September 18, 2013

Spotlight on: Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly

Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly
Publication date: January 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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Julian is drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly provocative, and he’s fast becoming her best friend. But he also has a secret that makes the little hairs on her arms stand on end…

My name is Jona Montiniere, and that’s pretty much the only good thing to say about me.

I’m seventeen, I’m snarky, and I’m a crap-load of trouble. Or so they say. But what did they expect from me really, when they dumped me in an orphanage at age five? That I’d grow up to become the new first lady? Nah, I think it’s much more fun to raid Camden Market in London with my friend, Debby. She’s cool. She lives on the street. I learned so much from her.

The only thing she missed to teach me was how to tend to a vineyard. And yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for the next 6 weeks, courtesy to this darn judge, who sent me off to France after I was caught stealing again. Fair enough, the vineyards are okay, and so are my aunt and uncle, who I haven’t met up ‘til now. What isn’t okay, and I mean it, is that I have to live in the same house with my mother, that god-awful dragon, who spurned when I was only a child. And now she wants me back? Demands my forgiveness? Why, because she’s about to die of cancer? Uh-uh. Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen. I want no contact with that woman, thanks.

But what’s Julian got to do with all of this? About my age, he’s too young to be my mother’s lover. So why doesn’t he leave her side? Ever. He’s different, as in the paranormal kind of different, but he’s sa-woon-worthy gorgeous. He obviously has secrets, but he’s also get-under-my-skin charming. In short, he’s a riddle to me. But he likes me, and that’s scaring the shit out of me. I sure won’t let anyone come too close.

So now I’m wondering only two things: How did he manage to hold me in his arms after only three days? And how the hell do you keep an angel earth bound?

Loving Your LiesLoving Your Lies by Piper Shelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a nice read. It was a little bit fluffy, considering it is a YA book, but it also had an edge. I think that most of the edge came from the female MC, Jona.

Jona is not your typical goody-two-shoes heroine that usual stars in YA books. She is a hardened, street smart petty criminal that has spent the majority of her life in an orphanage. She was abandoned by her mom when she was five, and has been on her own ever since. She has hardened her heart to love and friendship, and has a very cynical outlook on life. Her only real friend is Quinn, the booking officer at the local police station. For some reason, he can still see the good in her. As the story progresses, we get to see more and more of Jona's good side. Under her tough-as-nails exterior there is actually a kind, generous, loving person inside. Jona has just pushed that part of her down as far as she can, because she doesn't want to get hurt. She is only seventeen years old, which is kind of hard to forget since she comes across as so mature. But she still has the same insecurities and the need to be loved that every person has.

Jona's life changes for the worst, she believes, when she is caught shoplifting from the market. She is brought in front of the judge (for the 23rd time that year), and he sentences her to six weeks of work on a vineyard that is owned by her aunt and uncle in France. Not only did Jona not know that she had an aunt and uncle, she is also blindsided by the reappearance of her terminally ill mother, and her mother's super hot and friendly caretaker, Julian. Jona's life is turned upside down as she learns to deal with her feelings of mistrust, anger, betrayal, and hurt towards her mother, new feelings of attraction, friendship and trust with Julian, and the very fragile feelings of love and acceptance that she experiences with her Aunt Marie.

Overall, this is a very sweet story about new beginnings, forgiveness, trust, and love. Jona will capture your heart with her vulnerability and her toughness, and you will be rooting for her to find some kind of closure and happy ending before the end of the story. I was expecting a little bit more "paranormal activity" based on the synopsis, but the real heart of the story really doesn't have anything to do with that. It is a beautiful story about second chances, and the enduring human spirit.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone wanting a sweet, touching read.

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The quick-and-dirty:
I’m a cool girl with a passion for writing.
The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.
The nitty-gritty:
I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun.
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. ;-)

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. ;-)
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