Title: Beautiful Lies
Series: Breaking Belles #2
Authors: Stasia Black & Alta Hensley
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2020
Twenty Beautiful Lies stand before me.
I can feel one’s hatred from across the ballroom.
She loathes me and all that I stand for… that’s why she will be my choice, my belle of the ball.
Born into a secret society that strangles the life out of me, I have no choice but to face my demons head on.
Inheritance isn’t about money or land, it’s much more twisted than that…
A sinful birthright.
A dark heritage.
A secret tradition only the most powerful and wealthy are aware of.
The Order of the Silver Ghost.
I will choose her because her disdain is more than I deserve.
The price I will pay for my cruel legacy.
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Reviewed by Stephanie
Old money, southern charm and a secret society. Watching his father’s casket get lowered into the ground, Sully knows his time has come. The Order of the Silver Ghost awaits him and no matter how much he wants to resist and turn away from the trials of initiation, he has no choice. As much as he hated his father and all he stood for, he loves his sister and will do what he has to for her. He will pick his Belle and face all that comes with his legacy.
“Opulence, wealth and a history so rich in cloaked secrets you could hear the steps of our forefathers still roaming the rooms today.”
When Portia receives the invitation she knows it’ll be a life changing experience, and not necessarily in a good way but it’s a way out for her and her sisters so that’s all that matters. When she is picked by none other than Sully VanDoren her 109 days of unknown begins and all she has to do is make it through to receive her prize.
“Here, in this moment, I was completely stripped down.”
There are many things the order expects and though Sully went in knowing most of them, Portia was completely unprepared for all the horror and chaos that came with the initiation process. Greed, lust and betrayal were aplenty in this book. While Sully and Portia didn’t really hit it off at first being forced to be the other one’s half for all that time changed things between them and they definitely had some crazy chemistry. Will they survive the 109 days together and claim their prize or will they be exiled by The Order of the Silver Ghost?
“I stayed. I did the difficult thing. I made the difficult choices because I knew what love was.”
I was desperate to get my hands on this book after reading the blurb and seeing the beautiful cover but sadly I struggled a lot with this story. I know it says it can be read as a stand-alone but honestly I felt very lost several times in this book and it left me wondering if it was because of things I missed by not reading the first book in the series. While I liked the chemistry between Sully and Portia I really thought their connection was a little lacking. Yes, there were some fantastic super steamy scenes between them but there was not a ton else that kept my interest. The first chapter was off to a great start and then it was just a little rushed and all over the place from there in my opinion. But again that could be because I felt sort of like I was missing something from the first book. I’m not sure. It was an entertaining read overall and I liked the surprise twist at the end. It was just not a favorite story for me and I think it was because I didn’t read book one.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
STASIA BLACK grew up in Texas, recently spent a freezing five-year stint in Minnesota, and now is happily planted in sunny California, which she will never, ever leave.
She loves writing, reading, listening to podcasts, and has recently taken up biking after a twenty-year sabbatical (and has the bumps and bruises to prove it). She lives with her own personal cheerleader, aka, her handsome husband, and their teenage son. Wow. Typing that makes her feel old. And writing about herself in the third person makes her feel a little like a nutjob, but ahem! Where were we?
Stasia’s drawn to romantic stories that don’t take the easy way out. She wants to see beneath people’s veneer and poke into their dark places, their twisted motives, and their deepest desires. Basically, she wants to create characters that make readers alternately laugh, cry ugly tears, want to toss their kindles across the room, and then declare they have a new FBB (forever book boyfriend).
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