Published on December 17th, 2013
Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought.
That’s why Brock and I never had a chance. I had to start my life over. College was my chance to become someone new. I changed everything about myself to fit in, but one person saw through my facade.
The attraction between Abel and I was undeniable, but I still hadn’t healed from the painful secret I carried around with me. Abel struggled to get me to face my past in order to move forward. In doing so, he revealed a secret of his own; one that changed everything I thought I knew.
A secret that would bring Brock back into my life and force me to face the truth of what really happened the day I lost him.
Perfect Lie really caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I am still wrapping my head around everything that happened.
Delilah (Lie) has grown up feeling like she was nothing, worthless, unwanted. She was lonely, bullied, and friendless all her life. On top of that, she is the product of a rape, making her mother hate her and want nothing to do with her.
“Why can’t you just love me? What did I ever do to you?”
“You were born.”
So she doesn’t have to deal with Lie, her mother sent her to live at a youth center. This is where she meets Brock. He is tough, a bit of a wildcard, charming, and incredibly sweet to Delilah. It is the first time in her entire life that she’s had someone take any kind of interest in her. She is immediately suspicious of him, but he wants to know her and protect her. Lie ultimately can’t resist him and the love and comfort he provides her.
“Those days are over, Bird. Now we have each other, and I won’t let them make you cry anymore.”
“You promise?” I asked, as Brock used the palm of his hand to brush the sadness from my cheeks.
“I don’t want to fix you, Bird. I want you to fix me.”
The events with Brock are all told in flashbacks, so we know that they aren’t together and Brock has broken his promise of forever to Lie. In the present, Lie is in bad shape once again. Having left her home in Mississippi to go to college in Florida, she wants to be anyone but who she truly is. She takes up with Trish, a shallow, self-absorbed girl who just likes to party, do drugs, and have sex (and she does not discriminate).
The good thing about Trish was that she didn’t care about my past—who I was or why I needed to be someone else. All she cared about was herself, which was both sad and relieving.
One night, Lie is out with Trish expecting to hit up their usual big party or club, when they end up at an old dilapidated house. Things are shady to say the least. It’s three guys and them, and Trish is pretty much priming herself for a gangbang. Seriously, I hate this girl. Even thought Delilah wants to be like Trish -popular, wanted, uncaring, she’s not. And one of the guys picks up on that. Enter ABEL. I am so freaking in love with this guy.
“Why would you ever want to be like her?”
“I am like her.” I stood, wobbling under my weight.
“Liar, liar.” My own words were whispered back to me, and I wanted to scream at him.
Stupid stranger, asshole, nice guy.
So, Abel is definitely no angel. He’s a (newly reformed) drug dealer and he has some secrets of his own. You know the usual stuff. What I loved about him though, was his sarcastic attitude and the scorching hot sexual tension between him and Lie. Seriously, their banter was mean, it was uncensored, and it was hilarious. I could not get enough of it. The dialogue was awesome!
“Loser,” I groaned, as I rolled my eyes.
“I may be a loser, but I fuck like a champ. You should try it sometime. Maybe you wouldn’t be so cranky.”
“This has been fun, but I have a date. Don’t give yourself a paper cut, Kettle.” He turned to leave, and I groaned with frustration.
“It’s a Kindle, you idiot. There is no paper.”
After their initial run-in it becomes clear he’s going to be a pretty permanent fixture in the story. Trish wants him and they hang out with the same crowd. He also knows Lie is better than what she is acting like and he pushes her. It’s a very slow burn for these two, but I really wouldn’t have had it any other way. I would take their back and forth and flirting over actual sexy time any day. It’s that good.
“I’m not Brock, Delilah. I’m not him!” His voice echoed off the walls in the nearly empty house.
“You’re not. So stop trying to be, and leave me the hell alone!” Anger flowed through my veins, but I knew it wasn’t him I was mad at. I was mad at myself, because try as I might, I had feelings for this guy.
“You don’t mean that.”
“I do, Abel. I mean it.” He closed the gap between us as he swallowed hard.
“You think if you keep saying it, I’ll suddenly stop caring? It doesn’t work that way, Kettle. Trust me— I’m fucking torturing myself here, and I can’t stop. I’m falling for you. If it were that easy, I would have walked away by now.”
I have to admit there was some time near the beginning to middle where I was wondering, where is this going? Yeah, I loved Abel and the banter but what is the point of this? We also know that she’s still really hung up on Brock and a lot happened that we are in the dark about. So many questions and not a lot of answers, but then BAM! Both Abel and Lie put everything out in the open and the twist is pretty incredible. I DID NOT see it coming. AT ALL. I thought I knew, and I got part of it right, but the BIG twist, yeah… Not. A. Clue. I was hand over mouth, gasping, on the verge of tears, so invested in this story! The emotion, especially near the end was incredible!
This is one of those books where you finish it and immediately want to go back and reread it. It’s kind of a mindfuck and it’s definitely something you want to go into blind. DO NOT READ SPOILERS! I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. The dialogue was witty and funny, the characters were really well developed (even though Lie got on my nerves a lot), and the surprises blew me away. I am so glad I randomly decided to read this. I cannot stop thinking about it!