Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Lying Season, by K.A. Linde


A new second chance standalone office romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…
Walking away from Sam Rutherford was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. 
It’s been five years since that day, and I’ve given up on looking for love. My focus is on my career. And it’s paid off–I’m successfully managing the reelection for the mayor of New York City.
Then Sam walks into my office as the new legal counsel. Which means I have to see him every single day from now until November. We vow to remain professional, but it’s a small office. The sly glances and his blistering charm are unavoidable.
It all feels so familiar. Too comfortable. After what happened the first time… I should know better. 
If I’m not careful, he’ll break my heart all over again.
And I don’t know if I can survive Sam a second time.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars

The Lying Season was good. But I didn’t find it to be GREAT, and here’s why: it’s marketed as a stand-alone, but I spent the first quarter of the book wondering why there were so many characters and when I was going to get to Lark and Sam. All those characters? From previous books that I haven’t read. I get it. I love getting catch-ups on other characters/couples from an author’s body of work with series that I’ve read. But not at the expense of the main couple at hand. And I felt like I had missed out on who Lark was and her background as a result.

But as for Sam and Lark themselves… it’s an interesting story. She never thought she’d see him again, and he was always the one that got away. Five years later, they are working on the same political campaign again and old feelings rise to the surface. Complicating matters is that Sam’s girlfriend is out of town, and she kinda put them on a break before she left. Will he cross the line as he spends so much time with Lark?

The story was interesting, even if I did feel like I joined in the middle. Overall, I can’t say that I loved The Lying Season. I didn’t feel an immediate connection to Lark and Sam, probably because I felt like I joined the story after it began. And what’s with all the Upper East Side clinches? Hello, Mean Girls. Anyway… This seems to be the starter of a new series… will I check the rest of it out? Maybe. Lark’s circle of friends are intriguing, so I haven’t fully made up my mind on that one.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.
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