Born into a con artist family, Maya Nicholas abandoned the grifting life to live on the straight and narrow and somewhat dull years ago But when her family is threatened and the swindlers are on the verge of becoming the swindled Maya swings into action All she needs is a stand in boyfriend, and the charming, tasty as sin Simon Barton will do quite nicely, thanksBut Simon has a little lie of his own He s FBI, and Maya is his inside track to her less savory relations It s a mutual using, which quickly turns into a scorching mutual attractionIn fact, their naughty little sexcapades are the only things they aren t faking I was expecting this to be better than it was Maybe it s just been too long since I ve read Harlequins I liked the characters, but the writing got really over the top at times, and I found myself grimacing at some of the phrasing I m usually a big fan of the fake relationship trope, too. I loved this story and of course learning about aphrodisiacs the deserts yummo and of course Caleb is one great desert that Pandora is over the moon withGreat Story Tawny Originally posted at ve been hoodwinked in the most delightful manner Ms Weber turned a new page in her ability to grab a reader s attention by doing the unexpected I m used to seeing a certain technique to engage my interest and she didn t use it I m not sure if it s because this is the second book in the series and having such a terrific start in the first book, Sex, Lies and Mistletoe, she decided to see where her heroine led her in Sex, Lies and Originally posted at ve been hoodwinked in the most delightful manner Ms Weber turned a new page in her ability to grab a reader s attention by doing the unexpected I m used to seeing a certain technique to engage my interest and she didn t use it I m not sure if it s because this is the second book in the series and having such a terrific start in the first book, Sex, Lies and Mistletoe, she decided to see where her heroine led her in Sex, Lies and Midnight Turns out, it s an emotional path paved with the hopes of a young girl, led down the road of an awakening that crushed her perceptions of what life really was in her family, and the determination of a fully grown woman to be the very antithesis of how she grew up Thing is, there s someone out there that refuses to believe that Maya Nicholas is anything but the nice, law abiding and vanilla bland woman she presents And they d be right Maya is a powerhouse of contradictions She has bottled and corked her passion and energetic nature to fit in, to be normal and to have the perfect life, and she s bored out of her mind She s learned to control every aspect that she can and despite her best intentions, Simon, Mr delicious FBI man, unravels her bit by bit Throw in a phone call from her brother and the boulder really picks up speed down that slippery slope and it sends Maya straight back to where she ran from, with a hunky complication in tow I realize that this story is all about Maya and her reconnecting to her family but Simon was the best one to watch Ms Webber presented a man who is focused single mindedly on one goal, to take down Maya s father, the infamous Tobias Black He ll do anything, say anything, to get what he wants and no dire and mysterious warnings from Hunter, another cloak and dagger alpha hottie, will stop him It s that whole journey of Simon s that intrigued me Maya was the catalyst who taught him that there really wereimportant things in life, like love, happiness and the pursuit of well tossed sheets.Ms Weber s classic sense of humor is alive and well Plenty of times I giggled but this time it had a warmness to it and a deeper romantic feel I m not sure if it s because the focus of the story was about a woman s bruised love for her father or what, but it was very satisfying on a different level than the first book What has not changed is the potent writing that the author has when it comes to physical bonding and expressions of love My expectations there were solidly met I enjoyed the teasing build up and how Simon and Maya felt by what they saw in each others eyes Pure romance That means that the story is told in each their point of views, which I really enjoyed seeing as things get really complicated when the external conflict hits the fan It was nice to know where each stood even if they didn t know it about the other Even though this is the second book in a mini series, it stands by itself The author used some of the secondary characters to fill a reader in on the background but this story is definitely about Maya and Simon and is thoroughly enjoyable If anything, it might make a first time reader want to read about Maya s brother, Caleb I loved the dialogue and was entertained by the light drama Sex, Lies and Midnight is sheer fun with a delightful mix of love, humor and drama Maya and Simon made a great couple and I like how they were written There s onelamb to bring back into the Black fold and I am eagerly looking forward to figure out if he s as bad as everyone is making him out to be Ms Webber has created a fascinating dysfunctional family and I love how she s orchestrating their reunions with that mysterious criminal story arc Sex, Lies and Midnight is pure entertainment that ends with a smile I liked this book though I was not swept away The storyline itself is common enough with a undercover agent hooks up with a a woman either suspect or connected to said suspect, falls in love, sh t hits the fan, man is faulted for lying using the woman in the end HEA I found it hard to connect to the characters, although the two main characters obviously had chemistry, I did not see where they actually fell in love Their time was spent mostly either lying in public, apart, or having sex with I liked this book though I was not swept away The storyline itself is common enough with a undercover agent hooks up with a a woman either suspect or connected to said suspect, falls in love, sh t hits the fan, man is faulted for lying using the woman in the end HEA I found it hard to connect to the characters, although the two main characters obviously had chemistry, I did not see where they actually fell in love Their time was spent mostly either lying in public, apart, or having sex with not much to say of anything in betweenno long talks, no long walks, no intense bonding conversations aside from some basic qa Overall, it was nice for a quick, easy read