Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
Standalone Dark Romance
If you have been a follower of my blog for some time, you know there are a few things I don’t usually like to read about: cheaters and liars are at the top of the list. Yet I decided to read a book called Black Lies! I don’t even think I read the blurb before deciding to read it. Since Alessandra will be at Wicked Book Weekend in February, I wanted to make sure I read one of her books, so I just dove in. I knew I may have problems with the storyline. I really haven’t loved a few other very popular books featuring lying, cheating heroines, but I can also think of a few exceptions to my rule. And I’m so, so glad I took a chance on Black Lies and stuck with it.
WARNING: AVOID SPOILERS TO THIS BOOK. THERE WILL BE NONE HERE.
Layana Fairmont grew up in the upper echelons of society, as much as she tried to get away from the scene, it just pulled her back. A trust fund baby, Layana didn’t have any real connections except the ones at HYA-Homeless Youths of America, where she enthusiastically volunteered and set up fundraisers. Layana met Brant Sharp, the young billionaire computer genius at an HYA fundraiser. Brant is the charity’s largest contributor. He was everything that would normally turn Layana off, at least on paper, but she didn’t expect more.
“What I didn’t expect was everything that he was not. Quietly confident. Unassuming. Gorgeous. Intense interest that didn’t play games.”
Brant has been sequestered at home since he turned 11 years old and started inventing some of the worlds greatest computers. He runs his company with his Aunt Jillian, who keeps him focused and on track. Despite his looks, the only regular female contact he has is of the paid variety. That is until he meets Layana.
Despite Jillian trying to buy her away because Brant “doesn’t need the distraction of a relationship“, Layana bided her time until she met Brant again.
When they begin a passionate affair, you can really feel the connection. Brant is a savant, able to invent some of the most high tech computers in the world. But with that drive comes missed dates and canceled plans. But Brant makes it up to Layana in many ways.
“Ways that will make your legs tremble around my neck. Ways that have me so hard and ready that I may not make it all the way there. Ways that will have you screaming my name and–“
They fall for each other completely, Brant a very generous lover whose focus was always on her pleasure first.
“Brant’s goal, each and every time, was to leave me sated, every possible orgasm pulled, tugged and yanked from my body with his greedy hands, mouth, and cock.”
But there was a mystery surrounding him. Why was she his first relationship? Why was his Aunt Jillian so intent on breaking them up?
“I love her completely. She returns the love wildly. This love is worth the unsaid truths. The hidden lies.”
From the prologue, however, we know there is someone else. Someone Layana is willing to lie and stalk to keep. Lee gives her everything Brant doesn’t. He is rough and dirty to Brant’s quiet, genteel nature. Lee takes what he wants, he is light and playful, while Brant is giving and serious.
“The manliness in every movement, the smell of him, one of earth and grass and sweat. Masculinity personified, and proved legitimate in how he had fucked me against the wall. Hard, invasive. For his own need more than mine. Greedy, animalistic. Marking me with his cock. He was the type of man I had always run from, but might just be the type I had always needed.”
From the prologue, we know that Layana does sneaky, almost heinous things to keep them both in her life. But at the end of each chapter we are teased about “the secret”. I have to say, at one point I thought about not finishing. I have to really like my heroine to enjoy a book. And despite seeing a really good side to Layana, the bad side was really overpowering. And I was getting frustrated about the secret. I had so many ideas in my head, but then I’d come up with something totally different.
Since I don’t normally read this kind of book, I didn’t want to write an unfair review. The writing was fabulous, with some almost poetic prose that was never hard to read. But I was just starting to think that perhaps it wasn’t for me, so I contacted Alessandra and gave her a heads up that I wasn’t sure if I should continue.
She told me to hang in there….
Maybe I should have put my seatbelt on.
I am so freaking glad I didn’t put it down, because I think this will be the most memorable book of the year for me.
I need to re-read it.
- The writing was excellent.
- I loved Brant. He loved her so completely.
- There was no doubt how much Layana loved Brant, despite her actions proving otherwise.
- I did not guess the story, but I think it would be great even if you did.
- It makes me need to re-read it right away.
- Completely engrossing.
- Lee was so freaking sexy, I don’t know how she could choose.
- Very unique storyline.
- The teasing got a little frustrating.
- The end was tied up just a little too quickly and neatly.
Rating: 4.5 Stars (Would be 5+ if I loved dark reads) 4.5 Heat.
Black Lies by Alessandra Torre was totally out of my comfort zone. It is a darker read, and has cheating, something which I usually hate in a book. I am so glad that Alessandra convinced me to stick with it, because while I may have had a problem at the beginning, it was more than worth it to read to the conclusion. And then read again. My not giving it 5 stars is because I did question whether I should continue at one point, and I was a little frustrated. But once I did continue–holy shit. 6 stars.
I have to say that Black Lies is a book that will totally stick with me, and I recommend to everyone–even if like me, you hate cheating liars. The writing was impeccable. The need to figure out the puzzle was consuming. The outcome was mind blowing. This is a MUST READ. But please, avoid spoilers!
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