Sunday, 19 June 2016

Book Review - Lovers and Liars by Nigel May - Blog Tour

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Title: Lovers and Liars
Author: Nigel May
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 16th June 2016 
Rating: 4 Stars

Welcome to the Velvet Hotel Barbados where money and sex go hand in hand with murder .... 

When Millionaire playboy Sheridan Rivers is found dead at his luxurious hotel on the paradise island of Barbados, there are several suspects in the frame… 

Sutton: Sheridan’s long-suffering wife was permanently pushed aside for his younger lovers. Was it time for her to make a stand? 

Kassidy: Sheridan’s assistant longs to be wealthy in her own right. Employed for her sexual and organisational skills, could she have had her eyes on a bigger prize? 

Nikki: Sheridan’s oldest daughter has done something really bad that her dad has discovered. What price will she pay to keep his silence? 

Heather: The apple of her father, Sheridan’s eye. But she blames her father for a terrible tragedy that turned her world upside down. Is the time ripe for revenge? 

Four women, each with a cross to bear – all waiting for the perfect moment to get even... 

This summer, pour yourself a glass of bubbly and escape with the elite to the golden beaches of Barbados for a sexy, scandalous romp that you won’t be able to put down. 

My king of the bonkbuster is back with Lovers and Liars, and its whole host of jetsetting locations and scandalous scenes. The sex is hotter and kinkier than ever before, so if you are slightly squeamish about lots of raunch, then you may struggle with this book. 

I was hooked the second I read the prologue and wanted to know just who it was that kills Sheridan Rivers. As the book progresses you are given the last 6 months of his life, as well as all of the potential suspects. I found though after the initial intrigue, it took me a while to really get to grips with book, as there are a lot of characters introduced all at once, in small sections, and it takes time to get a handle on who is who, and how they may all relate to the story. 

Even while I was working my way through the first perhaps half of the book, I was still thinking that the writing is definitely up to Nigel May's normal standard, and that the whole book felt reminiscent in style to that of Victoria Fox and Tasmina Perry. 

The heat in this book is sizzling, and that could be taken to mean the weather in the Caribbean or the sexual nature of the book. There is a large amount of bed hopping, and women sleeping with men not for love but for alternative reasons, as well as all manner of things happening in the "privacy" of the suites at the Velvet hotels. 

Sheridan Rivers, is the founder of the Velvet Hotel chain, and has set up properties all over the world, with the main locales in this book being Barbados, St. Lucia, New York, Crete and Tokyo. I loved the scenes with Heather and Max in Crete, as they were getting a feel for the island, before Sheridan flew over. 

I couldn't help but feel sorry for Sutton at times, as she really isn't a happy woman, as her plastic surgery obsession indicates. 

This is a story of intrigue, murder, blackmail, corruption, family dynamics and a whole lot more besides. All the threads are intricately woven, and make for really compulsive reading, especially once the pace picks up. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for this review copy. This was my honest opinion.  

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