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A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire, #1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Tara Sivec , Maxann Dobson
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"There is no doubt in my mind that this author nailed this genre! This book had it all. It was intriguing, romantic, suspenseful and not only that but this felt like more than a story, this book was like an adventure on pages and it was a journey I was on all the way!" - Totally Booked Blog

"I did not love A Beautiful Lie. Nope...I more than loved it! I fell so hard I hit something I didn't see coming. I hit something great. T.E. Sivec is able to exist on both ends of the spectrum and she does this flawlessly. " - Tough Critic Book Reviews


He saw her first, but his friend made the move.

She settled for the safer choice, but her heart knew the truth.

They love, they crave, they lie.

Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other's joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.

When one of the friend's life is tragically cut short, it's up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth - no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.

Everyone has secrets - some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives.

What do you do when you find out your whole life has been a lie?

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein SEAL mit Tiefgang!! 6. August 2014
Von jurephi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Zum Inhalt:
Sie sind Freunde seit 8 Jahren, die beiden SEALS Milo und Garrett und die Fotografin Anna, beide lieben sie, sie liebt beide… als Freunde und entscheidet sich für Milo, weil er die sicherere, die einfachere Wahl ist. Selbst kurz vor der Hochzeit fragt sie sich, ob sie die richtige Entscheidung getroffen hat.
Auf der letzten Mission vor der Hochzeit kommt Milo ums Leben…., als die Navy ein Team an den Ort des Geschehens schickt, ist Garrett mit dabei und auch Anna darf als Fotografin an der Mission teilnehmen…, doch sie hat auch ein Geheimnis!!
Nach kurzer Zeit muss das Team feststellen, dass nichts und niemand so ist, wie es scheint!

Mein Fazit:
es geht um SEALs, Liebe, Verrat, all dass verpackt in einem vielschichtigen Krimi, keine "Geradeaus-Geschichte" mit etwas Drama um die Liebenden, sondern mit vielen Wendungen, neuen Richtungen, Frauenpower… ein bisschen "Mr.& Mrs. Smith" .
Immer, wenn man dachte, man hat die Geschichte durchschaut, die Guten und die Bösen enttarnt, dann wird man eines Besseren belehrt - bis zur "Aufklärung" des Falles wird die Spannung hoch gehalten und es macht Spaß, sie zu lesen!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Super Liebesgeschichte 8. April 2013
Von Katrin
Format:Kindle Edition
Ein absolut spannendes, romantisches Buch! Der Stil der Schriftstellerin ist am Anfang etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig(3. Person). Mit der Zeit gewöhnt man sich daran! War in 3 Tagen (Nächten) mit dem lesen fertig! Hab es regelrecht verschlungen! Kann ich jedem empfehlen, der auf romantische, erotische Liebesgeschichten steht, gepaart mit ein wenig Agentenspannung...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen netter romance krimi 16. Juni 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Hach, das ist ein schönes Buch. Spannend, nette Liebesgeschichte, ein bisschen Action, unerwartete Wendungen und am Ende ein HEA. Kann ich nur weiter empfehlen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A mediocre action story, but a fun romantic adventure romp 12. Januar 2013
Von Florence - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I am definitely a Tara Sivec fan, but this book fell flat for me. I would never make an as*hole comment like "she should stick to romantic comedy," but I do strongly feel she overreached her expertise when she chose to take on an action story with so many moving parts. More on that later - let's start with the good.

The Pros:

- Layers and layers of secrets. Think "Gone Girl" level of lies and surprises. I imagined that Ms. Sivec had to keep a physical storyboard (pictures, names, locations, aliases, titles) just to organize the number of characters and their histories.

- Good pacing. The action keeps the story moving. This is one of those "don't want to put it down because I'm on the verge of another revelation" books. I finished it in two days, which is quick considering the length of the book.

- Hot sex. I appreciate that Ms. Sivec isn't afraid to stray into the erotica realm, since this story is targeted to a slightly older (late 20's) demographic than the Chocolate Lovers series.

Unfortunately, there's only so much suspension of disbelief that a reader can stomach before the mountain of "coincidences" become completely implausible. I tried very hard to not nitpick, but these flaws and holes were impossible to ignore.

The Cons:

- Terminology/technicality issues. There are too many instances of unlikely/incorrect protocols, partnerships, laws and missions to ignore. The military and government have very distinct processes for approaching international conflicts, and the way this story is written is not the way it would be handled in real life. However, I digress on this point because I understand that most readers won't nitpick at things like "Wait, that is not the agency that is supposed to handle that part of the mission" or "That guy would not be that other guy's boss." Whatever, I let it go :)

- Ridiculous timing. There were far too many instances of impossibly timed, serendipitous moments when the right character heard or saw the exact important detail needed to move the story along. It was frustrating that the story was held together by convenient coincidences.

- The "surprises" became grueling. There are only so many "gotcha" moments an author can pull before the reader stops trusting that anything is real. It was like a never-ending Russian nesting doll of "just kiddings."

- The insufferable heroine and hero. Despite their highly specialized careers, those two acted like a pair of irrational teenagers straight from the "New Adult" genre. Their relationship had all the hallmarks of a bad teen romance: jumping to conclusions, long and painfully overwrought misunderstandings that the two never stopped to resolve, going from hot to cold with a single sentence, etc. It was a little insulting to their respective career fields that McCarthy and Parker were portrayed as so impetuous, temperamental and melodramatic.

- The characters are completely one-dimensional. The good guys are selfless and virtuous, the villains are disgusting monsters with no sympathetic qualities or redeeming traits. The only flaws in the perfect hero and heroine are that they put up "walls" and wear "masks" to conceal their feelings for each other. It's such an overused character device that I'm frankly angry to see it used in a book that is supposed to cater to mature readers. Most of us in our late 20's don't act like emo teens over our childhoods anymore.

I personally had higher expectations for Ms. Sivec with this story since I think she's capable of writing with so much heart and finesse, but (and this is a major but!) she did a damn good job for a writer going outside of her genre and comfort zone. I'd recommend this to readers who are less likely to question the details and just enjoy the ride :)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen There were parts I loved, parts I liked, and parts that were blah... 5. Januar 2013
Von Jessica - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
T.E. Sivec is best known for amazing, funny, hilarious, vagina talk in the Chocolate Lovers series. One of the few books that I literally laughed-out-loud the entire time reading the series. They have become my favorite books to read and I was so excited to read something new from Ms. Sivec and devour the book like I did with Chocolate Lovers. So when A Beautiful Lie was released I ordered a copy in paperback and couldn't wait to start it.

A Beautiful Lie is everything opposite of that of the Chocolate Lovers series. There is no humor, no completely and utterly inappropriate jokes about sex, and the use of the word vagina was not used once (Dangitt!!). A Beautiful Lie is a action/mystery/romance novel about three best friends from college with a lot of Navy Seal, CIA action thrown in. Annabelle Parker meets two cute boys in a coffee shop during her senior year of college. Her heart flutters for one but she is afraid of love and takes the safe route and picks the boy that makes her laugh and will eventually learn to love over time. The three instantly become best friends even though Parker is with Milo (the boy who made her laugh) while pining for Garrett who also is secretly in love with Parker as well. Love triangle anyone? Eight years later Milo is killed in action while working as a Navy Seal. His best friend Garrett and fiancé Parker think there is more to his death then what the Navy is telling them. They go on a mission to find the truth about Milo's death but end up realizing everything they thought they knew about each other is one big lie.

Sounds great right? I thought so too... I love a good mystery novel with romance thrown in; add a love triangle and I am there! The first 30 pages or so of the book I was hooked, I absolutely loved Garrett and Parker's relationship right off the bat. Garrett is a sexy Navy Seal with the brains to boot and is incredibly romantic- in a secret way since Parker never knew how he felt.

The book is mostly in the POV of Parker and Garrett and you understand right away that they have loved each other in secret the past eight years as Garrett watched his best friend get the girl he always wanted. There are glimpses throughout the book about past events- which kind of confused me at times because it was just thrown into a section of the book without any type of page break or different font/italics.

The book started to lose me after about 30 pages in, almost up until the end. Don't get me wrong, there were times in the middle of the book I liked a lot and some parts I even loved but I was getting really bored for many of the scenes. I found some of the CIA/Navy Seal scenes to be a little over the top and unrealistic in my opinion. With that said, the book definitely picked up towards the end- I totally did not see the ending coming at all, at least not how it all played out and who was really who. It had my full attention!

The CIA/Navy Seal aspect in this book may have not been for me but I loved the love triangle between Parker, Garrett and Milo. The ending was kick-ass with a lot of suspense and had me reading so fast so I could find out what was really going on. I give Ms. Sivec total props for writing a completely different type of book then what she has in the past. I think she is a very talented writer and loved the idea of what A Beautiful Lie is; I just didn't love the book.

I give A Beautiful Lie 3 Stars.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A ridiculous and improbable book that features one-note characters 25. Januar 2013
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I don't know what the people who've given this book four and five stars are smoking, but I don't want it, because it ruins one's judgment.

Spoilers abound in this review. This book was poorly researched and made little sense. I'm willing to suspend a ton of disbelief when I read Navy SEAL/CIA etc books, because these are not organizations that encourage a great deal of scrutiny into their day-to-day operations. The things that bothered me about this book were all normal, not at all difficult to look into, matters. [Except for the part where Parker honestly believed that the CIA had killed her friend. Seriously?]

Parker's photojournalism career was so ludicrous, I don't know where to start. She never used digital. Never? Never? I understand that there's a market for photographers who still work primarily in film, but it seems unlikely that she would have been able to rise to the level she's supposed to be at if she didn't ever use the industry's most common medium. Also, even if she did work with film, her camera was ancient. Nikon F2s, unless treated gently, haven't generally held up well. There's no way that a dedicated professional would sacrifice her craft for the sake of nostalgia; she might have kept that as her personal camera, but she would have needed something better for her work.

Let's take the $5,000 4 carat diamond engagement ring that Milo bought for Parker. Unless that ring fell off the back of a truck, or the diamond was of a very low quality, there's no way that ring should have been so cheap. Unless the author left off a digit before the five. Diamond rings are not mysterious, and two seconds of research would have alerted the author to the fact that she either needed to lower the carats or up the price Milo said he paid [if we're going with the "Milo is a lying liar" explanation, Garrett should have twigged that something was off with that price].

Garrett was resigned to the fact that Parker supposedly referred to him primarily by his last name, except that she almost never did. He rarely thought of or called her anything but Parker, but she was consistent in her use of his first name in speech and thought.

Garrett and Annabelle were supposed to be these super duper spy/agent type people, but kept letting their emotions compromise their mission. Once or twice, this could be understandable, but this happened pretty much all the time; they need to cowboy up and do their jobs properly.

The author's way of weaving reminiscences and the presence wasn't well done. The delineation between then and now wasn't always clear, and it seemed more like poor writing than a viable stylistic choice.

None of the conversations in this book would win any prizes for style, but the bad guys' dialog was simply awful. It was overly obvious, lacked nuance, and sounded like it was written by a particularly bloodthirsty 12-year-old.

These and other problems made this book quite hilarious to me, but I wouldn't buy it just for a laugh. Needless to say, I will not be reading the rest of the books in this series.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen DNF, a roller-coaster ride of nonsense, 18. März 2013
Von starsaga - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This is a really bad book, each and everything in this book is nonsensical from the super-woman, Parker who is a CIA agent/world renowned photographer to the utterly non-alpha Garrett, the wimpy SEAL who couldn't tell a girl for 8 long years that he loved her. I can't even think of the completely contrived details of the plot, that seem to be a mishmash of unimaginative spy movies and bad mushy romance. I had to stop @62% of this ridiculous book, when the navy spy-man explains how he used an anagram program to figure out that a man called Milo Roberts had once traveled as Roberto Mils and for some reason this was important. I have to say NO to this book, because it is beyond stupid and I will happily NOT purchase anything written by this author in the future.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Horrible 1. März 2013
Von teriwu - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I can't believe all of the good reviews this book got. I wasn't going to do a review but I depend a lot on reviews when selecting a book. To be fair I did not finish it. I got to 20% and started skimming. I put it down and forgot about it at 30%. The "romantic tension" between the main characters is forced and tedious. The CIA/Navy Seal plot read like the author did no research but instead used a bad Lifetime movie as her source of information.
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