Monday, January 7, 2013

A Beautiful Lie by T.E. Sivec: Review & Giveaway

Book Blurb: 
He saw her first, but his friend made the move.

She settled for the safer choice, but her heart knew the truth.

They love, they crave, they lie.

Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other's joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.

When one of the friend's life is tragically cut short, it's up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth - no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.

Everyone has secrets - some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives. 

What do you do when you find out your whole life has been a lie?

My Review: 5~stars
Call me a cynic, but my expectations of this book were...I tried not to have any. How can you go from one literary extreme to another? How? Why?

So before reading A Beautiful Lie I hailed Mary, lit a candle, threw some salt, kissed a baby, and gave myself the "you will love this" pep talk. Fail! I did not love A Beautiful Lie. Nope...I more than loved it! I fell so hard I hit something I didn't see coming. I hit something great. T.E. Sivec is able to exist on both ends of the spectrum and she does this flawlessly.

The third person took some getting use to, but it won me over and I loved it. I was given insight to both Garrett and Parker in every situation. It made me feel a connect with the characters that got under my skin; it gave the book life. I was allowed to see how their relationship developed from the very beginning, but at the same time the story progressed. It was the perfect amount of friendship, tension, passion, and love. I can not tell you how much this made me fall in love with...with everything. Made me fall in love with Garrett. Garrett who instantly became one of my favorite male characters of all time. He made my vagina want to jump inside the pages! He made my heart beat faster and defined what it means to be perfect. Everything about him was perfect.

I devour Kristen Ashley books like their crack!!! I love her strong alpha characters and her extreme action packed storylines. ABL took those elements, but took it to a new level; it's own level.

The intimate scenes were hot and passionate without being cheesy; there was no unrealistic during sex banter that made me cringe. Just a simple guttural “fuck” said it all. The “almost” sex scenes were almost hotter than the actual moment. Raw passion.

Of course with any book you love, you never want it to end. But at the same time, the author did a beautiful job giving me everything I needed from this book. I had closure; I was able to let it end. Parker and Garrett didn’t need a sequel, but that didn't stop me from going back and re-reading my favorite moments over...and over...and over again. It stayed with me for days. It's still with me.

I feel like I’ve been reading the same book over and over again lately. T.E. Sivec has brought something new, something intense, something passionate, and something bad ass to the table. Intense circumstances are the best aphrodisiacs; this book was one giant aphrodisiac! This book pulled me in, took me on a ride, and made me fall in love! I’m pretty sure T.E. Sivec is soon to become synonymous with intense passion, romance, and bad assness! Be careful when you touch this book...IT'S HOT!


 Author T.E. Sivec

T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is her absolute favorite to read - romantic suspense.  She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans.
T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a full-time writer.

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  1. Great review, Mollie! I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  2. I haven't got to read any of her books yet. but would love to read them all

  3. i have this on my ereader and can't wait to start. great review :)