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Loving Lies Paperback – June 20, 2006
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I loved the way the Author portrayed the characters and her erotic scenes in this book. They were scorching hot and tastefully written.
Slade, Jazz, and Zack are like brothers and would do anything for each other including protecting Jessie. This is the first book of The Boys of Summer Series and I'm looking forward to continuing with book 2.
I give Loving Lies 4 stars for its steamy read.
I would recommend this book to Adults.
THE STORY: Jessie Benton has loved Slade Colter forever. He had been putting her off until she grows up. Finally, when Jessie is twenty-one, they have a weekend exploring and satisfying their sexual fantasies. AT the end of the weekend, however, Slade walks away and marries another woman. Five years later, Slate returns intending to reclaim Jessie.
OPINION: I was disappointed in this book. I really liked the characters and the story was at times very sad and paintful in its powerful emotions. The best part of the book was the heartbreaking scenes when Slade and Jessie had to be parted. If the entire book had been that powerful, this would have been a great book.
Unfortunately, the story turns on a stupid plot device. The reason that Slade left Jessie is never strong enough to justify the pain he put her through. Then he returns and instead of groveling and explaining himself, he is arrogant and continues to keep secrets. Jessie should have slapped the guy and found someone else. Most of the time I can suspend disbelief even with outrageous storylines, but this one just didn't feel well done to me.
The story is also really hot and the focus is definitely on the sexual relationship with the exception of the parting and the end of the book where I really felt that these characters loved one another.
WORTH MENTIONING: The ending of the book hints at the romance in the second book.
CONNECTED BOOKS: LOVING LIES is the first book in The Men of Summer series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 2.75 stars.
I should have known that I was not going to like this book because the h was undeveloped and weak. A weak h is the kiss of death to any book for me and they really do not get any weaker than this lady. Too many examples come to mind to list them all here but suffice to say that the author wrote it best when she describes her as a "fool, a willing pathetic victim." I could not agree more.
After reading this book, I discovered that I liked the authors' premises yet have a really hard time with her characters. Her H are not the warm fuzzy alphas that take charge yet love their women passionately, they are psycho jerks. Especially this H, not only did I not like him, I found him to be repulsive. This is my second book from this author and found the same dislike of the H (although not as severe) in her other story, I'll probably pass on another one of her books.