But when Cam crosses paths with Lilly Amsel, a fashion model, the edges of his well laid plans begin to fray. At first, Cam is unimpressed by Lilly’s exaggerated effervescence and entitled air. However, he is taken aback by her incredible beauty—legs as long as an Amazon’s, silky honeyed-hair, and blazing body. This undeniable physical attraction disturbs Cam on all levels, leaving him intrigued by Lilly and wanting to get away from her at the same time.
Lilly is strongly aroused by Cam’s moody presence. His dark, erotic looks and heady scent ignite long-dormant embers of wanton desire buried deep within her. Practically hypnotized, she finds her body reacting in the most surprising and carnal of ways. However, the two separate and never expect to see each other again, but somehow they manage to still linger on each other. Lilly’s larger-than-life persona that Cam initially encountered is a sham, though. It is a well-crafted costume that masks deeply rooted insecurity and an unfortunate dependence on prescription drugs. This stems from a horrifically abusive childhood that she is trying desperately, and unsuccessfully, to forget. Her mediocre modeling career was the perfect vehicle for her to escape that tumult and simultaneously receive acceptance and praise. It did not matter to Lilly that the kudos were based on superficial assumptions. She was still almost satisfied with the result and what modeling could not fix, the drugs could.
Enthrallment and lust have other plans, though. Despite their best efforts to stay apart, Cam and Lilly come back together and embark on a tempestuous affair. For both of them, a torrid weekend getaway in the mountains unleashes years of pent-up sexual frustration and destroys inhibitions. Cam has no problem taking charge as he relishes Lilly’s delicious inner nectar. Again and again, Cam delivers Lilly pleasure she has never known before, leaving her trembling as she reclaims the goddess within.
*was gifted a copy in exchange for a honest review
BEAUTIFUL LIES by Gina Whitney is a crazy, intense read. I think this is one of those books that you either LOVE IT or you LIKE it. I was on the like side. Cam Sterling is an ALPHA male not looking for love and Lilly Amsel is a beautiful woman hiding from the world and herself. Lilly is SO broken. It was just sad. I wanted to fix her and then Cam comes along and saves the day, kind of.
Honest, that is what left me with the feeling of Like instead of LOVE. I just was never super fond of Cam and Lilly was almost too broken. I have to admit though, there are a lot of drug issues and I do not like that. I thought I knew what I was getting into but I could not understand Lilly’s intense need to hide from the world and herself. I think I needed more back story.
Here is what I loved. Gina Whitney has a great writing style and was very intense and knows how to build up all the anticipation. I was just left wanting more than what she gave me. The back and forth between Cam and Lilly and both trying to protect each other was also great. I was just left at the end not feeling that the story was complete. I will defiantly read more by Gina Whitney.
BEAUTIFUL LIES by Gina Whitney receives 3 out of 5 Platypires!!!
TEXAS HUGS and HAPPY READING!!!