Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan #Review

Posted July 30, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 8 Comments

Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan #Review
Filthy Beautiful Lies

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Series: Filthy Beautiful Lies #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 18, 2014
Pages: 306
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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I was going through my TBR collection on my Kindle when I hit this story and said “Why not?” I didn’t really know what it was about at first, so it kind of shocked me to learn the virgin heroine was selling herself as a sex slave to get the money she needed for an experimental cancer treatment for her twin sister. We follow this 21 year old virgin as she steps onto the stage where a bright light keeps her from viewing the men in the audience. Dressed only in her blue panties, her body is on display for all to see. A man purchases her for 1 million dollars. A heck of a lot more than she needed for the treatment.

And so begins the journey of Sophie and Colton.

The story is told in a first person narrative and we get both sides of the story. I didn’t know anything about Colton. I didn’t know if he was looking for a BDSM sex slave, a woman to just fuck around with or whatever. So it is slow getting to know him which is what made me continue the story.

Colton drags Sophie along with sensual promises, but also with rebuffing that plays with Sophie’s mind. The two exist with each other as they get to know each other. There aren’t much in the way of rules other than she must stay with him for six months and submit to all of his desires and needs. While I want to say this was an erotic romance, I can’t. There are elements missing for me to say it is erotic. I was on edge, but not in a pleasurable way. Why? You have been warned it is a spoiler.

Spoiler Alert
There is no penetration, or intercourse throughout the entire book. There is oral sex, mostly her blowing him and only once her getting fingered.

Colton holds onto a secret that ultimately causes them a lot of hurt in the end. And that leads to a cliffhanger that continues in the second book. There are a lot of things to work out. I don’t totally understand why Colton purchases Sophie. At one point you think he just wants free access to sex. Another point you think he is just pissed he got outbid on another sex slave. It all is un-character like as we get to know Colton.

I like Colton, but I don’t like that he purchased Sophie. I like Sophie and I understand why she sold herself. I just can’t really wrap my head around the situation really well. The two draw closer, but also farther away through the book.

While it was an interesting premise, I kind of got caught in what the heck just happened too much. And quickly went out and bought all the books in the series. It ends in a cliffhanger, so I can only say the beginning grabbed me, but I am not totally sure I enjoyed just how uncomfortable I felt reading it.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Shari, so will you be buying book 2? These are the types of reads I like to dive into when all in the trilogy/series are available.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I bought all the books in the series and have read them all. So the reviews are coming up! I just have to write them, lol. Yeah, I am glad they were all out or I would have been so mad at the end.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I bought all the books in the series and have read them all. So the reviews are coming up! I just have to write them, lol. Yeah, I am glad they were all out or I would have been so mad at the end.

  • I can see why it attracted and repelled you at the same time. Not sure I could have resisted either- dratted curiosity. 😉

  • Only 2.5 flames? The cover of this book practically SCREAMS five flames. Hmph! 😀 I clicked your first spoilers and ugh, honestly I would not be happy with that lack of things. Different or no, this is a romance novel! I have expectations! LOL.

    Great review, Shari!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yes, it was hard to figure out what kind of flames to give it. He makes her give him blowjobs and while she is turned on, I found it not erotic at all. Most of the book, she never gets any pleasure and since you read the spoiler, you know why it didn’t get a lot of stars. She only gets one really good scene where she gets off herself. So yep, I wouldn’t say it is hot because it felt wrong and not pleasurable at all.

      I wrote the second review today and still kept the secret close to my heart. It is more erotic than this one, but this one suffered from Colton not really knowing what to do with someone he just bought, especially with his secret and knowing why she auctioned herself off for.

  • I have read a book with that set-up once and it didn’t quite work for me, on the other hand it creates an interesting situation, but it also feels like they get off the wrong foot for romance somehow. It is interesting how you slowly get to know Colton during the book, although I am not a fan of the secret keeping as it always comes back to bite them.
    I’ve read some of the first novels by this author, but haven’t tried any of her more recent ones. Not sure why, just haven’t felt the urge to buy any of them. Good review and I can see why this got your curiosity, but also didn’t fully work for you!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      This is my first time with the author. I guess what bothered me…well he bought her for 6 months so in a way he doesn’t owe her anything for the secret. On the other hand, he feels the secret is enough not to take her virginity. So It just made me very uncomfortable and I didn’t know what was expected out of either one when they got home. It just left me at times with a creepy feeling.