Perfect Lie

Perfect Lie

4.1 28
by Teresa Mummert
     
 
Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought.

That's why Brock and I never had a chance. I had to start my life over. College was my chance to become someone new. I changed everything about myself to fit in, but one person saw through my facade.

The attraction between Abel and I was undeniable, but I
still hadn't healed from

Overview

Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought.

That's why Brock and I never had a chance. I had to start my life over. College was my chance to become someone new. I changed everything about myself to fit in, but one person saw through my facade.

The attraction between Abel and I was undeniable, but I
still hadn't healed from the painful secret I carried around with me. Abel struggled to get me to face my past in order to move forward. In doing so, he revealed a secret of his own; one that changed everything I thought I knew.

A secret that would bring Brock back into my life and force me to face the truth of what really happened the day I lost him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491291696
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/08/2013
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
877,714
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Perfect Lie 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as an ARC for an honest review.  I gave this book 4 stars. I struggled with giving her 4 stars I wanted to do 5, I will explain below why I did 4 and not 5. DO NOT READ ANY SPOILERS !! REPEAT! DO NOT READ ANY SPOILERS ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!!! YOU WILL REGRET IT IF YOU DO!! Hold on you are in for one hell of a ride!!!!!  This is the first book that  I have read from Teresa.  This is Delilah & Able's book.  Ok! This is the kind of book that I have been staring at the computer trying to leave a review for over 30 mins. I go and do something come back and stare some more and realized I have been trying to do this review for over half an hour.  MIND BLOWN!! I thought I saw it coming. I really did but then BAM! NOPE not even close ! I got part of it right. But the most important part not so much.   Delilah is basically hated by her mom she says she was a mistake, she should never have been born, she gets bullied at school and can't take it anymore. When she tries to run away her mom ends up putting her in a shelter of sorts for bad kids. This is where she meets Brock the one person she connects with, who understands her and doesn't judge her no matter what. He is a bad boy, so perfect in her mind because he accepts her and makes her feels safe and wanted.  Some things happen and they end up not being together and Lie moves on to another state and starts college and this is where she meets Trish her roommate. Trish is a partier and is basically a wild child who doesn't know when to stop when it comes to guys and drugs. Lie meets Able and his friends one night when she goes with Trish to a party. And Able sees right away that she is not like Trish, and sets out to get to know her better. But after all she has been through can she open up to Able and give her life a second chance?  Ok .. this is why I only gave it four stars. I felt like the story was not finished. We only find out about this big twist in the book at about 96% into the book. And then it is bam and you get all this information and your mind is totally blown, I re read the last part of the book 4 times, and I got it. And then I thought about it most of last night and today and understood mostly all of it. But I think maybe if we would have been hit with it at about 85% in we could have had a lot more detail after we had that bomb dropped on us. More detail as to why things happened the way they did. Why things were the way they were now. And what happens after the fact. Without giving anything away, maybe find out what happens with Trish, and Able's friends. I know there is probably going to be another story. But I felt that this one was unfinished not just because of the ending, but because of a lot of stuff I can't explain without spoilers.  ALL in all this book was amazing and I loved it. That is the only problem I had. BUT I would def still read it! This took some serious courage to write this book. It is written very well. AND I will for sure be reading more from this Author. She is very talented.  Thank you Teresa for a great story with a big WOW factor!! I hope you continue this story and give us many more details is to why things turned out like they did.. I also read her review after I was done with the book and it helped me so much more to understand things when she explained them better. I wish that some of that had been put into the book.  All in all a wonderful story.  <3 The end.
MeganRC More than 1 year ago
Wow! Another great book from Teresa Mummert! From the very beginning I was drawn into the story. It was a serious page turner and had me reading for all I was worth to get to the next scene and in the back of my mind I was trying to figure everything out. The dynamic between the characters is really unique in this story. There is Delilah who is emotionally damaged and is struggling to make a new life for herself. She has memories of Brock, the first boy she loved. And then there is Abel who comes into her new life and the interactions between them is passionate and volatile. They are full of witty sarcasm and banter one minute and yelling at each other the next. Brock and Abel are built slightly different and have different coloring but they both are well muscled and very sexy. All of the characters had unique personalities and I found myself feeling all kinds of emotions on their behalf. The engaging characters, highly intriguing plot, and a little bit of mystery all came together for a fantastic book that blew me away. I found myself thinking about this book long after I finished it and to me, that is the sign of a great book. Fantastic job and a 5 out of 5 stars from me!
Just_Booked_Monique More than 1 year ago
**JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an Honest Review** HOW DO YOU MOVE FORWARD WHEN THE PAST HAUNTS YOU AND YOU ONLY FIND YOURSELF ONLY MOVING SIDEWAYS IN LIFE? Perfect Lie is about broken spirited girl named, Delilah (Lie) Monroe, whom has been trying to deal with her past. As a young girl, her mother never wanted her, her schoolmates bullied her, and she never felt loved. Until Delilah meets Brock, Delilah for the first time felt loved and safe.  “Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought. You become a walking shell that can no longer function without your significant other whispering into your soul, telling your heart to beat.”- Delilah Brock was not only Delilah’s rock, but she too was saving him from a trouble life. Brock was also fighting his own demons with his family.  “I don’t want to fix you, Bird. I want you to fix me. “- Brock Delilah finds herself moving away from Mississippi to go to college in Florida for a new beginning. She also decides to change her appearance, because she wants a fresh start in life. While attending a party, she meets Abel Jensen. Delilah finds herself equally attracted to Abel as she was to Brock, but she senses Abel is also fighting some demons too. Her attraction grows fonder with Abel at time, because he always her hero in a time of need. Abel also knows that Delilah is different from the other girls in his past and cannot walk away from the attraction he has with even though she has been pushing him away. Abel is determined to find out more about Delilah and her relationship with Brock.  “ You’re my forever. He was a lesson. “- Delilah What will Delilah choose a life by herself, Brock, or Abel? Will Delilah haunting demons from her past ever set free, so she could move forward with her future? Will she ever find her happy ever after fairy-tale?   “You’re free, Bird. I set you free. “  Author Teresa Mummert’s romance novel, Perfect Lie, has done an AMAZING job writing an EMOTIONAL LOVE STORY capturing your HEART and SOUL immediately unable to put the book down. You will feel a roller coaster with twists and turns of emotions including LOVE, LOST, COMPASSION, BETRAYAL, DISTRUST, FORGIVENESS, and FRIENDSHIP. I rate Teresa Mummert’s novel, Perfect Lie – 4.5 WONDERFUL STARS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pretty good... very quick twist at the end and I had to go back and re-read it because it was so out of left field, but it was a decent book. Seemed like Abel and Delilah were constantly fighting for most of the book and then loved each other all of the sudden, but overall a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little intense for my liking as far as the sex and drugs. And i totaly agree with the first review about being confused about the ending and having to go back and read a few things but once i got it i was like "AH! OK, i get it and i like it!" In fact...until the ending i wasnt totaly sure i liked the book. I was pretty sure there wasnt going to be a happy ending which made me think it was a horribly depressing book. But the ending totaly changed my mind and tied it all together for me. Not a bad read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW!! Read this book in one day!! Could not put it down until I finished it...The ending was a WTH? moment and I had to reread the last couple of chapters ...LOL
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ShawnaShauntia More than 1 year ago
I want to first go on record to say that Ms. Mummert has to be one of my favorite few authors. Honestly her writing actually helped me get back into reading since my younger days. Since I’ve had nothing but good experiences with her work, when I seen that she had a tour/review opportunity for Perfect Lie I knew I would love this as well. Perfect Lie was nothing what I originally expected it threw me for a complete loop and I actually enjoyed. I couldn’t put down. I will admit the first 20 to 30% moved somewhat slow causing me to look at some of the other the reviews. For the most part they were on a positive then I seen Ms. Mummert posted spoilers. The curiosity in me could not leave it alone and I indulged in the spoilers. It like looking at the big read button and being told not to push it. Luckily reading the spoilers didn’t ruin the story for me it actually helped me understand a few things. Perfect Lie  had most of the things I love and look for in any book. Angst and flawed characters which there was a plenty. Delilah (Lie) childhood sucks to say the least, she was tragically drawn to abusive people and she cried...a lot. At one point it almost became some what annoying. Not to mention she allowed people to run all over her. Trish only 3 words to describe her...I Despised her. Brock for some odd reason I had a soft spot for him and yet he also gave off that psycho boyfriend vibe. His need / obsession to protect Lie was much. Abel he’s cocky and cute at the same time. I couldn’t figure out if I liked him or not In the End I decided he’s a winner. If there is a followup to Perfect Lie I will definitely be there wanting to continue the enjoyment of theses two journey. **An arc copy was gifted to me by the author in exchange of my honest opinion**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't love the book but I kept reading because I had to know the ending. The beginning was really slow for me. I wanted to know about where Lie was now and the book went from her past to present which was confusing at times. The ending really was a shocker in more than 1 way. I can't say I would recommend it though.
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Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
Okay first let me say I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It is a very emotional book but left me with a lot of questions!! Both Delilah and Abel lived through tragedies that brought them together. Lie was trying to forget her past and change herself while Abel accepted his but lived with guilt. Brock was part of Lie's past so we see him through her memories. The most confusing part is the ending and epilogue. I got totally lost and didn't understand why Brock got one fate but James didn't get the same, which in my opinion he should have. I would have liked a little more explanation as to what was going on. I still give it 5 stars and definitely have a book hangover now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story, hate rhe editing. Sorry to say but every book that I've read of yours always habe poor editing and it's really annoying
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
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ShawnaSurvey More than 1 year ago
I want to first go on record to say that Ms. Mummert has to be one of my favorite few authors. Honestly her writing actually helped me get back into reading since my younger days. Since I’ve had nothing but good experiences with her work, when I seen that she had a tour/review opportunity for Perfect Lie I knew I would love this as well.  Perfect Lie was nothing what I originally expected it threw me for a complete loop and I actually enjoyed. I couldn't put down. I will admit the first 20 to 30% moved somewhat slow causing me to look at some of the other the reviews. For the most part they were on a positive then I seen Ms. Mummert posted spoilers. The curiosity in me could not leave it alone and I indulged in the spoilers. It like looking at the big read button and being told not to push it. Luckily reading the spoilers didn't ruin the story for me it actually helped me understand a few things.  Perfect Lie  had most of the things I love and look for in any book. Angst and flawed characters which there was a plenty. Delilah (Lie) childhood sucks to say the least, she was tragically drawn to abusive people and she cried...ALOT. At one point it almost became some what annoying. Not to mention she allowed people to run all over her. Trish only 3 words to describe her...I Despised her. Brock for some odd reason I had a soft spot for him and yet he also gave off that psycho boyfriend vibe. His need / obsession to protect Lie was much. Abel he’s cocky and cute at the same time. I couldn't figure out if I liked him or not In the End I decided he’s a winner. If there is a followup to Perfect Lie I will definitely be there wanting to continue the enjoyment of theses two journey.  **an arc copy was provided to by the author in exchange for my honest opinion** Please check out my blog at shawnasurvey dot blogspot dot com.  Follow me on Twitter @shawnasurvey. Like me on Facebook at facebook dot com / shawnasurvey
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on this book! I literally read it in one sitting and didn't even put it down to eat or play on Facebook, which rarely happens for me. The story revolves around Delilah (Lie for short) and her horrible childhood. I totally could relate to how she felt about her mother which was the first thing that drew me in. While she was away from home, she meets Brock and falls in love. First loves are always so sweet and innocent and I adore them. So to better explain the book, Delilah was away at college and relived her story which is how we hear about Brock and wonder, why aren't they together anymore? She cares about him? What did he do? Then she meets Abel and her attraction to him grows. I loved Abel, hated Abel, liked him again, really hated him, and then at the end went....ohhhhh that makes sense! Anyhow, he has a totally amazing sense of humor which is what I love most about him and his banter with Lie had me giggling out loud more than once. So the author did an amazing job building the suspense and wonder. I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting to hear WHY Lie wasn't with Brock anymore and what would happen with her and Abel. And of course, Lie's roommate who also has a crush on Abel! That was just more drama to the story and I loved every second of it. I wish I could say I loved to hate the roommate but no, I just really didn't care for her at all even when everything became known at the end. I disliked her so much I don't even recall her name! I am so glad I am done with that age and having "friends" like her. So back to the book, once we finally find out what happened with Brock, our jaws are already on the floor, and then BAM! She hits us with another surprise that I NEVER saw coming. I personally wished it had ended differently, hence the four not five star rating, but that will not keep me from telling everyone I know who is a fan of this genre to go get their copy and read it NOW! Reviewed by Mystery Reviewer for Crystal's Many Reviewers *copy provided for honest review*
APB524 More than 1 year ago
 I gotta say I had quite the book hangover after finishing this story.  Teresa Mummert weaved quite the tale in Perfect Lie, a story centering on Delilah or Lie as she says her friends call her. It’s apparent from the first page that Lie has a sad life, and that she is running from a past that no matter what she does she can’t seem to be set free from it completely. She is dwelling in emense loneliness, sadness and anger from a past that she can’t seem to escape and one that I wasn’t quite sure I could make sense of for a good part of the story. She has few people in her life that are genuine and it seems that she either likes it that way or is just too scared to take a chance and let anyone inside.  It is also apparent that Lie has secrets that she is still trying to come to terms with as well as an incredibly crappy childhood, as she meets with her therapist Marie. Marie seems to be her one cheerleader until she meets Abel Jensen. Abel sees thru Lie’s façade, sees that she is just pretending to be happy, pretending to feel connected to those around her, just pretending through her life. Lie is not sure what to think about Abel. He’s as much of a contradiction as she is in many ways. She knows she is attracted to him, but she never really feels worthy of anyone. Plus she is still not over her ex-boyfriend, Brock who is still in Mississippi and who we find is the first person to ever defend her, the first to ever care about her and the first person to ever love her and she him.  Much of the story, especially Lie’s past, is told in flashback. I didn’t mind this, though at the time it was hard to figure out the gist of what had occurred between her and Brock, why she has no further contact with him given he was such a huge presence in her life. But as the story proceeds it becomes clear that something bad happened, something that is keeping Lie from moving on, from being able to find herself or believe in herself. It seems that the one thing Lie seems confident about is her ability to live within this Perfect Lie, nothing about her world is perfect.  Even though I had to re-read the last chapter to ensure that I understood what was revealed, I have to say that I liked this story and its revelations. It was a most shocking end but ultimately this is a story about acceptance. It’s about making peace with a difficult past in order to find the good and become a better, healthier person. It’s about finding that someone that believes in you and loves you for the person you don’t believe that you can be but that they know is there. This is definitely one to go on the TBR list. *I received an arc in exchange of an honest review of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I really enjoyed this book! It was great! Loved it!
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Holy unbelievable plot twist, Batman! And by unbelievable, I mean, what in the world did I just read?! For the majority of the book, I was on board with the story. I had a pretty clear picture of what was going on and it was completely believable. Then, somewhere between understanding and confusion lies the rest of the book. In order for my questions to be cleared up, I had to read a post on Teresa Mummert’s Facebook forum. While it doesn’t change my opinion on the book, it does help me to understand what I read. There are, in fact, plenty of clues (very subtle) peppered in the book just like Teresa stated in that previously mentioned post. However, I don’t believe the average person will pay attention to those clues and figure out the big plot twist. I know I didn’t. Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book. I generally enjoyed the story and I guess I even liked the big plot twist. However, in order for me to fully understand what happened, I had to read something outside of the book. This kind of cheapens it for me. * This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. * You can check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
ValleyoftheBookDoll More than 1 year ago
After I finished this book, I needed time to process every word I had just read. Which is why I couldn't formulate a review or come up with a rating right away. Yes, this is that kind of book. The kind that leaves you speechless and mind f**ked in a totally positive way. It'll take a while to gather your thoughts and come to terms with the revelations, but you will not be disappointed in this book. Delilah, or "Lie", has grown up neglected and unwanted by her very own mother. She's been ridiculed at school with no friends whatsoever to stand at her side.Needing a break from Lie, her mother sends her to a youth center that hosts kids that aren't necessarily wanted by their parents. It's there that she meets Brock. He's gorgeous, and despite his tough guy persona, he's kind to her. He sees something in her that draws him in and wants nothing but to take care of her.Never receiving any positive attention, Lie is instantly cautious of this boy's intentions. However, she also feels a pull towards him. We're told Lie's story from the present tense with Brock only as flashbacks. He's hurt her and is the cause of her current state. Which is a hot mess.Lie's roommate and the closest thing she has to a friend takes her out one night. They hang out with three extremely perverted and untrustworthy guys in what looks like an abandoned home. But there's one guy, Abel, who seems a little less pervy and a little less untrustworthy than the other two. It's clear he has some dark issues and secrets of his own, but somehow Lie still feels a connection with him.The sexual tension between the two made me crazy! Their constant back and forth banter was entertaining to say the least.  The pace slowed a couple times throughout the novel, and I wasn't exactly sure where the story was going. For a second I thought I had the plot pegged and it was going to be another cutesy, angst NA romance. *Muahahahaha* (<-- I imagine Teresa Mummert evil laughing)Then all of a sudden, THE MOTHER OF ALL TWISTS.I mean, WHAT?? Totally came out of left field. There's a part where again, I thought I had it nailed, and I did.. sort of. But then WHAM!So many emotions coursing through me. I had to go back and make sure I had read everything correctly. Then I continued to gape at the screen. Both in shock and in awe. Perfect Lie was nothing like what I had expected. It was full of twists and turns that kept things interesting all through the novel.I love when an author is able to surprise me and that she did! This is a book that will stay with me in my mind forever. *An eARC of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. This in no way affects my review/opinion.
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EMAReads More than 1 year ago
Delilah (Lie) is a broken girl.  She has been bullied her entire life- worst of all by her mother.  She really has such a small chance at success with all of the crazy and terrible obstacles set in her way.  But she is trying! Moved to a new city-check Starts college-check Changed physical appearance-check So why is she still so miserable? Then there is Abel.  Hot and edgy.  He meets Lie at a party- the attraction is instant and mutual.  But he has secrets too.  And they seem bad.  But he can’t stay away from Lie.  His need to constantly save her is countered with his libido!  He seems to hurt her feelings as much as anything else. I love the scenes between the two of them.  The obvious attraction and the banter were perfect. The constant- I have secrets you wouldn’t understand I have a boyfriend…let’s cuddle I want you but ….no BACK AND FORTH drove me crazy. Then there is Brock- but not really. Now on to the big stuff.  I got the twist.  After I re-read the book I saw the hints.  I just didn’t get why?  And I still don’t. The writing style and pace worked well with the story.  The characters were interesting- but not as fully developed as they could be.  There was a disconnect between their motivation and their choices/ personalities. I do like a HEA, or at least a happy for now!  I definitely appreciate a story that strays from this formula- especially when it works.  There were just too many unanswered questions and twists for me to be satisfied with how this book ended.