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Innocent Lies: Book 1 in The Lie Series [Kindle Edition]

J.W. Phillips
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Book Description

**WARNING: This is NOT a sweet and sappy romance. It's dark, twisted, and not for the faint of heart. If you prefer HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY this is NOT the book for you. Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

Dylan’s life was a living Hell, but she discovered what Hell really was.

Dylan was minding her own business when Ethan sat down at her table. All she wanted was peace from her past. He offered her the protection and calm she had never known. That was until she learned how much of that past he was a part of.

If life had taught Dylan Summers anything it was that not everyone gets a happily ever after.

Well I finished this book a good few hours ago and my mind is still reeling! This has been one heck of a story and I feel totally emotionally wrung out right now! It has been a long time since a book has effected me like this and the emotional roller coaster I've been on has been immense! 300 pages of gold! ~ Emthebookbabe ~

This has got to be one of my favorite books. ~ Clarie Richards ~

What an ending! I couldn't put it down once I started reading it... The turmoil, twists and turns in the story - Whew!!! I'm emotionally spent. ~ Lisa~

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  • File Size: 5377 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KMJ34Z2
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh my - where to begin? This is merely my opinion and what I like and don't like about this story. It is totally subjective. This is my pearl of wisdom that I learned the hard way when reading other people reviews. I encourage you to take a look at my other reviews to see if my tastes match yours. I have been burned by reading reviews, but have now learned to look at what the person says about all the other books they reviewed. What they read and what they like - do they match or are they similar to what I like to read? I don't want to bash this author or her work - this is only my feelings toward the book.

I read A LOT! It is my favorite past-time. However, I only give reviews to books that I feel strongly about (positive or negative). If they don't give me major feelings one way or another - I usually don't write a review.

I thought these characters were totally over the top. First, Ethan is a punk, possessive, lying jerk! I am sorry, I am not buying the "I love you! I wanted you from the first moment!" So , if you "loved" her - why did you try to kill her????? What???? This girl has been through A LOT and seems to be suffering from Stockholm syndrome. This guy is bad news! I cannot believe she fell for him. There is nothing innocent about his lies!!!! Logan seemed more like the HEA kind of guy, but he only pops up in the story briefly. I was rooting for him. Certainly not for Ethan - the drug induced, liar, criminal, women beater, sex addict, egomaniac, creep! Geez!

There are some editing problems - like grammatical issues, and flow of conversation. Also, I didn't feel there was anything redeeming about the main character - Ethan. I am not saying to soften his character, but I didn't buy into his supposed reformed ways or love for Dylan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent Lies- A Real Heartbreaker! June 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Innocent Lies has to be one of the saddest stories I have read up to this point this year, and I honestly do not know what to say. I am assuming this book ended in a cliff hanger, and I do hope there is another book with a different way the story ends, but time will tell.

This is the story about a girl named Dylan whose life fell apart at the age of five, when her father died, and life as she knew it ended. Her Mother blamed her for her fathers's death as he was hurrying home to see her Christmas play when he was in an accident. After this her mother fell apart, and went from one man to another until she ran into one that got her hooked to drugs and between them ran up a bill they could not pay. Dylan's personal life is horrible, living through this situation.

By this time Dylan is in her teens, and the unimaginable happens to her for days, and then she is rescued by an unknown person. He kept her safe for a couple of days and then she woke up in a hospital. Dylan goes to trial, and her mother goes to jail, and the man who was with her mother spilled his guts and was later killed.

Dylan goes to college where no one knows her and this is where the story completely goes off the charts. You will have to read it to find out but be prepared to shed some tears, because it is a devastating read, and I know I am now going to be thinking about this book for days. The worst thing is that this book takes place five years after everything she went through, and has learned to live through her brokenness only to meet up with someone who she feels she can love. But how can you love someone when everything that they are to you is nothing but a bunch of lies, and you finally realize that everything you think you love about this person is a lie.

I give this book a 5***** star rating as it was a good psychological mind blower, and even though I did not like how it ended it was a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lord this book made me ugly cry!!! June 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Holy freaking cow! I don't even know how to write this review without giving away spoilers so I'm afraid this one is going to be a short review. This book had me crying and screaming and almost throwing my iPad out the window. I can't even describe the twists and turns and emotions this book gave. This story is written so well and I felt like I could relate to the characters. Dylan and Ethan are amazing and I can't wait to read the continuation of their story. I recommend this book, but will warn you it is a major cliffy and had some serious ugly cry moments!! This one gets 5 AMAZEBALLS stars from me!!!

A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
OMG what did I just read and did she really leave me with a cliff hanger that has my heart breaking and my face wet with tears. Why yes she did, this author wrote a story that not only had me spell bound through the whole thing, she had me trying to find the next pages to this story even though I knew they weren’t there.

Dylan Summers has really been to hell and back and I don’t think her hell is over yet. After her father died when she was young, she faced that her mother blamed her for her daddy’s death. Emotionally crippled after her husband died, Dylan’s mom gave up and turned to men and drugs to find relief. One man ended up giving Dylan to some drug dealers in exchange for the money he owed. Being raped and tortured for four days, she was rescued by a camper and help was sent. Dylan is now in college, trying to forget the past, focus on the future and learn how to not go numb when a man approaches her, that is until Ethan. There was something about him that made her feel connected and alive for the first time in five years.

Ethan was a lawyer; he was also an egotistical sexy man who knew he could have any woman he wanted. But that was just the surface of this man. He carries secrets that will cut you open and rip your heart out. He wants Dylan and he is determined to get her but all of that change as she slowly starts to see the real Ethan. His family is the definition of dysfunction, it is a wonder he is even alive to be honest. His career was not a choice on his part, he is controlled by the one man who was supposed to love and protect him. Now he is trying to protect the one thing that goes against the loyalty of his life. Does he even have the courage to fight for his right to make his own choices?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming
Let me start this review by saying that, on the face of it, this story had a reasonable and intriguing premise. And that's what drew my attention. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo Evans for A British Bookworm's Blog
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not a fan
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Harreld
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
This was an emotional read. we see the sadness of Dylan, the suffering she endured.
Dylan meets Ethan and she starts to feels things she thought she never would again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by wendy'sbookobsession
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great purchase.
Published 5 months ago by debijadkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Breaker!
This is one of those, edge of your seat, wild ride books. Such an emotional story and so many twists, that you just don’t see what’s coming. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Erin Co blogger at Besties & Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and twisted romance
This is not a sweet romance and roses kind of story. We meet Dylan who has had a tragic past. Because of the things that have happened in her past she shuts down and keeps to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by xrayer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
Reviewer: Donna
Rating: 3 Stars

Innocent Lies is definitely not a sappy love story. It's full of lies and two people, Dylan and Ethan that are both seriously... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Magic Within the Pages
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty little lies J W Phillips
5 Stars

This book was defintly not what I expected when I first picked it up, what a shocker! Read more
Published 6 months ago by kimberley howlett
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Read
Innocent Lies is definitely not a sappy love story. It's full of lies and two people, Dylan and Ethan that are both seriously screwed up that they relationship is a disaster. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donna Midgley
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential but...
This book has the makings of a great novel but the the writing was too disjointed. The story did not flow well.
Published 7 months ago by Shamica L. Redding
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More About the Author

J.W. Phillips was born in a small town in West Tennessee. She now finds herself living in the hills of the Great Smokey Mountains with two of the craziest and cutest kids, one adorable furbaby, and her incredibly romantic husband that is yummier than any of her book boyfriends.

Interview Questions:

1) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I favor romance with a little smut. Who am I kidding? I favor life with a little smut. I am shy, but loud. I was voted by the other moms at the ball field to be the least likely to get a tattoo. I already had my first tat at the time. I am me and even when I annoy myself, I wouldn't change a thing.

2) Do you have a favorite spot to write?

My couch with a large glass of Mello Yello and snuggled close to my puppy Mia.

3) If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?

They are so ingrained in my mind, it is hard to picture anyone playing them. I truly believe I would want an unknown to play the parts.

4) Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

Ethan because who wouldn't want to meet a man like him.

5) What is the hardest scene you have ever written?

The last one in Innocent Lies. My heart broke for the both of them.

6) What's the last book you read?

Hunny Bunny, Funny Bunny to my two year old neighbor.

7) What's one random fact about yourself that you can share?

My two middle toes are grown together.

8) What's your favorite outside activity?

Outside of writing: watching movies with my kids. Outside in the yard: trying to get back inside.

9) When can we expect a second book in Dylan and Ethan's story?

If I can stay out of the hospital, October 1st 2014.

10) What project are you working on now?

Pretty Little Lies, part two in the story of Ethan and Dylan.

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