Lovers and liars, divas and sinners, welcome to a world of scandal, where one woman will pay the ultimate price.
SUSPENSE: Georgia’s best friend, ballroom dancing sensation Mitzi, has vanished with boyfriend Foster while on holiday in California. Can Georgia get to the truth of their disappearance before it’s too late?
SECRETS: Reality TV star Nova could give the Kardashians a run for their money. But while she allows millions of viewers into her fabulous home, she’s unaware what her husband, celebrity mogul Jacob, is up to behind closed doors …
SEX: Tanya is filthy rich, married to a man who adores her but she is restless. And her sexual appetite is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
SCANDAL: Victoria, once the trophy-wife, has lost her mojo. Determined to get her life and marriage back on track, she’s desperate to inject some excitement in her life – but at what cost?
From the glitz of Hollywood to the glamour of Milan and the exotic luxury of India, Scandalous Lies is a deliciously unputdownable read.
*Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
‘This whole industry is built on scandalous lies, so what’s new?’
News is I’ve read a bonkbuster and I liked it, I liked it a lot! After years of avoiding books with explicit sex scenes I actually read a bonkbuster and I enjoyed every second of it. Obviously I don’t have a problem with contemporary romance with lots of sex in it, however I’ve been reading the wrong books thinking all bonkbusters are crap. But Nigel May proved me wrong, he actually proved to me I can enjoy a hot, steamy sex scene as long as it’s good written. And seriously, Mr May can write a bloody damn good sex scene (fair warning though, bit kinky at times)! I see the whole ‘Grey’ craze and the buzz around EL James’s books and get sick at the thought of so many people thinking what she writes is steamy sex. If you don’t believe me, you should try this book and see what I’m talking about. Mr May can teach EL James how to write a good sex scene!
But in ‘Scandalous Lies’ there’s a good dose of mystery too. In fact, despite the amount of sex in this book, it’s the mystery element that drives the plot. A famous couple from UK is missing, last time seen in Hell’s Canyon. No one knows the reasons for their disappearance, however they do know Mitzi and Foster are not the suicidal type or type of people someone would hate that much to kill them. The investigations stop soon and seems police has no answers, but Mitzi’s friends are still not giving up on her, looking for ways to find her, especially after it was announced that Foster’s body was found. They don’t believe Mitzi is capable of killing Foster, as she was so in love with the guy.
‘Scandalous Lies’ introduces us to so many characters and their stories, I admit sometimes I had trouble in keeping track and even wondered what do this characters have in common with Mitzi and her disappearance. However, by the end of the book everything falls into its place and makes perfect sense, giving us the closure we’re after.
You know how things are with the celebrities, right? There’s a certain cliche in these kind of books, but honestly I don’t mind. I do find these books (no matter if they are fiction or memoirs) really fascinating. I’m transported to a world so different from my own, and connecting with this characters is really challenging. But that’s what makes these celebrity books full of glamour so fun and special for me.
Sex, scandal, rivalry, filthy rich people, divas, mystery, drama, this book has it all. It’s the perfect beach read you will not be able to put down. The only reason why I’m not giving it a higher rating is the fact that the end seemed bit rushed and with so many characters involved I was lost at times. But still, I was impressed with the mystery element and I couldn’t predicted the ending at all.
This is the 3rd book by Mr May, his previous being ‘Trinity’ and ‘Addicted’ and seems that some of the characters in ‘Scandalous Lies’ can also be found in his previous books. I was thrilled to found out about this as I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about Evie, Victoria, Georgia, Nova, Charlie, etc.
Speaking of characters, I loved Georgia and how she doesn’t give up on finding her friend. I think I would be slightly more convinced in their genuine friendship if Mr May included more scenes from Georgia and Mitzi’s history. But I was still rather pleased with both of these characters, though they are so diverse. I was surprised to find that I liked even Victoria, who’s the weakest of them all, and even develops a drug addiction. As I woman, I could feel her pain and fear over losing her family, though I couldn’t approve of the way she handles things. But there was a certain balance between the characters, some were striving for perfection and some are too flawed, but I guess everything is possible in the world of stars.
Overall this is a fantastic, easy, light read perfect for relaxing on this heat. Make sure you have the air con on max, because if the heat outside doesn’t make you melt, Mr May’s writing sure will. I’ll definitely be checking out Mr May’s other books and will certainly be on a watch out for his next.
My rating: 8/10