Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Beauty of Lies by Brinda Berry

Book & Author details:

The Beauty of Lies by Brinda Berry
(Stand by Me, #1)
Publication date: October 6th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Secrets are exposed, trust is betrayed and two people face the beauty of lies.

Leo Jensen has a secret–he is Mr. Expose, a blogger that reveals the truth about liars and frauds. It’s a way to make a living, and he’s had a motherlode of experience with liars. Cheaters. Women who live for drama and carry more hidden baggage than a Boeing 747. Even his twin sister can’t seem to admit the truth about her relationships, so finding an honest woman is about as likely as finding a unicorn in the middle of Nashville.

Harper Wade wishes life had a do-over button. She’d press that sucker and reset the last four years. Now, she has the chance to start fresh and make things right, but first she has to retrieve the damning evidence of her past from an annoying blogger. She’s doing all the things she knows she shouldn’t–breaking and entering, lying by omission, falling for the hot guy next door. Too bad he holds the key to her clean slate.


Have you ever read a book or watched a movie/TV show and just knew you knew what to expect and how things would play out?  Yeah.  Well I thought that was this book, but not even close.  While I had my ideas, and guesses and obviously was able to work out soem details in my head as I read along, I also found myself totally surprised and some things.  

This story was not at all what I expected, but in saying that, it was more.  It was bigger than I thought, it had twists and surprises and it had amazing characters who really struggled.  I was drawn to Harper from the start of the book, she seemed so desperate and I didn't understand at first.  As I read further and we delved deeper I could see the tangled mess of her life and had a deeper understanding of the whole situation.  

Leo hasn't had the best past experiences and his job as an expose blogger doesn't exactly endear him to trusting people when he sees all the lies, deceit and damage left in peoples wake.  His blog Mr. Expose gets lots of information in the mail and he picks and choose what to post and when.

Harper sent in something that could have major repurcisions to Mr. Expose and wants to get it back. When emailing Mr. Expose and asking several times for him to return it to her and not post it doesn't work, she takes matters into her own hands.  But more than that, she puts herself right in Leo's line of sight.

The Beauty of Lies takes you on a journey, not just the present lives of Leo and Haper, but also visions of the past. The backstories that make up who they are, why they are those people and how the past has affected them.  This story is a wild ride that shows how secrets damage and have ripple effects and how sometimes in anger/hurt/pain we make bad decisions that we regret.

I loved the journey both Harper and Leo take in this book, both are holding in secrets, both are weary of trust, but both also really need the other in many ways.

Brinda Berry took a Highly emotionally charged topic and brought it to life in such a manner that sucked you in and made you unsure which way was up.  Some things people are quick to judge on others, but this story sort of made you reserve judgements, and wait to learn more.

Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family. Brinda is obsessed with cairn terriers, Kings of Leon, new technology and sandy beaches.  She’s also terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.

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  1. Thank you so much for your review. I truly appreciate you!

  2. Great review, Kris! I love it when a book takes me by surprise by going in a different angle than you expect! So happy you liked it! :)