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All the Ugly Things

(Love & Lies Duet #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  89 reviews
One moment. A single decision... an accident.
Cost me six years of my life.
All of my hopes and dreams vanished.

Until I was given back my freedom and the opportunity to start over... doing whatever I could to survive in a world much different than the one I knew before.

I was working on my degree and waiting tables when my fate changed.
An older man with silver hair and a f
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 19th 2021 by Independently published
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3 Stars!

... A love story of a liar.

This is one of those books that are easy to put down but are hard to pick up again. I seriously liked the way this story started. I love those kind of stories that jumps right in. Instant drama, for example, is my cup of tea. But along the way, the story got repetitive and boring that I couldn't help but put it off for several times.

Note: This is a new adult, slow burn romance.

"She was alone. She was the most alone person on the planet."

Lilly w
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'ALL THE UGLY THINGS' Is the first full length romance book in the duet 'Love & Lies', by Stacey Lynn. Spoken in Dual Perspectives.

As soon as I saw the synopsis I couldn't wait to get my hands on this, the cover just sealed the deal, once it landed on my kindle I was all in. This was such a unique unputdownable slow burn romance which got its hooks into me as soon as I opened that first page and started reading.

Eighteen year old Lilly had her whole life mapped out, from graduation to uni
Dora Koutsoukou
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 💔💔❤️❤️🌟s

The first part of this duet was very intriguing and emotional.

Lilly was sent to jail at 18 y.o. for a crime she didn’t commit. Instead of being released after 10 years, she was out in 6 and had to stand on her own two feet since her parents had completely abandoned her and disappeared.

David Valentine, a wonderful and caring person, wanted to offer her a second chance in life but his attempts were rejected by Lilly, since she had stopped trusting in everyone and everything. However, D
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From the moment I saw this duet, I knew I needed to read it. The blurb hooks you in immediately and you get the sense that this is going to be one of those stories where your intriguement is going to be fulfilled because there is going to be more to the story than you originally thought.

For the past six years, Lily’s home has been in a correctional facility. Now being released on parole, getting a new start is the only thing that is on her mind and she intends to see it through. Going back
PP's Bookshelf
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All the Ugly Things by Stacey Lynn hit me hard even before I could feel it coming and my heart is so full. This story was all about finding light of kindness, compassion and love in the darkest hour of anger, frustration and loss. A heartaching and achingly angsty romance that talks about love in so many different and meaningful ways.

Lilly lost everything at eighteen years of age when she was sent to jail for ten years for a crime she didn't commit. She was released on parole after six years for
Danielle Cordsen
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All the ugly things
By: Stacey Lynn


Two tortured soles

She’s a shell..he’s fighting his feelings what could possibly go wrong? Two soles who have lost so much but don’t know how to truly live. Hudson loves his dad and knows his heart is always in the right place but when he tries to help a very broken Lilly he comes face to face with his own fears, grief and shortcomings. This book is part of a duet book 2 out May 11th.

The author writing is flawless, and the words are so captivating,
Carla Bulian
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book! I thought a little slow for me! But it was lovely.
It’s worth the reading.
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Stacey Lynn Fans, Romance
4.5 A Second Chance Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
I usually do not read anything that has a cliffhanger, I don't enjoy not knowing things. Yet, this book was addictive in the way I kept reading it. Yes, I knew things were destined to happen but I was compelled to experience them and the other surprises.

Stacey Lynn took a chance with her fans and decided to do this duet and it works on so many levels.
I think the idea of second chances in all forms of situations is a current, serious one to exami
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Her life changed in the blink of an eye, six years ago she went from being a teen with the world waiting for her, to being a woman behind bars for a crime that wasn't hers. Now she finds herself outside the confines of jail and has been given a second chance at life, but old habits are keeping her from fully living it. She is continually waiting for the world to fall out from under her feet again, and more tragedy find it's way to her doorstep. But instead she finds a man that promises to give h ...more
Nadine Bookaholic
This book right here is why I fell in love with Stacey Lynn's books. I love the way she pulls you into the story and grabs a hold of your heart. I thought her FIRESIDE SERIES was an emotional read but I think this Duet is going to be right up there with that one...heck it may even pass it with all the emotions I'm feeling.

Lilly is only eighteen years old when she is sent to prison, as if her life wasn't bad enough before that. My heart broke for her, this poor girl didn't stand a chance with the
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book tore my heart open, but I didn’t mind. I couldn’t put Hudson and Lilly’s story down. I knew it would be emotional, but had no idea it would make you cry and give you hope at the same time. This is the first in a duet so have all the tissues on standby! I need the next book pronto.
Jessica Alcazar
Just when you think you know an author, BAM, they blow your mind with another level to their writing skills. I have been a fan of Stacey’s as far back as her days writing as S. Layne and I can’t really say she has ever dug as deep as she did with this story into my soul. I mean she is in there deep!!

This is a story that will be impossible for you to put down and you will crave the next half like you might crave your favorite dessert! I read this about 8 days ago today and when I tell you that I
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Thought provoking and deeply emotional, All the Ugly Things brings to life the story of how choices and decisions alter your life and the trajectory of who might come along your path based upon those decisions.

Lilly finds herself sentenced to ten years in prison for vehicular manslaughter at the age of eighteen. At an age when others are heading off to college, getting married, starting a career, moving into their first home, starting a family, the start of adulthood. Whereas, Lilly is navigatin
Becky Burrier
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cliff-hanger
Not your typical story of redemption. A story that shows the ugly side of human nature. Lilly is a child when her father turns on her; forcing her to accept responsibility for something that was not her fault. Lilly is left a lone in the world and forced to grow up in a way none of should have to. Finally free of the bars of prison Lilly has accepted her reality and is just trying to survive. She is defeated and weighed down by All the Ugly Things that have happened to her.
I am anxious to read
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Lilly's out of prison working as a waitress when she meets a kind man who tries to offer her a job. Knowing that she can't rely on anyone but herself, she blows him off and doesn't think twice about it. Then a gorgeous guy walks into her diner and she starts thinking that perhaps once in her life things might be going well because Hudson is starting to have her believing in good things again. But was their meeting really by c
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book drew me in; I was devastated for eighteen year old Lily. The people who were supposed to love and protect her the most actually used her for their benefit and deserted her in her time of need. Six years later, free to move on with her life, she is ill-equipped to cope with day-to-day tasks. Yet, she is strong and determined to move forward. She trusts no-one, has learnt to maintain a hard exterior to keep others away as she struggles with work and school. Enter David Valentine and his ...more
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
One thing you need to know about Stacey Lynn is that she’s an amazing author. Ever single book I’ve read of hers has been a 5 star read and this one is no different.
Lilly and Hudson heck even David will grab you and pour all the feels into you.
Lilly has had a horrible past. She’s been to jail for a crime she didn’t commit. If that wasn’t bad enough her father is the one that made her plead guilty to save her brother who ended up dying anyways. She really did end up getting the crap end of the
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
All the Ugly Things is the first book in the duet “Love & Lies” by Stacey Lynn. as soon as i saw the synopsis, i knew this was going to be a type of book that i hadn’t read before. it shows that life isn’t all love hearts and rainbows, but you can have redemption despite all the ugly things that may come your way.
we start by meeting eighteen year old Lilly who is being charged with something she didn’t do. her life is changed within a blink of an eye, and those who are supposed to love her unco
Ana Manjić
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I saw the end of us coming before we began."


This is a slow-burn romance and I have to admit a little too slow for my taste but definitely worth reading.
Book1 ends on a cliffhanger, but book2 with a happy ending.
I don't like to wait for books in series so I read them both in 3 days after they were released.

A young 18-year-old girl ended up in jail for causing the accident in which her brother was killed. Or it just looks like that at first until you get deeper into the story.
Left behind by
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All the Ugly Things: Love & Lies Duet-Book one by Stacey Lynn tells the story of Lilly and Hudson.

Lilly has been sentenced for a crime she did not commit and once released she meets David who is impressed with her and wants to help. She is hesitant to accept assistance from anyone, as she hasn’t had many people she can trust in her life. When she continues to refuse a job from David, he sends his son Hudson. They both become relentless and she agrees to join their company.

As Lilly begins to tru
May 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
This book was so boring. Hudson was annoying and Lilly fed her poor me narrative a little too often. Mostly though was the ridiculous NON REASON for keeping their agenda hidden from her. It served no purpose except to make this a duet and give it drama where none would have existed.

I went onto the second book to see how fast she would forgive them for their terrible audacity of helping her.

Writing is good, I felt for the characters, heartstrings were pulled and manipulated but it was a slog fo
Sunny Shelly Reads
This book completely captivated me from the first page. I have read several Stacey Lynn books before, but those were all much more light-hearted. All The Ugly Things has a bit of a darker tone, and is much more angsty than anything by SL that I've read in the past. An I absolutely devoured it!

Lilly's backstory is heartbreaking. She's so alone, and after a stint in prison for a crime she didn't commit, has no one to turn to and thinks she's unworthy of love and affection. Her life changes thanks
Kari Hansen
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lilly has spent the last six years paying the price for something that wasn’t her fault and all she wants to do is move forward. She is finding it difficult to overcome her past as due to her criminal records she finds herself with no support system and working a job that barely allows her to make ends.

David and his son Hudson have decided to take Lilly under their wing and ensure that she gets the new beginning that she needs. The only thing standing in their way is Lilly as she has learnt in
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OK, I really loved this one. First of all, I deeply connected with Lilly. I admire her and I feel for her. She went through a lot and yet, she is brave and resilient.
I really loved how mysterious Hudson is.
I love how the author created such a mysterious storyline and I hated that cliffy. Great chemistry and wonderful pace.
I cannot wait for more.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Stars
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars

Hudson and Lilly don't have the typical relationship. Hudson is holding back and Lilly is inexperienced.

Lilly's life hasn't been easy and she's trying her best to just get by. Though she grew up rich and entitled, after spending years in prison she doesn't believe she deserves anything good. (Besides the fact that her family wasn't exactly loving even if they did have money.)

Hudson grew up rich, but his family has always taken care of those that are less fortunate. His parents w
Magic book club
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Slow burn story that stole my heart .

Hudson is ❤️
Tara Peters
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gripping tale that had me hooked from the first page. Hudson and Lilly are two people fighting to make it through life. He is fighting his feelings for her, because he knows he is lying to her about certain things, she is fighting to get her life back after being in prison for six years.

His family is truly awesome and try to help as many people as they can. They have a ton of money and use it for good. His dad, David, wants to help Lilly, but she is resisting and believes things are too good t
FIVE STARS! (I am so happy this lived up to my expectations)

I don't know if this is just a personal thing for me but I usually find it hard to resonate with female characters who claim to be independent in books. It is usually because authors end up overly stressing the fact that the character is independent and they don't need anyone. It is often overdone and usually very repetitive as the book goes on. Fortunately, this was not the case for Lilly in this book. I liked her a lot which caught me
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
This is the first book in the Love and Lies Duet and I really, really enjoyed it. It had me hooked from the start and left me desperate for more.

This is a super short and spoiler free review purely because the thing I loved most about reading this book was trying to figure out what was going on, the feeling of anticipation of what was to come, waiting for the other shoe to drop, and I don’t want any of my review ruining that for anyone. I loved Lilly and Hudson and everything about the
Tanja OMGReads
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was at chapter 7 when I knew I would be wreck after finishing this book... And I knew it was a duet so double wreck. I think Lilly was the first heroine (in a while now) that I connect with from the first page . Her pain was hard to swallow and her loneliness was jumping off the pages and all I wanted to do was take her hand and give her a big hug to keep it all away.
Now let's talk about Hudson and his father: I get what and why they were doing but every time they didn't tell her everything i
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Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, a

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