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Forgiving Lies (Forgiving Lies #1)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  11,303 Ratings  ·  1,053 Reviews
A matter of secrets...
Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan can't afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies...
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel wou
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by William Morrow & Company
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Pancakes and green Sour Patch Kids Stars


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“You’re like Sour Patch Kids candy.”“What the hell?” “Sour . . . then sweet.”

* Warning the heroine is raped in this book and there are some details*

Forgiving Lies is my first Molly McAdams book and It was awesome. I really like her writing style and the book flowed nicely. I was never bored and this story wrung every emotion possible out of me. I was all over the place emotionally. One minute I was laughing, then I was shouting "AH HELL TO TH
4 Sour Patch stars!

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Anyone who has read anything by Molly McAdams knows she is famous for certain things... so before I start my review, here are a few things you may want to know before jumping into this book!

Does any one die? (view spoiler)
Is there a love triangle/cheating? (view spoiler)
Did I cry? (view spoiler)
Is there a c
Jennifer Armentrout
Mar 03, 2013 Jennifer Armentrout rated it it was amazing

This is so different from Molly's previous books and in my opinion, the BEST so far. Forgiving Lies is a sexy, hold onto the edge of your seat thriller and hot romance. Now I have a thing for guys with lip rings. KASH.
Ava Oceana
Jan 22, 2013 Ava Oceana marked it as to-read
I read an excerpt of FORGIVING LIES, and I'm honestly torn: on one hand, Rachel has to be one of the strongest protagonists McAdams has ever written. My jaw almost dropped while reading it:

Now I was getting mad. He didn't own me, he definitely wasn't my boyfriend, and this was Aaron. The same gay guy Blake didn't like 'loking at me'. "And since when do you get to decide who I hang out with? Look, maybe I've been giving you the wrong impression over the last few days, but we aren't together. You
Nov 09, 2013 Patrycja rated it really liked it

Forgiving Lies was such a wonderful, sensual surprise. I was very nervous about picking it up, because previous Molly McAdams’ books were, in my opinion, a complete disaster. Her love for love triangles, and more drama than necessary was a little bit over the edge for me, but the incredibly good synopis of her new novel piqued my interest and I just needed to get my hands on Forgiving Lies. I was sold the moment I read the words: ‘undercover cop’ tattoos, lip ring’ . Can you blame me? Sexy cop
Jan 08, 2014 Shawna rated it did not like it
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1 star – NA/Contemporary/Romantic Suspense

The only thing I liked about this book was the Austin, Texas setting. Everything else about it was annoying, ridiculous, implausible, and melodramatic.

*Weak, stupid, annoying, TSTL, and doormat heroine.

*Quite possibly the absolute worst, bitchiest best friend and secondary character–EVER! I loathed her to utter distraction. I couldn’t stomach that the heroine remained best friends and continued living with her after everything that happened. I spent the
Patti TheLoveJunkee
PJV Quickie: I’ve read and enjoyed other books by Molly McAdams and I really wanted to like Forgiving Lies. Unfortunately, I found the story to be formulaic and the characters unlikable. At about the halfway point I started getting into the story, but then the epilogue ruined it for me (again).

Rachel Masters is finishing up her third year of college. Rachel’s parents died at the beginning of her senior year of high school and her BFF Candice’s family took her in for her senior year. Rach
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Molly McAdams has done it again! All her previous books have had the perfect mix of romance, emotion and angst and Forgiving Lies is no exception. I loved the light thriller element that this book had; it added an extra something to Molly’s usual style of writing.

Yet again Molly has given us a very swoon worthy male lead who I am sure will steal the hearts of many readers. Kash is strong, protective and incredibly car
Nicklein Mae
Mar 28, 2017 Nicklein Mae rated it really liked it
This book shattered my expectations. I thought it would be a) light and would not
b) end with a BIG cliffhanger!

What now? I am not allowed to do anything fun right now and read the next book because I HAVE A LOT OF REVISIONS TO DO. And I can't wait to see what happens next.

Please kill me now.

This book has everything I want in my suspense-na-contemporary. And more. It was sassy, fun, thrilling, swoony and sexy! And it was blurbed by Jennifer Almentrout! What more could you ask for?!

“I’ve missed
Mar 24, 2016 Sina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Sterne <3
ey leute das buch ist sooo gut :(
Es ist ein New adult Roman mit Krimi elementen.
Und die Protagonistin hier ist richtig untypisch, da sie überhaupt nicht nervig ist, obwohl sie so schlimmes in iher Vergangenheit erfahren musste.
Und ich liebe Kash :(
Kash ist der beste.
und ich brauche den zweiten teil jetzt sofort.
Absolute Lese -mpfehlung .
und wenn die am ende nicht heiraten und keine kinder bekommen bin ich für immer depressiv :(
That Girl KL.
4.5 stars

WOW. That's all i can say at the moment!
I mean seriously! This was awesome!

Rachel & Kash. *swooon*
Candice - BFF - *gagg*
Mason - GBFF - *LOVE*
Blake - Creepy-Cousin - *HATE*

I loved the story and how it progressed into something beautiful BUT i am none-to-happy about that fucking ending! Seriously?!? I despise cliffhangers with a passion. I was hoping -and praying- that it ended on a happy note. NO SUCH LUCK!

Now i gotta wait til Book #2 comes out to see if Rachel & Kash get their
Jan 02, 2016 DaniiWho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich hab eine typische Geschichte für dieses Genre erwartet und wurde mehrmals überrascht. Unglaublich gut!! Ich konnte das Buch nicht aus der Hand legen und je näher ich zum Ende kam umso mehr wollte ich wissen was passiert. Hat sich gelohnt die Nacht über wach zu bleiben und dieses Buch zu lesen. Am Besten ist es wenn man gar nicht viel über die Handlung weiß und sich überraschen lässt. Ich brauch den 2ten Teil!!
Feb 06, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Molly McAdams!

Rachel is in her junior year of college with her bestie Candice. After her parents died Candi’s family took her in and raised her like one of their own. Her story begins with the tale of Blake’s (Candi’s cousin and her childhood crush) infatuation with her. But then this story takes a turn.

Logan ‘Kash’ is working undercover with his partner Mason, when a case goes bad they find themselves in Austin working a new case with new identities. Trying to bring down th
Aug 16, 2014 Brianna rated it it was amazing
Okay, first off. Molly McAdams.... We start to get a happy epilogue then THAT gets thrown. Why. Just. Why?! But loved this book despite that cliffhanger ending. I'm very happy I have the sequel on my shelf and will definitely be starting that very soon. I now understand the green Sour Patch Kids reference. :) Loved Kash, but then again, who wouldn't love him?! I'm nervous yet excited to see what happens in the sequel. This book wasn't at all what I expected it to be. I got teary eyed and almost ...more
Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance
FULL review posted 4-16-14


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After losing her parents Rachel Masters was lucky to have her best friend Candice along with her loving family; whom upon hearing the devastating news willingly took her in. In the dark months following their death the only one who helped to bring Rachel out of the darkness was Eli, Candice’s older brother. As time passed sh
Heather Putnam
Jul 02, 2013 Heather Putnam rated it it was amazing
Got an early copy at a book signing yesterday and stayed up until 2:30 in the morning to finish it. A-MA-ZING! I absolutley LOVED Kash and Rachel! They are my new favorite book couple, for sure. Their banter back and forth is the best I've ever read. So funny! Of course this is Molly McAdams we're talking about so IT. IS. INTENSE! This is her first book series (all the others are stand-alones) so it shouldn't have surprised me that there was a cliffhanger. AHH! Come on Deceiving Lies! Taking Cha ...more
Aparajita Mukherjee
Dec 12, 2013 Aparajita Mukherjee rated it did not like it
I didn't find this book very interesting. The theme is cliched and there is nothing special about the characters. The chemistry between Rachael and Kash is just plain. Again the friendship of Rachael and Candice is nowhere near heartwarming. Candice can't be even considered a good friend. I am disappointed.
Jacqueline's Reads
May 18, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as top-tbr
There's a lot of buzz with Molly McAdams books, I need see what the fuss is about.
Jul 29, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
HOW HAVE I WAITED THIS LONG TO READ THIS BOOK? My sister read Forgiving Lies forever ago and I remember her saying that it was awesome, but I just never got around to reading it. I picked it up for the "yellow book" challenge for the booktubeathon and I gobbled this book up in one day.

Undercover cop Kash can't have any distractions when he's undercover, especially the new case that he and his partner have been put on. Finding the serious killer The Carnation Killer is imperative so that more gi
Oct 20, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
Why only 2 stars? Obviously it is a popular book and a popular author. It has steamy sex scenes. The story is filled with tension and jump scenes. The truth is, it lacked depth, was very predictable (except the last humdinger), and I thought the writing style was sophomoric. True, one of the protagonists was only 21 but the author isn't. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a teenager's diary. Repetitive visions in the mind that spilled out on the page and poor use of language. I'm not even talki ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Svenja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-sterne, favorites
Eigentlich gebe ich Büchern aus diesem Genre nie mehr als 4 Sterne, weil sie mir nie besonders genug sind. Der erste Teil der "Love & Lies"-Bücher ist aber einfach so gut, da konnte ich nicht anders.

Rachel und Kash sind so perfekt zusammen. Zwischen ihnen sprühen die Funken und es gibt keine künstlichen Dramen.

Die Geschichte ist noch dazu sehr spannend und emotional. Ganz gemein ist der fiese Cliffhanger, aber in zwei Monaten erscheint ja schon die Fortsetzung *_*
Mar 22, 2017 Kari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf
Sorry, aber das Buch ist echt beschissen
Anna Banana
Feb 04, 2013 Anna Banana rated it really liked it

Well dayum, that was quite the read. That cliffhanger was pretty brutal but luck for me I have the second book already waiting on my kindle for me :) Full review to come, but here are my thoughts on it overall:

*Loved Logan and I love him even more knowing that Molly McAdams based him off her husband! Makes me want to believe that I could find someone like that one day. <3

*His best friend Mason is freaking awesome and I really hope he gets his own book...just not with Candice.

*Candice, Rachel'
Mar 23, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it

Forgiving Lies is the first book in the Forgiving Lies series. It is my second book by Molly McAdams (the first was Taking Chances).

The narrators are 21 year old Rachel (in college) and undercover cop Kash (26).

When the book starts Rachel has left California and followed her best friend Candice to college in Texas. Candice's cousin Blake lives in Texas too. Rachel had a huge crush on him when she was a kid. And now Blake is a trainer at their university. And he really wants to date Rachel.

Kash a
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I was lucky enough to have access to this ARC- I will post a full review on the blog closer to release date, but here are my quick notes :)

Molly McAdams is a gifted writer. I ‘ve read and loved all of her published books and was very excited to receive an ARC of Forgiving Lies for review. Following the trend from her previous books she emotionally invests you in her characters and will keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping the pages to quickly see what is coming next. I have yet to read a
Oct 26, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Kash and Rachel were just great! It had romance, banter, angst, pancakes and sour patch kids. The mystery really kept me on edge and I had to hold my breath a couple of times towards the end. Pacing wise, there were more than a couple of jumbled time lapses, but the writing was so good, that I didn't let myself care. Now, that ending, oh that ending...I should really take a star off for that out of the blue, mind-blowingly frustrating cliffhanger. I'm not one to ever bring these up or m ...more
Diana Solito
3,5 Sterne
Ich muss gestehen, dass ich mir etwas mehr von dem Buch versprochen hatte, denn alles in allem sind sowohl die Story, als auch die Charaktere sehr oberflächlich und schwammig geblieben...
Man hätte aus der Story "Stalker-Undercover-Bulle-Opfer" viel mehr rausholen können...
Vielleicht lag es daran, dass es ein New Adult Buch gewesen ist, und deshalb gerade die Krimi bzw Psychoelemente nur angeschnitten worden sind... Mir hat einfach die Tiefe und die Spannung gefehlt!
Rachel mochte ich, o
Nov 20, 2013 Meri rated it really liked it
I think by now it's clear, that I love Mollys books. I love her writing style, her storys, her characters ( I didn't like the best friend chandi in this book though ) I just love love love reading her books. There's always just the right amount of drama and you can literally feel the emotional connection between her characters, feel it blossoming and growing. As for this book, it also helped that the male character was an undercover cop ( one can never go wrong with a guy in Uniform (; ) AND had ...more
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“I forgive you, but no more lies."
She leaned away and propped herself up on an elbow. "I'm serious, Kash. Not even the forgiving lies to save me from getting my feelings hurt. If I ask you if my butt looks big, you can't lie."
"Woman, you barely even have an ass. That was the worst example you could have used.”
“People say that being in love is amazing. They lie. It’s freaking terrifying.” 16 likes
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