Blog Tour - Review ★ The Lie by Karina Halle

The Lie by Karina Halle
Release date: Feb 15, 2016 

Their love led to a lie.

Their truth led to the end.

Scottish enigma Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident - and, subsequently, his job - he's finally moving forward with his life, securing a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and starting a new chapter in the city. Slowly, but surely, he's pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.

Until he sees her.

Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she'd die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she's in London, she's ready to start over again.

Until she sees him.

Because some loves are too dangerous to ever rekindle.
And some loves are too powerful to ignore.
Can you ever have a second chance at a love that ruined you?

The Lie is a second-chance romance with a dark, forbidden twist.

Seconds into the book and I all ready felt my heart begin to squeeze. The prologue alone shattered my heart to bits. It is no joke. 
Luckily, Karina pieced it back together little by little as I went further into The Lie.

So Brigs McGregor was introduced in The Play and you get to see more of him in Winter Wishes. WW was sort of an introduction in itself for Brigs. We were given a vague and brief snippet of his haunting past, and really, that was but a crumb of his dark history.

Brigs lost his wife and only child in a car accident four years prior. Four years, he’s had to live with the guilt of causing it to the point where he became damaged beyond repair. Or so he thought.
His only crime was falling in love. He met a woman, Natasha Trudeau, who opened his eyes and revived his heart. The two were doomed before they could even begin. His marriage kept him from acting on his thoughts, but he couldn’t keep himself from feeling everything Natasha inspired. The consequence of their love was the unfortunate loss of his family. Brigs spiraled into a universe of self-loathing and grief, which caused him to cease communication from Natasha.

Years later, Brigs finally begins the healing process with the help of therapy and time. He moves to London and restarts his teaching career at Kings College. As he continues to put the pieces back, they’re jostled by Natasha’s sudden presence outside his classroom. He soon finds out he wasn’t the only one to suffer all those years ago.

Fair warning, there is a bit of cheating going on here. Primarily emotional cheating, although we don’t see too much of it. Personally, cheating doesn’t dissuade me from reading a book though I understand if it does for you. I do implore that you give this book a chance anyway, because this is a beautiful book you do not want to miss out on.
I thought The Play was out of this world, but The Lie just took over.

This is a second-chance, standalone romance that reveals the reality of a less shiny relationship. Not all love stories travel a flawless path. Some are darker, more painful journeys. The Lie was raw to its very core. The two characters each endure a brutal fight with themselves and have to learn to slay their own demons that arisen from their love.
Brigs and Natasha were both riddled with sorrow and 
weighed down by guilt for their part in the two deaths. They struggled with the fears and imperfections, but somehow found a sliver of hope in the darkness. Overcoming the past was vital for them to even consider moving on and starting a present. They felt their potent love just as much as the reader is able to.

This was such an intense read. Agonizing at moments that made me cry, nay sob. I’m talking guttural sounds at one point. There’s so much sadness you almost can’t breathe through it all. I wish we had been able to get a little more happiness in the mix. I didn’t feel like there was enough good to counteract the bad. I know it’s there, we just don’t get to witness it. But I suppose that makes this story all the more real.

Luckily, Karina’s characters are always so complex and rich that you don’t get a one-sided personality. There was a good amount of wit and great comedy, believe it or not, when you least expect it. It helped to lighten the majority of the drama and sadness.

It was lovely seeing Lachlan and Kayla. and of course, Winter. There was a particular scene between brothers that brought me to tears. Lachlan reminded me why I fell so hard for him in his book.
I need a McGregor, at this point I wouldn’t be picky, but Professor Blue Eyes is most definitely my cuppa.

Oh and in case you didn’t surmise it, this is one of my favorite reads of 2016 and in the coveted number one spot as of today.

Side note: I’m really proud of Karina and grateful that she found the strength and inspiration to publish this particular piece of work. I know she had doubts that overtook her at one point, but this is truly magic that the world needs to read. Yes, it’s controversial but this is a love like no other. This a beautiful example of soulmates

I adore second chance romances. most of the time I can go along with the story and appreciate the two characters who find each other again. But rarely do I read about two characters that make me truly believe.

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.