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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
Jenny: Before we start, I’m going to say two things to readers…..BEWARE OF SPOILERS! It’s imperative that you go into this book blind, and then…prepare to be gobsmacked!!!
Black Lies was our first read by this author and it most certainly won’t be my last. I completely fell in love with her almost poetic writing style which captivated me throughout and although I did peg the ‘outcome‘ very early in the story (which we both discussed in one of our early ‘progress chats’ G) this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the story nor did it deter me from desperately needing to flick through the pages to discover the ‘how and why’s’ of what came to be. What played out was at times suspenseful, exhilarating, passionate and heartbreaking.
Although I personally didn’t experience the big shock factor, I’m going to say, hang on to your Kindles because you are going to be completely blown away by the events that transpire in Black Lies. Despite my guessing how things would unfold, this was still one hell of a ride.
‘I will fight for this love. Lie for it. Steal for it. It is worthy of that.’
The men in Layana’s life were so, so different yet each fulfilled a need within her and who each held a piece of her heart. Brant….a brilliant, successful, loving, unassuming yet passionate man whose unequivocal love for Layana knew no bounds and who Layana loved implicitly. This man had the ability to break my heart at times.
“I love you. You, Layana Fairmont, are impossible not to love.”
Brash, volatile and unpredictable Lee who speaks to her wanton side and who, despite his vast differences to Brant becomes an essential part of her life.
‘Love. It makes us do crazy things.’
So, how far would you go for love and how do you choose between two men who together your heart and needs craves to make it whole?
‘I love her too much to share her. I hate him with a vengeance that turns my blood white.’
My logical self was left with a few unanswered questions but my reading/entertainment self was left very satisfied with Black Lies. I couldn’t put it down. An addictive, exhilarating and clever book that readers are going to devour and be talking about long after finishing.
Gitte: I have to agree; I love Alessandra Torre’s writing. It comes across effortless; it’s so vividly descriptive without bogging the story down. It just flowed and I inhaled every word wanting to know how it was all going to be tied up in the end.
‘True love makes a person reckless, makes them take risks and make sacrifices. True love tests the boundaries of our person, makes us yearn to be better and fight for the ground we stand on.’
I too guessed the twist before it was revealed, the questions that I had whilst reading mounting and pointing to the same answer and conclusion. However I agree, it did not hamper my enjoyment, though I’m glad I didn’t know going into this story as it was like playing Ms. Marple and I do love a confounding mystery. There were a few plot holes along the way, however, those aside I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Layana was at the heart of the mystery and whilst I loved her sweet, honest and caring side; it was her passion, love and loyalty that really endeared her to me. Along the way I questioned her dubious actions but they were borne out of just those qualities, so yeah…..
‘I risked losing him. I risked destroying his life. I risked saving our love. Our future.’
Black Lies has everything that keeps a reader reading, intrigued and invested till the end. It was passionate; emotional, thrilling and very sexy. I really enjoyed it and thought the characters were brilliant. I did mostly lean towards the cocky sexy-arse Lee, I have to admit, he’s my kind of man. The filthy and dirty hands on working man.
“Everything fades unless I’m with you.”
I’m a bit over the whole billionaire posh boy show, though of course I fell in love with Brant too. I couldn’t resist that hidden vulnerability behind the well-polished hard exterior. Oh and he was a bit of a geek, which I love. Two very different men; both with lovable and attractive characteristics. I wouldn’t say no to being the meat in that sarnie that’s for sure.
**Reviewed off an ARC copy provided by the author with thanks**
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