Twelve Truths and a Lieby Christina Lee
Aurora Jones has it all-a job she loves as a child and family therapist, supportive friends, and a decent place to live. What she doesn't have is much luck when it comes to dating men. And not only are her choices terrible, she also hasn't been boyfriend free since she was a teenager. So she places herself on a sabbatical of sorts. No dating for twelve months.
Cameron Miller has had a crappy year. His girlfriend fell for his best friend and to ease the pain, he drowns his troubles in more booze and women than he can count. When his buddies finally slap some sense into him and urge him to focus on his new position as a special education teacher in an urban school district, he decides to get his act together.
Away from the prying eyes of their mutual friends, Cameron and Aurora agree to hang out once a week in their newly dubbed Chastity Club. Number of members? Two. It's a chance to find solace, companionship, and something neither anticipated - a burgeoning attraction. But when Cameron invites Aurora to be his fake date at the reunion his ex-girlfriend and best friend will be attending, their passion ignites. What happens in Chastity Club stays in Chastity Club, right? Until they discover that a year of self-truths might actually lead them to true love.
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“I don’t want anybody else,” she whispered. “Only you. I promise to make you feel that every single day.” The way she looked at me, like I was responsible for hanging the moon, made my chest ache and swell. This girl was it for me. My confidante, my best friend. She had become my everything.’ *** Well, it takes a while before Aurora and Cameron get to the above moment, one of my favorites in their love story. It was shortly after midnight when I read the last scene and realized I wasn’t ready for the adventures of their Chasity Club to end. Quite honestly, their journeys captivated me with how grounded in reality they were. I loved the pacing of how Aurora, a social worker, and Cameron, a special education teacher, became friends and eventually lovers. They could relate to each other’s work stress easily and even had Darius, a client/student, in common. I also enjoyed learning about the challenges of both social workers in/out of schools and special education teachers –just wow! Consequently, I have nothing but deeper admiration for the hard work both do. I was seriously invested in the outcome of Cameron’s teaching methods and Aurora’s sessions with Darius to help him succeed in school and be the role model he aspired to be to his younger siblings. During Aurora’s one-year hiatus from romantic entanglements, she discovers twelve great truths and a lie about herself that I could totally relate to being a long-time singleton. ‘Yet, in the middle of those twelve revealing truths for every month of the year was one bald-faced lie that continued to niggle away at me. The fact that I was lonely–and probably always had been–even through my string of endless boyfriends. In fact, I ached with loneliness, even now. Because a warm body did not equate to a warm soul. And only one person had ever succeeded in reaching and fulfilling that very part of me–of really seeing me and accepting me for who I am. And liking me in spite of it.’ *** I was so glad that unlike me, Aurora lucked out and found a genuinely good guy like Cameron to enhance her existence. He had his own issues to work through after a duplicitous childhood friend and his girlfriend caused him to spin out of control. His 6-month ban from banging any female that caught his eye was certainly good for him. His friendship with Aurora was even better and got him to finally move on from that past hurt and embrace the irresistible connection they find themselves unable to ignore. I loved the occasion he picked and the manner in which he declared himself to her. “We can go slow–as slow as you want–but I have no desire to be with anybody else,” he said, and I saw a mixture of trepidation and wonder in his eyes. “I’m in love with you.” His words struck my chest like a thunderbolt, and I was standing in the center of the hurricane again, completely electrified and terrified all at once. Scarcely controlling my runaway breaths, I could feel a tear rolling down my cheek, but I was too numb to swipe at it. My heart had already vacated the premises and was nuzzling up with Cameron’s without even a time-out to properly think things through. Traitor. *** I felt like I was firmly in their reality and had a hard time accepting the novel was over. So much so that I reread the last scene a couple of times before reading the acknowledgements. And bonus! I loved learning that there was a real life Maddie who inspired the subplot involving Maddie and Sydney.
This is the first book I have read by this author and let me tell you it won’t be the last. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book! It pulled me in from the start. It was so beautifully written and you could tell that this author poured her heart and soul into this book. She also was a social worker and a special education teacher, so she has firsthand knowledge about the professions and she wrote about it with passion. This is an acquaintance to friends to lovers sweet slow burn romance. The heat was exquisite! The passion and chemistry enormous. The push and pull of the characters on their respective roads to discovery is heartfelt and it is written so that you feel every emotion of the characters. The characters are written so that you have no choice but to fall in love them. The secondary characters are funny and endearing! I hope that she writes books about the secondary characters! I don’t want to give anything away because I want you to go into this book with no idea what to expect but to just open your heart and mind and just feel this story. It is truly a beautiful love story! This is a book that I will turn to again and again as a re-read when I am in the mood for an exquisite romance, which will be often. It is one of those story’s that make you feel good and believe that love conquers all and that there are truly soulmates out there for everyone. Thank you CL for a truly beautiful book!
4.5 Stars! Told from dual points of view, Twelve Truths and A Lie follows the story of Cameron and Aurora. Still reeling from his being cheated on by his ex-girlfriend, Cameron has been bouncing from one night stand to one night stand. It’s not until his new job as a special ed teacher that Cameron decides he should get his act together….On the outside, Aurora has it all: great job and the best friends a gal could ask for. For the past 9 months, she’s been on a self imposed dating hiatus. Her hope is that this hiatus will open her eyes and have her making better decisions….She never saw Cameron coming. Cameron and Aurora have more in common than either one of them ever expected. What started out as innocent meetings for their “chastity club”, quickly turned into something neither of them ever expected. Will Cameron and Aurora finally get the HEA they both deserve? Twelve Truths and A Lie was a quick and easy read for me. I fell in love with Cameron and Aurora right away. I loved how easy their relationship was and how entertaining their banter was. I thought the two of them had amazing chemistry and I loved that Cameron and Aurora were friends first before jumping into something more. You could tell from the pull that these two had, that them getting together was just going to be amazing. You just had to sit back, enjoy the ride and see how it all came together. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of friends to lovers romances and this one does not disappoint. This story is sexy and smart. The characters are fun and entertaining. This story has just the right mix of steam, sexy good times, romance and drama.