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“I met the boy I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”
Noelle Charlston lived a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.
However, two meetings with two men changed her happy existence forever. First, she met the boy who made her heart sing. Second, she met the man who made her blood quiver.
Noelle’s freedom was no longer hers. It belonged to the man her father believed was the perfect match. The man who pulled his lies over everyone he touched.
Seduced and manipulated, Noelle lives two lives. The one everyone sees on the outside and the one no one sees on the inside. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he webs—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she’d been and turn her into something else.
Until her past collides with her present.
And it’s her turn to lie.
To everyone…including herself.
Oh my giddy aunt, where so I even begin with this review? "Crown of Lies" was such an unexpected yet brilliantly captivating story that I honestly couldn't have predicted in a million years. If you have read the synopsis or seen any teasers, my advice is, leave any preconceived ideas you may have about Penn and Elle's story at the front door because the chances are (like me), you'll get it completely wrong. Also, if you're a fan of Mrs Winters, you'll have an idea of the kinds of books she writes. Leave those thoughts at the front door too because this book was so different to what I'm used to reading from this author. "Crown of Lies" wasn't dark but sure, there were a few dark moments. It wasn't a comedy but there were definitely a couple of times I found myself giggling. Was it romantic? Well of course (but not in the traditional sense) but don't worry, there were an abundance of swoon worthy moments that will have your belly doing flip flips and your heart rejoicing. I guess my point is, "Crown of Lies" was a story that was unique in its own right and I loved the unpredictable direction it took.
He was pretty. Too pretty. So pretty it masked the ugliness hidden inside.
I'll be honest, when I started reading Elle and Penn's story, I struggled a little because Pepper had put a lot of emphasis on one particular scene (and obviously, with my preconceived ideas, it just didn't fit). But I pushed on and continued and then all of a sudden, BAM ... it all made sense. I should have had more faith. This author does not write words in her books unnecessarily. She doesn't do "fillers." Nope, there was method in her madness (metaphorically of course). There was a reason for every single word and the minute I hit a certain point, everything started to fall in to place and I bloody loved it. I'm so glad I kept going because this was such an epic story.
He was like sugar and salt, pollen and poison- someone dangerous.
I loved how this author had me guessing. I loved how she got me wanting and I absolutely adored how she made me fall in love with the characters so effortlessly. Penn Everett, ladies you will LOVE him. Penn was a man of mystery and intrigue. He was an enigma, a puzzle and I couldn't wait to figure him out. I had all these conspiracy theories (as you do) and I was 99% sure I had things all worked out. But in true Pepper Winters style, there were a few curve balls, a number of hurdles and of course some possible red herrings that had me second guessing. What I did know was that I had very quickly handed my heart over to this man and I just prayed he didn't carve it to pieces when the truth came out.
"This is crazy."
"All things worth fighting for are crazy."
Elle was such a fantastic character. I truly felt for her and the situation she was in. Had I been in her shoes, I'm sure, I would have followed the same path and made the same decisions she had. I loved her strength but equally her vulnerability.
If lust was a color, I'd been bathed in reds and pinks for days. Now I swan in
blacks and deep, deep purples, wanting nothing more than to forget
who i was and become who I dared never to be.
Penn and Elle were explosive together. Wow. The chemistry between them sizzled constantly and despite their dislike for one another, a connection of some sort could not be denied. The question was, would each of them as individuals but equally as a couple survive when the lies were revealed and the truth finally surfaced... I wasn't so sure.
"Crown of Lies" was truly a work of art. Pepper Winters writing, her use of prose was simply stunning. And as for the ending of this first book in the "Crown of Lies" duet, OMG!!!! Thank god we only have a month to wait for the conclusion. I don't think my nerves could take waiting any longer.
Another fantastic addition to this authors work and another ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.