It Started With a Lie, so how will it end?
There are always two sides of a story. Sometimes, if you’re lucky or you work really hard, you win. In the case of Brian Fox, in It Started With a Lie, he traded his good looks and fast talking with high expense extravagance to keep his company ahead of the competition. But his luck soon runs out when his exuberant spending puts his business at risk of bankruptcy. With his famous and rich brother as his only option, Brian seeks financial rescue. But his brother is tired of bailing him out and sets to teach Brian a “lesson”.
In comes Vivian Davenport, a woman his brother hires to straighten out Brian’s finances – both professionally and personally. Vivian is mysterious and stoic and doesn’t take Brian’s nonchalant attitude too kindly. She hates his playboy-ish ways and his constant flirting and flaunting. All she wants to do is get Brian’s company back on track so she can leave.
But of course, things don’t always go as planned when you’re working in the same office of a chauvinistic player. Brian and Vivian both get under each other’s skins, but is it really just a way of hiding their attractions with each other? Vivian doesn’t want to get involved romantically with Brian, and Brian – while attracted to Vivian – can’t stand her standoffish ways and her uptight business attitude. If only Brian can get serious about his financial problems as well as his attitude, then Vivian can just finish what she was hired to do and go back to her own life.
So, I’m just going to flat out say that I couldn’t really stand Brian at first. He was brilliantly written as a chauvinistic pig, picking up on women left to right just to hide his own insecurities. He has a caring brother and two business partners who are also his best friends and yet he treats them like they’re nobodies. Brian would rather solve his problems on his own and sort of wave his middle finger to those around him than realize he has some serious issues – both professionally and personally. But as we start to see why he has such insecurities and has to hide behind his careless manner, it became easier to sympathize with him and cheer him on. Vivian on the other hand is a completely different story…
I didn’t care much for Vivian either. I wish she had more of a backbone instead of hedging between the Will I or Won’t I scenarios. There’s something mysterious about her as the author doesn’t really let on about her personal life and it’s towards the end of the story that we see why – and you’ll have to read the book to find out. While she finds Brian handsome and hot and all that, I just don’t like female heroines who fall for the playboy only to end up being hurt in the end.
However, that’s not to say that It Started With a Lie isn’t a good book. It’s very well-written and the pacing is quite steady. The interactions between Brian and Vivian are comical at times and you can see Brian changing to a better person right before your eyes. There is a cliffhanger which throws a wrench into Brian’s plans once his finances cleared up and of course, we’re left wondering what’s going to happen with Brian and Vivian after that bomb drop! Author Lisa Suzanne promises book two will answer some questions but bring up some new ones as well!
Brian Fox is desperate for cash. When his business falls into debt, he turns yet again to his rock star brother. Only this time, his brother refuses to throw money at the problem…he intends to solve it. Enter Vivian Davenport, business fixer extraordinaire, supreme professional, and Brian’s new boss.
Brian has always called the shots, but now he’s the one taking orders. When the tiny lie that Vivian is his new girlfriend slips out, he’s forced to play the role of doting boyfriend to a woman he can’t stand.
It started as a lie, but what happens if it turns into the truth?
It Started With a Lie is written by author Lisa Suzanne and it’s book one of the Truth and Lies series. It’s contemporary romance but definitely for adults only as there are some explicit scenes and language.
You can purchase It Started With a Lie on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xlkYQy and follow Lisa Suzanne on her website: http://authorlisasuzanne.blogspot.com/p/home-page.html
Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and baby boy. She’s a former high school English teacher and college composition instructor. When she’s not cuddling baby Mason, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.
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