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What did you love best about Black Lies?
What did I love best about Black Lies? IT KEPT ME GUESSING THE WHOLE WAY. At one point, I had a crazy thought, but Allessandra Torre's writing is *so good* with layers of STORY and misdirection that I thought, "Nope, that can't be it". It turned out, my guess was right BUT SHE WROTE IT SO MUCH BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED! There were parts that horrified me, kept me on the edge of my seat, and there were characters I wanted to distance myself from so badly I almost quit the book --- AND THEN --- what you are listening to isn't what you thought it was at all. The twists were awesome. And she wrapped it up so darn nice. That is a big problem for me with some books; the story is great, but if the ending is abrupt I feel like I've been having the ride of my life only to be thrown out of the car before I reach my destination. Really glad that wasn't an issue with this story. I love steamy romance along with Happily Ever Afters and this one delivers that too, yay! I had so much fun with this story, I bought the ebook too and had to go back and read parts going, "Yep, there's a clue, and there's a clue..." NICE!!
What other book might you compare Black Lies to and why?
I don't think I can recall a book quite like Black Lies. It has many elements of suspense but I've yet to find another author who can write erotic romance + HEA (where one of the characters isn't tragically killed off by the bad guy -- authors, you know who you are! ;) plus really nice suspense. And a truly original storyline. The more I think on this book, the more I am impressed.
What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?
She was really good at differentiating voices. Her male voice for Brandt was my favorite. I wish she could have done the book all in that voice. At first, I was thrown off by her odd pacing in Layana's voice, where there were pauses where there shouldn't be and sort of strange emphasis' on some words where it wasn't called for but a few chapters in and I was accustomed. She read fast (I prefer narrators who speak as rapidly as I'd normally be able to read) which I loved very much, and she read clearly, didn't screech or scream (there is one narrator in particular that I fear did my ears permanent damage before I could rip out my earbuds - when the scenes call for a character to scream *it really isn't necessary to DO it, please have mercy on us listeners* Jessica Almasy could go from whisper to "shout" without any pain on the listener end - and her different male character voices were darn impressive
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
YES! But I played it while I was working and stretched it out into two sessions. But I wish I could have stayed up and skipped sleep. It was that good.
Any additional comments?
I wish there were more books to combine romantic erotica with real plot -- this was stellar for me because normally I get my book fixes in patterns: pick up a thriller, pick up a couple sweet romance, pick up a couple erotica books --- and none of these do much for crossover, until this book. I REALLY LIKED THAT! I want to go, "Aww! Sweet!" in the same book that I want to shout, "She DIDN'T!!!! That WITCH!" and "Get him out of there, HURRY!! Before they stab him again!"Hats off author! This was great!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I loved the sexiness and humour of Hollywood Dirt by the same author and had quite high expectations for this book. Unfortunately I found myself a little disappointed. There is a twist in this book which is very interesting and unexpected. However it seemed to take a long time to get there and I found myself disinterested along the way. The female lead character is portrayed as spoilt and shallow and I found it difficult to relate to her. Whilst this is somewhat resolved in the ending, I was still left thinking she was quite selfish and I didn't find that endearing. The male characters are more enjoyable, but the structure of the plot meant I didn't feel I got to know them as much as I might like to. Overall I didn't find myself caring much about the relationship of the characters and that left me a bit flat. Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy the narrator either as she came across as clipped and not warm. However I have read very positive reviews for this book, so it may suit readers who enjoy a more layered and slowly developing storyline.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book was a challenge!! Definitely not an easy read and serveral times I felt like I'd had enough and couldn't finish but thankfully I kept going this book is very different so many twists you won't see coming!! In the end this is just a beautiful epic story of love and courage and strength to over come❤️❤️❤️❤️ would definitely recommend this book my first Alessandra Torre book and definitely not my last👍
Good narration , sometimes the narrator dragged the words out a little too much.
Great story , keeps you thinking for days .