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The Lies We Tell Ourselves

(Southern Heroes #3)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  84 reviews
I'm at the end of my rope, planning a wedding with the man who has become a threat to my sanity.
Everybody tells lies, but no one knows the truth we hide behind closed doors.

That’s until Alec is hired to watch my every move.
I thought the man threatening my mother’s life was my biggest problem. But he’s not.
Alec Taylor’s sharp gaze and ruggedly beautiful smile are quickly
Published February 6th 2019
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

Move over other book boyfriends you have been replaces by Alec. Nothing personal just that epilogue cemented his permanent book boyfriend status. Lordy lordy.

Alec is a detective who goes undercover and is tasked with getting close to a drug manufacturer. When he’s able to insert himself into this man’s life his job shifts from protecting Clay to protecting Reece. He figures she’s an easier target to get info from, but he didn’t expect her to just be living one day at a time waiting
Janice Somers
I loved this story. I have read the first two and loved each one. I thought I was going to make it through to the end and not ugly cry, but alas I congratulated myself before the epilogue was read and yes I did the ugly cry, of course. I am 0 out of 3 ugly crying in this series.
The story is the Southern Heroes #3 in series.

This is Alec's and Reece's. Reece is engaged to Cole but is it a true engagement or subterfuge?
Alec is undercover to gather information and find out the real truth to whether
Tongan Book Lover (Ofa Tafa)
Another angsty alpha from Michelle Heard. I've been in love with this series since the first book. And while I love all her books and characters, this one didn't do it for me. I loved the plot and the characters but I couldn't connect with the characters. Things felt a little rushed for me and was disappointed in the conflict and resolution. There was so much build up towards the end, that I felt let down by how the events turned out. Not my favourite of the series, but still enjoyable nonethele ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
”There’s a sharp look in his brown eyes, and it makes me feel like I’m hunted.”

The Lies We Tell Ourselves was a surprise to me. It’s a fast paced thrilling story, I’ve read in one sitting.
Alec and Reece’s journey is gripping and you just can’t (and don’t want to) stop reading.
Between the rush you feel while reading, you get lots of heart-warming situations. These are the roots of this book. The love for family and friends keeps the characters sane, grounded and gives them the strength they need
Missy Brown
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really don't think this author has disappointed me at all, I have loved every single thing I have read of hers!!
The Lies We Tell Ourselves is a standalone story but interconnected in the A Southern Heros series. Which with cameos of characters in previous and coming stories, i would suggest reading in order. Which is as follows:

The Ocean Between Us
The Girl in the Closet
The Lies We Tell Ourselves
All the Wasted Time ( coming soon)
We Were Lost ( coming 2019)
The Fire Between Us ( coming 2019)

In th
April Symes
The Lies We Tell Ourselves 
by Michelle Heard is book 4 in the Southern Heroes series. Alec and Reece’s story is angsty, full of feels, drama, passion, action and yes,so beautiful and chock full of love. If you like strong, sexy handsome heroes, then you don't want to miss this series! I was so sad when the story ended, when the series ended. This was such an emotionally beautiful, gripping and powerful read that will have you stuck to your seat until you finish reading.

My Rating: 4.7 stars ****
Jennifer  Kress
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doncha just hate the end lol!

I fell in love a few times with this book. This story. Alec is so easy to love. It's no wonder Reece falls for him so quickly. And wow, Reece! Boy is she not the girl we meet in Birdie's book (The Girl in the Closet). Oooh no. She is so much stronger than I have her credit for. And her story...the whys, when's and hows, um yeah, that alone is enough to make you see her in a brand new light. Least it did me! I loved it! Only part I didn't like, was that dreaded, the e
Teresa Lara
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series♡Alec and reeces live story has all the feels and emotions for an Absolutely beautiful book.So ready for Wyatt
Amber- Leave Me Alone I'm Reading
Ooh this is a great one! I love this series. Alec and Reece’s story is emotional, angsty, and beautiful. If you like sexy, strong heroes, you can’t miss this series!
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I loved Reece and Alec's story

I was captivated from start to finish, Alec made me swoon and laugh, I loved the balance in this book of suspense and romance.

Alec is an undercover agent and Reece is a woman who has been lied to deceived and tricked into a relationship out of obligation to a man who was once her best friend growing up. When Reece lost her father and her mother became ill following the accident Reece became dependent on her friend who took advantage of her and her fortune
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Riveting 5 stars..

This interconnected series of standalone stories just gets better and better; this is the story of Reece and Alec whose paths collide during an undercover investigation, and the rest, as they say, is history...except it isn’t...and in fact that’s one of the things I love about this book.. the protagonists meet, and are forced by circumstances to interact, but they don’t immediately fall in love, theirs is a slow-burning romance..

The characters are so well developed and genuine.
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Southern Heroes series, and while it's a stand alone, I really recommend that you read all of them in order to get the bigger picture, especially since Reece had appearances and Clay's change really came in The Girl in the Closet (Book 2). Not saying that they took precedent, but that's when I really took a big interest, waiting for this story. Now, it's time for them to take center stage, as I needed to know why Reece has been putting up with Clay, as he went down a ...more
Nancy Reads
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES is the third book in the Southern Heroes Series. And what a great hero Alec Taylor becomes! Plus easy to fall in love with. Even Reece's mother fell in love with him.

Alec Taylor was working undercover to get the incriminating proof on a drug operation. His job was to infiltrate the organization by getting hired as a bodyguard of Clay Roberts. The whole team is anxious to catch Clay and think this is their best shot. Clay hires him as a bodyguard, but not for him. He wa
K.A. Graham
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Michelle Heard

☆☆☆5 stars☆☆☆

This book was all I expected it to be...heartbreaking, chaotic, and full of love. The underlying story is one of personal strength and finding the will to move on and let go of what or whom is holding you back. Even if it breaks your heart.

Alec is EVERYTHING! Brought in to do an undercover job, he's pulled in by Reece and her mother. The bond Reece shares with her mom is so special, it literally melts my heart. Then you add Alec to the mi
Sarah Dale
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Southern Heroes Series and this is quite a gripping read. Each book in this series is interconnected and draws you in more and more. Michelle has brought the perfect blend of suspense mixed in with romance and passion.

I loved the main characters Alec and Reese. The banter and the slow build of their relationship was lovely to watch. Alec is an undercover Agent and Reese is a woman that has been lied and played by a man who was once her best friend. She had become dependent
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
I really enjoyed the plot of this story. I was gripped and couldn't read fast enough to find out what happened next. The story is definitely compelling and well written.

The main characters held my interest from beginning to end. Alec is such a sweetie; so protective that I felt the need to look after him too; he made me feel all swoony. He really does his job well too, and him in fighting mode? Yes, please.

Reece is in so deep in her relationship with her childhood friend, Clay, that she is strug
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenfreakintabulous yes phenomenal, fantastic, and fabulous all rolled into one! Normally I'm a total sucker for Bad Boys, but these hot southern hero's have just busted on the scene and said screw the bad boys we will lock them up and steal their girls! Roll cops theme music... Good guys are winning for once. I was die hard Aiden but Alec might be my new favorite. (My heart is already mushy for Wyatt) The characters from this series are so swoon worthy! Totally badass, hot, and huggable. This s ...more
Erika PBookHavenBookBlog
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Suddenly he looks up and catches me staring at him. I still feel the impact of his gaze and realize it's the way he looks at me, with his full attention. What if I open my heart to this man?"

I enjoyed this sweet and exciting romance so much!! The characters really mesh well, and I giggled at their antics, and really enjoyed both the heat, the thrill, and the heart warming facets of this story. It really, really made me want to read the rest of the series, so I'm super excited to read the rest o
Lisa Roberts
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alec Is EVERYTHING the compassion this man has is outstanding and he gives us all of him and holy crap can this man move taking down anyone getting in his way and who dares to threaten Reece and her mom. The bond Reece shares with her mom is so heartfelt and the most beautiful ever and lets put Alec in the mix and you have double overload of emotion that will make you laugh ,cry , and it will have you swoon all over the place. They are both so full of love and the events that happen with the twi ...more
Tasha Raines
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. Gosh

I need more stars for this one. I don't have nearly enough. I couldn't get through the pages fast enough. This book has it all. Angst, suspense, romance, Swoon. Oh my the swoon. I absolutely LOVED Alec and Reece. The way Reece cares for her mother is amazing. Not many young women would take that role when they have the finances to do otherwise. Then Alec with her mother is breathtaking. Hells bells he just stole to my heart. Do men like that really exist? Sign me up!! I love a man th
Rhiannon Hall
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book three in the series and it just gets better and better!
I love Reece and Alec's story it has so much emotion and chemistry I couldn't put it down.
It is a series but you could read them as standalone but I totally recommend that you read them all, the men in the series are dreamy and strong alphas but Alec has such a sensitive side which you will see and feel through his relationship with a certain character in the book that literally made my heart melt (swoon)
I can't wait for more in this a
Pamela Lilley
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m loving Michelle Heard’s Southern Heroes, and I’m thinking Alec Taylor might just be my favourite. As well as being a bada$$ cop, he’s also sweet and extremely caring, I love his mushy side. An undercover police officer hired by Reece Nicolson’s overly possessive fiancé to protect her, Alec discovers more than he bargained for when he tries to uncover a major drugs operation. Reece’s one priority is her mother, and she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means lying to those cl ...more
Kari Hansen
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reece turned to someone she thought she could trust at the lowest point of her life and she now finds herself in a situation she can’t get out of. She doesn’t know who to trust but her new bodyguard Alec might just be the one person that can help her out of the mess her life has become.

Alec is hired as Reece’s bodyguard, but he has his own reasons for being there. He needs to find out if she is part of the problem or the solution if they are both going to get out of the situation alive.

I loved t
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read every book in this series, and they are all amazing. Alec is ❤❤! I was so enthralled by this book, I literally couldn’t put it down! I loved it. The detailed writing had me swooning! And I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. ...more
McKenzie K.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The biggest lies we tell ourself!

Michelle Heard has done it again. Her talent for story telling sucks you in immediately! Alec never stood a chance when he decided to protect Reece. Their chemistry is so intense. Their story even more. Literally read this book in one day!! Awesome!!!! You will NOT be disappointed!
Gemma Crouch
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow just when I thought the southern heroes series couldn't get any better Michelle writes us another amazing story and provides another hero to fall in love with!
This story has so much emotion and grit with substance that I could not put it down. Moments of hilarity from Wyatt thrown in gives an amazing balance and I cannot wait for his story next.

Having read the previous 2 books in this series I already had insight on some characters already and would recommend you read at least the girl in th
Cassie Ashford
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michelle’s books are each amazing in their own unique way! You won’t find a book of hers that you won’t fall in love with. How she is able to develop each of these marvelous characters in each book amazes me. Alec and Reese’s story stands all on its own. Michelle hit another home run with this book!
Paula D
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m bawling my eyes out after reading this book but in a good way wow this book is amazing! Reece has had a hard life death of her father her mother not in a good state. Reece thought she had a good friend Clay but he’s not at all what she wants and is determined to make her mom better and a happy life. Alec’s job is to find out what’s going on with Clay but meeting Reece things start to change. Can Alec help Reese or lose her in the end? This book is full of emotions and intense at times but be ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I'd hoped for and more!

Alec and Reece's story was full of loyalty, love, respect, family, heartache, friendship, and so much more!

The tenderness Alec shows for Reece's Mom just about broke me... holy swoon-worthy stuff.

There were a few laugh out loud moments and they were perfectly balanced with the love and the steamy parts.

Alec is the whole alpha package and Reece is every bit the loyal friend and daughter.

Can't wait for the next book in this series!!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never disappoints.

This book was a lot more faster paced then her others, but I still loved it all the same.

I’m so glad it’s a series where we can find out what happens with each character in this world, and still be connected with other characters from the past. I’m so glad I found this author, because so far I’ve read every book and she’s officially become a one-click buy for me every time a new book comes out. So excited to see how this series continues to grow and read Wyatt’s book next.
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