Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn to win the game, but what if you’re that pawn?
Rich, unable to speak Russian, and devilishly handsome, Victor Tabor is Vladimir’s perfect mark, or he would be if he didn’t have a thing for Vladimir’s Pioneer uniform.
Vladimir is a pawn in the game of life, a leader at a kids’ summer camp, but has big ambitions that don’t involve remaining a tiny cog in 1980s USSR.
This is an extended novel-length version of a short story, Pawn's Gambit, currently included in These Deviant Ties anthology.
Themes: Slavery. Abduction. Alternate morality. Manipulative characters.
Genre: Dark, psychological/thriller M/M romance.
Warnings: Violence. High angst and explicit steamin’ hot sex scenes.
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
This story starts up almost right after the first one left off. It's told in multiple POV, which really show the emotions each character is going through. Reading some of the inner thoughts Kaspar or Jiao have can be heartbreaking as they both realize how hard things are going to be... or in Kaspar's case, how conflicted he is with being free but feeling the need to return to his Master Vladimir.
I really liked the end. I won't spoil it, but I will say that everyone is very happy as they work on their new lives with each other.
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2019
What is the truth? who knows the truth ? hard to tell the good and the bad. twist and turns ! keeps you at the edge of the set ? loved the story ! hard to guess how it will end ! who can they trust ? Is their help coming? easy to get into.
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2019
I would say I am not doing this book justice with this review but here goes.
Emma Jaye's Splitting Lies is pure, unadulterated feels from the start to finish. Warning: if you have not Sweating Lies, please do NOT read Splitting Lies. This is a continuation of the first book in the Lies series.
When I first started reading Emma Jaye, I knew that all her stories have special emotions scattered in them... All sorts of emotions do come out to play in Sweating Lies and then Splitting Lies is the crescendo to all the anger, pain, sadness, hurt, joy, fear, and love.
I've always been intrigued by a character's psyche, what makes them tick, why does the good guy always think in a certain way, why do the bad guys always do all these heinous acts? What makes them the way they are! And we learn what makes Jiao and Kaspar who they are.
Jiao had aspects to him that made me love him in book 1 and it grew exponentially with this one. When you're in a situation you react in a certain, you go all alpha and protective but sometimes that changes when reality intervenes. However, Jiao was the same, he was more of a protector than before. As for Kaspar, he broke my heart. It was like he took a sledgehammer to my heart and soul. Shattered it into million pieces. I was so mad at his life. How is it fair? Why do good people, innocent people get mucked up in bad people crap and they drown in it!!!!
Kaspar's shattered mind, his realization, his voices, God, the voices, all of him made me love him hard. Then there was Luci, he was arrogant and awful at times. His hatred for Kaspar was clear and it broke some more of my heart. And Matteo, the sweet little boy, I wanted to cuddle. Mason's entrance in book 1 made me swoon. I loved his character, he was the one who would help save the day. Tino's involvement in the story was explained by Dr. Renee, it made sense how he coped with the cards life had dealt him.
And then came Cole and I was lost. I had loved Kaspar's snarky, sassy self. He was so wrong and flawed, yet so beautifully so. I was irrevocably lost by Cole's stoic, protective persona. He was the glue, he was the shield, he was everything. The beach scene truly brings to light who Cole is and what he's done to ensure that everyone around him was safe. So much so, that it was at the expense of his happiness. How can you not love a character who gives his all for the ones he loves?
Splitting Lies is a story of lost souls trying to find redemption in this crazy thing called life with the help of a protective alpha. The story started off with a crazy, psychotic organization and it ends with them. But whether it will have a happy ending is entirely up to you cos you would have to read this insanely good story to find out what happens at the end.
Will Kaspar be able to get out of the clutches of Vladimir and Azur? Will Azur be able to break what was his to break from the beginning? Will Vladimir take over the orta and everything it does stand for? Will Jiao be able to help the lost man, he is slow but surely losing his heart to? And will Luci, Tino, Matteo, Mason and Cole ever find happiness along with Kaspar?
1-click this roller coaster ride that is Splitting Lies to get to 'The End'!