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Filthy Liar

(Forbidden Bodyguards #5)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Jason and Ellie's book at last. But her name isn't Ellie.

She's a liar. He's a cheat. Nothing will ever be the same again.

It’s been a long, lonely five years. I never stopped caring for Ellie, even after I realized she’d conned her way into our firm in order to get a scoop. Now that she’s back in my life, we have a lot to catch up on—even as the world burns around u
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published September 15th 2020 (first published July 21st 2020)
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Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Ellie and Jason had an office fling back in book one (but we never heard about it). She leaves and now five years later is back. Someone is after her for the information she has and members of the Horus group help protect her. The demise of the bad guy that's been around for all the previous books was pretty anticlimactic and disappointing. Jason and Ellie were hot and pretty normal compared to the last three couples.

The author says this is the book everyone has been wait
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel like when you crack this book open, the "Dun, dun" from Law & Order should echo out of your e-reader. Definitely ripped from the headlines. You know the ones I mean -- juicy, licentious, too much money, abuse of power, secrets, game playing, escaping justice and lots of sex.

This book hijacked my weekend and I am oh so glad it did. It is relevant, topical and hot, hot, hot. Alpha men and strong women in and around the halls of power -- what could be better? Almost nothing! This was a fanta
patrick Lorelli
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-romance
Jason owns a security firm and at one time had someone working for him by the name of Ellie. The two of them became attracted to each other and then she disappeared. Even with all of his technology, he could not find her. He did find little bits of what he thought was her but putting it all together would be difficult.
Part of the story is drawn from headlines or feels like they are. When you really get into the meat of the story you find that Ellie needs his and his team's help. You also disco
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was okay for me. I didn't read the previous books but for some reason it felt you don't have to read them to know what's going on.
Now.... this felt too documentary for me in some parts. Like there was so much information that were too similar of things that are going on in real life right now that I just... didn't like the feeling of "reading news"; but taking that away I still didn't enjoyed the romance. I felt there was very little chemistry between our MCs eventhough they had a romantic
Kari Hansen
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been years since Ellie went undercover at Horus Group to investigate a story however her assignment became very personal when the chemistry ignited between her and Jason. She may have left with her story and with her cover, but she left her heart behind.

Years later she is back investigating another story when fate brings Ellie and Jason together only this time around, she needs his help. Not only do they need to deal with the past but with all the secrets in the present as well.

This story t
Ines (Bookstaroom)
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-list-2020
Nice, fast paced, not so dirty, romance (which is good!) about Ellie and Jason.
There were so many names in the book, all new for me, because I didn't read any of the previous books, that's why I'm angry at myself right now.

Anyway, I did enjoy reading it, but unfortunately not loving it that much.

Thank you NetGalley and Ainsley Booth for this ARC.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m so torn. ⚠️ there will be spoilers ⚠️

Here I am saying I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it, that’s not what I expected to be saying.
“Hate F” came in to my life with a Bang,such an exciting start to a series. But this ? This is most definitely a whimper.
It’s weird, Jason and Ellie didn’t have much a role in “Hate”,it of course was completely centered on Hailey and Cole and yet there was something about the small by plays between Ellie and Jason that left me intrigued. Then when she just up,
Caroline Abreu
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a long-awaited completion of a series from Ainsley Booth, originally called The Horus Group but renamed Forbidden Bodyguards. There's been other reconfiguring with this series, as when it began, back in 2014, it was an exciting intrigue, with interesting characters and a fantastic story arc that some early reviewers thought was outrageous and unbelievable.

Well, here we are. When reality met art, and things began to get a bit too real for all of us, it was particularly hard to read what t
Ann K.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could say that I read this series in order..... I didn't. However, that did not stop me from enjoying one of Ms. Booth's novels. I could piece together the past history and character storylines enough that I didn't feel at too much of a disadvantage. That being said, I am totally going to pick up the rest of the series in the coming weeks!

I usually do not go for the political thrillers, but the story is spun in such a way with such current topics, I was hooked from the get go. The story
Viper Spaulding
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stunning political thriller with a hot, hot, hot romance!

Five years after she ghosted Jason, Melinda (Ellie) is back in DC, and despite her attempts to avoid him at all costs, their paths keep crossing at various events. This gripping thriller has a deliciously intense romance set against a true "ripped-from-the-headlines" plot that feels so real if only because of how it matches today's current events. This is all the more remarkable when you realize the author started this series (and overarch
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rcvd an advanced reader copy from Ainsley for giving my two cents. One word....H-O-T!!! We meet Jason, one of the top dogs in the Horus Group who still thinks about their receptionist that went M.I.A 5 years ago after having an affair with her. While "crashing" a party he sees a server at the party who looks like Ellie....but can it really be her? We meet journalist Melinda aka Ellie, who is back in DC following a lead that would show the true colours of some prominent people but when she spots ...more
Jean Marie
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh how I've missed Ainsley Booth and this Forbidden Bodyguards series but it was worth the wait!

This book had so much political intrigue with a secret journalist and tons of other unexpected twists and turns. Ellie and Jason connected before when she worked for him as an assistant at the Horus Group. But as soon as things got really hot between them, she ghosted him and he became a changed man. It turns out that Ellie left DC for California and wasn't planning on returning. But after 5 years, sh
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020_reads, boss_babe
3.5 for this final book in the series that started with Hate F*ck back in 2014. I didn't realize it was coming out until I got the email from Zoe York/Ainsley Booth and if I'd known, I probably would have done a complete series re-read because it would have been nice to have a refresher.
As the author's notes states, this was very much a ripped from the headlines kind of story with many shades of Jeffery Epstein in Gerome Lively.
This story picks up 5 years after the 4th book and the guys of the
Downward dog

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

If you like reading stories about alpha males, strong women, suspense and red hot romance you will enjoy Filthy Liar. It’s about Jason, a Washington fixer, who works in security. He and his associates are the best in the business but everything they do isn't always above the law.

Jason and Melinda had a sizzling affair five years ago, unti
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Political intrigue shares center stage with a smoking hot former lovers redo full of mystery, lies and sexual attraction. Filthy Liar is a fast-paced ride with more than a bit of timely familiarity in the storyline.
Jason and Ellie have a history built on lies, starting with the fact that Ellie isn’t who she pretended to be. She’s actually Melinda, a journalist who blew the lid off a case that has been threaded throughout the series, affecting everyone in its path. Their connection may seem stri
Taryne Rhedey
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of Filthy Liar for an honest review.
First off, I preordered this as soon as it went up because I love the worlds that Ainsley creates, though this one is a little closer to real then any of us would like.
Jason and Melinda, formerly known as Ellie, meet again after 5 years right a major player start moving their pawns around Washington. The problem is they are both so good at lying they cant see the truth right in front of them.
Fast paced and lots of action, inside the bedroom, th
Marlene Brown
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
The men and women of the Horus Group / Forbidden Bodyguard's books are just so easy to love and hate. They aren't perfect, they are flawed, they don't always tell the truth or do things by the book and that just makes them real. I have waited impatiently for Jason and Ellie's story and I did not close my Kindle until I was done (early hours of the morning), but it was worth my lack of sleep. Jason and his team are hired to help a client who is being blackmailed and in the course of the "investig ...more
* I was kindly sent this in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley*

I really liked this. Despite this being the fifth book in this series it was the first one that I've read. It was easily read as a standalone and I never found myself lost or confused about the characters pasts. It was a brilliant balance of high action investigation and sizzling romance. I loved the dynamic between Ellie and Jason; their banter was great to read. I loved the side characters and they made me want to go back
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
After binging the first four books of Forbidden Body Guards earlier this year, I was highly anticipating Filthy Liar, and now I finally got the chance to read it.

I'm not usually into political intrigue, but somehow it worked for me with this series. Ainsley Booth draws you in with her dirty-talking alphas and keeps you hooked with sexual tension and chemistry as well as a quick-moving, suspenseful plot. She did exactly that with Jason and Ellie/Melinda's story.

I do wish there had been more appea
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book five in The Forbidden Bodyguards Series and it is Jason and Elle (Melinda)story and omg what a story it is. There are so many twists and turns along with betrayal, secrets, lies, hope, love and many other situations and that is what makes this book a real page and you have to keep reading to see what will happen week and it is so addictive that I couldn't put it down. Jason and Elle have history and a real strong connection and chemistry between them so when they see each other afte ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A second chance romance!

Five years ago Ellie was Jason's receptionist ... and his secret lover. Then she vanished. Now she's back, but her name is Melinda and she's a journalist asking questions about one of his clients. The chemistry between them can still light a room on fire, but Jason just can't trust her. Melinda knows that her secret will destroy Jason, so she's determined to help her friend and then get out of DC ... away from Jason.

I could just feel the electricity between Jason and Meli
Downward dog
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like reading stories about alpha males, strong women, suspense and red hot romance you will enjoy Filthy Liar. It’s about Jason, a Washington fixer, who works in security. He and his associates are the best in the business but everything they do isn't always above the law.

Jason and Melinda had a sizzling affair five years ago, until Melinda disappeared. She has now reappeared and Jason wants some answers. Jason and Melinda care about each other, but they don’t trust one another and are af
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Intriguing Page-turner

This story is a fictional page-turner that could have been torn from our current world headlines. It is fast paced, keeping you on your toes with a tight mix of espionage, action, politics, twists and lies. Add to that some seriously combustible chemistry between Jason and Melinda, and you have yourself a winner.

Ainsley Booth exposes the evil that people do, layer by ugly layer. Her good guys are loyal, fierce and smart enough to take care of the situation. She brings l
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a way to end this series! When I read Book #1 in the Forbidden Bodyguards series (which I believe was called the Horus Group back in 2014), I knew I stumbled upon a great romantic suspense series. I had no idea that 6 years later I would be reading the last book in the series and enjoying it so much. It was well worth the wait to read about Jason and Ellie/Melinda's second chance. There's quite a bit of political intrigue and suspense as with the other books in this series, as well as the s ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a mixed bag for me because I didn't really connect with Ellie, she frustrated the hell out of me. I feel like if the information about her had come out quicker I'd have been able to relate to her better.
When the reveal came about what she was doing and the connections she'd made in the case I just felt bad for the guys, annoyed that she wouldn't tell the truth and over her lies in general.

I began this series years ago and have loved each book, I'm sad to say this is my least f
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I've been anticipating Jason and Ellie's story... and I'm torn. On one hand, their story was super steamy and it was great to know the story behind Ellie's disappearance five years earlier. I'm glad we got the follow up on the Gerome Lively saga and I found the resolution and explanation good.
On the other hand - there could have been more than just one flashback to help establish that there was more than just sex between the characters five years prior. And for a book that wrapped up a series, w
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story will keep you entranced. A suspenseful tale of spies, dubious morals, and power plays takes us behind the scenes in D.C.. Jason and the Horus Group provide security and public relations support for some questionable people but try to stay on the side of good. Melinda uses her journalistic investigative skills to expose the dirty underbelly of society and government. Five years ago they became involved while she was undercover, but a second chance at love may also lead death and ruin. ...more
Lisa H
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Filthy lies, second chances?

Jason is part of Horus Group....elite fixers )think Scandal). Five years ago, he did the no-no (or is that oh, yes!) with their receptionist Ellie.

Ellie, is not Ellie, rather, she's the Bad A Melinda, a secret alpha (hint, its not you, Jason) who is an investigative journalist. She goes under cover. Now, she's back in Jason's orbit and its just as steamy as it was five years ago...

Recommend. Steamy, delicious fun, with a hint of political scandal ripped right outta t
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Jason and Elle have a history. She’s the woman who broke through and has taken up residence in Jason’s head and heart. That is until she ghosted him and after five years apart he can’t believe he’s found her again.

Melinda has a secret and there is no way Jason would accept it. It’s why she ran. But when she needs help, the first person she turns to is Jason.

It was a good book filled with secret, action, discovering the plot runs so much deeper, and two people who love each other but are afraid
Terra Oenning
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omg this book was absolutely fantastic and it will keep you hooked from the beginning until the end. I was absolutely on the edge of my seat with this book it has so many twist and turns and what the heck just happened in it. I have to say this book is absolutely mind blowing and it will keep you wondering whats going to happen next .Ainsley Booth knows how to keep you hooked and held in suspense with her fantastic writing and her books are absolutely phenomenal.
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