Beautiful Lies by Tara Bond was a story about trust, secrets, lies, and responsibility.
At nineteen Nina should be living a carefree life, however with an alcoholic and a 14-year-old sister to take care off this wasn't the case. Life was hard, and it was about to become harder.
Alex Noble was a playboy, who loved the ladies and a life of partying. Unlike Nina, he defiantly lives a carefree life. Nina & Alex two come from different worlds, but when they meet they can't deny the attraction they have for each other.
“There was something in the way he looked at me –an almost penetrating stare that seemed designed to unnerve me”
“I never met anyone quite like you before. I find you intriguing”
I liked Nina, and my heart went out to her with all that she had been through he was a tough cookie with a great attitudes and fighting spirit. Alex had issue & Demons of his own, and I wasn't too sure about him. One minute I would like him and the next not as he would do someone to piss me off! He could go from being a Mr. Nice guy to being an asshole in less than 60 seconds.
The storyline was interesting, with parts I liked, and parts I didn't. The author threw in plenty of twists and turns to keep the story interesting. There were some that took me by surprise, and others I did guess, but that being said, it didn't spoil the read for me, as I was intrigued to see how the story plays out, and if my theories were right. The attraction between Nina and Alex was there, but I felt that something was missing. I need more passion and sexiness between theses two, as what was there fell a little short for me.
It was any easy read, and I did become engrossed in the book at one point that I manage to get on the wrong tube and go five stops in the wrong direction before I realise my mistake. So it took me three tubes to great home instead of one. Ha-ha
"There was something in hi gaze that I hadn't seen before, and I could feel my heart speeding up. My lips suddly felt dry and I wet them"
The ending took me by surprise as it felt it just ended. I remember thinking oh, is that it! I'm a big fan of epilogues, and this was missing from this one, especially as it was standalone. I wanted to see what the future had in store for Nina and Alex.
Overall, I liked Beautiful Lies. Love that it was set in London, as a West London girl myself; I knew a lot of the locations that were in the book! That's is always a plus for me. It was the first I have read by this author, and I would read more.
I grew up in Surrey, England, and read History at Cambridge University before embarking on a series of sensible office jobs. I live in London with my husband, and love reading and writing, as well as watching movies and TV box sets. My guilty pleasures are cocktails and chocolate desserts. I discovered the New Adult genre in the summer of 2012, and have been addicted ever since. My first novel, Beautiful Liar, will be published in eBook on May 2015 and in paperback on 30 July 2015. I'm very happy for people to add me as a Friend on goodreads.
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I received a copy of this book from Simon and Schuster UK, in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start by saying when I agreed to review this book the only thing I really knew about it was that it was nearly 600 pages. I had looked briefly on Goodreads saw that it was a fan fiction, but didn’t think much about it. It was only after mentioning to a friend on FB that I that I discover it was a One Direction fanfiction. My first reaction was oh no!! I'm not a fan One Direction I didn’t know if I really wanted to read it. But not one to be put off I dived right in, and I have to say I’m glad I did, as I really enjoyed this book.
I don't know what to tell you about the storyline as a lot happen and there so much drama, but what I can say is that when Tessa meets Hardin it all beings, her life, and her heart will never be the same.
“From our first encounter, Hardin changed my life in ways that no amount of prep college course or youth could have”
What can I say about Hardin and Tessa except that for the most part, they annoyed and frustrated me, and I can’t say that I ever loved them. Tessa got on my nerves, and Hardin was a jerk most of the time, they were too much alike; they loved to fight, and loved to make up, and made some bad choices. So many times I want to tell them to grow up, or smack their heads together, or give them a good shake, especially Tess, but them I would remember how young they were.
“My feelings for Hardin are so confusing. I hate him one minute and want to kiss him the next. He makes me feel things I never knew I could, and not just sexually. He makes me laugh and cry, yell and scream, but most of all, he makes me feel alive”
Their relationship was volatile to say the least. You saw the Good, the bad and the ugly side of it. It was passionate, heated, fraught, explosive, intense, hard, consuming; I could go on forever listing adjectives that could describe their relationship! And as much as they irritated me, and oh boy they did, almost every couple of pages, as they did also make me smile, as when they wanted to be they were sweet and cute together.
“Hardin is like a drug; each time I take the tiniest bit of him, I crave more and more. He consumes my thoughts and invades my dream”
“You can’t resist me, Tessa, just as I can’t resist you”
The ending was shocking, an OMG moment, and not what I was expecting to happen. I just couldn’t believe what I was reading, and it safe to say I now have a strong dislike for Hardin, and my heart broke for Tessa. And as much as I liked the cliffhanger ending… the final chapter, but I did think did it need to take 582 pages to get there? There was a lot of unnecessary drama between Tess and Hardin. However, that being said, it didn’t feel like it was nearly 600 pages as the chapters were short, and it was a surprisingly quick read.
Overall, I did enjoy the book all 582 pages of it, told from Tessa’s POV. The mixture of secondary characters, the arguments, and the steaminess that added to their story, and some I like and some I didn’t. To be honest, it was addictive reading, and I didn’t want to put it down. I have to say in some twisted and crazy way I want to read the next book or should I say the next two or three books that are planned, as I’m now with Tess and Hardin’s on their emotional roller coaster, Journey, and I just don’t want to get off it yet”
“I never wanted to be any other way until I met you”
“This is us, all anger, passion and now love”
I would recommend this book, don’t let the length or the One Direction tag put you off as with the name changes, and the storyline it not significant at all. I would only say be prepared to have an emotional explosion!!!!!
Final Note! I have talked about One Direction more times this week than I ever have before. Lol
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Trenton unlocked the passenger door of his dilapidated Dodge Intrepid. The red paint was faded in some spots, and gone in others.
Trenton pulled the seat forward, helping Olive into the back. He strapped her into her pink car seat.
I leaned my head in and took a whiff. “You don’t smoke in your car?”
“I do, but I clean out my car the night before I have Olive, and I don’t smoke in it until after I drop her off for the day. It doesn’t smell.” He returned the passenger seat to its original position, and held out his hand, gesturing for me to get in.
“I am so going to get you back for this,” I whispered as I passed him to sit down.
He smiled. “I look forward to it.” Trenton shut the door, and then jogged around the front of the car and hopped into the driver’s seat. He pulled the seat belt across his chest and clicked it into the latch, and then looked at me expectantly.
“Click it or ticket,” Olive said from the backseat.
“Oh,” I said, turning to grab the seat belt and repeating what Trenton had just completed. When the buckle clicked, Trenton started the car.
We rode in near silence across town to Chicken Joe’s, except for the occasional requests for updates from Olive. At almost every stoplight, she wanted to know how many blocks were between us and our destination. Trenton answered her patiently, and when we were one block away, they both did a little celebration, dancing with their hands.
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Her 2012 novel, Walking Disaster™ debuted at #1 on theNew York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster™, and the Providence™ series. Her latest books include an apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill™ and a novella, A Beautiful Wedding™.
Jamie now lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.
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