Sunday, December 14, 2014

Release Day Blitz/Book Tour: Lies Unspoken by Lisa DeJong

Lies Unspoken (Flawed Love #1)
Lisa De Jong

Release date 12/14/2014


I tried hard not to fall for the bad guy. 
My new roommate, Blake, is a jerk—an unemployed artist with a chip on his shoulder. I can’t stand him unless his hands are on me. He makes me desperate for him, and everything he makes me feel.

And then there’s my new boss, Pierce--successful, charming, and extremely good-looking. He goes after what he wants, but what does he see in me?

I try to stay away, but I end up in the arms of exactly who I was hiding from. And when I find out what’s being hidden from me, my heart twists in ways it never should.

I thought I knew him.
I didn't.
The way he kissed me.
The way his hands traveled every inch of my skin.
I thought it meant something, but as it turns out, it was all lies unspoken.   

When the rustling continues, I throw my covers off and roll out of bed. My bare feet pad against the cool hardwood floors as I make my way into the living room. Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I focus in on a shirtless Blake standing in front of the stove with his strong back to me. His body is sculpted. Wide shoulders. Waist tapering in at just the right angle … there’s probably not a pinch of fat on the guy.
I quietly walk up behind him, tapping my finger on his shoulder. “We need to talk.”
He spins around, his arm brushing against mine. His hair is mussed—a look he wears well … too well, as much as I hate to admit it.
“I only made enough eggs for me.” He smirks, and two stupid dimples form. He’s cute—stupidly so.
“I’m a cereal kind of girl,” I say, crossing my arms.
His smile widens. “Fruit Loops or Captain Crunch? I’m guessing you like the ones with the cute little cartoon characters on the front of the box.”
“Wheaties. I prefer to stare at a sexy athlete while eating my breakfast.” I stop, moving my hands to my hips. “Look, can we make a rule? No loud noises until at least nine. Some of us need our beauty sleep.”
His brow lifts. “Now that you mention it, your eyes are a little dark and puffy. It’s nothing a little make-up won’t fix.”
“You’re an asshole!”
He laughs, nibbling on a piece of egg at the end of his spatula. “That’s nothing I haven’t heard before.”
“Are you done? Because I’d really like to crawl back into my nice warm bed.”
He looks back to the stove. “Yep, breakfast is served.”
“Good. I’m going back to bed.”
I start to walk away, but his voice stops me. “Hey, Lila?” He says my name with extra emphasis on the second syllable—in a way I haven’t heard it before. I turn around, taking in his dark, hooded eyes. “If you’re going to walk around looking like that every morning, I might be okay with this roommate thing.”
Looking down, I’m suddenly reminded that all I have on is a sleep shirt that reads: “I don’t hate morning people. Mornings have nothing to do with it.” It barely covers my ass, and the wide neck falls off my shoulder. It’s certainly not something I’d want to be caught in by him.
“Definitely an asshole,” I groan as I hurry to my room and slam the door shut behind me.

Lies UnSpoken is the newest book by Lisa DeJong, author of the Rain Series.  For those of you who have read any of the Rain Series books, put the story out of your head and open your mind before you begin this amazing new story, as it has not one similarity but it even more amazing if at all possible.  A story about putting yourself back together when you have been broken, walking away from everything familiar to start your life over and follow your dreams, not someone else's.  This book was a 4.5 star read for me and I highly, highly recommend it to everyone.  I promise that you will devour it as I did and will wait, probably not that patiently for March to come for the next book Love UnSpoken.

"Love isn't defined by what you deserve.  It's about finding that one person you know you can't live without and never letting them go."

Lila thought that she had it all, a degree in design from UCLA and an engagement to a guy that she loved and had been with since high-school.  When the bottom fell out from underneath her and her minor league baseball fiance informed her one day while planning her wedding that he didn't love her like he should or want to marry her like he should she was crushed beyond repair.  Struggling to put the pieces back together she decides to leave Nebraska behind and head off to start a new life in Chicago.  With only a place to stay, courtesy of her best friend form college Mallory, she boards a plane with a minimal savings hoping that the city will open up opportunities that she wouldn't have in the country.  Sitting next to the ever handsome and impeccably put together Pierce Stanley, was her first big move in starting over her new life.  Talking to a stranger about her hopes of making it in the design world and why she was leaving her life behind, he offers her his card and tells her to contact him if he needs anything.  If only she knew at that moment that this chance meeting would be the basis behind so many decisions that she makes going forward.

While unpacking her belongings in her temporary new apartment she meets Blake, a roommate that she wasn't aware of but can't get out of her head.  Blake appears at first glance to be the typical angry bad boy that your mother warns you to stay away from, he is curt, often rude, has little consideration for anyone else and demands information when he offers up little about himself.  Despite all of those unattractive qualities, Lila or Lemon Drop as Blake calls her, is almost entranced by the mystery that surrounds him, yearning to know what makes him act the way he does.  Lila begins to grow on Blake and vise vera and an odd relationship begins to form between them.  Although he desperately tries to stay away from her, he fails miserably and decides to offer her the only type of relationship that he is able to handle, sex and nothing more.  He warns her time and again not to get her feelings involved because he is unable to give her anymore than what he already is but Lila almost foolishly becomes enamoured with him and her heart begins falling fast as no guy, not even her former fiance made her feel as wanted and cherished as Blake does.

When Lila is offered a design job from Pierce Stanley, she begins to think that her dreams of making something of herself in the design world are starting to take shape.  Still working at the hole in the wall bar, the first job she was able to secure when arriving in Chicago, she begins saving ever penny that she can so she can get her own place and try to severe the connection that she feels with Blake but knows that he will never return.  It is when Pierce shows up to escort her to a charity function that Lila discovers they know each other and they are anything but friends and more like enemies.  Wondering what is the source between their apparently dis contempt for each other, she questions Pierce and is only told to ask Blake about Alyssa and whatever facts are left out he will gladly fill in for her.  Desperately wanting to know the secrets that Blake is keeping, she asks him about Alyssa only to have him become angry.  And it only gets worse from there.  Instead of having faith that he will tell her more of the story when he is ready, she turns to Pierce for the answers that she seeks angering Blake to the point of him breaking off their relationship for good.  

Did Lila push Blake too far or will he be able to forgive her?  Will their relationship become something more then just the sex it originally started as?  I will not reveal any more as you need to read to find out.  I will warn you that although this book does not end in a cliff hanger in the typical sense, it does leave you wondering with many unanswered questions but that is what makes the story all the more incredible, the realistic nature of how everything plays out.  Lisa DeJong did an amazing job with this book and I guarantee you will agree once you read it!

"Truer words have never been spoken; I know that from experience.  Love comes in many forms, and once you feel it for someone, I don't think it's possible to ever completely let it go.  It lingers in it's most simple state, taking a permanent place in your heart."

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn't change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

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