Review: The Brightest Stars, Anna Todd

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The Brightest Stars, a beautiful and gripping novel from New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Anna Todd, is available NOW!

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International bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman's journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.
Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That's why she's forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn't turned her back on her family. She's the glue that holds them together--when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.
Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can't always fix what's broken. But when Austin's behavior worsens and her father's reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That's when she meets him--a closed book she's desperate to open.
At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He's emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn't begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.
But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That's when Karina has to find her own courage--to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she's going to do about it.
A riveting story about love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
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REVIEW:

Honestly as soon as I saw Anna Todd had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it but it came as shock when I reached the end of the book and it ended in a cliffhanger that left me breathless and I found out this was going to be a trilogy. Lordie, the wait is going to suck!

The way this book started in the present and then went back to when Karina and Kael first met, I knew it was going to hurt, and it freaking did.. keep in my mind that this is only part 1 of 3. So I know I'm gonna be a mess with each book that comes out.

Karina is an army brat and she always promised herself that she would never put herself through that in a relationship... that is until Kael shows up at her work and then inside her home. Even though Kael is a quite guy and getting words out of him is like pulling teeth, sparks fly between him and Karina immediately. Kael is suddenly everywhere Karina is, he goes to her work for massages, is friends with her roommate and stays over while he has no place to stay, knows her twin's friends and shows up at his party... he is everywhere and she loves it. They develop this deep connection in a few weeks that eventually becomes more but Kael has been hiding stuff and when Karina gets a whiff of it and finds out Kael and her father knew each other before the Tuesday family dinner, she thinks she's been played.
Karina finds herself in a nightmare, with the awful relationship she has with her dad, the mess with her twin brother Austin and now the man she was falling in love with has been hiding major secrets. But it only gets worse from there, what she fears the most and always thought wouldn't happen.. happens.

I was left reeling once I reached the end of this book. Shook to the core just like Karina once she found out the final blow to her already beaten up heart. I cannot wait to see what her reaction will be, but I know it won't be pretty. I'm also super curious about what really happened with Kael and Karina's father, I cannot wait to learn the truth. And in regards to Austin, I honestly don't get the guy. He is a complete mess, so lost. I hope he figures life out, because he has been spiraling out of control and if something doesn't change, it's going to be bad. I feel for Karina, she cares so much for him and not being able to do anything kills her. I hope she understands where he is coming from once she accepts the truth.

Anna Todd always writes complex characters, ones that frustrate you like no other. After Hardin, I cannot wait to see who these characters will become. The Brightest Stars just might be my favorite book she's written (keeping in mind that I still haven't read The Spring Girls) and I cannot wait to get more of these two and find out all the secrets and how they'll work everything out with they way we were all left hanging.


Excerpt:


Elodie sat down on the couch and tucked her feet under her. Her petite body was changing, her belly starting to swell. I wondered where the baby would sleep in my little house. Elodie’s favorite American show at the moment was Scandal. She was binge-watching it for the first time.
“What season are you on now?” I asked her.
“Two,” she said softly.
She was being so quiet. I pulled my shoes off and it wasn’t until I dropped one on the floor and something moved in my peripheral vision that I realized another person was in my house.
A noise, a little like a shriek, flew from my mouth when I saw him. He was staring at me, the one-syllable client from earlier. He was sitting in my chair—the dark pink, used-to-be-red one that my nana gave me before we moved to Georgia.
“Um, hey?” I said when my heart stopped doing little flips from the aftershock of surprise. How did I not see a whole human in my living room? I had been feeling spacey a lot the last few weeks, but that day was another level.
“How was work?” Elodie asked, looking at the TV while her fingers picked at the fabric on her pants, and then back to me.
“Good …”
I stared at this Kael guy and he stared back at me. When I would recall this later, the first time he was inside my little white house, the memory would change from a burning pain to pure bliss and back—again and again and again. But when it happened in real life, it happened fast. Before he was anything to me—before he was everything—he was just a quiet stranger with a blank face and distant eyes. There was something indomitable about him, something so closed, that I couldn’t even begin to make up a life for him. He hated peppermint oil and hadn’t wanted me to touch his leg—those were the only clues I had to who he was.

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Cover Reveal: Loving Mr. Cane, Shanora Williams

Check out this gorgeous cover for  LOVING MR. CANE by Shanora Williams! She's given us an amazing excerpt too! Don't forget to add it to your TBR!
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Blurb:
KANDY

When I was a little girl, Mr. Cane was my whole world.

He was perfect and handsome and the best thing to have ever happened to my family.

As I grew up, those feelings changed. I wanted him in every possible way, and I got what I’d been craving.

Then I learned things about him…dangerous things.

I was too stubborn to heed his warnings—too naive to see the complicated mess unfolding right in front of me.

My life was torn to shreds because of my desire for him, but how am I supposed to stop loving a man who still means so much to me?



CANE

I knew from the start that I should have stayed away from Kandy, but my stubborn heart wouldn’t let me.

I’ve done things I’m not proud of to get to where I am now, and because of it, monsters lurk deep within my shadows, ready to pull me under. She’s better off without me. I know it but still, I can’t let her go. She’s my girl. My everything.

I will fight for our love, even if it means losing everything I worked so hard for in the end.



Excerpt:

On the way up the elevator, it was only us, and as soon as the doors closed, Cane stepped in front of me, caging me between his arms.

“What are you doing?” I asked, smiling, my breaths ragged.

Our foreheads connected and his lips came down on mine. He kissed me whole and deep, and it was so unexpected, but I melted with the kiss anyway. I felt like I was going to turn into a pile of mush by how intense it was. I curled my fingers into his black jacket, bringing my other hand up and curling those fingers in the hair at the nape of his neck.

A moan gushed out of me, and Cane started to pull away when the elevator chimed, but I didn’t want the kiss to stop. I reeled him back in, grabbing a handful of his jacket. A deep groan erupted from his chest and he picked me up in his arms, carrying me out of the elevator.

I don’t know what came over me at that point. I suppose this always happened. We’d kiss so hard, grind, tug, and pant, but as soon as he got down there, I’d panic. I always panicked.

Cane stumbled toward our room door. I felt him digging in his pockets with one hand for the key. Once retrieved, he stuck it into the lock, pushing the door open, all while I kissed him on his lips, his neck, his cheeks, anywhere I could put my mouth. The door automatically shut behind us and he wasted no time going toward the bed.

My heartbeat ratcheted as he placed me down and then climbed on top of me, making out with me just as passionately as he had in the elevator. He sucked my bottom lip between his teeth and a soft groan filled my throat. I was heated, ready…but so fucking terrified. God, why was I so scared?


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Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn't have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.




She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive fiancé, and is a sister to eleven.



When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.



Cover Reveal: Player, Staci Hart

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Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is coming October 11th!

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Player by Staci Hart
Publishing Date: October 11, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: Periwinkle Photographer


He’s a player.
He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


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About the Author
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.


From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Now Live: Only the Positive, Elle Thorpe


Title: Only the Positive
Series: Only You, #1
Author: Elle Thorpe
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 20, 2018

Blurb: 

Reese
I made a mistake that might have ruined someone’s life. I’ve moved to Sydney to avoid the glares and the questions from the people back home, but there’s one thing I can’t run from—the guilt and pain that follows me relentlessly. All I can do is dull it with alcohol and casual sex. But then my new boss, Mr Dark and Delicious, deserted me, mid kiss, with my skirt hiked up and my shirt discarded on the alley floor. I should hate him―him and the secrets he’s keeping. But I can’t stay away. Because the pain and guilt he’s hiding mirror my own.
Low
All she wanted was one night. That, I could do. I’m the king of casual. Love them and leave them, before they leave me. With chemistry off the scale, we couldn’t even make it home, both of us too impatient, ripping each other’s clothes off in the alleyway outside the bar. Then my phone buzzed, and one text message stopped everything. I couldn’t think. Couldn’t breathe. All I could do was run. I’m toxic, but I can’t tell her why. I can’t bear the look of horror I know would cross her face. But I also don’t know how to keep something so life altering from the woman I’m falling for. Not when I need her just to survive it.

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Author Bio
Elle Thorpe lives on the sunny east coast of Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. When she's not writing stories full of kissing and chemistry, she's a wife, and Mummy to three tiny humans. She's also official ball thrower to one slobbery dog named Rollo. Yes, she named a female dog after a male character on Vikings. Don't judge her. Elle is a complete and utter fangirl at heart, obsessing over The Walking Dead and Outlander to an unhealthy degree. But she wouldn't change a thing.

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Review: Keeping Him, Kennedy Fox




Jackson Bishop is your typical playboy.

Unpredictable, charming, and overly confident.

Growing up in Texas, the ranch life is all he’s ever known. Horses and late night partying are his lifestyles, and all the local girls know it too. Riding lessons aren’t the only things taught at the stables, and he makes sure clients never leave unsatisfied. Everyone knows Jackson’s a wild card, but not everything is as it seems. He may be a womanizer on the surface, but he’s hiding deep feelings about the one who’s had his heart since he was a teen. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as roping her in and claiming her as his.

Kiera Young is well-known for her sassy nature and outgoing personality. Though she’s one of the best horse trainers in the area, she’s never been able to tame her best friend and the man she’s secretly loved since she was fifteen—Jackson Bishop. She’s waited years for him to confess his true feelings but as time goes on, she decides she’s done waiting. Kiera finally meets a man who promises to give her the world, and when he pops the question, she says yes—knowing they’re both ready to settle down and start a family.

Even if her heart beats for another man.

Jackson’s certain he’s lost Kiera for good and has no one to blame but himself. However, on the day of her wedding, he can’t bring himself to watch the woman he loves walk down the aisle to someone else. Kiera’s already having second thoughts and knows she can’t get married without his support. It’s not until she’s at the altar that she realizes she can’t let Jackson go and will do whatever it takes to keep him—even if it means running out on her own wedding.




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REVIEW

There is so much I could say here and I have been searching for the right/perfect words for the past two days but let's be real... when I get emotional or giddy over a book I just ramble so it's bound to happen here cuz I'm both at the moment. 

Keeping Him has possibly been my most anticipated book in the last year. I have been waiting for Jackson since the first book in the series and I knew from the very start he was bound to be my favorite, and that this was a case of saving the best for last. And it's the greatest thing to know that all along I was right and oh boy was this book worth the long wait!

Jackson and Kiera's story has been given to us crumble by crumble up until this point; with each book in the series you'd see them through the other characters' eyes and you'd get to watch the longing and the hurt that existed between and the mess that Jackson became every time Kiera and her boyfriend were in the same room as him. All of that made me crave this book like crazy and only added fuel to the fire that was my anticipation. 

These two have been best friends since they were little kids and have been in love with each other since their teens, but Jackson never made a move, not when Kiera's feelings were so obvious and not even when everyone else knew that he loved her too. He refused to give in and confess his feelings and I had been dying to know why. Kiera has waited on the sidelines for 15 years without nothing from Jackson, tired of waiting and when the perfect guy comes along she doesn't pass up the chance to move on. Two years later she's about to marry the guy when she finds out that he isn't as perfect as she thinks he is, things don't feel right anymore and she leaves him at the alter. We all know who she runs off to ;)

These two will make you crazy, want to throw your reading device, they'll frustrate you but also make you swoon and tear up like no other. They will have you on the edge of your seat waiting and guessing how it will all end. Their shenanigans will make you laugh out loud and their friendship will make you wish you had a friend like them when you were a kid. You'll get to meet new characters and boy are they fun. I loved both Travis and Colton and I'm so happy one of them is getting his own book but I wish they both would because both of them are amazing and I want more from each of them.

Keeping Him is a childhood friends to lovers romance that you will love. It's a real slow burn that will have you flipping pages as fast as you can so you can know everything, past, present and future. 
These two have an amazing story that with every past detail you know, you'll just be more amazed and enamored with Jackson Bishop. He might be a player but oh man he has such a good heart where it counts. I fell more in love with him and I didn't think that was possible at this point. I loved finally reading his mind and learning the why behind his actions. Getting to see both him and Kiera lusting, longing for each other was hard, be prepared to tear up a lot, these two will pull all the emotions out of you. But even when it hurts you'll be begging for more because you just have to know everything and see how it will all pan out with all the revelations and the secrets unveiled. 
This story also has a bit of suspense mixed in, which I loved. It's all around Trent so honestly it was brilliant, and I pegged him from the beginning, he just never really seemed genuine. Having their past, mixed in with the slow burn and the suspense really made this book brilliant. It was honestly way more than I had been expecting and omg I loved it so so much! I need a reread asap! 

I'm not ready to say goodbye to the Bishop family! Although I am super happy I finally got my man's book, I'm also super sad that it's over and there will be no more bishop books *cries bittersweet tears*. I need more!! I'm happy that at least we will be getting some bonus scenes soon but it will never be enough. This is a series that will go down in history for me and I'll be revisiting these characters again and again because I love them with all my heart and I'll never be ready to say goodbye to them.



If you're a fan of swoony alpha heroes, feisty heroines, humorous family dynamics, and witty banter, then you're going to want to meet the Bishop Brothers! This Southern family loves hard & plays even harder!!

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Review: Center of Gravity, K. K. Allen


Center of Gravity, an all-new standalone emotional, Forbidden Sports Romance by K.K. Allen is AVAILABLE NOW!

Synopsis

Lex
I came to L.A. with dreams bigger than me.
To learn from the best choreographers in the business and secure a professional dance gig working for Hollywood’s elite.
Everything was going according to plan—until I was literally shoved into the arms of the one man who could make or break my career.
Come to find out, it wasn’t my career I had to worry about.
It was my heart.
Theo
Everything about Alexandra “Lex” Quinn screamed amateur, save for the way she moved across the dance floor.
She was athleticism and grace, precision and passion, and she had a stage presence I couldn’t tear my eyes from.
I wanted her...on my team, in my bed.
There was only one problem...
I couldn’t have both.

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Review

I fell in love with K. K. Allen's words the very first time I read one of her books.  She has a talent for telling her stories so beautifully and Center of Gravity was no different. It wasn't an angst filled one even though it still had a bit of it. This book was a sports romance unlike any other I've read before and I really freaking loved it. It felt like a Step Up movie was flashing in front of my eyes, only 100 times better and you must know Step Up movies are one of my guilty (not so guilty) pleasures. I'm obsessed with them, so it came as no surprise that I completely irrevocably loved everything about this book and I wanted to reread it as soon as it ended.

The reading experience was phenomenal, KK has links to the dances and getting that visual made the experience even better. And just Theo and Lex, swoon! They were so perfect and fun and I just loved them to pieces. Their story was full of  undeniable chemistry and a connection so powerful it was insane. They had their fair share of hate/love, rivalry and the dramas of the dancing world and celebrities and it was so fun to read. I really love the secondary characters too, Lex's best friends is the man and I loved him!! But Theo and Lex were both such special and unique characters, you must meet them!

Center of Gravity is a MUST read! I honestly need more books like this in my life. And the cover is perfect... if you thought it was gorgeous, well you're right and you are in for such a treat because this book matches its cover 10 fold.

About K.K. Allen
K.K. Allen is an award-winning Contemporary Romance author, University of Washington Alumni, and Seattle Seahawk fan!!
K.K.'s debut romance novel, Up in the Treehouse, was named the Best New Adult Book of the Year by RT Book Reviews, an honor beyond belief! Named the Queen of Angst by her readers, K.K. promises to take your emotions on an epic ride every single time with very real, coming of age romance stories.
At age twelve, K.K. picked up a pen and wrote her first novel, a YA rock star romance that will never see the light of day :) She continued filling notebooks until she was finally ready to share her work with the world.
K.K. currently lives in central Florida with her son, works full time as a Digital Producer by day, and writes every other waking hour.

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Cover Reveal: Royally Yours, Emma Chase








Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t…is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

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Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.





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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Cover Reveal: I Bet You, Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.


I Bet You, an all-new sexy college romance standalone is coming October 29th, and we have the hot new cover!

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Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.
Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God's gift to women.
Just ask him.
His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he'll realize what he's missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?
Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.
Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.
Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?



Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Steven
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: October 29, 2018
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Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Diaries, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.


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Review: It Started with a Lie


Title: It Started with a Lie
Series: Truth and Lies Duet #1
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 17, 2018

Blurb


Brian Fox is desperate for cash. When his business falls
into debt, he turns yet again to his rock star brother. Only this time, his
brother refuses to throw money at the problem...he intends to solve it. Enter
Vivian Davenport, business fixer extraordinaire, supreme professional, and
Brian’s new boss.

Brian has always called the shots, but now he’s the one
taking orders. When the tiny lie that Vivian is his new girlfriend slips out,
he’s forced to play the role of doting boyfriend to a woman he can’t stand.

It started as a lie, but what happens if it turns into the
truth?




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Brian Fox, I had no love for this guy. However, Lisa managed to make me like the guy at least a little. Now I understand him, his girlfriend really broke him when she cheated on him with Mark. He is still hurt and broken over it, even after all this time, and even after his revenge plot. Add to that the guilt he feels over what happened with Reese and Mark and the guy is really messed up over it. 
All this doesn't make him a good guy though, in fact, he has a lot more mistakes and asshole attitude left in him and we see it all in It Started with a Lie.

Brian is used to spending his brother's money left and right but Mark isn't up for it now that he has a kid to think about, he needs to make smarter choices. That means he can't keep bailing Brian out of trouble with his company, so he hires someone for a 3 month period to help Brian with finances. At first Vivian Davenport is the bane of his existence, he hates her on sight but once he realizes that she is only there to help him and that the person he is truly mad at is Mark, he starts seeing her with other eyes. Eyes filled with lust and eyes that notice her and her quirks. 

Then there's the fact that his best friends and co-owners of the company don't know the company is in trouble financially so he has to hide why Vivian is there, so they come up with the lie that she is his girlfriend and she's only there because she needed an office to work for her own company. And that is not all he's hiding from his best friends, he has also slept with his friend's ex, an ex he is not over and wants back. In the midst of all this mess and the pretending, Brian falls for Vivian and her for him but even after they share a passionate kiss in the docks of Miami, she tries to steer clear of him because she herself has a secret.

On one fateful night when Brian finally gets his balls back and tells his friends what he has been hiding from them, he and Viv sleep together. Brian wakes up happy and relieved, he finally told the truth and he finally got the girl but when Viv wakes up and tells him it was a mistake and the reason why, well... let's just say I'm probably not the only one who's jaw dropped. 

I knew it was coming, I had 3 guesses, each worse than the last. I'm glad it was this one though but I have SO many questions. So many. I can't wait to get answers. Don't keep me waiting too long Lisa. I'm begging here. I need to know everything. Vivian Davenport needs to confess her sins and secrets.
And wow I did not think I could feel sorrier for Brian but I do. And from reading the blurb of book 2, it's only going to get worse. No friends, no company and no girl. Boy I'm scared of what all that hurt will do to him and make him do. And I'm super curious about all of what's going to happen and how Brian will turn his life around. 

It Started with a Lie was a fun enemies to lovers office romance with the right mix of angst and slow burn to make you ache both in the heart and other places. Lisa has done it again and brought us a fantastically well written and amazing story and let's not forget her talent to redeem characters and make you go from hating them to absolutely loving them. I have no doubt that's where I'll be by the end of book 2. 
I loved watching Brian fall at Vivian's feet and watching him gradually change, see his mistakes and wanting to do the right thing. I hope he continues to redeem himself in book 2 and not go back to being a complete jerk. And I loved seeing Mark and Reese again. My babes. 
I'm just super excited for It Ended with the Truth to see more of everyone and see how it all ends.




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Author Bio

Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with
her husband and baby boy. She’s a former high school English teacher and
college composition instructor. When she's not cuddling baby Mason, she can be
found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.
 


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