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Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters

Crown of Lies Book Cover Crown of Lies
Truth and Lies Duet #1
Pepper Winters
Fiction, Dark Romance
January 31st 2017

“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.
Including her.

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.

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ARIANNA’s review

‘Crown of Lies’ was gripping, alluring, mysterious, filled with twists and turns, suspense, intrigue and steam. Needless to say, I couldn’t put it down for one minute. Pepper Winters delivers an enthralling read that will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time with its captivating story-line and thrilling characters. If you are a fan of this author, you don’t want to miss this fantastically written erotic, suspenseful tale.

“Thieves can become saints. Saints can become thieves. Most of us deserve a second chance.”

Noelle ‘Elle’ Charlston, the heiress of Belle Elle lives a fairy-tale life – a doting father, a powerful job and a future blessed with financial security. Belle Elle is her duty, her birthright, her father making sure she’s capable of running the company ever since she was just a child. She works hard, being powerful and successful, but sadly she doesn’t have a life. She wants to live, to experience life, she wants a “normal” life, she doesn’t want to feel trapped anymore or to be sheltered. Deciding to put herself at risk, just to live a little, Elle makes some decisions that change her life completely.

Three years later, Elle is still haunted in some way by the events that happened that night. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she meets the mysterious, sexy Penn Everett.

“Because of him, I was unhinged and grinding with insanity, giving into madness I’d never understood.”

Bossy and possessive, Penn lets Elle know from the moments they meet that he wants her in his bed, that he’s intrigued by her, that he wants to mark her and to make her surrender her body to him.

“His hand cupped my cheek, holding me tight. “I’ll strip you, taste you, devour you. I’ll eat, lick, and bite you. And only once you’re begging will I fuck you.”

As time passes and Elle and Penn start a dangerous game of seduction, Elle figures out that Penn is more than mysterious. The lies he spins are alluring and the truth he hides dangerous. What will happen between these two when Elle realizes that her past collided with her present.

An erotic suspense story, ‘Crown of Lies’ sucked me in from the very beginning. Every single aspect of this story was alluring and so well done. The story-line was gripping and reading the blurb you will wonder and wonder how the heroine’s past will collide with her present. The plot was fantastically developed and held me captive until the end. While the story is not exactly full of twists and turns, the author managed to held at the edge of my seat the entire time with her addictive storytelling and her fascinating characters.

Elle was an interesting heroine I really liked. While on the inside she was insecure and quite naïve, on the outside she was strong and determined. Penn was such an intriguing hero. Sexy, possessive and intense, he bewitched me from the moment he was introduced. At times, he wasn’t very easy to like, but I have to say that I loved how smart-mouthed he was and of course his sexy dirty talking. He was a mystery from start to finish and kept me guessing his…everything until the end.

These two together were really great together, sinfully delicious, their chemistry being off the charts from the beginning. As for the sexy scenes between them – off the charts hot. Pepper for sure knows how to write hot, well written sexy scenes.

The mystery/suspense aspect was fantastically done and kept me flipping the pages like crazy. I’m dying to know how the story will progress in the second installment and of course uncover the truth.

All in all, “Crown of Lies” was a wonderfully written, mysterious erotic suspenseful tale that will keep you at the edge of your seat with a well-developed plot, captivating story-line and vivid characters.

“Careful what you wish for, Elle. Sometimes, secrets make things better not worse.”

About the Author:

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

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