Review: Sweet Ugly Lies by Nazarea Andrews

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

With an okay start to the Green County series via Dirty Sexy Secret, which was the story of foster siblings Brandon Archer and Hazel Compton, and its stellar follow-up in Dirty Stolen Forever, which was about Aiden Delvin and Colt Rayburn, the series falters a bit with the third and latest release, Sweet Ugly Lies. This is a story that had baker Gabriel Delvin and cop Elijah Beasley taking one step forward and one giant leap back in their years-long non-relationship. You see, Gabe lies. A lot. And it's a bad habit of his that Eli is more than aware of, knowing all too well when his non-boyfriend is doing it. But try as they might, neither Gabe nor Eli can stay away from each other for a prolonged amount of time. Except this last time has stretched to over two months. Eli wants honesty; Gabe wants trust. One cannot exist without the other--both for honesty and trust and for Eli and Gabe. When the reason for Gabe's years of lies returns to Green County, Gabe knows Eli is going to demand answers--answers that Gabe can't afford to tell him. They say the truth can set you free, but in Gabe's and Eli's case, it could very well imprison them.

I was so looking forward to finally reading Gabe and Eli's story, what with all the tension and veiled looks and exchanges these two had in the first two books. But after finishing their book, I couldn't help but feel a disconnect, not just between them and me, but between the two of them as well. For the life of me, I couldn't fully understand why Eli stuck around for as long as he did, even though Gabe never really hid his penchant for lying. I get his reasons for the outright lies and the thinly veiled deception, but Gabe knowingly played around with Eli's feelings, realizing that sooner or later, they would end up in each other's beds anyway. Oh, the sexual attraction was there in spades, but if we're talking about a deeper one? Yeah, it just wasn't there. Eli had my sympathies until he treated Archer terribly, disregarding the friendship and brotherhood they had always had and for what? It was just disappointing. To be honest, I found myself more interested in the supporting character that suddenly appears and the revelation of his secret, so I hope he's up next in the series. Sweet Ugly Lies faltered, so I'm giving it three stars. ♥


Read my reviews for the Green County series: 

Dirty Sexy Secret (book one) - 3.5 stars - My Review

Dirty Stolen Forever (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Sweet Ugly Lies (book three) - three stars - My Review (posted above)


Date Read: 14 May 2017

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