Contemporary, Romance

Excerpt + 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.

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Romance | Contemporary Romance

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy for a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review***

I have a great many of favorite tropes within the romance genre that I cannot help by gush over. For me, one of the favorites is that hate to love trope. I like the tension, the banter, the romancing tidbits between, the drama and overall connections within the characters circles. Something however that I find when authors attempt this trope is it can either flow perfectly, or it can tragically be choppy for a better lack of a term. There needs to be a balance, the hatred build needs to be established with a decent blend going from that tension to more romantic. So did Lie To Me live up to my standards? Yes and no…

Firstly, I really enjoyed the momentum of the characters at the beginning. Savannah starts off as this shy, closed off woman who is very hesitant yet curious. She has a confidence in her – rather flirtatious when provoked, one that shines most when she is around Kent, probably because she doesn’t sit idly by when he wants to be all ‘puff puff alpha roar’ man meat toolbag. Not saying she doesn’t have her moments of shyness still, but she seems more herself the more she is in the company of Kent.

Kent on the other drive is that toolbag presence and I loved it. He was fun, self-absorbed, confident, and drop dead sexy. He really pushes this attitude between himself, Savannah as well as the rest of the supporting cast. All around fun character – probably my more favorite.

Obviously I loved their characters, I cannot say how much I enjoyed their personalities, the chemistry between them was set up smashingly. As soon as I first read their interactions I could feel it. The hatred seeped off the pages, their stubborn attitudes really made me gush at it. Both are hilarious, witty, entertaining between their banter. The insults literally roll off the tongues during the dialogue – the sexual tension was damn good. This is however where my opinion gets a wee-bit iffy. If I am being honest I had hoped for a little more sexual tension building. It literally started off so fucking hot, that it hit a climatic moment then boom they were a romantic couple.  

Just once I wanted a hate fuck. Damnit… Why didn’t Savannah just go to the bathroom with Kent – JUST ONCE I TELL YOU. I just had hoped for more. With such a great build to their tension, it was like one moment they hated each other than the next they were in a romantic entanglement. But, even though this did occur, their chemistry never faulted. Everything from their sweet moments to the sex was perfection. They had this entertaining verbal foreplay that really aided on their connection, they were a fun couple overall.

Though the chemistry itself was believable, and delicious to aid my pervy mind, it was also the drama that left me a little less than questionable thoughts. I liked the outcome, but there was a point when the break up drama was a little over the top, I didn’t understand why and what was entirely going on. I think it could have been an argument, or some disagreement on some level, but the reaction of the characters just left me conflicted on the basis of the characters morals. Again though, even as things wound down, I still loved the overall outcome when things settled, I think I just personally envisioned something different to have gotten to the swoon worthy ending. 

Bottom line – I loved it. I definitely found some things I disliked, but in all honesty it did not take away from what I loved about Lie To Me. The writing style was great, the characters flowed well with the plot and the characters themselves were absolutely stunning. I cannot wait to add more of Natasha Preston to my TBR – I definitely recommend giving this a shot, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

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Read an Excerpt from LIE TO ME

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

About NATASHA PRESTON

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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