Read our review of Leather and Lies by Celeste Straub

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Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 10-3-18
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing

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For twenty-four-year-old Skye Winters, criminal profiling is the perfect career: helping solve cases without all the emotional baggage. When her cousin, Kortney, becomes the latest in a string of young women to vanish, Skye’s professional and personal lives collide. Cue the nuclear mushroom cloud.
Amid the fallout, Skye meets Wes Carson, the mysterious and smart-mouthed new biker in her father’s motorcycle club. She tries to ignore their chemistry, even after accepting Wes’ aid in the search for Kort. Then one spontaneous afternoon takes them over the edge, forcing Skye to consider she might be in love. Too bad it’s with a liar.
Unraveling Wes’ lies leaves Skye ensnared in an FBI investigation, making her question her profiling skills and her heart. With Wes in danger, her affection overrules her caution with disastrous results. Will Skye survive to solve the case, save Kort, and still salvage a relationship with Wes?

Book Excerpt

I dart through the clubhouse, breaths quickening with each step. Back in the house, I take the stairs two at a time. Racing into my bedroom, I dig out a pair of well-worn jeans, slip into them, and transfer my cell phone into a pocket. I pull on socks, then root around in the bottom of my closet for my hiking boots and lace them up. They are the closest thing I own to motorcycle boots. With one foot out the door, I pause, considering one additional accessory.

You think he’s hiding something. Better to be safe than sorry. Especially given Kort and the other missing women.
Reaching between my bed and nightstand, my fingers sweep across the four access keys of my gun vault as if I’m playing a piano piece. As the last button in the combination depresses, the side of the safe pops open. Grabbing my compact Walther PPS handgun, I drop the single stack mag, checking it for bullets before jamming it back in and racking the slide. I locate my inside-the-waist holster in my sock drawer and slide it just behind my right hip, securing it with a belt. The gun slips in and once my loose tank top gets pulled down, the weapon barely prints.
Digging my wallet out of my purse, I slide my driver’s license and concealed carry permit into my back pocket. Leaving my bedroom, I clomp back to the clubhouse, grabbing my mother’s leather jacket and helmet off two pegs on the wall next to the French doors.

Our Thoughts

Skye Winters is a tough lady who is slightly jaded when it comes to men. The men of her past have taught her to think she’s damaged so when someone new moves into her father’s MC, she tells herself that he’ll run like all the others. Then her cousin goes missing and romance should be the last thing on her mind. She cannot get Wes Carson out of her mind though. And even though she knows he’s hiding something, she is still drawn to him. A little temporary fun won’t hurt anyone right?

I hadn’t read anything by the author of this but I also hadn’t read any romantic suspenses recently; the quick description on this peaked my interest so I was more than willing. Plus the Hero is a sexy motorcycle rider? Yes please. I liked how the romance was not really the focal point of this story. I mean yes the Hero & heroine have strong chemistry and there is physical intimacy but they also have a friendship brewing that strengthens their emotional connection. And the main focus point of the story was the missing cousin and everything that gets discovered (I won’t spoil that for you). Overall I really enjoyed this book & give it 4 stars. Amazon has this listed at 325 pages which is the perfect length for a weekend read so grab your copy now!

About the Author

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Celeste Straub is a hopeless romantic who enjoys plotting the slightly sadistic journeys her characters go on before they finally reach their happily-ever-after. She enjoys a quiet country life in northeastern Pennsylvania, residing on a piece of the old family farm with her husband, son, and two cats. Writing as a hobby since childhood, Celeste spends her days as the grant writer and operations director for a local non-pro3t agency focusing on public health issues. When she’s not penning steamy romance scenes in her spare time, her interests include traveling, visiting amusement parks, collecting baseballs, hiking, and reading.
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