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Devious Lies

(Cruel Crown #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  13,705 ratings  ·  1,524 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Parker S. Huntington comes an enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn romance full of revenge and a dash of fate.

“She could enjoy her pretty, perfect world a little longer. Soon enough, everything she owned would be mine.”

I had a plan to escape the friend zone.
Step one: sneak into Reed’s room.
Step two: sleep with him.

But when the lights turned on, it
Paperback, 700 pages
Published December 14th 2019 by PSH Publishing
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Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it

Very, very early on.

I can't. I just can't.

There is this thing called trying too much, too hard. And I think that definition was established the day this book was written.

This book starts with pages and pages full of unnecessary stuff before we even get to the actual story. I don't know if the author tried to be sentimental or just be deep?? But nonetheless, the beginning of the book was absolute mess. She combined three quotes that don't even relate to each other, a short story that left me s
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a number of patronizing & condescending authors whose primary aim is to SHOW the reader just how smart they are.

Mostly they'll quote Homer or Dante or whomever they deem is lofty enough thinking it makes them seem smart.

FYI: it only makes you look pretentious while highlighting your lack of skill in writing a story that resonates.

Unfortunately, Huntington seems to have a Masters in gratuitous words that don't move the plot along hence the reason this book is a 700-kindle-page gi
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

'DEVIOUS LIES' is the first full length romance book in 'Cruel Crown' series, by new to me author Parker S. Huntington.

Now and then you'll come across a book that is SO PHENOMENAL it sets itself apart from every other book you've read and leaves you FLABBERGASTED.

So today I kind of look bleary eyed and not so bushy tailed! I look as though I’ve been pulled through a hedge backwards!
Even though I cringed when I saw the amount of pages facing me, snail reader here, I kind of inhaled this one,
L.J. Shen
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolute treat. A scorching hot enemies-to-lovers romance, with breathtaking prose and tons of suspense. Highly recommended.
Wil Loves Books!
Unexpectedly Amazing!

“Falling in love with you is like diving blindly into a book, not knowing it’s destined to be my favorite. Whatever’s more than love, I feel it for you. I am only ever going to be in love with you.”

Wow, I totally didn’t expect this book and how much I was going to love it. It blew my mind. This book has a gorgeous cover, which is the first thing I noticed. Then it kept popping everywhere and being recommended by a lot of people, and to be honest that always scares me b
Dora Koutsoukou
I ABSOLUTELY struggled to finish chapter 8!! I almost cried!
The writing was very descriptive and extended with no reason. There were parts that made me question my no-native english language because I couldn’t comprehend what I was reading and the reason of the plot.
It was indeed slow burn, as the author stated, but too much for my preferences.

This might be an epic love story or a great book, I am trully happy for the readers who were thrilled, but it was not for me.
No, thank you.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This by far has taken me the longest to finish a book as it just dragged on....The first 40% was a confusing mess. I’m still not sure I quite understand it’s purpose other than rambling. From Emery muttering “pretty words”... each chapter was something more rediculous...

But yet they aren’t pretty words they are just stupid words no one’s heard of. I think this book was written to either make us feel dumb or to prepare for the SAT. Not sure but I’ve done more googlin
Carla Bulian
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,5. Well I think this book would be epic if the author didn’t spend pages and pages writing about meaningless stuffs.
Yeah, this story is great with so much potential, but it get boring and unbelievable sometimes.
Siobhan Davis
Devious Lies is an addictive, angsty romance with unique characters, chemistry so hot it singed the pages of my Kindle and tons of laugh-out-loud moments that had me cracking up laughing. A must-read if you enjoy well-written enemies-to-lovers slow-burn romance.
R.W. Patterson
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devious Lies, by Parker S. Huntington, kept me up til 2am reading. I'll admit the beginning of the book had a lot of background/foundational information that kept me re-reading a few pages to make sure I understood the characterizations and their assigned roles, but once that was accomplished, I found myself drawn in by the author's beautiful writing, and the characters of Nash and Emery--loved them. I especially loved Emery's unique and quirky nuances, along with her unapologetic personality. G ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
2. 5 stars

The fault in this book lies in the fact that it's unnecessarily way too long.... over 300 pages could easily have been edited out and the story could've progressed better. the other downfall was the lack of conflict in the book, for a book that's 700 pages long the plot was the most simplistic predictable shit ever... i was literally bored in certain instances and read further only because I wanted to stick around for the conclusion cause I was already in too deep knowing and predictin
December, babe
• DNF •
I hate slow burn, never ending where it DRAGS on & on & ON! Also... what else? 🤔 Oh yeah, straight up trash. 🗑 Thank you, next! 👏🏻

I died 😭 from this statement!! 🤣😭🤭 If this isn’t true! Idk what is 🤷🏻‍♀️ cause I 💯 percent agree with her on this! ➡️
Dri ✰
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3.5 stars
Harloe Rae
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Devious Lies needs to be your next read!

This story is a flawless sensation that captivated me from the start. A delicious twist of slow burning fire and seductive plotting. I was riveted to each page by the stunning writing and nonstop feels. The romantic journey is a slow-burn, but you’d never know based off the endless stream of angsty and suspense. There’s never a dull moment—quite the opposite! I couldn’t put this book down if I tried!

Nash is a serious alpha-ass extreme. I love his cocky a
Sentranced Jem
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
ok. It’s been a while since I’ve come across a book where I felt like I was so bored out of my mind that I just ended up skimming through the pages and then stopped where I felt like something interesting was finally going to happen.
Look it’s really not surprising that the blurb made the book sound super enticing. Plus I was digging the whole age gap part. But then I started reading the book and things started getting a little too unrealistic and might I say odd (in a not cute or endearing way)
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "Come back to me?" / "Lagom" / "Ya'aburnee..." stars***

"Don't succumb to the fire. Be the bigger flame."

I'm impressed!!! I really am!!!
My friends already know how a big mafia books obsessed I am and the funny thing is that I've read the only book of Parker that is non mafia related!!! Funny, ugh???
Well, this book was huge!!! Literally huge, but in a weird way, it didn't bore me at all!!!!
I just loved and enjoyed every second of it, and i have this strange thought that Parker S. Hunt
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book! I want to scream! With frustration and yet with satisfaction. What makes me frustrated and apprrciate this book is the writting style. It has so many dramatic, detail inner conversation. Plus with all of those new words from who knows where dictionary.

The main story is simple and yet new for me. A mistaken identity during one night stand. Then it leads into the game of cat and mouse. So many plot. So many lies.
I do like Emery. She is kick ass heroine. She hold no prisoner and push b
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Who told you that you could write? Because they lied.

Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
DNF at chapter 31 :(

I really tried, but unfortunately, I couldn't connect to the story and didn't feel the chemistry between the characters...
Edit Jan31
Lengthy and the writing style took some time to get used to I actually had to use the integrated Kindle dictionary. Other than that this book isn't terrible and I don't get why people tampered with listopia in Favor of a different author and her antology. As I see it now it wasn't the staff.

Maybe it's because I like slow burn romance but I'm enjoying this. I haven't finished yet, so far it looks like a 4.5

Browsing through listopia I saw a list that seemed to be made specifically with

2 “Long & Pretentious” Stars

Hoping 2020 gets better. I need a book that blows my mind. Something to obsess over. Please.
Keri Loves Books
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+ STARS for Beautiful Words, Starless Skies and Fate!

One of my Top Reads for 2019!!! There were so many things I loved about this story. I could not get enough of Nash or Emery. It was beautifully written with amazing insights and words so moving that I didn’t want it to end!!!

Emery was a girl that was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her family had more money than they would ever need in several lifetimes. She grew up with her best friend and his family that worked around her family's es
Wow !!!!

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I 've seen this book everywhere the last few weeks and I had to see what the fuss was about. Ye now I know it amazing Nash Prescott is just brilliant. He a total nightmare half the time well most of the time but you can't help but luv the guy. This big strong sexy guy has been through a lot and has so much anger in him that it just takes over sometimes. But deep down he is a sweet care man family mean everything to him and if people do wrong by them they better watch out cause he wil
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ⭐'s

“Ask me the question, Tiger.”
“Is this just lust?”
“It’s everything.”

OMG...what a book. And another one that had some low star ratings and that I almost didn't read. Plus it's supposed to be over seven hundred pages. Good news is that the last almost ten percent is the beginning of another book.

This book really has a Sinners of Saint (from L.J. Shen) feel but just switch the sexes. Emery is the rich one, at least at first and she's in love with the landscaper's and housekeepers younger
moonlight ☾
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: age-gap-romance
4.5 stars
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was a bad man. Sisyphus. With blood on my hands. Penance in my future. Tick. Tock.

Devious Lies was my first book by Parker S. Huntington and I must say I really enjoyed this one. I had no idea what to expect and as everyone was already raving about this book and the plot sounds right up my alley and really intriguing, I had to jump on the opportunity to discover a new to me author.

Nash was the sky moments before a storm. Daunting. Dark. Beautiful.

The writing style won me over right aw
Tia Louise
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A deliciously sexy slow-burn... I absolutely adored Emery + Nash... the heat, the passion... ahh! It will keep you glued to the pages from start to finish. Block off your day, because you won't want to do anything but READ this sexy stand-alone. TEN STARS!!! ...more
Dec 16, 2019 added it
3.5-4 Stars

OK, sooooo the synopsis drew me in completely but sadly after reading last night it just didn't live up to what I expected.

So the writing itself was fantastic but I just felt like it dragged. What I mean is that I wanted so much more time with Nash and Emery as a couple. The storyline dragged on for me personally, I just felt like there was so much going on outside of them as a "couple" that for me, I kept "waiting" for that angst, for that push/pull, idk....I just wanted so much more
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
I wanted to inhale his smoke, coat my tongue with his ashes, and bury myself in his lies.

A slow burn enemies to lovers romance, where the relationship between a boy and a girl is doomed from the very beginning.
And I completely devoured it because I was simply captivated from the very first page. The story is so intense I was hooked and on edge all the way through.

Absolutely gripping !
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Parker S. Huntington hates talking about herself, so bear with her as she awkwardly toots her own horn for a few sentences and then bids her readers adieu.

Parker S. Huntington is from Orange County, California, USA. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Arts (ALM) in Literature and Creative Writing from Harva

Other books in the series

Cruel Crown (3 books)
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