Title: Some Girls Lie
Series: Outback Heat #4
Author: Amy Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Local pub owner Jemima Jane Ericson is living a lie. She’s been in love with her best friend Ethan since forever. But he fell in love with another woman, married her, and despite their tempestuous relationship and decade old divorce, JJ knows Ethan’s heart is still down for the count. And friendship is better than nothing, right?
Single dad and Jumbuck Springs chief of police, Ethan Weston, hits the pub the night his ex-wife remarries and announces she wants custody of their daughter. When he wakes the next morning to find himself in JJ’s bed he’s mortified that they’d crossed a line they should never have crossed. Until JJ’s abusive ex, Shane, shows up at her door and Ethan claims he and JJ are engaged to protect her.
Both are stunned by the unravelling of their normally sane lives but suddenly it makes sense – JJ gets a deterrent and Ethan gets the respectability of a wife for any custody claims. But when JJ’s life is threatened, Ethan is forced to confront feelings that may just run much deeper than convenience.
Read on for my thoughts on Some Girls Lie. No true spoilers, promise.
Coming to the conclusion of a series is always somewhat bittersweet for me. On one hand it is so satisfying to have all of the wonderful characters finally get the happiness that they so richly deserve. On the other hand, I’m forced to say goodbye to now old, established fictional friends – which is sad (but I can always hope for the next series by Amy Andrews to give me a new set of fictional friends to root for and care about).
J J and Ethan have been core to all of the stories in Outback Heat, not in the limelight but vital to the stories, the community and each other. When Ethan’s crazy bitch of an ex-wife remarries and decides that she wants custody of their daughter, Ethan’s world implodes. So as any smart, dedicated lawman would do (not) he gets himself rip roaring drunk. J J has loved Ethan for years. She’s seen him marry a woman totally wrong for him, and watched him pick up the pieces of his life when that marriage ended and he had one beautiful little girl to raise. She’s watched, and at times helped, him during the times when his siblings needed him to be there, strong for them even if they didn’t agree with his stand. Through all of this J J has stayed back, holding her love close and being somewhat content to be Ethan’s friend. But right now, tonight she’s going to take one night for herself, okay Ethan’s drunk and might remember nothing – but she’s taking that risk anyway. To say that one night of passion changed their lives and Ethan’s perception of what their relationship was would be a vast understatement.
When J J’s ex-husband returns to town, obviously to harass her while trying to get her back into his abusive hands, Ethan steps in and declares them engaged in order to protect his friend. But when he thought about it, being engaged to J J would work perfectly for them both. He’d protect her from the threat of Shane, and she could provide the stable environment he needed in order to win custody of his daughter. It was the perfect solution for them both. What could possibly go wrong?
Some Girls Lie is such a satisfying conclusion to this series. Ethan finally gets his head on right and realizes what a gem has been right in front of him all these years. J J finally has the love of the one man she never, ever allowed herself to believe could be hers for life. They are a passionate couple, both stubborn and used to their independence. But together they meld perfectly, once obstacles have been removed. We also get bits of updates on the other couples of Outback Heat – and while it’s hard to let these couples go, it also is heartwarming to know they are all safe in loving arms.
I loved this series and would highly recommend all of the stories in Outback Heat. While it isn’t totally necessary to read them in order, you will get a better overall feeling for the Weston crew and the loves that come into their lives. Now begins the wait for the next story from Amy Andrews. I’ll be watching and believing that another group of people will soon find their happy ever after real soon. Oh, simply wanted to mention that the covers for all of the stories in this series have been amazingly beautiful and sensuous – I’ve loved them all, talk about hot. 🙂
*I received an e-ARC of Some Girls Lie 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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