Thursday, January 26, 2017

{Book Review} CROWN OF LIES ~ Pepper Winters





I met the boy I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”

Noelle Charlston lived a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.

However, two meetings with two men changed her happy existence forever. First, she met the boy who made her heart sing. Second, she met the man who made her blood quiver.

Noelle’s freedom was no longer hers. It belonged to the man her father believed was the perfect match. The man who pulled his lies over everyone he touched.
Including her.

Seduced and manipulated, Noelle lives two lives. The one everyone sees on the outside and the one no one sees on the inside. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he webs—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she’d been and turn her into something else.

Until her past collides with her present.
And it’s her turn to lie.
To everyone…including herself.


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A Princess living in the Tallest Tower of the strongest Castle , imprisoned by the Dragon, and the Prince of True Love shall save her. 
Elle is an Heiress of Multi Billion Dollar company -Belle Elle. At 19 she's trapped and imprisoned by her stature, her wealth and her fate. Her life has been scheduled by her Father, who loves her a lot , he just wants her secure and entitled. But she's just 19, and yet she has never explored the city on her own. Because she's running a billion-dollar company and never been to a party or gossiped with girls or kissed a boy. She just wants to be normal... just for a few hours. So she does the unthinkable, acting on impulse, she just wanders out of security net and into the unknown. 
One night. One encounter. One man 

How had my night gone from alley robbery to bush-filled kisses? How had I transcended from lonely workaholic to falling for a man I’d only just met ? A man who lived on the opposite scale of me in every little thing. Wealth and poverty. Safety and danger.He looked mid-twenties with hardness only born from fighting every day of his life. I was soft where he was sharp. I knew how to fight but in boardrooms and on conference calls, not on the streets.

One night is what it takes to launch her life into a different trajectory altogether. That night has consequences reverberating through the rest of the life. So loud that the noise becomes her nightmares depriving her off her sleep and filling them with guilt!!

I hadn’t lived up to my oath. A life for a life. He’d saved me. And I haven’t saved him.

Yet she can't let go of him, her virginal body and soul is imprinted with Nameless's kiss and scent . 

“You don’t even know me.”
“I don’t have to know you. I feel you.”
I hindered him while he tried to do the right thing by keeping me safe. For the second time. He doesn’t even know me, yet he’s claimed responsibility for me.

She becomes all woman and lets Nameless claim her heart.
Alas , Cruel turn of events snatched him away and she ........just endures the painful mishap .

I had to accept that I had no time for romance, no patience for dating, and no prospects at partnership other than business expansion. I was so lucky compared to most. Love is a small price to pay.

Elle is lonely and broken hearted. Her dad is sad to see her drifting through a loveless dry life. So he tries meddling by setting her up with few prospective suitors. But her heart is barren.........
Till she meets Penn Everett . He's overpowering, all male, driven and mysterious. Everything Elle doesn't need......but wants . With every fibre of her being. !
And herein lies her conundrum
Give in and be inhaled , or give up and exhale Penn
Well, Penn is anything , if not persistent. He relentlessly pursues her , almost gate crashing her parties, bulldozing the walls of her prisoned heart, till she reluctantly grants him access. 
But Betrayal and Love are two sides of the same coin

My heart had a box with three different puzzles mixed up inside. 
The pieces were tangled, their edges able to fit together to form an incorrect Frankenstein of three scenes, but unless the three puzzles were separated, none of them were true.

As is so expertly painted by Pepper in this story. She creates masterpiece story, her characters emanate power . Penn is very Masculine, very secretive and very enveloping in his Charm
Elle is dainty yet driven, beautiful and intelligent, protected yet adventurous.  
Pepper is one of those rare breed of Natural Born Writers . She doesn't follow norms , yet creates norms - 
I don't think outside the box. I never got in it !!
 And this book is no exception. The story made me stop at multiple places , where I thought I had figured out the truth, but I hadn't!! There are twists that will make you gasp, the blind corners are never ending and the buildup to the other half is very intriguing ( though made me impatient ) 
It's an absolute delight to read her written words and I Truly, Madly , Deeply fell in love with Penn Everett 
I cannot wait for Throne of Truths now 

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