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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.

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DON'T EXPECT ORDINARY ROMANCE expect EXTRAORDINARY

What did you love best about Black Lies?

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!!

What other book might you compare Black Lies to and why?

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.

What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?

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

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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!!

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Too long a build up

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.

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Genius!!!

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!

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The narration was perfect, the emotions poured through my speakers and I was hooked.
Holy hell WHAT A STORY! When I started reading I figured oh this is a good love triangle romance and I was intrigued. Brant is a genius billionaire that is head over heels in love with Lana, she too is deeply in love with him but has turned down his proposals multiple times and we learn that it’s because she is also in love with Lee. He is the complete opposite of Brant being a average Joe landscaper and hands on type man. As we go further into the story BAM the secrets that are revealed will have your jaw hitting the flow and your head spinning over what’s told. I was loving the story but I have to admit after this event I couldn’t get enough of all three of them. This story is one I’ve never read before and just phenomenal. Wow, just wow.

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mind blowing!!

this book was amazing the story was well written and I just couldn't stop listening to it. an in the end the fairytale come true.

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I Never Saw It Coming!!

Just added a new narrator to my favorites list. The book was over too quickly.

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more complicated than expected

definitely worth a relisten. I hated liana and her cheating ways for most of the book. hated. I thought she was a horrible girl. however as the book progressed, we learned she was right and there really is more than meets the eye. it delves into something not talked about much

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wow

loved the book wish there was more cldnt put it down twisted for sure, but awesome

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Surprising

A great listen - definitely not your typical romance. If I have any criticism it would be that the intimacy could've been slightly more descriptive but that in no way takes away from this book. I'll listen to more from this author.

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WOW. Just WOW

Wow. Great story. It wasn't what I was expecting, but enjoyed it none the less.

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  • Marcella
  • 11-01-16

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👍

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  • Andrea
  • 11-24-15

Very good

Good narration , sometimes the narrator dragged the words out a little too much.
Great story , keeps you thinking for days .

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  • Samantha
  • 03-13-15

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.