Lies That Bind by Caitlyn Willows

Lies That Bind by Caitlyn Willows
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (176 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

After a year’s absence, Tessa returns to the Texas ranch and two cowboys she walked out on when her life turned inside out. She’s here to bury a friend, cut her ties with this town, that’s all. That may be all that Tessa’s planning, but Rex and Tyler want their woman back and they’re not going to make it easy.

If one good man is hard to find, two are even harder to resist. Tessa’s determination to shut them can’t withstand the fire of their mingled passions. Pretty soon, the fire draws them back to each other. How can she leave when it feels so damned good tucked up nice and tight between them?

It’s not long before Tessa realizes she’d rather bend her pride to be with her men than live the hell of loneliness without them. Also not long before someone else starts threatening their new romance by killing anyone who’ll expose this town’s dirty laundry. Not long before Tessa’s secrets make her a target herself…

Imagine if you discover that your family’s past isn’t really your past, but instead you’ve been lied to your whole life–that’s exactly how Tessa felt when she learned the truth. It caused her to run, run away from the ranch she loved and the men she loved.

This story read like it was either the continuation of a series or a sequel of a story, although I don’t know if it is. This led to some confusion on my part. I didn’t know Tessa and her history with Rex and Tyler but I felt like I was supposed to. For that reason, I spent a good deal of the time trying to keep everyone in town straight and figure out their relationships.

The mystery in this story and the main suspense plot were well done, even if a bit convoluted but it fit what was happened in the past, and having to straighten it out. The small town in this book had a very interesting past, and I did enjoy digging up those secrets right along with Tessa, Rex and Tyler.

In some ways their romance, is almost a second thought to the mystery of the town’s roots and possible murders and attempted murders. I think that was a disservice to them, they have an interesting story of their own to tell, even if it feels like a second chance, and they did in fact never stop loving each other, but I wanted more of them reconnecting.

These three are a bit kinky, and kinkier than just being in a committed threesome. They really have a chance for a real lasting relationship and I did get the happy feeling of them all living happily ever after, so I did enjoy the romance in the end, and I would read more by this author for another chance at complex plots and interesting characters.

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