Title: Lying Eyes
Author: Robert Winter
Series: Nights At Mata Hari Book 2
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Blurb: A suspenseful gay romance novel about an alpha bartender, an art historian with a mystery and a homeless teenager in need of help
This bartender’s art lies in more than mixing drinks …
Randy Vaughan is a six-foot-three mass of mysteries to his customers and his friends. Why does a former Secret Service agent now own Mata Hari, a successful piano bar? Where did a muscle daddy get his passion for collecting fine art? If he’s as much a loner as his friends believe, why does he crave weekly sessions at an exclusive leather club?
Randy’s carefully private life unravels when Jack Fraser, a handsome art historian from England, walks into his bar, anxious to get his hands on a painting Randy owns. The desperation Randy glimpses in whiskey-colored eyes draws him in, as does the desire to submit that he senses beneath Jack’s elegant, driven exterior.
While wrestling with his attraction to Jack, Randy has to deal with a homeless teenager, a break-in at Mata Hari, and Jack’s relentless pursuit of the painting called Sunrise. It becomes clear someone’s lying to Randy. Unless he can figure out who and why, he may miss his chance at the love he’s dreamed about in the hidden places of his heart.
Note: Lying Eyes is the second book in the Nights at Mata Hari series. It is a gay romance novel with consensual bondage and a strong happy ending.
Review: A former Secret Service Agent now working a bar had me wondering. Add that he is an art collector and my brain went into high gear. How did all this come about and why? Randy seemed to be a lost soul, wanting more than his life provided, but was not willing to go after it. That intrigued me. Why did he now accept what life offered when he previously had the world in his hands?
The picture started to come into focus when Jack Fraser walked into Mata Hari. Randy’s instincts, though honed in the Secret Service, were off. He knew something wasn’t right with Fraser, but couldn’t put his finger on it. That said, his lust peaked and pulled him in the opposite direction. Randy saw the facade yet wanted what it was hiding.
Lying Eyes is a perfect title for this book since it seemed that everyone had something to hide. Winter brought me into the story quickly and held my attention throughout the book. I had an idea how it would end and frankly found myself laughing at myself when Winter took me in a direction I hadn’t considered.
I enjoyed the manner in which Winter told the story. It flowed! I like when an author can pull me in different directions and then drop me exactly where he wanted me. When I finished reading Lying Eyes, I put down my Kindle and said, “Wow, that’s the way a romance mystery should be written.” If you enjoy romance mystery with a heartfelt twist, then definitely grab Lying Eyes by Robert Winter. You will enjoy it.
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