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Twisted Lies

(Dirty Secrets #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  133 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Sedona Venez comes an emotional, raw and captivating, romantic suspense.

Love her? Ruin her? How about both?

Sinthia Michaels is a rising fashion star.

Core McKay is rich, sexy, and a former kingpin in NYC’s organized crime underbelly.
Together, they spark a romance that could ignite a corporate empire—or bring everything crashing down.

Published September 30th 2014 by One Wish Publishing
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Jul 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Olga therebelreader
This is the first book I have read by Sedona Venez, and I loved it and Ms. Venez's writing style.
This story was just enough to whet my appetite. I really need more of Sin (-thia) and Core. Sin is a spit fire and Core is all alpha, tough and sexy. There is an instant attraction between them that neither plans on acting on. My only complaint is the all stalking idea but I'm not done with these two characters, I need to see what unfolds between them! I want more.
It's an easy, fast, sexy as hell
Nanci **Warning**IWasASailor⚓️MyMouthisDirty
This book was a bit different than other short series I have read. It starts off crazy hot! The first lines in the book had Sin and Core getting down and dirty...

“How the hell did this shit happen? I fucking hate him, but I want him. It was sick and sordid, and I couldn’t tell what this really was. I only knew when I was around him, he suffocated me with his twisted lies and dirty secrets, only to cruelly resuscitate me—and shamefully, I loved it.Core stepped forward, caging me alongside his
Sep 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
First of all, I hate it when authors divide one book into 4 or more novellas. I really hate it.

The fact that the book sucks doesn’t help either.
Piece of advice for all the authors doing this – you won’t make more money this way.

If the first part is crap, the only thing you earn is a bad review and one returned book with no intention of buying the others.
I usually don’t return a book once I’ve read it but in cases like this I’ll make an exception.

And for fuck’s sake, could you find another
Lustful Literature
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
** Josie's 4 Star Review

Twisted Lies by Sedona Venez, is the first book in a series of short novellas. Now do not let the word SERIES and short fool you. This author put a lot into this short read. The author gives us angst, drama, the thrill of danger, betrayal and two hot as sins characters. I normally do not like to read short series books because it is just that a bunch of short stories that happen over time, however, I will TELL YOU NOW – THIS WAS NOT THE CASE IN THE STORY. I loved it,
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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“You’ll never make it,” she screeched. “You’ll be back, begging for forgiveness.” My face tightened. “I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.” I turned on my heels and walked out of the office and through the teahouse. I was never planning on looking back. Stepping onto the sidewalk, I ripped the pearls off my neck, staring as they bounced and rolled across the pavement and into the gutter, exactly where they belonged. I glanced up at the beautiful clouds as
Aղցela W.
This was a short quick read that was good. Sinthia "Sin" Michaels is a rising fashion star. While putting out her first line she takes on a investor. Core McKay is a rich, sexy, and a former mob boss who is out for revenge and he is willing to use Sin to get it. This was a fast pace quick moving read. This book was hot these two have a lot of chemistry. This was the first book in a new series and a new author to me. I am looking forward to read the next book in this series.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta-read
I read this in beta form earlier in the year, and at the very least can remember wailing at the screen when it came to the end. So much more to come! I really enjoyed this and have wondered on and off since then, when I'd get to see the next part.
I was royally pissed off at our male lead, with his intentions and dragging Sin down.
Cannot wait til the next one is in progress!
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Mixed feelings. Ok...I was hooked when I started reading it. Its a fast short read. I read it pretty fast. I wanted to hate it because I knew it was part of a continuing series and I really hate those. The story is good but everything happened fast. I didnt like the timeline through it though. What I mean is there is a prologue about Sin and Core hot and heavy. Then chapter 1 is before she met him which is understandable. Then
Cyndi Garcia
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book and was asked to write a honest review. This book is a quick read and well written.
The book is about Sinthia Micheals making it as a designer and doing it all by herself. The author gives us a brief view of Sin's (Sinthia) world before she goes off to fashion school. the story briefly talks about the passing of her dad and the strain relationship with her so called mother aka Grace. Making it on her own is what Sin is having to do and she is determined to do that. She has
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I originally received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. I have since purchased a copy as well.

Twisted Lies is a good quick read. It has a wonderful story line, great characters, and several juicy angles to maintain the reader's interest. Core and Sinthia are working hard to avoid the inevitable. Both are alpha characters and it will be really interesting to see which character will end up on top. The prologue led us to believe there is some sort of relationship between
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of serial stories this year, but this had several elements that were unique and quickly grabbed my attention. First, boy does this open with a bang! The first page had me wanting to see just how hot and wrong it could get. Second I appreciated out heroine is so strong willed and take no prisoners. I look forward to seeing how that plays out with the alpha male lead.

There is a lot going on in a short amount of pages. Sin, the main character has to deal with a lot, from an evil
Rachel Beamin'
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, it appears, I am the only one that didn’t like this book.
There was so much shit going on, I seriously couldn’t process it.
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Twisted story

So I don’t usually give bad reviews but I really didn’t like this one and idk if it was me or the book but I could hardly keep up with who was who and what their purpose was . I’m still unsure how Jaxson and Core are related to one another in the story . I didn’t like Sin at all. She’s arrogant and cold like an ice queen. Definitely not a heroine in a romance novel even if it is dark. I really had a hard time with this one so I won’t be moving on in this series . Just not my style .
I was given this copy from the author

I loved the blurb to this so when i was asked by to the author if i wanted a copy the answer was a YES!!!!

The story was really good, I found this easy to get into and loved it, For me the characters were well written, I'm really looking forward to the next part, There was a cliffhanger but I'm ok with that as i know part's 2 and 3 are ready to read. Thank you Sedona for letting me read this great story.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! •

Twisted Lies is the first book in the Dirty Secrets book series.

I really liked this book and I'm soo glad I got an arc for it. It's an easy and quick read and I wish the book was longer because I want more!

I can't wait to read the other books in this series!

Thanks again for the arc! :)
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Got this from the author for an honest review. Wow...what a cliffhanger if an ending. Love some Sin...because she doesn't take any crap from anyone...tho she may have met her match. Can't wait to read the next two parts of this series. It's hooked me...
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first part of a series so beware if you don't like stories to end on a cliffhanger! Sin has had a difficult childhood but sher has worked hard and is finally doing well in the world of fashion. That is until she encounters Core. He is a successful businessman but he used to be a part of the Mob but he lost everything due to one person and , now that he is legitimate, he feels he still must pursue this person and he gets his chance through Sinthia. When a supposed friend misguides ...more
Sin, has always dreamed of designing clothes and is very excited when she gets accepted to fashion school. Due to financial reasons she has to drop out of school but with the help of other people she ends up designing her own fashion line. But in order to keep up with her line she needs money and gets an investor. As she's about to release her line, she finds out that her investor Core, isn't who she thought he was. Core is out for some revenge and doesn't care if she ends up getting hurt, all ...more
Yeluz Selarom
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh fans face ....

Wow that had some hot naughtiness! Sin has learned to stand alone, between the loss of her father and her user of a mother she has learned some life lessons.

Sin has managed to find a fashion sponsor in Tabitha, she in turn helps Sin find a private investor. Sin's best friend Jade Bellasario has always had doubts concerning Tabitha's motives. Now Sin has cause to regret as it turns out Core McKay the privateer turned business man now holds the purse strings. His first move was to
Brenda Moser
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing story with strong characters in Sinthia and Core as well as the multitude of supporting characters all who help to bring the story around. The author brings drama,fear,suspense,revenge and enough twists and turns to keep you reading. Sinthia and Core have a hot chemistry but she's resisting and their story ends in a cliffhanger. The story moves quickly and smoothly and leaves you wanting more.Looking forward to the next book.

All opinions in this review are my own and freely
Misty Goan
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well writtern intro to the events and actions that shapes Sin and Core's lives creating their current personalities. It is a wonderful storyline that maintains my interest following the depths of desperation that leads them to their current business relationship while Core maintains looking for his mathers killer. The story is quick moving and a semi dark read that can get pretty hot and heavy with several exciting angles. The story leaves you on a cliffhanger leading to another installment.

Melanie Marnell
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Devil And The Designer

Sinthia Michaels has had to fight and scrap her way up the ladder of success and life since she was a teen. Her abusive alcholic mother maligned her all her life . She was the apple of her father's eye but lost him too soon. Her saving grace? Her best friend Jade Belisario. The attacked life together. Now on the cusp of real success, Sin has unknowingly made a deal with the devil in the form of Core McKay. The man is domineering, exasperating and delishly hot. He has an
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She is a rising star in the fashion world and she knows how to look after herself. He wants to get his own back on the one who took everything from him. He had been a kingpin of the mob but he lost everything because of that one. He wants to use her for revenge but they fall for each other. Can he have it all? See if he can

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don’t know if it was me or what, but I was bored senseless. It dragged, I felt like it had potential, it interesting enough, the execution just missed. There was a lot going on while at the same time nothing at all. Bits and pieces of several events with no follow through. Too difficult for a short novella to pull off.
Rosemary Hughes
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A young woman fighting for her existence in the heady world of New York Fashion, rans up against a mother that is the daughter of the devil, a stalker ex lover and a revenge seeking billionaire, who is using her for is own ends.
I would like to read the next books in the series, although, I wonder if the suspense can be held throughout a 4 book series. Beware, it is a cliffhanger.
CL Westbrook
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg! Loved it. Left on a total cliff hanger but oh my what an amazing first book. You just kind of have a feeling what's going to happen between Core and Sin. Let's face it Core is a total ALPHA male and Sin is so under his spell. I can't wait for part two to see what happens. An absolute must read. 5 stars is just not enough to state this book xx
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story line and characters, Awesome !! Loved this book. The storyline was so interesting that it had me turning pages in anticipation of where it would lead . I was very intrigued with the characters in the story. Simply awesome . Definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. I would recommend to others. Worth the read and the money!
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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sedona Venez lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby--hooah--and their fur babies. She loves writing sizzling, sexy intricate stories about strong but broken characters who push limits, overcome their fears and risk it all for love.

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Other books in the series

Dirty Secrets (4 books)
  • Twisted Lies 2 (Dirty Secrets, #2)
  • Twisted Lies 3 (Dirty Secrets, #3)
  • Twisted Lies 4  (Dirty Secrets, #4)