Lie by Night by Cathy Marlowe
When Emma Bailey's brother disappears, leaving her in possession of dangerous information, there's no one she can turn to for help. Her desperate search for her brother leads her to a remote island where she discovers the one man who can help her is a man she can't trust.
Cole Stevens is on a mission to bring down the drug mastermind who threatens to destroy the lives of his family. His plans take an unexpected turn when Emma runs head first into his investigation. Not only is she a danger to his heart, but her brother is one of his key suspects.
Cole and Emma reluctantly join forces to unravel a web of deceit that reaches deeper into their lives than either had imagined. As the lies unravel they will be forced to choose between fear of betrayal and their willingness to put their emotions on the line in order to save the people they love.
About the Author
Cathy lives in Missouri where she enjoys the beauty of four seasons with a huge chocolate lab who is everybody's baby, and a small, neurotic rescue dog only a mother could love. She's blessed with a supportive husband, an amazing daughter and two wonderful sons. She started writing children's stories when her daughter and sons were young and she wanted stories for them that both empowered and entertained. Today she writes novels that weave humor and angst into page turning stories that surprise readers while touching their hearts.
When not writing, she coaches soccer, works to create a safe world for children, and designs development solutions for organizations. She loves dark chocolate mint M&Ms accompanied by a steaming mug of coffee, likes the theory of exercise more than the reality, and believes each person has the power to change the world.
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Lie by Night
By Cathy Marlowe, Terese Ramin
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Cathy Morrison
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Three days later
Emma clutched her buttery soft travel bag in her lap as her guide tied his boat to a well-built dock that seemed out of place on this remote island deep in the south Atlantic.
The words of the anonymous letter she'd received yesterday raced through her mind. She'd found the flower seller on touristy James Island. When money hadn't convinced him to bring her to a place the locals called Dark Island, she'd resorted to tears. Whatever worked.
Her brother, Jacob, had disappeared seven days ago. Courageous and daring, he'd pursued a career in the military before joining Bryson Consulting, current front for work so top secret she didn't know precisely which branch — or agency — claimed him.
She'd chosen the safe and stable life of a college professor, where the greatest danger lay in university politics and the quest for tenure. She and Jacob had been alone in the world since the death of their parents on 9-11. They'd responded to the tragedy in vastly different ways, Jacob seeking justice and the moral high ground, while she burrowed into a secure world where the quest for knowledge took her no farther than her laptop or the NYU Library.
For the first time, she regretted her choice. She knew full well she was unprepared for this mission. Thank God Jacob insisted she take self-defense training each year, because that and her brain were all she had to see her through. Although her brain served her well in her career, it was woefully uneducated in search and rescue.
She rose, forcing her fingers to relax, and set her beautiful, apricot-colored bag in her seat. A gift from her brother, she'd clenched it like a talisman as the slow boat meandered across the ocean to this little island. He'd been urging her to get out and see the world.
Well, here I am little brother.
"You ...?" The old man gestured toward the desolate shore with one gnarled finger, a deep frown on his weathered brow. He swung his hand back to his face, scratching the whiskers on his chin. His broken English might challenge her comprehension, but his expression conveyed his message just fine. Are you crazy?
She nodded as she slipped a band from her ponytail, not caring that she confirmed both her desired location and her state of mind. She captured the brown strands and rebound them in a tight knot at her nape. Was it crazy when you had no choice? She grabbed her black stocking cap from the side pouch of her travel bag and hid her hair under the jersey fabric. Her navy rain jacket hid her slim frame. Jeans and hiking boots — the real, steel-toed kind designed to protect your feet from rough terrain — completed her ensemble. She was as ready as she'd ever be.
She nodded again to the man who'd brought her to the island in his rickety old skiff. It was a miracle they'd arrived at all.
"I'll be back. You wait?" She motioned in what she hoped was a convincing gesture of don't leave.
She locked gazes with the old man. She bit the inside of her cheek as she waited. Intelligence shone in his dark eyes. She felt her chances of returning being weighed. The man nodded.
"Bad, bad place." He grunted the words and then settled in the captain's chair. Somehow he managed to appear sturdy and reliable in the wobbly, wooden seat.
She smiled her thanks and stepped from the boat. The rocky shore ran only one hundred yards in length. The line of trees that ringed the beach beckoned atop a steep slope a mere fifty yards away. She understood the old man's uncertainty, first back on the mainland and now as he released her into this unknown. No matter how glorious the foliage or how brightly the climbing sun lit the sky, a disturbing darkness emanated from the small island.
She squared her shoulders, resolute. This remote island held answers she desperately needed. Brushing her hand against the zippered, inside pocket where her instructions rested, she forced one step after another until her reluctant feet settled into a steady rhythm. She didn't need to read the instructions; she'd memorized them hours ago on her flight from the United States.
Slightly winded by the time she reached the top of the hill, Emma paused to breathe deeply of the sunlit air. She ran five miles a day, and this climb posed no true challenge to her fitness. She didn't need a doctor to tell her that adrenaline — and though she hated to admit it, fear — fueled her breathlessness as she approached the tree line and stood before the mouth of the path. Worrying her lip, she entered the forest.
The world transformed. The beach might have been lonely, but the mid-morning sun had warmed the abandoned earth. Here in the jungle, only the smallest rays of sunlight penetrated. Sound seemed oddly muffled and yet magnified at the same time.
As she shoved the twisted vines and branches out of her way, she was glad she'd worn thin gloves, even though the temperature didn't quite warrant them. They featured textured palms and finger and thumb pads that allowed her to interact with her touch screen. She swallowed. Unfortunately, her phone had stopped registering any service long before they reached the island.
Brushing low-hanging branches from her face, she journeyed deeper and deeper into the artificial twilight. A bird of prey screeched in the distance, startling her. Something whispered through the grass behind her. She twisted around, bumping her head on the branch she'd just shoved aside. Large protruding eyes stared at her. She forced down a scream.
A lizard longer than her forearm blinked lazily. Chills ran down her spine. She hated bugs. And, apparently, lizards. Shuddering, she turned and hurried along the dirt trail.
She stumbled once, then again, despite her careful steps. Saw grass grew in abandon, determined to fully claim the neglected trail. Large, green fronds dipped gracefully overhead, the tips brushing her hat as she maneuvered toward the heart of the island. Something slithered to her right, and a slick, scaly body brushed her cheek. She jerked to the side, tripping over a rock hidden amidst the grass, and sprawled on her jean-clad butt.
Instinctively, she thrust her right hand into the pocket of her rain jacket and yanked out her Mace. She pointed in the direction of the hideous beast. An evil moss-covered branch drifted back and forth in the faint breeze that penetrated the undergrowth, mocking her pounding heart.
A freaking branch.
Unmoving, she sat there, the spray clenched in her trembling hand. The sounds of the rain forest faded as blood rushed through her ears.
She released the hot pink canister. Designer pepper spray, her standard birthday gift from a brother consumed with her safety. It zipped back into her jacket courtesy of the homemade, retractable string she'd jerry-rigged using her university ID. The string anchored the spray in her pocket. If the old man could see the ingenious leash she'd created, he wouldn't worry she was crazy. He'd be certain.
She rose from the ground, brushing dirt from her faded jeans.
Squaring her shoulders, she ignored the call of relative safety the old boat offered. Other-worldly light filtered through the leaves, illuminating her way and taunting her at the same time. She'd never felt this completely isolated.
She should have insisted the gardener come with her, but the strange, little man made it clear en route that he refused to step foot on the island. She hadn't completely understood his broken English, but the gist of it seemed to be bad mojo. Hell, she knew all about bad mojo. She was the queen of bad mojo.
The only good mojo in her twenty-seven years had been Jacob. He was her best friend, her only family. And he was missing. His last communication with her had arrived in a package along with her birthday Mace. Using a silly code they'd invented as children, he warned her that he'd discovered something frightening. Something deadly.
There'd been one more item in the package. A microchip hidden in the base of the Mace that he'd promised to retrieve within 48 hours. He'd never arrived. With no idea how to figure out what was on the chip, her woefully insufficient plan consisted of keeping it safe and with her — and trusting no one.
She turned a corner and stopped. The trail opened into a large clearing. At the back of the open ground stood her objective, a two-story, metal warehouse rising in the midst of verdant foliage. An abomination in the midst of tropical splendor. Similar to the path, the surrounding forest crept into what must have once been a pristine circle in which the unattractive warehouse held the questionable place of honor.
This was it. Looking around the open area and finding no evidence of human presence, she stepped cautiously into the clearing.
An eerie silence settled around her. Was it her presence that silenced the raucous birds? Her scent that drove the four-legged mammals deeper into the forest? Or something more sinister?
She unzipped her jacket partway and reached inside the internal pocket to read her instructions once again. Although she'd memorized it, still the message demanded to be read.
To find Jacob ...
Tell no one.
Jacob's life depends on it.
Jacob's life. Emma tucked the note back into her pocket and zipped it closed. She bit the inside of her lip and took a step forward. Then another. And another. She was here for answers, and nothing, no snakes or insects or fear, was going to stop her. Ha! She ate fear for breakfast.
A furry mammal broke from the undergrowth and darted across the clearing. Her heart climbed into her throat. Okay, so maybe fear occasionally took a bite out of her.
The building cast an ominous shadow that swallowed her whole as she advanced.
She scanned the metal siding. A cold shiver ran down her spine. Something was wrong.
The sound of pounding feet barely registered before strong fingers wrapped around her arm and jerked her away from the building. Her startled cry ended abruptly as her feet left the ground. Her body lofted into the air. She glimpsed dirt and clumps of grass just before impact.
Strong arms cushioned Emma's landing, wrapping around her to take the brunt of the fall. The arms imprisoned her as the stranger rolled them across the clearing. Kicking, she fought to free herself. She struggled to reach her trusty Mace.
A massive explosion shook the clearing, and the rolling stopped. The stranger pressed her into the dirt as debris rained down around them. Stunned, she ceased to fight.
Panic flared to life. The warehouse! What if it held more than information? What if Jacob was in there?
She renewed her struggle for freedom, desperately trying to see the warehouse. "Get off," she hissed as the crackling of fire and smell of smoke fueled her strength. "I have to get him. I have to save ..." When her furious bucking and pushing failed to dislodge the body, Emma turned her head sideways and bit the hand cradling her face.
"Damn it!" a deep, male voice growled. "There's no one in there. Calm down."
Emma froze. She knew that voice.
His weight shifted, and she turned her head to stare into the bluest eyes she'd ever seen. Eyes she remembered quite well from six months before.
The woman crushed beneath him sputtered. Dark brown eyes flashed — and not with the passion he'd imagined in his dreams.
What the hell? Cole Stevens stared into gorgeous, dark mahogany irises ringed with the faintest amber. The subtle golden aura steeped her eyes in mystery. Oh yeah, these eyes he remembered well. These eyes he'd dreamed of ... had nightmares about. Emma.
After he set the timer on the explosives, he'd retreated to a tree on a small hill a short distance away to watch. He'd anticipated company after the blast.
When the lone figure first stepped into view, he'd known she was a woman despite her oversized jacket. She moved with a feminine grace that was hard to miss. He'd slipped from the tree where he perched and busted his butt to get her out of harm's way before the explosion.
Sure, he'd been concerned about her safety, but he also wanted to know why she was here. What she knew.
Because anyone who ventured near the godforsaken warehouse had information he needed.
He'd put the plan in motion, thought he planned for every contingency. But he'd never imagined Emma, the woman who'd gotten away before she'd ever really been his, would be the one to walk into his trap.
The bundle of fury beneath him shoved hard at his chest. His eyes narrowed. Emma.
Cole rested most of his weight on his forearms, his chest and legs pinning her to the ground to keep her from fleeing. Damn it! Her presence could only mean one thing. Despite his wish that it were otherwise, Jacob was smack in the middle of this mess.
"What are you doing here?" He bit the words out, trying to ignore the way light from the flames danced across her hair. An ugly, black jersey cap hung part-way off her head. Specks of dirt and twigs clung to the fabric and invaded the tresses that pulled free from the strands captured at her neck.
"Me?" Brown eyes sparked. "What are you doing here?" Her eyes sliced sidewise, peering over his arm at the burning building. She squirmed against him. "Did you do this?" Her voice rose on a note of hysteria.
Ah, damn, were those tears?
Cole loosened his arms, allowing Emma the freedom to place both hands against his chest and shove hard. He rolled off her and stood, then reached down to help her up.
Ignoring his outstretched hand, she struggled to her feet, her gaze focused on the destruction in front of her. "Are you certain there was no one in there?"
He cast watchful eyes around the clearing before returning his attention to her. The color had faded from her angry, red cheeks, leaving only pallor. Her eyes burned dark against her pale face. "I'm certain."
She nodded, swaying slightly on her feet. When he moved to steady her, she didn't seem to notice.
Together, they stared at the warehouse. The explosion had decimated the building, imploding it so the damage remained contained in the center of the clearing. Reduced to a pile of molten metal and crackling debris, the remains burned brightly.
The smoke rose through the late morning air, sending a message to anyone who watched. Cole nodded in grim satisfaction. One less place for Alistair Forrester to resurrect his deadly business.
Emma turned her head to stare at him, tears still glinting in her eyes.
"What have you done?" Her voice, childlike in the early morning air, stirred unwelcome guilt in his chest. She stepped toward the burning building.
He thought he heard her whisper, "Jacob."
He captured her arm again and pulled her back. He hadn't slept in twenty-four hours. He had no desire to hurt her, no desire to chase her if she ran. And he sure didn't need to feel guilty about how their fledgling relationship ended six months ago, only hours after their initial meeting sparked a rare and powerful connection between them.
Besides, he had questions of his own. "Why are you here?"
She jerked free and shoved her palm hard against his chest. Her lips set in a firm line. The child departed; the angry woman returned full force.
His hand shot out to capture her forearm in a tighter grip. "How did you find this place? Who else is here?" He pulled her up against his side. He surveyed the area, his focus shifting from the woman to the danger that lurked on this piece of land the residents of nearby James Island referred to only as Dark Island.
* * *
Emma fumed. The implication that she couldn't have come here alone, that she was ... what? Too stupid? Too weak? Somehow incapable of handling things alone? Cole's insinuation brought welcome anger to chase away her despair at the destruction around her.
Who was he to think she couldn't take care of herself? Or her brother. She might lack the combat savvy Cole and Jacob possessed, but she was a highly intelligent and resourceful woman.
Aside from the iron grip on her arm, the idiot man now ignored her completely.
"Listen, you Neanderthal ..."
Cole clapped his free hand over her mouth and hissed. "Did you bring people with you?" She barely heard the words over the sounds of the fire.
Emma glared and said nothing.
Warm air blew across Emma's cheek at Cole's whispered curse. If his mouth wasn't so close to her ear, she would have missed the obscenity. His gaze swept the clearing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Emma's closest relative her brother has gone missing. She receives an note telling her to go to an island. She goes there to rescue him and in stead finds Cole. She realizes in a short amount of time the Cole is also searching for her brother, but she isn't sure if Cole is friend or foe. Cole is using any way possible to take down a drug criminal that has hurt him and his closest family. He thinks that Emma's brother is possibly involved with this drug lord and is a key suspect. Cole and Emma have a history with Emma believing that Cole slept with her brothers fiance. There is such a strong connection between them but she can never betray her brother. Can she trust Cole? Great book. They are searching for Emma's brother as well as trying to find this drug lord who was recently released from a mental ward. There a lot of ups and downs in the book and Emma's character struggles with trying to fight her feelings and then trying to decide if she can trust Cole whom she is falling in love with. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
This book is a great read. Emma and Cole story is an adventure from the beginning to the end and finding love along the way.
Don’t judge a book by its cover! In this book, there’s a strong element of suspense that is hidden by the hot guy on the cover. An intriguing plot with unexpected events as Emma desperately searches for her brother with, or in spite of, the frustratingly charming and handsome Cole. Captivating plot, convincing dialogue, and characters you’ll care about. I love Nora, but I liked Lie by Night even better than the Nora Roberts suspense I read after it!
Great read - just the right mix of everything I like in a romantic suspense! "Six months ago hadn’t been their time. Now was not their time. Perhaps their time would never come. That didn’t stop him from wanting it to…" When Emma Bailey’s search for her missing brother literally lands her in the arms of Cole Turner, the man who betrayed her and her brother six months earlier, she has no choice but to turn to him for help, even though she knows she can’t trust him, or her heart. Cole Stevens thought he had met “the one” in Emma Bailey six months ago, but when Emma catches Cole with her brother’s girlfriend in his hotel room, he knows he’s ruined any chance with her he thought he had. When fate lands her in his arms again, right in the middle of his current investigation, he can’t fight the attraction he feels towards her, but he knows he can’t trust her, or his heart. This was such a fabulous read! I’m a big fan of romantic suspense, and this story had just the right mix of everything I like – a sexy hero, a strong and sassy heroine, lots of action, tons of tension, steam and heat between the H/h, some good snarky banter, and a plot that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I love when a story keeps me guessing until the end, and this book kept me doing just that! This was such a well written book that left me wanting more – more of the backstory on Cole and the people he works with, more about Emma’s brother Jacob, and lots more of sexy Cole! Cathy Marlowe has produced one fabulous debut novel and I can’t wait to read more in this Out of Darkness series! I received a copy of this book from the Publisher for an honest review.
I recently read Lie By Night and it was a fun and intriguing read. I absolutely loved it. The action begins from the very first page. When the story starts, we learn that six months earlier, Cole and Emma have had an electric meeting, one which they both know is magical, but circumstances (and certain forces) have driven them apart. Now they've reconnected in a very exciting way, dependent on each other, but not trusting each other, either. I found myself not only rooting for Cole and Emma to realize what they mean to each other, but for each to achieve their individual goals, and for Zach and Lizzie (Cole's good friends and another wonderful couple) to be safe from the clutches of the evil Alistair, a truly nasty villain who is debonair but evil to the core. There is humor, romance and passion, espionage and tons of adventure in quite a few exotic places. This was a fun, easy read, perfect for the summer.
Emma and Cole have amazing chemistry. I loved being on the edge of my seat, in suspense, while waiting for Jacob to surface throughout the book! At the same time watching Emma and Cole get closer and closer to igniting the flame threatening to burn between them. The hypnotic poison and gas were brilliant! The plot is very cleverly written. (You'd never know this is the author's first novel.) Character development was great! I did not like Cherise! I know that's very catty of me but COME ON!!! She played her role perfectly! If I were Emma I would never let that woman around Cole again! She is untrustworthy! Grant wasn't my favorite character either. Joey, on the other hand, was pretty great. The only problem I had was with the end of the story and the epilogue. The epilogue should have been the end and the HEA should have been the epilogue. Regardless, it was still a fantastic story! I look forward to reading more from this very talented and new author. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The description of scenes has you envisioning every step as if you could taste the air around the character. A well thought out book. Personally the cover to the book is just fine, afterall it is heavily based on a developing romance and what better than a sexy man on the cover. I enjoyed the story line and the twists and turns along the way. If you like a romantic thriller that isnt heavy in sexual content then this book is for you. Enjoy the adventure!!!
This was a rockin' fast-paced ride from the get-go. I really enjoyed the suspense and trying to figure out how they were going to catch the bad guy. I found the sexual tension between Cole and Emma to be great and can understand why she might not trust him (she thought she'd found him with another woman some months earlier, just hours after he had hit on her). I enjoyed the bad guys and their plotting, along with some of the tricks they used to hopefully stop the heroes from catching them (it ultimately fails - and I don't consider that a spoiler simply because, well, it's fiction...the good guys almost always win). Interesting use of chemistry and perfume that I wouldn't have ever considered. I did figure out that point before the characters did, but that's only 'cause I was outside of their heads and could see the bigger picture. Emma - truly devoted to her brother and who can blame her? They're all each other have. I hope my girls one day will go as far as she did if big brother ever needed their help. Cole - totally get where he's coming from, though I wanted to smack him for a while with some of his distrust of Emma (then again, under the circumstances, that distrust was understandable - she was keeping secrets from him). A great secondary cast and I'm looking forward to seeing more books in this series. 4-star review! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lie by Night is an Out of Darkness novel by author Cathy Marlowe and the first of her work that I have read. The cover alone had my attention and the story kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Emma Bailey was used to not knowing where her brother was, what type of mission he was off doing, or how long he would be gone for but one thing she always knew was that he would call her every Sunday. After all, they only had each other as family. So it was extremely unnerving when she didn’t get that Sunday phone call. Even more unnerving was the package she received from her brother for her birthday a couple of days later. Enclosed in the package was a cryptic note telling her not to trust anyone along with some important looking information. Without a doubt she knew he was in danger and she knew she was the only one that could save him. So she did what any sister would do…packed her bag and went in search for him. Right in the middle of his top-secret investigation into one of the most dangerous operations headed by one of the most devious men, the last person Cole Stevens expected to see was Emma Bailey. But here she was in a very dangerous spot…literally. After saving her from her precarious position, he now realizes there is no was she is leaving his side. For too many reasons to count. One being she needs help finding her brother, the brother he has a suspicion may be a part of the operation he’s trying to squash. The operation that has already hurt too many people. Cole wanted to make sure no one else had to suffer…especially Emma. Each with reservations about working jointly, Emma and Cole decide that maybe working together could actually be beneficial to taking down an operation that time and time again has proved to be infallible. But as time passes, and they spend more and more time together, their relationship threatens to grow from old acquaintances to so much more. The story line in Lie by Night was intricate and weaved with deceit, drugs, danger, disloyalty, and murder. It was also weaved with love and compassion. All of that created a great balance and it kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. There were a lot of players in the plot that I was unsure of and that kept me guessing and I really enjoy that aspect of a romantic suspense. Cole and Emma were well matched and were equally stubborn and yielding when it mattered. Overall, I was pleased with all facets of this story and the last few chapters had me almost speed-reading because I was so nervous! My lips are sealed but know that it was intense and, ultimately, very satisfying. Thank you, Cathy, for a fantastic and suspenseful read!
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** How far would you go to find your brother or sister? Would you put yourself in potential danger to find him or her? Would your faith and trust in them continue to stand firm despite the mounting evidence that says otherwise? For Emma, the answer is yes to every one of those questions. And you know what? I loved that about her. Despite everything and everyone she faces in her search for her brother Jacob, she is still willing to do whatever it takes to find him, she is still willing to believe her brother is not who everyone says he is. Cole was an agent through and through. For that, I couldn’t blame him for the way he looked at Jacob. With the evidence stacked against him, what else could he do but act in accordance with the law? He’d been through hell once when close friends of his were targeted by the same madman he believes Jacob works for. The love, affection, and protectiveness Emma felt for Jacob is what Cole felt for his friends. Cole and Emma battled constantly throughout this story, each trying to persuade the other of Jacob’s innocence or guilt. Their frustration with each other, with their lack of persuasion powers really showed in the way they come across during those heated moments. I could hear mildly irritated voices raise in volume until they were yelling, snapping at each other. Their arguments circled around the same thing but their passion in what they believed to be true didn’t waver. From the opening line to the end, every word of this book drew me in, made me a part of Cole and Emma’s lives, gave me a front row seat to the action, suspense, and romance. The twists Ms. Marlowe wrote were–wow!–amazing. Some were completely unexpected. But every part made for one hell of a story that I loved from beginning to end.
What a roller coaster of a ride! The twists and turns, who can you trust, what is the next step? Great action story and intense journey for Emma and Cole. Their immediate connection to each other was nullified through deception and betrayal. It was a fantastic book to read and watch them grow confidence in their ability to trust. Their love for each other was sweet and the way they knew each other was incredible. I loved the way the author took them on a ride and worked all the situations out. The secondary characters were good and I would so want their backstory, especially Zach and Lizzie, to see how they came to be. Hopefully we will get more on Grant, Cherise and Jacob. The only thing I would have liked was a little more to the ending and a little more on Jacob. I did receive this book in exchange for an honest review.
Emma is hunting for her brother who disappeared. He left her with some dangerous information that others would kill to have. She finds herself on an island looking for clues. She finds she isn't alone and a man from her past is there. Cole will do anything to bring down a drug mastermind. His family is in danger and it is up to him to save them. He isn't sure if he can trust Emma and Emma isn't sure about him either. They have feelings for each other but those will be put to the test as trust is always in question. Emma is willing to put herself in danger to save her brother and will stop at nothing to find him and prove he is an innocent. She liked Cole before had things happen that made trust a big issue. She is afraid to share all she knows and has to learn. Cole just wants his family safe and to keep the mastermind from getting to them again. He has made a few mistakes but will do anything to keep from doing them again. He cares for Emma and he has to learn as she does that they can help each other. I really enjoyed this book as the characters were a joy to get to know and to see them slowly form a real relationship with trust and love. They both make a few mistakes along the way and they face lots of danger as well. Emma has something they want and they will do whatever it takes to get that from her. She does great at staying strong and keeping her wits about her. She is smart and uses her brain even in situations where she could have just let jealousy get the best of her. There is lots of heat between the two and they are amazing together. If you like a great action packed and intriguing book be sure to pick this one up.
Emma Bailey is on a mission to find and rescue her brother, Jacob. She meets Cole Stevens who is also looking for him and to see if there is any connection to his deadly adversary. Now her life will never be the same. Danger and intrigue are their constant companion. They may have opposite goals but they need to work together. Can they trust each other enough to get the job done? He is driven and she is stubborn. Add to this their potent sexual attraction and you have a combustible relationship. Is there any chance at a future? This is Cathy Marlowe's first published novel and it's wonderful. What an exhilarating and suspenseful adventure! The characters are amazing. I love a strong, confident woman who can stand up for herself and Emma is certainly that. Cole is her perfect match. He is stubborn, determined and resourceful. Also, they are a passionate couple who share a fiery attraction. The book has great dialogue and colorful secondary characters. Lie by Night is a well-crafted and cleverly plotted story that kept me entertained. I definitely looking forward to more books by this author.
Guys, I really try to be diplomatic about these things but I'm not going to be able to do it. Here's all you need to know. The relationship, the story, and the fact that this professor decided that she would go to a remote island to save her military trained brother is just laughable. Emma is on the hunt for her missing brother, Jacob. On the island she runs into Cole, a man who she met six months before for one night. He was also friends with Jacob but only for like a week? Like I said, super far-fetched. Emma and Cole reluctantly team up together. Although Cole was initially on the island for different reasons. Everything seemed very far-fetched. The main relationship was lukewarm. And it wasn't believable to me. It was very back and forth. But Cole and Emma both felt some sort of connection the first night they met six months ago. Even though that night Cole ended up staying with another woman. Now, I'm not here to dictate what you should or shouldn't read. But I will say that this book wasn't anything that I'll remember or even think about again.