Crazy Beautiful Lies Synopsis:
Blake DeLuca is a manwhore with a reputation to prove it.
Jenna Capwell thought she had the perfect life until tragedy happens and betrayals unfold. In a chance meeting, Blake mistakes her for the call girl from an elite escort service. Jenna wants nothing more than a carefree, reckless night of passion, so she plays the part, and plays it well. When their paths cross again, Blake stops at nothing to see her again…even uses blackmail.
She knows what kind of man he is and yet she falls for him during their angsty relationship. He reminds her time and time again not to get attached to him and he doesn’t know what he’s about to lose until the table is turned and she makes a bold decision. One that changes the rules of the game and one that brings him to his knees. Can she survive another heart break and can he survive her betrayal?
REVIEW by Gina:
We received an ARC copy of Crazy Beautiful Lies from the author/publisher/tour company for an honest review. And honest we shall be. A fun ride with great potential.
The story starts in a heartbreaking manner—Jenna Capwell is attending the funeral of her fiancé, who was killed in a car accident. She loves him. It’s tearing her apart. And being with his family—that was partially estranged from him—only fuels the pain inside her. And then a bomb drops and she realizes she didn’t know her fiancé, Ryan, as well as she thought she did. Life spirals out of control and the only grounding she has is Colin—Ryan’s cousin and Amanda—Jenna’s best friend.
If I hadn’t read the blurb to this book, I might have thought after the first couple chapters that Jenna would be seeking comfort with Colin. But I did read the blurb, so I knew we’d have to meet Blake DeLuca at some point. When Jenna heads to California in search of the truth her fiancé hid from her, she is introduced to sexy-as-hell Blake. Introduced may not be the correct work. Jenna was going to Colin’s, but he was out of town and his friend, Blake answered the door expecting a call girl. Having had her heart broken and just looking for a bit of an escape, Jenna plays the part.
This seemed completely out of character for her—as I’m sure it would for most people. But then again, I’ve never lost my fiancé in a car accident and found out my fiancé had a second life. Those sort of changes can cause people to do crazy things.
Blake appears to be your typical billionaire bachelor, jumping from woman to woman and bed to bed. I wasn’t sure if I liked him until his story came out. You realize his womanizing ways, his lack of settling down is sort of a punishment for himself and his past actions. He doesn’t believe he deserves more. That made him different from your typical billionaire bachelor hero. He had some substance and I really started to cheer for him.
I had a few moments that I didn’t like Jenna—and it was hard not to like her given her circumstances—but I found her treatment of Scott on their date was downright rude. Scott seemed a bit clingy, but he certainly didn’t deserve the bitchy treatment. It took me a bit to warm up to her again. But I eventually did.
I will say—there was a lot of repetition in the story. Some of the dialogue seemed a bit unrealistic. I did have an ARC copy so some of that may be edited once the editing process was completed. Overall I enjoyed this story. It had funny parts. It had heartwarming parts. It had sexy parts. If you’re looking for a fun read, this would be it.
I give Crazy Beautiful Lies 3 1/2 Silver Buckles!
Kathryn L. James Bio:
Kathryn James lives in a southern small town with her husband and kids. Being a hopeless romantic, she loves to read and write about bad-boy sexy alpha males and a strong heroine. She weaves her characters along a roller coaster ride full of angst before they reach their HEA. The beach is one of her favorite places to relax and write. But most days, when she’s writing, you can find her snuggled under a blanket in a recliner with her sweet apricot poodle curled up beside her. She’s loves diet coke, and is certain it helped her stay awake pecking away on her laptop writing her debut novel Crazy Beautiful Lies.