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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance

Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 24, 2015
Amazon Kindle: Would I Lie to You?

Software billionaire Marc Julian’s orderly life is shattered one night by a cyber-intrusion into his company’s servers. He’s always surrounded himself with the best people, but finding the culprit behind this might require a real expert...and sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.

Jesse Winchester and his team of “grey hat” hackers are suddenly available to Marc. Marc doesn’t know if he should trust Jesse with the keys to his company’s kingdom. After all, Jesse’s a convicted felon, sent to prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. A felon sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, who mysteriously served only three years before being released…

Marc’s first company, his whole life, was shattered because he trusted the wrong person. This time there’s even more at stake, but few other options. Especially when his evil enemies, the billionaire industrialist Krom brothers, are revealed to be the source of the intrusion.

Is Jesse there to help Marc, or does he have his own history with the Kroms, his own score to settle? As Jesse and Marc spend more time together, their growing intimacy is at war with their need to win their respective battles. Soon the game they start to play with each other, against each other, becomes more exciting, more exquisitely frustrating…and more dangerous.

Very enjoyable read. I loved the chemistry between Marc and Jesse, great character development all the way around.  Well written story and intriguing mystery. First book I've read by this author, but won't be the last. Looking forward to the next one.

Highly original, hugely intricate and enjoyable plot dealing with tech, romance, alpha males and trust. The hacking and deception plot kept you guessing, while the past histories of the characters played out in flashback worked really well. Every character was well drawn and defined, and the story rattled along with some hot sex scenes too. Highly recommended.

This story was engaging and flowed really well. The plot was interesting and full of well researched detail. The story was not peppered with pointless sex scenes and the characters' back stories slotted in perfectly.

I like some plot with my romance and this one had it -- things happen! Although the story had D/s elements, it wasn't about D/s, which I appreciated. The extended multi-chapter flashbacks were initially annoying, but the information was engaging. I read another book by this author where he employed the same device, so it may be SOP for him.

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