Lie to Me by Chloe Cox-Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway
Lie To Me
by Chloe Cox
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 2013
LIE TO ME (Redemption #1) by Chloe Cox
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 2013
The man who saved her is also the man who destroyed her… or is he?
Seven years ago, I decided I wanted to be a fighter. Marcus Roma showed me how.
Six years ago, my parents died in a car accident. Marcus Roma picked me up off the ground and held me until I could stand on my own two feet.
Five years ago, I fell in love with him.
And then Marcus Roma disappeared. No warning. No explanation. Just gone.
Yesterday, he came back.
And now I have to decide who’s telling the truth, and who’s lying. Who wants something from me, and who wants…
If I guess wrong, I could lose everything. I need to think clearly. But Marcus makes that impossible. Marcus makes me weak. Marcus makes me want, in a way I’ve never felt before.
Marcus Roma will make me fall. The only question is—will he be there to catch me this time?
LIE TO ME is a new adult / adult contemporary romance novel about truth, lies, and redemption. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
REVIEW: LIE TO ME is the first instalment in Chloe Cox’s contemporary, new adult Redemption series. The premise follows our couple Marcus and Hollow as Marcus attempts to re-connect with the woman from whom he walked away-five years earlier.
Lie to Me is a written narrative with much of the storyline focusing on the back history and events leading to the present day. The reader learns how and why Marcus and Hollow met; their family histories and exactly where and when everything changed. But I will add, that the elephant in the room-why Marcus left-is not revealed until the final pages of the book. Because of the style of story telling-there is limited one on one time and conversation, until the story focuses on the present day situation.
Chloe Cox builds a storyline using memories, flashbacks and personal musings as alternating chapters are told from first person POV between Hollow and Marcus. There is definitely a history between our leading couple and one that faced many obstacles including the death of Hollow’s parents and Marcus’s father. But we will learn that not everyone and everything is as they seem, especially when Marcus returns following a five year absence-and the why will follow two paths both leading back to Hollow and her younger brother Dill.
Lie to Me is a story about heartbreak and betrayal; lies and telling the truth; family and friends; forgiveness and love. But it is also a story about one man’s desire to protect the woman that he loves and in doing so discovers that he has caused more pain and heartbreak than he could have possibly imagined.
Copy supplied by the author.
Reviewed by Sandy
LIE TO ME excerpt CH 13
“That doesn’t work, Marcus. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t work for the man who’s trying to destroy my home and be my…what? What do you even think you are?”
Marcus puts those big hands on either side of me on the kitchen counter, penning me in, and leans in until his mouth is only inches from mine.
“I’m the guy who’s going to keep you safe,” he says.
I shiver as I feel his breath on my neck, and my heart breaks as he says those words. “Oh. Is that all?” I ask.
His lips graze my ear, my cheek. He rubs his face against my neck, and then licks it, ever so lightly.
“No,” he says in my ear. “That’s not all.”
Oh God. Oh God, oh God, oh God. The physicality of this man, and my attraction to him, removes all sense from my brain. I feel like a zombie, or like I’m hypnotized, like he could tell me to strip and my clothes would be half off before I even knew what was happening. Like I’m drunk on him, drunk and deranged and prone to making bad decisions. This should be illegal. You should not be allowed to drive a human body while under this kind of influence.
“Marcus, I can’t do a repeat of this,” I say, and my breath is already ragged. “Please.”
And I push against his chest, gently.
I can’t look at him when he steps back because I know I’ll be right back there, unable to think clearly through my desire for him. Not just for him, but for everything to be right between us. That was the worst part about sleeping with him again—seeing a glimpse of how it could be. Knowing I love him now more than I ever did, knowing that learning more about the world in the last five years has made me realize just how lucky I was to have him in my life at all. And then the hangover: remembering that it’s not all right. That he still hasn’t explained why he left, that he might do it again at any moment. Remembering what happened to me after he left the first time.
How could I bring him back into my life under those circumstances? How could I ever bring him into Dill’s life under those circumstances?
That’s why I kicked him out. Didn’t seem to do any good, though. He’s still in my life. Even if he weren’t standing in my kitchen, looking down at me with such tender concern that it makes me weak, he’d still be in my life. Because I don’t think he’ll ever be out of my thoughts.
I love to tell stories. I especially love romance, only with all the good and sexy parts left in, and sometimes with a little kink, too. I cry at the dumbest commercials, I hide behind the nearest person during scary movies (and then make them tell me what’s going on), and I spend way too much money sending my friends gag gifts. (Amazon Prime free shipping is a dangerous, dangerous thing.)
So aside from feeling compelled to sit at my computer and make stuff up all day, I’m an otherwise normal gal navigating life, family, love and the rest. I am also a voracious, omnivorous reader, a disastrous cook (recipes are at best just suggestions), and the human who belongs to two bat%$&! insane cats.
FIVE FUN FACTS
– Number of jars of peanut butter and peanut butter-chocolate consumed while writing (oh god why did I figure this out): 5 and 4, respectively. I started out with just the plain peanut butter, but at some point in the writing process peanut butter just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. I had developed a peanut butter tolerance. I needed something stronger. And thus I leveled up to this peanut butter chocolate devil mix. It was like a swirl thing? Whole Foods does it. You can get the peanut butter and chocolate mixed together, and it is the laziest snack ever, and it is wonderful. With a spoon, people. I ate it with a spoon.
– Marcus, like one of my previous heroes (what up, Chance fans!), is loosely based on someone I know. Fighter’s hands really are very heavy.
– Actually, I’m just going to throw this out there: boxing is an amazing workout, and the scenery ain’t half bad. You know, if you need to work off 9-10 jars of peanut butter related condiments for some reason.
– Harlow’s never had the time to pursue her own dreams, but she’s actually a very talented self-taught musical composer. Marcus might have plans for her, there…
– I cried like a baby writing the ending.
AUTHOR CONTACT LINKS:
Website – http://chloecoxbooks.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chloe-Cox/403551756383377
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5392708.Chloe_Cox
Chloe is offering the following prizes on her LIE TO ME Blog Tour:
Kindle Fire HDX 7” Tablet (link to tablet specifications http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DOPNO4M/ref=fs_j)
$100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
5 Ebook Copies
3 Signed Paperbacks
Terms & Conditions
The Kindle Fire HDX giveaway is international unless excluded. If your country is not on the list that Amazon delivers to, you will not be eligible win this prize.
The signed paperbacks are international.
The Reading Cafe is not responsible for damage to the Kindle in transit. All issues regarding this must be addressed to Amazon.
All accessories for the Kindle Fire HDX must be purchased by the winner – the prize is the Kindle Fire HDX only and does not include the power adaptor.
Entrants must be 18 or over.