Title: Shroud of Lies
Author: Nancy Straight
Publisher: Nancy Straight
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook, Audio, Paperback
Rating: 4 Lattes
Heat Level: Light Roast
Mark believes he has finally shed his destructive past. Reunited with the brother he had believed to be dead for most of his life, Mark’s life detours again when he learns of a younger sister also abandoned by their parents. Desperate to find her, Mark and Davey travel thousands of miles turning over the rocks of their past. Discovering the truth veiled behind layers of lies is daunting, but the Brewer brothers vow to leave no stone unturned. As Mark begins to peel back the layers of his past to locate his sister, he is jerked back into his criminal life and risks losing Libby and everyone he loves forever.
Old friends and enemies insert themselves in Mark’s new life; he must choose between the life luring him back and the future he desperately wants. Mark attempts to keep those he loves from being caught in the cross fire of old enemies vying for position.
Shroud of Lies is the third and final (WHAAAH!) book of The Brewer Brothers series.
I loved Davey and his quirky ways, but from the moment he was introduced, it was Mark who kept me reading.
I was really nervous at the beginning of Shroud of Lies, and even set it aside for a long time because the Mark at the beginning of book three is NOT the same Mark I had grown to…like. A LOT.
But, I love Nancy’s books, and finally convinced myself she wouldn’t have gutted such an incredible character. I was right.
The reason I didn’t give the book five stars is because I wish the entire book had been written from Mark’s POV. At the beginning of the book, Chad stood out the most. His character felt real and strong, then sort of vanished. Though Chad’s discovery sent Mark on the right path for his own, Chad’s story feels a little like an unfinished plot point. It doesn’t diminish Mark’s story, but I think I wanted more for and from Chad.
What kept me reading (or didn’t).
From page one (literally), Felix is a slimeball. Again, well written, but he sort of fell off the map as a real character with a story. His presence or absence doesn’t take away from Mark, and he does give valuable data to start the story. *shrug* I didn’t like him. But, that’s probably the point.
So, have I mentioned Mark?
If you don’t know Mark, read Fractured Karma. That was the Mark I was expecting when I started reading. Like I said, he was so different at the beginning of the book, I almost didn’t finish, but I knew Nancy had a reason for writing him the way she did and convinced myself to trust her.
Then, it happened. What happened, you ask? THIS:
As I strolled past the clothes which had been my wardrobe for the last six months, I entered the dusty area of my closet.
Selecting a pair of dark blue jeans, and off white dress shirt without a collar, and a sports jacket – a feeling of anticipation began to take root. What was I, a girl? My body was acting like it had missed the clothing, but closer inspection told me – it was who I was when I wore the clothes.
Adrenalin coursed through my veins, strangers respectfully nodded their heads as I strode by, and no one, not one person, would confuse me for someone to be taken lightly.
From here to the end of the book, Mark is able to find the balance – after many startling revelations – between who he was, who he became, and who he needed to be going forward. And it is a beautiful thing.
I am truly sad this is the end of the story, but the Brewer’s find their answers, and without manufacturing some other trouble, Nancy has done a fantastic job of bringing this series full circle.
Clean, and much more adventure/drama than romance which is unusual for my taste.
I would recommend this book to 16+ due to adult topics like drugs, mafia, and murder. All tastefully handled but situations might be emotionally intense for younger readers.
About the Author:
Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children.
She has written ten novels (3 x Paranormal Romance, 4 x Mythological Romance and 3 x Suspenseful Romance). Nancy enjoys reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.