Duet Review: Truth and Lies By Pepper Winters

“My body flushed as hot as the sun, as bright as Venus, as untouched as Pluto.” ~ Pepper Winters, Crown of lies

Truth and Lies Duet

By: Pepper Winters

Length (combined):  704 Pages

Rating: ☆☆☆


  1.  Crown of Lies
  2. Throne of truth

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Since I ran away for the night, danced in New York streets, and almost got killed in an alley by two thieves. Until he showed up and saved me.

Since I threw a drink at the man my father expected me to marry, then found myself slammed against a wall with Penn Everett’s seductive voice whispering a proposal I couldn’t refuse.

To fall into hate with the man who reminded me of so many things and hid so much behind his lies. He couldn’t be the man who saved me three years ago…but there’s something so familiar…

For our relationship to switch from no-strings to marriage. He announced it to my father—he’s ecstatic. He told my friends—they’re shocked. But he didn’t ask me, he commanded me—and I’m livid.

For his lies to slowly steal my heart and make me believe, hope…trust.

For his truth to destroy me.

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Since my life changed for the second time and not necessarily for the better. Two years since I traded prison bars for streets and hunted a runaway who I’d met in an alley.

Since I forgot how to lie, woke to fists, and chased after the girl who’d been stolen from me.

To save her, rescue her, keep my lies intact. She looks at me full of hate. I look at her full of confession.

For our relationship to switch from mutual dislike to floundering with unknowns. I’ve hurt her. Now, she’s hurt me. I guess we’re even.

For her to listen, to see, to finally know who I am. The answer comes with hardship. The answer isn’t what she wants to hear.

For me to walk out the door.

For it all to be over.


Well, well, well….It’s time to visit Noelle Charleston ( absolutely love the name. Super cute and trendy)and the ever infuriatingly sexy Penn Everett ( and yes he is drop dead gorgeous). This is the classic tale of rich vs poor. Maybe not versus but I can’t really think of a better way to put it. Noelle has it all, she lives the high life until she decides on her 19th birthday that she just wants to be a normal girl. I guess normal girl means not born with a silver spoon in your mouth.  Not really feeling that whole vibe, but I get it, it’s the story. Anyways, since she wants to be normal she *gasp* sneaks out of her house and as you can imagine since she has everything ( now don’t get me wrong she has had her share of disappointment and has worked to where she is in her career) she is not street smart. You know what I mean by street smart, knows when something or someone looks shady, stay on the well-lit street and out of bad neighborhoods and most importantly doesn’t wander around an unknown turf alone ( common sense really). Well, what does Noelle do everything I just mentioned above( because that’s normal). But luckily the swoon-worthy mysterious man ( who will hold a special place in my book boyfriend’s heart) comes to the rescue when she faces danger.

Now fast forward (if you want to see how they fall for each other read the book) it’s cute in the She never been kissed starring Drew Barrymore and Michael Vartan kinda way. There is a three-year time jump in this book so brace yourself for that.  She never catches his name, tries to find him and fails. But Penn has more luck tracking her down. Only to realize they are not on the same side of the tracks. So what does he do? Isn’t it obvious he becomes one of her kind?  But are his intentions good or bad…..?

I enjoyed book 1 Crown of lies. I enjoyed it so much I bought book 2 Throne of truth. Well, book 2 let me down, I just couldn’t connect. I fell for Penn Everett in book 1, but book 2 well we became exes then. I adored the naive young heiress to  Belle Elle but some of the stuff she said and did, it didn’t make much sense for someone who is supposed to so smart and in tune to the lifestyle she was raised in.  And Penn while he had his moment to shine as the mysterious character ( who I wasn’t so sure had some mythological affinity about him), became such an egotistical butthole to me with a few sweet sentiments that couldn’t make up for it.

With that said Book 1 ends with such a bang, you’ll want to read book 2, and if you want closure for characters that you began to have the feels for you need to read it. But if you are like me be prepared to be slightly disappointed as the ending is rushed. The last few chapters felt like they were solely there to close up all the secondary characters parts in this story with a bunch of one-liners. The hot and cold relationship that once seemed mysterious and intriguing just became old. How many times can a person battle with themselves in a book with how they feel and what’s best for the person they “love”.

This is not a duet I would revisit, why because I gave book 2 ☆☆, It was ok, really it was. But not enough to entice me to want to reread it and make sure I wasn’t in some sort of book funk. But Penn will always have his little slice of my book boyfriend’s heart.





42 thoughts on “Duet Review: Truth and Lies By Pepper Winters

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  1. I love the way you review books Cia. I think I may have mentioned before that we’re trying to get our daughter to read more but it’s been a bit of a struggle. I’m completely out of touch with Young Adult genre so you’ve kinda become my go to reviewer to get my daughter on a reading journey of a lifetime 😉


    1. I’m so glad, if you have a questions about the book depending on the age of your daughter and the appropriateness please feel free to ask. I would hate to be responsible for coming across something that could be considered inappropriate for some ages.


  2. Thank you Cia for another great review! I love to read what you post because you are so honest in the review. Like for this one you clearly state your opinion. I kinda want to give it a try though, maybe because you made me want to read the first one! And I need to second for closure ^^


    1. Thank you for taking the time to read the review. My opinions are not always welcomed but I do try to throw it out there in as positive of a way that I can. If you read this be sure to let me know what you think of it.


  3. I love reading. I had a boo(biography) that I was working on, but for some reason it got pushed to the side. This one sounds like it would be a nice, easy read! I’ll have to look into it the next time I’m on Amazon, or in Barnes.

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  4. That always seems to be the case. The second is never as good as the first. Even with movies! Thank you so much for your review! I have seen these and have been curious about picking them up. You just made my decision easier ☺️!


  5. I really enjoyed this review! I’m not familiar with these books, but they sound interesting. I hate when one of the books (especially the final one) doesn’t live up to the rest of the series. I hate when books rush their ending (like “Gone Girl”; LOVED the book, but was disappointed by the ending).

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    1. Ugh, Gone girl is on my list, and everyone says the same thing that the ending is just a disappointed compared to the rest of the piece.


  6. Gosh, you had be with the beautiful synopsis. Sad to know that the book 2 was bad. I might not read this simply because I know how hard it is not to read the second book, only to be disappointed by it!


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