Monday, August 27, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: The Truth About Lies - Aly Martinez

Today we are celebrating the release of the first book in The Truth Duet by Aly Martinez. The Truth About Lies is now live and part of KindleUnlimited! The second title in the duet, The Truth About Us, will be releasing on September 13th! 
The Truth About Lies (The Truth Duet, #1)
Truth: From over a thousand miles away, I watched on the screen of my phone as two men murdered my wife. And I was helpless to save her.

Consumed by hate and rage, I spent four years running from my memories.

Until a shattered woman gave me a reason to stop.
Cora lived in a nightmare, but through sheer force of will, she’d turned it into something beautiful. She had a smile that could pierce the darkest soul. And with one glance, she shredded mine.

Lie: I was only there for a fresh start.
Lie: I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Lie: There was nothing I could do to save her, either.
But that’s the thing about lies—you never know who to believe.
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5 Stars

How do you write a sufficent review for a book that has literally ripped your heart out? It's impossible to reveal everything I felt while reading this book, and still feel after finishing, without saying too much about the plot. I can simply say, it was an incredible read and I'm left with a book hangover so severe that only the second novel in the duet will suffice for my next read. 

"It was the raging winds of the sweetest storm."

Aly Martinez has created a dark world with characters who walk the line between sinner and saint, their career paths illegal, but their hope for life still shining bright. From the very first page readers are thrust into the gritty and ugly, with a painful scene in which the hero loses his beloved. We immediately know he is a changed man, but are unaware of how deep his core has been rocked until the very last page of The Truth About Lies. And our heroine? She truly deserves sainthood for her desperate desire to care and love and save at all costs, even if it means another bruising blow to her face and more lies than she's ever wanted to tell. Both Penn and Cora are unlike any character I've ever read before. We are treated to their alternating perspectives, given glimpses into the secrets they keep to themselves, privy to the true emotions they lock away, and acutely aware that things are not as they seem. There's a desperation to their connection, it's a shiny thing in the midst of rubble and ruin, but its longevity is impossible to know. 

"'I know you're there, Cora. Because I feel it when you leave.'"

The Truth About Lies was an unexpected winner for me. Don't get me wrong, I know Aly Martinez can write, I devour her books like no ones business, but the blurb leaves us knowing very little about what really lies on the pages. An opening as difficult as the one that starts this novel prepares us for the worst and this novel, it really does feature the worst, but there's just something about it that sucks you in. There's hope written into every page of this book, the kind of hope you can actually feel, and yet we still know something awful is to come. It's a book that is dark and yet light and filled with twists that you cannot predict. It's slow moving, making readers fall in love with Penn, placing us into Cora's shoes, and embracing the life we would never choose before tearing us apart with truths. It's a story that I devoured; my heart racing, my eyes brimming with tears, and my mind wanting to know everything as soon as it could.

"This was a promise. A vow. An undeniable truth. And, worst of all, it gave me hope."

If you're a fan of novels that take you on an emotional journey, this duet is a must read for you. Aly Martinez has absolutely done it again, giving us a story that is unforgettable. A story about the broken and the things they will do to escape and thrive and win. It's real, in the worst sort of way, and no one could have told this suspenseful romance better. Now, if only I can get the ending I want in The Truth About Us. I have my fingers crossed and I am waiting VERY impatiently to read it. Don't sleep on this duet, it is one of my MUST READS for 2018. 

One in. One out."

Want to pre-order the next book in the duet?

THE TRUTH ABOUT US (The Truth Duet, #2)

Coming September 13
Pre-order from Amazon



Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.


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