Saturday, August 8, 2015

Review of Just One Lie (Just One Night #2) by Kyra Davis

"Those of us who are self-destructive will always love the ones that hurt us most." - Melody "Mercy" Fitzgerald

Just One Lie
Series: Just One Night #2
Author: Kyra Davis
Publisher: Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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In the instant international sensation, JUST ONE NIGHT, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions-and found herself-through an explosive affair. In JUST ONE LIE we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.

Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, unpredictable and enticing Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.

So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a fitness obsessed man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?

Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that frees her from her troubled past and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?

Just One Lie is a haunting tale of secrets, fierce passion, and a love strong enough to overcome all. For some reason, I have always been attracted to dark and gritty romances that usually leave me emotionally wrecked by the time I finish the book. Just One Lie was no different. Following the story of Mercy as she tries to recover from the death of her alter-ego, Melody, I found myself connecting with her on a deeper level. Her story is heartbreaking, but as she rises from the ashes and forces herself to clean up, we see just how incredibly strong Mercy truly is. Once she realizes this for herself, she's able to open her eyes and her heart to a love so powerful it'll essentially stop time until they can be reunited. I cringed when she was with Ash and soared as her romance with Brad blossomed. The characters were flawed, but lovable enough that you still want them to succeed. Even Ash... However, the aspect of Just One Lie that I enjoyed the most was the lapse in time. Nothing in this book felt rushed. Kyra Davis took the time to set up and allow each relationship to flourish. She allows the reader to decide which relationship is destructive and which is not. Kyra also gives Mercy the time needed to truly find herself and heal before she's able to love with all her heart. Once she gets to that point, you get a feeling that everything will be okay for the characters. Now, I had not read the first book in the Just One Night series before I picked up Just One Lie. Since this book takes place years before Just One Night, it is not necessary to read them in order. I should warn you, though. If you loved Just One Lie as much as I did, you will want to pick up Just One Night as soon as possible. Must read it soon!

Kyra Davis is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Just One Night, Pure Sin and Sophie Katz series as well as So Much For My Happy Ending. Just One NIght has been optioned for television by Anonymous, (the producers of True Detective).

Before publishing her first book, Sex, Murder And A Double Latte in 2005 Kyra supported herself and her son as a marketing manager for a sports club and before that was a department manager at Nordstrom’s Savvy department. She studied at The Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising and Golden Gate University.

Kyra now lives with her husband (director and screenwriter, Rod Lurie), her teenage son (proud science-geek and Hawaiian-Shirt-aficionado), dog (champion eater and guardian of the backyard…no squirrel will dare set foot in it) and gecko (the gecko doesn’t do much).

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