The long-awaited follow-up novel to the runaway New York Timesbestseller Just One Night—which Publishers Weekly gave a starred review and proclaimed, “Davis skillfully creates an uplifting story in which sex is presented both as freedom and as a metaphor for power, and where raw chemistry is the clear winner over bland complacency.”
In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions—and found herself—through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.
Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.
So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?
Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?
“Those of us who are self-destructive will always love the ones who hurt us the most.”
There is a small piece of my heart that now resides in the hands of Kyra Davis. She took it the moment I met Mercy Raye in her latest novel Just One Lie. I know it sounds funny that I lost myself over the heroine and not the uber hot males that Kyra wrote so well and that I ultimately crave in a story, but I fell for Mercy’s tortured soul hard and fast. There was something about her shear strength woven into all of her inner demons that drew me to her. Just One Lie is Mercy’s story and it was told in her POV flawlessly.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the Just One Night series, don’t fret….I hadn’t either. I was told that this could be read as a standalone and I was never once lost. For Just One Lie starts out at the turn of the Millennium and is about Mercy, AKA Melody Fitzgerald, Kasie’s sister. We learn through a few flashbacks and of Mercy telling her life story to her chosen few about her upbringing and to say she was a bit rebellious would be an understatement. She was wild, she was a druggie, she slept around and she made all the mistakes a girl could make in her youth. I am sure she is no parent’s dream child, but her parents will also not be getting any ‘Parent of the Year’ awards either. When Mercy’s story begins, she is trying to get her life back under control and I will tell you that most of her partying days are behind her, but she still makes an awful lot of mistakes along the way. But where most people in her situation continue to slide down that slippery slope thankfully Mercy has that desire to do better and want more for herself.
I would never call Mercy a confident or self-assured girl, but she has a wisdom about her that is unbridled. She is girl who wants to be loved and to love in return but honestly just doesn’t think she is worthy of it and doesn’t really know how to accept it. She wants a simple hug and an affirmation from someone that she has worth. There were times watching her struggle with these needs that my heart was just shredded. I wanted to reach out and give her that hug that she so desperately craved. She wandered through life at times not knowing whether she wanted to live or just fade away and I am so glad her will to live superseded her urges to give up.
Mercy was fortunate to find the love of two men…Ash and Brad. One from her past and one from her present. They both have their reasons for loving her, but are they the right reasons? Again, this is where Mercy’s strength comes into play. She recognizes the unhealthiness of their love and her actions toward them being just as unhealthy, and as much as it gutted me, Mercy ended up being strongest out of all of them. Once Mercy gets her life in order and does finally find love, it is about as beautiful and healthy and wonderful as it can get. Her lover’s words and never ending love for her will melt anyone’s heart.
Just One Lie when broken down to its simplest form was really a sad tale of one girl’s life yet filled with all the triumphs of that girl trying to right her past wrongs. Kyra is an amazing storyteller, she crafted such incredible visuals for me that I was never lost or couldn’t picture something through this story. I love when the author can make me feel like I am there, like a fly on the wall in scene, and Kyra definitely teleported me to LA. I truly loved this story…oh the emotions I went through…I laughed, I cried for more than a few reasons, I was angry and I literally at times felt peace. I hope you love Just One Lie as much as I did. I will miss Mercy and her story, but I am so glad I got to be a part of this amazing journey with her. 5 “Home is where the heart is” Stars!
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Kyra Davis is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Just One Night, Pure Sin and Sophie Katz series as well as So Much For My Happy Ending. Just One NIght has been optioned for television by Anonymous, (the producers of True Detective)
Before publishing her first book, Sex, Murder And A Double Latte in 2005 Kyra supported herself and her son as a marketing manager for a sports club and before that was a department manager at Nordstrom’s Savvy department. She studied at The Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising and Golden Gate University.
Kyra now lives with her husband (director and screenwriter, Rod Lurie), her teenage son (proud science-geek and Hawaiian-Shirt-aficionado), dog (champion eater and guardian of the backyard…no squirrel will dare set foot in it) and gecko (the gecko doesn’t do much).
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