ComplicatedTitle:  Complicated
Series:  Secrets and Lies #2
Author:  M. M. Koenig
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 22, 2014
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Mia Ryan has learned the hard way that her choices can have horrible consequences. Taking an offer that was supposed to get her life back on track was nothing but a ploy. To keep the ones she holds dear safe, she’s forced to finish what she started, without any hope of finding out why she was targeted in the first place. Though Mia has Ethan by her side, she can’t seem to believe in him, especially since most of his life remains a mystery.

Ethan Fitzgerald has done everything in his power to prove to Mia that she can trust him, but it never seems to be enough to convince her to drop the last wall around her heart. With deep and dark secrets lurking around every corner, he has his own plan to keep Mia from any danger, but it may just shatter their love forever.

There are so many questions – with even more shocking answers – and when Mia uncovers the truth, nothing will ever be the same…

Read on for my thoughts on Complicated.  No true spoilers, promise.

I am not normally a cliffhanger / serial type of reader.  I want the story to have a beginning, middle and end in one book.  But the Secrets and Lies series has delivered a story that is fast paced, full of more lies and secrets than any one person should have to deal with – and it’s told in a fashion that you cannot help but love the characters, even when you have no clue if they are telling the truth or simply adding one more lie to the pile.

In the second installment, Mia and Ethan’s love gets even deeper – and the lies and secrets more complicated.  Mia can’t seem to go that last step to absolute trust in Ethan.  And Ethan knows more than he’s telling, so why should she trust him totally.  His silence may be to protect and help her, but it’s just one more brick on that pile of secrets that is building around them.

I’ve enjoyed spending time in Mia and Ethan’s world.  This story is fast, action filled along with the romance that is sweeping over the main characters.  Expect the unexpected and be prepared for even more secrets and lies.  This one leaves us with a whopper of a cliffhanger, but fortunately the final story is out so we can dive right into the ending.

If you love suspense, mystery, danger and unraveling lots of secrets and not a few lies, then Complicated is right for you.  (and no, I didn’t give much away at all because this is a suspenseful story that you need to read for yourself)

*I received an e-ARC of Complicated from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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