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The Lie

(The McGregor Brothers #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,450 ratings  ·  759 reviews
Their love led to a lie
Their truth led to the end

Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident and his job from his subsequent downward spiral, he's finally moving forward, getting a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and a new life in the city. Slowly, but surely, he's pushing past the guilt and putti
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by Metal Blonde Books
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Jonetta I think it's misleading to readers to not connect these books when they are connected by characters. Read at your own risk as "standalones" but unders…moreI think it's misleading to readers to not connect these books when they are connected by characters. Read at your own risk as "standalones" but understand the author seems to have a reason to not want them bundled as a series. (less)
Jessica It is a series, although they aren't intertwined too much, there are references to other characters throughout each book. I'd suggest starting with Bo…moreIt is a series, although they aren't intertwined too much, there are references to other characters throughout each book. I'd suggest starting with Book 1 and going through them all. I think that they are all good books. Definitely worth reading each one.(less)

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Yep. The black one is me. Again.

I'm actually pissed at myself.

I love this author. The story is interesting. The theme is my favorite. The setting is great. This book has every element I love. So what the hell is my problem?

I felt nothing, that's what. No passion, no chemistry, no devastation, no angst, no heartbreak. Not a thing.

But not for the lack of trying. I really tried. I fought like a champ for it, I swear.

I'm pretty sure my ECG report would have looked like this if I'd taken an ECG t
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

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There is something about these McGregor men… Ever since I met Brigs McGregor in Lachlan’s book, I knew I had to get my hands on his story. Brig’s story isn’t an easy one to read. It’s emotional, heart-wrenching, and made me cry more times than I’d like to admit. My heart hurt for Brigs and Natasha. Then there was this moment. And I was healed. Karina Halle has the ability to break you and put you back together with her stories. I loved that she took a chance and wrote a book that I’m
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!


Karina Halle surprised me in such a good way with this second chance/forbidden romance. I loved these kind of stories and she delivered such a wonderful one, a perfect mix of emotion and angst with some heartbreaking/gut wrenching moments that will certainly move you. “The Lie” is told both in the past and in the present from both main characters’ POV and will make you feel everything these two felt, every single emotion.

“Our love was wrong.
A lie we told ourselves.
And it cost
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

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"The human heart isn't meant to be caged to someone who doesn't feed it."

Such an emotional and heartfelt story, I adored and appreciated how torn these two characters were and was just rooting for them to get their happy ending.

Sexy Scottish professor Brigs McGregor is literally drowning in a sea of guilt, after the death of his wife and young son in a tragic car accident, he is left feeling remorse that he was in love with another woman a
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The Lie begins with the tragic events of the night Brigs lost his family. The truth was utterly heartbreaking. I could understand how easily it would be to drown in the resulting guilt. So with a powerful start, I was anxious to trudge through the past and present with Brigs and Natasha.

“Our love was wrong. A lie we told ourselves. And it cost us the world.”

Now, for the most part I enjoyed this one - it was an emotional journey, a healing one. That said, there wasn't much going on
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

5 Emotional Stars

"Love isn’t a choice. I can’t control how I feel about him any more than I can control the sun in the sky."

I can't even begin to describe how amazing this book was. I blame Karina for making me cry again! The Lie is heavy with so many feelings, the characters are unique and original and the plot brilliant with moments from the past and gives the background of Brigs and Natasha's relationship. You can't stop yourself from sinking int
Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars

“Our love was wrong. A lie we told ourselves. And it cost us the world.”

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The Lie is the story of Brigs and Natasha, who had a connection at one time but was lost due to unforeseen circumstances. Reunited years later in London, the two find that sparks still fly between them. But both are haunted by the years they spent apart, words that burned and choices that broke them. Now they have a second chance at love and the two of them will fight hard to keep it.

“Love is the right thi
Wil Loves Books!
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-ibooks
If you were keeping up with my statuses, it will be no surprise that I didn't like this book very much and that judging by all the 5 star reviews, this will be a very unpopular opinion.

Let me get a few things out in the open. First, I love a good forbidden/taboo book. I also love a cheating book when done right, if that's even a thing. But Hate to Love You, Pure Abandon and Nocturne are some of my all time favorite books and they all involve infidelity. So my low rating is not because of the inf
Kim Bailey
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5+ Stars

Karina Halle continues to out-do herself!

This book stole my breath and my heart.
There just aren't enough words to describe this deeply raw and beautifully poignant work of art.

Do you want to fall in love with two of the most exceptional characters you'll ever meet? Read this book. Yes, the subject matter could be considered taboo. It do
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 ★'s

We met Brigs in The Play, the book about his brother, Lachlan...and we learned how tortured he is and some of the things he has been going through. However, that was far from knowing everything.

But now we get our chance. K.H. lays it all out there and it's definitely not sugar coated. In fact, there are some parts that I felt were just outright cruel and it broke my heart. Don't get me wrong, I love a little heart squeezing from time to time, I just don't like it when authors cross that
Natasha is a Book Junkie

“Our love was wrong. A lie we told ourselves. And it cost us the world.”

Some of the greatest love stories in fiction are born out of tragedy and pain, reminding us that there is light at the end of every tunnel, that true love can endure it all, but in the hands of a great writer, a love story becomes an epic one when it pushes us to question our own preconceptions, to put aside our reservations, and to embark on a journey of self-discovery right along its
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

4.5 Second-chance Romance Stars!

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Ever since I read The Play, I knew I had to get the deets on Brigs' torturous love story. We know he's a man that's suffered the horrible loss of both his wife and young son but were never privy to why he felt so guilty about it. Instead, Brigs leads a life of pain and solitude, never seeming to get over the grief and profound feeling of blame in the loss of both their lives.

The Lie takes place four years after that fateful night. He's a professor at Kings U
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Professor Blue Eyes Stars!
ARC provided by author

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Brigs McGregor is a professor from Edinburgh, Scotland. He is in an unhappy marriage when he meets his soulmate Natasha Trudeau. They share an instant connection & develop a friendship. Just as Brigs is thinking to take steps to try at having something more with Natasha, tragedy strikes & Brigs loses his wife & child in an accident. He is a broken man just trying to survive now. He is left in pieces, totally demolished by guilt & shame. He br
Dilek VT
2,5 stars but not 3...

The Plot:

Book 4 in “The McGregor Brothers” series is Natasha and Brigs' story.

Our love was wrong. A lie we told ourselves. And it cost us the world. As much as it stung to hear it, as much as it made me lose myself, it was well-deserved. With us, the truth didn’t just hurt. It killed.

It is a forbidden love story because when they fall in love, Brigs is married and he has a child. It is also forbidden because she is his research assistant at university.

As if this is
The Lie is the fourth installment in Karina Halle's adult contemporary romance series titled: The McGregor Brothers. The Lie focuses on McGregor brother: Brigs and his romantic interest: Natasha. I love, love, love Ms. Halle's storytelling which made me feel that much more conflicted about this book. First off, I have a real issue with infidelity themes that end with HEA's. Yes, these two characters may not have cheated in a physically sexual way but they both admitted that their emotional relat ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

Brigs McGregor, is a sexy college professor aptly nicknamed “Professor Blue Eyes,” who wears tailored suits to teach his film studies classes. Natasha Trudeau is a 25 year old master’s student who meets Brigs and becomes his writing assistant. She is bright, and while she is a bit younger than Brigs, she is mature, sensitive and a bit of an old soul compared to her peers. Natasha and Brigs have an immediate connection and as their friendship deepens, the realization that Brigs is a married man w
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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This book. This story. This author. These characters. Just wow! Wow is an understatement to describe how much I LOVE this book HARD. Karina Halle has always been one of those authors whom I instantly loved from the get go. She has this gift to make her readers FEEL and The Lie did just that and so much more.

 photo f4a77dbc79be6e7437055ea256cb2d_zpsybqxwclg.gif “ I’m asking myself things I don’t have any answers to other than: Because I love Natasha. It always comes down to that terribl
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
THE LIE is the story about the past and future colliding together. In the past Natasha and Brigs had fallen in love. Their love was forbidden because he was a married man and a professor at the university that Natasha was attending. Their forbidden love hurt others and after tragedy hit they parted ways. The tragedy was viewed as punishment for their sinful ways.

Now in the present, they’ve both changed universities to distance themselves from each other. Only to find out they’re both ended up a
Sandra Cortez
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love that Karina never shy's away from controversial heartbreaking life circumstances. Sometimes life just sucks but she was fully able to capture life and love after your world is destroyed. Brigs stole my heart! And I must add out of all the books in the series this is Karina's best writing, its lyrical and its descriptive prose allowed me to fully feel and root for this terrifying, yet forbidden love. ...more
Jan 02, 2016 marked it as dnf
*deep breath*

As a huge Karina Halle fan it breaks my heart to do this, but I just can’t finish this book.

DNF – 22%

I was so looking forward to this book. I loved Brigs in The Play – he is the brother of Lachlan, tormented by the death of his wife and young son years ago. And I thought his story would be an opportunity for him to move on, and I was so excited to read it. But there is a twist in his story which I didn’t see coming …

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Alex is The Romance Fox
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

The Lie by Karina Halle can be read as a standalone, although it has links to her other books, The Pact, The Offer and the Play...., which is my favorite of these 4 books.....I was interested to know more of Brigs story from the time we first met.

Brigs story started off really well but halfway through I just lost a bit of steam!!!!

I liked the two main characters, Brigs and Natasha but somehow I just couldn't connect with them. Brigs spent all hi
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a different spin on the dead spouse theme. I almost always have issues with feelings of the h being second best when the H has a dead wife. That wasn't the case at all here. The H was completely unhappy with his marriage (and she knew it), and had asked for a divorce before she died. I never questioned his love for the h at any point in the story. I also appreciated that the h felt her own guilt for what happened between herself and the H while he was married. U
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, na, forbidden, angst
3,3 STARS!!!

The human heart isn't meant to be caged by someone who doesn't feed it.

I was excited last year, when I found out there will be Brigs's book. In previous book he was a shell of a man, only half living after tragedy that took his wife and son's life. I was really curious about him and couldn't wait for his book to be released. After reading few reviews which said this book wasn't as perfect as I thought it would be I decided to put this book on the side and read it later. And now, late
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars-2016
I loved being along for the ride in Brigs and Natasha's journey through hell and back. There were tears, heartbreak, laughs, and lots of sexy times. This was an emotional story of devastating loss on multiple levels and how love can heal all wounds, no matter how deep. Karina Halle proved again that she's an exceptional writer and story teller that is able to cross all genres. ...more
"I let him because he was the one with the most to lose. He was the one with the wife he knew he had to leave. He was the one with the son he kept putting before himself, even when it hurt them both.
Fate was never an option."
- Natasha

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"His soul speaks to me."
- Natasha

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"The human heart isn’t meant to be caged by someone who doesn’t feed it."
- Natasha

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"Maybe some things are better left in the dark, but that’s never something I believed in. Once I realized what was to never be, I co
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Those McGregor boys are seriously going to be the death of me and I think Brigs' story is the one to send me over the edge. Wow, I knew this book was going to be something different. I had an idea it would be emotional from the hints we got in "The Play" but honestly, nothing could have prepared me for the rollercoaster of emotions I went t
Lea ★
Well, hello Professor Blue Eyes!!
I was doing my happy dance this morning when I finally got my hands on Karina's new book. :)
She has this wonderful way with words, it just sucks you in right from the start.
That prologue though... wow, that was intense... and sad, and I felt heartbroken from the very beginning. Once you discover Karina's books, you're hooked.
Ok, so, if you follow her work, you surely know about McGregor brothers.
They are hot, handsome, possessive, Scottish, smart... did I say
This book was amazing. It's so hard to try to put into words how much I loved this story. Brigs and Natasha were not supposed to fall in love. She was supposed to be his assistant and he was a married man but you can't help you fall in love with. This was the type of book that you just can't put down once you start. It's told in past/present and normally I hate books that do that but it really was perfect for this story. To understand why both Brigs and Natasha are the way they are and the stren ...more
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again. Karina Halle, it does not matter what genre she writes, she can not do wrong. Forbidden? Taboo? Romance? Whatever you want, she is the one.

The Lie is that book where you are going to feel your heart wrenching, where the pages play with your emotions and where you feel what the characters feel, love, sadness, passion, angst... oh my the angst.. but at the end, it is going to leave you with a smile on your face and a happy heart. Because after a
Jackie White
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves
Loved this story so much and it came in just the right time! I was so thirsty for the best kind of romance, losing faith in the same old scenarios and then KH delivers...with a tall glass of Brigs McGregor!! This story has everything. Alternating POV's from characters that I loved from the very beginning, past retellings that were relevant and meaningful and full of angst (my beloved angst!). I was heartsick and on the edge of seat and hanging on Brigs every. freaking. word! My top BBF has just ...more
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Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia during the summer, and in Lo

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