Jackson Young has gone into hiding. Fighting to get his name cleared and his truth heard, he’s followed Fletcher Doherty to Ireland for a safe haven from those who want to silence his story.
As they work on Jackson’s biography, their growing attraction gets harder resist. Fletcher’s made it clear though — their professional boundary isn’t to be crossed, especially with so many loose threads from each of their pasts left hanging.
But as he learns more about the once coveted celebrity’s rise to fame, and the manipulation and control that came with it, Fletcher finds it increasingly difficult to distance himself from their intimate moments. Lust fueled attraction is easy to ignore, but an emotional connection is harder to deny.
Surrounded by Fletcher’s meddling family, and ex boyfriends who still harbor feelings of being jilted, Jackson has to play the part of his lifetime. Can he prove that he does have talent and win Fletcher’s heart as well as his trust?
And can he do it all before their idyllic hideaway is compromised?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter but clearly defined.
This is the second book in C.F. White’s London Lies trilogy. While it is a full and truly enjoyable story – it doesn’t really stand on it’s own. You’ll want to listen to Fade to Blank first. As such, this review may contain spoilers to the first book.
While the first book was very much mystery/suspense with the anticipation of romance – White flips things a bit and gives us a slow-burn romance, several steamy scenes, and some serious push/pull during Jackson & Fletcher’s escape in Ireland. At first, it felt a little slow, but I’ve learned that White has a reason for everything.
The descriptions of Ireland, the Doherty farm, the pub, and more truly immerse the reader. Fletcher is very much the prodigal son and Jackson is left trying to guess at the family dynamic. Jackson’s struggles with simultaneously wanting to share his story with the fact that lifelong lessons have taught him that no one is to be trusted. Fletcher wants to remain impartial but can’t deny his attraction to Jackson.
Fans of the suspense/action/mystery aspect will definitely love the second half of the book. I like that White kept Tallulah, her murder, and how this all began a constant thread throughout. Despite thinking I knew what was going to happen, there were definitely some surprises. I couldn’t stop listening and stayed up really late last night so I could find out what happens next. I won’t spoil it – but the revelations about the couple’s first meeting… wow! Some things are resolved, Jackson & Fletcher’s relationship enters more solid footing, but there is now a bigger fight ahead of them.
The final book, Bring to Light, is set to release on December 10th – I’m hoping the audio is quick to follow! As much as I’d love the conclusion to Jax & Fletch’s story as soon as possible, there is no way I’m experiencing it without Piers Ryman in my ears.
Piers Ryman continues with a fantastic narration. And whew! That Irish accent… if you were teased by it in Fade to Blank, you’ll be in heaven listening to Hide to Seek. He does a wonderful job with an expanding cast of characters using a variety of accents and registers consistently throughout both books.
I purchased the ebook, however I did receive a free copy of the audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
About the author:
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail–leave.
Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly search for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
Eventually she moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
After her second son was born with a rare disability, C F White’s life changed and it brought pen back to and paper after having written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Now, having embarked on this writing journey, C F White can’t stop. So strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride
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My Favorite Quotes
“This is me.” He swallowed. “The real me. Wanting you.” – Hide to Seek by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #LondonLies #Trilogy #IrelandTweet
Each and every shared intimacy had him wrapped in barbed wire. – Hide to Seek by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #LondonLies #Trilogy #IrelandTweet
if that’s how you kiss someone you’re trying to stay away from then I can’t imagine what it’s gonna be like when you mean it. – Hide to Seek by @CFWhiteUK #Audiobook narrated by Piers Ryman #MM #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #LondonLies #Trilogy #IrelandTweet