Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

“Because you're not a one-night girl, Irish.' Leaning in to place a kiss on my jawline, he whispers, 'You're my forever girl.”

Ok, I love K.A. Tucker books so much, and One Tiny Lie was no exception! Her books always have some kind of edge, and it’s always a little different with each book/series. You know you’re getting more than a standard romance or story and the writing will be incredible. So it almost goes without saying that I liked One Tiny Lie. I don’t think I’ll love anything the way I love The Simple Wild and its sequels, but still.

Anyway, One Tiny Lie follows Ten Tiny Breaths and features college freshman Livie, who’s always been the sweet, perfect child since her parents died seven years ago. She’s off to Princeton to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist and making her parents proud. But she starts to realize maybe these dreams aren’t hers and aren’t right for her.

And the guys. Well, there’s Connor, who’s sweet, kind, hot, smart, and really into her—everything you could ever ask for in a boyfriend, everything she thought she wanted, the exact guy her parents would’ve picked for her. And there’s his best friend, Ashton, who’s complicated and dark, cheats on his girlfriend, sleeps with every girl in town, and gets under her skin like no one else.

One Tiny Lie weaves Livie’s journey and confusion beautifully with Ashton’s narrative—so much buried underneath his mask of carefree Ivy League jock that no one but Livie can uncover. None of it is easy. Ashton’s tortured soul and intense pain put him in an impossible situation. Livie’s pain comes through as well, trying to find her own path and making her mistakes too. My perfect type of scenario—deeply flawed characters with redeeming qualities. K.A. Tucker writes these people that you’d probably despise in real life in a way that you care about them and want it to work out.

The ending almost had the tears flowing with the tenderness and the answers we finally get! Something’s keeping me from a full five stars, so I’m going with 4.5 and rounding up. On to the next in the series!

Finally, I listened to the audio version, and Elizabeth Louise was great, with enough variation for the different characters and the perfect voice for a college freshman.

Rating: 4.5
Steam: Low to Medium
Themes and Tropes: Look Under the Mask, Self-Discovery, College Students, Family, Love Triangle
Pair With: Wines from Ashton Vineyard

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