Review: Lie to Me by Natasha Preston

 

We are so excited to be sharing the release of #1 New York Times bestselling author Natasha Preston’s LIE TO ME with you today. LIE TO ME is a brand new standalone contemporary romance lovers won’t want to miss–be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 

At nineteen, Savannah Dean escaped her family, leaving behind a note and the people who caused her so much pain.

Now, she lives on her own and keeps to herself.

At nineteen, Kent Lawson’s girlfriend betrayed him, leaving him behind with a broken heart and a whole lot of mistrust in women.

Now, he lives on his own and shares himself with nearly every pretty thing that walks by but only for one night.

When Savannah and Kent meet, they can’t stand each other.

Kent knows she’s hiding something, and he despises liars.

And Savannah has nothing but secrets.

 

Can we take a moment to admire how gorgeous this book’s cover is? It is probably one of my favorite covers ever. The moment I saw it I knew I had to read the story it held inside. I thought I was going to read a story as beautiful as the cover but sadly that wasn’t the case and that makes me very, very sad.

You can probably tell already that my inability to read synopses after falling in love with the cover ruined everything for me yet again (when will I learn?!). Anyone who reads the synopsis can tell this is an enemies to lovers story (my least favorite romances because they are either amazing like The Hating Game or not good) so there’s that, I didn’t read the dang thing and that is nobody’s fault but mine. So I put up with it, I stopped myself from whining and kept reading like nothing had happened and still… I didn’t enjoy it. I got bored. I didn’t find the story to be refreshing at all and the pacing was too fast for my liking. This story and I were clearly not meant to be.

I couldn’t connect with the characters. I couldn’t even stand them. I didn’t find them relatable or lovable. I can’t find the correct words to describe them so I’ll just leave it at I wasn’t a fan. Most of their interactions made me roll my eyes; they were so hot and cold. And the sexual tension between them felt very forced and rushed in my opinion.

Aside from not enjoying the whole enemies’ shebang, I also didn’t enjoy the insta-love part of the story. Things moved from I-hate-your-guts to I-love-you pretty fast. Their sudden love just made everything feel unbelievable, I get that this is fiction but I like a little bit of realness, you know?

Here’s the one and only thing that I really liked. I liked the author’s writing; I loved that I could feel her British accent through the pages. I think I’d definitely give another of her books a try someday but don’t worry, I will for sure read the synopsis to make sure it is not another enemies to lovers romance.
I hope y’all give this book a try someday so you can tell me if I’m just a picky little witch or if you didn’t love it either, I’d love to know if this is an unpopular opinion (I bet it is).

 

2 / 5 flowers

 

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Wednesday rolls around way too fast. I have a whole evening with Savannah. It’s been really nice these past four days that she’s been out of my life. Yet, the whole time, I’ve been craving the way we snip at each other.

I need help.

I cut my engine outside her building and look up. Apparently, she lives up on the first floor and faces out toward the road.

Is she looking at me right now?

Why I feel the need to get out and buzz her apartment, I don’t know, but somehow, I find myself getting out of the car and walking toward the building. I stop at the front door, realising that Heidi told me what floor Savannah is on but not the number. Or she might have told me, and I just didn’t listen.

This is a great start.

I’m about to call my sister when I see Savannah through the glass, walking down the stairs to ground level.

Fuck me.

Has she always looked like that?

She’s wearing a pair of dark blue skinny jeans and a grey off-the-shoulder shirt, but she looks sexier than any other woman I’ve ever seen in a little dress.

Why don’t I like her again?

Her steely eyes, looking even more prominent with the colour of her top, warily eye me. Our last encounter wasn’t exactly pleasant.

She opens the door and smiles. “Hi, Kent.”

My back stiffens. “Savannah.”

“Are you sure you don’t mind taking me tonight? I can Uber.”

And there it is. This is why she fucking bothers me so much. I feel like telling her to call a fucking Uber then. She always sounds so unsure of herself, like every tiny thing a person does for her is some massive inconvenience. Why?

“It’s fine,” I spit.

She folds her arms, carefully because her fractured arm hasn’t healed. It does take away a little of the dramatic flair she was going for. “Do you need to take a nap before we go?”

“What?”

“You’re cranky.”

“You’re too polite.”

“Being polite is a bad thing?”

I flex my jaw. “Yes.”

“Fine. Get in the car, and take me.”

The intent behind her words is clear; however, I hear it completely different and laugh.

She rolls her eyes. “Don’t be a knobhead, Kent. Take me to your parents’ house, I mean.”

“Knobhead. I’ve not heard that one in a while.”

Savannah takes another long breath. “I really don’t know why I thought accepting a lift from you would be a good idea. In fact, I didn’t. I stillthink it’s a bad idea.”

“You always follow through with bad ideas?”

“Tonight, I am.”

Fuck yeah. I love this fighting side of her. It’s like, when I rile her up enough, the cover slips, revealing the real Savannah. I’m not sure if she’s hiding something the way Freya was.

“You should work on that. I don’t do anything I don’t want to.”

She tilts her head to the side, fire and determination in her eyes. “Oh, you wanted me to come tonight? And you wanted to be the one to pick me up?”

“You’re hot when you’re angry, Savannah.”

Actually, she’s hot all the time. It’s just, right now, she’s the whole package.

“You always use bullshit like that to deflect from someone calling you out?”

“You’re the first woman to call me out.”

“Why doesn’t that surprise me?” she mutters.

“Do you want to argue on your doorstep all night or get to my parents’ for dinner? I’m cool with either, just checking to see which way you’re leaning.”

She drops her arms, one still bound tightly in a splint. “I’m hungry.”

“Excellent, let’s go then.”

 

 

Don’t miss Natasha Preston’s other contemporary romance reads!

Silence / Broken Silence / Players, Bumps & Cocktail Sausages / Reliving Fate / Second Chance / Our Chance / With the Band / Save Me

 
 

UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since.

She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer.

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8 Comments

    1. I know! 🙁 Sucks when I have to write a review for a book I didn’t love. Thanks, Jess!

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