Tuesday, February 9, 2016

✯Release Review w/Giveaway✯The Lies That Define Us (Us #2)by Micalea Smeltzer

Title: The Lies That Define Us
Series: Us Series #2 (standalone)
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: February 9, 2016


Ariella Geller is on the run from some very bad people and Liam Wade doesn’t know what he’s running from.

Freedom has been an elusive dream for Ari, but when her chance for escape comes, she takes it. She finds herself in California and forced to accept help from strangers in order to stay off the streets and avoid being found by those she ran from.

Liam Wade is sick of living in the shadow of his famous father. All he wants is to make a name for himself as a professional surfer, but it’s impossible when the media focuses on every other aspect of his life. All he wants is respect, a chance to prove himself, but when it never comes he finds himself running and hiding from the ones who love him the most.

When their paths collide Ari and Liam are forced to confront their demons, and in the process they just might find a reason to stop running.

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                       ✯✯5 Intense Stars!!!✯✯
Micalea has out done herself! This book is unlike every other book she's ever written. It's on the darker side. But, she writes the story beautifully. I seriously couldn't put it down. I knew when we were introduced to Liam in the previous book The Road That Leads To Us we were in for one bumpy ride. 

Liam Wade is the son of Mathias and Remy Wade. Mathias is the lead singer for Willow Creek AKA Bad Boy. Liam has been in the spotlight and everything he did was picked apart. Once he graduated he left his home and moved. He hasn't been back home in 2 yrs. Liam is trying to break into pro surfing. He's good at it and practices all the time. 

Ariella Geller is on the run. She might of escaped but that doesn't mean she's free. Ari is now homeless, in a strange place and afraid. Then, she meets Talia and Ollie. They take her in off the streets. Unfortunately they're apartment in tiny and can't hold all 3 of them. They drop Ari off at their friend Liam's house.

Both Liam and Ari are not happy with this new living arrangement. Liam well does not like anybody. Let alone want to be sharing his home with someone. But, he's not as much of a jerk as he wants everyone to believe. Ari can see her new roommate is scary looking and can be a jerk. ESP with his rules. Ari doesn't plan on staying there long.Just long enough to make  some money and then plans on leaving. She doesn't want to chance being found.

This  book is told in duel POV's and I loved it!! Getting inside both of their minds and hearts did this book justice. Both Liam and Ari are running and hiding  from their pasts. They are use to hiding from people. But, soon realize that they have feelings for the other one. No matter how hard they try to deny it to themselves. They learn they can't. Slowly they find themselves opening up little  by little everyday. Liam and Ari need each other. More then they ever realized. 

Micalea gave us a story that is totally something that is not her normal. And, she killed it!! I hope she continues writing stories a little on the darker side. I can't wait for the next book in this series 

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I laid my head against the cool glass of the bus window and watched the rain slick against it. The water beaded against the glass and then slid down in little rivulets that I traced with my finger.

I wouldn’t miss the rain.

I wouldn’t miss anything about Oregon.

That place wasn’t my home. Never had been, and never would be.

With a jolt, the bus roared to life, startling me, but I relaxed a moment later when we pulled out of the station.

Freedom was so close to being mine.

I watched the people on the street as the bus pulled away. I was searching for buzzed brown hair and eerie black eyes, but he wasn’t amongst them.

He didn’t know I’d left yet.

And hopefully, by the time he did, I’d be long gone.

I adjusted my hoodie so my face was hidden from the other people on the bus and wiggled around, settling myself in for the long ride to California.

Unlike the other people on the bus, I didn’t have a cellphone to keep me company. Cellphones were traceable so I’d ditched mine. I couldn’t risk him finding me, because if he had I was certain he’d kill me. He would’ve eventually killed me if I stayed, too. My only option had been to take the risk of running away. I would have rather died on my terms than his, but if everything went according to plan, I’d be free and he’d never find me.

He called me Scarlett, but Scarlett didn’t exist.

Scarlett was a lie.

My name was Ariella, and I was reclaiming my stolen life.

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Author Bio

Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

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