This year, I made a promise to myself that I would read more. Since starting this writing journey, I found myself reading less and less each year. Not that I stopped loving books, but like a lot of writers, I would start to compare my writing to others or even feel guilty for reading when I could be working. (Stupid, I know, but there it is.) I even started doing the Goodreads challenges to calculate how many books I was reading in my spare time. Sadly, in 2015, I barely broke twenty-five. I know. For a girl who used to devour six or seven books in a week, this was just pitiful.
In 2016, my goal is fifty. One of the books I’ve picked up is The Beauty of Lies and boy, am I so glad I did. Because Leo, let me tell you, is hot. He’s sexy. He is kind, and caring and vulnerable and strong and…okay, so sometimes he can be dumb, just like every hero, but overall, Leo definitely falls into the Swoon-Worthy category. Plus, I mean, have you seen Berry’s cover for The Beauty of Lies? So gorgeous!!!
Plus, I’m a bit in love with Berry’s book trailer…
Okay, so I’m a bit of a cover whore, but that doesn’t change the fact that the insides are definitely worth reading, especially because it is such an interesting premise. Leo Jensen is a full time writer at twenty-four, and secretly, the truth crusading blogger, Mr. Expose! People send in postcards full of scandalous secrets to Mr. Expose and in exchange, he divulges their truths online. When a mysterious “Angel” begins writing him, begging him to send her postcard back to her, that she wrote it in haste, he is kind of a jerk and tells her it’s against his policy. Then, beautiful and intriguing Harper moves in next door and Leo can’t seem to stay away…but Leo has been betrayed by a lying woman in his past and when the truth about Harper comes out, will Leo be able to forgive her?
I have to admit, that I’m a big NA fan. All the angst of YA plus the naughty bits? #Loveit And Leo wasn’t your typical NA hero, which I enjoyed. Did he have a bit of a sad past? Yes. He and his twin sister lost their parents in a car crash year before and the only woman Leo has ever been in love with betrayed him. He has trust issues a mile long, yet still finds the strength to open his heart to Harper.
Wait, I still need to convince you he’s swoonable? Very well, here goes…
• Leo has a massive amount of integrity. Despite his initial need to avoid Harper, he can’t ignore her when she needs help and holds honesty above all things. (Except, of course, his secret about being Mr. Expose.)
• Leo is caring and compassionate. When Harper drinks too much, Leo is the one who takes care of her when she is sick, and even when they are fighting, he still rushes to Harper’s side when she’s hurt.
• The way he kisses, it’s like he’s leaping off the page and kissing you!
• He is a really good friend, even when he wants to be more.
• When he gets mad, watch out! This guy plays dirty. Wait, am I the only one to love it when a good guy goes dark side? My bad.
If you haven’t read, The Beauty of Lies by Brinda Berry, it is available for $2.99 in ebook (if you have Kindle unlimited you can read it for free) or add it to your Goodreads TBR here.
Do you read NA? If yes, tell me why you love it and if not, tell me why not. Until next week!
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family. Codi can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and CodiGaryBooks.com.