Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Julie Cross’s latest, Hiding Lies! The Eleanor Ames series is so freaking good. I hope you’re reading it. If not, there’s no time like the present to start!
Hiding Lies by Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames #2
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Publication date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC, 300 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.
Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school’s upcoming field trip quickly consume her.
But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.
Now, more than just Ellie’s reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve always been a big fan of books/shows/movies with strong, smart and sassy leading ladies, so it was no wonder I’ve enjoyed the Eleanor Ames books as much as I have. The first in the series, Chasing Truth, was great and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen with the second. Well, it should be no surprise at all that Hiding Lies totally lived up to my expectations and was a great continuation of the series.
Hiding Lies picks up basically where Chasing Truth left off. Now, these books can be read as standalones, but I’d still recommend reading them in order as parts of the story carries through. Plus, they’re just that good and you shouldn’t want to miss a minute. But anywho. If you enjoyed the first book and have wanted more of Eleanor and Miles, you’ll want this book. If you enjoy a great, strong heroine (a la Veronica Mars) and you’ve not read any of this series yet, you should.
I’m not going into detail about the plot here. You can find out everything you need to know going in from the blurb. Plus, I don’t want to be responsible for ruining anything for you. What I will say is Hiding Lies had it all — action, suspense, mystery, twists and turns, secrets AND swoony romance. (And, you know, great writing and seriously interesting characters.) I didn’t want to stop reading once I started and the closer I got to the end, the more quickly I was flipping pages. This book definitely took me by surprise a couple times… and it also kept me on the edge of my seat, literally, at least once.
The Eleanor Ames series just keeps getting better! I hope there are (many) more books planned. These books are different from anything else I read and I like mixing things up. Also, I’m just not ready to give these characters up quite yet and there’s definitely more story left to tell.
I don’t want that life again; I know I don’t. But that doesn’t mean I can stop myself from wishing for pieces of it.
My feet have been dangling. I start to lift them up, attempting to conceal myself. But I’m not fast enough. Warm fingers wrap around my ankle.
“Got you,” the guy says. “How long have you been up there spying on me?”
“Spying? On you?” I shake my head. “Don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m waiting for someone. He’ll be here any second.”
The hot guy takes the binoculars and looks them over, analyzing the zoom-in and recording switches hidden on the underside. “Fancy. Not exactly for recreational use.”
That’s because they’re Aidan’s. My sister’s boyfriend. Up until two weeks ago, when he was forced to resign, Aidan was a Secret Service agent. He used all kinds of spy gear in his former job—like these high-tech night-vision binoculars.
I hop down from the tree, assessing the intruder, searching for body language that says friend or enemy, even though I already know the answer. No harm in having a little extra practice. Role-play is definitely a skill of mine, but it’s also a muscle that must be worked regularly. “Just so you know, I am trained in self-defense. Wouldn’t try anything if I were you.”
“Yeah?” He lifts an eyebrow. “That’s good because this place is sketchy as hell.”
We both glance around the deserted warehouse building beside us, the vandalized lumberyard nearby, and the questionable items strewn across the walkway leading to the giant warehouse door—condom wrappers, broken beer bottles, cigarette butts.
“You’re right, it’s sketchy,” I say. “I better take off before something bad happens.”
“Wait…” Hot Guy reaches for me, his fingers curling around my waist. He tugs me until my back rests against the tree and we’re hidden from anyone on the street. “Tell me about this other guy you’re waiting on.”
I stare up at him, taking in the cocky smirk, perfectly messy dark hair, and blue eyes that hold dozens of secrets. “What other guy?”
He grins, showing off two perfect dimples to go with the rest of his perfects. “Good answer.”
Then, before I can refocus on the role I’ve been playing, he leans down and kisses me. It’s only been a week but feels like a month. Maybe longer. His cheeks are cold, but his lips are warm and tender. I bring him closer and closer until his slinged arm is lodged between us.
“Miles,” I mumble against his lips.
“Miles,” I repeat, too caught up in this kiss to celebrate the slip he just made. “That’s his name. The guy I’m waiting on.”
“Miles. Sounds like an asshole. Forget him.” He pulls away just enough to see my face. His good hand rests against my cheek. He looks like he’s about to dive into kissing me again but hesitates. “It’s really cold out here.”
“And sketchy,” I add. “Why would you pick a place like this? You can’t coast forever on the whole mysterious-hot-guy persona. So if that’s your plan, I’d rather meet at the Y or Planet Fitness like a normal person.”
He rolls his eyes. “Yes, that’s my goal in life. Devote all my time to training to be a spy so I can impress girls.”
Have you read any of the Eleanor Ames books?