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~Review~ Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters

 

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Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters

****3.75 Stars****

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“Thieves can become saints. Saints can become thieves. Most of us deserve a second chance.” 

In true Pepper Winters form, this was a twisted tale filled with con artists, stockers, innocence, as well as passion. This suspenseful thriller keeps you guessing, trying to navigate the maze of half truths and all out deception.  On the path to the truth, you think you’ve got it figured out…then you don’t….or do you???

“The man who first stole my body and then stole my heart was the ultimate magician with lies.”


Noelle “Elle” Charlston is the heiress to Belle Elle, the leading department store in the country.  She has lived a fairy tale life, similar to many princesses, she lived her life in a gilded tower.  Since the death of her mother at a tender age, she was groomed into the CEO she will become.  Her childhood was not spent playing dress up and having sleepovers, it was spent reviewing spreadsheets and spending reports – understanding her birthright and responsibility to be prepared to step in and fulfill her destiny.  However; Elle craves freedom and normalcy…she wants nothing more than to blend into the crowd and just be.  On her 19th birthday, her gift to herself was one night of freedom….a night spent on the streets of New York, a night that changes her life forever.

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Three years later, Elle is drowning in responsibilities, loneliness, and guilt.  She is under pressure from her father to settle down, he has even found the perfect candidate in his best friends son Greg.  Not wanting to upset her ailing father she tries to make it obvious she isn’t interested, she just can’t get past the fact Greg makes her skin crawl.


Then one night a mysterious man drops into her life, dark and oh so handsome, Penn Everett.  He stirs up all the emotions and feeling she hasn’t felt for three years, extreme reactions she tries to suppress, but just can’t seem to ignore.  Penn is full of secrets and so dangerous, but he is a temptation she just is unable to resist. Every word out of his mouth is a half truth or an out and lie….and he wants nothing more than to control Elle.


“I can make you do things, Elle. Things you want to do. Things I want to do. I particularly liked when you said you’d get on your knees and call me, what was it? Oh, master?


Penn is the master of manipulation, at every turn, he has Elle second guessing his intentions and herself.  What does he want from her and what can she afford to give….can she find the truth and more importantly, can she live with the  …

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This book ends in a true Pepper Winter style … cliffhanger…….leaving no choice but continue on to the next and last book…Throne of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet #2) 2/28/17.

 

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~Review~ Strays by Garrett Leigh~

 

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Strays (Urban Soul #2) by Garrett Leigh

*****4.5 Stars*****

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This is the second book in the series and CAN be read as a standalone as the characters from Misfits ( book one ) are well introduced.

I adored Lenny from the start.

Working as a server in Misfits Restaurant he loves to dye his hair and go dancing but his life has been put on hold due to a stalker.With no real evidence, the Police seem reluctant to do anything which leaves Lenny at breaking point.This is where Cass, his boss, steps in.He entrusts him to one of his chefs, Nero with strict instructions for Nero to keep a close eye on him.


Nero is a workaholic-he’s grumpy and rude and the last thing he needs is one of Cass’s Strays to babysit.At first, he has no idea what to do with Lenny in the kitchen but soon recognizes that Lenny has quite a flair for putting together flamboyant plates of food.


Before anything sexual happens between them they come to rely on each other in different ways and for different reasons.Nero has a past which he keeps bottled up and is very reluctant to share it with Lenny.Nero becomes fiercely protective of Lenny and Lenny recognizes that there is so much more to Nero than his grumpy exterior.

There’s not an abundance of sex scenes but when they do become close it’s perfect and, I felt, just right for the story.The dynamics of their sexual relationship was not what I was expecting but it definitely worked.There’s a great feeling of family and belonging throughout the book not least because of the involvement of Tom, Cass, and Jake from book one.


This book ticked so many boxes for me.

Two highly likable but different characters.
Great supporting characters.
A bit of angst, but not overdone.
The Kitchen/Restaurant setting, I just loved.
Enough sexy times to keep me happy.
And of course, the fact that it’s British and set in London was a huge plus.

Highly recommended!

Arc provided by Riptide Publishing via the Author.

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~Review~ Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood~

 

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Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood

****4 Stars****


I was a bit worried when I read the blurb.  Fake marriages are not really my thing, but once I started reading, I found myself completely sucked into this sweet “best friends to lovers” story.

It also helps that these men, don’t actually marry.

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Chase and Alec have been best friends for a very long time. Chase is known as being quite the player among his friends. Chase isn’t ready to settle down into some relationship. He thinks, that once people settle down or get married, everything will go to shit and life will be boring and sex will be non-excistent.

So he sticks to hook-ups.

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That is until his friends bet him that he couldn’t stay married for a month, even if he wanted to. According to them, marriage is hard work, and Chase is not cut out for this. Chase, of course, can’t resist proving them wrong. And who would be a better candidate in this “fake” marriage, than his best friend Alec.

So he “fake” proposes right then and there.

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Their friends have a little wedding ceremony for them.

The rules are: they have to live together for a month, sleep in the same bed, eat together and go on a date once a week. Sounds easy enough….what could possibly go wrong ??

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Both men are lusting for one another, and why not just give in right…it’s just sex…

Hot sex, but still just friends having sex….

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Until it’s not…..

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I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet, hot, funny at times and there wasn’t any angst….

Just two best friends falling in love with each other.

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You would think, that with me being such an angst junkie, I would be bored, but I wasn’t…not at all. It was exactly what I needed right now. I will

I will definitely look into more books by this author.  🙂

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