Friday, September 20, 2013

Loving Your Lies Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Loving Your Lies book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a signed copy of Loving Your Lies. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Loving Your Lies
Release date: January 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: N/A

Julian is drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly provocative, and he’s fast becoming her best friend. But he also has a secret that makes the little hairs on her arms stand on end…

My name is Jona Montiniere, and that’s pretty much the only good thing to say about me.

I’m seventeen, I’m snarky, and I’m a crap-load of trouble. Or so they say. But what did they expect from me really, when they dumped me in an orphanage at age five? That I’d grow up to become the new first lady? Nah, I think it’s much more fun to raid Camden Market in London with my friend, Debby. She’s cool. She lives on the street. I learned so much from her.

The only thing she missed to teach me was how to tend to a vineyard. And yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for the next 6 weeks, courtesy to this darn judge, who sent me off to France after I was caught stealing again. Fair enough, the vineyards are okay, and so are my aunt and uncle, who I haven’t met up ‘til now. What isn’t okay, and I mean it, is that I have to live in the same house with my mother, that god-awful dragon, who spurned when I was only a child. And now she wants me back? Demands my forgiveness? Why, because she’s about to die of cancer? Uh-uh. Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen. I want no contact with that woman, thanks.

But what’s Julian got to do with all of this? About my age, he’s too young to be my mother’s lover. So why doesn’t he leave her side? Ever. He’s different, as in the paranormal kind of different, but he’s sa-woon-worthy gorgeous. He obviously has secrets, but he’s also get-under-my-skin charming. In short, he’s a riddle to me. But he likes me, and that’s scaring the shit out of me. I sure won’t let anyone come too close.

So now I’m wondering only two things: How did he manage to hold me in his arms after only three days? And how the hell do you keep an angel earth bound?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Emotional, deep, and sweet. Loving Your Lies was a lovely New Adult romance. It was heartbreaking and heart lifting, and a truly wonderful read.

Jona was an okay heroine. She was very strong and definitely not the type of person to give up. Though, sometimes I found her to be selfish. And, just plain rude, as opposed to snarky. I understood why she would be that way, but it did annoy me, so that detracted from the book. But, overall, she was a good heroine. Despite my trouble with her, I did like her.

Julian was wonderful. He was such an amazing character. He was so unfailingly kind and sweet and generous and loving and just the absolute sweetest guy ever. Considering what he is, that only makes sense. I adored him. I thought he was a brilliant character.

The romance was very sweet. It developed realistically and it was adorable to watch (see, read...whatever). There wasn't any spice, the relationship having been more focused on the emotions. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was steadily paced. Rather than going fast, it unfolded, if that makes any sense. It took the time to develop the story. I was kept interested the entire way through. The truth about Jona's mother, and that poor woman's entire situation, was heartbreaking. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Loving Your Lies was a wonderful, emotionally rich romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. If you're looking for a great New Adult romance to read, this is one you'll want to check out.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a signed copy of Loving Your Lies. Open INT. Ends September 25.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Piper Shelly
The quick-and-dirty:
I’m a cool girl with a passion for writing.
The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.
The nitty-gritty:
I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun.
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. ;-)

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. ;-)


  1. This sounds like a super romantic read I think I'd like it,, too! Great review, Farrah! :)

  2. love the cover...congratulation for the new book and thx u for the giveaway :)

  3. can't wait to read this one. :)

  4. thanks for the giveaway and good cover choice