The Lies That Define Us by Micalea Smeltzer – Katie’s Review

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Why I read it

I’ve been following the Willow Creek gang, and I love the kids spin-offs!

What I rated it

4.5stars

What it’s about

Ariella Geller is on the run from some very bad people and Liam Wade doesn’t know what he’s running from.

Freedom has been an elusive dream for Ari, but when her chance for escape comes, she takes it. She finds herself in California and forced to accept help from strangers in order to stay off the streets and avoid being found by those she ran from.

Liam Wade is sick of living in the shadow of his famous father. All he wants is to make a name for himself as a professional surfer, but it’s impossible when the media focuses on every other aspect of his life. All he wants is respect, a chance to prove himself, but when it never comes he finds himself running and hiding from the ones who love him the most.

When their paths collide Ari and Liam are forced to confront their demons, and in the process they just might find a reason to stop running.

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Katie’s Review

From the first page, I was hooked. Ari is on the run. We don’t know what she is running from, but you’re hooked and you want to find out. Clues about who/what she is running from are spread throughout the book, and your mind will be reeling with the possibilities!

In the previous book, The Road That Leads to Us, you see a few chapters with Liam, and you can see something is going on with him. He has moved all the way across the country from his family, and has cut most of his ties. He’s looking for isolation, but what is he hiding from?

As the story progresses, you start to feel the chemistry for Ari and Liam as they both try to trust each other and to be able to open their hearts to the possibilities of love. One of the things I love best about this series, is the focus is on the story, not the outcome or the sexy scenes. Although I do enjoy many steamy romances, it can be very refreshing to read a story where the steam factor is lower as well.

I really really loved the story, up until the ending. I was looking for a bit more detail in regards to the scenes at the restaurant. It seemed to come out of nowhere, but I still really enjoyed the story, and look forward to future installments in this series!

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