Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - The Beauty of Lies (Stand by Me #1) by Brinda Berry

The Beauty of Lies by Brinda Berry
(Stand by Me, #1)
Publication date: October 6th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Secrets are exposed, trust is betrayed and two people face the beauty of lies.

Leo Jensen has a secret–he is Mr. Expose, a blogger that reveals the truth about liars and frauds. It’s a way to make a living, and he’s had a motherlode of experience with liars. Cheaters. Women who live for drama and carry more hidden baggage than a Boeing 747. Even his twin sister can’t seem to admit the truth about her relationships, so finding an honest woman is about as likely as finding a unicorn in the middle of Nashville.

Harper Wade wishes life had a do-over button. She’d press that sucker and reset the last four years. Now, she has the chance to start fresh and make things right, but first she has to retrieve the damning evidence of her past from an annoying blogger. She’s doing all the things she knows she shouldn’t–breaking and entering, lying by omission, falling for the hot guy next door. Too bad he holds the key to her clean slate.

This was my first time reading Brinda Berry and I enjoyed the story. There were a couple of parts of the story that maybe fell a bit flat, but the idea behind the story is an entertaining read. I liked that Leo is the blogger in the book, I haven't read many stories in which the male lead character is a blogger, and then to be a blogger who people send their anonymous confessions to made it more interesting. 

Leo doesn't trust people easily and he can be a bit gruff at times, but he's still a very likable character. Harper made a rash decision four years ago and has regretted that ever since she learned the truth. I felt bad for Harper because we do make crazy decisions when we're young, but I'm sure not to the extent of what she had to live with.

I would have liked to see a bit more to the building of Leo's and Harper's relationship, it went from zero to love in about 14 seconds, but that isn't enough to take away from the overall story.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.



Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family. Brinda is obsessed with cairn terriers, Kings of Leon, new technology and sandy beaches.  She’s also terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.
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