battle worn from unsuccessful foster care, four women on the cusp of adulthood
find passion and their paths in life through the help of an anonymous fairy
godmother type who calls herself the Benefactrix.
who killed her family.
and the secret past that binds them together. When his Uncle breaks out of prison to search for the “girl who got away,” Keith risks losing the best thing in his life by admitting to Phoebe that his Uncle killed her parents.
has given her a full boat scholarship to the local college, where Phoebe meets
a graduate student who wants to do a story about her family. But Keith Parker
isn’t without his own demons. His Uncle, now on death row, was one of the men
who broke into Phoebe’s house eight years ago. What started out as a project
for understanding and healing is complicated when Phoebe & Keith act on the
explosive desire between them.
her way with him. What started out as a hot fling rapidly becomes something
deeper. Keith knows he’ll lose her if he reveals who he really is, but the lie
has taken on a life of its own and threatens to destroy not only their
relationship but Phoebe’s fragile self confidence and freshly won self esteem.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Intriguing Stars ~
WOW!!! What an amazing read!!!
I first found Jamie K. Schmidt through her Inferno Series (Which I LOVED by the way). So I was completely excited when I saw that she was releasing another series. I couldn’t wait to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Actually I think I liked this book even more than the Inferno Books (and that’s saying something).
Truth Kills is the first book in her Truth & Lies Series. This is a series about 4 girls who become friends in a group home. All 4 girls were put into the system at a young age and when they all aged out at the same time, they moved in together. While living in a modest apartment, they are all contacted after graduation from someone known as the Benefactrix. Let’s just say she is like their fairy god mother…she has made each of their dreams come true. Starting with Phoebe.
Phoebe was left an orphan when her parents are killed in a home invasion when she was 10 years old. Now 18 all she has wanted to do was go to college and become a journalist. With the surprise help of the Benefactrix, that is able to happen. The only hook is only her first year of college is covered, so she was forced to come up with a way to collect money for the rest of her education. She writes a column for the college’s paper and her friend Larissa gives her an idea for some new material. This is where she enlists the help of her friend and Faculty Advisor Keith. Phoebe has tried to keep her past a secret so she can live a normal life and that seems to be working so far. But Keith has secrets of his own and throws Phoebe’s world into a tail spin. This is where I am going to end my summary of the storyline, because now it is getting really good and I don’t want to spoil anything. Let me just say, that book was filled with a lot of twist and turns that you won’t see coming. And the steam factor is completely off the charts. I thought this book was even HOTTER than the Inferno Series, which is labeled Erotic 😉
Truth Kills is a stand alone book. It is on the shorter side, so it was a quick read. But don’t let that turn you off, I didn’t feel like this book was missing anything and I thought the pace and flow of the story worked amazingly well. I felt the storyline and characters were well developed also. To me this was just a wonderful read and I don’t think my review can do it justice. I look forward to reading the other 3 books left in this series when they are released!!!
So if you are looking for the quick and steamy read, that is full of wonderful characters, and an intriguing storyline and twists and turns that keep you turning the page, then look no further….READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Kelly’s ear splitting whistle nearly deafened her, so Phoebe retaliated with a “whoo-hoo!” that scraped her throat raw. On stage, Larissa gave them two thumbs up and then vanished into the crowd.
Larissa was going to try and stay at the group home as long as she could, hoping they would hire her on to do baking and cooking. It wouldn’t pay anything but room and board, but it was something she loved to do. She didn’t want to go to college. Larissa had taken classes in pastry making through high school and did a vocational program that sent her to intern at a large bakery. Too bad, when the internship ended, they didn’t want to take Larissa on for a full time paid position.
“Chad gave me the keys to his truck today,” Kelly dangled them.
“Wow, he must really love you.” His parents had given him the big, blue Ford F150 as a sweet sixteen present and almost three years later, it still looked like it just driven off the showroom floor.
“This week, anyway,” Kelly said. Chad and her had an on again off again thing going on. It was on when there wasn’t anyone better and off when he found a new plaything. Pheobe didn’t know why Kelly kept taking him back. It was an old argument between them. “He’s riding with his parents to some fancy cocktail party at the marina.”
“He didn’t invite you?” Phoebe was ready to throw down about that.
“He did.” Kelly shrugged. “I’d rather be with you guys. I figure we could drive down to Chatfield Hollow and go swimming.”
“It’s not warm enough,” Phoebe protested, but she tightened her grip on Kelly’s hand. That sounded fantastic. They could go back to the home, have Larissa’s wonderful cake and then take off.
“He also stocked the truck from his parent’s liquor cabinet.”
“Aw,” Phoebe joked. “I had been looking forward to Boone’s strawberry wine.”
“Well, you’re going to have to settle for a bottle of Captain Morgan and a case of Pepsi.”
“I could do that.” A smile broke out on her face and Pheobe found the strength to let of of Kelly’s hand.
who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a
variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House
has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble’s top 10. She has
a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the
Emerging Queens series is The Queen’s Wings.
New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of
saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan
out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal,
and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an
active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie
relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.