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(Secrets and Lies #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  498 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Alternative cover for ASIN: B00HB5I6S0

Mia Ryan was on the path to make all her dreams come true. Her life was everything she wanted it to be; until one fateful night changed everything – leaving her broken and without direction. Nearly a year later, she still has little faith in anyone or anything. Desperate to reclaim her life’s ambition, she takes an unexpected offer
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 385 pages
Published December 19th 2013 (first published December 13th 2013)
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Her life was almost perfect. The outspoken Mia had love, college, great friends and a bright future to look forward to. In one evil swipe, her world fell apart, she was falsely accused of an extreme breach of faith at college, and it looked like the man responsible was the man who owned her heart, and then, like the coward he was, he ran away. For Mia escaping her past was now next to impossible until she strikes a deal that should give her back her future. All she had to do was become a ...more
Cassia Brightmore
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
conflicted 1
When I finished this book, I had one hell of a book hangover - I felt ruined, incomplete, I wanted more and I wanted it right that second. I even went as far as to post a status about how I was thanking God that book 2 in this series has already been released. M.M. Koenig to me is an undiscovered talent - her ability to draw the reader in is unbelievable. The plot moved along fluently, the writing style crisp and unique. This book has it all - suspense, a little danger, intrigue, deception and
Willow Brooks
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, I did love Mia and Ethan in this story. I have to say, this book is totally a romance with some evil villains thrown in. I thought it was well written and that all the sub characters were perfect for the story.

This is one that I do have to read the next book. I'm kind of shocked at myself because as HOT as Ethan is in this tale, he's not the aggressive over the top kind of alpha that I love so much. By the way the story ended he may be working his way to getting his Alphaness going.
Kat DeSalle
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a big cat, slowly stalking your mind. You know something Is there infiltrating your brain, but you aren’t sure what it is until all of a sudden…wham! You’re being pounced on, and fighting to tell which side is up or down. Let me tell you, the title is very appropriate, because it leaves you conflicted to say the least.

In the story, we meet our main character, Mia. She’s in a dark place after being kicked out of college—and betrayed by her long time love. Now, she lives with
Melissa Mendoza
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

“I took in every ounce of love that was pouring from his eyes. I loved him more than I could express. I didn’t know it was possible to feel this way about someone else. He released his grip from my cheeks and closed his eyes. He opened them moments later with such bliss that it sped up my heart.”

This book has the perfect combination of suspense, hot sex, and and mystery. I really fell in love with this book. The characters were fun to read and the
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I at first found this book a bit slow but as soon as Mia met Ethan I was sold and ate the rest of the book raw and now I am completely aching to read the next installation cuz wow what a passion and what raw heart breaking battles Mia must go through :) On top Ethan is damn sexy in hie domineering but loving ways <3
Bookworm Betties
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5- Conflicted Pretty much sums it up -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I hated this pain. I hated being numb all the time. I hated that my life's ambitions vanished because of him. I hated myself for allowing him into my heart, only to have him break it so badly that I barely found the pieces. I'd never be able to put them back together. The damage was so severe that any attempt to fix them was useless.

Mia Ryan may not have had the best family life growing up, but she was well on
Jamie  Zishka
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Conflicted was the first book in the Secrets and Lies Series. I would give this book a solid 4 stars. This book will blow you away with the twists and turns it will take. I literally was begging for the second book Complicated. This story is told in one person POV of Mia. It unfortunately ends in a cliffy. But the passion and determination of this couple make it worth the wait. This is the first book I have read my M. M. Koenig but I have become such a fan that I will be following not only this ...more
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
~*~ Obsessed by books copy given in exchange for an honest review~*~

"Is loving someone with every fiber of your being enough to save you?"

Mia was broken by her first love, to the point where she was only existing but then a twist of fate puts Ethan in her path and can this all consuming attraction win over her conflicted heart?

This is a suspenseful, twisty plot that keeps you guessing. Mia is one kick ass sassy lady, getting through the tough times the best way she can. Kicking off with a
Romance Readers Retreat
Mia Ryan is a young woman who's been wronged by her ex-boyfriend and was kicked out of college where she was studying journalism. She takes up on an offer she can't refuse to get her life back on track but what she didn't expect was to meet Ethan and all the twists and turns that were bound to happen between these two.
Love, lies, secrets, heartache, betrayal, how much can one person take before they crumble and stop trusting everyone and do things only for themselves? Join Mia and Ethan on this
Hooked On Books
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review done for Hooked on Books

Mia's in a better place than she was. The heart break and betrayal Micah left her with was devastating. Left with all the pieces of her life to pick up and try to put back together will leave her nothing like she was before. Her life has been hard even before this happened. One choice has now put herself and her family, her friends in danger and her heart. Ethan is an Adonis. Ethan and Mia are drawn to each other and finally Mia gives in to her heart and confesses
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The rug was pulled out from under Mia Ryan's life and she doesn't know why. She was in love and working toward a degree to fulfill her dream of being a journalist, then it all went away overnight. Now, months later, she's offered a chance to get herself on track, but it's dangerous and morally questionable. Her life doesn't get any simpler when she falls in lust at first sight with her new boss, Ethan Fitzgerald, who may be more problem than solution. There are a lot of mysteries in this book ...more
Lindsey Kramer
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Conflicted" by M.M. Koenig was a great book. It's one of those pieces of fiction that sucks you in and doesn't spit you out until the end... and when it does, it makes you want more. I was very happy to learn that this is the first book in a series and that the author is going to be writing more. There are times that when I read a book, I want more and then that book doesn't end up being part of a series... this one, thankfully is part of a series. This book is a must-read for summer. It has ...more
Jenn Green
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5- Conflicted Pretty much sums it up -Stars

Check out my FULL post @ Bookworm Betties

Happy Reading xo Jenn
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book can't wait to read more books by this author
Christina Borgoyn
This was a very hard book for me to get through.
Charity Foster
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
**4.5 Stars**
Oh, where do I even start? I had no expectations when I started this book but, I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. This story grips you right from the start and doesn’t let go. Honestly, I was a little frustrated because I don’t want to have to wait to find out what happens!! However, it gives me something to look forward to and I can’t wait to see how Mia’s story plays out.
Mia, oh poor Mia, was kicked out of school and had her dreams of being a journalist ripped away
Spunky N Sassy
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-star, 5-star
SNS Rating: 4.75

~~~~~~~~~~Amanda's Review~~~~~~~~~~

Another great read by M. M. Koenig. I loved the book from the beginning. As soon as I was finished reading it, I had to get, Complicated (the second book in the series). The details are very well written and just the right amount. A great read that will keep you very interested from the beginning. This book will leave you hanging and wanting more. I'm definitely ready for more.
I was given an ARC for my honest review.

The Truth
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***ARC Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

5 Stars!!

I absolutely love when an author pairs an amazing love story with lots of suspense. It evens out the tone of the story and always keeps you guessing. This is EXACTLY what M.M. Koenig did with Conflicted.

So Mia.... After being completely destroyed both personally and professionally by the boy who made her believe he would always keep her safe, she entered into a really dark place. (I mean, who wouldn't, right?) But by a
JB's Book Obsession - Jennifer
Mia Ryan is a girl lost. Betrayed by the one person who she should have been able to trust above all else she loses her way. A year later she is still floundering having been expelled from college her dreams of a career in journalism shattered. Until one day she’s made an offer that has the potential to change her life. When she decides to take the opportunity she’s faced with danger she could not have anticipated. One of the dangers is to her heart when she meets Ethan Fitzgerald, her boss. She ...more
Tbird London
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t read the first book when I signed up to review Conflicted. I am glad I took the time to do that because I think I would have lost some of the intense story plot and understanding of Mia. It is one thing to say she lost everything she valued in life and felt betrayed; it is a whole new story when you experienced that drama with her.

Conflicted begins with her second chance at a career and life. Lost not due to her own choices, is her college education, a dream career in journalism, the
Mary Ruth (TheReadingRuth)
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

Mia is feeling that her life has not purpose since she has lost all hopes of ever having a career in journalism again. Thanks to her ex-boyfriend that she was madly in love with sabotaged her work with the university paper. A chance meeting and possible prayer she has been looking for. What she doesn’t realize it she has just signed a deal with the devil…

Mia finds herself working at F. F. & Sweeney & Company but her real task is to be a mole for
I really looked forward to picking up Conflicted. When I was offered to read the book for an honest review, I was more than happy to do so. I will start out by saying this book was a little difficult to get into for me. There were a lot of unanswered questions within the first two chapters, and I was really lost as to what Mia's back history was. But, M.M Koenig did not disappoint as she quickly explained what was going on with a flashback to Mia's life several years prior.

We meet Mia as she
ByoBook Club
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

Was the reward worth the risk?

Mia Ryan knew what it was like to struggle. Growing up in a rough part of town, being raised begrudgingly by her lone living relative, Mia knew that life wasn’t going to be easy. With a close circle of friends, their families now her family; she made it through to college to pursue her journalism degree. Excelling in her studies, editing the prestigious college’s newspaper, and being loved by Micah was everything she could hope for. A stunning betrayal had her
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Was the reward worth the risk?

Mia Ryan knew what it was like to struggle. Growing up in a rough part of town, being raised begrudgingly by her lone living relative, Mia knew that life wasn’t going to be easy. With a close circle of friends, their families now her family; she made it through to college to pursue her journalism degree. Excelling in her studies, editing the prestigious college’s newspaper, and being loved by Micah was everything she could hope for. A stunning betrayal had her
books are love
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is aptly titled for it is a look at the conflicting feelings that reek havoc on our lives. Mia has been dealt a devastating hand, being betrayed by someone she loves has her on the verge of collapsing, and her only relief is her friends and roommates. This betrayal cost her what she thought was everything. She was expelled from college and now feels her dream to be a journalist is gone. When this happens she begins to lose herself and who she is. To try to regain a balance Mia accepts ...more
Shera Layn ~ Book Lovers Obsession
Conflicted is the first book in the Secrets and Lies Series. Mia Ryan didn’t have the glorious family life growing up and suffered the worst betrayal from someone she trusted. Her ex ripped her world apart, destroyed her in every sense. She has severe trust issues because of the hurt she suffered and keeps a close guard on her heart. She fortunately has fantastic roommates who are ultimately her family.

Mia is determined to pick her life back up and a golden opportunity comes her way. But is
Alicia Kline
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of romantic suspense, so this book already had me intrigued from the beginning. I like the fact that there's an actual plot/mystery behind the romance and I'm eager to find out more. Right now, I feel as though the author has simply laid the framework for what's going on. At the ending of this book, the reader still doesn't know much more about Ethan's company and Harrison's true motives than at the beginning.

I like Mia and Ethan as a couple. They are both hiding behind secrets,
Books Laid Bare
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story of secrets and lies, of standing tall and making every day count.
Mia ended up being booted out of college through no fault of her own, her good for nothing ex meant that when they showed her the door, she was gone for good. But when she gets the opportunity to set her life back on course, while perhaps not what she wants to do, it is a case of needs must and as such she takes the job.
But like they say when one door closes another one opens and despite the circumstances, her new job
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M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.

When she has free time and isn't writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly

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Secrets and Lies (3 books)
  • Complicated (Secrets and Lies, #2)
  • Concealed (Secrets and Lies, #3)