on November 15, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Life for Charlotte (Charlie) Harris couldn’t be any better at this moment in time. She has her dream job, she has the extremely wealthy knight in shining armour and she has the best friends a girl could ever ask for. On paper, the beautiful world unfolding at her feet almost appears too good to be true for a working class girl from Manchester right?
But what happens when you gloss over the statistics and realise that the happy bubble you have been living in for the past fifteen months has all been a twisted, torturous path of lies? What if you realised that the person you loved wasn’t who they claimed to be any longer?
With the once sacred and happy memories now turned into hatred and despair, Charlie must now follow her instincts to either forget her past and move on or force the hand that holds the cards to her life to reshuffle the deck before it leads onto the twisted future that lies in store.
What will she choose?
Can she forgive and forget for the only man her heart has ever loved?
(Please note that this book contains strong language and graphic scenes of a sexual nature which are intended for a more mature audience.)
Broken Truth is the debut book by Beth Ashworth.
This is a story about Charlie and Callum, their relationship, the love, and the lies. Mostly its about the lies. It’s hard to discuss the book without giving everything away. Let’s just say nothing is as it seems. Charlie and Callum have been together for 15 mos. They’re living together and completely in love. Callum is a multimillionaire and owns his own company. Charlie is an up and coming fashion stylist. On the outside they both appear to have everything. Callum woks in London during the week only spending his weekends with Charlie. At first those arrangements were okay. That’s until work phones calls started taking away Charlie’s weekends too.
One surprise trip to London and all Callum’s secrets come spilling out.
I wasn’t at all surprised by the secret. I could smell it a mile away. Honestly the first 50 to say 75% of the book wasn’t that exciting to me. There was lots of sex and not a lot of plot. I didn’t think the characters personalities came through enough on the pages for me. There was angst and turmoil without much feeling.
In fact, it was about 75% in before I started to really get absorbed in the story. I kind of liked Charlie and Callum apart more than together. I actually thought Callum’s heartbreak was more tangible than Charlies.
Eventually everything is revealed and there were a few shocking moments that in and of itself added a star rating for me. I was really digging how the author turned everything around, even if I was a bit confused.
I think that hardest part about this story for me was that Charlie was wishy washy. Meaning, one minute she loved Callum then she hated him, then she loved him, then thought about it again and decided on hate. It felt like she didn’t have a coherent thought. Maybe that was on purpose but she ended up sounding dumb to me. I want you. I hate you. Don’t leave me. Get out of my face. Charlie’s father was said to have been an alcoholic. Her sister even accused her of drinking too much. Charlies claims that drinking wasn’t an issue yet every time she turned around she was drinking wine or doing shots. I pretty sure she was drunk for 50% of the book.
Overall, I thought this was an okay read. I would have liked more connection to the characters. And characters more like Xavier who at least knew who he was and owned it.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
“I know you’re watching me, Baby.” The groggy sound of his voice startled her somewhat.
Composing herself, Charlie smiled. “No, I’m not.”
He grinned sleepily before brilliant blue eyes opened and met her stare. “I think you are,” he murmured.
Her heart began to flutter repeatedly as their eyes continued to stare at one another. It was always like this between them, this playful yet sizzling chemistry that Charlie hoped they would never lose. “So what are you going to do about it then?” she challenged with a smirk.
Raising his eyebrows slightly, he gave her a look that practically melted her insides to a puddle of goo. Licking her lips seductively, Charlie continued tracing her fingers across his stomach, enjoying the feel of his skin blazing beneath her touch.
“Are you teasing me, Baby?” he asked with a hint of amusement. Lifting both of his arms to rest behind his head, Charlie watched as he tensed the muscles in his abdomen, defining the already ridged muscles further.
She knew he was playing dirty, but she also knew that she could play dirtier. It was definitely time for her to up her game she decided as she removed her hand from his body and placed it on her left thigh. Very gently, she ran her fingertips from the top of her leg to the bottom. His eyes widened as he watched her fingers pursue an unrelenting path over her soft skin until she stopped at the juncture of her thighs.
Copyright 2013 Broken Truth – Beth Ashworth
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“Careful,” Callum said as he closed the space between them and placed his hands on her shoulders to steady her balance. He flicked his eyes up and down the length of her naked body, lingering unashamedly at the soft swells of her breasts. “I missed you,” he murmured huskily.
Even standing underneath the hot water of the shower, Charlie couldn’t help the way her nipples began to harden. She was unable to control the reactions of her body around Callum, so she had just learnt to embrace it.
“Your fucking tits are amazing,” Callum groaned as he stroked his hands down from her shoulders to cup her breasts. He squeezed them firmly in his hands before brushing the tips of his thumbs over her rosy, hardened peaks. Closing her eyes, Charlie bit down on her lower lip. “You like that?” he breathed as he continued to tease and knead her breasts.
Removing one hand from her chest, Callum firmly gripped the nape of Charlie’s neck and lowered his lips down to hers in one smooth movement. She closed her eyes and moaned softly as he sucked and nipped at her bottom lip.
The hot spray from the shower continuously pounded onto her skin, leaving her body feeling extremely sensitive. She gasped as a slight tremor ran the length of her body, which Callum used to slip his tongue inside of her mouth.
Meeting his tongue stroke for stroke, Charlie found her hands tracing across the well defined muscles of Callum’s stomach. Her fingertips dipped into each ridged groove before her hand found the small trail of hair that headed south. Brushing her fingers gently over the line of light and fluffy hair from his navel, she slowly crept further down until she reached his warm and pulsing shaft.
Copyright 2013 Broken Truth – Beth Ashworth