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Integrity

by E. J. Noyes

It’s an ordinary workday when intelligence analyst Lexie Martin learns about a horrific chemical weapon attack abroad. Just an ordinary day…until a stranger breaks into her house and warns her to forget what she saw and heard, setting off a chain of events Lexie thought only happened in movies. Falsely accused of stealing intelligence and unsure of who to trust, Lexie quickly realizes the significance of the intel, and that she must do everything she can to keep it safe. And as she runs—maybe for her life—Lexie knows she needs something, or someone, to help her.

There’s a place for truths and lies, and sometimes you need both to get what you want. Lexie convinces the woman she’s only just started dating to “go on vacation” with her, hoping a constant companion and witness will keep Them at a distance, and the intel safe. But when she develops feelings for the beautiful and sweet Sophia Flores, she wonders if a relationship built on a foundation of secrets can ever work. That might not even matter, because when Lexie uncovers the truth, the price of it could be her freedom.

Book One in the Halcyon Division Series.

eBook

$9.99

Paperback

$19.95

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Genre Romance, Thriller
Length 286 pages
Publication Date May 18, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642474657e
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell

Extras

GCLS Goldie Awards
Integrity — Finalist, Romantic Blend.

FROM THE AUTHOR

"Integrity has been quite some time from writing to publication, possibly more than any of my other novels with the exception of my debut, possibly because it required more work to fit the pieces together, and maybe possibly because of the extra strong dose of no-yes-no-yes-no-yes-no-yes I experienced during its creation.

This isn’t the first time I’ve gone through massive phugoid cycles of “I love this book!” to “I hate this book!” (sometimes multiple times in the course of one day), and it definitely won’t be the last time. Fun fact! It’s happening right now as I finish up Leverage: Book 2 (thank you, support crew for yet again tolerating my Tortured Artiste woes). But there’s something comforting in the familiarity of this cycle of loving then hating then loving your work, especially because I ALWAYS land on love in the end.

Lexie Martin’s world might be a little twisty and yeah, maybe it’s still a little complex. But as an author, it’s a great world to be immersed in and I hope you enjoy experiencing it as much as I enjoyed creating it."

—E. J. Noyes

Read more about E. J.'s thoughts on Integrity at Book News.

Reviews

The Lesbian Review
Noyes writes in first-person point of view like no other. This author made me see and feel everything through Lexie’s eyes. Noyes’ writing is beautiful and real, I loved getting lost in the main character’s head and re-read several paragraphs because they were so poignant.

Noyes always writes witty, funny heartfelt dialogue and this book has all of that in bucket loads.

Women Using Words
Noyes never fails to impress me with her talent. She is fearless in her storytelling, never hesitating to flesh it out and let the story take her where it will. Because she does, it feels organic to the reader. Scenes don’t feel forced. They work. Furthermore, they advance the plot. It all works to prove Noyes is a master at producing stories that are pure, indulgent escapism. Readers get so caught up in the narrative that it’s over before they know it and they’re a little disappointed that it has. However, a true Noyes fan always knows that the reread is going to be just as good, if not better than the first time through.... Book one of the Halcyon Division Series is a fantastic beginning; I have no doubt readers are going to enjoy this journey and sign up for more. This is heart-pumping, non-stop, page-flipping fun, and one heck of a ride! My recommendation: don’t miss out!

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Victoria T. - …The book is an emotional rollercoaster, but just when I feel like I will explode with all the emotions, stress, and paranoia from Lexie. E. J. will casually feed you sweet treats from Lexie and Sophia; and slide humor banter here and there that I miss counting how much I want to laugh out loud…. I can't wait for Book 2 to be released!

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Melina B. - This was such an excellent read - the action was fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Lexie was a very likeable character and had a sense of humour even in the toughest of situations, but still wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable and accept her growing feelings for Sophia. It was a good balance between a romance and a spy thriller.

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Karen C. - Hoooooooo-weeeeeee! What a fun ride! A new book by E. J. Noyes is truly an event to be scheduled on a reader's calendar. But knowing it's the start of a new series? Priceless! I can't even imagine how the rest of the series will play out…will Lexie and Sophia continue to fight crime together? The use of first person past tense works so well here that it's impossible not to become immersed in the story from the first page.

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Nutmeg - In Integrity, Noyes created a world blanketed in deceit and treachery and a dynamic plot that thickens and swells as the story goes. I read the acknowledgments and can only imagine the work required to tear a draft and start it all over again. So for all the rewriting, thank you Noyes, for giving us yet another book to devour and characters to fall in love with.

In a world where lies and truths collide and intertwine, Lexie is racing against time, to protect intel and uncover truths while playing lover to Sophia Flores. The suspense will keep you on your toes, I can’t go about saying how many times I was tempted to skip to the end just to see how it all ends. The side characters add yet another layer to the suspense and Sophia, what can I say other than I am inclined to believe she is the one to watch out for in the next book.

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Michele R. - …Once again E. J. Noyes has written a book that is so different from any of her past offerings. Integrity has a balance of intrigue, spy games, potential political upheaval, and romance. I highly enjoyed both characters including Lexie's vulnerability and Sophia's strength, both character traits that are in sharp contrast to their day-to-day personas. The ending was the perfect setup and lead-in to Book Two, 4.5 stars

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Betty H. - …The novel is filled with excitement, intrigue, thrills, and passion. Lexie and Sophia will grab your heartstrings and pull you into their tale, and even though Lexie will insist she isn’t a spy, this is really a wonderful spy story. This novel has my highest recommendation, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. If I could give it more than five stars, I would. You must read this one.

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Queer A. Reviews - …E. J. Noyes has written a brilliant first book in what promises to be an epic new series.

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Jenna B. - Integrity is a thriller with a lovely dose of romance which captivated me from the first moment.

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Bonnie K. - Overall, a fast-paced exciting engaging romance that leaves you wanting more. The characters were lovable and communicated well. I recommend.

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Jo R. - A fantastic thriller that keeps you captivated from beginning to end!

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Laura G. - …I keep waiting for a book from E.J. Noyes that I don't love, but I am starting to think there may never be a book from her that doesn't speak to me. She is unequivocally one of the best writers in sapphic literature and I wait anxiously for the second book in this captivating, intense series. Lexie Martin is a heroine who values her integrity above all things, even more so than her own safety. I only wish more real-life people shared her values.

Customer Reviews

2 reviews for Integrity – eBook

  1. cjackson (verified owner)

    Slick, witty and smart, this fast-paced thriller is the perfect mix of action and romance. The two lead characters are engaging and I was rooting for them from the start. Lexie’s irreverent snark is completely balanced by Sophia’s sweetness, and they are a great addition to the E. J. Noyes character family!
    I was completely absorbed and can’t wait for the next books in the series.

  2. LACUSFPHD (verified owner)

    …Noyes does not disappoint. This is a different type of book for her but she does it well! Part fast paced thriller, part love story…. The sharp wit of both characters, Lexie and Sophia, the angst of Lexie debating with herself. Held my attention… Definitely recommend you give it a read!

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