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A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire, #1) by [Sivec, Tara]
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Book 1 of 4 in Playing With Fire (4 Book Series)
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About the Author

T. E. Sivec is the USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Chocolate Lovers series and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the 2013 Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards for Best Indie First Book. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. Visit her at tarasivec.com.

Abby Craden is a professional actress and voice artist who can be heard in numerous TV and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2012, Abby is an award-winning stage actress and a resident artist with the prestigious theater A Noise Within.

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  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481258885
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AW2KV28
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am definitely a Tara Sivec fan, but this book fell flat for me. I would never make an as*hole comment like "she should stick to romantic comedy," but I do strongly feel she overreached her expertise when she chose to take on an action story with so many moving parts. More on that later - let's start with the good.

The Pros:

- Layers and layers of secrets. Think "Gone Girl" level of lies and surprises. I imagined that Ms. Sivec had to keep a physical storyboard (pictures, names, locations, aliases, titles) just to organize the number of characters and their histories.

- Good pacing. The action keeps the story moving. This is one of those "don't want to put it down because I'm on the verge of another revelation" books. I finished it in two days, which is quick considering the length of the book.

- Hot sex. I appreciate that Ms. Sivec isn't afraid to stray into the erotica realm, since this story is targeted to a slightly older (late 20's) demographic than the Chocolate Lovers series.

Unfortunately, there's only so much suspension of disbelief that a reader can stomach before the mountain of "coincidences" become completely implausible. I tried very hard to not nitpick, but these flaws and holes were impossible to ignore.

The Cons:

- Terminology/technicality issues. There are too many instances of unlikely/incorrect protocols, partnerships, laws and missions to ignore. The military and government have very distinct processes for approaching international conflicts, and the way this story is written is not the way it would be handled in real life.
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I don't know what the people who've given this book four and five stars are smoking, but I don't want it, because it ruins one's judgment.

Spoilers abound in this review. This book was poorly researched and made little sense. I'm willing to suspend a ton of disbelief when I read Navy SEAL/CIA etc books, because these are not organizations that encourage a great deal of scrutiny into their day-to-day operations. The things that bothered me about this book were all normal, not at all difficult to look into, matters. [Except for the part where Parker honestly believed that the CIA had killed her friend. Seriously?]

Parker's photojournalism career was so ludicrous, I don't know where to start. She never used digital. Never? Never? I understand that there's a market for photographers who still work primarily in film, but it seems unlikely that she would have been able to rise to the level she's supposed to be at if she didn't ever use the industry's most common medium. Also, even if she did work with film, her camera was ancient. Nikon F2s, unless treated gently, haven't generally held up well. There's no way that a dedicated professional would sacrifice her craft for the sake of nostalgia; she might have kept that as her personal camera, but she would have needed something better for her work.

Let's take the $5,000 4 carat diamond engagement ring that Milo bought for Parker. Unless that ring fell off the back of a truck, or the diamond was of a very low quality, there's no way that ring should have been so cheap. Unless the author left off a digit before the five.
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T.E. Sivec is best known for amazing, funny, hilarious, vagina talk in the Chocolate Lovers series. One of the few books that I literally laughed-out-loud the entire time reading the series. They have become my favorite books to read and I was so excited to read something new from Ms. Sivec and devour the book like I did with Chocolate Lovers. So when A Beautiful Lie was released I ordered a copy in paperback and couldn't wait to start it.

A Beautiful Lie is everything opposite of that of the Chocolate Lovers series. There is no humor, no completely and utterly inappropriate jokes about sex, and the use of the word vagina was not used once (Dangitt!!). A Beautiful Lie is a action/mystery/romance novel about three best friends from college with a lot of Navy Seal, CIA action thrown in. Annabelle Parker meets two cute boys in a coffee shop during her senior year of college. Her heart flutters for one but she is afraid of love and takes the safe route and picks the boy that makes her laugh and will eventually learn to love over time. The three instantly become best friends even though Parker is with Milo (the boy who made her laugh) while pining for Garrett who also is secretly in love with Parker as well. Love triangle anyone? Eight years later Milo is killed in action while working as a Navy Seal. His best friend Garrett and fiancé Parker think there is more to his death then what the Navy is telling them. They go on a mission to find the truth about Milo's death but end up realizing everything they thought they knew about each other is one big lie.

Sounds great right? I thought so too... I love a good mystery novel with romance thrown in; add a love triangle and I am there!
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