BOOK REVIEW: Tell Me Pretty Lies by Charleigh Rose

BOOK REVIEW: Tell Me Pretty Lies by Charleigh RoseTell Me Pretty Lies by Charleigh Rose
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Three things my mother acquired when she became engaged:

1. A brand new Tiffany's ring.
2. A lavish home on Heartbreak Hill.
3. Three privileged stepsons.

The last thing I expected was to fall for one of them, least of all Thayer Ames.
Beautiful, brooding, and untouchable.
I knew it was a bad idea. He warned me himself.
But he was a thunderstorm, and I never could resist the rain.
It was perfect…
Until it wasn’t.
One night was all it took for our world to crumble, leaving only secrets and lies between us.
Now, I have to face him again, but the boy I used to know has become the man who loves to hate me.


How can you simultaneously love and hate how a person makes you feel?

Charlie Rose has done it again!  Tell Me Pretty Lies was addictive, sexy and impossible to put down!  The characters were so easy to connect with and the story-line was so much fun.  The way it all unfolded was emotional and I loved not knowing exactly where the story was going. So if you’re a fan of enemies to lovers and plenty of angst, definitely put this one on your tbr!

Something about him brings out the worst in me, and I can’t ever seem to think clearly when he’s around. Not then, and apparently not now. He made me reckless, and I loved it.

 The story started off with an emotional bang.  Shayne was at the funeral of her future step brother, along with his brothers and both of their families.  That first chapter gutted me and then in the next one we jumped nine months ahead.  Shayne’s mother had broken off her engagement and they moved away, but now they’re back in town.  And nothing seemed the same.  Her brother was off at college.  Her mom was constantly gone for work.  And those who had been like family now treated her like dirt.  The only good thing in her life was her best friend, Valen, who I loved with my whole heart!

They want me to cry and run away. They want a reaction. And I’m not going to give it to them.

I absolutely loved Shayne!  She was so easy to connect with and I loved how tough she could be.  She was smart, tried her hardest and I loved that she went after what she wanted.  I also loved that she tried not to let what other’s thought affect her.  Especially since everyone at her school seemed to talk or whisper about her.  But when it came to Thayer, her ex-step brother, that’s where her self-control would falter.  She had loved him with her whole heart, but now he was a total douche bag. And Shayne should really ignore how much Thayer’s touch made her come alive.  Because the moment she would give in, the next she would be hurt all over again.

I was hard as fuck, needing to touch her. To taste her. To be so far inside her that we both forgot about our families, our tragedies, our fucked-up lives, and everything that’s keeping us apart.

Thayer did some fucked up things and at times I wanted to punch him in the throat.  I didn’t understand why he bullied her.  And I couldn’t wrap my head around how he could touch her, and create so much emotion between them, only then to completely shut down and block her out.  He ran so hot and cold and he could be such an asshole.  Thayer hurt Shayne again and again and it broke my heart.  But I’m one of those who always tries to find the redeeming qualities and look for the tiniest of clues.  So when Thayer did something even a little nice, oh my gosh I wanted to cry.  And when we got to his chapters we got to learn all.  His heart bled so truthfully to us and I fell madly in love with him.  It all made sense and my heart soared even higher.

It’s not fair for his touch to be so sweet when his words cut like a knife. It’s not fair that he still has this effect on me.

When Thayer and Shayne were together it was explosive.  Their moments were erotic, scorching hot and beyond additive.  All of their emotions fed into those moments making it even more intense.  But we also got a peak into their past, which gave me all the feels.  I wish we would have had more peaks into their past.  But this book almost had a mysterious feel to it.  Because when we were listening to Shayne’s chapters, it felt like we only knew part of the story.  There seemed to be secrets everywhere.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I was sitting there with a WTF expression on my face quite a few times.  The path this story took kept me on my toes and I truly didn’t know what was going to come next.

 “I hate you.” Even as I say the words, I’m arching into him, needing more.
“Tell me another lie.” His hand flattens against my stomach and slides beneath my shorts and underwear.

So yes, I can’t recommend this book enough.  If you love sexy and edgy romance, that is enemies to lovers and has the most fabulous angst, then definitely give this one a try!  And I also want to say that I loved Thayer’s brother, Holden.  Even if I wanted to throat punch him in the beginning too.  He cracked me up while also breaking my heart and I’m hoping we get his story in the future!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    WOW Jen fabulous review!!!

    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Sophie!

  2. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

    Fantastic review, Jen! This is already on my TBR list and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! I hope I’ll get to it soon!

    • Jen

      Thank you, Raven! Take a look at Bad Influence…I’m pretty sure that you would like that one more. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book, but for your first Charleigh Rose book I’d try the other one ♥.

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