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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  194 reviews
I met Marcus at a crematorium.
That should have been my first clue to keep away.

He was nothing I wanted. Yet, everything I needed.
He was dark, dangerous.
And I couldn’t stay away.
Even when I wanted to.

We made a deal—just our bodies.
But lines got blurred.

I asked for more than one night – I ended up asking for forever.
What a mistake that was.
What a mistake he was.

Published March 3rd 2020
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Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read
5 stars!! This book is yummy, tragic and just what a girl needs!!

Rochelle has seen better days. Actually the day this big, tall, a little scary man walks into her life is one of the worst days ever. But that day was the day her world was flipped upside down.

Marcus doesn’t love. He’s a hit it and quit it kind of guy. But one day this tiny, innocent, pretty girl is laying on the ground and he knows this up and coming journey is going to change life itself.

“..I’m unsure if I will survive Marcus.
Sarah Dale
OMG what have I read! SSSOOOO Many feels...………..all good though

The characters in this one seriously embed themselves in your soul. I know in my had I shouldn't like Marcus, he is the complete anti-hero, the brooding, mysterious, a*hole that keeps you at a distance. He wants things his way and that's the end. Rochelle I loved this girl, she was broken when he met her, the feisty girl broken in grief.

As much as I don't want to like Marcus I did. Even though I wanted to junk punch him many many ti
Tami czenkus
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
T.L Smith is The Mistress of the Anti-Hero!!!!
My emotions were all over the place while reading Kisses and Lies, I should have expected to be put through the ringer while reading this book, BUT..... I read this story without looking at the blurb which was extremely hard to do since this is one of my favorite authors and I always get lost within the story EACH AND EVERY TIME!!
Marcos..... WOW!! I went from loathing to loving every couple chapters but of course he made he fall in love with his s
Rochelle was mourning the death of her grandparents when Marcus happened. Marcus is a bad boy with sinister thoughts in his head. He owns a crematory and works there. He loves his job, cutting off human parts and then burning them. Marcus is drawn to death, Rochelle is his salvation, someone who makes him lively. Rochelle knows he is bad news, and he wants her to walk away because he knows will taint her. Both resist each other but they end up together.

Rochelle grows up in a loving family, an o
Rhonda Ziglar
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 PRETTY GIRL STARS!! Wow....just wow!! This story was so captivating....Life stopped for my day, except for Marcus and Rochelle aka Pretty Girl. Their story is dark, exciting, lots of feels, sexiness and just off the charts PHENOMENAL. T.L. Smith has done it again with a top read of my year....I know this already, so early in the year.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
More! More, I want MORE!
In typical TL Smith style this book will grab you, twist your heard, spin your mind and will let you fall down the rabbit hole.
Kisses And Lies is another spellbinding story that will have you addicted in no time!
Keri Loves Books
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Embrace the darkness. Rochelle is a good girl, but the pain she’s feeling is changing her. She’s ready to take a chance and walk on the dark side. She’s just found the man to take her there.

Rochelle and Marcus meet at a crematorium. He works with the dead. She’s just suffers a great loss. He’s just what she needs to forget the pain.

Marcus sees himself as bad. He doesn’t want to taint the good in Rochelle. He wants her to walk away because he will ruin her. His upbringing has tainted love for him
Omg ! I really don't know where to start with this one as this book was one emotional roller coaster for us!The story was exciting and intense and riveting and the characters just captivated me especially Reap/Marcus he was one seriously dark and dangerous man and a whole lot of mind -ffed.
"The story left me reeling and my heart pounding!"

No matter how messed up Marcus was that man drew you right in and saying he was a bad boy was not nearly enough but, one word sinister comes to mind and whats
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why am I even surprised?
I know I shouldn’t be, but yet here we are.
I’m literally sitting here still completely baffled as to how I fell in love with a first class a-hole.

Yes people, Marcus is an a-hole of EPIC proportions and I am totally in love with the guy.

Marcus left me all kinds of hot and bothered with a side of I want to kill him. I can’t tell you how many times I went from loving him to hating him in a millisecond. He managed (and I have no idea how) to weave his way into my very soul
Elisa ✿
May 06, 2021 rated it liked it
when you start this book you find out that he cheated on her, then you start reading before the cheating.
lately, I've been binging T.L.Smith and this is the lowest rating I gave her, it wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't at the same level as the previous ones.
They met the day her grandparents are being cremated, he works there and as soon as she sees him, she wants him.
they start this 'just sex' relationship because she's too good for him and she'll accept anything he gives her.
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Brenda Travers
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book spoke to my soul......

It’s no secret I’m a massive T.L. Smith fan and when I heard about this book I was captivated as to how the book would unfold.

What I got was so so so much more than I ever could have expected....Kisses And Lies very quickly skyrocketed to my most favourite T.L. Smith book. I devoured it, I was Intrigued from the first page and Marcus & Rochelle’s story.

Every element I want to find in a great book I found in Kisses And Lies. TL knows how to evoke emotions in her
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Rochelle is a good girl tired of being a good girl. Marcus is a good guy with a bad boy's rep who thinks he can't do love, isn't deserving of it. How can these two possibly be a thing? Make a thing work?

Well, they didn't really make it work for most of their story because there's so much push and pull. But honestly, I loved this story. It's delicious and sexy and a bit dark. Not truly dark, but not bright and light by any means. I guess you could call it grey, and angsty and yummy. I love ho
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a little weary at the beginning of this book. Because at first you are a little confused as to what and why but as the story builds it all becomes clear as to the direction it will take. This isn't a hearts and flowers love, it's one that is built from death, pain and need.

As the norm with this author it's most definitely not straight forward. It dark, twisted and you are often left wondering, why? Shouting are you stupid? What's wrong with you walk away. But in the end you just know that
Title: Kisses and Lies
Series: Standalone
Author: T.L. Smith
Characters: Marcus Stone & Rochelle


"Marcus is all about death."

This is just an okay read, quick pacing and good plot. I'm just not feeling it, the connection bet the main characters whilst I'm reading this.

This is told mostly in Rochelle's POV, and I'd say the opening of the book really intrigue me to read this.

“You’re a good girl. Good girls get ruined.”

“You give me nothing but kisses and lies, Marcus."

Book two will about Marcu
Michelle Krystel
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I absolutely love this authors work I haven't read one book by her I didn't like. I loved how Richelle is full of sass and personality. Marcus on the other hand is the quiet brooding type that you can't help being attracted too. I want to know more about blaze and Kat too. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book! The prologue had me so intrigued I couldn’t wait to carry on reading. I don’t think I put this book down once from start to finish.

I went into this expecting to love Marcus from the start. Yeah that wasn’t happening. He’s cold, standoffish and intense. But somehow he really grew on me. I’m a sucker for an asshole and he definitely lives up to. He screams danger, stay away but that only drew me to him more.

Rochelle was another good character. She’s down and feeling lost, she’s strugg
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I Don't know why but, I always finish TL books in one day ... 🤷‍♂️🤐
It's really fun to finish a book a day.
But it sucks ... 😬🤣 Because good books always end too fast.
This is a bit different here.
Because it is made up of lots. What do I mean? There's a little weird story here ... like having sex in a morgue with some bodies on the sides. Creepy, right? But it's also funny. This book was a different and reality book for me with a taste of humor and even a little 'dark'. Such a wonderful combina
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kisses and Lies by T.L. Smith is a standalone dark and gritty novel. We meet the main characters Rochelle and Marcus in a graveyard. Rochelle is there mourning the death of close family members which have left her devastated and Marcus is there because he is the owner of the crematorium. Thus, the story begins. Both characters are so uniquely different. Rochelle is one of those characters that you don’t know whether you like them or hate them and that’s mainly due to her incessant downer feeling ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kisses and Lies by T.L. Smith is one those reads you can expect to hold until you’ve finished. It’s one to literally make you cry and feel as though you’re a part of the story. This book destroyed me, and I probably say that about all of T.L.’s books but this one has risen to the top of my list.

You could class Rochelle as a ‘good girl’ so when she meets Marcus at his crematorium she should have every instinct to stay away; but feelings and bodies get involved, mistakes
Wow! Wow! Wow! This book is EVERYTHING!!! Such a clever dark romance! Marcus Stone is no good. He works at a crematorium. That should of warned Rochelle that he isn’t your typical man. Rochelle meets Marcus on the worst day of her life, with a death in the family. He warned her about himself but she didn’t listen...Maybe she should of. This is one deliciously, dark and dangerous man and I’m all for it! Are you ready for this Twisted story? I don’t know if you are but it’s so worth it! I’m not sa ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books-2020
And this is why TL Smith is a favorite author of mine!!! Holy HELL!!! I absolutely LOVED and DEVOURED Kisses and Lies! I could not get enough, and honestly I didn't want the story to end. TL has a way of drawing me into her worlds, and it's just PERFECTION!!!

The characters in Kisses and Lies spoke to me. Marcus, ugh! I tried not to like this brooding, mysterious, jerk, but even as cut off from the world as he wanted to be, he spoke to my heart. I just wanted to hug him. I knew it would take a st
Jenny B
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a read that took me a little bit to get into but once it grabbed me I was hooked. I found the premise to be so interesting and the story really had so much going on. This book packed in the emotions and lots of highs and lows that kept my attention through the read. While the author did a great job at developing the characters part of me wants to know so much more about them.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 10 stars I would. This has to be the best book from TL Smith that I have read and I’ve pretty much read them all!
Omg Marcus sounds so captivating and intriguing. From the beginning I loved him yet hated him at the same time - probably the same as Rochelle.
From page 1 I was hooked - it was written so well - dark yet full of love and emotion. I could picture the whole story in my head while reading the words on the page. I am hoping there is a second book to continue on
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book tonight, and have no words to express how much I absolutely loved it. It was raw, powerful, full of heartbreak, full of love, passion and so much more. These two completely opposite people, broken in different ways, have taken a hold of my mind and I can't stop thinking about them. This is one of the best books I have read from TL Smith yet, amazing 5 plus star read. I loved Marcus and Rochelle, I didn't want this book to end
Laurel Nilsen
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book not knowing what to expect but I should never have doubted TL Smith. Yet again she brought an amazing story to life with Kisses and Lies. Marcus and Rochelle’s story is one that will steal your heart and keep you captivated till the end. 10 star read.
Crystal Wilke
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kisses and Lies is addictive!!! I couldn't put it down. Rochelle and Marcus's story tore my heart apart and put it back together. I cried. This book spoke to me. Thank you T.L. for your amazing words. I hope Blaze gets his story told. ...more
Teresa Lara
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So dark and twisted
Love Marcus and Rochelle
Grabbed me from the start
Cant wait for Blaze
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Oh wow, the queen of none flowers and romance has done it again!

Dark, gripping, edgy, I freaking loved it!

"I'm unsure if I will survive Marcus. His speciality is death. My chances of survival are slim"

Marcus reminded me so much of Death in Disbelief from T.L Smith's previous Mafia series and I couldn't get enough of that series either, I am so excited, I want more.

Marcus owns a crematorium, his brother is president of an MC, I am dancing in my pants to get to Blaze's story.

Marcus is
Night Owl Reads
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
T.L. Smith! She has become a new favorite author of mine. This is the second book of hers I have read and loved it and it is so different from the first book of hers I read.

Kisses and Lies is about Marcus and Rochelle. How they meet is unusual. They meet in the face of death. Rochelle had just lost her grandparents and Marcus is the owner and works at the local crematorium her grandparents are brought to.

She feels this pull towards Marcus that she cannot explain and vice versa. He tries to expl
Ashley Estep The Art of Reading
Kisses and Lies was amazing! Marcus and Rochelle were amazing, and their story was brutal. Kisses and Lies is the perfect example as to why I have to read everything she writes.

Marcus is one of those guys you hate to love, and love to hate. I'm not sure which I spent most of my time doing. He views himself as bad and doesn't want to taint Rochelle. The darkness he has inside of him most do not understand. Rochelle meets Marcus in a crematorium where he works. Rochelle is dealing with pain from t
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USA Today Best Selling Author T.L. Smith loves to write her characters with flaws so beautiful and dark that you can’t turn away from. Her books have been translated into several languages. If you don’t find her in her home town of Queensland, Australia you can usually find her travelling around the world to sitting on a beach in Bali, to exploring Alcatraz in San Francisco or walking the streets ...more

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