't have missed it." He drew a deep breath. "I was supposed to go with her."
"Are you her boyfriend?"
He chuckled grimly. "I wouldn't go that far."
Lena had mentioned nothing about a man lately, boyfriend or otherwise, and she was usually loose-lipped about even her most casual sexual conquests. Lindsey's wariness factor notched up a bit. He was Lena's type, though. She liked them dark and intense. Lindsey usually preferred cute and nerdy.
"And you just happened to show up here at the same time as me? Checking up on her?" What if Lena had texted him, too? Her mind was so crammed full of suspicion and possibilities that she couldn't see a clear path. She shook her head as he opened his mouth to speak. "I don't know what to think. But I'm family, and you're not, and this whole thing is making me uncomfortable. You should leave."
"Just don't go to the police yet. All right?"
He turned to go, leaving her with five million questions zinging through her brain, but she couldn't settle on one to ask, and she wanted him gone anyway. He creeped her out. No police? When there was obvious trouble? He had to be shady. When someone says don't call the police, that's when you should.
The question that chilled her to the bone was this: How shady was Lena?
"Jesus," Lindsey muttered to herself after the elevator doors closed on Griffin's brooding expression.
Lindsey didn't want to think her twin was capable of getting caught up in any criminal activities, but she wasn't sure. What secrets would an investigation uncover?
She didn't know what to do. She hated the fact that protecting Lena and making excuses for her had become second nature. She hated thinking her sister might be a victim ... but she almost hated thinking she might be corrupt even more.
"Okay," she muttered to herself, letting herself back into the apartment and trying not to let the horror of finding it this way engulf her again.
If Lindsey had seen that text and written back, Sure, sis, whatever you need, I am your willing servant, and not gone straight to Lena's apartment, she would never have known about this.
The safest bet right now was to leave everything untouched. In case ... Well, she didn't want to think about possible outcomes that might involve the place becoming a real crime scene if Lena wasn't found. Everything could be cleaned up later. After she came back. Safe.
I'll even help you. Like always. Jesus, Lena.(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
when lindsay morris's twin sister goes missing in deadlock, at first she thinks it's just lena being lena. flighty and irresponsible. but a mysterious text finds lindsay reconnecting with a figure from their past, someone lena wronged and who lindsay always felt something for. jace has plenty of reasons to hold a grudge, but when lena's disappearance appears to wrap into a larger mystery that jace is in the midst of investigating, lindsay finds herself in the middle. neither of them fully trusts the other, but the intense chemistry between them is too hard to ignore. and as the fallout of everything that is happening becomes clear, this is set to spin off to a larger mystery. **deadlock will publish on june 25, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (amara) in exchange for an honest review.
WOW! This is the first book that I have read from Cherrie Lynn and I am now a fan. This is a second chance, suspenseful romance, action packed page turner. I received a free ARC from NetGalley.com and this is my unbiased and voluntary review. Lindsey and Lena might be identical twins, but their personalities are exact opposites. Lena was always getting them into trouble when they're growing up and as an adult she hasn't change. When Lena does another disappearing act, missing their parents 40th wedding anniversary, Lindsey is so angry that she ignores her sister's text. But when, she goes to Lena's apartment to look for her, she finds the apartment had been ransacked. Following the instructions on the text, leads her to the door of her college crush, Jace Adams, a man whose life Lena had destroyed. He didn't know that Lena had a twin and at first doesn't believe her. But Jace is now part of a secret government "ethical" hacker organization and a case that his group is working on intertwines with Lena's possible disappearance. Lindsey is a loner and a skilled coder and while his group doesn't trust her, they agree to help find her sister. Jace has a hard time reconciling his hatred for Lena as he is drawn to Lindsey. Lots of twists and turns that keep the reader engaged until the very end, eager to rad the next book in the series.
This book is a non-stop, action packed, keeps you guessing along with a little hot loving! Oh the chemistry between Lindsey and Jace is spectacular! The first time they met was a little intense to say the least. But it was explosive. I loved all they had in common and could relate to each other. I hated how doubts were involved where they are concerned, but I guess that is how the hacker, secret group territory goes. Their journey was intense and I loved meeting all the people in his group. Definitely intrigued by Helix. And the epilogue definitely left me wanting more from this series. I cannot wait for more! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Great read! Intrigue and mystery surround this group whose job it is to protect the nations web service. Jace and his group is a tough as nails brotherhood ready to do battle. Lindsey comes seeking help and has to work very hard to earn their trust. As she and Jace try to keep their hands off each other things spiral out of control. It sets the stage for the rest of the series which is sure to be brilliant.
I found this book to be intriguing. I loved the set up of Lindsey’s twin sister (Lena) going missing but leaving a message for Lindsey to ask Jace to help find her was good enough. But, oh wait, Lena betrayed Jace and pretty much ruined his life (although it seems to me that the path he ended up on was better for him). And, oh wait again, Lindsey had a crush on Jace back when they were in college together. It all makes for a well-crafted plot. The slow burn between Jace and Lindsey was delicious. And the revelations towards the end made me eager for the rest of the books about the Nest – especially Helix because he cracked me up. This was a page-turner of a romance, and I look forward to more! Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and the author for a complimentary pre-release digital ARC of this book.
A different twin comes a calling… This is the first book in the Hacker World series that can be read as a stand-alone. There are people in life that you don’t forget, like the ones who betray you. In college, at MIT, Jace Adams fell for a pretty face and hacked into the educational records system to change her grades. He wouldn’t have been found out but that pretty face turned him in and he was booted out, his aspirations ruined. Contacted by a clandestine government agency afterward was a welcome happenstance, or was it? When that woman shows up at his door years later his anger at the woman revives with a vengeance. When she says that she’s not who he thinks she is, that she’s the betrayer’s twin and needs his help to find her missing sister he’s not sure he should believe her. Why should help the woman who betrayed him? That the twin was able to track him down was problematic and requires looking into. As usual Lindsey Morris’ sister who had promised to help with their parent’s anniversary is not to be found. Should she worry? Not until an odd text stating that Lena’s in trouble and asking her to go to an unknown address did she worry. When she gets there the man who answers the door is none other than the man her sister betrayed, the man she had a crush on in college, he didn’t know she existed then. His rage at seeing her is understandable but she needs his help to find her sister whose apartment was ransacked and a friend of her sister that she didn’t know was asking questions. There is more to the sister than her family knows, Jace’s connections apprised him of certain facts he can’t divulge to Lindsey. Together with some, not much, help from Jace’s friends these two search for the missing Lena, Jace fighting the attraction he feels for the twin he hadn’t known in college and who’s also capable with computers. The main protagonists were likable, their chemistry was not that palpable, the heroine could have been stronger in terms of confidence, and with all the bitterness Jace had his trust issues were quite understandable if a little overdone. The romance in this story overpowered the intriguing hacker plot that didn’t get enough attention to satisfy this reader. A few meetings where the participants mainly argued didn’t really provide a good feeling for the potential of the group. The level of suspense was minimal, a slight tease that detracted from what could have been an exciting plot if done differently. Though the book ending didn’t surprise what this reader had already surmised it was an interesting development but I’m not sure I’ll continue with this series. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
Deadlock is my first book by Cherrie Lynn, but it won't be my last. Ms. Lynn has delivered a well-written book. The characters are fabulous and are my favorite part of the book. Lindsey's twin sister is missing. She has one text from her sister telling her she's in trouble and for her to go to a certain address for help. Jace hated Lena after she got him tossed out of MIT. When Lindsey arrives looking like Lena Jace doesn't believe her and sends her on her way. Jace and Lindsey's story is packed with drama, action, humor, sex and suspense. I enjoyed every page of this book and hope to read more from Cherrie Lynn soon. Deadlock is book 1 of the Hacker World Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. But there is a really good hook that will make you want to buy the next book in the series in the epilogue. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. HOLY HACKER! I have never struggled so much to put a book down and actually get some sleep. Deadlock starts off with Lindsey Morris getting a text from her twin sister, Lena. Lena is in trouble and sent an address she wants Lindsey to go to for help. Lindsey goes to Lena’s house wondering what the heck is going on, only to find it tossed and trashed. Finally giving in and knocking on the door to the address Lena sent over, Lindsey did NOT expect to see Jace on the other side of said door. Jace Adams hasn’t seen Lena since right before he was kicked out of MIT. She is the last person he ever hoped to see in front of him ever again. However, little does Jace know the woman standing in front of him is her twin Lindsey. A girl who harbored a crush on him until he mysteriously left MIT. Jace is at first determined to do nothing to help Lindsey, that is until he soon realizes who Lindsey really is and confirms Lena is truly missing. Will Jace and Lindsey be able to find Lena before it’s too late? Will Jace be able to put aside his hatred for Lena and help Lindsey? Will Lindsey be able to put up with Jace’s poor attitude? I couldn’t stop reading this book. I love romantic suspense and this filled up my romantic suspense book love tank. Lindsey is a loner and written perfectly. However, I am also a homebody like her so I was really able to relate in more than a few ways. Jace started out as a ding dong....playing nice with words people...though he was redeemed. Of course, while reading this book I had to Pinterest hot dorky looking men and WOWSIE...I have a few new loves. I highly recommend reading this book and am so grateful that NetGalley introduced me to a new author. I also need to mention the ending of this book has set up for the JUICIEST book two....I need to read book two!
This was an advanced copy courtesy of netgalley - many thanks I have read some of Cherrie Lynn's work before and was thrilled to be approved for an advanced copy I anticipated not being able to put down and I was right!! Read in 1 sitting - it was THAT exciting!! Part of a series, I will enjoy searching out others in the series Fast-paced, intense - really loved the characters - perfect suspense and romance Highly recommend
Lindsey Morris’ receives a strange message from her twin, Lena. Lena is missing and her apartment has been trashed and Lindsey is to go to a certain address for help. Lena is the mysterious twin, while Lindsey is content to spend time in her home and with her computer work. The address leads her to Jace Adams, computer hacker and former Air Force. Lena was once responsible for wrecking Jace’s future, why would she think that Jace would help her now? Jace was not aware that Lena had a twin, so his reaction to Lindsey was hostile…at first. There is more to Jace than his computer hacking and he agrees to help Lindsey find Lena as whatever Lena is involved in may relate to Jace’s past. This romantic suspense was quite involved as Lindsey and Jace work together to solve Lena’s disappearance. Although this story seemed complete, the ending seems to leave doubt that “happy ever after” is not entirely secure for Jace and Lindsey. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
Lindsey Morris is so mad at her sister Lena when she is absent from their parents' anniversary party that was suppose to be a joint planning en-devour. Lindsey is used to her sister doing her disappearing act and leaving without a word for days and weeks at a time. But...this time Lindsey has had enough of being left holding the bag and stomps to Lena's apartment when she does not answer her phone. What she finds is a destroyed and vandalized room and evidence of violence! Seeking the help of an Ex-Air Force Hacker Jace Adams is the only path available to Lindsey in the race to find her missing twin. Great characters and action keeps the pages turning. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Can't wait for the next in Lynn's Hacker World Series.
Deadlock by Cherrie Lynn a four-star read that will re-write what you think. This is the first novel in the Hacker World series, and I want number two like right now, that epilogue made the whole read, what comes next. Jace Adams and his team are intense, and they will make you think about if what you know is really what you know. Lindsay and Lena have a very complex relationship and it took me while to figure them out, and I still don’t know if I am truly sure of what I think is right. This is a complex and twisted story, filled with intrigue and passion. This is a great story and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
I’m a huge Cherrie Lynn fan and the premise of DEADLOCK as well as the hacker element involved in the story line lured me in as soon as I read the blurb. The fact that the main characters, Jace Adams and Lindsey Morris, have a history, even if it’s complicated due to Lindsey’s twin sister’s deception and betrayal, is also an element of the story that intrigued me because I was eager to see how Lena’s past led to Jace’s hacker career as well as how his disdain for her attaches itself to Lindsey when she comes looking for Jace’s help when Lena goes missing. I can’t say that I blame Jace for his mistrust of Lindsey; Lena, in some ways, ruined his life and forced him to traverse down a much different path than the one he would have chosen for himself, and while it’s clear he’s found a family among the members of this elite team, the person responsible for betraying him and almost costing him everything is not someone he’s likely to forgive or forget. The path that Jace and Lindsey take to ‘more’ is not simple nor is it immediate; in fact, it’s never clear what their true feelings are for one another because there’s too much baggage, too much doubt that comes along with Lindsey’s twin’s actions, so while they come to a truce/common ground, their journey is one thwarted with doubt, distrust, and danger. While DEADLOCK does have the romantic element, it is not truly solidified throughout the course of the story, and in my opinion, because it’s the first book in a series with overarching plot lines and the suspense involved in this story is more prominent than what happens between Jace and Lindsey, it’s difficult to completely buy into a relationship actually happening - one that would be able to survive Jace’s initial treatment of Lindsey, his team’s issues with her and her twin, and those enemies working against all of them. Lynn’s Hacker World series is an interesting one, and even though, I found it difficult to connect to the main characters in DEADLOCK, I’m still intrigued by Jace and his team and what they seek to do on a daily basis, and I’m hoping to get more of Jace and Lindsey and what they grow to mean to each other throughout the series’ other stories. 3.5/4 Poison Apples
When Lindsay goes to Jace for help to find her twin sister, Jace thinks that Lindsay is Lena and wants nothing to do with her - the person who ruined his future. But he soon realizes that although the twins are identical, they are nothing alike and he can't help that he is attracted to Lindsay. Lindsay has had a crush on Jace since they were back in college when her sister ruined his life. Seeing him now, after all these years, Lindsay can't deny that she is more attracted to him than ever. And hopefully she'll be able to convince him to help her find her sister. This book is full of suspense, drama and romance. I loved how even thought Jace is considered a genius, he just couldn't understand his attraction to someone who looks exactly like the person who ruined his life ... the heart wants what the heart wants! And WOW the steam between them could burn the sheets! The author set up the series nicely by introducing you to the other members of the Jace's team ... and you just know that they all have their own stories. A great start to a new series. I received an early copy courtesy of Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Wow! This novel grabbed me from the very first page and kept me hooked until the very last page. I loved the Jace - he's the perfect brooding and reluctant hero. Lindsey and Lena are interesting characters - I loved the twist that identical twins added to the story. Lindsey is a kind and gentle soul that is dragged into a situation she doesn't understand when her sister, Lena, went missing. When Lindsey starts following the clues Lena left, she encounters Jace and their reluctant partnership begins. What follows is a quickly moving tale that is tightly woven and kept me turning pages just as quickly as possible. Additionally, I loved the romantic energy between Jace and Lindsey. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will love this book. While it's the first book I've read by this author, it won't be the last. I'm adding her to my must read authors' list and am already looking forward to the next book in the series. (This is a stand alone novel.)
Slow starter. Story picked up about a fourth of the way in. Intrigue, angst and a little mayhem follow. There is romance buried amongst the anger, blame, mistrust and tribulations. Over the top, but not a bad read.
I really enjoyed the story line of this book - the author's imagination in the beasts and their charmers, the assassins and their abilities and the makeup of the land was complex and fascinating. This wasn't the type of book that I would normally read so it took me a little bit to get into the meat of the story but once I got there I really enjoyed it and it moved faster. I liked the way the story developed and will enjoy reading the next book in the series. At this point I'm invested in the characters & would love to see where their story goes. Leena & Noc are complex characters and their interactions, as well as those involving their beasts, friends, and background is interesting. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review but I can easily say that I will purchase the book and subsequent books in the series to read.