Liquid Lies is the first book in the Elementals series by Hanna Martine.
Magic is corporate America's best-kept secret, and Gwen Carroway is the best at selling it...
With her ability to pick up any language in an instant, Gwen Carroway is taking her family business global. As dutiful future leader of water elementals, she'll do anything to protect her people's secrets and bloodlines--including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for the forbidden.
Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen's life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic--and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he's been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him...
But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen's family business--and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor...
Gwen Carroway has worked hard to achieve her place in the business that sustains her people. She wants nothing more than to earn her place on the Board.
Years ago, Gwen's people came to Earth seeking refuge from the war that raged on the planet they called home. Now they live secretly among humans - hiding the magic they posses - and selling it to those who can afford it.
When Gwen is kidnapped she is confused. She knows absolutely nothing about what her kidnappers are saying - and she refuses to believe they are telling her the truth.
That she has been lied to all these years. That her people are committing the most heinous of crimes. Gwen is certain that if she could just speak with her father - he would set everything to rights.
But some things can't be made right....
Liquid Lies is a pretty good read - fast paced and interesting. I can't wait for more in this series.
I give Liquid Lies 4 out of 5 stars.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)