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The Lies that Bind: American Yakuza II

By: Isabella
Narrated by: Victoria Mei
Series: American Yakuza, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Luce Potter runs her life and her business with an iron fist and complete control until lies and deception unravel her world. The shadow of betrayal consumes Luce, threatening to destroy the most precious thing in her life, Brooke Erickson.

Brooke Erickson finds herself on the outside of Luce’s life looking in. As events spiral out of control Brooke can only watch as the woman she loves pushes her further away. Suddenly, devastated and alone, Brooke refuses to let go without an explanation.

Colby Water, a federal agent investigating the ever-elusive Luce Potter, discovers someone from her past is front and center in her investigation of the Yakuza crime leader. Before she can put the crime boss in prison, she must confront the ultimate deception in her professional life.

When worlds collide, betrayal, dishonor, and death are inevitable. Can Luce and Brooke survive the explosion?

©2013 Christine Svendsen (P)2019 Sapphire Books Publishing

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Dark continuation of the American Yakuza series

Lies that Bind, book 2 in the American Yakuza series, focuses on the aftermath of Luce losing her beloved grandfather, and the bite of strong betrayal she feels as secrets are revealed. Lies is quite dark - so much so that I am furious at Luce - the charismatic head of the Japanese crime family. Interestingly, I don't have that big of an issue with her violent nature in general (the people who get her wrath usually deserve it - though not always) but she stepped over a line in this one for me and since I haven't read book 3, I'm not sure if she'll be able to redeem herself. Though I suspect she will, she'll have to work for it. Hard. The fact that I care is a positive and says that writer Isabella and narrator Victoria Mei must be doing something right. Luce is a complex, flawed, interesting character. Her love interest, Brooke, took more of a back seat this time though she played a pivotal role. I haven't read this series of books so am experiencing them for the first time via audio. In general, I like the series. We get very few female mafia heads in lesfic - ones that engage in light BDSM at that. Look forward to finishing up the series with book 3.

I was provided a free audio code in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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Really enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening to book 1 and book 2 did not disappoint either. I know I'm into a book when I get really upset with one of the main characters :-) and find myself thinking about it at odd times :-). Victoria Mei did a great job ! I'm looking forward to book 3!

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I need Book 3!

Victoria Mei is an excellent narrator. I enjoy listening to her.

I was so angry with Luce, I wanted to jump into the book and shake her! Brooke is an amazing girlfriend and doesn't deserve all the grief she is being put through.

This book has a lot of conflict. I can't wait for the resolution in Book 3.

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Great sequel (book 2)

Great series; this second book is still so powerful, the plot and the characters are so well developed and the light sexy BDSM scenes are always good and very hot.

Even when I wanted to slap Luce so badly more than once, due to her attitude towards Brooke, Isabella did a great job with the story and as usual, got me wanting more. I am more than ready for book three.

The narration is great, Victoria Mei does an extraordinary job, and she gets the complexity of the story and the characters, mostly Luce.

This series is definitely a must. Highly recommended.

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A perfect example

To swoon at V. Mei voice with the great writtings of Isabella. The adventure of finding the traitor. In loving a partner so much in order to save her life that you hurt het heart. In a foolish notions about how to do the wrong things in love. Betrayal and seduction are the hero in this story.

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Gut wrenching

Isabella did a wonderful job writing this book. I was totally caught up in it. Luce had me so angry at one point I had to stop listening to it. That’s how real it felt to me. Victoria as always did an amazing job telling the story I eagerly await book 3.

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I want more!

This series is amazing!! The author had me cursing out Luce for treating her gf so badly. The narrator is one of my favorites. Absolutely outstanding. Steamy sex scenes. I wish the 3 book was out!!!

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  • 12-10-19

Another great Audiobook

Love this story and the narration is stellar. I can't wait for the next one.

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really enjoying the series

yay a les fic with an actual storyline to follow! Really enjoying this series.

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  • 11-24-19

Such a unique storyline

I love this series so much. It’s a breath of fresh air with the dynamic of this Yakuza. Written very well that Victoria is perfect for. Victoria brings these characters alive brilliantly. Can’t wait for the next book.