All the Pretty Lies
“Live, no regrets”
Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes , Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.
In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.Them…
Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.
How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?
*Sigh* Seriously what can I say? I mean M. Leighton is just amazing and her books are perfection. Like the most of you, I read to get lost in a story, to escape my reality for a few hours and get lost in someone else’s world. If I could set up a camp in M. Leighton’s mind, I totally would, though I say the girl MCs would throw me out in a heartbeat because I would totally be all over there guys. I’m not sure if many of you got the chance to read M. Leighton’s book, Until I Break, but if you didn’t you really missed out. That book and All the Pretty Lies are seriously my two favorite books of hers. Don’t get my wrong I love my Bad Boy Series as well as the Wild Ones, not to mention her YA books, but there’s just something about these two books that struck a cord with me. It’s the way M. takes real issues of life and runs with it, producing a work of art. Yes ART because that’s exactly what it is.
“Live every day like it’s your last. None of us are promised a tomorrow.”
In All the Pretty Lies we get introduced to Sloane first when she’s going to get a tattoo. I love tattoos so I was immediately hooked, through in a hot tattoo artist and I’m sunk. Anyways, Sloane has been protected her entire life because of something that happened when she was a child, we don’t learn what it is until a little later on, but she’s decided she’s going to actually start living life. Starting with a tattoo!! LOVE THIS, the tattoo is beautiful too and this is where we get introduced to Hemi. Hemi is the gorgeous tattoo artist that oozes sex appeal and will make you drop to your knees in front of him. Seriously, hell I would if M would point me into his direction! So being the little caterpillar that’s weaved herself a cocoon for 21 years, the butterfly bursts free and sets her eyes on the perfect specimen of man in front of her. Everyone harbors secrets, everyone tells lies, but Sloane has made it a point to never promising anything, to never want promises, because like she says, “They’re just words designed to make others feel better. But in the end, they’re still just lies. Disappointing lies.”
"She's like the blank slate I so crave for my art. I want to be etched onto her. Permanently"
Hemi has a job to do and it’s not just the one where he tattoos people’s bodies every night. Something happened to his family a few years ago and their trying to get to the bottom of it. Distraction is the last thing on his mind, it’s the last thing he needs in his complicated life. He has a goal, but his strength is put to the test when Sloane walks into his tattoo shop and into his chair. So he pushes her away until he discovers she might hold o his tattoo shop and into his chair. So he pushes her away until he discovers she might hold the key to bringing down the one thing he’s been after for years. The person responsible for the death of his brother. Can he fight the attraction to get the information he needs, or will he let his family down? Deciding to take Sloane up on her interest in the art of tattooing, Hemi gets close, and when you get too close to the sun you tend to get burned. The question is, will they both make it out alive?
“One more time, like a stubborn phoenix that refuses to stay burned to ash, hope rises."
All the Pretty Lies is centered on, in my opinion, family and what extent we would go to in order to protect them. Yes there’s romance and sex, but M. Leighton is able to weave it into the story in a way that it doesn’t overshadow the problem at hand. Sloane, though her brothers and father have protected her to the extreme, but she would do the same in return. Hemi and his brothers are doing whatever it takes to get to the bottom of what happened to their little brother even if it means betraying the trust of someone Hemi didn’t plan on having feelings for. That’s the beauty of this story. It’s the way family pulls together at time of need and doing whatever it takes to make sure they have each other’s backs. When Hemi and Sloane finally admit their true feelings it’s a bond like family. Nothing will stop them from protecting the other. This book will have you all over the place and at the edge of your seat. Be ready to fall in love with Hemi and Sloane, not to mention, wanting more at the end of this book. So go grab it if you haven’t already!
All the Pretty Lies is another knock out hit by Michelle Leighton. I did not want to stop reading! Sloane has grown up with 3 brothers and a father that are uber protective of her. They are all cops, but you can see that sometimes they take it way too far. I started wondering, hmmmm what is the reason for this. And then Sloane kept telling them and her friends that she is going to live for the time. She doesn't want to be sheltered anymore. Her first stop on this living adventure is a trip to get a tattoo. Here she meets Hemi. Ok with a name like Hemi you should swoon already!! Hemi doesn't want a distraction to what he “has to do”. I found myself going, ok dude what do you have to do? Oh he needs to help solve who killed his brother. You will see the details later.
Hemi does find himself extremely attracted to Sloane. And well Sloane she really likes him. In fact she want to get to know him beter. This will prove harder than it seems. When Hemi realizes the person he is looking for might be Sloane’s brother what will he do? Also Hemi is starting to fall for Sloane. He doesn't want to deny himself anymore. He vows he will tell her everything before it’s too late. And Sloane……. what is she hiding? When things come to a head will all the secrets and lies come to truth? And will Hemi and Sloane come out on top?
I fell in love with these characters, as I do with all of Michelle’s characters. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! :)