Beautiful Lies by Heather Bentley

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Beautiful Lies by Heather Bentley

From the couture clothes, private jets and homes around the globe, I have the best of everything. But looks can be deceiving, and in my family, deception is an art form. So, I bide my time and count the days until I’m free.

Heiress Christina Harcourt lives a life surrounded by the finest this world has to offer. Unfortunately, what she wants most can’t be bought. After losing her mother in a heinous crime, she tries her best to live the life she knows her mother would want for her. But through her family’s hurtful ways, Christina learns the only way to do that, is to leave this life far behind. Everything is going as planned, until she meets him.

Sexy, carefree CJ Whitford is a hard-working, blue collar guy who can’t get the guarded brunette out of his head. So, he takes a chance and rearranges his life to go after the girl he’s falling for. He quickly discovers that Christina’s secrets are as big as her heart. A heart so fragile that all it will take to destroy it is one more lie … his.

Isn’t this cover beautiful? I keep opening it on my iPad and just staring at it. Its stunning. I actually got a message from Heather, asking if I’d be interested in reviewing her new book. This is her debut book and I am really happy that I said yes.

We start out the story, meeting Sara who is in a small town where she works as a waitress and a bartender at night. Then the book flashes back in time…

This is where we meet Christina (aka Sara). You immediately feel for her. I think the author really captured the discomfort that Christina felt so well. I mean, as I was reading it, I could feel myself cringing along with her at certain aspects of her life. You can see why she doesn’t love her life, even with all the wealth that she has. Her family treated her horribly and tried to keep her knocked down at what seemed like every opportunity.

When Christina and CJ first meet, its at a country bar, outside of town and CJ met Christina as Courtney (her fake bar name), but CJ is relentless and manages to find her at the hospital fairly quickly. I appreciated that the author let CJ find out who Christina was right away. I was pleased that the whole story wasn’t Christina parading around as Courtney and then the drama would come when CJ found out the lie.

I enjoyed seeing Christina’s true nature come out. A lot of the story follows Christina working in the pediatric cancer center, and how she uses her famous name and wealth to bring in more donations and make wishes come true for the kids. She does all of this as volunteer work. But she enjoys it and is well loved by everyone there.

When Christina and CJ first meet, its at a country bar, outside of town and CJ met Christina as Courtney (her fake bar name), but CJ is relentless and manages to find her at the hospital fairly quickly. I appreciated that the author let CJ find out who Christina was right away. I was pleased that the whole story wasn’t Christina parading around as Courtney and then the drama would come when CJ found out the lie.

There was very little that I disliked in this book. The one thing that kept nagging at me was whatever happened to Becca and Nicole. They were so cruel to Christina, I kept hoping for some sort of closure on that. With that said, I can also see why Christina would leave them behind and forget them. She wasn’t interested in the society life so losing those relationships really didn’t mean that much to her. Yes, she was hurt but she was smart enough to know they weren’t worth anything in the big picture of her life.

I don’t want to give out any spoilers for the story, so I don’t want to get more into the actual story than that. For a debut novel, this story was fantastic. I thought the characters had a lot of depth. The truth is, this is Christina’s story. Its really her tale that is woven through the pages; between the truths, the lies, the deceit.

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