He saw her first, but his friend made the move.
She settled for the safer choice, but her heart knew the truth.
They love, they crave, they lie.
Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other's joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.
When one of the friend's life is tragically cut short, it's up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth - no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.
Everyone has secrets - some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives.
What do you do when you find out your whole life has been a lie?
What a way to start off the new year! I had a feeling while reading Seduction and Snacks that the best from Tara Sivec is yet to come and boy was I right!!! A Beautiful Lie is written under her new pen name T.E. Sivec my guess is so she can try to establish herself outside of the other series. She didn't have to try hard because this book was 18 Mother Fucking kinds of amazing! This is a huge step outside of the Chocolate lovers series and by far my favorite. I never thought another book could take the place of "Snacks" in my heart but ABL kicked the door in, beat the shit out of "Snacks" and assumed the throne!
A Beautiful Lie to me was everything I enjoy in a book. Suspense, Drama, Some hot sex and a kick ass female lead who takes no shit! I used to love to read Nancy Drew books when I was a kid and this is like the ADULT equivalent to that! I'm sure if Nancy would have had the heat this book did I wouldn't have held onto my V-CARD as long as I did! SO what's it about? OK you got this girl Annabelle Parker, or Parker as her friends call her. She has been friends with two guys, Garrett McCarthy and Milo Roberts for years. The girl has been in love with Garrett since the first time she saw him but she chooses the chicken shit way out and starts dating Milo. See Milo and Garrett are both Navy SEALS who do undercover ninja shit for the Government, and when Milo gets sent to the Dominican and mysteriously dies while there, Parker and Garrett set out to uncover the mystery. Did anybody ever play the game CLUE? That's how A Beautiful Lie is, there are so many twists and turns and before you know it you find yourself trying to figure out who killed Kenny!
I enjoy a book with a heavy, suspenseful plot that keeps you guessing constantly. This book was like the TV show Alias but without Jennifer Garner's annoying baby voice. I don't know how Ben Affleck's balls don't shrivel when she talks. Anyway, What I loved about this book is how many times it made me say "WHAT THE FUCK!?" Having read so many books I sometimes think an author can't possibly keep me on the hook and keep me guessing but I found myself guessing what would happen and then being totally surprised and pleased to find out I was wrong. There are surprises in every chapter, drama in every sentence and let's take a few minutes to appreciate the HOTNESS you will experience.
"Slow burn" as defined by Urban Dictionary is: an attraction to someone that develops over time. This was the hotness factor! Watching Garrett and Parker fight their attraction tooth and nail is both frustrating and fulfilling. This is a couple you bond with throughout their journey and root for them Hardcore! I was so nervous during some scenes I honestly sat on the toilet most of the time reading this for fear I would shit myself! It's just a damn good book that grabs your attention and holds it until the last page. This book dives pretty deep into character development and you get to know Parker and Garrett intimately and get inside their heads to see why they have done and do the things they do. You can really see that Sivec took time to develop this story, and paid attention to detail and plot twists to make sure you get the best experience possible while reading A Beautiful Lie. The supporting characters even get a little face time and one in particular Brady Marshall had me like this...
I can't explain why I loved Brady so much. Maybe it was his strength and determination, or maybe it's his blond hair, or it could be that he gets to kick some serious ass and helps bring everything to a head. I can't wait to see him in the future because I am Unconditionally and Irresponsibly in love with him. Or whatever that TWAT Bella said about Edward. I am so proud of Tara with this book. She stepped out of the box of funny romance and bends you over the kitchen sink with this book and will have you falling in love with the main characters and some of the supporting ones if you are like me. I can't praise it enough and I really hope you don't just take my word for it because this rambling bullshit doesn't do it a tenth of the justice it deserves. I loved it so much I want to drive it up to Massachusetts and make an honest Book of it! I promise you will enjoy reading this story so check it out!
"I'll show you good at my job, asshole, when I take you out in the woods and leave you for dead." Loc. 2749
“Do you think he could make you moan when he rubbed up against you?” Loc. 4405
“Shame on you, ninja. You’d be at least a fifty-dollar hooker” Loc. 2348
T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is her absolute favorite to read - romantic suspense. She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans. T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a full-time writer.
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