Tuesday, November 12, 2013

All The Pretty Lies by Michelle Leighton

“Live, no regrets”
Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.

In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.

Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.
How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got


I take another step toward him, building up the nerve to just do it, just kiss him.  But Hemi surprises me when he takes the step that will bring us near enough to touch.
He’s so close, my chest almost brushes his every time I inhale. I sway toward him the tiniest bit, craving the contact.  With him.  A perfect stranger.
“Sloane,” he whispers, the sound of my name on his lips bringing chills to my arms again.  He reaches out to push my hair back over my shoulder.  His fingertips linger on the skin of my neck before they fall away.
“Hemi,” I sigh, melting into the heat of his eyes.  I knew there was something between us. Well, I’d hoped. Hoped I wasn’t imagining it. But now I know I wasn’t.  It’s there, staring out at me from behind his hooded midnight eyes. Blatant and unabashed, he wants me.  And I want him, too.
“You need to walk out that door and never come back.”
My heart stops.  Of all the things I thought he might say, this came out of nowhere.  “What?” I ask in a small, uncertain voice.
“You need to leave.  And don’t look back.”
I scramble to recover.  “But…but what about the rest of my tattoo?”
“I’m not talking about your tattoo and you know it.”
“Then what are you talking about?” I inquire, playing dumb to save what’s left of my crumbling pride.
“I’m talking about you.  And me.  This. Us.”
“There is no us.”
“There will be in about thirty seconds if you don’t get the hell out of here.”
“What if I don’t want to leave?” I’m confused. Is he saying that he wants me?  Or that he wants me to go?
“I’m not asking.”
“Why what?”
“Why do you want me to go?”
“Because guys like me change girls like you.”
“Girls like me?”
“Innocent girls.”
“What if I’m not that innocent?”
His lips quirk in a wry grin.  “Oh, you’re exactly that innocent.  I can practically smell it on you. Sweet, pure, untouched.  And, if I’m being honest, I’d like nothing better than to taste that on the tip of my tongue.”
“Then what’s stopping you?”
I watch him wrestle with…something.  “I don’t have the time or the inclination to get involved in ruining someone else’s life.”
“What makes you think you’d ruin my life?”
“Oh, trust me.  I would.”
“But nothing.  For tonight, I’ll be the good guy you need me to be.  Whether you know you need it or not. I’m asking you to leave, Sloane.  But I promise you—promise you—that if you so much as darken my doorway again, I won’t let you walk back out again.”
I’m torn between heady elation and harsh rejection.  “Hemi—”
“Go, little girl,” he says softly.  “Go before I change my mind.”

First off I am a huge fan of Michelle Leighton. The Wild Ones has been my number one book from her up until now. All The Pretty Lies blew me away!

Hemi, 28 year old, tattooed, 68 cameo driving, aviator sunglass wearing, Hemi. He is your bad boy to the core, and I am head over heels for him! Hemi has been on a mission for about two years to bring justice for someone close to him… and he will not let anything stand in his way.

Sloane is a senior in college, majoring in art. She just turned 21 and decided it’s time to take over her life. Her mom died when Sloane was 7 years old from Leukemia, which was a BIG hit to her family. Being the baby sister and daughter, of three older brothers and dad who are all cops has been hard on her. She’s basically been locked away in her ivory tower her whole life. Well not anymore.

Just minutes after she turns 21 she takes her best friend Sarah with her to get a tattoo. Her tattoo artist just so happens to be Hemi. Immediately there is spark when they meet. Hemi knows he doesn’t have time for the virginal Sloane and yes, he can tell she is virginal in every way. He likes his women a bit experienced...

“Since the ripe old age of fourteen, when I nailed my first piece of cougar ass, I’ve always preferred experienced women. The wilder the better. I’ve never taken a girl’s virginity, nor do I want to. I want a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. And one who knows where the door is before I get out of the bathroom”

but there is just something about Sloane that he can’t shake.

After a few visits to get the tattoo finished Hemi warns Sloane he’s not good for her and to stay away. Both have major secrets that could be a huge hit to their relationship if and when those secrets come out. Does she listen? Does he listen to himself? Of course not. They get busy mixing business with pleasure. 

"I may not be able to give you breakfasts and promises but I can give you pleasure like you’ve never even dreamed of. That will have to be enough”

“I don’t want promises. Most of the time, promises are just pretty lies. They’re word designed to make others feel better. But in the end, they’re still just lies. Disappointing lies. So don’t worry about making me promises. I’d rather have your truth”

Now after they mix everything up, will someone or something get in their way? Be ready for a wild ride that will keep you guessing until the end. Tons of mystery, suspense, and steamy scenes. What Michelle Leighton book would it be if you didn’t get a bar/shots scene? Bring on the Tequila Shots *fans self*!! You get the best of everything!

This story is one you MUST read! I’m hoping we will get more on Hemi’s siblings. Sloane’s siblings and her Dad in this series. Their characters intrigued me quite a bit and now I need more! Oh and one last thing…. I’m sending my husband to buy us a sauna and he’s only allowed to enter if he has a bucket filled with bottles of water and ice…. ;)

I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it's there. I believe that I'm shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can't be sure because I haven't met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer's too hot, winter's too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.

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