Things are often not what they seem in the decadent lifestyles of the rich and famous. Life can be messy and at times people do what feels wrong, because in the end it may turn out to be the best decision ever made. A close bond between 5 lifelong friends, now of college age, find the limits of their relationships are tested when multiple secrets and lies begin to surface, which ultimately leave them wondering if it is all too much to move forward as the family they once were. Forbidden love, drug dealing, date rape, betrayal, cheating, and more begin to unravel the strong ties between friends. Can they overcome secrets which warrant a very difficult life altering response?
I decided to read Blissful Lies because it isn’t at all the kind of book I’m used to reading. I felt like reading something a little different and light. The cover pretty much tells you what kind of book it is. I guess it could be categorized as chick lit, romance, and maybe even new adult (ages 18-24). The story is predominantly plot driven. There are too many characters to do much character development. The first half of the book turns primarily around Addison and Jackson. There was a lot of back and forth between them about their relationship. Should we? No. Maybe. Yes. Addison is 43 and Jackson is about 22. Now you see the dilemma. Yes there is a bit of “cougarism” in this book, but apparently true love “cougarism”. The second half of the book takes a different turn but didn’t go the way I would have liked it too. I found it disappointing that Spencer is taken out of the picture conveniently and that Addison and Jackson don’t have to face much difficulty to stay together. The story is unfortunately tied up too neatly and conveniently for my taste. The average reader will probably think this story is slightly unrealistic and frankly it is. Those readers who want a beach read or romantic novel will enjoy it. This is Brown-Thomas’ first novel and she’s tried to make a good attempt at an interesting romance novel, with some added intrigue. I prefered largely the second half with the secrets to the first half. I think that was because I’m in my forties and I would find it just a bit much if a 23-year-old started to profess his love to me. Unbelievable! If you’re a reader of romance novels do check it out. I’d love to know what you romance readers think of this one. The movie adaptation should be released in the near future. You can see a trailer of it below. It looks a little soap opera-like. I wish Brown-Thomas good luck on her writing career with her new book release, Vindictive Grounds.
Jennifer Brown Thomas‘s Bio:
At just 25 years old, Jennifer Brown-Thomas is a celebrated book author and movie director. Her first novel, Blissful Lies, combines both of her passions.At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, she presented Blissful Lies (the movie) starring Emmy award-winning actress, Leann Hunley. YTINIFNI Pictures is working to bring the film to DVD and on-demand television this spring.Jennifer is a married, Texas Christian University graduate and mother of one. Her newest venture, LBT Enterprises, is set to launch a fragrance, a children’s clothing line and more.Watch for more novels from Jennifer – the next on its way is Vindictive Grounds. In February, Jennifer will begin directing the film version of this novel. She says, “It definitely has more of the explicit sexual contact comparable to Fifty Shades of Grey.“