The Lies We Tell
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From the author of Arranged to Love comes a romantic story of forgiveness, secrets, small towns and second chances.
Ten years ago, Todd Lansing stood over his father’s grave, his heart thumping out curses on Sia Collins for causing his death. When he returns to Oberon and sees Sia again, his heart thumps with a different emotion, one he fights with all the anger he still feels.
Sia didn’t commit the break-in that ended up killing Mr Lansing, but to admit that would send her father to jail. She has rebuilt her life in the small town, atoned for her accused crime, and carved out a niche using her talent with paint to reach out to the community, raise funds, and support her family.
When Todd finds out the truth, he can’t understand why Sia won’t speak out and clear her name, and it threatens to tear them apart. With her relationship with Todd on the line, will Sia choose loyalty or love?
What are you willing to do for your family?
Sia would do anything for her family, especially for her father. At a tender age of sixteen, instead of enjoying her high school years, she ended up in jail. She took the fall for her father’s mistake. Suffered the consequences of his actions and the wrath of the boy she likes. For Todd Lansing Jr., she was the reason he lost his father. It was the crime she allegedly did, that brought him to his death.
Years later, she is now a painter with a bright future ahead of her. Her past seemed forgotten, even the Lansings had forgiven her and accepted her into their home. All was fine until Todd came home and saw Sia again. What he didn’t expect is for her to stir up different emotions – anger… and lust. She was beautiful, perfect, but he must remember that she was the reason why his father died.
But once he saw the light and found out the truth, it bothered him why Sia would not clear her name. This threatens to crumble what the two of them were slowly building. With their relationship on the line, what or who would Sia chose? Will she chose her family or will she choose Todd? Will it be loyalty or love?
When is she going to see him for what he really is?
I know how it is to love your family, wanting a solid one, doing anything for them – but gah! I was frustrated with Sia. She probably meant well, especially with her siblings. But can’t she see everything is beyond hope? Her siblings were better off with her than her father, when would she realize that? She was letting go of what was supposedly the best sex, oh I mean, thing that has ever happened to her!!!
I like the plot, the easy banter filled with sexy innuendoes, the slow building romance. Todd was a great character after he got over of the past. But Sia – she was just exasperating. It took me a while to like her, and really understand what motivated her actions. The Lies We Tell is about love, family, and forgiveness. Sometimes, even though you love the person so much or you are related by blood, you don’t have to hand in everything, always leave something for yourself. Not everyone deserved your sacrifices. You may mean well, but they don’t.
*ARC Copy from Netgalley was given in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth Dunk is the contemporary romance writing alter-ego of Nicole Murphy, who cut her teeth writing science fiction and fantasy. A long-time romance fan, Nicole couldn’t resist attempting to sit fair and square in the modern world and bring two fabulous characters together and thus Elizabeth was born. As Nicole, she has dozens of short stories in print and published an urban fantasy trilogy, The Dream of Asarlai. As Elizabeth, she’s published a couple of short stories. This is the first novel-length work under her new name and there are plans for many more.