October 16, 2014

Title: Conflicted
Author: M.M. Koenig
Series: Secrets and Lies #1
Published: December 19, 2013
Publisher: self-published
Genre: New Adult/Romantic Suspense

Synopsis: Mia Ryan was on the path to make all her dreams come true. Her life was everything she wanted it to be; until one fateful night changed everything – leaving her broken and without direction. Nearly a year later, she still has little faith in anyone or anything. Desperate to reclaim her life’s ambition, she takes an unexpected offer that promises to solve all her problems. But as Mia moves forward, she’s faced with obstacles she couldn’t have foreseen. The biggest of them lies within the mystery of Ethan Fitzgerald; a man who affects her like no other, but who she should avoid pursuing, at all costs.

On a mission himself, Ethan Fitzgerald didn’t care who he pissed off on his road to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. He relied on himself, and was closed off to the world around him – until Mia Ryan walked through his door. Normally one to avoid messy emotions, Ethan’s world is turned upside down by Mia, and he can’t seem to get enough of her.

There are lines you can cross that will change the course of your life forever …

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**I received a copy of this book for the tour,
but that did not influence the review**

I love romantic suspense stories and as soon as I saw the synopsis my interest was peaked. This was a packed storyline with lots of layers and secrets. Right from the moment Mia received the lucrative offer I was totally intrigued. It sounded dangerous, with the potential for lots of double crossing so I settled in and dug into the book.

When we met Mia she was was lost and feeling hopeless, but I never got that vibe from her. I understood she was supposed to be feeling pain from Micah leaving her and getting kicked out of school, but I never felt sorry for her. I’m not sure why.

Ethan was hot, bossy, sexy, and did I say bossy? Hmmmm. *fantasizes about Ethan* From the moment I met him I was in love. I didn’t totally feel the chemistry with Mia though, so for whatever reason while he was delicious their love didn’t translate back to me. Maybe it was because I never connected with Mia. However, if Mia works for you this love affair might be off the charts.

Some parts got a little bogged down with detail, from the messy house after parties to hair styles… and I found myself skimming. It took about 40 % for it to ramp up. I kept thinking as I got to each new chapter, oh now it’s going to get intense, but then it didn’t. Other times I loved the details so I’m not sure why I’m so picky about it.

There were twists and turns and lots of secrets…and I loved that. I can’t imagine a better title for this story, and the name for the entire series is perfect as well.  There was a lot going on, and a lot STILL to go on. This isn’t over, and I have no idea what will happen next. If you like romantic suspense it’s a book you might want to check out!

About the Author: M. M. Koenig was born and raised in Minnesota. She now lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving dog Marley. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.

M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.

When she has free time and isn’t writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer’s block at bay.

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