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Love & Trust #2

Love in Disguise

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Trust is overrated.
Maybe I'm bias.
But the day I came home and saw my father cheating on my mother, I vowed to never trust another man.
Until I met Gabe.
He flipped my world around and made me rethink everything I knew about trust, loyalty, and love. Yet there's a nagging feeling I can't seem to shake.
I think he's hiding something.
And I won't be sticking around to find out.

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First published January 1, 2018

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Lyssa Cole

31 books875 followers
Lyssa Cole has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Escaping into a story is her favorite pastime. Wanting to be a writer for a couple years, she is now crafting her own stories. She loves to write angsty & sexy romance with lots of heat and some suspense to keep you guessing and wanting to turn that page! She lives in Southeastern Mass with her boyfriend, two children, and two dogs. Lover of coffee, all things chocolate, & always the avid reader, you can keep up with Lyssa Cole by subscribing to her newsletter here: http://bit.ly/NLsignuplyssacole.

You can also find her at www.lyssacolebooks.com or www.facebook.com/lyssacolebooks.

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Profile Image for Rebecca Whaley.
1,374 reviews24 followers
March 17, 2018
OMG! I loved it! so hearbreaking and intense with emotion. Alicia and Gabe come together as wounded people and help each other heal. So so good! It brought me to tears of sadness and ended with tears of joy! If you've never read a Lyssa Cole book, this is a good one to get you hooked! Definitely Try it!
Profile Image for Paula Genereau.
2,947 reviews27 followers
March 7, 2018
what a great book. Alicia vows to never trust a man again after she caught her own father cheating. That's until she meets Gabe. Can Gabe turn the way she thinks around and show her not all men are the same.
Profile Image for Jenny B.
1,246 reviews25 followers
March 21, 2018
This was a good romance read that was a bit refreshing in the fact it doesn't follow the typical romance formula. The push and pull between the characters is well written and definitely will pull you in and having you turning pages.

I now need to go back and read book one as I did enjoy this one a lot.
7 reviews2 followers
December 24, 2018
Love love love this book!!!

I am at a loss for words this book was so amazing!! I cried several times both happy and sad tears I also laughed. This book was so well written I felt like I was with the characters just watching from the side lines. Keep up the awesome work!!!!
Profile Image for Elizabeth Neal.
1,654 reviews136 followers
March 16, 2018
Alicia learned the hard way that love can hurt when she caught her dad cheating on her mom. That, understandably, had a lasting impact on her and made her lump all men into the same category - untrustworthy. Meeting Gabe changed that. She realized not every man is like her dad and it isn't fair to judge a gender based on his actions. Yes, men cheat, unfortunately, as do women, but not all of them. There are good men, and Gabe is one of them. He's loyal, loving, and worthy of her heart and trust. But, Alicia is beginning to suspect Gabe is keeping secrets, and that brings all her old insecurities and issues to the forefront.

Gabe has his own reasons for scoffing at love, even the possibility of it. It's a sham. The evil he left behind, ran from, proves it. He refuses to go back, to fall prey to it, until he sees Alicia. All of a sudden, he believes, he knows what letting someone into your heart can be like, and he craves it. But, loving her could lead to pain, not for him, well, it can because his past can impact her present and that would hurt him. So, to protect her, regardless of his love for her, or because of it, he knows he needs to keep his distance. His secrets cannot touch her. She must be safe.

Fate has other plans though, and fighting it can be impossible, especially when you want so desperately to give in. Alicia dropped everything to help her mom, sacrificing her dreams to be there for her despite her mom's protests. Gabe's entire focus is on righting the wrongs his family suffered, but he needs to leave his life behind to make that happen. As their paths cross, both immediately feeling the connection and attraction, each have their own personal reasons for not wanting to act on them, but they can only resist such a strong bond for so long.

But what happens when Gabe's mission, his job, touches Alicia and the happiness he's beginning to find with her? Can he protect her and accomplish what he set out to do? Can Alicia accept that Gabe's love for her is true and won't waver? Can she trust him after she learns his secrets? Is a HEA in their future?

One-click now and follow along as two people, both with their own reasons to doubt love exists, discover it is real and must decide whether to explore it.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
Profile Image for Phuong.
463 reviews
March 16, 2018
This is the second book of Lyssa's that I've read and it was good but I felt it was too rushed at some points. I really enjoyed it but I kept thinking more would be coming but it didn't.

Alicia doesn't believe in love and now has a dying mother that she needs to take care of since her mother took such good care of Alicia growing up. Alicia gives up (put on hold indefinitely) her dreams of being in NYC pursuing her career because of her mother.

Gabe is a FBI agent who has some issues from his past that he can't go until he gets the revenge that he feels he needs for his parents. Gabe, his partner and others are put on a woman trafficking case to find the ring leader and bring down the ring. They have to go to a small town for the case and it takes a lot longer than any of them anticipated.

Alicia and Gabe first meets at a woman's shelter and sparks fly because they were pretty rude to each other. Then Alicia runs into Gabe again at the beauty salon that Alicia works at. Gabe knows that he is interested in Alicia and wants to get to know her so he makes a pest of himself that Alicia finally breaks down and agrees to dinner with him. Alicia and Gabe both have the same thoughts about relationships in that they both think they are not relationship material. But their sexual chemistry is undeniable and they act on it. Alicia and Gabe must decide what they want and will they be able to get it.

I enjoyed the depths of the characters and can understand why each of them doesn't believe in love. I just thought that Alicia would get more involved in Gabe's case and each of them working through their relationship/love issues together. But the whole love story was great, romantic and sweet and I enjoyed the book as a whole!
Profile Image for Atlanta Whitlock.
907 reviews10 followers
March 10, 2018
After reading House Rules I was really intrigued to see what Lyssa Cole's next book would be like and honestly whilst I did enjoy the story of Love In Disguise I just found myself not being able to fully get into the book. That doesn't mean to say that the book was bad, because honestly, I found it to be an interesting story with great potential. The thing that stood out to me was that there was something missing to keep my attention gripped, I thought that quite far into the book it picked up and piped my interest but then a little while later I found myself not being able to be drawn back into it. Honestly, I do think Lyssa's writing is incredible, but just this time something was missing. I know that everyone has different opinions but that's okay because no one thinks the exact same, but I suggest you give this a try and form your own opinion.

Alicia had her world ripped apart when she was younger and now she is putting her dreams on hold because she wants to be there for her mother, she is such an amazing girl with so much potential that she could go ahead and chase after her dream of being in New York with her best friend but being the good daughter she is she stays behind and goes about looking to help at a shelter and finding a job to keep everything at bay. She has such a huge heart that throughout this book her heart takes a lot, yet she ends up meeting this very mysterious guy who she can't help but keep in her mind.
Gabe is a family man, he would do anything he can if it meant protecting them. Yet he himself has gone through so much in his young life, he is doing all he can to try and get justice on his two brothers and uncle, but when his work ends up taking a drastic case and ends up with him having to move out of New York whilst being on the case he can't help but try all his best efforts to try and win her over, but for some reason he doesn't seem to be making any leeway. Will he be able to win over her heart?
Profile Image for Norma Jean.
263 reviews7 followers
March 16, 2018
Alicia dreams of opening her own beauty salon in New York, but she has put her life on hold to take care of her mother who is seriously ill. She has given up on men after finding her father with her mother’s best friend. She does not trust any man.

Gabe has a troubled past and doesn’t want to get seriously involved with any woman. His family makes dysfunctional families look good. Trying to get past his family problems, he loses himself in his job as an undercover detective.

Alicia volunteers at a shelter hoping that she can improve the lives of the women who live there. She believes that she can improve the self esteem of the women there by styling their hair and doing their nails. She works days at a salon, but feels that there is something strange about the salon and the man who owns it.

Alicia and Gabe are an unlikely couple. They fight the attraction that they feel for each other, but eventually they can no longer fight it.

Ms. Cole has written a real page turner. I couldn’t put it down. It kept me reading well into the night.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Fran Auq.
613 reviews8 followers
March 11, 2018
Love in Disguise is Everything!

Amazing story that unites two broken souls that are struggling to trust one at another.
Trust is too important for them, but at the same time is the key to make their relationship stronger.

Gabe, is an FBI agent who is fighting his own demons.
His close family is involved in dirty things, a new assignment by the FBI have him on edge and the curly rude girl that he met at one of the places he is investigating have him driving himself crazy.

Alicia, love her town, her friends and her job, but with everything that she is going through she can’t think of any better, especially moving to NY city liked her plan. Her mom needed her, that was the only important thing to her, until the most handsome, arrogant man shows up and send all her wire on fire.

Gabe and Alicia would go through a lot and only love, forgiveness and trust will make them the Happily Ever After couple they deserve to be.

Don't miss out this amazing book. I received this book as an arc for an honest review and that’s exactly what I did.
Profile Image for C Gray.
1,224 reviews13 followers
March 14, 2018
Holy cow!!!!

If I could give this book more then 5 stars I would in a heartbeat!! I’m amazed yet again by Lyssa Cole, thank you girl!!

Alicia has been through a lot in her life. After catching her father cheating on her mom and ending a bad relationship she decided it’s easier to keep her heart guarded and never trust a man again, that is until she meets Gabe.

Gabe has also been through a hell of a lot in his life. After finding his parents murdered and being in different fosters homes with his two younger brothers his uncle managed to adopt them and tried to make them about of his world. Gabe wasn’t having it.

Gabe is on a job when he meets Alicia and is determined to take her on a date to see what information she may or may not have. One thing leads to another and well you’ll find out when you read Love In Disguise.

Just a forewarning you WILL laugh, get mad, shake your head and cry... a lot!!
Profile Image for Cathy.
671 reviews2 followers
March 16, 2018
Alicia and Gabe are both turned off with LOVE, and yet there was an instant attraction. Both have a rough past and even throughout a lot of the book they don't know the details about the other, but it also wasn't a sudden thing. They seemed to be on the same page without really ever having a discussion about it at the beginning. Also, Alicia did say no early and so it was a slower burn. We also get the aspect of Gabe's job as an FBI agent. You get some mystery, intrigue, love, an awesome dog named Luna and you get two people learning to trust each other, especially when it matters most.

This book for me started a little slowly and I wished we had more about the job stuff from the beginning, but once it takes off it really does. You will laugh and may even cry and maybe even get mad and want to throw your kindle. This is told in dual POV and I love getting inside both of their heads, it is worth the read.
Profile Image for Leticia.
71 reviews
March 16, 2018
Alicia has witnessed a fair. Seeing her mother broken. Her world is about to turn in a 360. Seeing her mother in the state she is. Pushing back her dream of moving to new york. Closing her heart to love. Never suspected she will find love. Fate and destiny have a surprise for her. Volunteering at a shelter. Gabe is a police officer working undercover. Walking inside the shelter were Alicia is volunteering. When she sees him something inside of her is being awake. What Alicia doesn't know Gabe has dark past. His also hurting, and broken. Loves give them a second chance. Will they take it or walk away from one another. I recommend you to read this book. Is so emotional that touches your soul. The characters click perfectly. From page one too, the end is a page-turner. Action pack with real events that can happen in the modern world. It deserves more than five stars. I read an advanced copy.
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50k reviews4 followers
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April 23, 2018
💝 FREE on Amazon today (4/23/2018)!💝

Trust is overrated.
The day I came home and saw my father cheating on my mother, I vowed to never trust another man.
Until I met Gabe.
He flipped my world around and made me rethink everything I knew about trust, loyalty, and love. But will that be enough for me to hold on? Because I'm not sure he's telling me everything...

Nothing will stop me from bringing down the evil in this world. The evil I escaped from. The evil I will never return to. Not even love. Who has time for that shit?
Until I met Alicia and my entire universe changed.
I can't involve her in my life without risking hers. I have to keep her safe, which means away from me. But sometimes things don't go as planned.
Sometimes life takes you on an unexpected journey and one you will never forget.

**Book 2 in the Love & Trust Series**
**Can be read as a standalone**
Profile Image for Kari Hansen.
9,505 reviews62 followers
March 16, 2018
Alicia dreams of opening her own beauty salon in NY but when her mother becomes ill she puts her dream on hold and is working at a salon in town and volunteers at the shelter. Alicia doesn’t believe in love or that men can be trusted but then she meets Gabe.

Gabe is an FBI agent who has also seen first hand that love only leads to pain. When his current investigation leads him to the shelter the draw he felt towards Alicia was like nothing he had ever felt before.

He tries to keep his distance as he knows the secrets from his past will only put her in danger and Alicia is starting to develop feelings for him but she senses he is not telling her everything which doesn’t help the trust issues she had to begin with. When danger surrounds them will Gabe be able to keep her safe?
Profile Image for Stefanie.
636 reviews
March 13, 2018
Wow! Just absolutely blew my mind!! Even dealing with a heavy subject, Lyssa manages to write a phenomenal love story. The instant attraction and chemistry between Gabe and Alicia pulls this story forward. Then the angst just pulls you in the story. I cried as secrets we're revealed. I really cried during the scenes with Alicia's mom! Brought back memories for me.

The first meeting between them is hilarious! Then the first love scene was so freaking hot!! The back and forth trust was broken then mended.
I had to put the book down during the big confrontation. Picking it up and finishing because it was worth it. I absolutely loved it!! The ending was Perfect!
Profile Image for Gladys.
11.2k reviews120 followers
March 14, 2018
A very entertaining and engaging read. A deeply emotional storyline about two wounded people that fate brings together and they discover a love that was not wanted or expected. With plenty of baggage from the past and the desire to resist the attraction they feel, the storyline provides lots of emotional turmoil. Can these two lay their pasts to rest, learn to trust and open their hearts to love? Grab a copy of this enjoyable book to see for yourself. I'm posting a completely honest, voluntary review after reading this book.
150 reviews2 followers
March 16, 2018
Such a great book! Alicia doesn’t want love in her life. She’s ok with having flings & nothing more serious. Thanks to catching her father cheating on her mother that impacted the way she thinks of men & love.
Gabe’s only focus is his job & getting revenge on his uncle & brothers for the murder of his parents. That is until he runs into Alicia.
What starts off as part of his job slowly but surely turns into something else for them. But neither wants to admit to themselves that it’s more than just a fling. Circumstances push and pull them apart.
I received this arc on a voluntary basis.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Wendy Livingstone.
15.1k reviews150 followers
March 16, 2018
Alicia puts her life on hold in order to return home to look after her Mom, and while there she gets a job in a salon and volunteers to work at the local shelter. Gabe is an FBI agent whose current investigation brings him into the same town, and when these two cross paths, the chemistry is explosive. This author has written a great story which is filled with danger, secrets, and is a steamy read. I was hooked and intrigued throughout, and look forward to reading more in this series. I highly recommend this talented authors’ work for all readers, you will not be disappointed!
Profile Image for Debra Richardson.
996 reviews2 followers
March 17, 2018
Oh My! This book is so fantastic I have this smile on my face as I write this review! It deserves far more than the 5 stars allowed! I was hooked from the very first page. It is drama and action filled; with emotions that wrenched my heart strings; hot chemistry and sex so amazing the sparks flew off the pages. Gabe and Alicia, individually, had their own tragedies to deal with, but together they are the perfect, strong, loving, sweet couple. This is an amazing heartfelt story that deserves to be read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Profile Image for Hazel Lewis.
38 reviews1 follower
March 12, 2018
Hot tattooed FBI agent and a lonely girl what can happen ? Well a lot :) Gabe adamant he can’t fall in love his past is to tainted Alica with so much on Her plate and he trust in men disappearing after a child hood trauma. But they persevere and fate takes control. An amazing hot read took me a few chapters to get in to it but once I was into it I couldn’t put it down and loved it didn’t want it to end amazing book with fantastic story line
Profile Image for Jojo Reeves.
774 reviews15 followers
March 13, 2018
I really enjoyed this book about 2 broken souls brought together by a crime syndicate that he is investigating and she unwittingly stumbles in to. The chemistry between Gabe and Alicia is strong, the action was exciting and I found I couldn’t put it down. I’m fast becoming a big fan of Lyssa coles writing style and her ability to draw the reader in and keep them enthralled with the plot and the characters
March 15, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story between Gabe and Alicia was so dynamic! It really gave me all the feels. I was so invested in the love story between these two that I actually cried when Alicia cried. I love that they both have back stories that get explained in the story and how it plays out with them together. All in all, GREAT read. I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves a great romance and a lot of HOT STEAMY bits!!!
2,320 reviews7 followers
March 16, 2018
Alicia puts her dreams on hold when her mother becomes ill, she doesn't trust men and doesn't believe in love. Gabe is an FBI agent who during an investigation, meets Alicia at the shelter where she volunteers and is intrigued by her, but he doesn't want a relationship and doesn't wan to put her in danger because of his past. He tries to stay away from her but can't seem to resist. When danger is around them will he be able to keep her safe and when his secrets are revealed, will Alicia ever be able to trust him again?
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Profile Image for Gwen Shafer.
1,838 reviews23 followers
March 17, 2018
Completely enjoyed this book. Gabe is working under cover on a case and falls for the girl. But little do either one of them know there is so much more to the story. I loved the story line and the character chemistry. It was a great story with lots of suspense. I loved Alicia. She was an amazing character.She dealt with so much right from the beginning. Just an overall well written enjoyable book from beginning to end
Profile Image for Virginie Plawecki-Illescas.
39 reviews2 followers
March 8, 2018
Two broken souls with an emotional past, a suspenseful present and a future full of promises.

Love in Disguise is the second book in the Love and Trust Series. Having not read the first book in the series, I was a little concerned but this book can be read as a standalone. In the end I was pleased with the story. It is filled with emotions and suspense.

I give it a 4-stars.
Profile Image for DM Pennington.
Author 9 books11 followers
March 9, 2018
Stars: 4 (out of 5) for overall story
Chilies: 4 (out of 5) for heat between the sheets/or anywhere else

Genre: Romance
Recommended Readers: 18+
Chapters: Prologue + 28 + Epilogue
Ending: HEA
Main Characters:
Alicia Rego
Gabe Manley aka Peter Cooke
Series: Love & Trust Series Book 2

REVIEW: This novel was an interesting read because the core issue was a bit on the darker side. In fact if you are sensitive to human trafficking, child abductions for sex trade, or any other forms of abuse against women, you may find this one just a bit rough.

Although, those topics are harsh, I feel Ms. Cole did a great job in not allowing the story to go dark. There is a message of hope throughout the story. A message of love and family. This novel is full of heavy drama, grief, loss, healing, family and of course steamy sex between Alicia and Gabe. Most importantly for a story like this, it ends with an HEA.

ARC read in exchange for honest review.
Profile Image for Sherry Westendorf.
4,475 reviews20 followers
March 13, 2018
Great read. She catches her father cheating on her mother. And to find that from you father changes your way of thinking and keeps you away from relationships. Then she meets him and questions her thinking but knows there is more. It is a good read. I was given a review copy and voluntarily review it.
Profile Image for Cindy.
885 reviews27 followers
March 15, 2018
Lyssa Cole gives us quite the insta-love story with Love In Disguise. I'm a HUGE fan of insta-love stories. This one has just the right amount of romance, and angst intertwined in an interesting story line. The story at times had trouble holding my attention, but all and all I enjoyed the story, and the characters.

*I voluntarily read an advance copy from the author. This is my honest review.*

Profile Image for A.
338 reviews1 follower
March 15, 2018
I loved to watch Alyssa and Gabe’s story play out! This was a great read that was written really well. It had a good storyline that kept you reading because you just weren’t to sure how it was going to play out. There was a few touches on some real life issues, it has some steamy scenes but overall great read. I received a free book and this was my honest review.
Profile Image for Bethany McNease.
349 reviews3 followers
March 15, 2018
Alicia has trust issues thanks to her father. Gabe has his own issues with his family. Together they can help heal each other. One of my favorite parts of this book was seeing their romance grow slowly. I think too often stories get to the romance too quickly. I loved the build up in this story. Alicia didn't trust Gabe right away and it added to the realism of the story. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more!
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