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Tell Me Lies
by Carola Lovering
Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.
Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.
Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away. And their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, TELL ME LIES follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go—even when you know you should.
Advance Praise for Tell Me Lies
“Passion, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness ring true in Lovering’s debut… a fast-paced ride through hookups, breakups, and infidelities fueled by alcohol and cocaine, and with oodles of sizzling sexual tension… There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.”
“Tell Me Lies is as dark and daring as it is absorbing. I found myself immediately drawn into the desperation and misguided obsession of young love. Who hasn’t, at one point, fallen this hard and gotten this lost? Carola Lovering has created something unexpected and original, yet deeply familiar.”
—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“Riveting. With Tell Me Lies, Carola Lovering has given us a keenly observed, no-holds-barred examination of the mistakes we make under the guise of love. If you’ve ever fallen for the wrong person—and let’s be honest, you probably have—this book is for you.”
—Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding
“Tell Me Lies is a daring coming of age tale from a fresh new voice. This unvarnished look at both sides of a toxic romance is as resonant as it is harrowing, with characters so finely drawn they’ll linger in the imaginations of readers long after the final page. This book is unflinching, unforgettable, and unputdownable.”
—Andrea Dunlop, author of She Regrets Nothing
“Ever wondered what that bad boyfriend was really thinking? You’ll find out in Carola Lovering’s addictive debut. For fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes, Tell Me Lies is a devastatingly accurate portrayal of a toxic relationship. Once its hooks are in, you’ll have no choice but to tear through every page.”
—Georgia Clark, author of The Regulars
Jade’s 4 out of 5 “Clouded Judgement” Blush Review
Carola Lovering tells a story that many of us have lived one way or another in Tell Me Lies. We all have that ONE person that had gotten so deep in our skin, there would be no way we could free ourselves from them, no matter how toxic it was for us. Carola Lovering will throw you back in time, when you were so sucked into the emotional merry-go-round of a twisted relationship.
Dawn’s 3.5 Blush Review
Well, this debut totally thew me for a loop!! Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering is such an unexpected story. I have to give this new author credit. She took a big risk with this storyline. People will either love it or hate it. This is not a typical romance with a gorgeous, protective alpha male. It’s based around an average Joe, who just happens to know how to play women. I didn’t expect to have such intense feelings towards Tell Me Lies. I almost stopped reading it a few times. I’m so glad I stuck with it because somewhere along the line I became totally addicted. I could not stop cursing and shaking my head throughout. I was flabbergasted with the amount of bull these women put up with! Tell Me Lies is not an easy read, but it is completely honest and realistic.
I have such a love/hate relationship with this one. Especially the lead characters… My initial thoughts about both of them were NOT GOOD. Stephen DeMarco & Lucy Albright are characters you love to hate!
After meeting in college, their dysfunctional relationship starts to form and unfold…. Stephen is a master manipulator. He knows exactly what to say and do to get the girls and keep them coming back for more. He’s a user and abuser. No relationship is sacred to him. It is all just a game… Stephen is the worst unredeeming ASSHOLE I have ever read about!! I could not stand him, but the sad part is, I know guys who are exactly like him. You know… the self-centered ones with no conscience. Most of the things he said, thought and did were deplorable. I couldn’t thoroughly enjoy the book because I was pissed off most of the time! Not only at Stephen, but Lucy, too. OMG! This girl frustrated me to the max. Besides becoming Stephen’s doormat, she was so superficial and insecure. Some of her actions were just as bad as his. I disliked her immediately. As I got deeper into the story, I began to understand her more, and I did eventually like her. It just took me a while to get there. I, however, NEVER LIKED STEPHEN. His relationship with his mother may have played a role in him being a sociopath… But it’s still not a big enough excuse for his behavior towards everyone including animals. He just needed a severe ass kicking.
This is one book that will have people talking. The beginning was rough for me, the middle is where it took off and snowballed and the ending was great! Carola’s writing was excellent. She definitely has talent. I can not wait to see what she does next…..
About the Author
Carola Lovering attended Colorado College, and her work has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Tell Me Lies is her first novel. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
TELL ME LIES by Carola Lovering
Atria Books | ISBN: 9781501169649 | On sale: June 12, 2018 | 384 pages | $26.00
eBook: Atria | ISBN: 9781501169663 | On sale: June 12, 2018 | 384 pages | $13.99
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