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August 25, 2016

Review: Two Little Lies by Gina Lamanna

by Elisa Hordon 

cover of Two Little Lies
Two Little Lies is the sequel to Gina Lamanna's One Little Wish, where we saw Scarlett and Mack reunited after 10 long years. So did Scarlett and Mack get their Happily Ever After? Or Did Mack disappear again leaving Scarlett behind in Luck, Texas to run her book shop? And did Mack's father get what was coming to him?

So many questions to be answered in one awesome book.

Scarlett finally has everything she wants: her book shop Happily Ever After is a hit in town, Mack's dad is about to go to trial and Scarlett cannot wait for that man to be out of their lives for good and then there is Mack, 'oh be still my beating heart Mack.' Scarlett really couldn't be happier to have Mack back in her life and loving her. So then why does she feel like something bad is about to happen? Is happiness really attainable? Or are we all just kidding ourselves? So many questions rattle around in Scarlett’s head and she has no idea how to figure it all out.

Scarlett has always been told her family is rotten to the core, but is this really true or are people in town too easily swayed by people with money and influence that they just believe what they here instead of believing the truth?

As a character, I feel in love with Scarlett from the very beginning. I love how she never gives up even when everything around her seems to be going against her. There is just a part of Scarlett that always holds onto hope. I really love how strong a person Scarlett is after everything she has been through in her life. Scarlett grows stronger and stronger no matter what awful things Mack's father puts her through. I also love that shy Scarlett is willing to let people into her life more and more. Sure she has Noelle and now Mack is back, but she also meets some new friends in this story and even though fans of Gina Lamanna will recognise Scarlett's new friends they are still new to Scarlett and I really enjoyed her opening up a bit to new people.

'They say one bad apple can ruin a barrel, but I hate to think that's true. People say I come from a line of bad apples, and I never quite know what to make of it. If the whole barrel is bad, is there really any hope for me.'

Scarlett is sweet but tough; she is strong and full of love, Scarlett tries to see the good in everyone and her love for Mack is all encompassing. Mack is, well, magical. Gina has a real knack for writing swoon-worthy book boyfriends that just make you want to keep reading and re-reading and Mack is no exception. He is everything: smart, gorgeous, strong and not afraid to show his romantic side.

'What if I don't want to date you forever?' He raised his hand, ran a finger across my lower lip. He watched my face for a response. When it didn't come, he pulled me even higher onto his lap. My dress floated around his jeans in a puddle of bright fabric. 'What if I want to marry you someday?'

That quote right there is why I love Mack so so much.

The sweetness of Scarlett and Mack is something I just love, Scarlett is such a loyal person to everyone she loves and she will do anything to make sure everyone she loves is taken care of even if it kills her. There really is nothing better than reading about someone with so much loyalty.

So what does Scarlett do when things start going wrong for everyone, especially Mack and Noelle, her two favourite people in the world? What can Scarlett do to make sure they are safe? Scarlett does everything she has to even if it means she is the one left alone and unhappy.

Mack's father is wreaking havoc again in Scarlett's life and she really wants to know what she ever did to Mr. Montgomery for him to hate her so so much. The truth shocks Scarlett, but it also gives her more understanding into the wickedly horrible man Mr. Montgomery truly is and I am amazed after reading this story at how Mack came out to be such an awesome guy.

Two Little Lies is a great story with some sweet tender moments, a lot of mystery and drama, twists and turns I did not see coming, new friends who will stand by Scarlett and Mack always and old friends who always have their back.

I'm not giving anything away. This story was awesome! Scarlett and Mack are back and better than ever even when everything seems to be falling apart and I really, really love old friends and new friends all rallying around Mack and Scarlett.

If you have not read One Little Wish start with that one then try Two Little Lies, They are great romantic mysteries.

Buy Two Little Lies at Amazon

Elisa Hordon, reviewerElisa lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia where she spends her days reading, journaling, painting, cooking and homeschooling her daughter. She has always been an avid reader, Elisa loves reading many genres of books except horror; her favourite genres would be mystery, romance, and paranormal. Elisa also loves pursuing many creative outlets if she is not relaxing with a book she can be found writing, sketching, painting or cooking. Elisa loves to share her obsession with books especially with her family and friends. Reading and reviewing books is a favourite pastime of Elisa’s.

Book info:
available formats: ebook (232 pages)
published: July 2016 by LaManna Books
genres: cozy mystery, romance

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