Beneath The Lies by Riann C. Miller
Published by Self-published on January 10th 2016
Genres: Suspense, Contemporary Romance
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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?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Kate and Gavin met when she was a toddler and he was 8 years old. And with one smile Kate won Gavin’s heart forever.
“Tonight, being with me, makes you mine. I don’t share. Ever. No one and I mean no one gets to see or touch parts of you that are meant for only my eyes. I won’t even apologize for acting possessive. I don’t know why, but I do know we were put on this earth to find each other and now that we have I’ll do everything in my power to protect you.”
Life would keep them apart for almost two decades, but one chance encounter will bring them back together. And although Kate doesn’t remember the hot, bossy bad boy who’s set on claiming her… she won’t put up much of a fight, and I can’t really say I blame her, Gavin is hot 😉
Kate has always known she was adopted, but now her father is gone too, circumstances will force her to dig into her past.
Gavin hasn’t had a lot of luck in the family department either, that weekend he met Kate was the same one he lost his father and was left with a psycho for a mother forcing him to grow up in a very toxic environment.
But before he can get Kate to agree to be with him he has quite a few unfinished issues to deal with. What I loved about him was that the second he recognizes Kate he gets his butt in gear to sort his shit out for good.
Let me be clear here, there’s quite a lot of relationship angst: deceiving, conniving parents? Check. Crazy, toxic ex-girlfriend? Check. Misunderstandings between H and h? Check, check aaaaaaand check.
While I really liked Gavin, his inability to be open about his circumstances with Kate from the start caused a lot of problems which could have been bypassed; but I totally understood his fascination with her. On the other hand, I never fully got what it was that captured Kate so much about Gavin. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally into insta-whatever-you-want-to but I just didn’t completely feet it from Kate’s standing.
This being a NA romance, I expected some immature responses
but Kate got on my nerves when she would storm out in a tizzy without giving Gavin the chance to explain (when she had been warned beforehand of what could happen), but then again, Gavin did have some very dumb moves too.
What really threw me for a loop was Kate’s reaction to her parentage, it seemed a bit unbalanced… as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone let me put this here View Spoiler » she’ll meet both her birth parents. At first she throws a lot of attitude on her bio-mom’s face but when confronted with her father, who’s a criminal, mind you, she almost immediately feels at ease and develops a relationship with him… « Hide Spoiler
So, lots of angst, a bit of suspense and mystery, some really steamy scenes and sweet lovely romance. All in all, Beneath The Lies was a good read.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 “you’re mine” stars.
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