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REVIEW: “Best Kept Lies” by Helena Maeve


What becomes of the Russian spy who lands himself in the crosshairs of a rogue British agent?

Grigory Antipov’s work within the intelligence community is exemplary, but attracting too much attention is against his interests as a spy—a lesson painfully learned the night he is abducted off the streets of Rome. Captivity is a dangerous thing and Grigory already operates under a cloud of suspicion given his predilection for male company. Luckily, his stint in British custody is short-lived, a mere flex of muscle from Agent Karim Awad.

Karim’s objective is obvious. Lure Grigory into Section’s clutches and turn him against his own people. Expose him to the wrath of Moscow if he refuses. His mission brief may not specify the methods to be used, but Grigory soon discovers that Karim is a man of many talents. With powerful interests at play and the threat of deadly force in the air, Grigory faces an impossible choice—surrender to his fate or sacrifice the only man whose touch makes him feel alive after so many years.


Title: Best Kept Lies
Author: Helena Maeve
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 102
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Purchase Links: Pride, Amazon


I’ve always had a bit of a thing for spies. My dad & I use to settle in together and watch James Bond marathons every holiday.
I’ve seen them all countless times and love each and every one. So I perked right up when I heard about this Russian spy and his British frienemy. I’ve never heard of Miss Maeve before, but wow, she’s on my radar now.

The espionage is a thick web, impossible to see through. There is no catnapping or daydreaming while reading this multi-faceted tale….you must stay on your toes my friends. If you don’t, well, you’ll miss the subtle body language chatter or how Uncle has manipulated the precise tumbling of the dominoes.

Grigory is a puppeteer as well as a puppet. Strings are pulled and lies are told. It’s a messed up game. Many will not survive. Mr. Antipov (Ha! I kept calling him Antipasto in my head) has been around the spook block enough, he knows how to play. But he’s finally met his match. Karim is…sexy, sweet and always one step ahead of Grigory. They tango and it’s a lethal dance.

This is a world where a dead body is used to grab your attention or simply send a message. There is no room for mistakes and second chances are unheard of. Every move is crucial, every breath could be your last.
These deadly gentlemen are composed of two sides yet only the other has witnessed the lover inside the killer.
Men whose morals are pinched past recognition and trust is not a word in their vocabulary. What they are doing is beyond forbidden, more than dangerous and accompanies heavy consequences.
What happens when the marksman falls in love with his mark? You’ll have to read to find out.

Refined writing delivered a fast-paced erotic thriller and despite the cliffhanger ending, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Count me in for the next installment in Shadow Play.


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This entry was posted on September 9, 2015 by in Contemporary, Mystery / Suspense, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , , , , , , .

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