Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Release Blitz: Epic Lies by Trudy Stiles

Title: Epic Lies

Series: Epic Fail #2

Author: Trudy Stiles

Release Date: June 29, 2016

DAX ANDERSON has always been the one to keep it all together.

~ His family~

~ His friends~

~ His band~

His heart is huge, but guarded. He’s the best friend. The protector. The shoulder to cry on. But he’s never been able to protect his own heart or himself. Lies from his not-so-distant past have destroyed his outlook on love - until he meets her.

GISELLE ANDREWS is confident and happy, but guarded. She’s learned to overcome many obstacles despite her past. She’s fiercely loyal and loves beyond measure. When she’s reminded of her past and the pain that she lived through, will her perfect world begin to crumble?

What connects Dax and Giselle?

 And will EPIC LIES destroy their future?

EPIC LIES is the second book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel.

This series is a spinoff of the FOREVER FAMILY series.

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Epic Lies is the second installment in the Epic Sins series.  This is Dax and Giselle’s story.  Two people who have had their hearts broken in the past, been betrayed and lied to.  And because of if they are still a bit damaged from it today.  When they first met you could see there was a bit of a connection between the two of them.  They met in a way that I loved because it was different and even a little bit unconventional.  But you knew in that moment that there was something there.  There was this ease when it came to conversation between the two of them, like they knew each other before even meeting.  After that day they kept bumping into each other, finding themselves in the same places at the same time.  It was as if fate was trying to tell them something.  Yes these two definitely belonged together, but they needed to get past their issues in order to do that.

Dax is the drummer for the very popular rock band Epic Lies.  But he is not your typical rock star.  He has been betrayed and lied to in the past, even had his heart broken more than once.  But he isn’t that guy who goes out and has meaningless sex with countless women.  He doesn’t do relationships but he is also not out every weekend with a different girl either.  When he meets Giselle there is just something about her.  He cannot stop thinking about her but knows that he needs to stay away.  He doesn’t want to hurt her and he cannot be the man that she deserves, the man who will love her and be there like she needs.

Giselle lost so much as a teenager.  She had her heart broken and has been hurt too many times.  She is a fun loving girl who has a great family but she has just been hurt too many times.  And that has affected her today.  She too has a wall around her heart and is afraid of falling for Dax for fear of having it broken all over again.  She knows she is starting to fall for him, but is also unsure of how he feels towards her.  He is a rock star who could have any woman that he wants.  But he wants her even if he cannot admit it.  They both need to put the past behind them in order to find love again, to be able to trust again and to open up their heart again.

I really enjoyed this book.  I love all of Ms. Stiles books and this one was a a little different from the rest of them.  I really loved the characters and the moments that Dax and Giselle shared were fun, sweet and at times sad.  I loved the writing and the story line but there was also something missing for me.  I didn’t feel those emotions that I normally get while reading one of Ms. Stiles books.  Which wasn't so much an issue but I wanted more of Giselee and Dax in the present.  We learned a lot about their past as this book alternates back and forth.  But for me personally I would have liked to have learned about their past as they were telling it to each other.  I think maybe I would have felt the connection and the emotion more.   

Overall I really loved this book even if I wanted a little more.  I loved Giselle ad Dax and the moments that they shared together.   I loved that we get to see the rest of the Epic Lies crew, not only in the past but in the present as well.  Dax and Alex have a great friendship and I loved that we get to see that in this one.  Mia is Giselle's best friend who has been through it all with her.  She was a great addition to the cast and hope that she gets a book of her own, perhaps with one of the members of the band?!?!  Looking forward to the next one.  

Epic Sins (#1) – November 4, 2015

Garrett Armstrong, the lead guitarist of Epic Fail, womanizer and not so nice guy, leaves a trail of women in his wake. A recent one-night stand wreaks havoc, and turns his present completely upside down. He’s faced with a reality that he never expected. Never wanted.

Samantha Weston can’t escape the black cloud that follows her. She suffered an unspeakable loss as a teenager and has been climbing uphill ever since. As soon as her life starts to become manageable she’s slammed with another tragic event, forcing her to abandon the only thing in life that she cherishes.

A heartbreaking situation throws this unlikely pair together. They’re forced to face things that seem impossible. Can Sam get past the demons that haunt her? Can Garrett accept a fate he swore to avoid at all costs?

Can they conquer the sins that are poised to destroy them or will they become an Epic Fail?

Epic Sins is the first book of the Epic Fail series, a spinoff of The Forever Family series.

Reading The Forever Family series is not required as these are all spin-off/standalone novels, but it may enhance your experience.

Trudy Stiles is a USA Today Bestselling Author, writer of New Adult Romance, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including Dear Emily, Dear Tabitha, and Dear Juliet. Epic Sins and Epic Lies are the first books in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least two more standalone novels, Epic Love and Epic Holiday. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Emily will get her own story, Sincerely, Emily, to be released in 2017.

She’s also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward, a hilarious group of short stories sure to make you cringe, laugh and everything in between. All proceeds from this project benefited The Bookworm Box and its charities.

Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.

When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.

She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.

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