ARC Review ✭ Just One Lie by Kyra Davis +Giveaway

Title: Just One Lie
Author: Kyra Davis
Series: Just One Night
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Gallery
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC via publisher
The long-awaited follow-up novel to the runaway New York Times bestseller Just One Night—which Publishers Weekly gave a starred review and proclaimed, “Davis skillfully creates an uplifting story in which sex is presented both as freedom and as a metaphor for power, and where raw chemistry is the clear winner over bland complacency.”

In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions—and found herself—through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.

Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.

So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?

Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely? 

Mercy, previously known as Melody, is a hot mess. She’s never truly come to terms with her tragic past. Her family erased her from existence and the one man she felt a connection to left after one night and never saw him again. On the outside, Mercy seems like she has control of her life. Of course when compared to the old version of herself, she has improved a great deal. However, there’s a lot of darkness still mingling inside her that needs to be dealt with.
When Ash, Mercy’s one night stand, reappears he brings up a past that is both good and bad. She rekindles her relationship with him, but his bad boy tendencies take a toll on her.

This was my first Kyra Davis book—though I’ve had her books on my TBR list for quite some time—and I’m happy to say that I’m now an official fan. 
As I started reading the first few pages, I felt intensely drawn to Mercy’s words. The way she expressed her deep and dark thoughts were captivating through and through. She had countless regrets, and though her spiraling downwards had been slowed immensely, she still struggled every second of every day.

Bit by bit we got another piece to Mercy’s screwed up puzzle. And despite being happy gaining the information, my heart also broke a little more each time. 
Most of the time, I felt this sinking weight in my chest and gut because I felt every grim emotion Mercy was feeling. Other times I was frustrated and angered by the toxicity that she surrounded herself with; Ash above all else. I hated him so much, but in the end, I saw it was necessary for him to be in her life when he was.

In fact, many of the side characters we meet along the way are meant to influence Mercy in one way or another. 
Like the other man who comes into Mercy’s life around the same time as Ash’s reappearance. He’s sweet and stable and everything Ash is not. He had my vote from the beginning, but I’ll let you find out for yourself what happens with Mercy.

I really don’t want to say anything more because I want everyone to have the same reading experience I had. I fear going on further and giving important details away. Rest assured this complex story will mess with your head, break your heart, and test your strength.

Just One Lie is book two in the Just One Night series, but can be read as a stand alone. 

Kyra Davis is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Just One NightPure Sin and Sophie Katz series as well as So Much For My Happy Ending. Just One NIght has been optioned for television by Anonymous, (the producers of True Detective)
Before publishing her first book, Sex, Murder And A Double Latte in 2005 Kyra supported herself and her son as a marketing manager for a sports club and before that was a department manager at Nordstrom’s Savvy department. She studied at The Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising and Golden Gate University.
Kyra now lives with her husband (director and screenwriter, Rod Lurie), her teenage son (proud science-geek and Hawaiian-Shirt-aficionado), dog (champion eater and guardian of the backyard…no squirrel will dare set foot in it) and gecko (the gecko doesn’t do much).

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