📖Locked Up Liars by Elle Thorpe

Nothing prepares you for finding your sister’s lifeless body covered in blood.

But when the police arrest her ex, a man I know is innocent, I can’t sit by and do nothing.

Not when I’ve been secretly in love with him for years.

Heath may not want my help, but I won’t take no for an answer.

To catch a killer, I’m forced to take a job at Saint View Prison. Maximum security. The place they send the worst of the worst.

But it’s not just Heath who doesn’t want me there.

Rowe, the sinfully sexy head guard has made it clear I don’t belong. I’d tell him where to go with my middle finger up, if my skin didn’t prickle with awareness every time he touches me.

And then there’s Liam, hotshot lawyer and my old high school enemy. All that tension and chemistry is still there, burning between us like flames. I need his help, but I’ll be damned if I beg for it.

With every lie we uncover, every secret we expose, the danger mounts.

Until there’s only one thing we know for sure.

The killer is still out there.

And I’m his next target.

OK, so smutty TikTok may have caught me in its trap again. This was a total impulse buy late into the night after scrolling TikTok for too long but I am unashamed at the purchase of this book but I do concede that reading in my lunchbreak at work was probably a bad idea!

This book is smutty, of course it is, but it also has a good plot and characters that are well developed. If you’ve followed me for long then you know that character development is important to me and while I find myself enjoying certain smutty books they do need to have a heavy dose of developed characters and a substantial plot to catch my interest.

This book had both. it is far better than the Mazza Trilogy that I have previously read.

In this book there are multiple P.O.V.s – Mae, Heath, Liam, Rowe. These are the four ‘main characters’ if you will. This book is categorised as a ‘reverse harem’ so if that isn’t your cup of tea – don’t go there.

Mae’s sister has just died and she is thrown into the mix with some sinfully delicious men but she still has independence and a desire to see justice win-out. She is spunky, feisty, confident, sarcastic, and overall, comes out as a very appealing characters.

As for the men. You have Heath – the ‘innocent man’ behind bars. Liam – the ‘lawyer’ and old school rival. And Rowe the ‘prison guard’. What made this interesting to read was that the three men had solid backstories that could be dissected and worked upon through the book. They weren’t just 2-dimensional men there for pleasure only.

This book is the first in a trilogy – and you better believe I already have the 2 remaining books in my Kindle library. This book took me less than three hours to read. It was addicting to read. I wanted to know where the characters were going and what path would end up leading me to the end game.

The ending didn’t disappoint me. In fact, it spurred me on to wanting to read the rest of the series – I need to find out what happens to the characters and how the events of book 1 play out in the other two books.

As smut goes, I’d say this was on the tamer side, it’s not a book that sizzles with heat but it has enough to pack a punch. The book is also classed as ‘romantic suspense’. I feel like I have high hopes for the rest of this trilogy. It’s fun to find an author who can write smut as well as she can write plot.

I’m interested to see how things progress.

I give this book: ✨✨✨✨✨

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