Title: Circle of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #2)
Author: Sara Dailey & Staci Weber
Genre: Young Adult, Werewolf
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publication Date: 20th December 2012
Goodreads Summary: Aiden Wright is trying to figure out who he really is, but the truth could cost him his true mate—or his life.
Life has always been easy for Aiden Wright. He’s smart, athletic, funny, and the ladies adore him. But when tragedy strikes, Aiden discovers the truth about who he really is and his whole world comes crashing down around him. Aiden thought that being a teenage werewolf was going to be awesome, but it might just cost him the one girl who could make him whole.
Since her mother’s disappearance, Teagan Rhodes’s life has been littered with her father’s empty beer cans and his hollow promises to change. Convinced that others would only let her down, she keeps everyone at arm’s length—but resisting Aiden’s charm is proving to be more difficult than she thought. Throw in a psychotic werewolf hunter out to terminate the species and one wrong move, one wrong decision could destroy everything.
Read my review of Pack of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #1) here.
Circle of lies is pretty similar to Pack of lies, the first book, except this time the main focus is Aiden, Alli’s brother. At the end of Circle of lies, We found out that Aiden is actually Marcus’ son which just makes everything more complicated because Aiden’s half sister, Alli, is mated to his (new) half brother, Cade. Talk about incestuous. Anyways, that’s not really the focal point of this story. Circle of lies revolves around Aiden and the human girl, Teagan, who we saw a bit of in book one. The love story is really similar to book one in that this is a pair that shouldn’t be together, but because of their undeniable chemistry they have no choice. It was a little too similar to the fort book for my liking and had there not been another dimension o the story, I would’ve complained about this repetitiveness. In this book, we are introduced to a new character, Peter, a human who seems to be clued up on werewolves and how to identify them. Peter befriends Teagan’s drunken father and at the climax of this story the two plot strands collide.
I was a little surprised to find that Alli and Cade weren’t the focus of this novel, but I actually think that this was a good thing. It was really refreshing to see the old story revamped from the perspective of different characters and I enjoyed getting to know Teagan, Aiden and Peter through their thoughts. As far as I can remember, these are the only three perspectives that we see, but they’re the only three we really need in this story. I much preferred Teagan and Aiden’s perspectives to Alli and Cade’s though I can’t really pinpoint why. Although there was also a sort of ‘insta-love’ between this new pair, their relationship was developed a lot better and there was a build up before they jumped into a relationship. Even though insta-love really bothers me, I accepted it in this novel because there was a sense of real chemistry between the pair. I liked that this story wasn’t entirely focused on their relationship, but there were also details about Teagan’s home life and the pack. The new guy Peter does sort of appear out of the blue and I feel that his background could’ve been developed a lot more but he did bring some drama to this novel. This novel ends on cliffhanger so I’m excited for book three and I’m wondering if its going to come from a new perspective.
I still can’t figure out why the titles of this books in this series are called ‘Pack of Lies’ and ‘Circle of Lies’ because I don’t think lying is a particularly major part of these stories but oh well. This was an excellent book that I flew through in one sitting and despite it’s similarities to book one of this series I still greatly enjoyed it.
ABOUT SARA DAILEY & STACI WEBER
co-authors of Pack of Lies & Circle of Lies – the first two Red Ridge Pack Novels
Both Sara Dailey and Staci Weber are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives and soccer moms. They have been teaching together for the past ten years and writing together for six.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Staci Weber is a graduate of the University of North Texas. Staci is a junior high school teacher with an addiction to reading romance novels. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have a close family, some good friends, a fabulous husband and two beautiful little girls.
Sara Dailey co-authored the Red Ridge Pack Novels with her good friend and co-worker Staci Weber. She has a degree in literature from U of H Clear Lake and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. Sara is a native Texan and lives with her wonderful husband and son in League City, TX.