Review: Sweet Liar (Dirty Sweet Duet #1) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Sweet Liar
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 1/17/19
Length:  156 Pages
Series:  Dirty Sweet Duet #1


British ad exec Dylan Locke isn’t looking for love. He isn’t looking for fate. He’s definitely not looking for Audrey Lind. She’s pretty, far too young, and overly romantic–in short, exhausting.

But when the girl, young enough to be his daughter, literally lands in his lap and asks for his expertise, he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t interested. In her body, in her innocence, in her philosophy.

In the kind of kismet that starts with kisses.

But Audrey isn’t looking for love either–she’s looking for lessons, and she’s certain Dylan knows everything she needs to learn.

If he agrees to play the teacher can he keep his heart?

Of course he can.

Then again, he might be lying.

My Thoughts

We met Dylan back when we were in Donovan’s bit of the story – learning that there was more that connected him to Reach than just the business – he’s the step father of Amanda, Donovan’s first love, and the girl that died as a result of Donovan’s obsession.  Dylan is a man with his own romantic entanglements as well, so there’s really more to his story than that, and from the tease that we got in that mini-series, we know that we’re up for something Dark and Great.

Audrey- our leading lady here is Sabrina’s younger sister and a girl who’s a force to be reckoned with. While all the prior female leads were experienced and powerful in business, Audrey has this innocence about her – she’s twenty three, in college and a romantic at heart. All the things that should have Dylan running from her, but all the same things that pull her to him as well.

In this first book in their duet, we get to see the beginnings of whatever it is that they are doing. We know that the dynamic here is one of intense chemistry, but where it differs from the other series is that they don’t act on it in the same vein. Bri and Donovan had a past history, Weston and Lizzie were in an arrangement, but here, there’s just the notion that the attraction they feel is wrong on many levels and there are many forces that make it impossible.

Audrey is a smart girl who goes after what she wants – using her wiles to get the attention and education of what she needs sexually since she’s yet to have that in her life. Dylan is a man of many years of experience and he’s just the person to teach her without attachment…..or perhaps there IS attachment?

It’s nice to watch the attempts that Audrey tries to get Dylan’s attention and to get past his walls. The man that he appears to be isn’t the man he is, but one that he’s forced himself to become because of his life experiences. What we can only hope through reading their story is that the innocence that Audrey brings gives Dylan a new perspective and hope. I think though that it’s not an easy fight, and when we leave these two, it’s with a lot of sexual tension, the notion that New York and London really are worlds apart and 19 years, and many lives lived will be too much to overcome. I can’t wait to see what’s next knowing that they didn’t leave with the same heartbreak that we had as cliff hangers in the previous series, but there’s still a draw and a need to see this one come to closure. Enjoy!