Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review: Locked, Loaded, & Lying by Sarah Andre

He might be innocent.
Or he might be very, very guilty...

Olympic skier Lock Roane was on top of the world: smashing world records, collecting medals, and basking in the love of a nation and his beautiful heiress girlfriend. It all comes crashing down after Lock discovers his girlfriend had an affair - then wakes from a drunken bender to find himself covered in her blood. Disgraced and dethroned, Lock awaits his murder trial with dread, not knowing if his girlfriend died at his own hands.

Journalist Jordan Sinclair is out of options. To satisfy her blackmailer, she must get the inside scoop (and its cash reward) on Lock Roane. An attraction to the arrogant athlete was not part of the plan. Neither is trying to find out what really happened that night. Now Jordan risks everything - including her life - to help the man she's falling for. A man who just might be a cold-blooded killer...


Lock is a bit of a badass. He kills it everywhere: on the slopes, with his friends and admirers, with the ladies ... But then he killed it a bit too much and now he's on the hook for knocking off his wealthy girlfriend. Lock thought that his life was over. At least until Jordan crashes into his life and turns his world upside down. Lock doesn't know whether he is guilty or innocent and now, he isn't the only one wondering.

If I'm not mistaken, this is the first novel by Sarah Andre. And holy cannoli, it's a doozy. With new authors, you never really know what to expect and man, I have been burned by some new authors. But fortunately for me, this one was absolutely amazing. Right off the bat, you're sucked into Lock's world and you are left questioning his innocence, right along with him. But that really took a backseat for me at first. I wasn't worried about whether he had done it or not because I was completely entranced with how Sarah Andre wove her story.

The characters are so well written that I felt like I knew them pretty well before I was even a handful of pages into the book. I found myself getting wrapped up in the story and it read like a movie. You know what I'm talking about. It was like the book was playing out in my head. That makes me sound like a crazy person, I know. But that is what I yearn for when I read a book. I want it to seem so realistic that I can picture it happening and that is exactly what L3 did for me. I'm just going to call it L3 because Locked, Loaded & Lying is a lot of commas and L's. Anyhow ... the characters were realistic and I had feelings about all of the characters. I didn't think that any of them were inconsequential or wastes of space ... everyone played a very important role.

Usually I go into the plot and how I either liked or hated it but I'm not going to do that because this would turn into a monologue of me waxing poetic about this book for eons. The bottom line is that I loved it. Sarah Andre is on my list of favorite authors and I suspect that she'll be there for a very long time. If you haven't had the chance to pick this one up, you need to. Especially right now in this summer heat ... the chilly world that Lock and Jordan occupy will cool you off while you sweat it out next to the pool. Now I want to go read it again.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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  1. Thank you SO much, Julie! I appreciate all the lovely things you said and am copying your link for my website, if you don't mind! :)

    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed it! And thank YOU for keeping me entertained with L3!

  2. What a great review! This sounds like a fantastic book- can't wait to read it.