Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Would I Lie to You?
Author: Brad Vance
Series: The Game Players Book 1
Heroes: Marc Julian/Jesse Winchester
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 289 Pages
Publisher: Brad Vance
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: This first book in a new series had it all for me. I was captivated from the start and wanted to know all the details of just about every aspect. I will admit I was a tiny bit lost at times with all the cyber details – coding is so not my thing. Even the coding on the blog makes my head spin, but here, I had no trouble following along and almost felt as though I wanted to be part of the team.
Marc is awesome. He managed to bounce back from an early betrayal that left not only himself with nothing, but the other people who counted on him as an employer. He eventually made it up to them tenfold, but his story was quite interesting. Not allowing himself to lose that kind of control again, he became a powerful player in business. To counter this, and to release his aggression, he found the one person he could trust, a Dom/Escort, Ryan, who he paid handsomely for his services. They end up forming a strong friendship, and I really liked how that played out.
Then comes along Jesse, a computer/hacker expert with a very secret past, to help Marc out of a major security breach at his company. Marc finds it difficult to trust Jesse at first, with all his secrets, but it doesn’t take long before they are comfortable enough to work together. The amazing scorching chemistry they seem to share doesn’t hurt either. Jesse doesn’t like to give up control either, having also been betrayed and forced to do time in prison. But, Jesse is everything Marc needs, and vice versa.
Now, let me say that while this book felt smoking hot throughout, Marc and Jesse don’t actually even kiss or have sex until after 80% into this story. There are other scenes, showing how they each came to the current situation, but their finally coming together took time. It was well worth the wait. They have a very complicated relationship, both knew it would be, and they decided to wait until things were more settled with the other part of the story before they jumped off that bridge together.
These are two very high powered guys, with the growly personas to match. This is not a fluffy love story, though there are definitely tender moments. There are twists and connections that kept me on my toes. As I said earlier, it had just the right amount of everything for me, and I couldn’t read it fast enough to find out about their pasts, how things would go down and where they’d end up. This is a fast-paced read that was very well written. I’m really excited to see these guys again and looking forward to learning more about Ryan.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*