Lies by A.L. Woods is now live!
Rich girl, poor boy.
It was the oldest story.
Yet it was ours.
I knew Penelope was different the moment I laid eyes on her.
But all she wanted was to be friends-with-benefits.
My best friend told me not to f*ck the new girl.
He didn’t say anything about marrying her.
Or what might happen if we broke our vows.
I was the rebellious trust fund baby.
The one who threw the finger to her parents.
I designed a life I loved.
No rules, no expectations.
Dougie didn’t want easy, he wanted commitment.
Babies, marriage, the postcard perfect house in the ‘burbs.
The life. It was all ours.
Until it wasn’t.
All we had now were lies and betrayal.
Lies that might just cost us everything.
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Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie
The truth doesn’t cost anything. But a lie could cost you everything. This is the story of a bright eyed girl that was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and a poor hard working guy from the other side of the tracks. How they met, how they fell in love and how ultimately the lies they both told could destroy everything.
“I was tired of telling lies.”
Penelope and Dougie meet on a job site where she’s the designer and he’s working construction with his best friend. They are the total opposites of one another. But they are immediately drawn to each other and their chemistry is sizzling. Penelope doesn’t do relationships. She’s just looking for some fun…but Dougie? Dougie is all in right away.
“I wasn’t going to just fuck the new girl. I was going to marry her.”
Dougie doesn’t care that Pen is rich and she does care that he doesn’t have two dimes to rub together. They both fall for each other…head over heels and super quick. They have this great connection and wonderful story of two people who just belong together. Everything was so good. Staying up late and talking until the sun came up turned into avoiding going home. Secrets, lies and betrayals. The perfect life they had built together was slowly falling apart. What happens when you tell a lie to the person you’ve vowed to spend the rest of your life with? Or when you feel betrayed by the person you love? For two people who loved each other so much and built a life together over the past several years, is this really the end or can they find their way back to each other?
“Our unlikely love story – and our unexpected destruction.”
This was a very emotional story full of love and unbearable loss. There are definitely some tough topics in this book but I really think the author did a great job with the way they were written. Loss and grief can reshape who we are. But sometimes we find people who will fight along with you and ensure you come out the other side. I really enjoyed this book. It definitely will pull at your heart strings. This is a standalone book but it does interconnect with Veritas. These characters are in that book quite a bit. I think that’s where this one was a little hard for me. I hate to admit I didn’t like Pen in Verity at all. I did grow to like her more in this book and my heart hurt for her. I wasn’t sure about Dougie. I liked him…I hated him. But in this story I loved him. You could feel the pain and love they were both going through. I know this says it can be read as a standalone but I feel like reading Verity first definitely helped me understand these characters better. They kind of went hand in hand for me. Very well written, emotional read with characters you will love.
“Penelope had given me a destination, a place to be. She’d given me a home in her heart.”
Meet A.L. Woods
A.L. Woods is an author of rollercoaster romances, caffeine aficionado, and collector of Sailor Moon paraphernalia.
She lives 40 minutes west of Toronto, Ontario with her partner, Michael, and their 8lb larger-than-life miniature dachshund, Maia-whom they lovingly refer to as their ‘doghter.’
Woods can be found holed away in her office writing her next novel with a bowl of Nibs within arm’s reach. When she’s not writing, she’s likely belting out an ad-libbed song, emotionally investing in a fictional bad boy with a strong jawline and fluency in sarcasm or inventing fresh ways to procrastinate.
She believes that burritos should be in their own food group, loves the fall, winged liner, and listening to metalcore at an offensive level.
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