A masterfully thrilling, intense, sensual and mysterious romance that’ll make you love, hate and hope…
I’m a massive Pepper Winters fan, and just like all her other books, the Truth and Lies duet fails to disappoint. I abso-freakin-lutely LOVED this duet. The characters were really fresh, the plot was exceedingly clever and full of twists and turns, and the writing was phenomenal. I have to admit that normally I’m not really into duets because I prefer longer series. I just struggle to move on from characters I’ve made a connection with – I’m weird that way. I guess I treat characters like friends… basically, the characters in the books I read are my friends. I treasure them and miss them when they’re gone. Don’t judge.
‘I’ll only say this once, so listen carefully. I will lie to others about us. I will paint a picture that isn’t true. I will curse and hurt and do whatever I damn well want, but you have my word on one thing … That I won’t lie to you. What you see from me will be the honest fucking truth. I’ll only hurt you if you want me to hurt you, and I’ll protect you even while I do it. Give me yourself, let me take control, and I promise you, you’ll enjoy it.’
Anywho, Crown of Lies. This is book one and it’s told from Noelle ‘Elle’ Charlston’s POV. You really get to know and bond with Elle in this book. She’s such beautiful character. She has this ability to endear you to her in a way that you feel protective of her. It’s crazy because you end up hating Penn every now and again when he’s an arse to her – even though you also endear to him and you want to just wrap him up in a hug and shower him with love and affection. Although Elle and Penn are societal pole opposites, they’re personalities are actually quite similar in different ways. Like, they both have big hearts and are fixers. They both have tempers and are fiery and feisty. They’re passionate and loving. Basically, they’re awesome characters.
“I don’t have to know you. I feel you … I feel you like this.” He squeezed my breast softly. “And I feel you like this.” He rocked erotically. “But I feel you most of all with this.” His touch climbed from my beast to my heart, pressing down over rapidly beating muscle. “I don’t care that I don’t know you. I know enough.”
I found that the plot in this book has a steady pace, at times it has that neo-noir superhero movie type feel like The Spirit. The story itself is sexy and alluring, the push and pull keeps you turning the pages quick smart and the sex is phenomenal. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a sex fest and for the most part it’s subdued because Elle is a virgin, HOWEVER, the kisses alone are enough to make your insides flutter with crazy butterflies and make you clench your legs so tight that it bruises your knees! Elle and Penn’s interactions are raw and they get you right in the gut. When their tongues get to jousting you feel every hit. At one point I actually thought that they would physically maim one another. There’s all this built up aggression that stems from Elle’s guilt and Penn’s hate and lies. But the thing that really rips you apart is that you know who Penn really is and that he is everything that Elle wants… the ONE thing that she’s been pining for for years. It’s dramatic irony at it’s best really.
‘There was something about her I couldn’t fight. When I was around her – shit, all I could think about was touching, kissing, and being inside her.’
Throne of Truth is book two. It picks right up where Crown of Lies leaves you hanging on the ever loving edge of that cliff. From beginning to end you are hooked and hell if you can put the book down. The first half is fast paced and action filled, whereas the second half picks up on the intense sexual chemistry and the emotional angsty push and pull of the first book and this is where as a reader you get to discover every facet of Penn. I’m not going to lie, there were times where I could barely see through my tears. The second half of Throne of Truth gutted me emotionally, Pepper’s writing is magical. Every word and interaction packs a punch to the heart. This is where I fell irrevocably in love with Penn. Up until this point he was cocky and arrogant, and even though as a reader you know why it still makes you want to deck him one. Don’t get me wrong, the sense of his goodness is there all the way through but learning about his background – it destroyed me. Talk about tough luck.
‘His eyes met mine again, narrowed and dark and full of murder. His fists clenched with no other weapon but his hate. He was utterly sublime. And totally terrifying.’
Pepper Winters’ Truth and Lies duet took me on the biggest emotional roller-coaster ride. Every feeling conveyed felt like an extreme – it made me love, hate, pity, admire and above all it made me hope, because if anything this love story is about hope, trust and perseverance. It’s such a pity that this is it for Penn and Elle. I will forever live in the hope that Winters’ gets the itch to play with these two again because I’d love to see their enemies completely and utterly destroyed, but most of all I would love to see Elle and Penn complete and replete. I’m having such an Olive Twist moment… except it isn’t my belly that wants more, it’s my heart, soul and mind. Please Pepper, can I have some more?
‘Before you say goodbye, just hear me out. That’s all I’m asking.’
Crown of Lies and Throne of Truth are OUT NOW!
About the Book
Crown of Lies
Since I ran away for the night, danced in New York streets, and almost got killed in an alley by two thieves. Until he showed up and saved me.
Since I threw a drink at the man my father expected me to marry, then found myself slammed against a wall with Penn Everett’s seductive voice whispering a proposal I couldn’t refuse.
To fall into hate with the man who reminded me of so many things and hid so much behind his lies. He couldn’t be the man who saved me three years ago…but there’s something so familiar…
For our relationship to switch from no-strings to marriage. He announced it to my father–he’s ecstatic. He told my friends–they’re shocked. But he didn’t ask me, he commanded me–and I’m livid.
For his lies to slowly steal my heart and make me believe, hope…trust.
For his truth to destroy me.
Throne of Truth
Since my life changed for the second time and not necessarily for the better. Two years since I traded prison bars for streets and hunted a runaway who I’d met in an alley.
Since I forgot how to lie, woke to fists, and chased after the girl who’d been stolen from me.
To save her, rescue her, keep my lies intact. She looks at me full of hate. I look at her full of confession.
For our relationship to switch from mutual dislike to floundering with unknowns. I’ve hurt her. Now, she’s hurt me. I guess we’re even.
For her to listen, to see, to finally know who I am. The answer comes with hardship. The answer isn’t what she wants to hear.
For me to walk out the door.
For it all to be over.
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.