The Lies I’ve Told by J.L. Berg
Publication Date: June 4th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a brand new By the Bay stand-alone novel…
Everything was going according to plan…
After years of working my way up the corporate ladder, it was finally my time to shine. I was about to receive the promotion of a lifetime.
But just like that, my life was destroyed with a single career crushing email.
Now, I am headed back home to North Carolina, under the ruse of an extended vacation to help run the family inn while my sister is on maternity leave. After all, what is family for? Plus, a few days at the beach could definitely help uncomplicate this crazy life of mine.
Enter Aiden Fisher.
Aiden is a guest at my sister’s inn. He’s wicked hot, a huge flirt and has one of the sexiest British accents I’ve ever heard. But beyond all that, I see a darkness in his soul, as if he’s carrying a great weight upon his shoulders.
I find myself pushing back my trip home to Florida in hopes that maybe I’ll look into those hazel brown eyes and finally see truth shining back instead of lies. That maybe he’ll stop running and tell me the truth for once.
But you know what they say about liars? It takes one to know one and I’ve been telling the biggest lie of all – I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with Aiden.
And isn’t that the scariest truth of all?
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Based on the title of the newest book in J.L. Berg’s By the Bay series, I knew that I was heading into an emotionally charged journey – one that would take time to understand the main characters’ respective pasts and what their hidden truths and their concealed secrets would mean in the present and if any kind of future could be built between them when it’s unclear if they truly know one another given the lies they’ve not only told to others but perhaps even believe themselves.
Millie McIntyre and Aiden Fisher clearly have one thing in common from the start; instead of facing their problems head-on, they run away, which allows them to almost forget about the very reasons that sent them running in the first place…But, as their lies seem to compound, creating a deeper hole that could bury them, they’re so focused on staying ahead of the truth that when the lies are finally revealed, there’s nowhere to hide, which means that anything that was created under false pretenses has the ability to do irrevocable damage to Millie and Aiden’s head and heart.
I’m always interested in learning the whys when it comes to characters’ desires to move away from their hometown as soon as possible; Millie’s desire to be part of the fashion world is her reason for the abrupt departure, but the fact that she comes back home to escape the ‘reality’ of everything that happened to her down in Florida speaks to the fact that coming home again might just be her best decision.
Like Millie’s initial reaction, Aiden Fisher intrigued me from the moment he was introduced; there’s just nothing like a handsome man with a sexy British accent, but beneath Aiden’s attractive physique is a man who seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders – a pressure that creates a darkness around him, but until he’s ready to face the truth, his lies will continue to prevent him from moving forward and perhaps finding something worthwhile with Millie.
The small island town of Ocracoke, North Carolina, is the perfect place for Millie and Aiden to run because it has a comforting calmness to it, which is a need for both of them given the chaos that is swirling around in their heads.
The Lies I’ve Told is a sweet and sexy romance that has Berg’s signature emotional feel in it. Try as they might, Millie nor Aiden can fight their attraction to each other, so while they attempt to keep their defenses up and hold onto their insecurities, the passion that is just beneath the surface as well as the desire to bare all of their sins and lies to each other is what will have them going all in because even if what’s revealed destroys what they’re building, at least they stopped running from the truth for once in their life.
4.5 Poison Apples
My eyes bolted open as sunlight from the windows glared down at me.
Where am I?
I sat up, quietly stretching as if I had all the time in the world.
Because I did, right?
No job. No responsibilities.
Breakfast for the guests!
I bolted out of bed, frantically searching for my clothes. Where were my clothes? I tried to think back to the night before, but it was blurry.
And then the hammering in my head began.
Shit, how much did I drink last night?
“Where are you running off to so early?”
The deep British accent had me stopping in my tracks.
I turned on my heels, tugging on the short shirt I had on, wishing it were suddenly a dress. Or a robe.
Or anything longer than a shirt.
Aiden’s eyes perused my body with a wide grin on his face as he casually tucked his hands behind his head. I tried not to notice the way the muscles in his arms flexed.
Or the fact that, besides a carefully placed sheet, he was basically lying naked before me.
“Oh my God,” I whispered. My fingers raked through my hair as I tried to remember the night before. “We didn’t…did we?”
The question had him immediately sitting up in bed, causing that well-placed sheet to shift.
I gulped as all of him—and I did mean all of him—came into view.
Oh Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
I turned around, my cheeks flushing as heat spread through my body. He wasn’t just naked. He was naked and very much awake.
“You don’t remember?” he asked as I listened to the bed groan as he stood.
“No,” I admitted. “Do you?”
I heard the telltale sign of jeans being zipped, giving me the courage to turn back around. Sure enough, he was decent.
Well, as decent as a shirtless, hot-as-fuck Brit could be. God, I thought his muscles had muscles.
“Um, no,” he answered, but there was a hint of sadness to his eyes as he reached down to grab his shirt off the floor.
I let out a tiny whimper of protest as the black T-shirt slid down his body.
He really was beautiful.
I shook my head, trying to keep focused. “Oh, that’s great. Just fucking great. So, what happened here exactly?”
He pointed to the pile of clothes and the mostly empty alcohol bottle on the nightstand, that sadness drying up as he let out a breath and straightened, his features hardening. “I think that’s pretty clear.”
My arms folded across my chest before I realized that only brought my shirt higher up my waist. Aiden didn’t miss the extra peek of flesh either as I watched his grin widen.
“Nope, I don’t believe you. I don’t do one-night stands. Ever.”
“Ever?” he echoed, surprise written all over his stupid face.
“Yes. Ever. Why is that so hard to believe? Do I look like the one-night-stand kind of girl?”
“Well, right now. Sort of.”
Meet J. L. Berg
I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for over a decade, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows. It’s magical!
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters and two rescue pups I like to call my “coworkers”. I’m obsessed with chocolate, minions, anything Harry Potter and I love to watch re-runs of Friends and Gilmore Girls!
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