Thursday, 17 September 2015

Review of Beautiful Liar by Tara Bond

The bit on the back…


Nina Baxter knows all about responsibility. With her father dead and her mother drowning her sorrows, it's up to Nina to take care of her younger sister, April, and try to hold the family together. But when her options run out, she is forced to take a job working for the wealthy Noble family.


Alexander Noble is the rakish heir to an unimaginable fortune. Sexy, charming and entitled, he's never had to do a day's work in his life, and devotes himself to pleasure and partying. With a reputation for bedding a different woman every night, he doesn't appear to give a damn about anything.


From their very first meeting, Nina knows Alex is bad news, and vows to stay away from him. But as their paths continue to cross, she can't help being drawn to his raffish charisma - especially when he makes no secret of his interest in her. For the first time in her life, Nina is on the brink of following her heart. But can she believe Alex when he tells her to trust him? Or is he just another beautiful liar?

Firstly thank you to Simon & Schuster for approving me for this title on NetGalley. The blurb made this story sound right up my street and hearing about it on Twitter made me want to get started right away with it.

The story starts off well and hooked me from the beginning. The introduction to main character Nina is a little different and right away you are let in on the scale of the issues she faces with her family, especially her mother who is a considerable liability. The story follows in much the same vain with Nina constantly battling to overcome adversary and come out on the other side stronger for it. She’s fighting to get her family back together and it’s a constant burden for her throughout the book.

Nina takes a job the Noble family as a last resort. The family’s lifestyle couldn’t be more different from Nina’s and it’s something that’s played up throughout the whole story. Nina is hard to get to know and has problems with trusting people and letting her guard down. To that end Nina finds it hard to be able to rely on anyone but herself and I saw her character as a bit of martyr. Throughout she did get a bit better at accepting help but it seemed to only be when she was left with no other option. I severely disliked her mother in the beginning of the book for putting Nina in this impossible situation but not seeing the bigger picture fuelled this for both Nina and me as the reader.

Nina and Alex come up against each other in the story and the chemistry between is immediate and intense. Throughout I got the feeling the Alex was holding something back and all of the bravado he puts on with his arrogance and drinking and devil may care attitude sometimes seemed like a show more than his true self. I admittedly found him as attractive as Nina did and secretly wished they could overcome whatever it was that made them clash throughout.

The story was addictive and a bit of an emotional rollercoaster constantly going up and down because as soon as Nina started to get somewhere something else seemed to crop up. I would recommend this for fans of Beth Kery and Courtney Cole and I’ll definitely be looking out for more from Tara.

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