All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart is a novel about lust and love and family and finding out too late who you really love. Why in premise, brothers in love with sisters and then ending up with the wrong ones, may seem a little stretched, Hart’s ability to tell the tale makes this one engaging and bittersweet.
“…It’s Babulya,’ Niko said with an edge in his voice. ‘She’s…they say she doesn’t have long to live. You need to get over there right away…”
Alicia Harrison’s marriage to Ilya Stern was doomed from the beginning. The ghost of Alicia’s older sister haunted their relationship from the very beginning. No matter what Alicia did, she could never be Jennilynn. In life it was difficult, but in death, the spectre of Jennilynn was far too much to overcome. Alicia and her sister Jennilynn. Ilya and his brother Niko. Two sets of siblings, growing up on the same street in two homes across from one another. But then Jennilynn goes missing and Niko leaves and all that is left is the broken pieces. The pieces that are Ilya and Alicia. But they could not repair the broken parts of one another. They could only cut themselves on them. Alicia and Ilya divorced but live across the street from one another and in this small town, they are still considered married. Alicia finds herself responsible for the immature acts of her ex-husband. Their business, built while they were married, keeps them together on a daily basis. But the emptiness that is in Alicia’s soul is opening and there has to be more for her than living in this small town, caring for a man she does not love, and trying to be the sister that is gone from them all.
Then Babulya dies and the final ties that bind them together begins to unravel. Babulya was Ilya’s and Nikolai’s grandmother and the woman who raised them and Alicia alike. Now, with her passing the whole clan is coming home. And now, Alicia will be face to face with the brother she let go and the one she stayed with. She will have to face the truth of her desires and the lies she made herself believe all those years before.
What Alicia feels for Nikolai is what she once made herself believed she felt for Ilya. But after all this time will they continue to deny the truth. But she knows Nikolai, he will not stay and she cannot leave. All they can share is a brief time of pleasure. But can they keep it secret from the rest of the family and will it be enough.
Megan Hart is a storyteller whose talents and craft are on full display. She infuse erotica, romance and human angst into a tale of lost love and grief. She also offers her characters the hope that change can happen if they are willing to take the chance. Change that comes with heartache and risk but with the rewards of love and happiness.
For Alicia, the reward is not the love of Nikolai. It is in fact the chance to take her life back. From the responsibilities of her broken marriage and the failing business that ties her down. From the grief and obligations of her sister’s memory and for once, to live her life for herself. Nikolai is simply the catalyst. The spark that makes her believe that she a right to live. A right to find herself and her own happiness.
Megan Hart writes beautiful erotic romance, but what makes it so; is that Megan Hart can create characters you will care about.
Another good read from Har