A picture-perfect small town holds a dark and dirty secret in this suspenseful mystery novel by USA Today bestselling author Jeana E. Mann.
Stella Valentine has travelled the world as a free-lance photographer, but there is only one place she calls home. After a decade on the road, an unexpected inheritance brings her back to Corbett, Indiana, where her life took an ominous turn.
The last person Stella expects to see in Corbett is Owen Henry. Convicted murder. Liar. Sexy as sin. He’s out on parole and part of the crew hired to renovate her house. Sparks fly between them from the minute he knocks on her door.
As Stella and Owen endure a reunion complicated by painful secrets and mistrust, it becomes obvious that one of them lied about what happened on the night of the murder. Their relationship heats up while they untangle the events that changed their futures forever.
Someone in their small town killed Owen’s brother. No one can be trusted. Not even the person she loves the most.
*This book was formerly released as Monster Love and contains new content.
Lies we tell
4 1/2 Stars
I really loved Stella’s strong personality and grit in this romantic and painful second chance romance.
Eighteen long years have passed since the tragic events that stoke Stella’s future with Owen.
When they met again while Stella was trying to renovate her previous foster home, it started a series of events that brought their shared past into the present day.
Very well written with an even and moderate pace that was filled with intense emotional drama.
I liked the way the author tied the loose bits and pieces up in a realistic way. The underlying message of sacrificial love was shown in the strong way Owen was able to love Stella even though they weren’t together.
A worthwhile read!
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Wonderful second chance romance!
Stella and Owen’s love story is a wonderful second chance romance... Through flashbacks, we get the beautiful glimpses and butterflies of first love, too. A twist of fate has brought these lovers back together years after Owen has been in prison for his brother’s murder. There is way more to this story than meets the eye, and this couple is going to have to fight tooth and nail to get through the lies to find the good stuff again.