Review of: Lie To Me by Samantha Calcott

TITLE: Lie To Me
AUTHOR: Samantha Calcott
SERIES: Poison Pleasures, book 2
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
GENRE: Coming of Age; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: 11/7/2019


It started with detention. After all, where else are a Goth, a jock, a nerd, and a loner going to meet, let alone strike up a friendship?
Frankie didn’t mean to get detention. He had no idea his mumbled comments about the teacher’s attitude could be heard by everyone.
Taylor only wanted a quick snog with a boy in a broom closet. He didn’t expect the boy to turn tail and run, leaving him to take the punishment.
Allen pushed Joe into a locker. Joe gave him a kick in the pants. And so they both wound up in trouble.
Four disparate boys. Eight hours of forced camaraderie. And a friendship to last a lifetime. Until, of course, their hearts get involved…

Lie To Me by Samantha Calcott is the second book in the Poison Pleasures series. According to the Author, the Poison Pleasure series is a series of standalone novels that are connected by the BDSM club the characters go to, Poison Pleasures. This series can be read out of order, and you will see characters popping up briefly in each other’s books. The first book in the series is an M/F book called Perfect Disaster. I haven’t read the first book yet, but after reading Lie to Me, I will probably give it a try.

My first thoughts after reading the blurb were that this was going to be an M/M retelling of the movie The Breakfast Club. A movie that I love to watch. And to a point, it was that, but it was so much more. Did you ever watch the movie and wonder what happened to the new group of friends after the movie ended. Did they all stay friends? Did only some of them stay friends? Did they go back to bullying each other? Were they only friends in secret? If they had stayed friends, did they end up dating each other? If they stayed friends, what happened when school ended, and they went to college? Did they stay in touch? Did they drift apart, but later something brought them together again? These were only some of the questions that I always thought about after watching the movie.

So that’s what I thought Lie to Me was going to be, a retelling of that Saturday detention day and nothing more. So I was partially right, the first part of the book was just that, but that was only a small part of the book because then all of my questions that I had ever wondered about after watching the movie were answered. The author takes us through the lives of these four boys, and while the focus is mostly on Frankie and Taylor, we also get to see what happened to Adam and Joe and how their lives intersect with Frankie’s and Taylor’s.

I can tell you now that the author played havoc with my emotions. I fell in love with the characters, and then there was heartbreak, and I was a crying mess, and then I was happy that the characters had pulled themselves together and moved on. Only to find each other again, realize they still love each other, but one is in a relationship and no longer available. I went from giddy that they had found each other again to heartbroken again. I was an emotional wreck, and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book to find out if they would end up together. I waited with bated breath. And the ending was exactly what I was hoping for.

This book goes through a bunch of different tropes. The friends start out in high school, so you have them learning about themselves and their sexuality. There is also a friends-to-lovers theme, second-chance at love, one of the friends ends up being bisexual and does have an M/F relationship that turns to friendship, and the friends also explore their kinks at a BDSM club called Poison Pleasures. This book spans about 40 years of their lives. There’s lots of personal growth from the characters and plenty of steamy encounters to keep you entertained.
I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series, and I will tide myself over by reading the first book in the series in the meantime.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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