Author: Paula Dombrowiak

Beautiful Lies by Paula Dombrowiak

Beautiful Lies

Posted on April 30, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 3 Comments

Beautiful Lies served as my introduction to Paula Dombrowiak’s work and it was indeed an enjoyable experience. The story hidden between the pages of Beautiful Lies will have readers laughing while giving them all the feels. The story captures the hearts of readers and keeps them totally invested in the lives of the characters.


Beautiful Lies by Paula DombrowiakTitle: Beautiful Lies
Author(s): Paula Dombrowiak
Published by Dark Angel Publishing LLC on April 17, 2023
Pages: 340
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon
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I own the boardroom. He owns the stage. We were never meant to be together, but when something's forbidden, it only makes you want it more.
My jaded heart was determined never to be fooled again. There’s too much at stake, and my daughter always comes first. 
And then one night, on the eve of my forty-third birthday, I walked into a bar, and locked eyes with Adrian Corvin. 
He’s a musician, covered in tattoos... and way too young. He's the opposite of everything I should want. 
When he followed me outside of the bar, not even the Arizona monsoon could keep me from kissing him.
With just one taste, I was an addict. 
It was only supposed to be one night. 
No names, no expectations, and no truths.
Only lies.
And he tells beautiful lies.

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Despite this being my first time reading the author’s work, I went into the story with high expectations as it featured one of my favourite tropes,Β  reverse age gap romance. Well it delivered as expectedΒ  leaving me eager to explore more of the author’s work.

Beautiful Lies introduces Lake Kennedy a successful 42 year old soon to be 43 single mom to a seventeen year old daughter. On the night before her 43rd birthday she met a handsome, sexy and enigmatic young musician. For one night she chooses to let loose, something she has not done in awhile. A night of passion with the understanding at least one her part, there will be no exchange of names, no promises and no expectations. So imagine her surprise to discover that her one night stand is also her sister’s brother-in-law to be, Adrian Corvin.

Adrian knew from the moment he laid eyes on Lake that she was the one for him. However, withoutΒ  a name or any form of contact he had no clue how to find her.Β  But as fate would have it he discovered she was the sister of his sister-in-law to be. This was his chance to prove to Lake that what they shared that warranted not one night but a lifetime together.Β 

Together Adrian and Lake made a great couple, if only Lake would let go of past hurt. Although successful in her career beneath the success lay a scared, emotionally damaged and lonely individual. She uses her role as a parent and their age difference to justify not allowing herself to get emotionally attached to Adrian. Even though he has proven time and again that he is nothing like her ex. Despite her many attempts to push him away he refused to give up on her. As you can see their journey towards HEA were filled with many obstacles on Lake’s part. However, when she eventually got out of her own way and let go of past hurt, their journey to HEA ended on a swoon worthy note.

The story not only focused on the relationship between Lake and Adrian but it also incorporated family relationships. I especially loved Lake’s relationship with her daughter and her best friend Georgie. Frankly those was her only relationship where she allowed her true self to shine through.

The banter between the characters will have readers laughing out loud several times throughout the story. Lake is quite feisty and sarcastic remarks are her specialty.Β  This at times lead to humorous conversations with her best friend and her daughter.

Overall, Beautiful Lies delivered a story of hope, healing, forgiveness and love. It shows how fear can ruin life if allowed to take root and grow.


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About Paula Dombrowiak

Paula Dombrowiak grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois but currently lives in Arizona. She is the author of Blood and Bone, her first adult romance novel which combines her love of music and imperfect relationships. Paula is a lifelong music junkie, whose wardrobe consists of band T-shirts and leggings which are perpetually covered in pet hair. Music is what inspires her storytelling.

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