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Lying Eyes by Amy Atwell

Lying Eyes by Amy Atwell
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

No-nonsense jewelry designer Iris Fortune yearns for a normal life. But life as Vegas magician Cosmo Fortune’s daughter is anything but normal, especially since dear old Dad is also a scam artist. When Cosmo’s latest scheme goes awry and he pulls a real-life disappearing act, Iris is left holding the bag.

Now Iris must be a master of illusion—play the poised partner to her politician fiancé while trying to save her father and stay out of reach of Mickey Kincaid, the sexy thief who claims he’s only after her jewels.

Detective Kincaid is deep undercover and seeks Iris out because of her connection to Cosmo—he never expected to be so drawn to her. While working with Iris to find the elusive con man, Mickey learns a killer has Iris in his sights, and he must do everything he can to save her, without blowing his cover.

Mickey’s put his life on the line before, but never his heart—and now he’s not sure which is more dangerous…

Lying Eyes by Amy Atwell has something for everyone, there’s romance, intrigue and adventure.  The story is set in Las Vegas where what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless it involves stolen famous Russian gems.  Cosmos Fortune has a habit of getting himself into trouble with his adventures.  He’s used to it but he never expected to involve his three daughters.

Iris Fortune runs Lying Eyes, a jewelry store that she inherited from her mother.  She has a nice orderly life, until Mickey the jewel thief walks into it.  She has had it with her father Cosmos and doesn’t want anything to do with him.  She wants a nice stable life, or so she thinks.  Her father spent more time away from home than he did there and she doesn’t want that kind of future.

Mickey needed to get away so he took a job working undercover with the Ls Vegas police.  He is still having trouble dealing with his brother’s death.  He is working with Detective Hunter to try and find out who the big boss is in the operation.  There have been several deaths and Cosmos or Iris could be next. 

The chemistry between Mickey and Iris is instantaneous.   I love that he helps her discover that she is not living life, so much as just getting by.  Her life is safe and orderly with a dependable finance.  In return, she helps him come to terms with his brother’s death.  He realizes that he wants a chance at love and happiness, only Iris can provide. 

This story pulled me in from the very beginning because something was always happening.  It kept me reading, wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I loved the story about the gems and their history.  The characters were all interesting and added something to the story.  Some of my favorites were Aunt Tatiana, Edward and Cosmos.  They provided humor and kept the story light and enjoyable.

Overall I really enjoyed Lying Eyes and recommend it to others.  Amy Atwell does a wonderful job of telling a story that draws the reader in making them a part of that world.  I didn’t want to put it down. 

I give Lying Eyes by Amy Atwell 4 Flaming Hearts.


One Response

  1. Oh! Need to pick this one up! 🙂

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