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1. Not telling the truth; lying.
2. Based on lies.
At the young, naive age of twenty-three, Alex Lewis believed in the deepness of his love and the strength of his marriage to, Libby, his teenage sweetheart. Married for three years, but struggling financially to keep a roof over their heads, Alex thought his wife would stand by him till the bitter end. But she didn’t. His world crashed down around him.
Fast forward seven years, we meet Alex Lewis again. In the time since his divorce, he has matured significantly. Now the founder and domineering CEO of A L Investments, a multimillion-pound Investment and Management Company, he couldn’t be more different. The high-flying career he has managed to carve conceals a raw and vulnerable side just under the surface. The scars from his ill-fated marriage run deep, leaving him distant, cold, and alone.
So when his path with Libby crosses and an opportunity for revenge presents itself, Alex jumps at the offer. His mind is determined to make Libby feel the pain he has suffered over the last seven years… but his heart and conscience are fiercely battling against him.
The love of his life is back once again, but who can win in this mendacious game of revenge?
"I'm the bastard ex-husband who wants to see her fail. It's brilliant."
With a cool title and a fabulous cover, "Mendacious" grabbed my attention immediately. I couldn't wait to read Beth's new novel. In this story I was introduced to Alex Lewis, a cocky, arrogant and ruthless man who was determined to dominate the world of investments. Alex wasn't always this way. During the prologue I discovered that Alex was left devastated and heart broken following the break up of his marriage to Libby. Seven years later and although he had worked his way to to top of his profession, he never recovered from the pain that Libby had caused him. When he found an opportunity to seek revenge on his ex -wife, he simply couldn't refuse.
Libby's going to regret the day she fucked me over.
I'm going to break every little piece of her until there's nothing left but an empty shell.
Although I didn't fall head over heels in love with Alex, I did feel sorry for him. As the story progressed I realised how much he was still hurting from the break up of his marriage. Underneath his need for revenge, there was a side to him that still had feelings for Libby and was desperate to see her again.
Whether its her, or her company. I won't stop. Ever.
As Alex continued on with his plan, unsurprisingly things didn't go as well as he had envisioned. Secrets were exposed and feelings were rekindled. Revenge was no longer at the forefront of his mind. He had something else to fight for. Something far more important than any business deal. Alex wanted his ex-wife back.
Do I want to stay away from Libby? I already know the answer. No, I fucking don't.
Libby was a bit of a mystery to me. Because the story is told entirely from Alex's POV, it was hard for me to really get to know her. I was always wondering about her actions and It was impossible for me to completely trust her. I began to get extremely suspicious of Libby, thinking that she was hiding something. Would I have know what her true feelings for Alex were?
Alex and Libby's journey was a bit of a bumpy ride as it became apparent that the couple had a lot of problems to work through. Alex and Libby were both so damaged but now they were older and wiser maybe they stood a chance of repairing their broken hearts and getting a second chance of love.
"She's the girl I can't forget. The girl I can't and won't live without any longer."
I did enjoy reading this story. Beth did a great job at telling a story from a man's perspective. I found myself laughing out loud to the some of Alex's dialogue and I wanted to give him a hug when things got rough for him. He was a brilliant character.
If you love second chance romance, this is a one you should add to your TBR.
"Mendacious" gets ♥️♥️♥️♥️
But what can I say? I’m Alex Lewis after all. The multi-millionaire with a jackhammer-sized cock. There’s not a woman alive that doesn’t want a piece of this. And that’s the fucking problem. I don’t want any of them.
All because of one girl. She ruined everything by burning her mark deep inside my chest. She was the girl I’d trusted with my life, and in return, royally fucked me over. I had decided there and then I’d never let it happen again. Every move would be calculated precisely.
Each encounter would be strategised to perfection.
Beth Ashworth was born in Manchester in 1990, but shortly moved to the modest city of Coventry where she was raised and still resides now.
As an avid reader from a very early age, Beth has always been keen to put her words onto paper. As a child she was always found with either a book in her hand, a pen and notepad or a computer games controller.
Starting off by initially writing alternate endings to her favourite Jacqueline Wilson books from around the age of ten, Beth has continued to grow and love her passion for books.
Eventually, after many unfinished books and short stories, she finally decided to follow her passion and write books that she hopes people will love.
When she isn't reading or writing, Beth loves to spend time with her husband and friends.