The truth and lies duet series is tame, compared to some of Pepper Winter’s other series’. Particularly the new Dollars series sticks in my mind as one of my new favourites. That being said: Winters’s writing has an addictive quality that can make the darkest depravity into a relatable and curious read.
The Truth and Lies duet is about a young heiress, who decides to escape her life for a night only to be almost assaulted and then rescued. Her rescuer, Nameless, is then arrested. The story begins from there.
I loved the first book in the series vehemently.
Particularly the lead heroine, Elle Charleston, a strong independent woman with strong family ties.
I found it difficult to relate to Penn Everett (main male) in the first book, namely because he is a very brusque character and quite aggressive. However, the very thing that made him difficult to relate to is actually the backbone of the series. In the second book, when Penn’s character shows vulnerability due to plot points (no spoilers) I found that I missed his strong and violent personality. I missed his over-confidence.
The first book was a brilliant exercise in character development, although not as dark as I am used to with Pepper Winter’s work. The second book was more of a plot driven conclusion, although I would have liked more background on the lead villains’ as it felt like they were not properly explored enough to give their actions emotional weight in the series.
I give this series four out of five.