Review: Crowne of Lies by C.D. Reiss

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 – 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Logan Crowne needs one year from Ella.

Twelve months living in his house, holding his hand, wearing his ring on her finger, and in exchange, she’ll get her father’s company in the divorce settlement.

They have one year to convince his skeptical parents that they’re happily in love, and he’s settled enough to run Crowne Industries.

Ella wants the company badly enough to live with a man who will never love her. She’ll sleep in his room and kiss him for show.

Her heart may melt whenever he’s around, and his touch may ignite a fire inside her, but surrender will break her heart.

She’s sure she can last a year without giving him her body.

She’s wrong.

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My Thoughts:

What is a king without his queen?  Crowne senior, the patriarch of the Crowne family and empire, thinks that a king without his queen is lonely and unfulfilled…at least he does now.  Crowne of Lies is about familial pressures that back you into a corner until you lie to get out and the consequences of those lies.  It’s about a marriage and compromise.  It’s about a contract between two people who couldn’t be more different but find love anyway.

Logan Crowne is my favorite Crowne sibling to date.  His strong, loving family gave him a good foundation, and the sibling rivalry keeps him on his toes. Being the second son, he feels he has to work harder to gain (what he believes to be) hard-won approval from father.  I loved that once he married Ella, he found himself falling hard for her.  He definitely was committed to the idea of their marriage, but it took a few giant steps backward to realize the compromises needed for each partner to be fulfilled and happy.

Like most of C.D. Reiss’ female characters, Estella Papillion (Ella) is a very interesting character.  She is fragile, but has an inner strength.  The anger and resentment she harbors toward her family taints her view of reality.  She directs her anger at her stepmother, but I often felt that her mother’s passing  and her subsequent feelings of abandonment are the real source of her anger.  I loved the meanings of Ella’s name and how the author blended those into her character’s attributes.

On paper, Logan and Ella don’t work, but the minute they reacquaint, their snappy banter brought a smile to my face because I knew the author had created a vortex that would pull these characters together.  Their journey to fulfillment, love and family is a beautiful story written with C.D. Reiss’ usual poetic prose.  A read that has me craving more of the Crowne family.


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