Tuesday 17 September 2013

Blog tour: Review - Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly

Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Loving Your LiesLoving your Lies (Blog tour)

Author: Piper Shelly
Series: -
Pages: 404
Genre: New Adult / Paranormal / Romance
Publisher/Source: Self / Xpresso Book Tours
Release date: 8th September 2013
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Synopsis. (Goodreads)

Julian is drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly provocative, and he's fast becoming her best friend. But he also has a secret that makes the little hairs on her arms stand on end...

My name is Jona Montiniere, and that’s pretty much the only good thing to say about me. 

I’m seventeen, I’m snarky, and I’m a crap-load of trouble. Or so they say. But what did they expect from me really, when they dumped me in an orphanage at age five? That I’d grow up to become the new first lady? Nah, I think it’s much more fun to raid Camden Market in London with my friend, Debby. She’s cool. She lives on the street. I learned so much from her. 

The only thing she missed to teach me was how to tend to a vineyard. And yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for the next 6 weeks, courtesy to this darn judge, who sent me off to France after I was caught stealing again. Fair enough, the vineyards are okay, and so are my aunt and uncle, who I haven’t met up ‘til now. What isn’t okay, and I mean it, is that I have to live in the same house with my mother, that god-awful dragon, who spurned when I was only a child. And now she wants me back? Demands my forgiveness? Why, because she’s about to die of cancer? Uh-uh. Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen. I want no contact with that woman, thanks. 

But what’s Julian got to do with all of this? About my age, he’s too young to be my mother’s lover. So why doesn’t he leave her side? Ever. He’s different, as in the paranormal kind of different, but he’s sa-woon-worthy gorgeous. He obviously has secrets, but he’s also get-under-my-skin charming. In short, he’s a riddle to me. But he likes me, and that’s scaring the shit out of me. I sure won’t let anyone come too close. 

So now I'm wondering only two things: How did he manage to hold me in his arms after only three days? And how the hell do you keep an angel earth bound?

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Seventeen year-old Jona Montiniere’s life has been filled with pain and heartache, living in an orphanage since the age of five she doesn’t easily trust and uses snark to hide her insecurities. When she is caught stealing - again, her punishment is to tend an aunty/uncles vineyard in France with her mother who gave her up all those years ago.

Jona was a perfectly imperfect character who has turned sass into a fine art, she doesn’t let anyone get close to her out of fear of losing them which I could appreciate but at times her attitude grated on my nerves especially when there were a few characters who really tried – her mother included.

Julian was ah-ma-zing! But with what he is I doubted there would be any form of a HEA but the author wrote it in a way which really worked and in the end all came together nicely. Julian was smexy and oh so sweet. He was cocky at times but also showed a softer side when it was needed. I loved seeing him break down the many walls Jona had placed around her heart in order to get her to trust again, it was done beautifully and I found myself immersed in the wonderful, slow to build romance.

I found myself loving the secondary characters just as much as the MC's, Quinn was a great support to Jona at the beginning of the book, Aunt Marie and Uncle Albert were so kind and accepting and even Jona's mother Charlene made her way into my heart.

This book was quite long but I thoroughly enjoyed the even pacing and seeing the main character evolve by finding forgiveness and peace within herself; it evoked so many emotions – happiness, sadness and everything in between.

Loving Your Lies is a poignant, emotive page turner with a wonderful setting and amazing characters, it is an intense read that left me completely satisfied when I finished it and Piper Shelley’s writing is crisp and engaging and flows beautifully, I loved the dialogue.

Overall, if you are after a romance with a wonderful paranormal twist then I highly recommend Loving Your Lies which is a brilliant debut novel for Piper Shelly.

Thank-you to Piper Shelly and Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review Loving Your Lies.


Prize (Open internationally)
- One signed copy of Loving Your Lies

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Piper ShellyAbout the author: The quick-and-dirty:
I’m a cool girl with a passion for writing. 
The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.
The nitty-gritty:
I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun. 
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop. 
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career. 
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL. 
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. ;-) 

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. ;-)

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  1. Julian sounds sweet, and smexy! I love the setting for this one, and that is has paranormal elements. Wonderful review, you can really tell you liked this one!

    1. The setting was wonderful & I loved the characters, especially Julian ;)

  2. This sounds really good and I love the addition of paranormal elements to the romance. I think this one would be right up my alley! Great review! :)

    1. Thanks Giselle! this was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed the paranormal element, it wasn't OTT which I found to be refreshing.

  3. I love it when the secondary characters are as loveable as the main characters.
    I haven't heard of this before, but it sounds like a great book. I'm totally adding it to my TBR!
    Also, I was surprised when you mentioned the paranormal aspect, because I would not expect that judging from the cover.
    Fabulous review, Sharon! :)

    1. Thanks Nick! the secondary characters were great as was the paranormal aspect which wasn't overdone at all - I wouldn't have picked it from the cover as well.

  4. The setting alone would get me to pick this one up! It sounds great!

    1. The setting was amazing! french vineyards are definitely appealing to me.

  5. Hey Sharon, thanks for your nice words about Jona and Julian. You guys are right, the paranormal aspect isn't that obvious on the cover and it's not in the book either. It's more a romance with a paranormal side effect... ;-)

    I hope you all enjoy it. And if you're quick, you can still grab a free e-copy on amazon.


    1. Thanks Piper! I thoroughly enjoyed this and appreciate the opportunity to participate in your tour.

  6. I'm really getting into the whole new adult craze right now so i'm constantly looking for good NA titles that hit shleves. I like the sounds of this one and the paranormal twist. Lots of NA's i've read have dealt really on the contemeporary side so this is a bit different for me. I think i'll probably give this one a shot one day when i'm in the mood for romance.
    Great review :)
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog
    p.s hanks for the giveaway! :)

    1. Thanks Lily, this was definitely different to other NA titles I have read more recently which I really found refreshing, I'm a tad burnt out from Contemporaries so the Paranormal element appealed to me :)

  7. I am so glad to know you liked this. I picked it up the other day and now I will be looking forward to reading it. Great review.

    1. Thanks Ellen! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.


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