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The Lies That Define Us

(Us #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Ariella Geller is on the run from some very bad people and Liam Wade doesn’t know what he’s running from.

Freedom has been an elusive dream for Ari, but when her chance for escape comes, she takes it. She finds herself in California and forced to accept help from strangers in order to stay off the streets and avoid being found by those she ran from.

Liam Wade is sick of livi
Published February 9th 2016
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Raquel Auriemma
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally write my reviews as soon as I finish beta reading something, but this time, I had to! Because I don't want to forget where my thoughts are taking me. Micalea's fans know that this is the second in the spin-off series from the Olivia and Willow Creek series'. This is Liam's story. If you read, The Road That Leads to Us, you know that was such a fun story. An adventure. Well The Lies That Define Us is a little different. It only has hints of the fun (Ollie) that TRTLU had, but tha ...more
This was a great story about 2 broken people finding and healing each other. I didn’t read book 1 The Road That Leads To Us before reading The Lies That Define Us but I think there were really no spoilers. I will definitely be going back and reading TRTLTU. I think the characters were well developed. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed. I wanted to feel butterflies once Liam & Ari were able to relieve themselves of their demons and past, but I just felt a little let down. Also, there was ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liam, Liam, Liam.... I loved him so much in this book!
The British Book Addict
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book is phenomenal. I was gripped from the prologue and just couldn't put it down, Micalea Smeltzer absolutely floored me with her writing but don't expect a hearts and flowers book as this is full of angst, is dark in places and incredibly emotional.

This is Ari's story and poor Ari has been through so much, she is on the run and also very nervous, scared and haunted by her past and the secrets she holds. Ari hasn't had a chance to live a normal life. She is taken in by Talia and Ollie
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Micalea Smeltzer delivers a heartfelt and emotional journey of self-discovery, friendship, and love with The Lies That Define Us. Liam and Ari are an unlikely pair with an immediate chemistry that easily captivated me. From the start, I was addicted to their push and pull, Liam and Ari’s shared stubbornness lending itself to plenty of tension that inevitably built to steamy levels. Evident from their initial disregard for each other, the unexpected chemistry brewing seemed to unsettle them in a ...more
Regina Bartley
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liam F'n Wade !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Three Chicks
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

The Lies That Define Us is Liam Wade’s story. I could not wait for this one. I was so curious about his character. This is Mathias’ son, so of course I wondered how much like his father would he be but also what was troubling him. When we met him it seemed that he had moved to California and has not been home, in a way pushing the people that he loves away. So I needed to know his story. And Micalea did not disappoint with this one at all. This is probably my favorit
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The truth is just that–the truth. It’s fact. Indisputable. With lies we can delude ourselves into believing something that doesn’t really exist. If you tell yourself something enough, it begins to feel like the truth, but that’s just another lie.”

“You can only bury the truth for so long because it always comes back, and she was my truth–the future, the life I forced myself to abandon, but there it was right in front of me. Mine for the taking. And I was finally going to claim it.”

“Everyone is a
Romance Readers Retreat
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5+++ amazing stars!!!

Micalea Smeltzer is one of my top favorite authors! I was super excited to get more from her and she did not disappoint!! I loved absolutely everything about this book. I would have finished it in one whole setting if it wasn't for work. I was that captivated and enthralled by all the characters. Micalea has a way of sucking you in and making you fall hard for each and every one of her characters.

I love love loved Liam!! After getting brief glimpses of him and his broody na
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book is phenomenal. I was gripped from the prologue and just couldn't put it down, Micalea Smeltzer absolutely floored me with her writing but don't expect a hearts and flowers book as this is full of angst, is dark in places and incredibly emotional.

This is Ari's story and poor Ari has been through so much, she is on the run and also very nervous, scared and haunted by her past and the secrets she holds. Ari hasn't had a chance to live a normal life. She is taken in by Talia and Ollie
Shawna (Blue's Books)
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
is it possible to give a book infinite stars? because this is that kind of book. i love many of this authors works but this one takes the cake in favorites. everything about this story and the characters was absolutely perfect in every single way. their dynamic and chemistry was striking and physically hurt my heart to feel what they felt while it was happening. if this review sounds jumbled it's because that's how my insides feel after reading this gorgeous story!! if you only read the last sen ...more
Secretly Adorkable Readers
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
I have read all of Micalea's books and have enjoyed each one tremendously and spreading the word to others to read them as well. I describe Micalea as a talented young author who has out done herself on each series she writes.

The Lies That Define Us is is probably my favorite by far since Finding Olivia series. This is Ariella and Liam Wade's story full of dark twists and suspense that will keep you reeling till the very end. I loved it and cannot wait for the next book in the series!

I was gifte
Diane plourde
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing


I've pretty much read every book that Micaleas as ever written so far, they all have remarkable storylines and characters. But The Lies That Define Us is something else altogether. I admire an author who takes chances in order to give us an haunting tale of love, loss with the right amount of darkness with intrigue and suspense. This is my 6 star review for this amazing, one of the best stories I've had the pleasure of reading so far.

I was lucky enough to received an ARC of TLTDU by Micalea Sm
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I opened my email and was very surprised when I saw an email from one of my favourite authors! I squealed when I opened it and inside was an ARC of this book! I was so excited that I made it my next read! I had been waiting for this book for a few months after I first heard about it! The synopsis sounded amazing and the cover is stunning! I loved this book! Like, LOVED it! It may actually be one of my top three favourite books from this author! It only took me like three sittings to read and I c ...more
Julia - The Romance Bibliophile
Unfortunately, I haven't had the best of luck with books lately. The last three novels I have read haven't turned out well for me, therefore causing me to give them a low rating. And that hardly EVER happens to me. I actually feel really awful when I rate a book three stars or below because I know how much time and effort goes into writing and publishing a book. I don't want to hurt the author's feelings by any means, but I have to be honest - whether or not it's positive or negative.

I usually
Angie McGuire
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW Micalea Smeltzer... That was freaking amazing. When you completely become engrossed in a series, like Willow Creek and the Trace and Olivia series... Reading about their children is a must. You get a glimpse of the hardness of Liam in TRTLTU, and you remember him being born in the Willow Creek series, but nothing means much until you read about his present and past that made him who he is/was now. It's hard to grasp his loneliness and not truly knowing why he is the way he is. Then comes Ari ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Lies That Define Us by Micalea Smeltzer in exchange for an honest review.

I adore Micalea Smeltzer. She is a truly remarkable author and The Lies That Define Us continues her her long reign of breathtaking writing.

This book follows the amazing Ari who finds herself on the run as she is haunted by her past and the secrets she has to keep hidden from all around her. She only wants to live a normal life but can never let anyone get too close to her. My heart broke for this
Kara Griggs
I've read the first two books of the Willow Creek series. This book is like a spin-off to the second book because it involves Liam as a main character which is Mathias and Remy's son. I went into the story not knowing this somehow and if I knew I forgot. I wish I would have read TRTLTU first though but it's not absolutely necessary to read first because this story can be read as a standalone.

These books just get better and better. I must say though, that this book was so very different than her
Monique Tinline
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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I went into this book wanting to know about Liam, he intrigued me. With his dad being who he is and being a favourite out of the original series, I was so intrigued as to where Liam's story could take us.

It took us on a journey I didn't expect.

It was so well written, I loved where this story went, with some twists in there I didn't expect and of course the added favourite of Ollie.

I am enjoying what is happening with This series and look forward to reading more

Heather andrews
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liam was quite the character, “are you sure?” I drawled, tapping a finger to my lips. “All we’d be doing is sleeping. It’s not like I’d touch you or whisper sweet-nothings in your ear. Sleeping, that’s all we’d be doing.”With a smirk, I added, “Unless you’re afraid you’ll want to touch me. I’m pretty irresistible, so I wouldn’t blame you.” I really loved Liam he knew what was important, "eff the competition.” He slashed his hands through the air. “You’re more important.” This book was more emoti ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS!

Such a bummer that I couldn't rate it above 3.5! Liam wasn't as likeable as Dane sadly. And I felt like the plot was too predictable ar certain times.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story was good. I was just a little bit confused of some things on this book. There are some hint of her being abused but then when the truth was being revealed, everything becomes more confusing and doesn’t fit some of what was stated in the few chapters. And the thing that I dont like, is it ended in a rush. Without any explanation at all of what is exactly happened and what the main heroine had gone through. It really have the worst ending if u ask me.
c patel
May 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I'm sad to that this was just so disappointing. It was repetitive and there was no real connection between the characters.

I skimmed most it without actually missing anything.

I enjoyed the very first books in the series but now it's just boring without any real depth.

Was not worth the money. Sorry!
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible read. I accidentally read it in one night. It was just the right amount of suspense (for me). I really liked how different characters from multiple series were present in this book. I am late to the fanfare, as I am working my first time through each and every one of Smeltzer's books. All her book are phenomenal!
Kathleen Williams

Another great addition to the Willow Creek next generation. Loam and Ari's story was a ruff roller coaster ride for both them but Micalea Smeltzer doesn't disappoint she has you feeling it right along with them. Fully recommend.
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars. The story finally gets going towards the very end and then it’s over before you know it. Wish there had been more focus and detail on the actual drama and the past and what not.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
3 Stars

I was actually enjoying this book, but the ending didn't work for me. I felt it was rushed and I don't think some of the events that happened were necessary.
Kat DM
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
★★★★★ 6-Defining Stars ★★★★★
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Lies That Define Us is about two broken, lost souls; a very emotional love story of discovering the true definition of love.

Ari has been through hell and escaping the place she was held captive for a long time making her a timid girl. All she ever wanted was to be free and to stay far away from the man who’s responsible for kidnapping her and forcing her into marrying someone she doesn’t love. She has to
Stefanie Kral
✯✯5 Intense Stars!!!✯✯

Micalea has out done herself! This book is unlike every other book she's ever written. It's on the darker side. But, she writes the story beautifully. I seriously couldn't put it down. I knew when we were introduced to Liam in the previous book The Road That Leads To Us we were in for one bumpy ride.

Liam Wade is the son of Mathias and Remy Wade. Mathias is the lead singer for Willow Creek AKA Bad Boy. Liam has been in the spotlight and everything he did was picked ap
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Was Provided A ARC By The Author
(Possible Spoilers)

Liam Wade has distanced himself from his family over the last two years, he keeps his guard up and doesn't let many people get to close. He's be hurt and his trust shattered. On top of that he is the son of a famous rock star, having privacy is a challenge. With a passion for surfing, he's ready to make for himself in the surfing world, and a love for photography, Liam is happy enough to just do what he loves and keep everyone at a distance. T
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Micalea Smeltzer is a twenty-something author from Northern Virginia. She has four dogs, which is as crazy as it sounds. As a recent kidney transplant recipient she's dedicated to raising awareness around the effects of kidney disease, dialysis, and transplant as well as educating people on living donation. She enjoys writing about fantastical paranormal creatures and sexy rock stars. When she's n ...more

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