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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Twenty Beautiful Lies stand before me.
I can feel one’s hatred from across the ballroom.
She loathes me and all that I stand for... that’s why she will be my choice, my belle of the ball.

Born into a secret society that strangles the life out of me, I have no choice but to face my demons head on.
Inheritance isn’t about money or land, it’s much more twisted than that...
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Published December 7th 2020
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Patricia Hoffstaetter
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
I absolutely enjoyed reading this magnificent, dark secret society romance & it can be read as a standalone. It is the second book in this series & (very sadly) I did not read the first book but I was not lost & picked up on the story quite quickly. The plot has good world building & is very enticing with some disturbing situations & events that is well-described & certainly kept my attention all the way to the end. The characters have very unique personalities & the reader will empathize with t ...more
PP's Bookshelf
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Lies by Alta Hensley and Stasia Black was a sensual and exhilarating journey. It was set in the mysterious, powerful ,rich and corrupt world of secret society. The passion was intense and steamy. The emotions were running high. A very well executed dark romance.

Sully Vandoren despised his father and his association with The Order of Silver Ghosts. But he has to come back after his father's death as he has to initiate into the society to inherit his company. For his sister and his mothe
April Symes
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Lies by Alta Hensley and Stasia Black is book 2 in The Breaking Belles series by Alta Hensley and Stacia Black. This is Sully and Portia's story. What a wonderful read, so full of action, suspense, passion, angst, secrets chemistry and heart between the characters the hero, Sully and heroine, Portia. Tons of heat and heart. A great book to curl up and read with!

My Rating: 4.5 stars ********
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This one sealed the deal for me. So many no way moments, where I had to shake my head and think did they really go there? Not at all what I expected to happen but I’m so glad the authors went there. Dark n twisted sinful with moments of sweet make this book awesome!
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lies unfold within the second book from Alta Hensley and Stasia Black. This Epic adventure from within the walls of The Order contain horrendous trials for Sully and Portia who need their wishes granted at the end of 109 days; but can they both work together and last for the time period given?

Love this book and so happy that it was not like the first. The storyline is similar but the trials, the characters and emotions were different and I enjoyed it immensely! The ending was epic as you didn’t
Kari Hansen
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sully has no respect for the Order of the Silver Ghost or their archaic traditions but the one thing he does care about is his sister. Now that his father has passed away if the family business is to remain in the family he must overcome the trials that will be thrown at him and he will succeed for the sister he loves.

Portia’s situation couldn’t be more different from Sully, but the end result remains the same and that is that she is doing it for her sisters. When she is given the opportunity to
Andrea Barth-Leidinger
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sullivan VanDoren meets his Princess at the Oleander Manor. He is there to start a trial to be accepted in the Order of the Silver Ghost, an heritage from his father.
Portia isn’t really feeling as a princess when she’s lined up like cattle with several other young women. And less as she’s handled like cattle from Sullivan....
This book reminds us of our force. Of the force we might be able to develop if driven enough to get to our goal. Whenever the goal is worth it. It reminds us of the fact th
Liz Booker
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise! This was a good love story with an interesting backdrop. 4 stars
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
The saga continues with the elitist club of The Order. This time the story is about the trials and tribulations of Sully and Portia and their 109 day initiation.
The chemistry of this couple and the charisma of Sully promises us a steamy and outrageous story. These trials that Sully and Portia must endure are strenuous, outlandish, extremely deprived, and made for a spectacular story!
I can't wait for Rafe and Fallon's story!
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sully & Portia’s Dark & Sinfully Steamy Story Of Family, Loyalty, & Secret Societies Keeps You On Your Toes!

This book is the second in what appears to be a six-part series. A number of characters are introduced in the first book and the set-up is complex, so I have summarized it here to serve as a quick reference. Book one is Montgomery and Grace’s story, Elegant Sins. In book two, Beautiful Lies, Sully and Portia are paired together to face the trials. Rafe’s story – presumably with Fallon Perr
Kandace Denys (bookish_kayy)
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This second installment left us with Sully and his ‘Belle’ and was much more enjoyable for me. Could have been my mood, who knows.
This couples struggle started with Sully not wanting any part of the archaic traditions, but having no choice, in order to be able to help his family.
Our Belle also has familial needs forcing her hand.
Watching them learn one another and learn to be a team was the highlight for me.
This series is dark and twisted, with a good bit going on behind the scenes.
Bring on the
Jennifer Hinson
I didn’t mind the fight, but I fucking loved the surrender.


Beautiful Lies is the second installment in the Breaking Belles series, featuring the dark secret society romance of Sully VanDoren and Portia Collins. He’s being forced to complete an initiation into a secret society he has no interest in being part of to secure a company & fortune he doesn’t want. She is there willing to do whatever it takes for her family, no matter what is asked of her she is determined to succeed. 109 days of unspea
Reading to Stay Awake
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you read book one and enjoyed it, hold on to your knickers, you are going to love this book!!! I have no clue as to how these amazing writers came up with these ideas but I'm so glad they did because putting them into written words has created a masterpiece of darkness! A world that it is hard to comprehend and that you truly hope is not written from experience but fantasy!

When Alta Hensley and Stasia Black have a night out together it's either going to be a riot or an evening of knitting; be
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sully is the next son to go through the ritualistic Initiation of the secret society, and he chose Portia as his belle to go through it with him.

Set in the South, this is a seemingly beautiful and opulent world. It could almost be enchanting if it weren't dark and depraved. The Initiation trials are debauched and at times dangerous, and the "Elders" have archaic attitudes and zero respect for women. As the Initiate and his belle go through the 109 days together it is clear why this series is nam
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Lies is the second book in the series by Stasia Black and Alta Hensley and focuses on Sully VanDoren, whose turn it is to go through the 109 days of initiation into the Order of the Silver Ghost, a secret society that his family has been in for generations. Sully himself has to go through these days of initiation in order to keep his father's company, which he really doesn't want but his younger sister Jasmine does. Portia Collins is taking care of her 3 younger sisters after her mothe ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dark and twisted! A thrilling second story in this mesmerizing series. A secret society full of nasty old men with perverted tastes and a mission to fulfilling their society's legacy. Dominant men and submissive women and anything goes. You could read this as a stand-alone but you'll miss the introduction of this class of initiates and some of the history. This story features the sullen Sully. Usually drunk with a bad attitude and a scowl on his face. He's not happy and hates the Order and all i ...more
Anita Hanekom
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I was mesmerised from word one and cannot wait to to read the next book and see exactly what the authors have in store in the next book. One thing I can say is that whilst this book is dark and contains triggers that readers need to be aware of but it is so much more than just a dark romance. There are so many levels to this book and the characters. Sully went to California to escape his family but when his father dies he comes back for his sister. He never wanted ...more
Kelly DeMarco
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Survival is the name of the game, love is the ultimate result
Beautiful Lies (Breaking Belle Series Book 2) by Stasia Black and Alta Hensley is an amazing dark, edge of your seat romance. As Book 1, Elegant Lies, introduced readers to this dark, mysterious and malevolent right of passage, the Trials continue with another Initiate and Belle. Sully is the consummate rebel in this group and he lets his displeasure and disapproval be known. Portia, invited and accepted for her own desperate reasons,
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sully has despised his father and The Order for years.
But it wasn’t always the case.
He looked to his dad as a superhero.
And loved going to Oleander Manor.
Until he discovered what was truly going on.
Now his hatred of his father and the elders of the secret society knows no bounds.
With the death of his father he’s the next initiate.
Sully very very reluctantly goes for the sake of his sister.
Most of his time is spent being drunk.
And taking out his anger on everyone around him.
Portia is an exception
Terri Trawets
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second story in the Breaking Belles Series. In each tale, a rich young man about to inherit his family business and wealth must choose a lovely “belle”. Together, they are forced to undergo 109 days of dark trials and kinky initiation at the Oleander, a secret society led by elderly men interested in wicked darkness.

Each belle chooses her own prize if she can complete the full 109 days. We find out very quickly how angry and dismissive Sully is with the whole dirty program he must c
Shannon Ricci-Mayronne
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s time for another Initiate to go the the trials set forth by The Order of Silver Ghost. Sullivan Vandoren reluctantly joins in to keep his family’s business and wealth associated with it in his family.

Portia is trying to keep her families head above water so when the invitation to become a Belle arrived in her doorstep, she hoped it would be a life changing experience.

Sully is angry, lashing out, drinking heavily to deal with his situation. He attempts to use his words and actions to belit
Evelyn Jane Thorne
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Lies is the second book in the Breaking Belles Series by Stasia Black and Alta Hensley. This book is a complete stand alone but I recommend reading Elegant Sins if you want more insight into The Order of the Silver Ghost and the Trials of Initiation .

I absolutely loved Elegant Sins and I didn’t think it could get any better until I read Beautiful Lies which was absolutely brilliant. Beautiful Lies focuses on Sullivan (Sully) VanDoren’s story as he spends 109 days staying at Oleander M
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Beautiful Lies is sinfully hot, dark and twisted, and so good!

Sully certainly picked his belle with perfection because Portia has emotional strength to withstand everything the Order throws at her while Sully is just counting down the days for it all to end. He has contempt for the men, the society, everything about it, but at the end of the day it is the only way he will inherit his family business. So while both of them have the tenacity to go the distance, they don't exactly begin as partners
Romance  Recs
Beautiful Lies is the second installment in the Breaking Bellas Series written by both Stasia Black and Alta Hensley. The Breaking Belles order is:
1. Elegant Sins
2. Beautiful Lies
3. Opulent Obsession

I strongly suggest you read Elegant Sins prior to reading this book, Beautiful Lies because in the first book you essentially get a complete explanation of the background details that you need to understand The Order of the Silver Ghost. If you really don’t want to, you don’t have to and as long as
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second story features Sullivan Vandoren (Sully), who has absolutely no interest whatsoever in becoming a member of the Order of the Silver Ghost. Sully had moved away from Darlington Georgia and cut all ties with his family business and traditions but following the death of his father has been pulled back to attend his father's funeral and then take his place as the next 'victim' to undergo The Trials of Initiation at Oleander Manor. He wants to refuse but if he does that, according to his ...more
The Smutbrarians
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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Old money, southern charm and a secret society. Watching his father's casket get lowered into the ground, Sully knows his time has come. The Order of the Silver Ghost awaits him and no matter how much he wants to resist and turn away from the trials of initiation, he has no choice. As much as he hated his father and all he stood for, he loves his sister and will do what he has to for her. He will pick hi
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Lies, by Alta Hensley and Stacia Black, is the second book in the Breaking Belles series.  It is a complete standalone, but features characters and situations from the first book which makes a richer reading experience when read in order.  This book is a twisted take on Beauty and the Beast.

So far, I'd say these are mid level dark books; there are situations that are disturbing, but the heroes have a decency that is lacking in the world in which they live.  The men that rule their sec
Anne Harris
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding but very very dark
Sullivan VanDoren was living a nightmare. His father has just died but that wasn’t what was putting him in a foul mood. It meant that it was his time to take his place on the Order Of The Silver Ghost. Sully never wanted this life for himself and if he had his way he wouldn’t but his sister asked him to do it and he will do anything for her. But first he has to get through the trials. He knows some of what happens but not enough to feel that his place is already his
Charlene Gaskins
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I generally don't read these kind of cult type society's made up of old demented rich men who get off on these kinds of bizarre cults, because they themselves are such hypocrites. They live there so called gentile life styles with the little wifey ( who is usually a drunk or doing everyone from the cook to the pool boy) and their picture-perfect children, who have more psychological issues than a pack of rabid dogs. That aside I liked the blurb and gave this story a try. The writing was good and ...more
Late Night Reviews
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my wow, a new Initiate and a new Belle. Sully (Sullivan) Vandoran and Portia Collins are the ones now experiencing the trials of The Order of the Silver Ghost and wow! I was not sure I would like Sully, simply based on the small parts he had in Elegant Sins, but once I got to know his story I fell in love. It explains so much and there is no way you didn't root for him and Portia the entire way.

Yes, at first Sully was not handling things well, drinking a lot, being grumpy and not being a team
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Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling author of hot, dark and dirty romance. She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, taboo undertones, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.

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