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Forgiving Lies

(Forgiving Lies #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  12,356 ratings  ·  1,107 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
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 th
Jennifer Armentrout
Mar 03, 2013 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.
Jan 22, 2013 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. Y
Nov 09, 2013 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
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
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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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
Mar 28, 2017 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 miss
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 HEA!

Feb 06, 2013 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 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
Jul 29, 2013 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
Heather Putnam
Jul 02, 2013 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 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. ...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
Oct 20, 2013 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
Jacqueline's Reads
May 18, 2013 marked it as top-tbr
There's a lot of buzz with Molly McAdams books, I need see what the fuss is about. ...more
Mar 23, 2015 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 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
Nov 20, 2013 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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I honestly would have given this book 5 stars if not for the epilogue.

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Tracey (Life and Literature)
I don't know if it was the slumpy reading mood I've been in, or that this book just wasn't for me. It took me two weeks to read it, and I just didn't feel any connection to the characters. And I'd been so excited for it too. ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Molly McAdams... where have you been all my life?! Officially added to my favorite authors list.

I've been in a big book slump lately but I think it's safe to say that it is officially over!
Logan Kash is my new book boyfriend..
Ashley Daniele
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 stars! I can't believe It took me this long to get to this one. ...more
Stevie Carroll
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread:

I really felt that this book needed to come with a strong warning, or at least a more accurate blurb. For much of the first two chapters I felt as if I was reading a different book to the one described, although with a similarly named and described heroine. The book begins with Rachel being pressured into dating her best friend’s cousin (I really wanted to tell the best friend to date the cousin herself if he was that wonderful, but then I r
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I just loved this one… although it is totally different from Molly’s other books that I have read. This is Logan (Kash) and Rachael’s story.

Kash is a Undercover cop and can't afford a distraction he is good at his job and he loves it but a distraction is just what he gets when he meets his new neighbor Rachel Masters on the first day of his new assignment. She's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen hands down and all attitude but he loves it. Kash trys to stay away from relationships he does
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Molly has done it again! I totally love Molly’s books and Forgiving Lies is up there with her other books. Taking Chances will forever be one of my favorite books. I read it months ago and I still talk about it. Chase. OMG. Chase. Wait a minute. I’m supposed to be reviewing Forgiving Lies not talking about Taking Chances. Sorry. See? That’s what Molly does to you. Her books are so good, you can’t forget them. My point is, Molly is great and I love her and Forgiving Lies is great. Ok. Here are my ...more
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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movi ...more

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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."
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