The Lies We Tell by Elizabeth Dunk – Review

August 30, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★

The Lies We Tell by Elizabeth Dunk – Review

The Lies We Tell by Elizabeth Dunk – ReviewRelease Date: August 1, 2013
Title: The Lies We Tell
Author: Elizabeth Dunk
Pages: 107
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore
From the Publisher: Ten years ago, Todd Lansing stood by his father’s grave and his heart thudded with hatred of Sia Collins, the girl responsible for his father’s untimely death. Now, on his return to Oberon, seeing Sia makes his heart thud with a different emotion and he doesn’t like that.

Sia has a secret. She didn’t commit the break-in that ultimately killed Mr Lansing – she took the blame for the crime to save her father, Frank Collins, from going to jail. The only person who knows the truth is Frank and their relationship has crumbled under the guilt.

When Todd discovers the truth, hate dies and passion reigns. Except this revelation causes secret after secret to unravel until the only way he and Sia can survive is to cling to each other. If only she’d let him.
4 Stars

At it’s core, The Lies We Tell is your run of the mill New Adult romance.

It starts with some drama [Todd hates Sia because he believes she caused his father’s death].

There is inevitable chemistry [Todd flirts with Sia before he realizes who she is].

The initial drama is resolved, thereby creating even more drama [the chemistry is too much to stand and Todd finally realizes it wasn’t Sia’s fault. Sexy times ensue].

And there are of course the sub-plots of Sia’s abusive father and the mystery surrounding the real cause of death of Todd’s father [I did mention drama].

But a full star was added to the rating because of the way Sia and Todd’s sexual relationship was handled. Sia was no meek and demure virgin. She knew what she wanted and she wasn’t afraid to tell her partner.

“Some things you should know about me,” she said, running her hand up and down Todd’s erection. His eyes widened, his nostrils flared, the muscles of his thighs under hers contracted. “I love to give and receive head. A little bit of bondage and smacking goes a long way and I get really turned on by sex with a possibility of someone walking in on it.”

And no – this wasn’t erotica or BDSM themed. This was an NA novel about a normal couple with a normal sex life. It was so refreshing to read about a couple that’s frisky and a bit kinky and feels no shame in enjoying their sexuality within the context of a healthy relationship. I don’t know why that doesn’t happen more often.

Because of that, I will definitely be on the look out for the next book by Elizabeth Dunk.

What Others Are Saying:

  • Little Pieces of ImaginationHer characters are imperfect, but redeemable, and the storyline kept surprising me. It’s sad that I wasn’t able to connect more with the characters, but better luck next time! 

2 Responses to “The Lies We Tell by Elizabeth Dunk – Review”

  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    It’s a shame that heroines who are assertive and in charge of their sexuality are such an anomaly within the New Adult genre (And really, fiction in general) Sia sounds like a breath of fresh air and for that reason alone I’m really interested in reading The Lies We Tell myself 🙂

    • Mandi Kaye

      I’ll warn you – the story itself is pretty “meh”. Vaguely predictable and the like. But it’s an Australian novel, which we don’t see much of either. So it does have that going for it too. But I do think it’s worth it just for the sheer novelty of the relationship.

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