Anna Richland returns with another installment in her Immortal Vikings series, where the Heroes are Immortals of Viking lineage. I thoroughly enjoyed the first in this series, and love the premise of the heroes at some 1500 years old.
The Second Lie:
Here we focus on the world of expensive wines for the nouveau and not so rich, with Christina as the business ideas. Knowing the difficulties of breaking into the rather cloistered world as both an upstart and a woman, she invented a
rich globe-trotting partner for her business. Imagine her surprise when there are problems with an auction of some wine, and she comes face to face with the man she created from whole cloth.
Stig is that mystery man, a Viking and one possessed of questionable morals. A thief by trade, when Christina shows up at the auction house, his plans are foiled until he realizes that she has granted him a sort of entre. Charismatic, fast talking and even faster thinking, Stig is a little “too” slick at first, and has just the right touch of bad boy to make him not entirely dislikable.
When the story twists to encompass counterfeit wine that she has plans for, the story takes off and never stops with thrills, dangers and a solidly developed sense of sniping and bickering between Stig and Christina as they try to sort their way through the mysteries, dangers and history.
Between their chemistry with Stig never having met anyone quite as quick-witted or intriguing as Christina, and the slow reveal of his ‘immortal state’, the story is one romp to another. My only complaint is the frequent POV switches that were hard to grasp early on, as the character voices needed time to strengthen, and mixed with the action-packed events the story took some time to get everyone straight in my mind. Once I had some more background on the two, and some time to watch them interact, the story took off and was a wonderful ride.
Title: The Second Lie
Author: Anna Richland
Published by: Crimson Romance
Published on: 28 January, 2015
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A woman desperate to achieve her dreams.
To reassure wealthy clients, Christina Alvarez Mancini invented a jet-setting British owner for her Napa Valley wine collection service. Success has brought her close to buying her own winery, when irregularities at a London wine auction threaten her business.
A man in love with a good plan.
Stig, an immortal Viking thief, knows he’s found the perfect role. The California woman who created his character won’t discover what he’s up to in England until after he’s pocketed the money he needs. Then Christina walks into the auction preview, ready to ruin his plans, and he knows his boredom has ended.
Secrets that turn deadly.
By the end of the night, these two rivals must cooperate to escape kidnappers, British authorities, media and a pair of mysterious watchers. That’s when a game Stig’s played for a thousand years puts Christina’s life at risk.
Can two people whose identities are based on lies trust each other enough to survive?
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.