Saturday, September 6, 2014

ARC Review: Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

Black Lies
From the blurb:

Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.
Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.
Heather's rating:

**Spoiler-free review**

I can tell you already that 90% of readers are going to love this book. Like loooooove it and put it on their all-time favorites list.

Do you want to know a quick trick to see if you are going to be one of them?

Here are the questions to ask yourself: Do you like soap operas? Do you adore harlequin romances? Do you consider an "awesome twist" to be finding out that the man you've been seeing is your long lost 1/2 brother or that the baby you gave up for adoption is your arch nemesis?

If the answer to those questions is "yes," then you will love this book.

It is no secret that this book has a large twist. Any review will say that. I certainly won't be giving anything away on that front. However, if you haven't caught on to the secret by the time the twist is revealed at 70%, then you somehow missed the ENORMOUS number of clues that the author dropped throughout the story. I'm not the most observant person in the world, but even I knew what the entire story was about by 15% in, and so it was almost painful to read the next 50%, knowing we are supposed to be in the dark.

What bothered me the most about this story was the shear improbably of it. I mean, if you really think about the logistics of the story, it makes no sense. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get that far. It is just bananas that anyone would think this was realistic.

I also RAGED at the fact that Lana had unprotected sex with Brant and Lee. Moronic much, Lana?

While I wanted to give the premise of the book 1 or 2 stars, I almost ended up rounding up to three stars because of the little creepings of emotion that I felt for these characters. I have to admit, Lee wormed his way into my heart a bit, despite my knowing how manipulative and silly this book was. The writing was also competent, though I didn't get all hot and bothered over the sex scenes.

Moral of the story is that you could do a lot worse in the world of M/F contemporary romance, but that didn't make me like this story any more. I couldn't get over how dramatic, improbable, and soap-opera-ish this book was. However, if you like far-fetched, interesting stories, this one just might work for you.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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