Beneath the Lies: Living with Lies #1 Riann C. Miller
Genre: New Adult Romance
Description Beneath the lies are emerald eyes.
Growing up an only child, Kate Reynolds lived a normal, almost sheltered life. When the unthinkable happens and Kate is left all alone in the world, and set to inherit her parents’ fortune, she discovers the evils that truly exist.
Gavin Loman has a tumultuous past: losing his father at a young age, a mother with a destructive personality, and buried secrets even he does not truly understand the depths of. Striking out on his own, he is finally making a name for himself . . . until a green-eyed girl who haunts his dreams comes crashing into his life.
When hidden truths are unveiled and pasts collide, Gavin must protect those he loves from becoming victims to the terrors of his childhood. However, not everything is as it seems . . .
What would you do if everything you held dear was threatened? When the truth you believed is weaved with lies?
Lindsey's Review 4 Stars This book description intrigued me. I love books with a dark side; an element of danger, and it looked like this book would deliver that. And it did contain some suspense and danger, but I found the tension wavered and it almost lost me a few times.
Gavin and Kate have a shared past because of their parents, but haven't seen each other in years. When Kate's father dies, Gavin's mother invites Kate to live with her. But what are her motives? Gavin appears to save the day, warning Kate of impending danger from his own mother. But Gavin has his own secrets, which makes it difficult for Kate to trust him completely.
The author has created a plot full of twists and surprises, as well as well-rounded, interesting characters we come to care about. Her supporting characters, Gavin's mother, his friends, and Kate's friends, all help to enrich the plot and have their own interesting subplots that I enjoyed reading.
As I mentioned above, I did find the plot slow at some points. I would have liked a more constant tension that would keep me worrying and reading on. A few times it almost felt as if the story could end and I would have been satisfied, but then several pages later a new twist would be introduced. Also, I felt that some details were revealed too early, and while more surprises came later, as a reader, I didn't feel as if there was anything left undiscovered. I would have liked a little more mystery. And as dark as some of the characters were, I wasn't sure if Kate displayed the level of trauma or concern I would expect.
Overall, I did find this an enjoyable read, and I wouldn't mind learning more about some of the secondary characters in future books. I was just a little disappointed in the pacing of the plot, but it did have some great surprises, and I enjoyed the characters. I hope the next book can deliver the darkness promised in the description!