Also by this author: Je Suis a Toi (Monsters in the Dark, #4)
Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters
Published by Indie on January 31, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Romance
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“I met the boy I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”
Noelle Charlston lived a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.
However, two meetings with two men changed her happy existence forever. First, she met the boy who made her heart sing. Second, she met the man who made her blood quiver.
Noelle’s freedom was no longer hers. It belonged to the man her father believed was the perfect match. The man who pulled his lies over everyone he touched.
Seduced and manipulated, Noelle lives two lives. The one everyone sees on the outside and the one no one sees on the inside. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he webs—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she’d been and turn her into something else.
Until her past collides with her present.
And it’s her turn to lie.
To everyone…including herself.
I’m a bit of a dark romance freak and Pepper Winters is my number one go to author when it comes to getting my grabby hands on something dark. So needless to say I was super exited when this baby showed up on my kindle. And as always, I was not disappointed.
Noelle “Elle” Charleston has lived a very sheltered life. Her father has kept her limited to his very successful business, teaching her the ropes from a very young age. She was raised to take over the business and help make it even more successful than it already is. Being the doting daughter that Elle is, she’s never had any social situations outside of her father and his business partner and his son.
When her father’s health pushes her into taking over the company at the young age of nineteen, Elle starts to realize just how sheltered she is. With a bit of rebellion, Elle sneaks off for one night in the city and under very drastic situations, finds the first man to ever hold her heart only to be separated from him.
Three years later, she meets Penn Everett. Her father believes that he’s the perfect match for her but she isn’t having it. He’s arrogant and conceited and she can’t stand anything about him. Yet he continues to show up in her life, telling her how great they would be together. Telling her that he wants full control of her. The ultimate power over her submission. The two embark in a seductive game of chase. Neither of them could of imagined just how powerful their attraction and pull was for each other. Just as they start to get close, secrets, deceits and doubt tangle a web around them. Will they be able to break through or will the past haunt them forever?
I will tell you this, there are certainly some twists and turns in this book. There were times where I thought I knew where it was going and then something happened and had my head spinning all over again. The games, lies, deceit, questions, all of it were perfectly timed to constantly keep me on the edge of my seat and dying to know what the outcome is.
I was immediately drawn to Penn. The way he was so sure of himself and the way he demanded Elle to give into him had me tingling all over.
“Say yes and you’re mine and whatever comes next is my choice, not yours. You’ll answer to me. I’ll do whatever the hell I want. Sometimes, you’ll hate me. Other times you’ll be grateful for my interference. Most of the time, you’ll probably want to kill me.”
Yep. I fucking melted right there. I was screaming yes but for some reason Penn didn’t hear me. There’s just something about him that drawls you to him. He is magnetic and forceful and just downright smoking hot. Add all of that to a vulnerable side that we get to see and I was gone. Just gone.
I also really enjoyed Elle. For someone who was so sheltered during her childhood, she still has a very strong backbone and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and she has no problem telling anyone off. Including her own father. She’s fierce and loyal and just overall a very likable heroine. Together the two of them are fire and I was melting their desire and delicious games.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it hit the exact spot I needed at the right time. If you are looking for a semi dark book with an insanely hot alpha and a lot of twists, then this is absolutely the book for you. Don’t miss out!