Series: The Pact #4
Published by Self-Published on 2/15/16
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Their love led to a lie
Their truth led to the end
Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident and his job from his subsequent downward spiral, he's finally moving forward, getting a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and a new life in the city. Slowly, but surely, he's pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.
Until he sees her.
Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she'd die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she's in London, she's ready to start again.
Until she sees him.
Because some loves are too dangerous to ever indulge.
And some loves are far too powerful to ignore.
Their love just might be the life and the death of them.
This is the kind of contemporary romance that I love. The kind that pushes boundaries, makes me a bit uncomfortable, and forces me to analyze my beliefs about love and what is right or wrong. The Lie is an intense and emotional love story about rising from the ashes, and Karina Halle produces a story that might not be loved, or even liked by many, but I more than loved it.
I knew that falling in love was a crime. I deserve all the punishment I can get.
The Lie opens with a shocking prologue. I’d only planned on reading a few pages to see if I wanted to get back into this series, but honestly, the first two words were enough to pull me in.
What the hell are you sorry about? I thought. Then I read the rest of the prologue and sat there in a bit of a stupor, thinking, oh, shit, repeatedly. See, I didn’t know anything about this book (other than what was introduced in The Play), and I was shocked – pleasantly so – to discover that Karina Halle had decided to touch on a subject that I personally think that more romance authors should cover, and readers should experiment with, because it happens. This author handled this topic before with Love, in English (one of my favorite books evah!), and though I believe (it’s a coin toss at the moment) that I prefer the edginess, unapologetic messiness, and more taboo feel of the love story in Love, in English, I think more readers will be on board with what transpires in The Lie. It might be less offensive or distasteful to some (because of order in which things unfold), tenderer, plus I think it’s easier to sympathize with these characters.
I think I finally know what it feels like to have your pieces put back together. It’s a shoddy, messy job, but I’m still standing.
The Lie follows Brigs McGregor and Natasha Trudeau, two characters who’ve been to hell because of love, and are now on the mend and trying to build a future. Using alternate POVs and alternate timelines, the reader gets to see their beginning, their tumultuous end, and their new beginning. The Lie is a heartbreaking experience, but it’s also a hopeful and compelling one.
I absolutely loved these characters! Brigs is such a tender and passionate soul, and he loves hard. I don’t know why I’m just now realizing this – probably because her heroines more obviously jump out of the page – but Karina Halle writes some great heroes. In a sense, they’re a-typical because their presence isn’t overpowering, but the fact that they make her smart heroines lose their shit is a testament to how amazing they are. I think Brigs McGregor is amazing. He’s strong, and his resilience is inspiring.
And Natasha, I love her too. I felt her guilt and her fear – I can’t even imagine being in her position and coming out of the other end with any kind of hope or optimism. She’s a great heroine, but honestly, this was all about Brigs for me. He’s a flawed man, really, an honest man even if he does lie. He shows that, sometimes, even doing the right think can have horrible consequences. Sure, it’s a dramatized outcome in a romance novel, but I believe it. Brigs also showed me what it is to believe that something is right, even when everyone and everything might tell you it’s wrong.
As long as she is with me. As long as I am with her, we will always bring each other out of it.
We are forever surrounded by ashes.
But we are fire.
And fire rises.
The Lie is my favorite entry in this Scots series so far. It has its flaws (I wasn’t impressed with the conflict with Natasha’s roommate, View Spoiler » and thought the drama with her at the end was a bit ridiculous « Hide Spoiler ), but I love how it made me feel throughout, and at the end, and right now as I think about it. There are sure to be many rereads in my future.
Karina Halle acknowledged that writing The Lie was a risky endeavor because of how most readers feel about this subject matter. I think it was a risk worth taking. I recommend.