Ella Ingraham is a best-selling novelist. She’s also a murderer. At least that’s what most of the world thinks after her ex brought a tabloid frenzy and a civil suit down on her for “negligence” following the stillbirth of their unplanned child at eight months. Her cross-country drive is meant to be an escape, and Horatio, AR is just another random exit off the highway. Until she meets Josh Devereaux.
Josh Devereaux – seductive, charming and hot, hot, hot – is a part-time farmer, full-time tech genius holed up in his hometown after a few years in New York turned him into someone else. Someone worse. His closetful of skeletons has been locked up tight since he returned to Arkansas, right along with his heart. He knows Ella could unlock both – and what a bad idea that would be.
Ella has no intention of getting involved with Josh, but as one date turns into more, feelings surface Ella hasn’t felt in years — like hope. As their relationship grows, Josh knows he should tell Ella the truth about his past. If only the lie wasn’t so much easier to believe.
Panty Scorching: 1
Over All Rating: 4.25 Stars
Reviewed by Robin
Ella is an author that has had a rough time lately. Her ex took her to court for a civil suit this past year. She’s had a personal tragedy. Now she’s driving across the country and trying to lie low when she stops in a small town in Arkansas to eat. She meets Josh Deveraux who convinces her to stay the night and have dinner with him. She doesn’t want him to know her secrets. Little does she know that Josh has secrets of his own and when she finds them out, she might not be able to forgive him.
“‘God, I want you.’ My words come out in gasps as Josh kisses my throat.
‘I want you, too.’ Josh’s lips trail along my jawbone, leaving pinpricks of fire on my skin.
‘Come back to the hotel with me.’ I scrape my nails down his back.
He stops like I slapped him, reeling away, his eyes wild. ‘I… oh, Jesus Christ.’
‘What? What’s wrong?’ I slip off the ledge and pull my skirt down, trying to catch my breath, which sticks somewhere between my chest and my throat. ‘I… I thought…’
It doesn’t matter what you thought; you were wrong.
‘I don’t… I didn’t mean…’ Josh shoves his fingers through his hair. He still looks dazed. ‘I can’t do this.’”
I really enjoyed trying to figure out what Josh’s connection to all of this is. Ella has had a rough time lately. You feel bad for her because no one should have to go through what she’s just went through. But sometimes when she talks about the life she led, she comes across as very shallow. And she was. Perhaps she and her ex had a toxic relationship. Where does Josh fit in and can she trust him? I have some theories about his remorse regarding Ella and I can’t wait for the next book to find out if I’m right.
This was my first story by Brenda St. John Brown. It’s a lot of mystery and suspense but not too many sexy times. More the “promise” of sexy times. I do know that I will be reading Truths We Tell to find out if Ella needs to kick Josh’s behind or will he end up being an unexpected ally.
Truths We Tell (The Truth Series #2)
Hot guy? Cue Josh Devereaux.
Even hotter night together? Hello kitchen counter.
Morning-after phone call to Josh from her ex? Um, what?
The truth about who Josh is and what he’s done are on the other end of that phone. He knows he lied. He also knows that isn’t the worst of it. It isn’t even that Ella’s ex thinks Josh is the right man to help destroy her. Again. The worst part is the way Ella looks at him now. Or doesn’t.
Ella isn’t sure what the worst part is – Josh lying to her about his past, or the fact she can’t stop thinking about him anyway. Not that he’s making it easy for her, with his idea to stop her ex’s slander campaigns against her before her next big book release. Even Ella has to admit it’s a better plan than she – or her lawyer – have come up with. But for the plan to work, Ella has to not only rely on Josh, but trust him. Implicitly.
Ella knows she’d be a fool to trust him a second time. So why does her heart keep trying to convince her otherwise?
About The Author
When she’s not writing, Brenda enjoys hiking, running and reading. In theory, she also enjoys cooking, but it’s more that she enjoys eating and, try as she might, she can’t live on Doritos alone.