Tell Me Pretty Lies
Three things my mother acquired when she became engaged:1. A brand new Tiffany's ring. 2. A lavish home on Heartbreak Hill. 3. Three privileged stepsons.The last thing I expected was to fall for one of them, least of all Thayer Ames.Beautiful, brooding, and untouchable. I knew it was a bad idea. He warned me himself. But he was a thunderstorm, and I never could resist the rain. It was perfect…Until it wasn’t. One night was all it took for our world to crumble, leaving only secrets and lies between us. Now, I have to face him again, but the boy I used to know has become the man who loves to hate me.

Tell Me Pretty Lies Details

TitleTell Me Pretty Lies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 5th, 2020
Rating
GenreRomance, New Adult, Young Adult, High School

Tell Me Pretty Lies Review

  • mel
    January 1, 1970
    this was me the entire book:i've read so many bully romance that i've lost count. all of them fall into these categories: good, bad, and ugly. but this one? this falls into nothing because i. felt. nothing.i was just so bored with both characters because Thayer was your typical "bully/asshole" but with no substance, whereas Shayne was your typical heroine in NA books where they say they're tough but when the H shows off his abs or touches them, they suddenly turn into a 14-year-old fangirl meeti this was me the entire book:i've read so many bully romance that i've lost count. all of them fall into these categories: good, bad, and ugly. but this one? this falls into nothing because i. felt. nothing.i was just so bored with both characters because Thayer was your typical "bully/asshole" but with no substance, whereas Shayne was your typical heroine in NA books where they say they're tough but when the H shows off his abs or touches them, they suddenly turn into a 14-year-old fangirl meeting Harry Styles or Timothee Chalamet. i hate this trope with my entire being. please don't do this trope anymore. please for the love of god.if a boy makes me think he's going to hook up with another girl by making me witness it after telling him i love him, doesn't talk to me for a year KNOWING he's been with other girls, and when i show up he suddenly bullies me without explaining why, i would NOT do what the h here did so frankly, this is kind of a lesson on what not to do. self-respect/grovelling > being horny. *ARC provided
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  • ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
    January 1, 1970
    'TELL ME PRETTY LIES:' Is a full length stepbrother romance novel by Charleigh RoseThis kicked off in the ‘Prologue’ a funeral is in progress and it’s the first time we’re also introduced to our heroine and hero making out in a barn on the property. Then we’re literally thrown into the first chapter, everything has changed, the whole story is shrouded in mystery so much so that I was thinking maybe I’d missed a previous book because it just didn’t flow right. It felt rushed and distorte 'TELL ME PRETTY LIES:' Is a full length stepbrother romance novel by Charleigh RoseThis kicked off in the ‘Prologue’ a funeral is in progress and it’s the first time we’re also introduced to our heroine and hero making out in a barn on the property. Then we’re literally thrown into the first chapter, everything has changed, the whole story is shrouded in mystery so much so that I was thinking maybe I’d missed a previous book because it just didn’t flow right. It felt rushed and distorted. I went into this with high hopes, I’ve loved previous works by this author but this one just fell a wee bit short. I didn’t feel their connection, it would’ve worked better if we’d seen their past connection first instead of jumping straight into the bullying which was over before it had really even started which overall left me feeling deflated.Bully books are generally my kryptonite, where I expect the over abundance of angst and feels to rush at me if done right. This one was more of a soft porn, one look from him and off her clothes came
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  • Bee
    January 1, 1970
    Another cliche bully book where the heroine is a dumb airhead that thinks with her vagina and the hero is a plain, nothing-new asshole who makes me want to puke. I am so over 2020 already.By the way, I don’t care what anyone says, that cover is the most hideous thing I’ve seen in a long time.
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  • Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS So innocent. So pure. But they don’t know what you like to do with your stepbrother in the dark.” I'm a sucker for a good bully romance. Give me a tortured alphahole, and I'm putty in your hands. PUTTEH. So of course the second I saw the blurb to this book, I jumped on it faster than you can say GIMMEH.Tell Me Pretty Lies was an interesting read for me. A part of me loved the somewhat convoluted yet still addictive story. But then another part of me was thoroughly confused fo 3.5 STARS So innocent. So pure. But they don’t know what you like to do with your stepbrother in the dark.” I'm a sucker for a good bully romance. Give me a tortured alphahole, and I'm putty in your hands. PUTTEH. So of course the second I saw the blurb to this book, I jumped on it faster than you can say GIMMEH.Tell Me Pretty Lies was an interesting read for me. A part of me loved the somewhat convoluted yet still addictive story. But then another part of me was thoroughly confused for a good chunk of it. This is only the second book I've read by this author, so when I was thrown into what felt like the middle of an already developing story in the beginning of the book, I was confused. I had to go back and see if this is a continuing series. Did I jump into book 3 of a series? Was there a prequel novella I missed? I was left scratching my head because this is what marks book one in what I'm hoping is the start of a new series.The story starts with a funeral and gives you a peek into an already developed relationship between the two MCs. It's clear that theirs is a relationship that has a lot of history, and I would have loved to see it, rather than being told about it in hindsight. I think that actually experiencing that part of them would have gone a long way in really connecting me to the characters. It felt like the backstory and the true start of their relationship is told off the pages and we only get a small glimpse, where it should have been a full experience. Because of this, I spent a large part of the story trying to wrap my mind around all of the characters, their connection, and what was happening.Now there's the other part of me, too. The part of me that was still glued to the pages, confusion or not. There was just a certain zap to this story that kept me riveted. The mystery and suspense kept me turning the pages well into the night. Truth be told, I finished this in one sitting, so that definitely tells you something. It wasn't without issues, but it was still gripping enough to completely hook me on what I'm hoping is a series, and desperate for more of the brothers. So while it wasn't a perfect 5 star read, it was still an enjoyable 3 star, and certainly one I'd recommend to any fans of the bully trope that like a good dose of angst with their NA romance.ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Brown Li
    January 1, 1970
    So the book starts off with a prologue, funeral scene. Someone close to Thayer and Shayne has passed away. So we get a gist of Thayer and Shaynes relationship before they go their separate ways because both their parents call off their engagement and Shayne and her mother leave Sawyer Point .9 months later, Shaynes grandmother passes away leaving her house in Sawyer Point to Shaynes mother, so they move back and Shayne returns to her old school she attended with her ex step brothers.Shayne d So the book starts off with a prologue, funeral scene. Someone close to Thayer and Shayne has passed away. So we get a gist of Thayer and Shaynes relationship before they go their separate ways because both their parents call off their engagement and Shayne and her mother leave Sawyer Point .9 months later, Shaynes grandmother passes away leaving her house in Sawyer Point to Shaynes mother, so they move back and Shayne returns to her old school she attended with her ex step brothers.Shayne doesn’t see Thayer again until a party she attends a few weeks after joining school. Shayne decides to go and speak to Thayer and Holden (Thayers brother) and get this tension or resentment they have with her over. Thayer barely acknowledges her and basically tells her she means nothing to him.Thayer & Holden believe the person who died (prologue scene) didn’t die by accident and they believe Shayne might know something about it. So that’s why they were being complete dickheads too her, but then decide to change their tactics to “keep your enemies closer”, because they start to believe maybe she really doesn’t know anything. Lmao you know the funny thing here is? Thayer has being completely close off or rude to Shayne, but then there is this scene where they are alone in the barn fighting over a book which then leads to Shayne grinding over him to her begging him to touch her.”I shouldn’t let him touch me like this after the things he’s said and done, but here I am practically pleading for it.”Well at least she knows right? So that counts.See my issue is I don’t understand Shayne’s attraction for Thayer, like after the barn scene I was talking about (there was only dry humping and little nipple touching) she saw Thayer at a party where a girl was asking him why he is taking so long and a few days later Shayne and Thayer are alone and this happens.”You were with another girl the other night.” The words seem so juvenile out loud, but I’m not a homewrecker.Thayer laughs darkly against my neck, sending a chill down my spine. “You think this makes you my girlfriend or something?” he asks, then scrapes his teeth across my neck.“I hate you.” Even as I say the words, I’m arching into him, needing more.“Tell me another lie.” His hand flattens against my stomach and slides beneath my shorts and underwear. My grip on his wrist is loose, hardly a protest. “Tell me more pretty little lies from these pretty little lips.” His fingers part me and I gasp, squeezing his wrist, and he groans appreciatively. “This doesn’t feel like hate.”You see by this point I just don’t understand the connection she has with Thayer because he is just being an asshole to her. She says some sick part of her is enjoying his taunts, I normally enjoy such taunts but here, idk I wasn’t feeling what she was feeling. Like right after the scene mentioned about, this happens “how he left me on the hood of his car with my shorts still around my thighs. Reaching an entirely unprecedented level of asshole, he walked away, got into his car, started the engine, and held my forgotten backpack from his window, dangling it from two fingers, while he waited for me to pull myself together. I pulled my shorts back into place and peeled myself—along with my dignity—off the hood before storming into the house without a backwards glance.”You understand why I’m just not feeling this relationship yet? Because Thayer is just being a dick and Shayne god idk is just thinking from her vagina.So by this point I’m like the book really needs to take a good turn.So Thayer and Shayne go back and forth, Shayne tries to up her games but always ends up underneath Thayer begging for more.“How the hell does he always win?”Because you think from your vaaaaginaaaaSo yeah the story just didn’t do it for me. I’ll just brief up everything below. (view spoiler)[ so it was actually Thayers brother who died and he and Holden believed, Shaynes brother, grey killed him. So that’s why they hated her and Thayer was staying away from her because her brother killed his brother. But then they get to know it’s not his brother it’s Thayers cousin who accidentally pushed the brother and the whole scene was recorded by some guy from their school who was blackmailed by the cousin and his father to not tell anyone. But now the cousin is telling everyone and shows the video himself because he wants to ruin his abusive father. Lmao so yeah. You already know about Thayer and Shayne. They just kept on fucking each other, Thayer would just show his dick and Shayne would forget about everything. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Halle Reads
    January 1, 1970
    1.5/5 Stars 🌟 Unpopular Opinion but whatever I knew I should've DNF'd this.. L A M EI just could not connect with Thayer or Shayne or their story. They had zero chemistry. A lot of their connection was just told but never really shown. This story definitely could've used more flashbacks of these two to help solidify that so called connection but really this was just about two horny teenagers. One who was an asshole who pushed the heroine away after they both suffered a tragic loss and then gav 1.5/5 Stars 🌟 Unpopular Opinion but whatever I knew I should've DNF'd this.. L A M EI just could not connect with Thayer or Shayne or their story. They had zero chemistry. A lot of their connection was just told but never really shown. This story definitely could've used more flashbacks of these two to help solidify that so called connection but really this was just about two horny teenagers. One who was an asshole who pushed the heroine away after they both suffered a tragic loss and then gave me whiplash with the constant back and forth. Even though he was an asshole and this is a bully/forbidden romance I feel like even that aspect of the story fell extremely flat. I could not feel the emotion behind any of it. Don't even get me started on the heroine she was such a cliched typical character with zero backbone. In her mind she probably thought she was tough & stong willed but really any time Thayer so much as breathed near her she was all like 'oops there goes my clothes' the only time I actually liked her was when she punched whats her face (i really dont remember the side characters names) in the face.The only thing that kept me reading was the mystery behind Danny's death and that part i actually enjoyed until we get to the end and the reveal happens. It felt rushed, emotionless and also not finished. Like what happened to those involved? I don't think it was ever explained. All in all this is your typical High School Bully Romance with no substance and filled with cliches and so incredibly boring. I really did try with this one but sadly I felt NOTHINGThis gave me major Cruel Prince by Ashley Jade vibes but the watered down, cliched, lust filled version. Spoiler Alert Cruel Prince is better, go read that and skip this one 🤷‍♀️I will say Holden & Valen did intrigue me so I might read their book but also probably not
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  • FS Meurinne
    January 1, 1970
    This book, wow this book... all the feels, it wrecked me, it made my heart jump, it did everything I love in a book, one great rollercoaster of emotions. Shayne and Thayer's story will have you reading from beginning to end in no time, it's just so good, the story between them, how their past and present are colliding, guilt, mystery and friendship will have them struggling. You will find yourself immersed in a world where all characters are amazing, the plotline is phenomenal and the feels is e This book, wow this book... all the feels, it wrecked me, it made my heart jump, it did everything I love in a book, one great rollercoaster of emotions. Shayne and Thayer's story will have you reading from beginning to end in no time, it's just so good, the story between them, how their past and present are colliding, guilt, mystery and friendship will have them struggling. You will find yourself immersed in a world where all characters are amazing, the plotline is phenomenal and the feels is everything you want. A top recommendation.
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  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    January 1, 1970
    ****AVAILABLE NOW****5 LIGHTENING IN A BOTTLE CROWNSThayer and Holden are minnnneeee. I love them, and this story wasn’t what I expected. It was more. Thayer is NA hero, angsty goodness. Broody to the max, but his love for Shayne makes me love it. He is the broody and mean to everyone else and lives for his lash, and I’m a sucker for it. Shayne is one of my favorite Charleigh heroines. She is finding her way, and I felt like she is someone I would want to have hung out with as a young girl. The ****AVAILABLE NOW****5 LIGHTENING IN A BOTTLE CROWNSThayer and Holden are minnnneeee. I love them, and this story wasn’t what I expected. It was more. Thayer is NA hero, angsty goodness. Broody to the max, but his love for Shayne makes me love it. He is the broody and mean to everyone else and lives for his lash, and I’m a sucker for it. Shayne is one of my favorite Charleigh heroines. She is finding her way, and I felt like she is someone I would want to have hung out with as a young girl. The two of them together are perfection. This is quiet possibly one of the steamier books she has written and yet there was always a romantic undercurrent in each scene. What really made me love the book was the unexpected plot. I love when seemingly unrelated pieces come together and surprise me in the end. I’m so very excited for more from the secondary cast. I think I loved them as much I as loved the H/h.Romantic and steamy with a dash of suspense, Tell Me Pretty lies will be a must read for lovers of NA romance. Beta read
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  • NotALocal
    January 1, 1970
    LMFAO why his face look like that though---- Update, I loved the book.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I love Charleigh Rose. We all know that. But when I started this book, it was really hard for me to get into. I felt like we had every high school bully romance cliche thrown at us and I, at this point, didn't really care. I have been having a really hard time enjoying high school bully romances lately and I don't know if it's me or that genre is just becoming too overdone at this point. However, when we got to about the halfway mark and Thayer started to talk about his emotions more, I was real I love Charleigh Rose. We all know that. But when I started this book, it was really hard for me to get into. I felt like we had every high school bully romance cliche thrown at us and I, at this point, didn't really care. I have been having a really hard time enjoying high school bully romances lately and I don't know if it's me or that genre is just becoming too overdone at this point. However, when we got to about the halfway mark and Thayer started to talk about his emotions more, I was really hooked on this book. I would say the latter 50% of the book made this a 4 star read instead of a 3 star read for me. I really enjoyed how we got a genuine answer for why Thayer was being mean to Shayne and how he didn't do anything that was not consensual or unforgivable. When things became more intimate, Shayne was giving consent and they were genuinely into each other. I did also like how there was a mystery over what had happened in this past a year ago and how that all came to light at the end. I will say that I think more flashbacks between Thayer and Shayne before things ruined their relationships would have made the connection between them more understandable to the reader. We only really get the prologue and that's it and we're supposed to believe they had this whole tension build up between them before Thayer went away for a year. Overall, if you love the high school bully trope, you should definitely give this a try. If you're over that genre or have read too many, you might want to skip this one.
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  • CourtRocks
    January 1, 1970
    2 Eh Stars Soooo, okay then. That's not really what I expected what I would get out of Charleigh's writing. I don't want to bash her because I have loved some of her previous books and this is the only second book of hers I don't like, but then again, I feel a little duped right now. This book was almost as bad as Bad Habit, and that's saying A LOT. This wasn't necessarily a terrible book, but it wasn't good by any means either. Think of every single cliche you can think of in a bully book, put 2 Eh Stars Soooo, okay then. That's not really what I expected what I would get out of Charleigh's writing. I don't want to bash her because I have loved some of her previous books and this is the only second book of hers I don't like, but then again, I feel a little duped right now. This book was almost as bad as Bad Habit, and that's saying A LOT. This wasn't necessarily a terrible book, but it wasn't good by any means either. Think of every single cliche you can think of in a bully book, put it together, and you have this book. You know those stories where the entire cliche popular crowd hates the heroine and bullies her but the heroine keeps coming back for more or acts like it's not her fault she put herself in that situation, like she doesn't want to be there, and yet keeps coming back for some odd reason? Such as when she willingly sits at the popular table because her friend normally sits there and persuades her to sit there too, and then everyone there basically calls her derogatory names and she just takes it? Even coming back the next day because her friend apparently isn't a good friend since she "makes" her sit there even after how they treat her? That's pretty much what this book was. Cliche plot, cliche drama, cliche popular crowd, cliche manwhores, and cliche virgin. What even is original here? First, her not-really-a-good-friend friend, who is also the heroine for the next book, makes her go to a party where she KNOWS the popular crowd will be there, but of course there is always that friend that pushes her to go and dresses her up. Then when she gets there, she sees that popular crowd, specifically Thayer, touching a girl on his lap, and she has this bright idea to go up to him to "talk" because what happened in the past stays in the past right? But let's totally forget the hero's brother basically insinuates they hate her still, which literally proves it's not all just in the past. And then of course when she goes up to them he touches the girl more right in front of her and treats her like dirt and yup, she just takes it, which is literally the theme in the entire book. She's walked in on him several times about to get it on with a girl, one even right after they were about to have sex and she told him she loved him, Then a couple more times after the separation in which he was completely a manwhore and OF COURSE she stayed a virgin over their separation, barf. She literally gave in the day after she saw him with an OW, and he also pretty much degraded her and her feelings right then, and she still lets him touch her. This is so ridiculous. He treats her like trash half the book, most of which I haven't even mentioned, and never grovels for turning his back on her even after he finds out she did nothing wrong and yet all she does is run right back to him every single time. He's constantly pushing her away, and she stays with him every single time. How is that a strong heroine? She is constantly putting up with the cliche popular cheerleader school hoe that has been with the hero AND the hero for the next book. Like honestly, that's most of the drama that occurs, is the cheerleader calling her names, and again, she just takes it or gives weak little comebacks. This has got to be the weakest heroine of Charleighs omg. She had several guys flirt with her but she brushed them all off because of course she wants Thayer, (like why tho) meanwhile he's getting it on with some other chick. Yup, real love. I mean c'mon, at least show interest in at least one of the guys or something to show she's not Thayer's lapdogSo not only do we have to put up with a weak heroine and a manwhore hero, but everything was soooo booorinng. The suspense was dragged out, the climax lackluster, and the chemistry non existent. All we literally get is a cliche bully book that we have all read hundreds of times before. Even the characters for the next book I already don't care for, so I definitely won't be reading it, especially if it's a high school one, which I hope these authors really stop writing. Lately they always make them just super OTT angst and drama that makes me want to roll my eyes at everything. Like where is the originality lately? And why is it such a common theme nowadays for the hero to move on and be a manho but the heroine stays celibate and weak? I just don't get authors lately.Quick note: it probably would bother me more if it was in a decent book, but this book lacked so much chemistry so I'm not gonna get into it too much. But how the hero doesn't really care when when his brother walks in on them in the shower and sees her fully naked and getting it on, and then lets the brother talk about the heroines nipples like it was everyday talk instead of kicking him out or anything like that, was just weird. He also had went down on her when the brother was in the room pretending to sleep, but had no problem finding out he was awake. I think I like my hero's a little more possessive than that, it almost just shows he doesn't care about her that much. Overall, this isn't really a good book, so I don't recommend unless you are absolutely in love with bully romance. Nothing did it for me at all, and it kind of sucks I wasted my time on it. I definitely should have listened to the reviews more😬 I may read Charleigh again in the future, but I'm officially done with her high school books.P.S. I'm half asleep right now so this review probably doesn't even make sense right now😅 will fix it up later.
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  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 'Lightning Love' Stars!ARC provided via Candi Kane PR in exchange for an honest review.It seems many of us have been waiting for Charleigh Rose’s new release for a while. Now it’s finally here and trust me, the wait was completely worth it! When I think of this author, I expect an engaging story, complex characters, a whole lot of angst and full-on steam and Tell Me Pretty Lies does not lack of any of that. Oh yes, get ready for Thayer and Shayne (and the whole Heartbreak Hill crew) because 4.5 'Lightning Love' Stars!ARC provided via Candi Kane PR in exchange for an honest review.It seems many of us have been waiting for Charleigh Rose’s new release for a while. Now it’s finally here and trust me, the wait was completely worth it! When I think of this author, I expect an engaging story, complex characters, a whole lot of angst and full-on steam and Tell Me Pretty Lies does not lack of any of that. Oh yes, get ready for Thayer and Shayne (and the whole Heartbreak Hill crew) because this ride is sure a wild one!Tell Me Pretty Lies is a NA romance and it looks like it’s becoming the first installment of a new series called Heartbreak Hill. As I said, it’s the story of Thayer Ames and Shayne Courtland. A forbidden romance that takes a turn after the death of Danny Ames, Thayer and Holden’s brother and Shayne’s step-brother. Thayer and Shayne had an instant connection and a secret relationship but their world is shaken after that tragic event. 9 months after, Shayne is back and lives are turned upside down all over again. Things have changed. Does Thayer really hate her now or is fate making its way in to make sure these two realize they need to be together? How can you simultaneously love and hate how a person makes you feel? I just knew Charleigh would not disappoint us! She keeps working her unique style, with new storylines and characters that I completely fell in love with. I loved Thayer, Shayne, Holden and Valen. What a wonderful crew! I am already loving Heartbreak Hill and all the mysteries around it. Tell Me Pretty Lies is surely a romance but it also has suspense and drama, and that is what made it such an entertaining read. I literally could not stop reading after I started it. I enjoyed every single moment of it and you’ll understand why if you read it too. “Tell me another lie.” His hand flattens against my stomach and slides beneath my shorts and underwear. My grip on his wrist is loose, hardly a protest. “Tell me more pretty little lies from these pretty little lips.” I loved the back and forth between Thayer and Shayne, the hate that is not really hate at all, their past, their connection and the emotions surrounding everything around them. Of course, do not doubt, Charleigh knows how to bring the heat and the chemistry was absolutely off the charts HAWT! But what makes this couple so wonderful is everything, that including their chemistry. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole story, with all its characters and the outstanding couple. So glad these two found their way back to each other after all! The lightning might have branded my skin, but Shayne branded whatever’s left of my heart. Therefore, I am rating Tell Me Pretty Lies with 4.5 STARS because the story was so entertaining, suspenseful, angsty and with some crazy hot and sweet moments that I loved. Thayer and Shayne’s connection was amazing and their chemistry explosive and just perfect! I cannot wait for Hunter’s story because I loved him just as much and I hope he ends with Valen lol Highly recommend this NA romance!CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:
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  • warhawke
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: NA Contemporary RomanceType: Book 1 of Heartbreak Hill seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Shayne Courtland lived in a blissful luxury for a few years when her mum got engaged to a wealthy man. A tragedy split the family apart until a year later when a situation brought them back to town. However, the town was no longer a welcoming home especially from Thayer Ames who used to be more than her family. Even though this book is classified as NA, it had a younger vibe. Still, I did enjoy th Genre: NA Contemporary RomanceType: Book 1 of Heartbreak Hill seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Shayne Courtland lived in a blissful luxury for a few years when her mum got engaged to a wealthy man. A tragedy split the family apart until a year later when a situation brought them back to town. However, the town was no longer a welcoming home especially from Thayer Ames who used to be more than her family. Even though this book is classified as NA, it had a younger vibe. Still, I did enjoy the story overall especially with the addition of some mystery/suspense elements. The old Thayer wasn’t exactly a boy scout, but this version? This version is cold and cruel and not the boy I fell for in that barn. I liked how Thayer was dark and broody while Shayne was a typical teenager. They had intense push and pull, but it felt trivial when their feelings were constantly contradictory to their actions with a flip of a coin. Thankfully the minimal depth of their relationship was made up by scorching sex scenes. Tell Me Pretty Lies is a story of finding love in difficult situations. It would appeal to readers looking for a pseudo forbidden, light bully Romance.Books in the series: For more reviews/interviews/promo visit:
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  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    2 😔😔⭐️sLet me tell you a pretty lie. I loved it. 😳The story felt out of place. The storyline’s flow was slightly messy, too many events without sequence. Several characters didn’t have a role with substance, solidity was lacking. Thayer and Shayne’s relationship didn’t convince me in the least! Regarding the guilty person of the story’s mystery aspect, it was insipid and complicated without reason.
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  • Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
    January 1, 1970
    I assumed I’d fall in love with this as enemies to lovers with some forbidden romance and constant torment from an anti-hero is an irresistible combination to me. You can picture my abject horror when I started to skim the shit outta this massive mess of miscommunication, pettish actions and the heroine’s confident thrill to remove clothes within the blandest romance ever. Shame too, Charleigh Rose wrote some memorable romances that made me appreciate her writing. Our story isn’t a fairy I assumed I’d fall in love with this as enemies to lovers with some forbidden romance and constant torment from an anti-hero is an irresistible combination to me. You can picture my abject horror when I started to skim the shit outta this massive mess of miscommunication, pettish actions and the heroine’s confident thrill to remove clothes within the blandest romance ever. Shame too, Charleigh Rose wrote some memorable romances that made me appreciate her writing. Our story isn’t a fairytale. More like a Shakespearean tragedy. Thayer Ames is such a bore, a common anti-hero with no substance, who resulted in me rolling my eyes into the back of my head on innumerous occasions it almost gave me an aneurysm. Naive me assumed there’d be some serious mean scenes, but Thayer’s actions are literally the equivalent of softcore porn. Medicore that left me unsatisfied and frustrated, I wanted to burst into tears. I hate anti-heroes who won’t redeem themselves with kinder actions and sweeter words—it isn’t hard to be mean and detached, the moodiest and broodiest character, but somehow full of charm. Thayer is straight up an asshole.What made this even harder to read is Shayne Courtland. She acts resilient, but the minute she’s touched by Thayer, her non-existent resistance shatters and her clothes are away in some heap with my exhausted emotions. I can’t stomach heroines with no backbone whatsoever in dark or enemies to lovers romance, and this heroine’s characterisation is more boring than a sheet of white paper. Calm nonchalance with some bite would’ve been a real treat to witness, but alas the heroine sits there with weakness and feeble-mindedness as she’s bullied. How can you simultaneously love and hate how a person makes you feel? I also want to make mention that there’s zero chemistry between Thayer and Shayne. Flashback scenes would’ve made this couple’s chemistry more believable, devised an established history and granted the overall romance much needed forgiveness. Some inner monologue would’ve assisted as well, because it’s difficult to view this “couple’s relationship” as more than lustful attraction when we’re told rather than shown that there’s more to it. It’s even more difficult to consider this enemies to lovers romance; it’s more “Thayer hates Shayne and uses women to incite jealousness.” Hurl.Tell Me Pretty Lies missed its intention. I love this author’s writing, but fuck me dead, this romance frustrated me to no end. One excitable outcome is eventually learning what transpired between Valen and Holden—I need some worthwhile, dramatic after-effect to be invested in post-shit show. But we’ll see.Follow me on: Blog | Instagram
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  • Eli
    January 1, 1970
    dnf at 47%this was so bad, i don't even feel like talking shit about it 😴
  • Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
    January 1, 1970
    ➳ Rate: 4,5 / 5 starsTell Me Pretty Lies turned out to be sooo much better than I ever could imagine. I had not expected it to be suspensful or mysterious but it was and I LOVED it.Thayer and Shayne were both characters that were deeply hurting due to this one tragic event that connected them and everything that came after it. They shared a beautiful connection that was hard to ignore, even with the mess that was their lives. Tragedy, grief and a painful death separated them but their lightning ➳ Rate: 4,5 / 5 starsTell Me Pretty Lies turned out to be sooo much better than I ever could imagine. I had not expected it to be suspensful or mysterious but it was and I LOVED it.Thayer and Shayne were both characters that were deeply hurting due to this one tragic event that connected them and everything that came after it. They shared a beautiful connection that was hard to ignore, even with the mess that was their lives. Tragedy, grief and a painful death separated them but their lightning connection brought them back together one year later. I loved their messy and angsty relationship. They were a brewing storm that fired lightning whenever they were together. It was amazing and they were sexy, emotional and just fire. I loved that it was all a little slow burn, a touch here and there and it took a while for things to progress. I absolutely adored Holden and I really hope he will get his own book because after reading one of those last party scenes... I NEED IT! I really hope this wasn't the last we've seen of this crew and that Charleigh will give us more stories in this word, not just Holden's but Grey's too! They were a messy, complicated bunch but it all stemmed from grief, anger, guilt from that one tragic, heartbreaking day that completely changed their lives. Charleigh gave us another amazing couple and introduced us to an awesome new world with Shayne and Thayer. Tell Me Pretty Lies pulled me in from the start to finish; it was the perfect combination of suspense, heat and a slow burn second chance romance. ➳ARC kindly provided by author, in exchange for an honest review.➳ AVAILABLE NOW!!! Order at: Amazon UK ⁕ Amazon US ➳ Follow me on: Blog ⁕ Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: April 5, 2020 Actual Rating: 4.25 stars New Adult | Angsty Romance First and foremost, I need to address the fact that Charleigh Rose writes incredible romances. She amps up the angst like no other and continuously writes characters that her readers WANT to read about. Her love stories are gritty, but the underlying emotion is epic. You can feel the chemistry hit you intensely, and you can also see it happening like a movie. I truly admire the way she writes, and this book is no Release Date: April 5, 2020 Actual Rating: 4.25 stars New Adult | Angsty Romance First and foremost, I need to address the fact that Charleigh Rose writes incredible romances. She amps up the angst like no other and continuously writes characters that her readers WANT to read about. Her love stories are gritty, but the underlying emotion is epic. You can feel the chemistry hit you intensely, and you can also see it happening like a movie. I truly admire the way she writes, and this book is no different than what I felt about her previous novels. If you have yet to read one of Charleigh’s books you are truly missing out. I highly recommend giving any one of them a try so you can see what I mean!With that being said, Tell Me Pretty Lies is a standalone, new adult romance that takes place in a high school setting. I consider it to be new adult rather than young adult because there is quite a bit of detailed sex in the book. I also don’t think the characters necessarily act their ages (17 and 18) and consider them to be a little bit older based on their actions. Charleigh mixes both an angsty, enemies to lover’s trope with a little bit of suspense and mystery. There’s drama, bully tendencies, and a ton of grit between these pages. Some may say this is also a stepbrother romance as the characters USED to be step siblings. I don’t particularly consider it this type of romance because the parents never married, but some might based on the fact that they could have potentially become related. Shayne and Thayer are at the forefront of this story. They had a little love connection in the past, but when Thayer’s brother dies, he cuts it off immediately because he thinks her brother had something to do with his brothers’ death. Shayne moves away for a year hoping to get over the brooding bad boy but when her mother moves them back to town a showdown occurs. Good girl versus bad boy. Bad boy can’t stand her anymore and does everything in his power to make her WANT to move away (this is where the bullying comes in). But the good girl won’t take his crap and fights back. So, what will become of them?As with any bully type romance you know eventually that the characters will get together. Doesn’t matter if one is painted a murderer or the other is painted as a villain for the traumatic things her does. It’s the journey to the HEA that makes the story what it is. I won’t detail every little thing that happens because that would spoil it for any reader, but I will say that it’s certainly a rollercoaster ride. I don’t mean in an emotional sense either. It’s harsh, sometimes cruel, but also dizzyingly romantic. I loved Thayer and Shayne together- through all the ups and the downs- and watching the two come together through everything was extremely enjoyable. I do wish the author added a few more details (the prologue discussed some stuff that didn’t come through the rest of the book), but for the most part liked this one a lot. There were some fantastic secondary characters who I hope get books next too and turn this standalone into an interconnected series. Fingers crossed! If you’re looking for an angsty and gritty read, then this is definitely a great book to pick up! Charleigh can write the heck out of romance and I recommend many of her books to fans of the genre!
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  • nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I’m going to be in the minority here but I need to stay true to myself and be honest...Firstly let me say, I am a HUGE Charleigh Rose fan; Bad Habit is one of my all time favourites and I’ve read it so many times. I had huge hopes for TMPL and am so fucking in love with that cover...but I just didn’t get that spark that I usually do when reading a CR book for the first time. I didn’t believe in Thayer and Shaynes relationship at all, and even though they had major sexual chemistry, I just didn’t I’m going to be in the minority here but I need to stay true to myself and be honest...Firstly let me say, I am a HUGE Charleigh Rose fan; Bad Habit is one of my all time favourites and I’ve read it so many times. I had huge hopes for TMPL and am so fucking in love with that cover...but I just didn’t get that spark that I usually do when reading a CR book for the first time. I didn’t believe in Thayer and Shaynes relationship at all, and even though they had major sexual chemistry, I just didn’t feel the connection. I also felt like some of the major plot issues were dealt with way too quickly at the end, and a lot of the drama surrounded certain characters that I didn’t really care about. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it. 3 stars is still a pretty good rating as far as I’m concerned, but i just wasn’t blown away by it. I will more than likely carry on reading the series because I was super invested in Holden and Valen and feel like their story is going to have way more tension and chemistry. I LOVED Holden and he was kind of the saving grace for me, and I lived for the scenes he was in. Maybe the problem is me...there are so many 5 star reviews for this book that it makes me think I’ve missed something...or it’s maybe just a case of my expectations being too high because of how much I love CR’s other books.
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  • Dayena
    January 1, 1970
    This booooookkkkkk. Ugh. I wanted to love it. But come on, it is one cliche after the other and also very YA. This is probably the 10th high school bully romance novel I’ve read that basically has the same plot line, with some minor differences. “If you let me walk out that door, Thayer, I promise you I won’t be coming back.” Anddddd what do you know, she came back...in the next chapter.I have been very excited about this read but it really did not live up to my expectations at all. It tries to This booooookkkkkk. Ugh. I wanted to love it. But come on, it is one cliche after the other and also very YA. This is probably the 10th high school bully romance novel I’ve read that basically has the same plot line, with some minor differences. “If you let me walk out that door, Thayer, I promise you I won’t be coming back.” Anddddd what do you know, she came back...in the next chapter.I have been very excited about this read but it really did not live up to my expectations at all. It tries to have the whole forbidden romance thing to it but falls short. Shayne has no backbone. She never once puts her foot down when Thayer treats her horribly. She *says* she is going to, she *says* she won’t allow this or that but all of those thoughts get thrown out the window as soon as she sees him, every.single.time. Even the ending was extremely weak. Sad, was hoping for a lot more from this book.Also, side note, did we ever learn who that random guy was that Shayne’s mom was snuggled up to that one night? Maybe I missed that somewhere.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I’ve read this story before.. cruel prince by ashley jade? hmmit was a good book but nothing ground breaking or worth the hype.3 ish stars
  • Pick a Book
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsSo this was my first read of Charleigh Rose and for certain it won't be the last. TELL ME PRETTY LIES was a great read. I thought the beginning of the book was a little confusing because we don't get an introduction. It appears we enter in the middle of something. But after 30% I was curious about everyone and wanted to know what happened. I thought I would hate Thayer and fall for him only at the end but I didn't hate him, even in the beginning. I kinda understood where his anger came fr 4 starsSo this was my first read of Charleigh Rose and for certain it won't be the last. TELL ME PRETTY LIES was a great read. I thought the beginning of the book was a little confusing because we don't get an introduction. It appears we enter in the middle of something. But after 30% I was curious about everyone and wanted to know what happened. I thought I would hate Thayer and fall for him only at the end but I didn't hate him, even in the beginning. I kinda understood where his anger came from. I loved how he "hated" Shayne but he couldn't be away from her. They said Shayne was different before she moved and then came back, didn't fight or discuss much with anyone. But I loved the version we meet, the spitfire version of her. The story has a mystery and I had my theories but I didn't get any of them right and I loved that. I love when an author can still surprise us. And what about the hotness of this book? OMG! The book isn't all about sex, but the scenes we get is HOT HOT HOT! TELL ME PRETTY LIES is a great read. I also loved the other characters of this book and I hope to see a story about Holden someday. I highly recommend it. * I received an ARC of this book. ______4 estrelasEntão, essa foi minha primeira leitura de Charleigh Rose e, com certeza, não será a última.  TELL ME PRETTY LIES foi uma ótima leitura.Achei o começo do livro um pouco confuso porque não recebemos uma introdução.  Parece que somos jogarmos no meio de um acontecimento. Mas, depois de 30%, eu estava já estava curiosa sobre todos e queria saber o que aconteceu.Pensei que odiaria Thayer e me apaixonaria por ele apenas no final, mas não o odiei, mesmo no começo.  Eu meio que entendi de onde veio a raiva dele.  Amei como ele "odiava" a Shayne, mas não conseguia ficar longe dela.Eles disseram que a Shayne era diferente antes de se mudar e depois voltar, não brigava ou discutia muito com ninguém.  Mas adorei a versão que é apresentada, a versão com temperamento forte dela.A história tem um mistério e eu tinha minhas teorias, mas não acertei nenhuma delas e adorei.  Adoro quando um autor ainda consegue nos surpreender.  E o fogo deste livro? OMG!  O livro não é cheio de sexo, mas as cenas que obtemos são suuuuuuper QUENTE QUENTE QUENTE!TELL ME PRETTY LIES é uma ótima leitura.  Eu tamby amei os outros personagens deste livro e espero ver uma história sobre o Holden algum dia.  Recomendo.* Recebi um ARC desse livro.
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  • ABookLover73
    January 1, 1970
    FIVE THUNDER STARS for Shayne and Thayer 💖💜!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟LOVE THIS BOOK!"Tell Me Pretty Lies" is a new adult and ex-stepbrother romance with a lot of twists and turns that will make you read this book without break just to find out what will happen the next.Shayne and Thayer's relationship is unusual and complex.They fought against their feelings for each other but in the end attraction and love which they felt for one another won.I love their chemistry!Shayne is a female character who usually doesn't FIVE THUNDER STARS for Shayne and Thayer 💖💜!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟LOVE THIS BOOK!"Tell Me Pretty Lies" is a new adult and ex-stepbrother romance with a lot of twists and turns that will make you read this book without break just to find out what will happen the next.Shayne and Thayer's relationship is unusual and complex.They fought against their feelings for each other but in the end attraction and love which they felt for one another won.I love their chemistry!Shayne is a female character who usually doesn't show her emotions no matter how much her feelings are hurt.Her love for Thayer is strong and unconditional even when he broke her heart for a thousand times.Thayer is a male character who is fear to show his emotions because he was hurt in the past and that's the main reason why he is hot and cold to Shayne.But, in the end, everything change...If you loved Charleigh's previous books, then you should read this one!P.S. Can't wait for Valen and Holden's book 😍❤🔥!!!Highly recommended!!!
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  • Miftahul
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so i am not a big fan of charleigh’s books cuz i literally hated the bad love series but i was intrigued to read this once since i really like the cover idk why, and i kinds liked it. Compared to the books i have read written by her, tell me pretty lies is PRETTY good. I loved the chemistry and the writing style was amazing. I couldnt put down the book cuz i liked reading it so much. It was like typical highschool romance book but wayyyy better than the highschool-romance-books-where-studen Okay so i am not a big fan of charleigh’s books cuz i literally hated the bad love series but i was intrigued to read this once since i really like the cover idk why, and i kinds liked it. Compared to the books i have read written by her, tell me pretty lies is PRETTY good. I loved the chemistry and the writing style was amazing. I couldnt put down the book cuz i liked reading it so much. It was like typical highschool romance book but wayyyy better than the highschool-romance-books-where-students-behave-like-mafias, idk but this book had that highschool student touch where i connected with the characters so easily. Everything went with a flow and i loved it but i wish there was scenes or pages where it showed Thayer and Shayne’s back story, like how they met, how they became friends. A lot was missing since the story started from the middle, i really wanted to know how they were back then, before they started hating each other, how their relationships were when they stayed in the same house. The beginning of the story was intresting, but towards the end it was rushed up, where it should be the opposite because at the end the real culprit was revealed. I lovvveeedd the chemistry between Thayer and Shayne, it was damn hot but Shayne is like your typical weak heroine who chooses her “lust-love” over her self respect and i hated it. Thayer treated her so badly but she forgave him each time, ugh i hate characters like that. Even tho it was easy to connect with the “new” Shayne a lot but i couldnt really understand her since Holden and Thayer kept saying she changed a lot, before all their drama, Shayne was shy types? Thats why i wanted to know her back story and how she was before when she met Thayer so it would have been easy to know their characters more.However, I looveed Holden and Valen. I need their book asap, i loved them more than Thayer and Shayne. The heat between them was hard to miss 🔥. Now back to the main characters, the plot was kinda suspenseful which made it interesting to read and there was a depressing vibe and i was here for it. Overall, it wasnt that bad and since i am not a fan of highschool romance book but read them anyway, tell me pretty lies was kinda amazing.
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  • Simran
    January 1, 1970
    It’s FINALLY HERE. 😍😍Starting this today ♥️
  • Brit *My Little Book Nook*
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed Tell Me Pretty Lies once I got into it. I’m not sure if it was slow to start, if it took me a minute to jive with the internal narrative, or if I was just in a quarantine-induced slumpy mood, but I wasn’t hooked right away. Even with the VERY intriguing opening scene and the quick, almost-steam action, I struggled. But once it picked up, it picked up. This was a perfect example of aN angsty teenage enemies-to-lovers, second chance NA romance. Definitely. Can Thayer be an ass I thoroughly enjoyed Tell Me Pretty Lies once I got into it. I’m not sure if it was slow to start, if it took me a minute to jive with the internal narrative, or if I was just in a quarantine-induced slumpy mood, but I wasn’t hooked right away. Even with the VERY intriguing opening scene and the quick, almost-steam action, I struggled. But once it picked up, it picked up. This was a perfect example of aN angsty teenage enemies-to-lovers, second chance NA romance. Definitely. Can Thayer be an asshat? Yup. Is he a commitment-phobic, closed off, douchey bad boy with a secret sweet spot and capability for soul-crushing love? Yup. Did I end up loving him and sympathizing with him through it all? Yup yup . The characters were likable and fun. I loved Thayer, I loved Holden (who doesn’t love a goofy playboy?), I loved Valen, and I really liked Shayne. They were very complicated characters when you take into consideration their very complicated histories. There were MANY steamy scenes, definitely 5/5 🔥 emojis, and Thayer and Shayne have that hot, forbidden love magnetism that I crave in a good taboo story. Butttt, what really set this book apart for me were the twisty surprises that kept me on my toes with ever evolving theories. I wasn’t expecting a mystery and betrayal to be woven into the plot, and I LOVED it. This only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I would have liked more of the beginnings of their relationship. The chemistry was there, but seeing the build up of it would have been perfect. This would have made an awesome duet, with TMPL being part two. So anyway, if you’re a fan of a forbidden second chance enemies-to-lovers plots full of heat, twists, and NA angst, check out Tell Me Pretty Lies. I enjoyed it, the HEA gave me all the warm and fuzzies, and I am giving the book 4 strong stars.Get TMPL here https://amzn.to/3ec3c70
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  • benevolent bastard
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so here’s my thoughts on this. Very cliché to say the least. The plot was interesting. So much potential. However I felt like this genre of “bullying” has been done many times before. Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy resents girl and then boy loves girl again. It’s an endless cycle. Give me more. Like with every bully novel like this the supporting characters are the same. The hero has a brother or best friend who’s a man whore who kinda has a thing for the heroine’s best friend. So they Okay so here’s my thoughts on this. Very cliché to say the least. The plot was interesting. So much potential. However I felt like this genre of “bullying” has been done many times before. Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy resents girl and then boy loves girl again. It’s an endless cycle. Give me more. Like with every bully novel like this the supporting characters are the same. The hero has a brother or best friend who’s a man whore who kinda has a thing for the heroine’s best friend. So they’ll probably get a book. I felt like I’ve read thousands of book like this. Same plot. Same characters just different names. I love this authors work don’t get me wrong. I just think this book wasn’t for me. Or maybe I’m growing out of it? Sigh. I hope you enjoy if you’re thinking of picking it up.
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  • Gracie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a complete and utter mess. It really was.The Main female is annoying. She’s such an unlikeable character. The way the MMC treats her... and she just keeps coming back. Ughhh! Omg and the Main male, he is the worst. He’s a complete idiot. He’s rude, selfish, egotistical and downright dumb.
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  • ari_romancebooks
    January 1, 1970
    I’m disappointed, this was so boring and its a shame cuz I truly like this author but this book just wasn’t IT. The Héroe was so LAME and the heroine so CLICHE. And the worst part is It didn’t make me feel SHIT. And the reason I am a reader is TO FEEL , ANYTHING BUT FEEL. Just go and read Cruel Prince By A.Jade is the same book but better.
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  • maddison
    January 1, 1970
    i like it for being someone who is not really into this kinda bully romance books🤷🏼‍♀️
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