Book Review: Lies in Rewind

“Lies in Rewind” (Audio Fools Book 2),

by Tali Alexander

Publisher: Tali Alexander Books Inc.; June 24, 2015

lies in rewindSynopsis: New York City attorney Sara Klein has created a perfect world for herself with her beautiful lies. A world in which she is the object of every man’s fantasies and the envy of every woman. Only one man knows the truth about the dark secret Sara is hiding, the only man she’s ever loved and can never have.

But Sara’s world of lies starts to unravel the day sexy British heir William “Liam” Knight storms into her life. He’s seeking revenge and answers for past betrayals, and will use anyone he can to get them. An unlikely friendship between two lonely hearts seeking solace turns into love that will shatter a lifetime of lies, span two continents, and leave Sara facing the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help her God.

LIES IN REWIND is the second book in the Audio Fools series that follows the love lives of two best friends, Emily and Sara. This novel could be enjoyed as a standalone, however, it is highly recommended to first read and meet these characters inside the pages of LOVE IN REWIND (Book one) prior to reading this book, for a more complete experience.

I am so excited that I had the opportunity to read “Lies in Rewind,” by Tali Alexander! I recently read and fell in love with the first book in the Audio Fools series, “Love in Rewind,” and I was just as engrossed in this one as I was the first. This novel focuses on Emily’s best friend Sara, Liam Knight, and Jeffrey Rossi. It picks up where the last one left off (although it can be read as a standalone), when Sara has been evicted from her apartment by her ex-husband, and Emily is desperately seeking her best friend to tell her about what really happened in St. Lucia. Sara is in a dark place, haunted by the secret life between her and Jeffrey. Emily is trying to come to terms with the Liam situation, and Louis is busy trying to keep Liam away from Emily. When Sara sets up a meeting with Liam to try to get him to leave Sara and Louis alone, a uniquely strong bond quickly forms between the two of them. Most of the novel then focuses on Sara opening up to Liam and telling him about who she really is, not who Louis and Emily think she is. The more they talk and share about their pasts, the more they are pulled into one another.

Here’s what I loved about this novel:

  1. We finally get the back story on Sara and Jeffrey, their relationship, and his wife, Jacqueline. Sara rocks but she is not at all as she appeared in Book 1.
  2. The real Liam comes into focus. Again, he’s not at all as he appeared in Book 1, and quite honestly, he’s adorable and funny and romantic.
  3. The Louis/Isa issue is explained further. Louis has become brutally honest and forthcoming with Emily, Sara, Liam, etc. about Isa and what really happened between them.
  4. Of course, I loved seeing more of Louis and Emily. They continue to strengthen their marriage and he is still completely lovable and yummy. And, they are very generous, forgiving, and supportive concerning their friends.

Here’s what I didn’t love about this novel:

  1. Nothing!

Despite everything learned in this novel, I still think Jeffrey is an ass and was happy to see Sara trying to put the pieces of her life together. “Lies in Rewind” is a beautiful example of the freedom that comes with telling the truth, as well as, how committed friends can be to helping one another. Tali Alexander’s writing is once again so realistic that there are several times that you not only empathize with Sara, but it’s as if you can feel the weight she carries in her heart and soul. As the story progresses and things get out into the open, you can also feel that weight start to lift. There are plenty of frustrating moments between Sara and Liam, but ultimately you find yourself on pins and needles waiting to see what will happen between them. Once again, the author scatters a variety of 80’s songs throughout the novel, which makes for an incredibly sweet moment – but I can’t tell you because it would be a spoiler!

If you have not yet read either of the books in this series, they are both must-reads. Tali Alexander goes far above and beyond writing romance novels. Her books are not only gripping and relatable, they transport you into the story and the lives of the characters. When you read this book, you will feel as if the author took all of your likes and dislikes in books, and wrote it just for you.

Learn more about the author by visiting Tali Alexander’s web page!

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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