Title: Epic Lies
Series: Epic Fail #2
Author: Trudy Stiles
Release Date: June 29, 2016
My name floats from his mouth, and I’m hypnotized. I don’t think I’ve ever heard my name spoken with such masculine softness, if that is even a thing?
Something happened the day you saved my life… I knew something was about to change… I knew you changed my history. My existence. I’ve been fighting my feelings for a few weeks. I’m struggling with what you mean to me. I know we’ve only known each other for a short time, but I feel like I’ve known you my whole life.
Yea, you’ve dated a lot of assholes and some real losers, but you always find the one redeeming thing in those people and build on it. Even if one of them collected Star Wars figurines well into his twenties.
Your father scares me… He may seem nice and sweet to you, but I can’t shake the feeling that he will kill me slowly and painfully if I ever hurt you.
Kismet, serendipity, fate, karma, destiny, the stars in alignment, when it is meant to be it is meant to be… all cultures have some form of this ideology. And today, I am exceedingly pleased that Trudy Stiles follows this tenet as well. Epic Lies was my first official outing with Ms Stiles and I am putting myself in nomination to be her biggest fangirl and newest cheerleader. I immediately added her entire Goodreads listing to my TBR the second I finished reading as I clearly savored this book from beginning to end.
Written in my favorite form of dual POV, the storyline weaved back in forth over a decade while chronicling the hidden and forgotten connections, missed opportunities, and coincidental links in the characters’ histories. The writing was thoughtful, insightful, emotive, easy to follow, steamy, and engaging. The characters were well fleshed out, highly likable, smart, somewhat damaged, yet still sweet, fun, endearing and quirky. For some reason, I took great delight in the scenes depicting Giselle’s less appealing trait of haphazard snobbishness. The story found a good balance of angst and happiness, as despite the undercurrent and reoccurring theme of misplaced trust and betrayals experienced the main characters as they make their way toward each other, the contentment, shelter, and respite they found in being together overshadowed all their prior misfortunes. Sigh, this old cougar just loves the sweet and steamy – more please!
Trudy Stiles is a USA Today Bestselling Author, writer of New Adult Romance, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including Dear Emily, Dear Tabitha, and Dear Juliet. Epic Sins and Epic Lies are the first books in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least two more standalone novels, Epic Love and Epic Holiday. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Emily will get her own story, Sincerely, Emily, to be released in 2017.
She’s also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward, a hilarious group of short stories sure to make you cringe, laugh and everything in between. All proceeds from this project benefited The Bookworm Box and its charities.
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.