Brant: Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for three years. Has proposed four times. Been rejected four times.
Lee: Cuts grass when he's not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his body. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost two 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.
©2014 Alessandra Torre (P)2015 Audible Inc.
I loved the sexiness and humour of Hollywood Dirt by the same author and had quite high expectations for this book. Unfortunately I found myself a little disappointed. There is a twist in this book which is very interesting and unexpected. However it seemed to take a long time to get there and I found myself disinterested along the way. The female lead character is portrayed as spoilt and shallow and I found it difficult to relate to her. Whilst this is somewhat resolved in the ending, I was still left thinking she was quite selfish and I didn't find that endearing. The male characters are more enjoyable, but the structure of the plot meant I didn't feel I got to know them as much as I might like to. Overall I didn't find myself caring much about the relationship of the characters and that left me a bit flat. Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy the narrator either as she came across as clipped and not warm. However I have read very positive reviews for this book, so it may suit readers who enjoy a more layered and slowly developing storyline.
What did I love best about Black Lies? IT KEPT ME GUESSING THE WHOLE WAY. At one point, I had a crazy thought, but Allessandra Torre's writing is *so good* with layers of STORY and misdirection that I thought, "Nope, that can't be it". It turned out, my guess was right BUT SHE WROTE IT SO MUCH BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED! There were parts that horrified me, kept me on the edge of my seat, and there were characters I wanted to distance myself from so badly I almost quit the book --- AND THEN --- what you are listening to isn't what you thought it was at all. The twists were awesome. And she wrapped it up so darn nice. That is a big problem for me with some books; the story is great, but if the ending is abrupt I feel like I've been having the ride of my life only to be thrown out of the car before I reach my destination. Really glad that wasn't an issue with this story. I love steamy romance along with Happily Ever Afters and this one delivers that too, yay! I had so much fun with this story, I bought the ebook too and had to go back and read parts going, "Yep, there's a clue, and there's a clue..." NICE!!
I don't think I can recall a book quite like Black Lies. It has many elements of suspense but I've yet to find another author who can write erotic romance + HEA (where one of the characters isn't tragically killed off by the bad guy -- authors, you know who you are! ;) plus really nice suspense. And a truly original storyline. The more I think on this book, the more I am impressed.
She was really good at differentiating voices. Her male voice for Brandt was my favorite. I wish she could have done the book all in that voice. At first, I was thrown off by her odd pacing in Layana's voice, where there were pauses where there shouldn't be and sort of strange emphasis' on some words where it wasn't called for but a few chapters in and I was accustomed. She read fast (I prefer narrators who speak as rapidly as I'd normally be able to read) which I loved very much, and she read clearly, didn't screech or scream (there is one narrator in particular that I fear did my ears permanent damage before I could rip out my earbuds - when the scenes call for a character to scream *it really isn't necessary to DO it, please have mercy on us listeners* Jessica Almasy could go from whisper to "shout" without any pain on the listener end - and her different male character voices were darn impressive
YES! But I played it while I was working and stretched it out into two sessions. But I wish I could have stayed up and skipped sleep. It was that good.
I wish there were more books to combine romantic erotica with real plot -- this was stellar for me because normally I get my book fixes in patterns: pick up a thriller, pick up a couple sweet romance, pick up a couple erotica books --- and none of these do much for crossover, until this book. I REALLY LIKED THAT! I want to go, "Aww! Sweet!" in the same book that I want to shout, "She DIDN'T!!!! That WITCH!" and "Get him out of there, HURRY!! Before they stab him again!"Hats off author! This was great!!
Another fabulous , intriguing story by Alessandra!!! She never fails to deliver a WHAAAAT??? I did't see that coming moment. Loved the weaving of Brandt and Lana's story. So different and quirky!
I’m an avid (or rabid) reader & audiobook listener when I find time between being a wife, mom, nana and my full time job.
I can't believe that I've just finally read this. Friends have been encouraging me to pick this book up for ages. What a wild ride of a story! Nothing is as it seems! I was completely taken in by the lies and deceptions.
"...my path to hell lined with neon signs and temptation, all in the form of Lee."
Black lies starts out as a great story.. HOT, hints of a secret... then BAM.. a twist!! ... but I'm still really liking the story.. I can handle this... breathe... then BAM.. another twist!!! .... AND I'm only at 50%!!!! What else am I gonna get hit with?!??!! And amazing storytelling throughout.
"Without the lies, without the secrets… it is better than it has ever been. I break beneath his body and sign away the last bit of my heart to this man. This complicated, layered, brilliant man. Owner of my soul."
I loved this book and I'm so glad I stuck with it even when I thought I hated every character in it! Lol! I listened to most of this book on audiobook and absolutely loved the amazing narration!
If you haven't read this you need to!! This book was amazing!! I totally didn't see the plot twist going the way it did & it was so, so good. I listened on audio & the narrator did a great job with it. This also was my first book by Alessandra Torre & I will definitely be checking out more by her after this one. A must read!!
Alessandra Torre has quickly become one of my 'go to' authors. She has the remarkable ability to weave a tale that keeps you completely engrossed until the very last word of the story. The writing of Black lies is exceptional, the great characters were anything but one -dimensional and the plot was totally original. I will say in the beginning I did not think I was going to be fond of the narration, but the voice ended up matching the character's personality.
I went into this story with no expectations or a single clue what it was about. My mind was everywhere with this story. I was confused and intrigued. Great story.
The tale of Brant Sharp and Layana Fairmont is daring, tantalizing, and brilliant. It will take you on a ride with twists and turns you won't ever expect.
Torre has an incredible talent at weaving a tale with intricate detail, incredible dialog, and a love story of the century. She dares the reader to experience a world and circumstances outside the lines of our imagination. She makes us fall in love with Brant and Layana - their story, their love, and hope for their future - and then we meet Lee...
“I will fight for this love. Lie for it. Steal for it. It is worthy of that… I love her completely. She returns the love wildly. This love is worth the unsaid truths. The hidden lies.”
Hold on to your seats because you're in for a wild ride. I was addicted from the beginning, turning the pages voraciously to travel the journey with them and find out how their story ends. I guarantee this is one of those books you'll finish and immediately want to re-read again. Enjoy!
I also loved the narrator who did an excellent job at bringing the story to life.
I literally spent most of the book hating Lana for her treatment of Brant and allowing the way Lee treated her. When I found out why, it shocked me. This story is in a class all its own. I would have never guessed. And the narrator was amazing. At first I was convinced that Lana was demented. She did an amazing job switching between characters.
"Be patient it's worth it xxxx"
This book was a challenge!! Definitely not an easy read and serveral times I felt like I'd had enough and couldn't finish but thankfully I kept going this book is very different so many twists you won't see coming!! In the end this is just a beautiful epic story of love and courage and strength to over come❤️❤️❤️❤️ would definitely recommend this book my first Alessandra Torre book and definitely not my last👍
Good narration , sometimes the narrator dragged the words out a little too much.
Great story , keeps you thinking for days .
"Loved this book"
I love unpredictable books and this book just proved that. This book is amazing and I recommend it for all romance lovers.
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