“To those people who no longer believe in love...it exists...it lives... “
Beautiful Lies by Sharlay is the first book in the (Beautiful Lies #1). The synopsis on this one was intriguing, and I enjoyed the story and I like the concept, different from my reads of late. I was drawn into the storyline, as I wanted to know the link between Paige, Taylor and Rick and had so many theories while reading. I was right on some, but it didn’t matter, as there were a few twists that took me by surprise.
“My heart’s open...for you”
I like Paige and Taylor, and I even liked Rick at first, but then he pissed me off. LOL. I could feel the chemistry between Paige and Taylor, and I felt for them as they struggled with their emotions and trying to make sense of what was happening. My heart went out to Taylor once I discovered what he went through it was so sad.
‘There are still things that you don’t know. Things that I’m not ready to share.”
Overall, I enjoyed this book; it was an engaging, emotional, romantic read with a mystery element. It was the first book I have read by Sharlay, and it definitely won’t be my last. I liked her writing style. I thought the story flowed well and by the end of the story any questions I had, had been answered. I liked the ending and loved the epilogue it just left me with a big smile on my face. And having been introduced to some of Paige’s family I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series and learning more about them.
If you’re looking for something a little different to the normal love story, then this could be just what you need.
We continue walking forward in a comfortable silence. The feel of his thumb drawing circles on the back of my hand calms me. It feels good. I feel the warm breeze lifting the strands of my hair through the night air. The sand feels so soft between my toes and every couple of steps I wiggle them, letting it fall through them like a waterfall. Everything feels surreal. I catch a glimpse of his midnight black hair, blowing in the wind out of the corner of my eye, and his dark eyes are watching me, so intensely. They are always watching me. Claiming me a little bit more every time that we meet. As we reach the table, he turns me toward him and pulls me dangerously close.
“Care to join me for dinner, Ms Carter?” he whispers as he stares into my eyes.
“I do.” I reply playfully.
“Good,” he says, turning me to face the open water.
“It’s beautiful,” I gasp. He nods, before I feel the slight touch of his lips on my neck. They linger there for what feels like endless minutes until he breaks the contact that my body desires so intensely.
“Here,” he says, pulling out one of the chairs at the table.
Smoothing down the back of my dress, I take a seat. I feel the chair sink slightly into the sand before I make myself comfortable. He sits across from me, hands under his chin, scanning my face with his eyes.
“This is amazing.”
He just smiles, before his eyes flit to something over my shoulder. I turn to see a girl carrying two plates covered with silver cloches. I turn my gaze toward Taylor, eyes wide with surprise.
“How do you manage to plan these things?” I chuckle.
His answer is interrupted.
“Dinner is served, enjoy.” One simple sentence and she disappears into the night.
“Wow.” I whisper to myself. I sit, smiling at him for a few seconds before he breaks the silence.
“Before we eat I just want to say sorry.”
“For what?” I ask.
“The dress,” he says sincerely, as his hand traces each one of my fingers slowly from across the table.
I look at him in confusion.
“For getting it dirty,” he continues.
I look at the dress quickly before my puzzled eyes meet his again.
“It’s not dirty.” It comes out more like a question than a statement. He takes a deep breath. He pauses before picking up his glass of wine and taking a long, drawn out sip. He places it back down leisurely, before raising his eyes to meet mine. I feel my stomach fluttering again.
“No, but I’m going to make love to you on this beach, on the sand, tonight. Your dress is going to get dirty, Paige, and for that, I am sorry...”
My eyes widen with shock, excitement and an intense passion that only Taylor ignites inside my soul.
Author of Romance Books with a twist...
Sharlay is a British author who released her first book, PRETEND in 2012 following it's huge success after uploading it in draft form to the free and popular writing site, Wattpad. After the book received millions of views (to date the book has exceeded 8 million views) and became a finalist in the site's annual contest, fans wanted to know where they could obtain the paperback and ebook version. This began Sharlay's journey as a self published author.
Sharlay is also one of the very few authors with a single pen name. At heart she is a storyteller and loves to write in any genre but always loves to include an element of romance. Her books have fallen into the Young Adult and New Adult romance genre and will most definitely give you a HEA.
Sharlay loves her family, friends, amazing readers and God. She is extremely blessed and privileged to be living her dream!
When Sharlay is not busy talking to the characters inside her head then you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or her website...talking about the characters inside her head with the awesome readers that she loves to connect with!