Review: Lie to Me by Natasha Preston

Title: Lie to Me
Author: Natasha Preston
Release Date: 4/23/2018
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Pages: 369
Rating: 2 stars
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Trigger Warnings: alcohol abuse and emotional abuse

At nineteen, Savannah Dean escaped her family, leaving behind a note and the people who caused her so much pain. Now, she lives on her own and keeps to herself. 

At nineteen, Kent Lawson’s girlfriend betrayed him, leaving him behind with a broken heart and a whole lot of mistrust in women. Now, he lives on his own and shares himself with nearly every pretty thing that walks by but only for one night. 

When Savannah and Kent meet, they can’t stand each other. Kent knows she’s hiding something, and he despises liars. And Savannah has nothing but secrets. 

I’m struggling so much with rating and reviewing this. Really, I loved it. Lie to Me is based on the enemies to lovers trope which is an automatic guarantee that I’ll want to read it. Natasha Preston’s writing style was enjoyable and I liked the alternating points of view between Kent and Savannah. Though at times Kent and Savannah’s voices were too similar, making it hard to distinguish who was talking, the characters were likeable. Kent’s family was especially wonderful, his parents and sisters were such wonderful support characters and they made me want to be a part of the family.

But….. (There’s always a but isn’t there? I’m sure you were expecting it this time though since I said I loved the book and only gave it two stars.)

I have huge issues with Kent. From the beginning I thought he was too controlling and red flags went up, but I brushed it off thinking that’s just how some people are. Hey, even I can be controlling sometimes. I like my schedules and I want things to go the way they should. Some people like that or want that in a partner, and that’s okay! Towards the end though, when the big reveal we all could see coming finally happens, is when things get bad. If somebody’s reaction to finding out a huge part about their partner’s past relationship, when they haven’t been dating for very long and it’s a very serious thing that they are still intensely struggling with, is to yell at them, storm off and leave them on the sidewalk, then refuse to talk to them for nine days and instead leave them in misery and feeling like it is their fault, then they need to take a good hard look at themself and make some changes because THAT IS ABUSE. Love, affection, and communication are not things that can be withheld and used as punishment because you feel you have been wronged. As soon as this happened, and I realized that the signs I had been brushing off before were pointing to this, I felt so uncomfortable with Kent.

We have to stop portraying these kinds of behaviors as okay, because they aren’t. They are harmful and teaching people that it’s alright to be treated in that manner because he still loves you in the end. Emotional abuse is still abuse. It’s just as serious as physical abuse. And I truly believe that Kent’s personality throughout the book showed abusive tendencies. Because of this realization, I cannot in good conscious give Lie to Me a higher rating or recommend it to anybody. No matter how much I enjoyed the overall story or anything else about any of the characters, I cannot Kent’s behavior out of my mind.

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