Review: 27 Lies: Luke's story by M.J. Fields

27 Lies by MJ Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Truth About Love #2
Release: October 16, 2016
Length: 295 pages
Review of book 1, 27 Truths

A long time ago...

I was young and naive. I thought I could save the world. I thought that protecting those around me from hurt and pain was what I was born to do. She made me feel that way. Ava Links, the little girl who was too fucking stubborn for her own good. The little girl who absorbed the hurt and pain of everyone around her and tried to bring sunshine to them all. The little girl who didn’t give a damn if people picked on her about wearing a crown and tutu every day. A little girl who somehow looked at me, expecting—no, damn near demanding—I protect her.

I saw the pain she hid, and as I grew older, I understood that pain. The pain of being so much to so many that there is really never a “you”.

I took control of my life...

I had to get away from everyone who pulled at me in order to claim myself. When I became the man I was destined to be, I began to live. Then, one drunken night, Ava Links, no longer a little girl, said the right damn thing to me, and everything changed. After seven years of fucking her while home on leave with no expectations, now my life is out of control…

One bad dream, one I love you, one night of pushing her the hell out of my life, one drummer stealing her heart, and one explosion took everything away.

Lies are told.
Lies are unraveling.
Lies are going to destroy.
These are my truths

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My Review

I really liked this book. I certainly appreciated getting Luke's POV. As cold and unfeeling as he seemed in book 1, I loved getting his true perspective. He was incredibly deep as well as stubborn, honorable, protective and determined.

If you haven't read 27 Truths, STOP READING!! The rest of this review covers it.

I really wanted to love this book. I did. It almost got 5 stars. I loved how the author illustrated Ava's grief. Her loss was very realistic. Thomas was dead and she was still trying to come to terms with it. Like a lot of new mothers, she was running herself ragged trying to do it all. So yeah. She sometimes forgot to eat or bathe. Been there. Done that. And for a lawyer, she didn't use a whole lot of reason or logic. Her grief made her even more irrational and a tad crazy. All realistic. And I loved how her familly tried to be there for her. I loved how freaking awesomely Luke stepped up. Although Ava was set to become Mrs. Thomas Hardy, now that he's dead, she's got to figure out a life for herself and her twins without him. I loved all of this.

So why not 5 stars? I didn't like how T was almost demonized in this book. Not cool. Also the end was way too rushed for me. There was so much build up to Ava and Luke's second chance, yet when it came, it fell flat. It happened way too quickly and I failed to connect with it. I kept flipping through the pages, hoping and searching for more, and there wasn't any more. So that's why.

Once again, MJ Fields created a story about love and loss, hope and despair, and grabbing that second chance at love and at life.

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review

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