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Rich boys don't fraternize with the help. They don't care about the help. They don't protect the help. I should've remembered those lessons before I handed over my trust to four gorgeous, domineering boys. But I didn't. And now, I'm not the only one who's been hurt. Someone out there is toying with me and my family, and I don't know who to turn to or who to trust. I never wanted Rich boys don't fraternize with the help. They don't care about the help. They don't protect the help. I should've remembered those lessons before I handed over my trust to four gorgeous, domineering boys. But I didn't. And now, I'm not the only one who's been hurt. Someone out there is toying with me and my family, and I don't know who to turn to or who to trust. I never wanted to play this game. But since the pieces are already on the board... I'm sure as fuck gonna play to win. ***AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Lie is a reverse harem high school bully romance, the second book in the Kings of Linwood Academy trilogy. It contains cursing and sexual situations.


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Rich boys don't fraternize with the help. They don't care about the help. They don't protect the help. I should've remembered those lessons before I handed over my trust to four gorgeous, domineering boys. But I didn't. And now, I'm not the only one who's been hurt. Someone out there is toying with me and my family, and I don't know who to turn to or who to trust. I never wanted Rich boys don't fraternize with the help. They don't care about the help. They don't protect the help. I should've remembered those lessons before I handed over my trust to four gorgeous, domineering boys. But I didn't. And now, I'm not the only one who's been hurt. Someone out there is toying with me and my family, and I don't know who to turn to or who to trust. I never wanted to play this game. But since the pieces are already on the board... I'm sure as fuck gonna play to win. ***AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Lie is a reverse harem high school bully romance, the second book in the Kings of Linwood Academy trilogy. It contains cursing and sexual situations.

30 review for The Lie

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Campbell

    Get the fuck out of my way, Lincoln,” I mutter under my breath as I stare past him, working so hard not to scream that my words are barely audible. “No. Jesus, Low. You shouldn’t be going to the prison on a fucking bus. You should at least—” “I swear to God, if you tell me not to go visit my mom, I’ll kick you in the balls so hard you’ll be a soprano for the rest of your life.” My hands scrabble for the button and fly of his jeans, and I work them down carefully as our lips stay fused together. His Get the fuck out of my way, Lincoln,” I mutter under my breath as I stare past him, working so hard not to scream that my words are barely audible. “No. Jesus, Low. You shouldn’t be going to the prison on a fucking bus. You should at least—” “I swear to God, if you tell me not to go visit my mom, I’ll kick you in the balls so hard you’ll be a soprano for the rest of your life.” My hands scrabble for the button and fly of his jeans, and I work them down carefully as our lips stay fused together. His cock is hard and smooth in my palm, and God, I really did miss this. He’s right. There is no only. I could’ve fucked him yesterday, and my hand would still be shaking, still moving over the velvet-smooth skin with ravenous need. I glide my fingers up and down his shaft a few times, and Lincoln’s hips jerk. He shakes his head, a deep noise rumbling in his chest. “Goddammit, Low. Get on my fucking dick.” “You’re important to me, Low.” The dark-haired boy licks his lips and his amber eyes darken, as if he can still taste me on his skin. Then he shakes his head, amending his statement. “You’re important to all of us. We won’t let you deal with this shit alone.” His words and tone, the way he says “all of us”, does something strange to my heart, and my core clenches hard around him, making him groan and tighten his grip on my ass. Thoughts of the other three kings of Linwood—of the way they look at me, talk to me, and touch me—filter through my head, sending a cascade of emotions through me. “No more secrets, right?” I murmur, catching Linc’s gaze. He cocks his head, narrowing his eyes. “Right.” “Then can I ask you something?” “Anything.” “Have the four of you ever… shared?” I swallow down the lump in my throat, grinning back at Chase. “Thanks.” He waggles his eyebrows, loosening his tie before pulling it off entirely. When he starts unbuttoning his shirt, I glance at the other guys to see that they’re all doing the same. “Um, what…?” “You can’t really have a pool party without getting in the pool, Low,” Chase tells me, as if that should be perfectly fucking obvious. He finishes unbuttoning his shirt and tugs the ends from his slacks. The others are all doing the same, and when River’s hands move to unbuckle his belt and flick the button open on his pants, my heart rate kicks up into high gear. He kicks off his shoes, leaving his pants unbuttoned and unzipped while he reaches down to tug off his socks. And then the pants go too, and he’s left in nothing but a pair of nice black boxer briefs that leave way too little to the imagination. My teeth clamp down hard on my bottom lip as I watch, waiting to see if anything else is going to come off, torn between hope and panic at the thought that it might. “Dude. I think your dick hypnotized her,” Chase says with a laugh, and my entire body jerks as I rip my gaze away from River’s crotch. Motherfucker. I was full-on staring at his dick, like I was waiting for it to do a magic trick. Or… something. A heavy flush makes my face burn, and I shake my head, about to call Chase out for being an asshole—but when I glance over at him, there’s so much heat in his eyes alongside the humor that the words die on my lips. My flush grows deeper, but now the reason for it is entirely different. All the guys stopped at their underwear, not taking off more than that. Lincoln’s hands find mine, and he tangles our fingers together, tugging me a little closer to him. The pool water is cool, but I can feel the heat of four large male bodies filling the space around me, and when Linc’s chest brushes against mine, my nipples harden instantly. He’s directly in front of me, capturing me with his steady, enigmatic amber gaze. The twins ended up on either side of me, sandwiching me like they did the night I kissed Chase. River is behind me, and it’s his hands that I feel first, resting lightly on the swell of my hips. Then Dax’s fingertips run down my arm under the water, and the light touch makes me shiver. As I watch, he rises in a smooth movement, and it turns my blood to ice. The man in the mask. The man in the dark car who slammed into Iris and then checked to make sure she was dead before speeding off into the night—he moved like that. If I hadn’t seen the fox first, I might not have noticed it or might have brushed it off. But I did see it. The fucking thing is still staring at me with its beady, dead eyes. And I know that this time, I’m not wrong. Judge Hollowell killed Iris. He strides toward me, his socked feet as silent as a predator’s on the polished hardwood floor. His brows are still drawn together and oh, fuck, does he know that I know?

  2. 5 out of 5

    4 STARS This book is the second one in the Kings of Linwood Academy series and I enjoyed it very much! The relationship between Harlow and the boys deepens in this book and it is so cute. I loved how supportive the friends are to one another and how they back each other up no matter what. In this book, the boys and Harlow continue to search for the man in the ski mask who killed Iris. With Harlow’s mother in jail, Harlow is extremely stressed out. She misses school, faces stress when it comes to 4 STARS This book is the second one in the Kings of Linwood Academy series and I enjoyed it very much! The relationship between Harlow and the boys deepens in this book and it is so cute. I loved how supportive the friends are to one another and how they back each other up no matter what. In this book, the boys and Harlow continue to search for the man in the ski mask who killed Iris. With Harlow’s mother in jail, Harlow is extremely stressed out. She misses school, faces stress when it comes to schoolwork, and is balancing her relations - while still trying to get her mother out of prison. As the boys + Harlow are closer to finding the real murderer, their connections to one another continue to strengthen. I am so looking forward to the third/final book of this series and cannot wait to find out about the truth regarding Iris’ murder. x

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Turner

    Waste of time So this is the part where it's suppose to start getting spicier and more interesting. Yet it was mediocre at best this so called reverse harem is a joke, but what really irritated me the most was this so called b.s. case against her mom. She claims at one point in the story if her mom only had an alibi, her mother was on a date the night of Iris' murder with a freaking judge so why wouldn't she have an alibi?! When they suspected Lincoln's dad she was sure she had him figured out b Waste of time So this is the part where it's suppose to start getting spicier and more interesting. Yet it was mediocre at best this so called reverse harem is a joke, but what really irritated me the most was this so called b.s. case against her mom. She claims at one point in the story if her mom only had an alibi, her mother was on a date the night of Iris' murder with a freaking judge so why wouldn't she have an alibi?! When they suspected Lincoln's dad she was sure she had him figured out but when Lincoln called and told her it couldn't be his dad that it was a different woman that he knocked up and she showed up that very same day demanding money. He also said that his dad couldn't have been the one to kill iris because he was with this same woman negotiating blackmail payments. Okay that right there is what you call an uncredible (not sure if that's the correct word) witness that wouldn't stand up in court. But a highly respected judge that would be more believable then this blackmailing chick. Agh I know it's all fantasy but really if you're gonna try and write a mystery plot try and make it some what believable!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Skyler

    Aaamazingggg!!! Loved every minute! On to read the last book and I am already so very sad because I do not want this book to end. Highly highly so very highly recommend!!!!!1000⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  5. 4 out of 5

    Oredeen (honest reviews)

    Eek. Okay I liked the first book. It had some minor issues but it was progressing quite well. I don’t know what happened here. So Harlow’s mom gets arrested for murdering Iris, which we know she didn’t do and it’s obviously a set up. But then it was kind of just a series of unfortunate events that Harlow complains about. I want to say the writing is good, and it is, but....I have never felt like the use of big words was so nugatory. See what I did there. I am not the smartest person, obviously. Hon Eek. Okay I liked the first book. It had some minor issues but it was progressing quite well. I don’t know what happened here. So Harlow’s mom gets arrested for murdering Iris, which we know she didn’t do and it’s obviously a set up. But then it was kind of just a series of unfortunate events that Harlow complains about. I want to say the writing is good, and it is, but....I have never felt like the use of big words was so nugatory. See what I did there. I am not the smartest person, obviously. Honestly though I really enjoy books that use big $20 words, when they’re used correctly and in a fitting story. I’ve enjoyed expanding my vocabulary over the years reading, this however is not a fitting story. Another issue, the whole “kings of Linwood” bit. Nothing about these boys was in any way “alpha” or important. In all reality they are very much boys. They aren’t “Kings” or any type of leaders. They have no power. Just rich parents and not even the richest parents. No one at any time ever refers to them as the kings though, just Harlow with no explanation. Around 50% the boys are suddenly referred to by their features and not their names quite often. “The dark haired boy, the blue eyed boy, the brown haired boy..etc” Totally a conspiracy theory here but I honestly kept thinking like someone else wrote this story and the author just had to edit the prewritten story with the names she chose and ended up missing a few. Really though, I have no idea what the reason was for this. It didn’t make the story easier to understand nor did it add anything to the story itself other then difficulty. I had no idea which boy was being referred to and no real frame of reference to do so. Chase and Dax’s humor in many ways saved this one, but they were still very much tossed to the side barely supporting roles compared to Lincoln and Rivers characters being more important. We have a couple more sex scenes, like literally 2. At this rate there will be 2 more books for her to have sex with the brothers. The author does have a trend going here. Details of the sec the first maybe second time, but all hook ups are just casually mentioned after the fact. Oh we had sex BUT THEN.. Overall I am pretty sad this fell through for me. I just feel so much is very underdeveloped and won’t be continuing it for that reason.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bry Ann

    Love this series I totally love this series. I can’t wait to read the next one and find out what happens. Harlow’s poor mom. She’s my favorite. 😭

  7. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads

    4.5 Stars MINOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT: I loved this book! It was a great sequel that I could not put down for the life of me. I finished it in one sitting! Everything I loved about the first book: the romance, the intrigue, the murder and mystery, and the heat were all pushed to another level in this book! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and the cliffhanger at the end left me reeling! I am DYING to start the next book and see how this story will end! What I Didn’t Like- The only prob 4.5 Stars MINOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT: I loved this book! It was a great sequel that I could not put down for the life of me. I finished it in one sitting! Everything I loved about the first book: the romance, the intrigue, the murder and mystery, and the heat were all pushed to another level in this book! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and the cliffhanger at the end left me reeling! I am DYING to start the next book and see how this story will end! What I Didn’t Like- The only problem I had with this book was the development of Dax and Chase. I don’t know if the author is just holding off until the last book, but I feel like the twins have been really underdeveloped. They come across as flat and I couldn’t really tell a difference between the two in personality, as of right now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Allen 107 (The Kansan Reader)

    Well, slap my hinny and call me critter. I did not see that coming. Spoilers if not read the first book. Things are heating up between Harlow and the guys. With them trying to dig deeper into getting Harlow's mom out of jail, things are starting to add up, until they don't. I thought I might hate the guys with the way the first book ended, but they are growing on me. My favorite is River. But I do wish for some more sexy time. Maybe in this next book. Hopefully. I was so expecting it to be one pers Well, slap my hinny and call me critter. I did not see that coming. Spoilers if not read the first book. Things are heating up between Harlow and the guys. With them trying to dig deeper into getting Harlow's mom out of jail, things are starting to add up, until they don't. I thought I might hate the guys with the way the first book ended, but they are growing on me. My favorite is River. But I do wish for some more sexy time. Maybe in this next book. Hopefully. I was so expecting it to be one person in particular, but that ending. Man, that ending... Damn! Oh, I so need the next book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)

    HECK. YES! I have been on pins and needles impatiently waiting on the second installment to The Help and I was NOT disappointed in this story! It follows up from the last book where Harlow's mother went to jail for a crime she did not commit. *SPOILERS* Harlow, Lincoln, Dax, Chase and River actually seen the person responsible for killing Iris but somehow, there is evidence pointing to her mother for the crime. So during thew book, they all try to find out clues to whether or not Lincolns dad was HECK. YES! I have been on pins and needles impatiently waiting on the second installment to The Help and I was NOT disappointed in this story! It follows up from the last book where Harlow's mother went to jail for a crime she did not commit. *SPOILERS* Harlow, Lincoln, Dax, Chase and River actually seen the person responsible for killing Iris but somehow, there is evidence pointing to her mother for the crime. So during thew book, they all try to find out clues to whether or not Lincolns dad was actually involved. They pieced together the paternity test in the drawer was probably Iris's and Savannah leaked that before Iris died, she was "seeing" a gray fox. An older man. & since they found evidence on Harlow's mothers car, everything pointed to Lincolns dad. Let me just say, I was shocked to see what happened at the end and now the evidence is pointing at someone else and NOT Lincolns dad. Also during the book, Lincoln got worried for Harlow's safety and had her move in with River and once that set things in motion, it got HEATED. Harlow+ River=HOT Harlow+River+Dax+Chase+Lincoln in the pool=HOT Harlow+River+all the boys watching=SUPER HOT LOVED THIS BOOK AND ONCE AGAIN CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 3!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    queen_of_the_books_18

    ”What if this is the beginning of something incredible.” That line just sums up the whole book, because this series is incredible! The Lie is Book two in the Kings of Linwood series and I can’t get enough of this plot and these boys!! The angst, the suspense, the lies, mystery and betrayal had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put this book down. I had my theories about what was going to happen just like with book 1... were any of them correct though? HELL NO 😂 I was way off base but I lov ”What if this is the beginning of something incredible.” That line just sums up the whole book, because this series is incredible! The Lie is Book two in the Kings of Linwood series and I can’t get enough of this plot and these boys!! The angst, the suspense, the lies, mystery and betrayal had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put this book down. I had my theories about what was going to happen just like with book 1... were any of them correct though? HELL NO 😂 I was way off base but I love that because when I read what actually happened I didn’t know whether to slow clap Callie Rose or shout at her! I need more words! I need book 3! I can’t take the anticipation of what is to come. Also those damn boys! *FANS SELF* I want to go swimming in the deep end with the Kings of Linwood... when you read this book you’ll get what I mean and you’ll want too as well! Holy hell!! Read this series. Right now

  11. 4 out of 5

    ashchasesromance

    The second book in the Kings of Linwood series by Callie Rose did not disappoint. It went into more depth, more greatness, and most of all, steamy. Yeah, did you get that? STEAMY. I kept questioning half the book with the mysterious situation of the huge part that played out in the first book....in which HOLY CRAP. You will have to see for yourself. I love that I couldn’t predict anything. I mean, it’s so great to go in blind and come out seeing stars! LOL. I swear. I loved this book more than t The second book in the Kings of Linwood series by Callie Rose did not disappoint. It went into more depth, more greatness, and most of all, steamy. Yeah, did you get that? STEAMY. I kept questioning half the book with the mysterious situation of the huge part that played out in the first book....in which HOLY CRAP. You will have to see for yourself. I love that I couldn’t predict anything. I mean, it’s so great to go in blind and come out seeing stars! LOL. I swear. I loved this book more than the first one. Don’t get me wrong, the first is great, but It’s just on the next level good— the third book? Now, now that, I can’t even begin to ponder what Callie will bring us. I can’t wait!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tia Rockefeller

    Omg! Callie has gone and done it again. She ripped out my heart, put it back together again, just to give me a heart attack! Hahaha. This book gave me so many feels, and as the complicated web she is spinning regarding this murder case, and everyone’s hidden agendas gets more shrouded in mystery I get more and more invested! There were steamy sex scenes, lovey feels, angry feels, bullshit bullies, suspected murderers, etc! What more could you ask for?! I’m dying to read the third book after that Omg! Callie has gone and done it again. She ripped out my heart, put it back together again, just to give me a heart attack! Hahaha. This book gave me so many feels, and as the complicated web she is spinning regarding this murder case, and everyone’s hidden agendas gets more shrouded in mystery I get more and more invested! There were steamy sex scenes, lovey feels, angry feels, bullshit bullies, suspected murderers, etc! What more could you ask for?! I’m dying to read the third book after that cliffy! Callie is one of my favorite authors at this point, I have ready every single one of her books and I am continuously just becoming more obsessed with her writing. 10/10 would recommend!

  13. 5 out of 5

    ❤ Bibi ❤

    I absolutely love the story that Callie Rose have woven into these pages. She pays great attention to detail, and she delivers a story that kept me on the edge throughout. If it wasn't for the audio narrator and FMC, this would be a definite 5 star read. However, unfortunately I cannot get over Harlow. She's a typical Mary Sue / Special Snowflake in distress. It's all about her; her wants, her needs..... she's not above pointing fingers at one of her men's parent to save her own mother. She doesn I absolutely love the story that Callie Rose have woven into these pages. She pays great attention to detail, and she delivers a story that kept me on the edge throughout. If it wasn't for the audio narrator and FMC, this would be a definite 5 star read. However, unfortunately I cannot get over Harlow. She's a typical Mary Sue / Special Snowflake in distress. It's all about her; her wants, her needs..... she's not above pointing fingers at one of her men's parent to save her own mother. She doesn't even take the time to make sure what she's saying really makes sense or to find proof, as long as she can save her own hide. The way she keeps going on and on about what she owes her mother is downright cringe worthy. I mean; who owes their own mother for keeping them alive? Yes Harlow dearest is a cancer survivor, and feel indebted to her own MOTHER for providing her with medical care. Just ugh!!. I know she's a teenager and in that regards Callie's nailed it, because her mind is very "me, myself & my mom". But I still find it hard to find her likable with that Titanic shaped chip on her shoulder! However, the plot is where Callie's writing really shines and it's why I'll be continuing this series <3

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Garner

    For real, I am about fed up with the cliff hangers...dangit it all, I am greedy and I want it all NOW.LOl Anyways, this is turning out to be such a good series, and I am LOVING it. Straight up, while it is a bully RH book as I am want to read on the constant, it's different, there is some major suspense, and not as much sex as one would think. There is for sure language, and sex, but yeah it's like light, so it's not thrust down your throat....see what I did there? Puns...I got em. Anyways this s For real, I am about fed up with the cliff hangers...dangit it all, I am greedy and I want it all NOW.LOl Anyways, this is turning out to be such a good series, and I am LOVING it. Straight up, while it is a bully RH book as I am want to read on the constant, it's different, there is some major suspense, and not as much sex as one would think. There is for sure language, and sex, but yeah it's like light, so it's not thrust down your throat....see what I did there? Puns...I got em. Anyways this second book has more of a twist to it than even the first one, and it keeps you reading until all hours of the night. The characters are great and mesh really well, there is some humor thrown in, but not a whole lot. The world in which these characters live is very rich, and elite, so totally not relatable, BUT, it does make you want to read the heck out of it. This story is told in 1st person pov.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Good Was a good read, I enjoyed it, a lot of her inner dialogue I skipped through because to me it just felt boring like it was way way too much of boring shit but that was for me, would have preferred more talking with the boys but most of the book is more of her inner dialogue. Anyway was a good story line could have been better, interested to read the last book to see where the story goes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kalli Bunch

    I need to jump inside this author's mind and see how she creates these worlds. They are so amazingly epic!! I'm dying for the next book!! I need to jump inside this author's mind and see how she creates these worlds. They are so amazingly epic!! I'm dying for the next book!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Missy Brown

    I am absolutely loving this series. If you thought that book one, The Help, was good. Wait til you read The Lie. Which was previously named The Game. As you know so much happens in The Help. We meet our lead characters Harlow, Lincoln, River, Dax and Chase. And you are going to love Harlow as a female lead. She is strong, smart, funny and loyal. The guys, you will hate to love them, and then if you're like me, just love them. And then maybe hate them again. In The Lie, we pick up where book one l I am absolutely loving this series. If you thought that book one, The Help, was good. Wait til you read The Lie. Which was previously named The Game. As you know so much happens in The Help. We meet our lead characters Harlow, Lincoln, River, Dax and Chase. And you are going to love Harlow as a female lead. She is strong, smart, funny and loyal. The guys, you will hate to love them, and then if you're like me, just love them. And then maybe hate them again. In The Lie, we pick up where book one left off. That was a big cliffy so I was anxious to see what happens. I was not disappointed. The start of The Lie has Harlow very upset with the guys. The question is how can they possibly win her back. You definitely have to see why they did what they did. Which I have to say, I was like why didn't I see that? The story itself is full of suspense. How can Harlow find out who is framing her mom, to who could possible by the killer. We get a surprise suspect, which I could totally see as the bad guy. Well done Callie on throwing us for loops. The guys are back in full force here. I have to say that poker game was smoking hot!! Prepare yourself!! There is a cliffhanger, but in my opinion leads into book three The Risk, nicely!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thickgirlthickbookss ▪︎Bookstagrammer▪︎

    Wow.... that damn ending..... fuck i actually never saw that coming!! This series has been a total ride so far. Im loving the characters, the boys are swoon worthy. Harlow is amazing, and and the relationship with her mother is so relatable for me. Seriously these books keep me on the edge of my seat. I need the ending like right now. I cant wait to see how she wraps this all up.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    The Lie, By Callie Rose. A reverse harem thats not too in your face with 4 completely great guys. A bully romance that just sucks you in and is a reall page turne. And we also have muerder mystery aswell. This was a complete step up from book 1. I really enjoyed book 1, but this one is so much more. The story flowed nicely, its written very well. After the ending in book 1 i was completely unsure of how this was going to go. I didn't expect the fantastic dynamic that The Lie bought us. The guys are ju The Lie, By Callie Rose. A reverse harem thats not too in your face with 4 completely great guys. A bully romance that just sucks you in and is a reall page turne. And we also have muerder mystery aswell. This was a complete step up from book 1. I really enjoyed book 1, but this one is so much more. The story flowed nicely, its written very well. After the ending in book 1 i was completely unsure of how this was going to go. I didn't expect the fantastic dynamic that The Lie bought us. The guys are just great. I loved the RH side of this as well. It really did deliver. What an ending as well! I totally knew who the murderer was going to be, So that came as no suprise. But i feel Harlow is now in a very sticky situation. I can't wait to see how that pans out in the next book. Overall really good read and has left me desperately wanting book 3. 5 stars from me and well deserved.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Alexander

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Holy Cow!!!!! Callie did not disappoint in the second installment whatsoever! Harlow is crazy strong and extremely smart. Throughout the entire book you can almost feel the fear, anger, and dread surrounding her mother and their current predicament. Yet, on the otherhand Harlow is still able to show trust, accountability, determination, and above all else love! I’m speechless after finishing this lovely book! The cliffhanger is a killer, but one perfectly designed to have you on your knees beggi Holy Cow!!!!! Callie did not disappoint in the second installment whatsoever! Harlow is crazy strong and extremely smart. Throughout the entire book you can almost feel the fear, anger, and dread surrounding her mother and their current predicament. Yet, on the otherhand Harlow is still able to show trust, accountability, determination, and above all else love! I’m speechless after finishing this lovely book! The cliffhanger is a killer, but one perfectly designed to have you on your knees begging for more!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sonya

    Amazing.....I need more! Wow.....just wow! Now that’s what call a cliffhanger. I love twist and turns of this story. An the development of characters as we get to know them better. It makes me respect the relationships and trust they have for one another. I can’t honestly wait for the next book ‘The Risk’. I have feeling it’s going to be epic

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patricia's Book Kingdom

    I have no words. This series keeps on getting better and better. The Lie follows the events that concluded The Help . Harlow's mom has been arrested for crime that she did not commit, the four boys have seemingly betrayed Harlow and now she won't talk to any of them, and her classmate is messing with her schoolwork. Lets just say that Harlow has not been having the easiest of times. Lincoln has been trying to explain why they did what they did, but she is having none of it and won't listen to I have no words. This series keeps on getting better and better. The Lie follows the events that concluded The Help . Harlow's mom has been arrested for crime that she did not commit, the four boys have seemingly betrayed Harlow and now she won't talk to any of them, and her classmate is messing with her schoolwork. Lets just say that Harlow has not been having the easiest of times. Lincoln has been trying to explain why they did what they did, but she is having none of it and won't listen to a word he has to say. "Now do you understand?" I hold his gaze and nod. "I'm sorry." Something in his stiff posture snaps, and before I can say anything else, he's pushing away from the wall and striding toward me. His body collides with mine at the same time his arms wrap around me in a bruising hug, holding me up even as my legs stumble. He tucks his head next to mine, his lips brushing my still-damp hair, his breath tickling my ear. "No, baby. I'm fucking sorry." Thankfully it does not take long before Harlow and the boys reconcile and everything is right in the world. Well, as right as can be with Harlow's mother in jail for something she didn't do. I love the dynamic between the boys and Harlow. It is blatantly obvious and they would jump through burning hoops for each other. They have such a unique bond and it is great that they don't care what other think about their not-so-conventional relationship. And that strip poker scene! Someone please douse me with bucket of water because I'm pretty sure I'm on fire. Linc's amber eyes focus on me again, and when he speaks, his voice is low, meant only for me. "Did you go swimming, Harlow?" I want to laugh at the fact that somehow that's become our code word for whatever this thing developing between is all is, but I'm too nervous to even crack a smile. "Yeah. Just... in the shallow end." I love that Harlow does not jump into having sex with all four boys but rather takes her time, having to make sure that it is truly alright with the other boys. They all have such trust in each other and instead of being jealous of one another, it makes them happy to see Harlow being close the other. At this point she only had sex with two out of four boys and both times was unique and special in its own right. Dax chuckles. His green-blue eyes have heat in them, but something else too. Something I like even more. "It's just-you're not what we expected, Harlow. You're so much more than that. I don't think any of us saw you coming." There are just a couple of things that do not make sense to me. First, how is Savannah getting away with the tampering of Harlow's tests? I mean, in the first book the boys are trying to get blackmail on Troy in order to keep him in line. It is a bit unbelievable to think that the boys don't have anything on Savannah to make her stop messing with Harlow. And it's a bit embarrassing to be called "kings" if they just let Savannah get away with murder (figuratively speaking). Doesn't really set a good example, does it? Another thing that I don't find believable is that Harlow's mom has been appointed state attorney because she can't afford to pay top-notch lawyer. The boys do not even offer to pay for Harlow's mother to make sure she has a fair chance at the trial. I know that they are teenagers and they probably don't have their own money, but Harlow's mother has been working for the Blacks for several months and their son is dating her daughter. I would like to think that they would offer to help out. The Blacks after-all donated crazy amount of money to support the upcoming senator's campaign so it's not like they don't have money to throw around. Besides, Linc's dad offered to help however he can, but he does not help in the most obvious way and instead allows Harlow's mother to have disaster of an attorney? Those two things drove me crazy. Anyway... The clock is ticking and the plot thickens. Harlow's mom has only two months before her court date and they're not even close to finding evidence that's needed to show that her mom is innocent. The real culprit is someone neither of them expected and unfortunately for them it is someone with immense power who has a lot of people in his pocket. The Lie , same as its predecessor, ends on a cliffhanger. It's time for the final showdown.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Dunton

    Harlow's life is thrown upside down as the person that matters most in her world is thrown in prison for a crime she didn't commit. She's betrayed by the boys who she thought would never let her down. She feels helpless on proving her mother's innocence when the only proof she had was deleted by the boys. She has no idea who she can trust. Things seem impossible for her. I really enjoyed this book. When I started book one, I didn't think I'd enjoy it at all. I thought it would be one cringe fest Harlow's life is thrown upside down as the person that matters most in her world is thrown in prison for a crime she didn't commit. She's betrayed by the boys who she thought would never let her down. She feels helpless on proving her mother's innocence when the only proof she had was deleted by the boys. She has no idea who she can trust. Things seem impossible for her. I really enjoyed this book. When I started book one, I didn't think I'd enjoy it at all. I thought it would be one cringe fest after another. The type of story that gets parodied if you will. It was recommended to me, though, so I thought why not give it a chance? I'm glad I did. It's way better than I gave it credit for. They say don't judge a book by it's cover. I say it shouldn't be judged by anything other than the story itself. Even genre and blurbs can be deadly. The characters are just so amazing. We have the amazing Harlow. She's devoted and kind. She is strong willed and know what she wants. We also have the handsome Lincoln. I must say though, what is it about Lincolns in tv shows, movies, and books being so dark and broody? Then we have the intuitive River. River is my favorite. I just adore him. We can't forget the mischievous Dax and Chase. They aren't quite as bad as the Weasley twins, but they are as alluring. I'd of liked to see a bit more of the parents, though. I get why that isn't a thing. The narrator was pretty great. Her name is Amanda Stribling. She did the first book too if I remember correctly. She knows just how to maximize the emotions felt to make you feel the emotions too. It's a raw talent that many narrators have, but not all. Those that do, quickly become my favorites. I'll definitely be checking out other works by her. This book is wonderful. I really enjoyed it. It's been an emotional roller coaster for me that I'm glad I took a chance on. I won't say my friend's name in my review, but I do have them to both thank and yell at for recommending this book to me. The yelling part is only because I'm so hooked that I want to dive right into the third book right now. I can't though. Soon though. Very soon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ♥☆SℓιM☆♥

    This was really good! https://ladiikeiii.wordpress.com/2019... There are a few or more Spoilers thrown into this review. This book was so good. When Harlow kept thinking it was Lincoln's dad, I was like it can't be Lincoln's dad. I couldn't picture it even though he was a liar and a cheat. It's also crazy how Lincoln learn who his mom was waiting; I am not sure he did... I'm still trying to figure out if Paige is his mom since Lincoln's dad got her pregnant and mentioned to him his mom died. Also, This was really good! https://ladiikeiii.wordpress.com/2019... There are a few or more Spoilers thrown into this review. This book was so good. When Harlow kept thinking it was Lincoln's dad, I was like it can't be Lincoln's dad. I couldn't picture it even though he was a liar and a cheat. It's also crazy how Lincoln learn who his mom was waiting; I am not sure he did... I'm still trying to figure out if Paige is his mom since Lincoln's dad got her pregnant and mentioned to him his mom died. Also, I kept thinking that the murder could've been Audrey... but after reading the ending; it makes me wonder if it was actually Judge Holloway... since he did take Harlow mom out on a date or two... plus he didn't want to help her.... but not sure if he still does even though he asked her questions about her mom case. I can't wait to READ the last book to learn what happened next and who the actual killer was.... since I know it was a man who got her (Iris) pregnant and frame Harlow's mom for the murder. I still think that Those people in that town are idiots because what reason would Harlow moms have in killing Iris... those people are idiots, even Savannah, I can't wait until the truth comes out and people learn who that person is...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kaity B

    3.5-4 stars This one did drag a little with the who done it situation, but the ending man oh man that got me and now I must find out what happens next!! This also had some more sexy times compared to the last book, but I am still not feeling as strong of a chemistry connection with the twins and Harlow as much as with Lincoln and River. Also there was a lot more school drama than last book which I didn't really want but makes sense since they are in high school..... haha 3.5-4 stars This one did drag a little with the who done it situation, but the ending man oh man that got me and now I must find out what happens next!! This also had some more sexy times compared to the last book, but I am still not feeling as strong of a chemistry connection with the twins and Harlow as much as with Lincoln and River. Also there was a lot more school drama than last book which I didn't really want but makes sense since they are in high school..... haha

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Smith Reads'~A Bookaholics Bookshelf

    Holy shit, what a.cliff-hanger!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roxana Pacurar (Midnight.and. black)

    I just could not finish this. Again, 17 yo boys are not men, but boys. I don\t understand why someone would read this book, sorry for being honest.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Amazing So hard to put down. A definite page turner. I really liked how she started right where the first book ended so it was like an easy flow. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christina G

    Callie Rose has done it again! “The Lie: Kings of Linwood Academy: Book 2” is so freaking good and I am chomping at the bit for the third in the series. In this second installment, Rose has amped up the suspense and the heat factor. Harlow is stuck between her mom’s innocence and her need for the Kings of Linwood, Linc, Dax, Chase, and River. There is more of a RH to this book, the burn has definitely been turned up several notches. Sometimes, the second book in a series can be kind of so-so..oft Callie Rose has done it again! “The Lie: Kings of Linwood Academy: Book 2” is so freaking good and I am chomping at the bit for the third in the series. In this second installment, Rose has amped up the suspense and the heat factor. Harlow is stuck between her mom’s innocence and her need for the Kings of Linwood, Linc, Dax, Chase, and River. There is more of a RH to this book, the burn has definitely been turned up several notches. Sometimes, the second book in a series can be kind of so-so..often an information dump. That is NOT the case here and I am here for that. The author fleshed out the characters, amped up the plot even more, and brought the heat. In “The Help,” the Kings have left Harlow, or Low, out to dry. Her mother has now been taken to prison for a crime that Harlow knows she didn’t commit. Harlow has to pull her life together, prove her mom’s innocence, and deal with the betrayal of the Kings of Linwood…oh, and her all-consuming attraction to them as well. The author takes us on several twists and turns throughout the story up until the very end. Can I just say how phenomenal Callie Rose’s writing is? Her sentence structure, her phrasing, and her style are all captivating. She is able to keep the reader hooked and turning pages (or at least this reader anyway) and waiting impatiently (okay, so, I am totally willing to wait because this one was worth it!) for the third book in the series. I can’t wait to see where she takes Low and the Kings of Linwood next. This book did end on a cliffhanger, but it is one that is completely worth it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Roessler

    I swear, Callie never ceases to amaze me. Her & her stories have made her one of my favorite authors, and each of her books are unputdownable! The Lie was absolutely no exception to this rule! Diving back into book 2, we are greeted by Harlow, and the awful realization that her mother is still in jail for a crime she didn't commit. While she knows there is no way that her mother would've committed such a heinous crime, more and more evidence is showing up, and it becomes extremely clear that her mo I swear, Callie never ceases to amaze me. Her & her stories have made her one of my favorite authors, and each of her books are unputdownable! The Lie was absolutely no exception to this rule! Diving back into book 2, we are greeted by Harlow, and the awful realization that her mother is still in jail for a crime she didn't commit. While she knows there is no way that her mother would've committed such a heinous crime, more and more evidence is showing up, and it becomes extremely clear that her mother is being set up. But, by whom? Harlow and her boys strive to do anything and everything they can to prove her mother's innocence, but nothing is changing, and as time goes on, they are finding that there is less and less to go on. While Harlow and her boy's relationships grow stronger, she can't help but be heartbroken everyday that goes by and her mother sits in jail. Callie completely ROCKED my world with the cliffhanger, and I am already dying for book 3. If you haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend you do. It is unique, and the story is addicting. You feel like you are part of the story, acting as a detective right along with Harlow and her boys. If you have started the series, I recommend that you read this addition ASAP. I promise, the cliffhanger is absolutely worth it. I happily give Callie yet another 5 stars for this book, and I have a feeling that she will be receiving 5 stars from me for every book to come, because you cannot go wrong when you pick up one of her stories!

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