To ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Granger, responsibility isn’t just a word. It’s his Code of Honor. But when assigned to protect Coercion Ten’s latest target, she challenges his authority, defies his rules, and wreaks havoc on his personal willpower. Fighting for her isn’t a problem. Giving his life for her isn’t a problem. Forgetting their world-stopping kiss? Definite problem. And if he can’t concentrate solely on keeping her safe, it may cost them both their lives.

Journalist Liz Walkert’s missing father sent her a cryptic message that she was in danger. What he didn’t tell her was why. Unbeknownst to Liz, her family has been in Witness Protection all her life. Mitch may be her bodyguard, but his protection comes close to being control, the one thing she has none of in his presence. After a kidnap attempt and a narrow escape from attacking CT forces, they both realize they’re going to need to focus on the mission and fight their attraction if they have any hope of surviving.

Titles in the Shades of Leverage series (which can be read as stand-alone titles stated by the author) include – Slater’s Revenge – Dangerous Lies

Title:  Dangerous Lies
Series:  Shades of Leverage #2
Author:  Claudia Shelton
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  July 22, 2019
Publisher:  Entangled
My Rating:  4 stars

How do you deal with the fact that your entire life as you know it is based on a lie?  If you’re journalist Liz Walkert then you tackle it head-on just like another story, only this time, the story is about your family and a dangerous past.

Mitch Granger is on that edge, he’s been doing for everyone else most of his life, he’s an ex-SEAL (although not sure if there is such a thing as a real ex-military person), has been working in security/protection with a unique company on a specialized team — but he’s on that edge of doing too much for too long and he needs a break.  He thought he was about to get one, right up until this assignment landed in his lap.  An assignment that is going to change his world in ways he never expected.

DANGEROUS LIES is an action-filled Romantic Suspense that brings two unlikely people together to not only fight to solve a mystery, fight the bad guys, but to fight the sizzling attraction between them.  Some fights they’re going to win, one important one they’re going to lose with lifelong commitment and love as that prize.  But first, they have to protect Liz, find her father, and take down the bad guys.

I enjoyed DANGEROUS LIES.  It’s an intriguing story with twists and turns, some expected others not, the chemistry between Liz and Mitch is off the charts, and at the core, it’s a good, suspenseful romance.  And I’m still not sure who won the “who can out-stubborn who” contest between this couple – probably comes in at a draw.  It is the second story in the Shades of Leverage series, yet I didn’t feel as though I’d missed anything by not reading the stories that came before (the first in the series, and a story that sets up this series).  I will probably go back and read those earlier books for I like to know the whole story, but I do not feel it’s necessary to do so.

If you love getting lost in a good Romantic Suspense that will keep you flipping pages, then I’d recommend DANGEROUS LIES without hesitation.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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