Title: Dangerous Lies
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Date Started: February 18
Date Finished: February 21
Format: Hardcover from local library
Stella Gordon is living a lie. In fact, Stella Gordan isn’t even her real name, but for now it has to be. A few months ago, she witnessed her mother’s boyfriend/drug dealer kill a man and then kidnap her boyfriend. What she didn’t know when she turned him in was that he was a part of a drug cartel that the FBI had been after for years. She also didn’t know that because she turned him in, he would threaten her life, and the FBI doesn’t take kindly to someone with connections threatening their key witness. She is taken into Witness Protection and the life she knew – the college scholarship, the bank accounts, her friends, even her boyfriend – are gone as she goes to Thunder Basin, Nebraska to hide out for the summer until she turns eighteen.
But she’s not bitter about these things. Nah. She’s not bitter that she now gets to live with an ex-cop who tries to enforce rules that she isn’t used to having. She’s not bitter that on her first morning in town she gets waken up at 5am by the neighbor mowing the lawn. And she’s not bitter about having to get herself a job hustling orders to cars. Despite the odds though, she does begin to fit in to town. She even starts to fall for the neighbor boy, even though she is still in love with her boyfriend. But things get complicated because she’s not completely truthful with Chet, her ‘foster mom’ is hiding things from her, Chet is hiding things from her, and then she gets the call that Reed – her boyfriend – has gone missing from WITSEC. Lies, sometimes can be a dangerous thing….
I loved this book, although it did have a rough start. Stella is very angry and she sometimes let’s that anger out in a very bitchy way. This kind of makes her a hard character to like because most of the time I just wanted to slap her. I get that she is going through a hard time, the life she knew before just got torn away from her because her mother chose to date/get drugs from the wrong person, but jeez, there’s being bitter and then there’s just being bitchy. However, that bitchiness does come in handy when she runs into the town super-star (who can get away with everything) Trigger who is a class A dick. It was fun watching her put him in his place.
It was also fun watching Stella befriend and slowly fall for Chet – the boy next door – who has his own set of problems. As I’ve probably stated before, I’m a sucker for those relationships that begin as friendships and then become something more. I was literally putty every time Chet showed up.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A good read that has a character who is a piece of work at the beginning but really grows on you as the book progresses.
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