Monday, December 15, 2014

Lies Unspoken by Lisa DeJong - Blog Tour with Review and giveaway

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Meet Lila & Blake in this unexpected love story!  


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I tried hard not to fall for the bad guy.

My new roommate, Blake, is a jerk—an unemployed artist with a chip on his shoulder. I can’t stand him unless his hands are on me. He makes me desperate for him, and everything he makes me feel.

And then there’s my new boss, Pierce--successful, charming, and extremely good-looking. He goes after what he wants, but what does he see in me?

I try to stay away, but I end up in the arms of exactly who I was hiding from. And when I find out what’s being hidden from me, my heart twists in ways it never should.

I thought I knew him.
I didn't.
The way he kissed me.
The way his hands traveled every inch of my skin.
I thought it meant something, but as it turns out, it was all lies unspoken.   

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Without warning, his lips crash into mine. At first I fight it, pushing hard against his chest, but he tastes like whiskey. Woodsy and smoky like a campfire, matching the intensity of his kiss. He melts away my anger with his mouth, leaving days’ worth of unrealized sexual tension in its wake.
     He tastes.
     I lean into him.
     He sucks.
     My knees go weak.
     He isn’t something I wanted. Not three weeks ago. Not even three minutes ago. But as his hands slide up my back, coming up to circle my neck, I’m drowning in want. He tilts my head back to allow himself better access. My tongue tangles with his. Never in a million years did I envision this … how much pleasure I would feel from a simple touch. I guess sometimes we have to have our desires at our fingertips to realize their true depth.
     When his lips leave mine, his hands stay. We went from one extreme to another so quickly … I’m not sure what will happen when he pushes the brakes. His face is close, like he wants to kiss me again, but his hands fall away from me instead.
     One step back.
     Another step.
     “Let me—”
     Another step. His back hits my bedroom wall.
     “Do that again.”
     As he exits the room, I’m left wondering what the heck just happened. That kiss took all the cells in my brain and tangled them. I never imagined this, and I hate to admit it but I liked it.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

How do you get over a broken relationship? Well in Lila's case, you pick up your life and move to a big city, Chicago, and go find your dream job. 

Just days before her wedding, Lila's fiancee Derek gives her the "It's not you, it's me" speech and breaks off their long term relationship. Lila is gutted and at loose ends because her immediate future was already mapped out. Now she's got to regroup and realign her future, and boy does she decide on a big change. She leaves her little hometown in Nebraska and moves into her friend, Mallory's, empty apartment in Chicago. On the plane ride there she meets the very sexy Pierce Stanley, CEO of Stanley Enterprises. Which happens to be one of the larger architectural/design firms in Chicago, right up Lila's degree alley. Pierce offers her his card as they get off the plane, and an option to interview for an apprenticeship. She takes it but isn't sure she'll do anything with it just yet. 

Once Lila gets to her friend, Mallory's, apartment she gets another surprise, the apartment is NOT empty like she thought. Mallory's  brother Blake has moved into the other bedroom, and to say he's a bit of an ass is being polite. Blake is the perfect picture of a moody artist but that moody is hiding things he just hasn't been able to move past. This makes for a volatile roommate situation, at first. Then things begin to change because both Lila and Blake are highly attracted to each other. 

Yes, you can see where this is going, pretty young woman, sexy artist Blake, and distinguished business man Pierce. It adds up to a very loose love triangle but one that has a very clear 'winner' for Lila. This is story is more than just the relationships that develop between Lila and Blake, and Lila and Pierce. It's also about growing confidence in yourself, and realizing that sometimes you have to leave home to miss what you had at home. 

The characters in this story are well fleshed out, they have backstories, and future plans, and interactions with family members to round them out. There is history between Pierce and Blake, and while it comes out in bits and pieces and in each man's view point is solidly written. The attraction between Blake and Lila is very believable, and their words and actions to the other in the last portion of the book really show how much they've discovered of the other.  

I've been a huge fan of Lisa DeJong's since I read Plastic Hearts so to say that I enjoyed this book is putting it mildly. I devoured it in less than a day because her storytelling ability is excellent, and she does great angst for her characters. There is most definitely angst in this story along with a cliffhanger, which I know some do not enjoy. This one though, was well done, and since the next book is set to come out in just a few months, well worth the wait. 

I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys a touch of angst among a solid storyline with fantastic characters. 

About the Author:
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Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn't change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

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