Lying in Bed by Jo Leigh. It will be published on December 18, 2012. I received an advanced reader copy from Harlequin Blaze.
The setup was simple. To ferret out a blackmailer, FBI agent Ryan Vail and his partner are going undercover as a couple at an intimacy retreat. But when Ryan wakes to find a replacement “wife” in his bed, he knows he’s in big trouble…
FBI agent Angie Wolf is on the job. Sure, there’s a wicked attraction between her and Ryan, but they’re professionals. Touching, kissing—it’s all part of the sting. But the intimacy retreat is doing its job, because each tension-filled night in bed is blurring the line between truth and lie. Now this investigation has turned into one irresistible temptation!
This book is…fine. That’s all I have on this one. There was nothing compelling about this story for me. I wasn’t really invested in any character nor their relationship, neither the protagonists or anyone they were trying to nab. In a sure sign that I felt unattached, I didn’t highlight any passages in this book.
What I will give Leigh props for are the strong female characters. Angie herself is a damn hard worker. She’s smart, capable, able to adjust to the situation, and a good agent. Ryan’s partner that Angie replaced when circumstances kept her at home is also pretty kick ass, balancing children, husband, and work in order to be there for Ryan when he needs it while also drawing boundary lines around her time. These characterizations I like a lot.
But it wasn’t enough in the end. I needed more of a reason to be invested in Angie and Ryan. The description of their attraction felt heavy handed, which always makes me shrink back from truly believing the relationship.
I give Lying in Bed 2.5 out of 5 stars.