To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.
"...Cassie, stubborn and proud, is bravely trying to live on her own after her family disowns her. ...The growing complexity of Cassie's world makes this an entertaining installment, focusing as much on the will-they, won't-they romantic chemistry between Cassie and Evan as on the primary mystery...."
~ Publisher's Weekly
"Christine Amsden unleashes her brilliant storytelling magic as the adventures of Cassie Scot escalate to the extreme. Rife with betrayal and a debt too deep for money to clear, Secrets and Lies plunges the reader into an utterly believable world where villains and heroes spring lifelike from the pages. Brace for a whirlwind ride of sorcery, romance and knife-edge peril. A truly original urban fantasy. Not to be missed!"
~ Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series
|Publisher:||Paladin Timeless Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)|
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Since her parents’ betrayal, Cassie Scot has had a hard time forgiving her parents and picking up the pieces of her life. Owing a life debt to Evan Blackwood hasn’t helped. Not only is the guy really hot, but he’s already proposed marriage and Cassie’s not sure if she wants to get married. Her family that disowned her is falling apart. According to her brother, Nicholas, no one’s powers are working right and their mom has gotten really sick and no one knows why. Asked to take on a case by her brother and Evan, Cassie finds herself heading down to Arkansas to not only try and make some sense of her life, but also to find two girls who are distant cousins and have gone missing from summer camp. When magical foul play is suspected, it will not only take Cassie, Evan, and his family and friends, but also her estranged family members to solve the case and bring the girls back alive. Will Cassie succeed in solving the case? Will she be able to patch up her relationship with her family and get her life in order? Will she accept Evan’s marriage proposal? The author of the book, despite the seriousness of some of the stuff going on, still manages to have some humor mixed in. The plot is even more well-developed than the first one and the characters all seem to take on more well-rounded, human-like qualities. Masterfully mixed in to all that, listeners will be treated to love, heartbreak, romance, action, intrigue, and all the great makings of a book. Perhaps the best part is when listeners get a chance to look into Cassie’s mother’s past or when Cassie finally makes a decision about Evan. Either way, paranormal mystery and romance fans will be kept on the edge of their seat and have a hard time putting this one down. You are the author of this review
This story takes off with a bang and never lets up. Struggling to make it on her own, Cassie latches onto a case of two missing girls. Evan works with her, worried about her safety. Sorcerers can’t find these girls with their powers, which means something paranormal is afoot, something strong. Cassie now owes a blood debt to Evan after he saved her life. He wants Cassie. She’s unsure of her feelings. She did kiss him and his kisses have the power to make her swoon. Is it the magic or is she falling for him? As they team up to search for the missing girls, their attraction intensifies. Things are further complicated by Cassie’s anger and hurt over something her parents did. Now the family is in chaos and Cassie doesn’t know if she can find it in herself to forgive them. Danger is all around. No one can be trusted. Lives are in peril. What a rush. There is so much happening. I felt for Cassie. Imagine worrying about whether you’ll be given a choice or be forced to marry someone. On top of that, your family betrays you, you need money, and the case you take is turning out to be extremely dangerous. Sometimes, when I start the second book in a series, I worry that it won’t be as good. Like a sequel in a movie. My worries were null as soon as I started Secrets and Lies. The back and froth between Cassie and Evan at turns kept me anxious, hopeful, and merry. These two are meant for each other. I got to know these two a lot better and also got to understand the motivation behind their families. As with the first book, there was a lot going on. I liked that. The author made it easy to follow along. I never stumbled over who was doing what. And the humor lightened the mood when things got heavy. Which they did. The best thing for me was that the author kept to her character in Cassie. I didn’t want a flashy change, no sudden powers emerging. I do wonder about her though. There were times I thought I glimpsed something. Secrets and Lies felt darker than the first book. There were some intense scenes, and some emotional moments when secrets were revealed. Many things get resolved at the end. But there’s still more questions, more to come. One more thing about the ending. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe what I read. I’m so glad the next book will be releasing this year.
Cassie Scot, our heroine from CASSIE SCOT PARANORMAL DETECTIVE, is back. So is Evan Blackwood, the man that loves her. And she owes him a debt for saving her life. With his powers he could force her to marry him, but he wants her to love him on her own, not because of a spell. So Cassie must search her heart for her true feelings for Evan. Her love life is only one of Cassie’s problems, as she soon discovers. Author Christine Amsden continues Cassie’s story in her novel SECRETS AND LIES: A CASSIE SCOT NOVEL. Not only does Cassie have to deal with Evan, her father has disowned her, and she needs a job, along with a place to live. Then her ex-boyfriend, Braden, shows up. To complicate her life even more, two girls are reported missing from camp, and Cassie is hired to find them. She’s thankful for the job, but Evan goes with her, thinking his powers will help find the girls. Just what she needs. Not. Magic and spells, Cassie’s father and Evan’s father (who hate each other), and a unique cast of family members, as well as other characters, make for a story of suspense, surprises, love, and forgiveness. SECRETS AND LIES is not simply a story of people with special powers. It’s a story of family, with all their faults and misunderstandings, and how hatred can ruin lives. Ms. Amsden has written a novel with lively characters, some good, others bad. They might even be your neighbors, well, if the neighbors have magic. I’m looking forward to Cassie’s next adventures, because I really like this girl. Evan’s not so bad himself. And Scott … Well, I’ll let you meet him and see what you think. Just when you think you have all the answers, the author throws in a surprise that proves otherwise. Very clever plotting for a good read.
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it! Okay first things first, Christine is a sweetie and gifted this super early ARC because I loved book 1! YAY!!! (insert girly squeal here) This book was no different because I absolutely loved it! There is only one thing that I didn’t like and that is the cliffhanger ending, but it was the logical place to stop (so stop hating before you start)! You learn all sorts of things about the Cassie’s family and Evan’s family even some things they wouldn’t like people to know. Christine’s writing style makes it easy to connect with the characters, and she has a knack for telling a story but making sure it is not predictable. I had no idea things were going to happen the way they did until I read it, and I’m usually pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen. I highly recommend this series to everyone who would love a paranormal mystery. The only thing that is really sad is that I have to wait an extremely long time for the next book since this was a super early ARC. I definitely will continue reading this series!! LOVE IT!!!
Secrets and Lies is the second installment in the Cassie Scot new adult paranormal mystery series. Though there’s a bit of backstory in this novel, it’s preferable to read the books in order, if only to find out from the beginning who Cassie is, how she got started as a detective and, especially, how her romance with Evan evolved. Also to understand the animosity between their families. In Secrets and Lies, two girls have gone missing from a summer camp and although the local police have already started investigating, Cassie is hired by a family member of the girls to help in the case. Evan, always wanting to protect Cassie, joins her in the investigation. Because Evan saved Cassie’s life in book 1, Cassie believes she owes him and finds it difficult to deny him what he wants. This makes life both frustrating and thrilling for Cassie, who is not only an independent, smart, 21-year old sleuth, but she’s also powerfully attracted to him and prone to succumb to his charms…but who can resist a charismatic, handsome warlock? As the two begin to investigate, it becomes increasingly obvious that magic is involved, and that the girls might still be alive. At the same time, there seems to be a “ghost” or “invisible person” robbing banks in town. Are the robberies and the girls’ disappearance connected in some way? Adding further tension to the mystery is the ongoing war between Cassie and her parents, who betrayed and disowned her in book 1, as well as the unending feud between Cassie’s and Evan’s families, who totally loath each other. This, of course, puts pressure on the young couple, who are not only in lust but also in love. As Cassie closes in on the villains, tormenting issues about her mother resurface. On her mother’s deathbed, Cassie must make a decision that could forever distance her from her mother or could possibly reunite them — or at least ease some of the tension in the family and improve their relationship. The book isn’t titled Secrets and Lies for nothing, as there are plenty of these in the story, not to mention enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read. First of all, what I love most about Cassie is her voice. She is very likable and sympathetic, with just the right amount of good qualities and flaws. She’s smart, independent, witty, sensitive, and has a good heart. Amsden does an excellent job with her character’s interiority. The second aspect of this novel I enjoyed the most is the romance between Cassie and Evan. It’s just the right amount, without veering the plot away from the mystery. It also has its fair share of tension, as we never know how it’s going to end up for these two. The author keeps us guessing in this roller-coaster of a love story. The pace flows fairly quickly, as this author doesn’t use too much exposition or description. Action and dialogue propel the story forward. The paranormal aspect adds fun and spice to the story without getting overwhelming, and I enjoyed all the magic 101. The ending left me breathless with a mega-revelation that will have a major impact on the relationship between Cassie and Evan. Having read both books in the series, this is my favorite, and I can’t wait to see what Amsden will come up with in her next installment, soon to come out in 2014. Fans of paranormal mysteries will relish this one!