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Forbidden #2

Lie to You

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I thought he was the one. I thought we were headed someplace great. I didn't know anything.

My mystery man is no longer such a mystery. He's still commanding and headstrong, playing my body and mind like an instrument, but I'm finding there are layers to him I never could have dreamed. What I've learned since that fateful night in his apartment has me reeling. Now, though, the truth has taken a backstage to other, more pressing matters.

While I struggle to make a choice that will determine the direction of my future, lies that I thought had been carefully hidden away are coming to light. My head is such a mess I don't know what's up or down anymore. Will I be able to sort it all out, or will the life I've worked so hard to build come crashing down in a pile of secrets and lies?

187 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 7, 2015

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J.C. Valentine

57 books2,006 followers
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn't sorry.

J.C. lives in the Northwest with her three amazing children and far too many pets, and together they spend much of their free time enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor's in English and when she isn't writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Profile Image for Raj.
273 reviews73 followers
July 5, 2015
3.75 Stars!

Warning: If you haven't read book one and your planing on reading this series you might not want to read this review. Contains Spoilers!
But if you have read book one, Please enjoy ;)

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Seems like Ms.Valentine is trying to give me another heart attack. Yes my dear friends there's another cliffhanger, and I'm dying to know what happens.

So here's Joe torn about what she just witnessed and find out. She can't believe what the fuck just happened.

Ever since I found out I was sleeping with twin brothers, it feels like my life has turned into a whirlwind of chaos.

She feels low, depressed and humiliated. All these unanswered questions keep popping into her mind. How the hell did her life turn into a disaster and how could she let this happen? But most of all she's hurt. Devastated on how all this could've started anyway.

They’ve both hurt me. They’ve both humiliated me. And they’ve both loved me in their own twisted way.

So now she has to choose, either Rebel or Ransom. Both of them hold a piece of her heart so how will she choose?

Read to find out people ;)

I really enjoyed reading this one but there's quite some tine-tiny problems I had. Like how I was PISSED when

I was also mad about the Annie situation. Come on Annie the past is in the past. Overall really liked it and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Arc kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Profile Image for Jessica Alcazar.
3,927 reviews447 followers
August 25, 2015
Do I have to tell you this story doesn't end here? That there's another MOTHER of a cliffhanger? Do I have to mention the insanity of the cliffhanger? Not if you read the story that started this roller-coaster, Dance for Me. If you haven't read it.... STOP. Go read it. Then come back and be prepared to .. "wait, what?", A LOT!

In true and beautiful J.C. Valentine form, this story continues to unfold on one path, then takes a sharp left, comes to a stop sign and runs right thru it ... And if you don't get the meaning behind that, maybe this will help... Don't blink ~ Trust nothing ~ It ain't over till it's over ... THAT my friends is the story/journey of Josephine and Ransom or maybe Rebel ... who reaaaaally knows!

As I've mentioned before, I'm not an installment reader. I get WAY too invested in the people and the story, especially when a book is insanely good, to wait weeks on end or sometimes months, for the story to continue. So I normally just wait. I wait for the entire story to be published and then I dive right in. But every once in a while I break my rule. Sometimes it turns out well, other times it doesn't. This turned out exceptionally well. This story was meant to be read in this format. Why? Because it is charged with so much electricity, it's almost combustible!
If this trilogy was a full length novel, I myself would not be able to read it cover to cover in one swoop. Because you have to process. When I mentioned the story goes one way and then takes a sharp turn, etc, I REALLY meant it. And for you to truly appreciate the struggle of it all you HAVE to stop and take a breath. FANFRIKKINTASTIC job J.C. Valentine. I do not say this often, but the story's cliffhangers are exactly what they should be and I LOVE that they're part of this story. The twists and the turns and the "wait, WHAT?"s are perfectly presented....they suck you in and DO NOT let go.

I'm in awe at this point...

Lie to You is as hot, sexy, feverish, mysterious, unpredictable, complex, lustful, obsessive, edgy and electrifying as its predecessor, Dance for Me. I am STILL on the edge of my seat and I CANNOT wait for more !!!

ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review!
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346 reviews23 followers
February 7, 2016

The first book, Dance for Me, had one of the most surprising and shocking twist I've ever read. Lie To Me is a continuation after that huge cliffy at the end.

If Joe thought dating her teacher was the hardest thing she could have ever done, then she just realized it was a walk in the park compared to what she was facing now.

Joe met a guy. Relaxed, easygoing, charming, laid back, had a quiet self-confidence that made him incredibly attractive. His personality suggested being dependable and trustworthy. He was also fun to be around and took care of her so well.

She also met a guy who was dominant, pushy, demanding, moody and his personality indicated unpredictability and lack of commitment. He didn't treat her with kid gloves and saw through what lies beneath her facade.

One guy made her think of a nice, comfortable and happy future while another allowed her to block out everything and just live in the moment. The part of her that had been making the decisions and responsible for everything craved to hand in the rein and let him take control in his demanding and dominant ways. But another part of her just wanted to know someone solid and reliable would be there to support and encourage her. One was her escape, the other her refuge.

No, this wasn't a simple case of a love triangle. Complicated would be an understament. But for those who haven't read the first book yet, I'm intentionally being vague. Some of Joe's decisions were flighty and I won't be surprised if some readers wouldn't warm up to her right away. But the story was good, the character development was interesting and the flow of the story was impressive that Joe's wishy-washy actions became just a blip in the grand scheme of things.

I'm excited to find out more and see where this roller coaster journey will bring not only the characters but the readers as well.
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750 reviews147 followers
September 22, 2015

Well just when you think it couldn't possibly get hotter, think again.
I'm not sure what's real, or who to trust. You J. C. Valentine are
somebody that I really need to follow! And read more of your books!
Brilliant trilogy here. Another amazing cliffy! I don't know what to do with that one I'm so pissed. In this one things start to change. They go to events... seen in public is something that would not have happened before. She meets his family, he shows public display of affection and she travels with him. Joe is happy as can be. Everything is going just perfect but then she's completely blind sided in one of the worse ways. And this is where I stop. Read the book it's wonderful!

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39 reviews3 followers
April 1, 2015
The book by JC Valentine has to be her greatest work yet. This book is sexy and hot and full of surprise that I was not expecting to happen. You have a college student who is a stripper dancing to pay her way for school. There is a mystery man who meets her at the club that is a mystery but is demanding and brings to the full peak every time their together. But things are not what they seems and things unravel and surprise after surprise comes. I soaked this up in one setting and as always I was not disappointed with this book.
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887 reviews83 followers
July 7, 2015
Okay so I am starting with two warnings:
# 1. If you have not read " Dance with Me" , do so now and skip this review till done with the first book!
#2. Be prepared for another cliff hanger!


We left off at the end of "Dance with Me" , with Jo discovering that she has been dating twin brothers. Ransom and Rebel and unaware of it; sure hindsight is twenty/ twenty but in the moment she just through that Ransom was complex and moody, never thinking that the different moods belonged to two different men!
However , now that the three of them are aware that both brothers have been sleeping with the same women , not only do they want her to choose which one she wants but they are making it difficult to do. Ransom, is still being his romantic and caring self,the man she can have conversations with and share thoughts and time with, and with Rebel,it is all very alpha , dominant male demanding her submission and a firey sex life!
When push comes to shove , she makes her decision, but she may just wind up regretting it!
So jump on board the train ride Ms Valentine is taking us on and strap in, this looks like it is going to get bumpy!
Arc graciously provided by author for honest review.
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4,846 reviews294 followers
December 21, 2015
First off, what's awesome about this book was that it was released on my birthday :) second if you love teacher/student relationships - then Lie to You is the book for you. The Forbidden Trilogy by JC Valentine goes over and above your usual teacher/student relationship though as in Book #1 we met Josephine aka Joe who is a stripper and an exotic dancer , she is also studying Art History at University. One of her clients at work was known as Mr. Scott , her Professor of Art History is also known as Mr. Scott. Josephine thought that they were one of the same , but turns out at the end of Book #1 the Mr. Scott's were in fact twin brothers. Now in Lie to You it starts off with Joe camped out in her apartment as she tries to reel in the fact that she was slowly falling in love with both brothers. One is arrogant , pushy and rude - Rebel and the other is arrogant but gentler and treats her amazing - Ransom. The thing is Joe is in love with both of them and now in Lie to You - each brother will fight to the death so bloodshed will be involved to win over Joe's heart , the thing though is none of them are going to give up that easily and accept defeat. In Lie to You , this is a massive Love Triangle story as each tries to win Joe's affection but in different ways. We notice that she spends alot of time with Rebel in Lie to You, but is he the right choice for her as he strikes me as a player and a manipulator ? Does she want hot sex and a challenging back and forward relationship with Rebel or does she want Love, Kindness and a Connection with Ransom ?
Find out what type of girl Joe is in Book #2 Lie to You by JC Valentine and what man she is attracted to ?
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7,863 reviews16 followers
April 29, 2018
LIE TO YOU by J.C. Valentine is book Two in the Forbidden series. This continues the story of Josephine “Joe", Rebel and Ransom. You really do have to read the previous book to completely understand this one.
This picks up with Jo finding out that she wasn't just with Ransom but with his twin brother Rebel. Now she is dealing with what happened and the feelings she has. Ransom wants Joe but so does his brother Rebel.
This book counties their story but it also sets us up for the next installment to come.

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Author 28 books237 followers
August 22, 2015

Title: Lie to You
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Series or Standalone: Trilogy/Series (Forbidden Trilogy #2)
Rating: 5 Stars



First things first, Lie to You is the second book in the Forbidden Trilogy, which means you can’t move forward with this one until you’ve gone back and read the first book, Dance for Me.

Got that out of the way? Alright then. On with the review. I’m gonna do my best to leave it spoiler free so that you all can experience the enjoyment of getting into a book that might be up your alley, but without having the entire thing given away.

At the end of Dance For Me, there’s a pretty big bombshell dropped on the female lead, Josephine (Joe for the purpose of this review) and this book picks up where the last one left off…in the aftermath.

Again, because this is a trilogy, this one doesn’t end clean either. It’s another cliff-hanger that will bring you into the final book, but one that was quite a bit less shocking than the first one you experience at the end of the first book. But since the third book will be released soon enough, if you’re a fan of waiting for all three books to be out before reading because of the cliff-hanger dilemma, you won’t have to wait long. Answers, final ones at that, are coming.

By now you know there are two of them. Ransom and Rebel, both of them sharing the same face, and a lot of the same characteristics at their most basic, but yet so very different at the same time. Joe, having been with both, is confused, lost and unsure about everything when we pick up with her again and with what she’s been through she has every reason to be. I connected to her again in this book because of that.

I’m not entirely sure I would have done the same things she does in this story, taken the same roads, but I did understand why she did. This isn’t exactly your garden variety romantic situation. It calls for missteps, screw ups, misunderstandings and a whole lot of confusion and all of that and more happens here.

I went into this hating Rebel. I was a Ransom girl…I mean, I’ve got a thing for the sweeter guy. Add in the fact that he was a professor (which means he’s smart) and good lord. The way he was with her, in this book and the one previous made him the clear winner for me…At first. But of course, I’m not Joe. And honestly, by the end of this story, I was #TeamRebel myself. So thanks author lady…you made me as all over the place as your character.

As with every J.C. Valentine book, the love scenes were off the chart. While it’s definitely not the first thing I look for in a read, I do notice when they’re written well, when they’re hot and I don’t feel the need to skim over them. (Yeah I’ll skim if it’s ridiculous….sue me). I didn’t do any of that here and was just as gripped by those scenes as I was with the story taking place around it. So for you steam lovers, you get that in spades here.

Pacing was fast, just like the first one, but not in a way that you missed anything while you were reading. Everything there had its place, furthered the story along to its inevitable end and kept me firmly planted the entire time. Again I quote my earlier statement while reading because it bears repeating. “Holy book devour, batman.” It read that easy. So for those of you looking for a fast paced steam driven yet romantic read, this is it.

What took me off guard in this book (and in the third as you’ll see when I review it) was the humor laced throughout. There were moments while reading where I felt bad that I was laughing so much. I mean surely, it wasn’t her intent to write a comedy, but yet here I was laughing. Sarcastic comments, looks the characters would give, actual funny statements made, I mean it all came together and I couldn’t help myself. It was such a nice touch given the situation they all found themselves in. If I needed something to hook me in (I didn’t), this would have done it for sure, which is why J.C. Valentine will always be an auto-buy author for me. I can’t get enough.

For anyone that’s not a fan of mild love triangles (there is one in this for a time), this might not be your thing, but if like I said before fast paced humorous books, with kinky fuckery and steam, along with romance are your thing then this is definitely a trilogy you have to pick up. Hopefully you’ll feel the same way I do by the time you’re done.

Completely and utterly hooked…and also #TeamRebel <3
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463 reviews20 followers
July 13, 2015
Josephine makes a choice, but was it the right one?

When last we left Josephine, she just found out, she had been sleeping with twin brothers. Alike in looks, but very different in personality. Which is why she didn’t notice it wasn’t the same man she was with, really come one who would.

Josephine battled in the first book in her mind trying to rationalize her mystery man’s mood swings. Boy did she find out the answers to those questions in a major way. Ransom and Rebel do not have a bond, as you would expect most twins to have. These brothers seem to compete for everything.

Ransom seems the more gentleman type, romantic and loving. While Rebel is the hardcore I take what I want type of guy, rough around the edges. Josephine had a tough choice ahead of her and I have to say that in the beginning of this book I wasn’t sure I was happy with the direction J.C. Valentine was going in so I took a break from it. I jumped back in over this weekend feet first and I am so glad I did. I found out something about myself when I have a lot of stress going on in life don’t read a book because my mind was not into it.

The first book surprised me at every turn this second book was no exception. I love the character of Josephine at times she does make me want to smack her upside the head. However, as I have said before when a character has me reacting in such an emotional way it’s because the character is so well written. My heart broke for Josephine when her friendship with her best friend Annie started to unravel. I do not envy this girl's life at all.

Rebel is your typical hot alpha male bad boy. He exudes confidence and arrogance telling Josephine what he wants her to do rather than asking. Always taking what he wants without remorse, like Josephine I found myself both hating and loving Rebel. When he begins to let Josephine in their relationship seemed so easy and fun. Their sex scenes were scorching.

Ransom I am not so sure about, he seems like a stand up guy you think he has the best of intentions when it comes to Josephine but I don’t know I feel like there is something about him that isn’t right. He seems too perfect.

We will see in the conclusion, what the author has planned for these great characters. Falling for Him the third book in the trilogy will be out in August and I am so looking forward to reading it. The cliffhanger in this one had me screaming “No he didn’t!!” and No she didn’t!!”

July 5, 2015
If you haven't read Dance For Me, go read that before you read this review.
If you follow my reviews, you know I don't 5 star often. I was so engrossed in this story that any flaws that might be present went unnoticed because I was transported so far into Joe's life. I felt like I was living it right along with her. I did not want this story to end and am annoyed that I have to wait for the conclusion. Annoyed in the best possible way. Good things come to those who wait, right? Here's my review:
Identical twin brothers...who would have thought? No wonder Joe was so confused in book 1. Two opposite personalities and attitudes as well as reactions to Joe. My goodness - the possession and the desire is off the charts. These men are sexy as hell and up for the challenge.
Ransom and Rebel (seriously, could their names be any better or cooler?) are attempting to win the affection of Joe. After all, she's got a choice to make and the brothers have taken off the gloves. One brother is calling her his girlfriend while the other has called "dibs". Dinner with the family and meeting the parents took a drastic turn I wasn't expecting. The way she was treated when she arrived was vastly different when she ran out on dessert. I almost started to tear up due to the brothers' words and actions. The out of town trip was idyllic and something dreams and fairy tales are made from.
I love the way Joe's mind works and the thought process she went through in order to decide who to take a chance on.
I felt deeply for Joe when she came clean with Annie and hope to see the strength of that friendship again. I'm also interested to see how Brody handles the truth that Joe doesn't love him like he loves her. She's been honest and upfront, but there was that one semi-questionable night at the bar. I can't believe how invested I am in the secondary characters in this story. That's a HUGE compliment to Ms. Valentine and even more of a reason to warrant the five stars!
I think that I know who's behind the latest cliff (and this one's steep) and how it was pulled off, but I keep being surprised in this story so I'm not holding my breath.
If you're on the fence, I suggest that you JUMP. You need to pick up Dance For Me first. You won't be disappointed, but you will be hooked.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Profile Image for Shawna.
190 reviews1 follower
July 9, 2015
I received an ARC of this book in return for my honest review and that is just what you will get..

OMG! Seriously! J.C. Valentine has out done herself. She has become one of my all time favorite authors and with every single book I read I fall more in love with her work and admire her mind more and more. This book has lived up to my high expectations for her. AMAZING! Really AMAZING!

This books is the second in the series. The first book is a MUST READ BEFORE YOU START THIS ONE! Honestly it would make no sense if you have not already read the first book. Although the basics are recapped in a very tasteful was in this book, you will want the whole story so that you can truly appreciate this story for all it is!

This book picks up immediately after book #1 leaves off. The main character is forced to choose between two men that are so much alike, yet so different. The problem is, she feels for both and she did not even realize she was seeing 2 different people when it all began. She is forced to face her own personal demons, discover her preferences, worried she will hurt one or both and then worried that she makes the right decision.

The characters are mysterious enough to make you wonder and leaves you begging for another book in the series, but complex enough for you to feel bonded to them. The mood shifts often, leaving you interested and curious. It quickly shifts from confusions, to lust, to love, to fever, to worried, to nervous, to happy, to hurt, and to betrayed. I honestly can't guess where it will go in the next book and was kept guessing til the end on this book. Just when I think I have it figure out... bam.. the plot takes a 180!

If you have never read a JC Valentine book.. you are missing out! Seriously! Just read one and give her a whirl, be careful though.. she's addictive! Make sure to get your copy of the first book (Dance for Me) today and don't delay.. PER ORDER this book (Lie to You)! You won't want to miss it!
Profile Image for Chris  C - A Midlife Wife.
1,512 reviews272 followers
July 3, 2015
I hate cliffhangers so much! But if I am going to read the second or third installment of a book, then it better be damn good. And this one is sooooooo worth the pain of waiting!

The first book, Dance for Me!, (do read it first!) is so flipping hot and I was impatiently waiting for the second release. So when I was offered an ARC, I dove into it right away. Seriously, this installment is just as smoking hot as the first.

I will forgo the storyline info as you can find that in many other reviews and the synopsis. What I do want to say is the the author has put some serious work into meticulously creating an impressive story that will take you on highs and lows in the course of a page flip.

Not only are the scenes and language steamy, but Rebel and Ransom are something to behold. How to Choose?? How to Choose? What an awful problem to have!

While this does end on another awful cliffhanger - grr - it just means that I have to patiently, or not so much, wait for the third. For this author... it is totally worth the time. She crafts an amazing story that sucks you in and holds you there through the entire story. That is difficult for any author but J.C. Valentine does it well.

Bravo! A Well Deserved 5 stars from me!
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2,376 reviews53 followers
June 30, 2015
Oh hell, it can't end that way, I need more now. After book 1 ended with Joe finding out that there were two men, Ransom and Rebel, now she has to decide which one she wants to be with. They are as different as night and day except they are identical twins. But the truth is can she trust either one of them? Will she listen to her mind and heart and not just her body? I loved book 1 but book 2 is fantastic. I am not sure what will happen next but I can't wait to find out. If you haven't read anything from J.C. Valentine yet, let me tell you that you should read this series, it is well worth reading and you will not be disappointed.
**Copy provided by the author in exchange for my honest review**
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1,887 reviews60 followers
July 27, 2015
4.5 Stars

This is the 2nd book in the trilogy and they must be read in order.

Do not read any further if you haven't read bk1. How on earth is Joe going to deal with 2 identical men, both hot, but very different and to top it all her chemistry and lust for both of them is explosive. Now she has to choose ...but how ?

This book is so hot and the twist is amazing, not one but two identical hot men, can wait to see how it all pans out. I am loving every moment of this trilogy and seriously can't get enough. Once again this one ends on a cliffhanger and I really want the next installment now, I have a feeling it's not going to be predictable ! I haven't read anything from this author before but I will most certainly start now.
320 reviews2 followers
July 7, 2015
I received an ARC for my honest opinion. This is where Josephine has to decide if she wants to be with Ransom or Rebel. She has to decide which one is best for her.

Ransom is the teacher who is more sensitive, while Rebel is a business man and does not take into account her feelings. After a dinner with their parents she sees more of how each one is different than she thought.

Her friend Annie is worried about Josephine. She wants her to open up to her about professor Scott and what is really going on with her.

In the end Jo has to think about her choices. There are many things that are changing her mind and in her life.
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812 reviews47 followers
July 11, 2015
What a story! Two absolutely hot and sexy Alpha males and one girl with a BIG decision to make!

Oh Rebel.... this man is so infuriating and so unbelievable hot...
Ramson... so sweet and caring but with a closed mind...
Josephine needs to choose between two brothers, twin brothers, and is not easy at all!
After some low blows, lies, and disappointment from everywhere, Josephine still hopes and decides who she wants to love, who her heart pumps for. And in the end she's crushed... AGAIN! I cant wait for the third book, because this series are amazing and so full of mystery!!!!
Profile Image for Lindsay Thompson-Sublett.
575 reviews2 followers
July 7, 2015
JC Valentine takes you through the Josephine's struggles where her eyes are opening to things she never thought possible. I don't want to say too much because you need to read this without anything given away. Great read but YOU MUST READ Dance for Me first.
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259 reviews26 followers
July 11, 2018
Rating: 3.5 - the end made me roll my eyes...
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3,630 reviews39 followers
April 29, 2018
I received a copy of this book to from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Lie To You is the second book in the Forbidden Series by J.C. Valentine. You need to read Dance for Me before reading this book or you going to be missing out on some very important parts of the story.

I thought he was the one. I thought we were headed someplace great. I didn't know anything. My mystery man is no longer such a mystery. He is still commanding and headstrong, playing my body and mind like an instrument, but I am finding there are layers to him I never could have dreamed. what I've learned since that fateful night in his apartment has me reeling. Now, though, the truth has taken a backstage to other, more pressing matters. While I struggle to make a choice that will determine the direction of my future, lies that I thought had been carefully hidden away are coming to light. My head is such a mess I don't know what's up or down anymore. Will I be able to sort it all out, or will the life I've worked so hard to build come crashing down in a pile of secret and lies?

Lie To You takes off right where Dance For Me left off and we were left hanging with a very shocking revelation for Josephine who finds out that she had been sleeping with twin brothers who she thought were one person. One her professor and soft and sweet and then his twin who was her mystery watcher that she met in hotels and new very little about. Not even his name. Now the time has come that Josephine has to decide and they are not playing fair or making it easy for her. But with her decision made she makes some shocking discoveries that actually shocked me and left me trying to figure out exactly what the heck was going on. I loved reading this book and we are once again left in the middle of huge plot twist so I can not wait to read the next book in this series.

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1,090 reviews48 followers
March 16, 2017
I'm not sure where to start with this review. I'm a massive fan of this author but this story made me so so angry. One thing I hate reading is love triangles and overbearing men who don't know how to treat women. This dude, R, he pissed me off continuously like no other character ever has before and Josephine annoys me for the pure fact That she's going through the situation with her eyes shut. Does she even have a brain? Dignity? Self-respect?

There were a few inconsistencies in the story and some parts that could have been added to make the story a little better, I don't understand how she can believe R about something when she witnessed it with her own eyes. That annoyed the hell out of me. Did he hypnotise her?

Regardless of my hatred towards R, I did enjoy it. I love JC's writing style and love how it always draws a reader in (even if I did cry with frustration at Josephine!) 4 well deserved stars for this one... regardless of my pet peeve in books, it doesn't take away the great way this story was presented and written.
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4,999 reviews405 followers
May 5, 2018
The first book, Dance for Me is intense, angsty, and full of twists. The book ended on a cliffhanger and book 2 Lie for Me picks up where book 1 left off. What Joe finds out in book 2 leaves her devastated and questioning everything that ever occurred between her and Ransom. Making her wonder if what they had was ever true, real…or if this was all some sort of mind games played on her by “them”. Joe feels depressed and humiliated. She has many unanswered questions and they just keep popping into her mind. Joe goes thru this complicated and intense emotional roller coaster in this book after finding out something she never expected about Ransom. Its most complicated and Joe has a hard decision to make. This is one edge of your seat, intense, passionate, dark, edgy, steamy, drama, angst ridden romance which will have you glued to your seat. The book does end on a cliffhanger and will continue in book 3 Fall for Him.

My Rating: 4.5 stars *****
“I received an advanced copy of this book from the author at no cost to me."
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436 reviews31 followers
October 2, 2015
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review*

I enjoyed the continuation of this story. If you haven't read the first book Dance for Me, you need to before reading this review.

This book picks right up where the first one left off. Joe has to decide between Ransom and Rebel. Just my opinion I would choose neither, talk about future awkward family dinners. And not to mention getting them mixed up.

Well now that you have read "Dance for me" I can say. Since we all know that Joe knows more about Ransom, she really doesn't know either one of them. So that's why in this book Ransom proposes that she gets to know them and then picks one. So I will say at this point I am #teamransom because I know nothing about rebel. And I didn't like that he was so secretive in the first book. Asshole isn't a turn on sorry.

In this book you see Joe battle with her heart and mind. Trying to find the possible love of her life. Trying to make sense of how she didn't know the difference. She just thought Ransom was another part of her Mystery Man. So I can see how that could happen.

And Yes we finally get to learn more about Rebel. What he does for a living, and why he was so secretive in the first book. It so changes things. And I still have to say I am #TeamRansom. Even though we see a slightly different side to Rebel. I just didn't warm up to him, I wanted to throw my kindle a couple times during. I won't deny that he has a confidence about him that is sexy and I would spend a night with him. But it stops there. I didn't feel the bond between these two that could end in a lastly relationship.

I was second guessing a lot in this book, it was hard to believe what was truth and what was a lie. But I loved it in this book trying to figure things out. Kept me interested in continuing the story.

So I think that, this is the most I can really say about this book without giving to much away. So go on the 7th one click this baby if you want to find out more about the Mystery Man himself.

And Yes there is a cliffhanger, not going to touch to much on that. It wasn't to bad for me because it opens the doors for some things I want to happen. :)

There were some really intense moments that that made my heart beat just a little bit faster.

I am transfixed by the serenity of the moment. In all my life, I've never experienced such a thing and I find myself fantasizing about a life where I wake up to scenes like this. I'd spend the weekends sipping hot tea in one of the Adirondack chairs, wrapped in a cozy blanket, with a book to keep me company.

He is my escape, my slice of peace and happiness, of sanity in a day that is always just a few degrees from spinning out of control.

That's the thing about history. There's no way of telling how it might have played out had our choices been different. We're left with making the most out of what we know now.

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2,189 reviews126 followers
July 27, 2015

I knew this book would be a roller coaster ride, but holy cow! Picking up where we left off in Dance for Me, Josephine has a choice to make. How do you choose between two guys who are so different yet the same in so many ways?
I knew I would love this book. I devoured the pages like my life depended on it. I've been anxiously awaiting this one so I knew I wouldn't be able to hold back. J.C. Valentine has created a series that I can't get enough of. Whether it's Josephine and her witty, sarcastic remarks, Rebel with his abrasive, controlling attitude, or even Ransom and his sweet, laid-back personality. I can't get enough. I knew this portion would be riddled with twists and turns to keep it interesting and all of us guessing! I just can't wait to see what is coming next. I know it's not smooth sailing from here just yet...


Holy Crap! What girl wouldn't love to have her pick from two gorgeous hunks?

In the first installment of this series: Dance for Me; We got to meet Jo, Ransom and Rebel. And begin a journey with them;
One that is full of secrets and trouble and maybe a few lies.
What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

I love a strong woman's story and there aren't many as strong as Jo. But I also love that the author showed us her softer side. I felt as if I really got to know her a bit better.
And Ransom and Rebel? Well, in Dance for Me, I got the feeling that Rebel was an a$$ and only out for himself.
And Ransom was the softer, sweeter of the two. The 'good' guy, if you will.
But now?

I kinda got the feeling that Ransom can be a little bit of an a$$ too. Maybe a little manipulative too? Don't know, guess I'll have to wait and see.
But I also got to see a softer more sensitive side to Rebel that I've got to say I liked...Alot.
But he was still very alpha. (Yummy!) It was also good to have him open up and let us in a little.

It was great getting to see a little more into the guys' lives and where they came from. What made them.
But Jo is still just full of mystery and secrets. Although the feelings she has about herself and the way she makes her living; those feelings were explained very well. And kind of made me feel a little sad.

Lie to You is a hot steamy read that will leave you wishing there was just one more page to turn.
And cursing because you have to wait for more.
July 7, 2015
~*~ Obsessed by books copy given in exchange for an honest review ~*~

'"Do you know what happens to a bird if you hold on to tight"I ask. "You crush it's wings."'

Continuing from where book one left us with our jaws hanging open catching flies, you really need to read this series in order. Joe three days later is still reeling after the eye opening events of book one. A college student her life is full of secrets. No one knows she pays her way by working as a stripper, no one knows she has been sleeping with a customer after her shift ends and certainly no one knows that she has also been dating her art teacher. The burden of her compartmentalised life and the way it slowly unravels is the main focus of book two in this series. Joe has a choice to make. Knowing that Brody is not for her she carefully realigns the bonds of friendship having made them hazy when her complicated life softened her towards the easy choice. Making things right with her best is also on the agenda before she leaves to move across country to begin a new life with her boyfriend. And yet Joe can't escape feeling torn between her two lovers.

A journey of self discovery, choices and the consequences of their actions are explored in this gripping sizzlingly hot read. We see a different side to the main characters and realise that maybe her choices are not so dissimilar after all...one has embraced his darker side and is proud of his menacing edge using it to his advantage in work and play, whilst the other tries hard to keep those elements hidden so is much more devious his outer demeanor approachable and non threatening. The plot thickens and I do sense some underhand tactics at play to win Joe in the battle for her.

Do they want to love her or own her? Is it the lure of the fight to be the victor and is she putting her heart at risk? Can this be anymore than physical attraction or is this a pretty woman scenerio for Joe and will she find her happily ever after? Oooh so many questions and yes this also ends on a cliffhanger. Just when things seem to be reaching an even keel a major spanner is thrown into the works and I swear I heard Joe's heart shatter. I cannot wait to read the next one, Joe deserves her knight in shining armour, I just can't decide who that may be...yet!

A four and a half star torn between two men read.
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2,551 reviews47 followers
June 27, 2015
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

“Goosebumps spread down my arms as he walks away and my body vibrates as I take my seat and scoot as far under the table as it will allow. The lights go down and on stage, a spotlight shines on Rebel as he addresses the audience.”

5 stars again!! This series is insane, just when you kind of think you know which way it’s going, it takes a complete left turn!! Such a fun and sexy series.

I thought he was the one. I thought we were headed someplace great. I didn't know anything.

My mystery man is no longer such a mystery. He's still commanding and headstrong, playing my body and mind like an instrument, but I'm finding there are layers to him I never could have dreamed. What I've learned since that fateful night in his apartment has me reeling. Now, though, the truth has taken a backstage to other, more pressing matters.

While I struggle to make a choice that will determine the direction of my future, lies that I thought had been carefully hidden away are coming to light. My head is such a mess I don't know what's up or down anymore. Will I be able to sort it all out, or will the life I've worked so hard to build come crashing down in a pile of secrets and lies?

Book 2 picks up after book 1 ended, with Joe still confused about what happened (not going into detail to save those who haven’t read book 1). Now stuck with a decision to make, she’s constantly pulled in one direction, while being pulled in a completely different direction. Things with her best friend come to an eruption when she finds out that Joe and her boyfriend Jason slept together, so not only is she dealing with her boy troubles, she has now lost her best friend. And just when you think that Joe has made her decision about the man in her life, it again comes to another cliffhanger!!! I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Melissa for Alpha Book Club**
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1,023 reviews14 followers
July 8, 2015
This book picks up where Dance for Me left off. We were totally shocked to find out that Josephine had been seeing twin brothers and had no idea that there were two of them. Josephine is shocked and does not know how to react nor what she wants to do about being in a relationship with either Ransom or Rebel.

Josephine has no one else but her best friend, Annie, because both of her parents have passed on. When she is forced by Annie’s boyfriend to come clean with a truth that she has been hiding from her, she looses her friendship with Annie as well. Josephine is all alone with her feelings and not knowing what she should do about her relationship with either brother. Josephine goes through emotional roller coasters when the brother’s start trying to win her for themselves. Rebel claims Josephine for himself and is very protective and forceful with his demands for her. Ransom keeps telling her that Rebel is seeing someone else and only wants her to win the bet of the two brothers.

Josephine makes her choice between the two brothers and chooses Rebel. With Rebel being so protective and taking care of her so well, she feels sure that she has made the right choice. Josephine thinks that Rebel’s fling, boss and the woman that Josephine has worried about the whole time, is gone and out of the picture when she and Rebel take a weekend trip. Josephine is surprised to find out that she might need to rethink her choice between the two brothers though. I have really gotten into this series by J. C. Valentine and can’t wait for the next book!! Thanks J. C. for writing such great stories that keep us reading!!
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